ImageCue Image Server for Controlling Video using DMX512

ImageCue

Product Description

ImageCue™ is a compact, easy to use image server that provides control of high definition still images and videos with only twelve channels of DMX512. Each ImageCue™ includes a library of 255 images and videos. In addition, users can supply their own images and videos using a USB flash drive or external solid state drive to provide access to over 65,000 image and video files. ImageCue™ is fast – images and videos are selected and displayed/played in less than a quarter of a second.

You can instantly “bump” from image to image, image to video, video to video, or video to image. Still images can also be crossfaded – with crossfade times of ½ second to 109 minutes in 1/10 second increments. ImageCue™ accepts JPEG files for still images, and H264 (AVI) video files. PNG files with transparency can be overlaid onto images and videos. A software utility to convert user content to H264 is available for the following video file types: MOV, MP4, AVI, MPEG, and VOB. ImageCue™ gives the user full RGB mixing control of the background, and the color mixing can also be used in the foreground to tint images and videos. Full dimming control is provided for the output.

ImageCue™ provides the power and elegance to select and display images and videos from your DMX512 lighting console, without the complexity of a media server.

Downloads:

ImageCue Model 1.1 User’s Guide
User Guide Second Release December 2015

ImageCue Technical Brochure
Technical Brochure

ImageCue Quick Start Guide
Quick Start Guide (updated 5 May 2016)

New ImageCue Utility Downloads (updated 13 February, 2017)

ImageMagik Download (install BEFORE downloading other utilities)

GhostScript Download (needed by the PDF utility)

ImageCue User Content USB Utility (allows users to crossfade images and videos with undersize content properly)

ImageCue Stock Image – Video – Overlay Library
Stock Image Library Catalog

NEW ImageCue Techno Image Library

ImageCue Techno Specifications

ImageCue DMX512 Channel Assignments
DMX512 Profile – Personality 1 (updated 27 April 2016)

ImageCue USB Flash Drive Template
Flash Drive Template Zip File

ImageCue Video Utilities
ImageCue Video Utilities Zip File
ImageCue Video Utilities Installation Guide

ImageCue JPEG Utilities

ImageCue JPEG Utility Download

ImageCue JPEG Batch Utility Download

H264 Utilities

ImageCue H264 Utility Download

ImageCue H264 Batch Utility Download

PowerPoint PDF Utility

ImageCue PowerPoint PDF to JPEG Utility Download

Instructions for Software Updates
Software Update Instructions PDF File

The quality and format of the content you create or use with ImageCue is key to satisfactory performance.  We strongly recommend downloading and reading the ImageCue User’s Guide, particularly Section 3 – User Media, BEFORE attempting to use your own content in ImageCue.  However, for those of you that just want to jump right in – here are some key points:

  • Your content should match the output resolution.  Typically this is 1920×1080 pixels.  In no case should your content be any larger than 1920×1080 pixels!!!  Tall and narrow images should be placed on a 1920×1080 background.
  • Your content filenames must not have any space characters.  We recommend the “_” underscore character instead of spaces.
  • JPEGs cannot be progressive, and should be no larger than 1920×1080 in size.  They must be in RGB color space.
  • PNG overlays MUST be 1920×1080 or 1280×720 pixels in size depending on output resolution.
  • ImageCue scales JPEGs and Videos to fit the output resolution while maintaining aspect ratio.  PNG overlays are not scaled.
  • Video must be RAW H264.  In nearly all cases you will need to use an extraction utility.  Renaming a container file such as MOV, MP4, MPEG types to H264 WILL NOT WORK!!
  • The USB Flash Drive must have the proper folder and file structure.  A template is available below.

To set up your external USB drive download this zip file and unzip it to the root of your USB drive (it cannot be inside a folder).  It will create the 255 user folders for you so that you don’t have to type them all in.  All of the folders are empty, ready for you to drag and drop your images and videos into them.  After unzipping to your USB drive you will have a README.txt file that explains how your image and video files need to be named.  The file structure also contains the “png” folder for overlays as well as a folder called “image720” that is used by the system.  Do not remove the files named “file_error.jpg” as they are used by ImageCue when the USB Drive is active.   Flash Drive Template Zip File Download

All video content must be in a RAW H264 format.  Videos encoded with a codec other than H264 must be re-encoded as H264.  The ImageCue User’s Guide explains how to determine which codec encoded your video content and how to transcode it if necessary.  ImageCue has created a suite of utilities to help you get your content into this format.  ImageCue Video Utilities Zip File Download    Utility Installation Instructions

EASY:
Controlled with any DMX512 Console
Only 12 Control Channels
No complicated networking setup
Full HD (1920×1080) HDMI/DVI
Boots up in less than 10 seconds
Boots up directly to selected content
No Windows or Mac splash screen
No scrolling text during boot up

VERSATILE:
Smooth Dimming Control
RGB Color Mixing Effects
PNG Overlays with Opacity Control
Up to 65,025 User Images/Videos
Video Playback in less than 1/4 second
Bulk Videos!!!
Single Layer Crossfades
Standalone Mode – no DMX required

AFFORDABLE:
No Additional Software to Buy
Power Supply Included
DVI Adapter Included
Mounting Bracket Included

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Third Party Utilities:

The third party utilities on this page are provided for you as a convenience only.  ImageCue LLC accepts no liability for their use resulting in loss of content or damage to your computer system.  While we have conducted limited testing with these applications and found them to be safe, use them at your own risk.  A word of caution:  We have seen some interesting pop up ads on some of these sites, double check what you are actually downloading BEFORE you click!

Video Utilities:

ImageCue has created a suite of utilities for video extraction to H264 Raw format as well as transcoding and extracting.  Click here to download the ImageCue Video Utility Zip File   Click here for the installation instructions.

Handbrake:  This utility can be used to re-encode video files that aren’t encoded as H264, to H264.  If your video cannot be properly encoded using the ImageCue Video Utilities, Handbrake may be your solution.    Click here to go to the Handbrake download site.

JPEG & PNG Utilities:

Irfanview:  This utility is useful to determine if your JPEG file is progressive.  It can also resize JPEG and PNG images, as well as image type conversions.  Batch resizing is possible.  The ImageCue User’s Guide references the use of Irfanview in the User Media section.  Click here to go to the Irfanview download site.

Fotosizer:  Similar to Irfanview, this utility is very good for batch resizing of JPEG images.  Click here to go to the Fotosizer download site.

ImageMagick:  A popular utility for converting image files from one format to another.  It is a command line based application, so it is designed for advanced users.  Can be used to make PNG files with an alpha transparency channel useful for the ImageCue Overlay feature.  Click here to go to the ImageMagick download site.

SD Card Utilities:

HDD RAW COPY TOOL – This tool allows you to back up the ImageCue SD card to your computer and make back up SD cards for ImageCue.  Please note that on Windows only the “boot” partition of the SD card will be visible.  The application and stock images/videos are in a partition not visible to the Windows OS.  The HDD Raw Copy Tool copies the image of the entire SD card.  Click here to go to the HDD RAW COPY TOOL download site.