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    Let's get this started up on the new site. And with the new year there is a new Q-SYS Level-1 Training for Cinema. On my first glance, I noted that it is essentially the same course but they have edited in cinema specific information like the special "switch" on the command to start Designer for cinema, the inclusion of the DCIO(-H) as a peripheral and, most importantly, the "test" is now VERY cinema specific rather than have us cinema guys/gals worry about designed the next awesome Video Teleconferencing suite.

  • #2
    I agree, really only the first video mentions Cinema and probably the only point it makes is the addition of the "/cinema" option to the command line. The remainder of the videos are not cinema-centric and there is no mention of integrating specific equipment from our industry be that a media server, projector, JNIOR or what have you. I need to find some resources to pull together training videos like this on our end (at INTEG).

    Oh... there is a Cinema pink noise generator mentioned in the Testing videos.
    Last edited by Bruce Cloutier; 01-03-2020, 01:31 PM.


    • #3
      Designer 8.2.1 has been released.


      • #4
        The DCIO (H) is one of the key elements in the Q-SYS Ecosystem that allows Q-SYS to fit into most any cinema sound application.

        On the face, it has a "Fader" type level control as well as a mute button. Those are configurable in Designer to work with any part of the design. They could be for the main fader/mute or for the booth monitor or anything else desired. They could even be switched via the design to do multitasking.

        There is also status via the screen but that is not configurable (at this time, at least) can show the status of the GPIO, signal activity...etc.

        In a typical Q-SYS system one creates UCIs (User Control Interfaces) and these are often displayed/controlled via QSC proprietary touchpanels (available in several sizes). It is also possible to create UCIs that are targeted to iOS devices via a free download app but that does require, in a cinema, for the managers to have their phones or iPAD on the a network that both has access to the Q-SYS environment and the internet (presuming the user wants to still be connected to the internet) and this may present some security risks. There is a UCI-Viewer app for Windows machines that also can allow full control by merely being on the network. Starting in Designer 8, one can now create WEB-UCIs, which is where I think the future is heading since that removes the operating system and device itself as a condition of use. You'll still need to cater to the various size device as a layout for a Tablet may be crazy small on someone's phone.

        While all of this flexibility is great, I suspect in a multiplex cinema environment, most people will not want to have touchscreens at each cinema as that can add quite a bit of $$$ to the system when, in most cases, there is nobody there to use/access the touchscreen.

        However, if there IS a problem, it is natural for the theatre employee/manager to go to the theatre experiencing the problem and may want to verify that the sound system is in the correct format, select the correct format if the cue either was omitted or failed to take and check the sound. I'm thinking that it would be good if there was a minimalist "Control Panel" to mate up with the DCIO (H) to allow quick troubleshooting or control for use in multiplex cinemas or cinemas where little to no manual operation takes place.

        The DCIO has six (6) GPIs and (4) Relay outputs. These are all completely user configurable. For instance you could have up to 6 momentary switches to select formats (e.g. 5.1 DCP, Non-Sync, Microphone...etc.) or you could be clever with some diodes and create a binary system so you have up to 26 or 64 formats! Or any combination. I think for most typical cinemas, nothing too clever is needed as most shows can be broken down to 2-4 formats, leaving the remaining GPI for something like a booth monitor on/off and/or ramp volume though for quick troubleshooting, the volume could be preset to what is suitable. The relay outputs, if not used for controlling something like a dimmer, could drive status LEDs to determine what format is selected. Again, thinking for a quick troubleshooting device.

        For those using Q-SYS (or thinking about using it), what interest would there be in having a basic panel that might have some switches and LEDs on it, perhaps build in a monitor speaker as well (The DCIO has a 10W monitor amplifier as well as a line output). I'm already talking to one manufacturer about coming up with such a thing but I'm wondering how much desire there is for it.


        • #5
          I think it would be great. I've had a similar discussion with QSC about either creating a seperate device with buttons or adding a version of the DCIO-H with "format" buttons.


          • #6
            Yeah...buttons, another knob (booth monitor) and let us be able to issue status/text to the display.


            • #7
              QSC has added another set of training videos with the roll out of their Q-SYS Reflect cloud based monitoring. So, if you have your Q-SYS system connected as an automation and talking to your various devices (projectors, servers, lights...etc), you could use Q-SYS Reflect to monitor the status of those devices too.



              • #8
                Designer 8.2.2 is now available for download.
                Q-SYS 8.2.2

                This topic covers release information for Q-SYS 8.2 and any maintenance releases.

                For a list of known issues affecting this release, see the Known Issues page. (Online only)

                What's New in 8.2.2

                Version 8.2.2 is a maintenance release of the Q-SYS platform. It primarily includes fixes to issues affecting version 8.2.1 and lower. Resolved Known Issues
                • System: An issue that caused unnecessary system resource consumption through repeated design deployments has been resolved resulting in improved stability for large or complex systems.
                • System: An issue where Core Manager could become unresponsive on systems with a very large number of inventory items has been resolved.
                • System: An issue that could cause a design to stop running due to excessive event log writes has been resolved.
                • Control: With redundant Q-SYS Core processors, scripted TCP socket connections now remain open only on the Active Core.
                • Video: When powering off an NV-32-H (Decoder) that is receiving a multicast AV stream from an NV-32-H (Encoder), the Encoder now properly stops streaming to that Decoder.
                • Q-SYS Designer: Performance is improved when copying multiple controls at once from the schematic into a User Control Interface.
                • User Control Interfaces: If a design contains a very large number of User Control Interfaces or UCI Viewer instances, they now appear as expected in the iOS app and browser-based UCI viewer in Q-SYS Core Manager.
                Other Updates

                The DCIO-H (Digital Cinema Input/Output for Q-SYS) is now available to all users of Q-SYS Designer software. Formerly available only in Cinema-specific installations of Q-SYS Designer, the DCIO-H can be found in the Inventory menu within the Peripherals > Audio I/O category. For more information, see DCIO / DCIO-H.