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Medialon Finds a Historic Home At Mt. Vernon

VernonA pair of state-of-the-art big-screen theaters in the Ford Orientation Center at Mount Vernon feature Medialon MANAGER show control at their core. The Center is part of a new complex on the grounds of George Washington‘s home, which is designed to illuminate fascinating chapters of the first president‘s life via interactive displays, films, immersive experiences and a collection of more than 700 objects.

Medialon MANAGER allows the theaters‘ show control system to be fully automated and provides them with remote monitoring capabilities. The theaters play, in rotation, an action-adventure movie highlighting critical moments in Washington‘s life. It‘s preceded by a three-minute orientation to Mount Vernon.

The theaters feature 40-foot wide Stewart GrayHawk Cinema Perf. screens, Christie Digital CP2000X 2K projection systems and QuVIS Ovation 2K video servers. Media is displayed at Digital Cinema resolution via dual HD-SDI links at 4:4:4 color sampling rates. Dolby CP650 decoders distribute 5.1 surround sound programming to their respective theater through JBL Cinema sound systems.

Medialon MANAGER controls the Christie Digital projectors and QuVIS video servers. While MANAGER does not control the screens, it does control the curtains and masking provided by Texas Scenic. The entire show sequence that runs in revolving order in each theater is cued by Medialon. The average time that it takes to fill the theater was measured empirically and then programmed in to Medialon for automated operation. The Manager system also operates the lights and the closed captioning system during the show sequence.

The exhibit takes advantage of Medialon’s Position Tracking, which allows a device to be locked to a timeline and IP Control requiring less control hardware.

About Medialon
Founded in 1992 and based in Europe and in the USA, Medialon designs and distributes software-based control systems for audiovisual equipment and digital media. As a leader in the show-control market, we count among our customers the largest museums in the world (Centre Pompidou, Vulcania, Metropolitan Museum of Art), prestigious theme parks (Futuroscope, Asterix, large US parks) and famous entertainment venues (Lido, Wynn Las Vegas, Apollo Theater NYC).

Manager software allows users to program and synchronize an unlimited number of devices (audio, video, lighting, image processors, special effects, etc). Its programming environment enables the easiest creation of scenarios, from the simplest to the most complex. Designed to be used in networks, it controls the latest-generation equipment over TCP IP. With more than 1000 licenses used daily in the world, it is now the industry standard.

Medialon‘s MIP is a multimedia hardware player which plays any type of digital media: Flash, Mpg, Divx, PPT, JPEG, HTML, URL, etc… with an integrated playlist programming and planning tool. MIP is used for the playback of media, interactive kiosks and digital signage in state-of-the-art museums such as the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

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