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Mystical Matthew
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Has anyone tried Kerry's new product - Media Star?
http://www.theceswebsite.com/products/au......dex.html

I've been looking for something like this for quite a while... Does anyone have any experience with it? I love my MP3-Tech, but I'd love to incorporate video into my act...
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I would be interested in understanding what is meant by video. I assume, running on a PC, that you can queue up an mpeg file that plays throught the PC's external video port to a projector. What type of control do you have over this while it is playing.

Just thinking out load: You can embed a video file in powerpoint and que using a presentation remote. I am wondering if this is the functionality Mediastar is drawing from.

If it is - how do you get the video on the big screen and your Queues on the small laptop screen?
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This really does sound similar to a projedted Powerpoint presentation with a remote. I've been using a remote powerpoint system for the last two years and it's great. The advantage with this system is you have a very large display screen on the notebook computer to tell you what track or video is up next.

However, if you are going to use video or other graphics in your show, you will still need to buy a projector and screen. This will add several hundred dollars more to your total purchase.

For the total powerpoint remote system, here's what you need:

Notebook computer with Microsoft Powerpoint (approx. $500.00)
Powerpoint presentation remote (approx. $50.00)
USB Cable to connect from notebook to LCD projector (approx. $10.00)
3.5 mm to RCA cable to connect from notebook to PA system (approx. $10.00)
LCD projector with screen (approx. $600.00)
Heavy duty, multi-plug extension cord (approx. $20.00)

Approximate total cost = $1190.00

Given these cost estimates, the above product may be worth the money if it comes with a high end LCD projector and a good sized projection screen. Just my two bits.

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Lol... I want to know where to get a projector & screen for $600!

Kerry's system sounds perfect for a self contained magic act where you need to run the system yourself. You can see the cues off stage on the laptop and be well set up for most issues that could arise in a live performance setting.

We use a redundant projector system (2 matching projectors stacked) for better output but that depends a lot on the ambient light level where you're perfoming. Also, we're usually feeding at least a 9' x 12' screen so it also depends on the scale of your performance space as to how much projector and screen you'll need.

We usualy front project but be aware of the gain loss if you're doing rear projection.

Powerpoint does video but it's not the ideal platform for it. I also use Sound Control Systems's SCS 10 which does not only sound but video to a second screen as well.

I got a programable presentation remote to trigger the system and it's fine for the few shows where I'm running it myself.

I use SFX for larger shows but it only sends SMPTE cues to other media players. For larger events like that, we have a dedicated switcher to go from powerpoint slides to preshot video on a media server.
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Kent Wong
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On 2009-07-15 15:40, Ray Pierce wrote:
Lol... I want to know where to get a projector & screen for $600!


Here is an ENTRY LEVEL projector with a screen from Costco. In the past, Costco had a similar projector with a floor standing 84" pull up screen.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.asp......ng=en-US

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We have a version of the Digiselect show management system that also plays Powerpoints so if you embed music or video in the powerpoint it will play it as well. You need to use the split monitor capability of your laptop and set Powerpoint to us the second screen. that way the first screen (Your laptop) has your Queues and the second screen (the projector) has your Powerpoint/video

You would still need a Projector and screen or you could us a Large LCD TV that many clubes may have already.

I am not sure if this is how the Media Star works

The digiselect version is in beta and available if you email us at sales@interfazeit.com
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There's three issues that I have with the PowerPoint remote system. Maybe those of you using it could weigh in...

1.) The range on many of them (particularly the Bluetooth ones) is less than stellar.

2.) Most of them are pretty chunky. They aren't as easy to palm as my MP3 Tech remote. It may be a little thing, but I like to keep the remote concealed as much as possible.

3.) It's hard to use a PowerPoint remote as an ankle switch. I'm not currently using this feature, but like that it's available. (I don't know if MediaStar has this capability either)

It looks to me like MediaStar is a netbook (not a typo) with a dongle that allows it to interface with an MP3 Tech remote.

They mention some "custom software" so I think there might be more than just PowerPoint, but I don't know exactly what it does...
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I don't know if there is an ankle switch for the powerpoint remotes, but these days, the variety of powerpoint remotes has increased dramatically. Some are quite slim and easy to conceal. I also have not used any with bluetooth technology, but the standard-style remotes have worked well for me on large, theatre stages. For me, range has never been and issue.

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The one we use for our software is the Mobile Edge MEAP01 Wireless Slim-line Presentation Remote. It fits and can be storedin your PCMCIA slot on the laptop. So very small and thin. The range seems very good also.
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For all you guys wondering if you should buy the Mediastar, all I can say is just do it. I used the mediastar for the first time in my show this past saturday and every thing went great!

After the Show one of the audience members even complamented the sound tech(ha ha)what sound tech. The ankle switch makes the mediastar a breeze to work with. I also have the Soundmaster and the difference is huge, you get what you pay for.

I think that the sound is just as important as the magic, and you would not do subpar magic for your audience so why give them sub par music. I have only scratched the surface with what can be done with the Mediastar just wait until I've played with it for a few months.

Reginald
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Dave Kaplan loves this system. I saw his lecture at the World Magic Seminar and he showcased this system. Well it was the system before this one, but he talked about this one too.
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You do get what you pay for, but that is all right. Don't buy more than you need for the number and size of show you are currently doing. I have had a Show Tech for 12 years or more and went to the Media Star last March. I LOVE it, but I do a lot of work. Yes, it will show Power Point or video via the secondary display control to a large screen LCD TV or to a video projector. If you order it with the laptop you get a netbook which is pleanty big to see anywhere on stage. However, you can order it without the computer and use your own.
If you are needing to control music and cues for yourself on a small budget using the Power Point program or the free Impress program with a presentation remote (rf with 100 ft range velcro it in your jacket or pocket) works wonderfully well. Learn how to program it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWG7dQ-IG7A
A guy I just taught stage hypnosis to in January is currently on a 43 club tour using this on his MacBook and loves it.
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Hey guys - I have Media star - and I love it.

In fact I use it to run and control my Pop up star drops.

I am selling two used units right now. If you have media star you can promgram these curtains to do all kinds of cool stuff in your show.

Take A look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJBa9bt0db8
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I am thinking of buying a Media Star to control all the music in the show. Does anyone have the DMX controller to operate lights and special effects? I'm very interested in that aspect too.
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I love the MediaStar
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Keyy Pollack builds his own DMX controller
taoist
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I'm in the market for one of these.
I currently have the mp3tech which I would like to sell. I'm not sure of appropriate used prices so am bumping into this thread.
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After using my Showtech with the Mini CD player successfully for many years I needed an upgrade. I looked at many of the other products which had many options. I saw Kerry at Abbott's Convention and asked about the MP3 tech. After talking I settled on the MediaStar that he provides WITH the notebook. After a short learning curve ( to get my music from my Mac to the MediaStar) it is FANTASTIC. It has a nice screen you can see your show order, and the best part is you can alter your list on the spot with no re-programming the entire set. Much more compact than the Showtech and all of the same features. You can edit your music on the Mediastar as well. I love the ankle switch system, as well as the additional other control.Lots of options for DMX, Powerpoint and other options. Although the price may nudge away some, this is the way to go. Online tutorials really help the learning process. This is a winner.
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I use the MP3tech for smaller shows and the media star for the bigger shows. I simply love kerry's products. I too used the showtech loved it as well. The media star is so easy use. I love the fact that I can look off stage and there is a my cue sheet. Kerry stands behind is products, if you have a problem with any of them he will fix it very quickly. I can't say enough good things about the media star.

Enjoy
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I still haven't bought the media star yet as I really only want to travel with one and the media star means I need to have a netbook up and running. I wish media star could give the option to be operated without the netbook --audio only as the mp3tech-- as a netbook setup isn't always convenient. (Ie: such as some event performing).
Great products and service though.
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