Lighting for Petter Dass Museum Controlled by Medialon

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• Created: May 4, 2009

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SANDNESSJØEN, Norway — A Medialon Manager Show & Media Control system has been integrated in the Petter Dass Museum in this city in northern Norway. The museum, which tells the story of Petter Dass, a 17th century Norwegian clergyman and poet, was designed by the architect Snøhetta. One Medialon Manager PRO license, integrated by Multitekst Ltd and YIT Systemteknikk, controls the auditorium and the exhibition sections of the museum.

A Rugboard (touch panel) is the main user interface for the installation and runs Medialon Panel software. It allows the museum’s tour guide, by a simple touch, to control windows blinds and curtains, screen and building lighting as well as the show applications running in the auditorium and the exhibition sections of the museum.

In the auditorium, one Medialon Display Player (MDP) runs a 20-minute introduction movie. The operator can select to run the Norwegian or English movie. Medialon Manager also controls all AV equipment, including a DVD player, amplifier, AV source selector, projector, lighting, as well as a projection screen. That system is operated by the Rugboard touch interface as well.

“The museum wanted to be able to replace the movie in the auditorium at any time. They also wanted the curtains in the auditorium to open a few seconds before the movie ends,” said Vidar F. Eggen, Medialon’s programmer from Multitekst Ltd.

“With no timecode or duration reference available from the Display Player, I loaded the same movie into Medialon Manager and started it simultaneously with Display Player. In Medialon Manager, I can measure duration and playback position, thereby being able to send commands to the curtains five seconds prior to the movie ending, no matter how long the movie is,” he added.

In the exhibition section, visitors can learn more about Petter Dass, the culture of the period he lived in and the nature of the region. The Medialon Manager Pro and an IP Cue system switch on the 13 Panasonic 42” plasma screens and the seven Medialon Display Players (MDP) PCs run individual video loops.

Once an hour, or on demand via the Rugboard, the screens all show a synchronized two-minute Intermezzo program with music, pictures and sounds from the surrounding nature, forming a 40-meter long screen of multi source video and audio that spans the entire exhibition area. There is one Intermezzo for spring, summer, autumn and winter, and they alternate.

Medialon Manager also controls the building’s lighting system in the auditorium and the following AV equipment:

1    4480 TCP/IP-IR transmitter to control JVC receiver, JVC DVD player.
1    IPCue IP transmitter to control 13x Panasonic 42” plasma screens.
1    MOXA DE-5410
1    RS232 > RS485 converter to control Dynalite DALI light controller
1    Extron TP150 Audio/Video source selector and cat5 scaler/extender

TThe timeline capability as well as open architecture towards controlled units, makes Medialon Manager the most flexible control system for this type of applications,” said Vidar F. Eggen, Medialon’s programmer from Multitekst Ltd.

The exhibition has been designed by Danish company Kvorning Design & Kommunikation, working with Ivar Roger Hansen, the managing director of the museum.

YIT Building Systems AV Systemteknikk was commissioned by Kvorning Design and K.F. Petter Dass to supply the AV equipment and the Medialon system.

Multitekst Ltd. is the company of Vidar F. Eggen, a freelance multimedia integrator, programmer and translator. Multitekst Ltd. was contracted by YIT Building Systems AV Systemteknikk to program the installation of Medialon.

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