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Is there a way to run the unliving portraits on a TV and have it motion triggered? I thought I had read that maybe just the DVDs were able trigger? I would like to do the digital download version and run it on some sort of media playback device. Thanks in advance!
 

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Yes, you should be able to, though that depends on the video playback device. Some of the triggerable ones can get pricey like the Hi-Rez Designs triggering media player:
http://www.hi-rezdesigns.com/store/product.php?productid=17613&cat=250&page=1
There are also professional ones by a company called Brightsign that are really awesome.
https://www.brightsign.biz/
I've also done this in the past by hacking a DVD player. You'd have to make a DVD where the main image you want is the title screen and pressing the play button starts the video. Be careful to make sure your DVD player doesn't flicker to a black screen when switching or it ruins the illusion. Here's a video I've made a number of years ago on doing this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhGvEOs9sgU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu7ZCNPlj1w
 

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Raspberry Pi + PIR + MP4 of the portrait + some Python code + HDMI cable + TV.

You can cut and paste the code from here: http://blogs.arcsoftwareconsultancy.com/pi/2013/10/03/halloween/

It uses omxplayeer run from the command line. They walk you through everything step by step. Just ignore the part of the article where they discuss taking a picture of the victim. They've broken it down into chunks of code for each step of the prop. You will need to change the name of the "scarefile" to whatever the name of your video file is. The code works beautifully. Total cost is less than $40 for the build (not including your video file). I've tested it, and it works. I would build it according to the instructions, verify that it works for the 3 second scare file they use, then change it to your video file.
 

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Yes, you should be able to, though that depends on the video playback device. Some of the triggerable ones can get pricey like the Hi-Rez Designs triggering media player:
http://www.hi-rezdesigns.com/store/product.php?productid=17613&cat=250&page=1
There are also professional ones by a company called Brightsign that are really awesome.
https://www.brightsign.biz/
I've also done this in the past by hacking a DVD player. You'd have to make a DVD where the main image you want is the title screen and pressing the play button starts the video. Be careful to make sure your DVD player doesn't flicker to a black screen when switching or it ruins the illusion. Here's a video I've made a number of years ago on doing this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhGvEOs9sgU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu7ZCNPlj1w
I actualy stumbled onto those too doing some internet surfing. That brightsine one looks nice but pricy. The other is better in price but still up there. Then I came across something called a sprite...anyone have any hands on time with it? It's only $89....seems it does what the black box v2 does for the most part?

http://www.frightprops.com/sprite-seamless-looping-hd-triggerable-video-player.html
 

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Raspberry Pi + PIR + MP4 of the portrait + some Python code + HDMI cable + TV.

You can cut and paste the code from here: http://blogs.arcsoftwareconsultancy.com/pi/2013/10/03/halloween/

It uses omxplayeer run from the command line. They walk you through everything step by step. Just ignore the part of the article where they discuss taking a picture of the victim. They've broken it down into chunks of code for each step of the prop. You will need to change the name of the "scarefile" to whatever the name of your video file is. The code works beautifully. Total cost is less than $40 for the build (not including your video file). I've tested it, and it works. I would build it according to the instructions, verify that it works for the 3 second scare file they use, then change it to your video file.
That was something else I saw mentioned was using a raspberry pi but I know nothing about them. I'll check out that link.
 

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I haven't used it, but that sprite looks very promising. I may consider getting my hands on one to play with it.
I am thinking of doing the same

Does anyone know how the scenes work on a old ipad...will they loop without the black screen?
 

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All I would need with that one is a motion sensor of some sort...no other controller right?

Can the unliving portraits be triggered on a iPad or tablet of some sort?
Correct, just need a trigger input. Motion, beam sensor, etc. Not sure about ipad or tablet.
 

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The MedeaWiz Sprite video repeater works well for this application.
For a novice, It can be set up as easily as putting the 2 fx files on a SD memory card and connecting 2 wires from your pushbutton to screws on the Sprite.
Or you can wire in a $1.50 motion sensor from ebay
Or if you do programming, use your favorite processor to control up to 200 files on the Sprite by serial commands.
 
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