When your new AtmosFX Digital Decorating Kit Plus (DDK+)arrives, we are certain you’ll find it’s a flexible and easy way to create stunning digital decorations. Still, it never hurts to take a minute to get familiar with the DDK+ navigation menu. Below, we’ll walk you through how to start decorating digitally in no time.
In this start-up article we'll look at:
- The type of inputs and formats the DDK+ can project
- Navigating the menus and choosing sources
- Focus and Keystone
- Decoration options
What Comes in the Kit
Your Digital Decorating Kit Plus should come complete with all the items pictured below:
- An AtmosFX projector (sometimes also referred to by the kit name, DDK+)
- A power unit with self-contained micro-fan
- An SD Card in plastic case (the card itself is blue. in this image it is already plugged into the projector)
- Screws for tilting the projector and/or attaching the mounting plate
- A remote (2 AAA batteries not included)
- The mounting plate
- The cord connecting the power unit to the wall socket
- A user manual
- Reusable adhesive tape
- Projection material (note, this is different than the Window Projection Material and Premium Window Projection Material available for sale.)
If you are missing any of these items, contact our Customer Support team by navigating to our Help & Support Page then clicking on "contact us."
The type of inputs and formats the DDK+ can project
If this is your first time, it's a good idea to set up your DDK Plus in a place where it’s easy to sit down, relax, and familiarize yourself with the device. As you unpack your DDK Plus, take note of all the components, point the unit at a clear space on a wall, and plug the projector in. Later, you can move it to the perfect location where you can project AtmosFX’s stunning digital decorations.
First, take a look at the back panel of the DDK Plus, where the inputs are located. On the right side, along the top, you can see the SD card input. Just below it are two USB inputs and an HDMI input. Basically, these are where you’ll plug in the media holding your digital decorations — or movies, photos, or music. Check page 22 of the User’s Manual for a complete list of supported file formats or you can read a Help & Support article on our website.
If you are playing your decorations on an older DVD player that doesn't have HDMI capabilities, you may need to use the AV In port, on the left side.
You can also learn more about all these inputs in the User’s Manual included with your kit.
Make a special note of the circle labeled “IR” on the left side of the back panel. That’s the receptor for the remote control. When using the remote (versus the buttons on the top of the DDK Plus), you will get the best results when pointing the remote directly towards this IR receptor without anything obscuring the line of sight.
Navigating the menus and choosing sources
Now, on to creating amazing displays with AtmosFX digital decorations. The kit comes with an SD card preloaded with 20 scenes. You’ll find this card in the box contained in a small, plastic case about the size of a large postage stamp.
Remove the SD card from its case (save the case for later) and insert the metallic end —label side up as show in the image above— into the SD slot until you hear a little click. The slot is spring-loaded so, when you want to remove the SD card, just push the card in slightly and then release.
Now turn on the DDK Plus. Just push the power button on the top of the projector and wait for the light to turn green. Remove the lens cap and set this aside. Remember to save the cap. It will keep the lens clean when the projector is not in use. A dirty lens can have a negative effect on your final display.
Focus and Keystone
Now, look at the wall — the projection is where you will navigate the menu. If the image is blurry, you may need to adjust the focus and the vertical keystone. The outer ring, which is closer to the lens, controls the focus. The inner ring controls the keystone.
Once the edges of your images are clear and your tilt fits your display, you will be ready to start navigating the DDK Plus menu.
On the main page, you see three circles arranged horizontally across the top, and five larger circles that descend vertically down the middle of the screen. The three circles at the top tell you what input sources are ready to use. In this case, if you have inserted the SD card that came with the kit, that circle will be blue. (If you also had a USB drive plugged into a slot, or even an HDMI cable, more than one of the circles would be blue.)
The descending larger circles allow you to select what you want to do — play digital decorations, watch movies, view photos, listen to music, or read text. You can do a lot with the Digital Decoration Kits so many of our fans keep them around all year. We'll talk more about the other DDK+ functions in subsequent blogs.
Using the remote or device buttons, move the yellow square to Digital Decorations and, push “OK.”
On the next screen, there are different categories of digital decorations available on your pre-loaded SD card - Christmas, Halloween, and Holidays (such as Easter, Valentine’s Day, and more). The “Digital Decorating Basics.mp4” is a short video that explains the many different ways you can digitally decorate. By pushing the up-or-down arrows, you can select the category you want.
Similarly, on the next screen you are given the choice between digital decorations that are oriented vertically or horizontally. Your pre-loaded SD card includes both vertical and horizontal versions of every decoration. However, not all AtmosFX digital decorations come with a vertical version, so you may not always see both sets of files.
You can learn more about which decorations currently have vertical versions in our online Help & Support pages: http://support.atmosfx.com/article/31-is-there-a-vertical-version-for-all-decorations
The next screen shows all the scenes available. You may select a single scene, or several. Simply use the “OK” button to check the boxes of all the decorations you want add to your list.
Once you have selected all the scenes you want, push the play/pause button on either the remote or the DDK Plus.
All the digital decorations you select will continue to loop until you stop. You can pause your display by hitting the play/pause button, or you can return to the menu to select by pushing the “Return” button (the one with the arrow in the shape of a sideways “U”).
Essentially, that is all there is to it! Navigating the menu on the the DDK Plus is designed to be extremely easy — especially when you are using the included SD card that comes with the kit.