By popular demand, AtmosFX is back with a new motion sensor activated media player! For this latest advancement in digital decorating, we've partnered with the experts at MedeaWiz to offer the Sprite Media Player & Motion Sensor.
What is the Sprite Media Player?
Many long-time AtmosFX decorators may be familiar with our previous media player options, but other folks may be curious; what exactly is a media player? Quite simply, it’s a powerful handheld device that can play videos stored on an SD card or USB drive. Every AtmosFX digital download in your personal library can be copied to a storage device, plugged into the media player, and then easily played in high definition on your TV, projector, or other display device.
The Sprite is not just a convenient media player solution. It also features the amazing motion sensor capability, which creates new possibilities to delight or give fright to neighbors and guests with triggered decoration playback. It’s great for startling your Halloween visitors or simply pausing your decorations until your next guest approaches. Please keep in mind, the motion sensor is an accessory for the media player, and both components are required to create the effect.
Setting up the motion sensor is easy — follow the steps below to create these effects for yourself!
Before Getting Started: Which Decorations Work Best?
If you’re looking for compatible decorations, check out collections which include “Startle Scares”. Startle scare decorations are perfect for the motion sensor, because they feature sudden and dramatic appearances or transformations. For example in UnLiving Portraits the paintings suddenly turn ferocious. In Bone Chillers, scary skeletons jump into frame. Click here for a complete list of Startle Scare decorations from our catalog.
The AtmosFX Motion Sensor is great for more than just startle scares, pranks, and other frightening displays — you can use it to make almost any scene interactive. For instance, you could play some Night Before Christmas decorations to make Santa appear just as the kids come downstairs. The motion sensor adds an entirely new element of fun to your displays.
Buffer Files and How to Find Them
The Sprite’s motion sensor feature is specifically designed for decorations with “buffer files”, which are short video loops designed to match the beginning and end of your decoration. The buffer file is loaded and plays on seamless repeat until the motion sensor is triggered, causing the decoration to playback without missing a beat.
Many AtmosFX decorations already included buffer files as a standard option, but we've also updated collections that didn't already include them. Now, any collection that didn't include buffer files will include a separate link on the download page just for the buffer files.
If you have older decoration purchases, you can easily have new download emails sent to your inbox. To receive new download links, click here and enter the email address associated with your order(s). Finally, you can contact the support team if you still need some help locating your buffer files.
Now it’s time to learn how the magic trick is performed. Here are some easy steps to set up your own motion sensor enhanced decorations.
Step 1: Prepare your Decorations
The Sprite is programmed to respond to specific files based on their filename. To prepare a motion sensor-triggered decoration, copy both the buffer file and the decoration video to your USB stick or SD card. Then, rename the buffer file to “000.mp4”, and rename the decoration file to “001.mp4”. If file extension names are hidden on your computer, then you will just rename the files to “000” and 001”. Once you’ve loaded the files onto your storage device, connect the storage device to your Sprite player.
Step 2: Place your Motion Sensor
Effective placement of the Motion Sensor is equal parts strategy and artistry. The Motion Sensor is triggered whenever a person or object enters the sensor path. If your guest is standing in the sensor path when the decoration finishes, it will start playing again instead of pausing and waiting for a new trigger to occur. If you are playing a short decoration (like a startle scare), you may want to place the sensor in a spot where it can only be triggered once to ensure that the surprise won’t be spoiled for the next set of visitors.
Consider your other decorating props in your display when placing the motion sensor. You may be able to hide the sensor under a table holding your candy bowl, or on the other side of a decorative tombstone.
Step 3: Connect your Media Player
Use an HDMI cable or other compatible video connection with your Sprite Media Player to connect it to your Projector or TV. Next, connect your motion sensor to the port on the Media Player labeled “I/O”. Finally, connect the included power cable to the Media Player, and turn on the Media Player. Once turned on, the Sprite will automatically detect your decorations and begin the motion sensor playback.
Step 4: Trigger the Sensor
Once a person moves within range of the sensor, the media player will trigger the decoration to play. As soon as the decoration has played entirely, it will loop back to buffer file. If you experience any glitches in the image in-between the video files, you may need to adjust your “Video Output” settings. Different display devices may require different settings, but most devices will work best with either “HDMI_1080P-50HZ” or “HDMI_1080P-60HZ”.
Step 5: Final Adjustments
Once you’re all set, test out the motion sensor. Try triggering it from different directions and distances, imagining how your audience may interact with your display. You may need to adjust the height and angle of your motion sensor to perfect the effect.
Now you’re ready to create some motion-triggered displays! Create startle scares or sweet scenes, play pranks on your housemate, or turn the sensor into a family game where you all try to move veeerry slowly. We can’t wait to see what our community of creative decorating enthusiasts come up with, so send us video links of your startle scares, pranks, and how-tos via our AtmosFAN of the Week application form! If you need help or want to find more information about the AtmosFX Motion Sensor, come visit us at AtmosFX.com/support.
And one last thing: The Sprite Media Player doesn’t just play AtmosFX digital files. It also plays music, movies and photos – making it a handy device even when you’re not projecting the newest AtmosFX Digital Decoration. But, this time of year, why would you want to do that?!
To pre-order the Sprite Media Player with motion sensor, click here now!