Custom Content Preparation Guide

SHOWPIX™ and StudioPix™ Content Creation

The information on this page will assist in creating custom content for the SHOWPIX™ and StudioPix™ graphic display capabilities. You will need to format custom content using Echo™ software.  Echo™ is High End Systems software program offering content visualization, management and upload capabilities as well as RDM management features. It also provides quick conversion of animations and patterns by mapping the files to LED display of SHOWPIX or StudiPix. You can download Echo™ from the SHOWPIX and StudioPix support page.

There are two main ways to create content, #1 pixel mapping and #2 creating or using a movie file or portions of it, so the Echo™ application can convert it to SHOWPIX or StudioPix format. We suggest exporting to the following to formats to use for Echo to convert for either method:
• Quicktime .MOV
• Animation best .MOV
•.GIF
although other formats are supported.
Each animated file you create can contain up to 256 frames (or about 10 sec at 24fps) and be set to play back from 1 to 30 frames per second before import into Echo. Once uploaded to a fixture playback speed is variable via the controller or operating System.
Important note: File names cannot be longer than 16 characters in length.

The templates and tutorial below are intended to help you get started. Experimenting and learning the extended capabilities of your favorite vector based of video editing programs will aid in making more elaborate content.

Importing/Formatting Content into Echo

Watch the Echo Video tutorial here:
Windows Media format
Quicktime format

Adobe® Flash® primer lesson - Pixel Mapping

Download the Adobe Flash® template here:
SHOWPIX-Flash-Template.zip

StudioPix-Flash-Template.zip
Watch our Adobe Flash® Primer lesson here:
Windows Media format
Quicktime format

Step by Step text with Video:

NOTE: To open the play controller, go to your window menu/toolbar/controller.

#1 Open SHOWPIX/Studiopix -Template in Adobe Flash
#2 Select the Paint Bucket Tool pick a color
#3 Click the Paint bucket tip onto of the desired LED to paint
#4 Right Click the first frame in the time line and scroll to copy frame, click in next frame and Right Click and paste frame
#5 Advance the timeline to the next frame by dragging the red bar above it
#6 Repeat steps #3-#5 up to 256 frames maximum
* groups of frames can be copied pasted, reversed in order, as well as removed.
#7 Use the arrow Selection Tool to change frame rate in the properties box
#8 Once your happy with your animation Save your master file, then go to Export Movie, choose Animated gif, or Quicktime Movie, or Flash Movie
Your animation is now ready for import into Echo.