To integrate your projector automation units with Vista, you'll need to first configure session types with projection program codes. These codes represent different automation sequences for projector and auditorium functions, such as picture ratio, volume, and house-light levels. The project program codes are then passed to the TMS integration connector.
For example, the following automation program codes could be used for different types of sessions:
|Projection program code||Session type||Description|
|P01||Widescreen feature||Normal session with both WideScreen feature and trailers.|
|P02||Widescreen feature and CinemaScope trailers||Picture ratio change required.|
|P03||Widescreen feature, baby on board||House-lights do not go completely down during the feature.|
After you've set up your session types, you can specify a default type for each of your movie formats. Whenever a film is scheduled, the session automatically uses the projection program code specified for the default session type of the movie format. If necessary, you can make changes for a particular session in Showtime Manager.
For example, say you schedule a session for Cars 2 and the system automatically sets the projection program to P01. This configuration occurs because:
- The film Cars 2 uses the movie format widescreen 2D digital.
- The move format widescreen 2D digital uses the session type widescreen feature.
- The session type widescreen feature uses the projection program P01.
In this example, Vista passes the code P01 to your TMS system.
By default, Vista generates two-digit projection program codes in ascending numerical sequence as you create new session types.
Important: You can change the code when you create the session type record, but after you save the session type record, the code cannot be edited.
By default, projection program codes are numbered from 00 to 99, which limits the system to 100 session types and corresponding projection program codes. If necessary the system setting HOCOMPAT_SESSTYPE_PK10 can be set to Yes, which expands the code to 10 digits and increases the number of session types and codes you can create. Consult your Vista representative before you make this change, and keep in mind that you won't be able to edit automatically generated 10 digit codes.
Note: Because projection program codes vary from cinema to cinema, even within organisations, due to different equipment, automation units, and practices between projectionists, system upgrades never overwrite the data in the Projection Program field in the Session Type maintenance form. Changes to this information must always be made manually.
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