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DIYer Puts Theater PC to Work
DIY Home Theater
April 28, 2008 | by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Software guru Jason Klinke uses a computer and 2.35:1 screen to make real movie magic.
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Posted by Peter Gordon Walsh  on  04/28  at  12:43 PM

Would be nice to see what software he’s using, unless I missed it. How does he have the computer setup?

Posted by Rachel Cericola  on  04/28  at  12:53 PM

As for the software, Jason says it’s primarily driven by Meedio as the front-end for the movie browsing. However, he’s also written a lot of custom software (using Microsoft .NET technology) to implement the pre-movie trivia slides, trailers, voiceovers, remote control of the DVD changers, etc.

The software DVD player in use is TheaterTek, and he also uses ZoomPlayer as the general purpose media player for other types of files including pre-recorded HD files.

Hope this clears some items up!

Posted by Windsor Burke  on  04/30  at  12:38 AM

I would like more info on the pc..such as video card, storage format, conn to projector..etc.

Posted by Jason Klinke  on  04/30  at  10:46 AM

Thanks for your interest. The PC configuration is as follows:

Intel Core2Duo E4600 2.4GHz CPU,
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 256MB video card,
2GB RAM,
Windows Vista Premium,
500GB 7200 RPM primary HDD,
LiteOn DH401S BD-ROM drive,
USB-UIRT usb infrared controller,
SlimDevices Squeezebox,

The NAS is an Infrant ReadyNas X6 with 1TB of space.

Connection to PJ is via HDMI and it runs at the projector’s native resolution of 1280x720.

AV distribution of signals to other rooms is via Cat6 cable using Ce Labs CAT5TX and CAT5RX modules.

Posted by Rachel Cericola  on  04/30  at  10:50 AM

Thanks for the extra info, Jason!

Posted by Tom G.  on  10/16  at  03:19 PM

30,000 votes in 24 hours! Real classy! Looks like your “Theater PC” has been busy pinging this poll. No way should this theater be in the lead. Pathetic!

Posted by W. Burke  on  10/29  at  01:11 AM

I was wondering ...is there a place were i could get help building my home theater??  Have the room..some of the equipment but..but need help to get started??

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