MiniMAD

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miniMAD is a hardware device designed to play a media file on various surfaces exported from MadMapper.

 

Export quad and triangle surfaces from a selected projector in MadMapper, along with a list of image and movie files. Once started, miniMAD will play the medias on the exported surfaces.

You can adjust the mapping, the brightness and the contrast of the surfaces, and change the media playback.

You can Order The miniMAD now from the GarageCube Shop.

If you live in the USA you can order it from our official reseller Blinkinlabs.com.

Surfaces

miniMAD 2.5 supports quad* and triangle surfaces.

Other surfaces (Circle, Mask, fixtures, Lines, 3d Surfaces) are not supported yet.

*Quad masks and shaders are not yet supported

Medias

miniMAD 2.5 supports a single media at a time on every surfaces. Every image files supported by MadMapper will be exported to miniMAD. During the export process, movie files will be transcoded and their size adapted to maximize the performance depending on the selected projector’s resolution.

Projectors

The device supports a single projector connected to the HDMI port. The maximum supported resolution is 1080p (1920×1080). In case the selected resolution is not supported by the actual connected projector, the device will use the projector’s default resolution and display a notification.

Export to miniMAD

In MapMapper: Click Export to miniMAD in the File menu

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Insert the provided SD-card in your computer using the bundled microSD card adapter. If necessary, update miniMAD as advised before exporting. Then, select the projector you want to export to miniMAD, adjust the output resolution, the audio output, the playback options, eventually deselect media you don’t want to export and reorder them and select the default media to be played at startup. Finally, click the “Export” button to start the export. FFmpeg is required to export MadMapper project to miniMAD please download FFmpeg Tool Installer. The process may take some time depending on the number of movie files and their duration. MadMapper will avoid transcoding movie files that are already optimized on the SD-card.

insert miniMAD SD card

Network Synchronization

Connect the miniMADs on the same ethernet network to synchronize media-playback automatically*.

* movie synchronization happens when the movies playing on every miniMADs have the same frame count and framerate, even though their file names are different

Every media-related action made on any miniMAD happens instantly and automatically to every miniMADs: media change*, pause, restart, playback mode, audio mode, image display-time.

* media change works properly if every miniMADs contain a file with the same name, even though its content is different

Create a MadMapper project using the video-wall template, import your pictures and videos, and export the different projectors to as many synchronized miniMADs. The setup couldn’t be easier: Just connect all your miniMAD with an ethernet cable to a network switch*, and wait until they automatically synchronize.

* the switch is only necessary starting with 3 miniMAD devices
synchronize 2 miniMAD

To synchronize 2 x miniMADs, just link them with an ethernet Cable

synchronize multiple minimad devices

Use a network switch to connect more than 2 miniMAD devices

miniMAD control modes

Buttons

  • Left: previous media
  • Right: next media
  • Up: change playback mode
  • Down: pause media
  • Red (toggle ON/OFF) : Mapping control mode
    • Yellow: previous control point / surface
    • Blue: next control point / surface
    • Up / Down / Left / Right: move control point
  • Yellow (toggle ON/OFF): Image control mode
    • Blue: next surface / all surfaces
    • Left / Right: adjust contrast
    • Up / Down: adjust brightness
  • Blue + Yellow: display info
  • Blue + Red: shutdown miniMAD

Keyboard

As an alternative to the miniMAD’s buttons, you can use any USB keyboard as a remote. Using a wireless USB keyboard may be particularly interesting when the device is not easily accessible. Attach the keyboard to one of the four USB ports prior to powering it on and follow the following keyboard map to control all functions:

  • Backspace: restart movie
  • Space: pause movie
  • Right: next movie
  • Left: previous movie
  • P: change playback mode
  • Up: increase image display time
  • Down: decrease image display time
  • A: change audio output
  • D: display info
  • H: help
  • Q: shutdown
  • M: Mapping control
    • Up/Down/Left/Right: adjust mapping
    • Tab: next control point
    • Enter: next surface / all surfaces
  • C: Cropping control
    • Up/Down/Left/Right: adjust cropping
    • Return: next control point
    • Tab: next surface
  • I: Image control
    • Up/Down: adjust brightness
    • Left/Right: adjust contrast
    • Enter: next surface / all surfaces
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0: direct access to the 10 first medias

Network Synchronization

When connected to a network, all the miniMADs share the same media controls (media change, pause, restart, playback mode, audio mode, image display time) which means that every change that’s made on any miniMAD is instantly reflected on all of them.

Quick Start Tutorial

A user video Quickstart tutorial by Projectile Objects

FAQ

Frequent Asked questions about the miniMAD

Do I need MadMapper to use the miniMAD ?

MadMapper is required to export the video mapping composition to the miniMAD device.

Can I output to multiple video projectors with a miniMAD?

The miniMAD has a single HDMI output. Though, the miniMad can synchronize itself with other miniMADs.

To create a multiple video projector project, use the MadMapper video-wall template and export the project to each miniMAD miniSD-card.

Connect the miniMADs together with ethernet cables and wait until all miniMADs are synchronized. Once the synchronization is done, the composition will play seamlessly across all the miniMADs.

Can I use MadLight with the miniMAD?

The current version of the miniMAD can only manage video mapping projection.

How to save modifications made on the miniMAD?

No action is required: the miniMAD automatically saves all modifications you do on the mapping.

How much does the miniMAD costs?

The price is 169€ excluding VAT. The miniMAD can be purchased from the GarageCube Shop.

If you are located in the US, please visit our official reseller Blinkinlabs.com.

Manual

Download the miniMAD QuickStart Manual.

Forum

Send your Feedbacks and exchange with miniMAD users on the miniMAD Forum.

More Questions ?

Contact the technical support at support@garagecube.com.

Technical Specifications

• Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
• 7 buttons control panel
• HDMI output up to 1080p60 (1920×1080 at 60Hz)
• 16 GB MicroSD-card + adapter
• 2 Amp power supply
• Size 9x10x3 cm

In the Box:

• 1 x 16 GB microSD-card class 10 installed with miniMAD software and an SD-card adapter
• 1 x power supply 100-240V including EU, AUS, UK and US plug (you can choose a white or black unit)
• 1 x printed user manual

Secure your miniMAD power-plug from being disconnected or damaged with the PLOCK – Power Supply Lock. You can download the 3D file to print it yourself (Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike).