Cinema Control Panel for 5D movie theater

By order of the animatronics supplying company we developed the CinemaControlPanel program for a 5D movie theater system. It allows controlling reproduction of movies, special effects and platform movement in a cinema hall. The software was implemented using cross-platform library Qt 4.7 and DirectShow technology.

Cinema Control Panel key characteristics for 5D movie theater

  • Control / User interface
    • Understandable interface — running the program without studying documentation
    • Control: touch screen or computer mouse
    • Selection of movies from a convenient list with posters and detailed description
    • Display of the current time of 5D movie reproduction
    • Russian and English interface support
  • Video / Audio operation
    • Video output from a cinema hall camera to an external monitor of a 5D movie theater
    • DVD video recording capability from a camera in a cinema hall
    • Support of an external monitor for installation near a 5D movie theater
    • Transmission of MP3 files in a cinema hall — for a greeting or advertisements
    • Output of commercials, posters and trailers to an external monitor of a 5D movie theater — for customer acquisition
  • Video licensing / Security assurance
    • Authorization of an operator and an administrator using a password
    • Automatic and manual diagnostics system blocks movie launch when detecting failures of a 5D movie theater platform
    • Emergency stop capability of the movie being played
    • License control system of equipment and 5D movie theater movies
    • Maintenance of viewership statistics — daily SMS-message sending from a 5D movie theater with an indication of viewership


Project results

In the process of developing Cinema Control Panel program for a 5D movie theater Promwad experts accomplished the following tasks:

— Hardware platform development
— Software development
— Production of device prototypes


Read about the first stage of this project, in the framework of which we designed a software and hardware platform to create a 5D movie theatre from scratch.