Add Audio to Video Zone Control4

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This is for adding an Audio Zone to a Zone that has Video Playing Already on the Control4 System:

It’s easy to add rooms to music being played on the Control4 System in programming, however it could be a little difficult to add the audio from a video source being played to another room.

In this example, the Master Sitting Room has a TV installed, however the Master Bedroom has no TV. The user would like to watch the TV in the Master Sitting Room and have the ability to also listen to it in the Master Bedroom while still having control of the TV.

Testing Setup:

  • Sony XBR-49X830C (You can use any TV with Analog Audio Output)
    • Control4 Driver
  • Control4 C4-16AMP3-B 8-Zone Matrix Amplifier (You can use any Matrix Switch/Amplifier Combo or Separates)
    • Control4 Driver
  • Control4 AV Path Setter
    • Control4 Driver

Must be done by a Control4 Dealer, Programmer and/or Installer…

Assuming that your Control4 System is setup already, you would need to add an additional Driver and reconfigure the Drivers:

  • Add the Control4 AV Path Setter Driver to your project and drop it above your TV Driver for the room that has the Video Source, your TV.

    • In Composer, go to:
      • Search
      • Type in AV Path Setter
      • Double Click on Control4 AV Path Setter to Add to your Project

    • Once added to your project, your going to want to configure the driver to work with the room that has the video source (TV) in it. In this case, the Master Sitting Room.
    • Set the Driver to:
      • End Point Room: Master Sitting
      • All Video Path Settings: Valid for End-Point Room Only
      • All Audio Path Settings: Valid for All Rooms

    • Next, your going to want to bound these drivers together. You want to tell the system that, Your TVs Audio and Video is going through the AV Path Setter and then to your Video Matrix (if you have one) or your AVR “Audio Video Receiver” and your Audio Matrix.

 

    • In Composer, go to:
      • Connections
      • Select the Master Sitting Room TV
        • Bound HDMI Being Use on the TV to the AV Path Setters->Output
        • Bound Analog Audio Being Use on the TV to the AV Path Setters->Input

      • Connections
      • Select the AV Path Setter
        • Bound The AV Path Setters HDMI Output to the Master Sitting TV->HDMI Being Used
        • Bound The AV Path Setters Stereo Output to the 8 Zone Amplifier->Audio Input Being Used

    • Once the TV is bound to the AV Path Setter and the AV Path Setter is bound to the Video Matrix or AVR, go back to the AV Path Setter Driver in System Design and:
      • Click on the Actions Tab
      • Click Update Room Map
      • Then Click Print Last Reported AV Paths

    • Once done, go to the Lua Tab and you should be able to see the Current AV Bindings. This will confirm your bindings are correct. Example:

      • Current AV Bindings:
        BINARY B-100/300-HDMATRIX-4×4 >>> bound to >>> AV Path Setter Video Input
        Master Sitting 4K TV >>> bound to >>> AV Path Setter Audio Input
        AV Path Setter Video Output >>> bound to >>> Master Sitting 4K TV
        AV Path Setter Audio Output >>> bound to >>>8 Zone Amplifier

From here, test and confirm that your Master Sitting Room is still working like it did prior to adding and configuring this Driver.

*If not, check and make sure the Master Sitting Room or the room with the TV in it is the Video End-Point and not the AV Path Setter.

Programming to add Master Bedroom to the Audio and Still have Control of your Video Source.

  • Create a Media Scene that will have the Master Sitting Room and Master Bedroom in it with all options checked.
    • In Composer, go to:
      • Agents
      • Click on Media Scenes.
      • Click on Add
      • Name It
      • Click on Add Room
      • Select the Rooms you want to be Both Playing the Audio

      • Then Checkmark All Options and give the Rooms a Volume Starting Point, like 20%

  • Next, you will need to create a button on the Remote Control to Activate this and Deactivate the Media Scene. You can also use a Configurable Keypad to do this or a Custom Button, but assuming that the user will already be using a remote…
    • In Composer, go to:
      • Programming
      • Select the Master Sitting Room “Or the room that the TV is in.”
      • Select Custom Button 1
      • Go to Actions on the Right and Select Media Scenes
      • Select Your Media Scene Created
      • Click on:
        • Activate
        • Based on Master Sitting “Or the room that the TV is in.”
      • Add that into Script Actions

  • Now, we will want to add a button that will deactivate that as well. Reason being is, if you now want to continue to watch the TV, but turn off the added room playing the audio.

*You also can program this into the same button using a Number String Variable, but that’s for another time 🙂

    • In Composer, go to:
      • Programming
      • Select the Master Sitting Room “Or the room that the TV is in.”
      • Select Custom Button 2
      • Go to Actions on the Right and Select Media Scenes
      • Select Your Media Scene Created
      • Click on:
        • Deactivate
      • Add that into Script Actions
      • Then go up to Master Bedroom “Or the room that the TV is in.” In Actions
      • Click on:
        • Turn Room Off
      • Add that into Script Actions

  • Lastly, we want to make sure the programming is set back to “default” when the Master Sitting Room is turned off. We don’t want the Master Bedroom turning on every time the TV in the Master Sitting Room turns on or if music is played. So we are going to want to Deactivate the Media Scene whenever the Master Sitting Room turns off.
    • In Composer, go to:
      • Programming
      • Select the Master Sitting Room “Or the room that the TV is in.”
      • Select Power Off
      • Go to Actions on the Right and Select Media Scenes
      • Select Your Media Scene Created
      • Click on:
        • Deactivate
      • Add that into Script Actions

Now its testing time!

  • Turn on the TV in the Master Sitting Room and while a video is playing, press Custom 1, that should add the both rooms together and you will still have control of the TV in the Master Sitting while being able to control both rooms volume!
  • Press Custom 2 and it will turn off the Master Bedroom audio while the Master Sitting Room is still on!
  • Turing off the Master Sitting Room will set everything back to “default”!

You can expand on this to always have the audio on in both rooms if needed, but I would recommend creating a schedule to Activate the Media Scene when Project “…” Loads or create a Schedule to Activate the Media Scene on a nightly basis in the even of power outages and so on. However that another story…

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