CEDIA Acquires Cloud-Based Design Tool
CEDIA announced its acquisition of The Cinema Designer in a move that will offer members preferential access to the acquired company’s home theater design software. CEDIA has changed the name of the software to The CEDIA Designer or TCD.
“The CEDIA Designer is an exceptional home theater and media room design tool,” said Tabatha O’Connor, CEDIA president and CEO. “The software was developed by renowned home theater designer Guy Singleton and has earned numerous industry awards since its launch in 2016. Most importantly, it has helped many integration firms save time and money in the design process while ensuring an outstanding client experience. The manufacturers like it because they can feel confident that their products are being specified correctly, with appropriate products being applied to appropriate-sized rooms.”
TCD is a cloud-based design tool that, after entering room specs and design criteria, produces a home cinema or media room design with full documentation, a scale rendering of the finished theater and a 3D CAD model. The CEDIA Designer calculates in minutes what can take an experienced cinema designer several weeks, saving design time on projects, according to the organization.
The software will specify the precise location of loudspeakers, screen, seating and projector. It provides amplification and processor requirements, needed acoustic treatments and more, while adhering to the CTA/CEDIA CEB-22 and CEB-23 Home Theater Audio and Video Recommended Practices.
Singleton and the team behind the software will continue on as consultants focusing on product development, sales and customer care. The team will continue to support, maintain and develop The CEDIA Designer.
“Having CEDIA as the stewards of TCD is a natural fit in our mind,” said Singleton. “We created this software specifically for the CEDIA channel so being able to offer it to the members as a benefit, and more broadly to the entire industry, is a win for all of us.”
All CEDIA members will automatically gain a free subscription to use level I, the Media Room design software, a $625 value, as part of their membership. The three remaining tiers — Media Room Pro, Cinema Room, and Cinema Room Pro — are significantly discounted for members, according to the organization. CEDIA manufacturer members can join the 60 companies and over 1,500 products in the tool and will benefit from a discounted rate when enlisting products into the service.
CEDIA will be demonstrating The CEDIA Designer at CEDIA Expo 2018 next week and a series of webinars are planned after the show. To find out more, go to www.theCEDIAdesigner.org.