Frequently Asked Questions

How can i connect the Escape Room Screen with Houdini MC?

Please follow the instructions from here.

In case of Chromecast

Minimum Requirements:

  1. A Chromecast (Average cost in Europe ~50 Euros)
  2. At least one monitor (with an HDMI port)
  3. WiFi Connection
  4. Houdini MC

Step 1: Set up Chromecast. Just follow the instructions from here

Step 2: Install Google Cast extension to Google Chrome. Available here

Step 3: Connect your speakers to the TV’s Audio Output. There is no need for wiring from the master control room to the escape room. Houdini MC transmits the main sound theme, additional sounds and more, directly to your TV through Chromecast.

Step 4: Execute Houdini MC. Click on Google Cast button (located at the top left corner of your browser). Select “Cast this Tab”. Click on settings and select “standard” or “high” resolution (based on your connection speed).

Step 5: Enjoy Game Mastering

How can i monitor what the players see with the HDMI connection?

Houdini MC provides 3 alternatives:

1. An Escape Room Screen clone is available to the game master, listed in menus as a “muted instance”. This option activates a new browser instance in which, the game master monitors the players’ screen.
2. By pressing a single button, game master can capture in real time a screenshot from Escape Room Screen.
3. Houdini MC implements a proxy server providing the ability to monitor in real time the Escape Room Screen in any portable device (such as mobile phone, tablet, etc).

How can i adjust the Escape Room Screen resolution?

Escape Room in-room screen automatically adjust to your monitor resolution.

For fine tuning, you can easily modify the zoom size by pressing (Ctrl+Mouse Scroll).

How can i use a different browser?

Houdini’s Escape Room Screen is fully compatible with HTML5 ready browsers, but we suggest you to take the advantages of Chrome browser.

Every time I transmit a video, I get a black screen

To be fully compatible with HTML5 video tag, video streams must have a constant bit-rate.  If you are facing a “black screen” issue, recode your videos using a constant bit rate. Use the following on-line converter (for free) to re encode the video – http://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-mp4

How can i execute Houdini MC without internet connection?

Who said that internet connection is needed? 🙂

How Can I Connect a Panic Button With Houdini MC?

One can connect any connected to the same network device to send requests to Houdini. A simple example is given below:

Requirements: Raspberry Pi, push button

Connect the push button to the Raspberry [Example]

Use the following script:

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO
import time
import urllib

GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BCM)

GPIO.setup(18, GPIO.IN, pull_up_down=GPIO.PUD_UP)

while True:
input_state = GPIO.input(18)
if input_state == False:
url = “http://<Go on Settings->Connections to Get the Houdini’s URL>/clue/”
response = urllib.urlopen(url).read()
print response
time.sleep(0.2)