AmbiVision PRO Install Guide
Read this manual before you start using AmbiVision PRO. Obey all instructions and warnings (marked by a yellow triangle with exclamation mark) to avoid injury or hardware damage.
If you are looking for instructions for original AmbiVision, click here.
LabTeam Innovations LTD is not responsible for hardware damage if this manual is not followed, and the warranty will be voided.
1. The device should not be used by children under 16 years old.
2. Do not insert fingers or any items into the device.
3. Avoid contact with fluids. Do not swallow any items of the set.
4. Keep in a dry location not accessible to children.
5. Modifications can be done only by the manufacturer.
6. The manufacturer is not responsible for bodily injury or damage to equipment due to improper handling.
If you need any help with installation, configuration, or color setup, please contact our technical support on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmbiVision.TV/ or Skype: labteam.innovations
Our technical support works from Monday to Friday between 9:00 – 17:00 (London time).
If you need support at another time or on the weekend, write us and agree with our technician’s support date.
Table of Content
Useful links for AmbiVision easy installation (.pdf):
LED strip setup
To achieve the best visual effect, the recommended distance between the wall and the LED strip is 3-20 cm. Do not cover the ventilation holes of the TV.
To install, stick the LED strip around the screen back, close to the TV edges. AmbiVision PRO can be installed in 2 ways (default start of sticking is from the left corner):
1. Looking at the back of the TV, start from the right lower corner and go up, left, down, right.
2. Looking at the back of the TV, start from the middle of the bottom side and go right, up, left, down and right to the beginning of the LED strip.
The LED strip is bendable, but some parts cannot be bent. Only bend places without solder and LEDs.
The extra part of the LED strip can be cut off with scissors. If you do not cut it off, the Magic Link will not detect a proper number of LEDs on the LED strip and you need to put the values manually.
To reduce colors changing along the LED strip, please make a LED strip “loop” to balance voltage drops. Take a look at the pictures:
Please note that polarization is relevant: connect “GND” to black cable and ”+5V” to red cable. We suggest using the top layer of the LED strip instead of the bottom layer (despite the act that it is more “natural”) due to a thin glue layer covering the pads.
This device uses nominal input voltages of 110 – 240 V AC and it automatically selects the correct input voltage. It is designed to work with a single-phase power system having a grounded neutral conductor. To reduce the risk of electrical shock, do not plug into any other type of power system. Connect the device with all peripheral equipment before turning it on.
The brightness in the room has a great influence on quality. It is recommended to limit the ambient lighting in order to get the best effect.
Magic Link - wireless LED strip controller
① DC INPUT (5V 3A or 6A)
Connect to the power supply adapter.
② LED strip plug
Connect to the LED strip.
We suggest placing the MagicLink at the back of the TV, near to the edge with some distance (to do not touch the enclosure directly) to the TV enclosure using zip ties and sticky bases. This way, you should decrease TV’s shield influence on the radio range.
Connect the MagicLink to the LED strip using 3 pins connector. Use zip ties and sticky bases to stabilize Magic Link on the rear of the TV. After making the „Power loop”, connect the power adapter to the Magic link and plug into the power grid. MagicLink automatically determines the count of LEDs and LED strip types (RGBW or RGB – to change to another type, use the Wizard app ). The calculating operation takes about 2-5 minutes depending on the LED strip length. The successful result is indicated by “white waves animation”.
If you change the LED strip, you can use automatic LED strip recognition again:
1. Unplug an LED strip from the MagicLink and then turn on MagicLink’s power adapter.
2. Wait a minimum of 10 seconds and connect the LED strip.
3. You should see R-G-B-(W) sequence at the first LED – that means the calculating started.
4. Wait about 2-5 minutes until the white waves animation starts.
LED strip type and number of LEDs are stored. If you want to change it, you can set it manually in the Wizard application (user settings have higher priority).
AmbiVision PRO controller
① Fisheye lens camera
Put the controller camera towards the TV screen.
② DC INPUT (5V 3A or 6A)
Connect to the power supply adapter.
③ Screw holes
④ Mounting holes
Use holes on the bottom of the enclosure to mount the controller on the ceiling or on the wall.
Put the controller in a convenient place facing towards the TV screen (max 5 meters distance). You can use holes on the bottom of the enclosure to mount the controller on the ceiling or on the wall. Thanks to the fisheye lens, you can place the controller close to the screen, even at a high angle. The horizontal angle is 180 deg, vertical is 140deg.
You can check what the camera sees in the app – the screen tracking tab(the image is refreshing every time you conduct screen seeking manually).
If you change the orientation of the controller, you should conduct screen seeking again.
Please note that the camera has seen the screen without any obstacle!
Two indicating LEDs are located inside the box (visible from the controller front):
– the green light on means shutdown mode (disabled device)
– blinking red light means MagicLink discovering, screen tracking in progress or firmware update in progress
– alternatively blinking of green and red LED means infrared remote control programming or request to the user if Philips HUE connecting in progress (user must press the button on Philips HUE bridge)
We suggest reading whole the manual before use. However if you want to speed up the setup, do step-by-step:
1. Stick the LED strip behind the TV starting from the left lower corner looking from the front/or starting from the middle bottom of TV (check LED strip setup in manual).
2. Connect the power adapter to the Magic Link (read above instructions on how the MagicLink should be placed). The Magic Link starts counting the number of the LEDs. It will take 1-3 minutes. Time depends on the length of the LED strip.
3. Wait until the Magic Link will show you short white wave animation. It indicates that the Magic Link recognized LED strip and wireless network is ready.
4. Plugin the AmbiVision PRO controller to the power adapter. Wait to boot up – red LED will start blinking.
6. Launch a Smartphone AmbiVision Wizard app and wait for auto-connection (works only if you use a single device, otherwise you need to select one from the list).
*AmbiVision Wizard app you can find at the beginning of this page.
7. Go to the connection tab in settings. Enter your local WiFi network credentials and save (your WiFi ID and password shouldn’t include special characters or space). The device should disconnect the “ambivisionpro” network, then connect to your local network.
8. Restart the app and wait for the auto-connect. The lights should turn on in a while.
9. Run the capture mode, and then verify the screen position in the screen tracking tab of the settings. If there is no result or wrong one click on the “Screen tracking” button to find the screen. You can also make it manually by moving the red dots to screen corners. If you changed the orientation of the main controller, use “Screen orientation” to set an appropriate option.
NOTE: Every time you switch networks on your phone, you have to restart the app.
NOTE: Every time you restart the device, the controller for 2-3 minutes works like an access point, so right after power-up, you will not see the device in your app when you are connected to your local network.
IMPORTANT! The Smartphone App does not provide automatic updates, therefore you need to reinstall the app every time when a new release is ready.
The AmbiVision PRO controller software can be updated using the Smartphone app. Note that the controller has to be connected to your local network with Internet access. The firmware update takes about 5-15 minutes and any interrupt can cause the device damage. You will see rotating red light around your TV if a new release is available and updating is in progress (downloading/decryption/installation). You can check your current software release in the device list (click on the controller icon in the app located at the top left corner).
The latest firmware version for controllers:
– main controller with a camera: v26
– Magic Link: v7
Capture areas & LEDs
The default settings of the capture area are the most optimal, but you can change it using:
– Sides offset – it is the distance between the edge of the screen and the capture area on both sides of the screen. When you made changes of this value, you will see how to capture area is changing on the animation in the app (it is expressed in % of a whole screen)
– Sides width – it is the width of the capture area. Note that greater area means fewer noises, so less flickering and better color accuracy.
Look at the picture in the app, how to capture areas are changing.
LED strip settings
MagicLink automatically determines the number of LEDs. The calculating operation takes about 2-5 minutes depending on the LED strip length. A successful result is indicated by “white waves animation”. If the MagicLink made mistake in counting, you can set manually the number of LEDs on each side of the TV. Count manually numbers of LEDs on the LED strip and change the number in the app (After user change, you will see “User-defined”, instead of “MagicLink defined” label). While changing LED Strip properties the device automatically switches into standby mode. The total number should not exceed 255 LEDs.
Left side in the app means left side of LED strip, looking from the front of TV.
Bottom offset – use this option, if you start sticking the LED strip starting from the middle bottom of the TV. Count manually the number of LEDs on the LED strip from the middle bottom to left edge of the TV (looking from the front of the TV). Enter this value to the bottom offset.
Using LED strip types selection window, you can choose what type of LED strip you use: RGB, RGB+W, BGR, GRB, RBG, GBR, BRG. MagicLink automatically detects LED strip type, so this setting is needed when not default LED strip type connected.
Adjust the brightness of the LED strip:
– Decrease the brightness if your TV edge is very close to the wall
– Increase the brightness if your TV edge is far from the wall
– If you have curved TV, you can decrease the brightness on the top and bottom to compensate for the brightness with both sides or increase the brightness on the left and right sides.
The color settings tab allows you to adjust or personalize colors. Monitors or screens use non-linear characteristics, so it is hard to get perfect colors on LEDs using default settings.
You can adjust the colors of the LED strip using this setting. If your white is a little blue (cold white), you can try to decrease blue or increase red and green. When you are changing gamma, you should check how white is displaying.
Using this setting you can set the maximum value of red, green and blue. Use limit colors to achieve a perfect white color.
Click default colors to return to the default settings of colors.
Thanks to the wall color correction, you can get perfect colors regardless of the wall color. If you select manual selection, please click on appropriate rectangle which reflect your wall color the most.
Color curves are used exclusively in the capture mode (the settings above are global) and it helps if colors are wrong. Eyestrain reduction should be disabled during the colors setting (user mode and min luminosity set to 0).
Start screen seeking if the result is not proper (you can also set it manually). The image below is refreshed every ‘screen seeking’ procedure.
1. Please keep environmental lights as dim as possible.
2. Display bright and static content on TV and press the run “Start screen seeking” button.
3. Seeking starts when sides are blinking on red, green then blue for a second. During this time any moving objects can make calibration not accurate enough.
4. After a few seconds, the result of the calibration will appear on the application. Red rectangles mean found corners of the screen. You can set them manually by dragging the rectangles to screen corners.
You can select four orientations: 0°, 90°, 180°, 270°. This should be done, if the auto-screen-tracking feature failed or when you want to select the screen manually.
Enable real-time tracking
The device will track the screen if the controller was moved. It works for rotation and small distance changes.
Turn on automatically only in the dark
The lights will work only in dark. It applies only to the capture mode. If you turn on the device manually, this setting does not matter – the light will work despite on bright environment. The threshold can be set in the miscellaneous tab.
Shutdown if daylight detected
When capture mode running, it measures environmental brightness and shuts down the device if daylight detected.
The settings below will be applied if you enable “User mode”.
Smooth and Min. luminosity
Minimum luminosity and smoothing settings allow setting custom reduction of eyestrain. Smoothing gets a “delay” impression, thus 0 here means minimum delay and no smoothing. Please note that if the dead zone activated, the minimum luminosity setting does not work at all.
3D mode (from FW 1.24)
While watching 3D movies, you should set the 3D mode. AmbiVision PRO can handle 3D video streaming in passive modes: side by side or top and bottom. If you set Auto, the main controller will adjust automatically to your video.
Thanks to using AmbiVision PRO, your eye muscles are less strained, therefore your eyes do not get tired while spending long periods of time in front of the screen.
Level of eyestrain reduction
1. Eyestrain reduction reduced
2. The middle level of eyestrain reduction
3. Full eyestrain reduction
It is the opposite of eyestrain reduction. It makes darker areas if the luminosity of the area is too low.
Mix dark parts with (in eyestrain reduction)
To keep a minimum luminosity level, eyestrain reduction mix a current color with an average of a whole screen or white color. Using this slider, you can choose which is better for you.
The automatic turn-on feature observes your screen if any movement occurs. Use this slider to set the threshold of the turn-on action – higher value means that smaller movement on the screen is needed to trigger turn-on action.
Set the threshold to prevent turn-on action if daylight detected.
Automatic turn off feature check colors intensity and movement on the screen. Use this slider to set the threshold of the turn off action – higher value means that the screen needs to be dark and no movements on the screen are needed to trigger turn off action.
When you turn off the screen, AmbiVision PRO lights up for 30 seconds to escort you safely to bed. You can still control the lights by remote control.
Track a movie action (from FW 1.22)
If checked, capture areas track an object on the screen which you probably focused on.
Set default settings
Use this button if you want to return to all default settings. Network settings will be lost, so you need to do setup procedure again.
Program remote control
AmbiVision PRO can be controlled by remote control. The set does not include remote control, therefore any infrared remote control that works on 38kHz carrier can be used. Find three unused buttons on your remote to control AmbiVision PRO: a standby button(3rd button), a mode change button(1st button), and a sub-mode change button(2nd button).
1. Press Program remote control on the smartphone app. The red LED inside the controller should blinking
2. Press the first button, release for a while (less than 1s), and press again the same.
3. Wait 1.5-2 seconds and do point 2 using the next button (way of the blinking should change)
4. The red blinking LED should stop blinking. It means that your remote control is programmed.
5. If issues occur, repeat the programming procedure.
The maximum operating range for the remote control is about 5 meters.
The AmbiVision Pro supports Philips HUE in the entertainment mode. This mode allows 25 refreshes per second and no delay between the lights. The entertainment mode required the latest firmware in all HUE RGB lights and bridges.
1. Firstly, use the Philips HUE app to establish an entertainment area. If you have several areas established, you have to call one (the one you want to work with AmbiVision) as “AmbiVision”.
More about Philips HUE: https://www2.meethue.com/en-us/support/entertainment
2. Then, go to the AmbiVision Wizard app and check the “HUE enabled” checkbox. After that, you have to change the main mode (i.e: Capture->Mood, Mood->Capture, Mood->Music …).
3. Observe the AmbiVision controller. Once you’ll notice blinking LEDs inside the controller, it means that user action required. Thus, press a button located on the Philips HUE Bridge.
4. Wait up to 3 minutes and restart the Wizard app to get the latest lights list in the Hue tab.
5. Set a range of LEDs (on the LED strip) that will be used to calculate color for particular Hue light.
6. You can also set HUE brightness, dead zone and smoothing.
Philips HUE needs some time to wake up in the entertainment mode, therefore it is normal that the lights start after 10-30 sec after turn on the AmbiVision.
Download the AmbiVision Wizard App to your smartphone.
At the first launch (and after every power adapter restart), the main controller acts as an access point for 2-4 minutes. Open the Wizard app, click in the right corner SETTINGS → CONNECTION and connect your smartphone using:
Next, set your local network SSID and password in the application settings. Now you can use your smartphone in your local network to change modes or settings.
Generate a dump file
If the support team requires a dump file, you can generate it by click on this button. It downloads and saves the file in the Downloads folder. It works only on Android devices or iOS after Jailbreak(otherwise iOS does not give the user access to this folder).
Check update & update
Click on this button to check if a new update is available and then update the app. The latest firmware version will be downloaded and install automatically. More in the software update section.
MagicLink connection code indicates connection quality that may be helpful to the support team.
To choose submode, swipe submode icons on the screen. The largest icon indicates the current submode.
In average mode, the lights behind the screen are a mean value of colors of the screen.
User mode allows us to set custom settings of smooth, luminosity and enable 3D mode. Click on the Settings icon and go to the User capture profile.
Depending on image type/speed the main controller automatically adjusts smoothing, luminosity, and speed.
Smooth mode helps to achieve the best reduction of eyestrain.
In fast mode, the smooth is off. This mode increase eyestrain due to lights fast-changing.
Thanks to the colorful LEDs and 5 different effects AmbiVision creates an awesome party mood.
To choose submode, swipe submode icons on the screen. The largest icon indicates the current submode.
The simplest effect and neutral for any kind of music. Green bars on the top, left and right sides and red bar on top means overload.
It is a composition of the three bars (for low, medium, and high frequency).
The power bar with color depends on audio frequencies.
All LED lights colors depend on audio frequencies.
The white blinking light on beats
The mood mode can work in two ways: static or fluently changing colors. That allows you to create a nice atmosphere and reduces your energy cost by replacing the lighting in the whole room to energy-efficient LED lights behind a screen.
To choose submode, swipe submode icons on the screen. The largest icon indicates the current submode.
The colors on the LED strip are fluently changing as in the rainbow.
This mode creates shades of green (the shades are changing fluently).
This mode creates shades of sunset (the shades of pink and violet are changing fluently). You can use it during yoga.
The color on the LED strip is static. Click on the circle to choose the color (to choose white – click inside the circle).
The colors on the LED strip changing fast.
1. Flickering only in capture mode
If LEDs are flickering strongly, please check your movie FPS and notify us about that. Please display some static content with the same FPS, verify the capture area and wait for self-adoption. You can try to turn on eye strain reduction or increase smoothing. Make sure that the red points are matched correctly to the screen in the Screen tracking tab.
2. Flickering in all modes
It seems that the LED strip has a bad connection or the LED is damaged. Unplug the power adapter from the Magic Link and disconnect the “power loop”. Plug-in power adapter again and check the effect.
3. No light at all
– Check your current mode and try to set mood mode.
– Verify LEDs number and color settings.
– Check in the app (device icon in the left top corner) whether the MagicLink is detected.
– Check power adapters.
– Click the AmbiVision name on the top of the app to try turn on/off the kit.
4. The lights are not aligned
– Conduct automatic screen seeking (screen tracking tab) or set red points on the screen corners manually in the Wizard. Set screen orientation, if you changed the orientation of the camera.
– Verify LEDs offset value and LEDs count on each side – note that default position is lower-left corner looking from the front of the screen. You can find this setting in the Capture areas tab.
5. Connection drops
– Try to reduce the distance between MagicLink, Router and the main controller.
– Try to keep MagicLink and the main controller as far as possible from metal items. Look at the suggested way of the mount.
– We suggest placing the MagicLink on the TV edge.
– Check if there are some other devices that can interfere/ping to the AmbiVision kit.
– Check wires connection.
– Make sure that both settings in the app are checked: settings -> advanced -> Check Enable Internet ping and Enable local ping.
6. Capture mode does not work at all
– It seems that the screen was not found. Conduct screen seeking or set screen position manually (Screen tracking tab).
– Clear “colors calibrating result” – if you accidentally used “Colors calibration” without calibration video, it can get weird or blanked colors.
7. The device does not turn on/off automatically to/from the capture mode
– Verify your screen seeking a result.
– Check on/off thresholds in the app.
– You may have accidentally enabled checkbox: “Turn on automatically only in the dark”, “Shutdown if daylight detected”.
8. Can’t update firmware
– Place the device close to the router to get a stable connection.
– Restart the box after every attempt.
– If you use <1.18 FW, you can set the box time manually (time has to be synchronized in order to update)–> How to set AmbiVision Controller time.
9. Reset of the Magic Link
– To make reset please unplug the Magic Link from the LED strip and unplug the power adapter.
– Then plug only the power adapter for 15 seconds (it will reset the Magic Link).
– The Magic Link will start counting the LEDs again. When it finished, you should see a white wave on the led strip.
10. Main controller reset
Open the app, go to settings -> Miscellaneous -> click Set default settings. After this, you should:
– Unplug and plug again the power adapter
– Connect with ambivisionpro network
– Enter your local wifi id and password again
11. Generate Dump log
Please reset power adapters and enter the wifi id and password again. Wait for connection with the app a couple of minutes, open the app-> settings -> connection -> click Generate dump log and send it to our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember to permit the application to save the files on your smartphone. From the data in this file, we can know what causes the problem.