About The CEDIA Designer

The world’s first and only design software built by home cinema designers for home cinema designers, TCD allows you to create a dedicated cinema or media room in minutes, not days. Save time, save money.

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The CEDIA Designer FAQs

  • Q: HOW IS CEDIA INVOLVED WITH THIS DESIGN TOOL?

  • Q: ABOUT CEDIA

  • Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO CEDIA MEMBERS?

  • Q: HOW DO I LOG IN?

  • Q: HOW WILL THE TOOL ADD VALUE TO MY BUSINESS?

  • Q: HOW DOES A MANUFACTURER JOIN TCD AND WHAT IS THE COST?

  • Q: IF I SUBSCRIBE TO CINEMA ROOM PRO, DO I HAVE ACCESS TO MEDIA ROOM FUNCTIONALITY?

  • Q: HOW MUCH TIME IS SAVED USING THE CEDIA DESIGNER?

  • Q: HOW MUCH IS TCD, AND WHAT SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Q: WHAT IF MY LOUDSPEAKERS OR OTHER PREFERRED PRODUCTS AREN’T IN THE DATABASE?

  • Q: IF I SUBSCRIBE TO TCD, BUT WANT TO UPGRADE TO A HIGHER TIER, WHAT DO I DO?

  • Q: HOW MANY DESIGNS DOES A SUBSCRIPTION GIVE ME?

  • Q: WHAT DOES THE 'EDIT' FUNCTION ALLOW ME TO EDIT?

  • Q: WHY ISN’T THERE A TRIAL VERSION?

  • Q: WHY IS THE PRICING SET THIS WAY?

  • Q: WHAT IF I DON’T DO 30 DESIGNS PER MONTH?

  • Q: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE A DESIGN IN TCD?

  • Q: WHERE CAN TCD BE USED?

  • Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN USE ONE LOG-IN?

  • Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO USE TCD?

  • Q: WHAT DOES TCD CALCULATE AND PRODUCE?

  • Q: DO I HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL INSTALLER TO USE TCD?

  • Q: DOES THE RENDER TCD PRODUCES REFLECT WHAT THE ROOM WILL ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE?

  • Q: CAN YOU EDIT THE RENDER WHEN EDITING A PREVIOUS DESIGN?

  • Q: HOW DOES TCD'S IMMERSIVE VR RENDER WORK?

  • Q: HOW DO I VIEW TCD'S VR / IMMERSIVE RENDER FILE?

  • Q: WHAT IF MY ROOM IS NOT SQUARE?

  • Q: EXPLAIN THE ROOM MEASUREMENTS THAT NEED TO BE ENTERED

  • Q: WHY ARE THE FONT IN-WALL SPEAKERS POSITIONED OUTSIDE OF THE ACOUSTICALLY TRANSPARENT SCREEN IN MY TCD DESIGN?

  • Q: HOW DO I USE THE 3D CAD TO GET THE SPEAKER PLACEMENT AND EQUIPMENT MEASUREMENTS?

  • Q: I AM A DEALER OF A TCD MANUFACTURER MEMBER - IS TCD AVAILABLE VIA THE MANUFACTURER?

  • Q: HOW DOES TCD'S D-TOOLS INTEGRATION WORK?

  • Q: DOES TCD CALCULATE HIGH RENDER CHANNEL COUNT SPEAKER PLACEMENTS?

  • Q: HOW DO SUBSCRIBERS MANAGE OR CHANGE CARD PAYMENTS?

  • Q: HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH IF I EXPERIENCE ANY ISSUES OR NEED GUIDANCE?

  • Q: WHAT TRAINING IS AVAILABLE?

  • Q: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR TCD?

  • Q: CAN YOU EXPORT A LIST (CSV OR SIMILAR) OF CONNECTIONS FOR ADDING TO CABLE SCHEDULE?

From The TCD Blog

Excel With The CEDIA Designer

by User Not Found | Jun 04, 2019

We subscribed to the TCD software quite soon after its launch in June 2016. TCD is a cloud-based, interactive, standards-driven online tool. We thought that it could significantly help our business, and we’ve been proved right. Preparing design quotes has always been very time consuming and since it is just a proposal, there is a chance that we do not land the project. The TCD tool reduces this time drastically and enables our design proposals to look very professional.

Using TCD, we can produce a complete 30+ page cinema design proposal including audio and video calibration reports, aesthetic renders accurately reflecting the finished room, and 3D CAD drawings of the room. It brings the entire cinema design process into one place: we can enter in the dimensions of the room and then work methodically through the entire cinema design. TCD specifies the precise location of the loudspeakers, screen, seating, projector, provides amplification and processor requirements, calculates the RT60 value, and much more.

"We thought [TCD] could significantly help our business, and we’ve been proved right. Preparing design quotes has always been very time consuming and since it is just a proposal, there is a chance that we do not land the project. The TCD tool reduces this time drastically and enables our design proposals to look very professional."

TCD improves our company image as the client is always impressed with our efforts.

We use TCD only for dedicated cinema rooms and have used it for approximately 20 proposals so far. In one particular project we used TCD to design a high-performance theatre room that a client wanted to create in the basement of his villa. The total area was around 10m x 9m, but the client was unsure if he wanted a dedicated home theatre by splitting the area into two to create a cinema space and a separate entertainment area, or if he wanted a multi-purpose open plan entertainment room. After much discussion, the family decided they wanted an open, large multi-purpose entertainment room which included a home theatre system.

The client was super impressed when we shared our design proposal. He had enquired with a few other AV dealers for this project. However, after seeing the complete design and the layout that we had recommended for the dedicated cinema room, the client decided to go with us simply because the quality of our proposal impressed him.

As a result, the system that was finally installed was quite different from the original TCD proposal but has been an excellent solution for the client and a proud design and installation for our team.

In our view, it’s clear that other integrators should take advantage of what TCD offers.

TCD is also a product that’s getting better all the time.  For example, the latest software update enables integrators to quickly email their clients an immersive 360° render file of any proposed theatre room — supportive of, but without the need for specialist viewing equipment. The TCD user designs the technical elements of any dedicated theatre room using the software, then selects the way the room will look by choosing from a plethora of décor and equipment options in TCD's render tool. The immersive render is generated automatically by the software, taking just 15-20 minutes to create the file.

The client can open the immersive render file directly from an email and view it on an Android or iOS phone, tablet, computer, or VR headset. If opening and viewing on a phone or tablet, all the client needs do is download a free panorama viewer app such as Photosphere or Panorama 360 Camera, then open the file using the chosen app to view their cinema room.

The demand for well-designed home theatre systems is increasing. Easy access to quality movies and TV shows from Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar and Apple iTunes is fuelling this demand. It is time that integrators take a professional approach to servicing their clients’ needs. TCD helps integrators like us present our solution in superb fashion and eliminates the guesswork.

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