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  1. Can I make a suggestion here, please? Rather than focus on what you didn't receive (thanks), why not focus on why you gave in the first place? Learning to give without strings, even strings as insignificant as a thank you, is a much more rewarding experience. The giving is the part that should make you feel good, not the receiving of a thank you. There will always be ungrateful, forgetful, or ill-manored people in the world. When you understand that your gift to the unappreciating is just as valuable as your gift to someone who shows appreciation, all those negative feelings go away. Don't share if you expect a thank-you. Share because the act itself is right and feels good.
  2. For the new folks

    To all the new lighting enthusiasts, Welcome. I'm not one to stir the pot by any means, but I have to here. Been reading a bunch of posts of folks just now ordering their equipment. Now before I say what I want to say, I started my first year in June with 32 channels, and that was all. It is possible to achieve a show in 4 months if you don't bite off more than you can chew. I started my 2nd year in January, when my lights came down. I started this year's show in November of last year when my show went live. That being said, there is a lot more to this hobby than just ordering a couple of controllers and slapping together a show. If you want your show to be something you're proud of, it takes time and effort on your part. There are a lot of folks that are a lot of help and have a lot of knowledge on these forums. BUT, remember, these folks including myself are getting down to crunch time very soon, so the help you ask for may be slim. I'm sure I speak for a lot of folks when I say, I'm behind in my show as to where I wanted to be at this time. I know my involvement in helping folks is getting ready to dwindle so I can finish up building and testing my elements. Sequencing can take 2-20 hours for a song, some even 2-10 hours per minute. Elements take time to design, gather materials and actually build. Most light vendors have already had their sales this year. There are a lot of resources for sequences out there, but you still have to take time to tweak them to your display. So with all that said, don't get discouraged if you just starting, but keep a realistic goal. Don't expect to put together a show that includes E1.31, DMX, Pixels, RGB, and 112 channels or more. If you're wanting to start a show like that, I suggest you wait til next year. A lot of us are going to be scarce in the next few weeks and months leading up to showtime. Just some friendly advice. Again welcome and good luck with your shows this year. Edit by Dan Baldwin owner of Light O Rama. This is good advice. It is never too late to get started but as stated starting small and growing every year is the way most people develop their displays. We have over 100 sequences available in the sequence store which makes setting up a display pretty easy. There are instructions on how to setup the lights to best match the sequences. Even if you make your own sequences you still have plenty of time but you do need to get started. There are plenty of people who will have time to answer questions in the forums, Watch the video tutorials about getting started as that will help you ask better questions. We have a help desk that has many full time employees monitoring it and of course we have phone support. Best of luck to newbies and as always we really appreciate the help that people in the forums provide to newbies every year.
  3. Go ahead - talk all you want. But do it elsewhere. I ordered a couple of RGB floods this afternoon, and 34 minutes after I received an email confirming the order I received another email telling me that the product has shipped. Now some people might say that's an awfully long time to wait. But heck - at my age, I've waited longer than that for a bowel movement. When a company can get their business finished, including the paperwork, quicker than I can at home, well, let's just say my hat's off to them.
  4. OK.. it is official.....

    ............ I have changed my mind. So many people telling me, emailing me, blogging me not to stop... I was starting to reconsider... BUT.. then when I saw that my wife had a gleam in her eye when she asked if I was going to change my mind... I gave in... She seemed very happy. Happy wife, Happy life... So this is the official reversal of my position.... Next door Grinch will just have to deal with it. Thanks all for the encouragement and kind words.........
  5. What is 2012's "Party Rock Anthem"?

    Sorry, cant play anything bieber-ish, dont want another controller to burst into flames..
  6. What did you get?

    A headache from all the 'I didn't get the sale price' and 'Where is my stuff' tickets coming in the next week or so.....
  7. KISS Method

    You saw an amazing video on the internet where someone's home was synchronized to the lights. Is it cool or what? Now... you want to do the same thing. If you haven't already started hanging lights, sequencing, etc, you're pretty much hosed this year. That's right, this is not a plug and play option. Those are sold at your local home improvement store. But, if you want to expand beyond the capability of that unit, you've found the right place. First, research these forums by using a Google search or browse many topics in each of the forums. There's plenty of information to read here and your answer will be posted 99.9% of the time. Second, know what you're buying. If you didn't do the first thing, then you won't know what you're buying. Third, asking for help will get a polite answer easier than begging or demanding one. They're users that's been with LOR since day one. They know the equipment inside and out. Fourth, it's about having fun. If you take a sequence from a person that's offering them up for free. A kind gesture goes a long ways. Finally, the KISS method. Keep it simple stupid. The AC controllers in a weather proof enclosure really don't need to be inside a building, garage, or home. It's much easier to place the unit next to the lights without running a million extension cords hundreds of feet long. Plus, it's better to purchase everything after the season where huge discounts are offered. Keeping these things in mind will yield a cool display and a knowledgeable decorator.
  8. Please... Be careful out there

    Friends ... please be careful Yesterday I went to a Christmas party... had a few beers, followed by a few cocktails, followed by a few shots... I still had the sense to know that I was over my limit. That's when I decided to do what I have never done before: I took a cab home. Sure enough, there was a police roadblock on the way home, and since it was a cab, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was both a great relief and a surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don't even know where I got it from and, now that it is in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.
  9. Hello everyone, I wanted to give back to this great community that this forum has. I am actually getting pretty good at Papagayo and am able to sequence using faces to a song in under 4 hours. So if you have any sequences out there that you would like to add signing faces too, send them my way and I will try to get it done before xmas and or Halloween. I will not share your sequence with anyone except for the singing face tracks, but I would like to be able to incorporate your sequence in to my show. I still haven't mastered LOR, and I need more songs for this year. Look at my signature below every post I have and you will find my email, and a link to download sequences and a link to upload your sequence. You will have to email me directly for information on what Audio I used. Again this is completely free, I am just asking that I be able to incorporate your sequence into my show. Here is a list of what I have so far. Halloween sequences: Addams Family Beetlejuice Creep (clean version) By Scala Love this song and has light sequence Grim Grinning Ghosts by bare naked ladies Ghost Busters Twilight Zone the original TV version Wubbzy halloween Montage mix Halloween Bring Me To Life Light em Up by Fall Out Boys (Very cool song) I want Candy by Bow Wow Wow Live and Let Die by Paul Mcartney Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold O fortuna Radioactive Running with the Devil by Van Halen This is Halloween Tubular Hell by Van Helsing (lead singer of Twisted Sister) Wytches Brew Christmas Sequences: Amazing Grace techno Christmas Time Is Here Again Charlie Brown christmas coca cola Holidays are coming by Julie Sangers Drummer Boy by The Tokens Its the most wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis Music Box Dancer techno Rudolph by Alan Jackson Too Many Christmas Decorations Guy by Real Men Of Genius commercial Lights by Ellie Golding Silent Night by Sinead O'conner (edited shortened.) Last Christmas by Wham 12 Days of christmas by SNC Straight No Chasers Santa And I Know It (Parody of Sexy and I know it) mixed with original song. Miscellaneous sequences: What The Fox Says by Yvis (popular song) Blurred Lines Sandstorm Vs. Gigi Ill fly With You. Starships Happy Holidays Still to come: Toy Sack 12 beers of Christmas by bob and doug mckenzie Joy to the World Grinch old and Jim Carrey version and many more. Please remember you may have to nag a little and remind me of songs you want done, I have a lot on my plate with my show and all that is going on in my life and I misplace emails and requests often. I am working as fast as I can. Matt A.K.A. Matt's Faces [Admin Edit at request of OP - 12/05/2013]
  10. I guess I'll start it!

    Awful? I must be older than you. I can't even count the magnitude of improvement needed for it to make it all the way up to awful.
  11. Arches too bright

    Too bright?!? Sounds like the rest of your display is too dim!
  12. Power up elves intro

    Here is one of my 2015 videos, I just shot and up-loaded it last night. Came out kinda cute. Both these little guys voices are me playing with an audio editor.(yes that's really me ) Let me know what you think. It always gets a laugh out of my "stalkers"
  13. Why We (Should) All Do This...

    Why do I do this every year?" I ask my self that a lot every November as the "lights on" date approaches. Had something amazing happen today that answers that for me... There's a young lady who lives in our subdivision with her mother. She's had significant scary things happen to her in her life and so she is terrified to go out of the house. Yet every night, every single night, she's here with her mom to watch the lights. I was outside this morning putting up lights, fixing broken strings, and wondering for the 10,000th time "why do I do this every year". As I'm working her mother pulls up and gets out and approaches me. She tells me who she is and I tell her I know her daughter and appreciate her coming by all the time. She tells me some of the details of her daughter's life that I certainly didn't know and then tells me "this is her joy all season and all year. It means so much that you do this." They're moving up to the DFW area soon and she tells me "she knows we're moving but it hasn't hit her that she won't see this anymore after this year." Sort of choked me up and I told her how much it means for her to come tell me that. I told her that I have a lot of friends on Lone Star Holidays that live in that area and that I'd give her some addresses to see other big displays. They're moving just outside of Frisco and I told them to let me know when and I'll get her in touch with the guy behind the amazing Frisco Town Square display (Jeff Trykoski). This hobby is a lot of work, time and money. Things have changed in our lives as the girls (and we!) get older and I can say that my obsession with Christmas lights has waned over the last 3-4 years. I love them, don't get me wrong, but I don't love the work (and believe it or not I really used to!). Then things like this happen and I realize how much what we do touches pepole. If no one else comes by this year I know that our biggest fan will be out there in her car, feeling safe, and beaming at our display. I still don't love the work but I know now why I do it: because it's important to some people and they wait for it all year. That's a humbling thing. It's not about pixels, technology, incandescent, commerical vs DIY, the Academy, LSH, the Great Christmas Light Fight, or the people who want to be "famous" in our holiday community. Really it's not even about your religious beliefs or lack thereof. It certainly isn't about political races/debate, terrorism, marriage equality or racial divides. It's about the people we touch, most of which we never hear from. As you bask in your glory of being "the best display" remember that. We all forget it sometimes, myself included. Ok... have to wipe my eyes out and get back to work. A lovely young lady is waiting to see this all turn on. -Ryan Johnson
  14. Who said making snubbers is easy?

    I preheated mine to 140 in the oven and they got about as loose as Lindsey Lohan.
  15. Sheldon_15

    Maybe no one sent him a video camera.
  16. First 7 Jobs

    Yep - We've seen your work:
  17. Drone Recommendations

    If you have the means, I highly recommend...
  18. This was an idea sprung on me by the wife Sunday, Drew out the idea Monday, picked up the Coro and wood Tuesday, frames and glue Wednesday, drawn and holes poked on Thursday, done on Friday. Just need to make some cords and hook it up and test it. It's a 5 channel face to go along with the song "in summer" from frozen. When she has an idea to add stuff and will so the sequencing for it, I'll build it immediately, pleases her and she don't ask about other stuff I'm working on lol
  19. Whats your opinion on selling sequences?

    Okay - I'll argue the other side. I offer custom sequencing service. I also sell other sequences I've created. I see it as being no different than any other artist selling their intellectual product and/or any other software programmer selling code he/she has written. If someone thinks my work is worth the price, great. For those who don't, that's okay too. I'm not offended. There are many who share sequences. I think they deserve thanks and appreciation. A lot of people wouldn't be in this hobby were it not for the kindness of others. These days, I prefer to give back by sharing my knowledge and experience. The 'teaching a man to fish' concept ... You mention being a Scrooge. Everyone knows what that is. So let's talk ingrates. I used to share sequences when I first got started. I was honored and flattered that people asked. You know what? I'll bet that not more than one person in five ever bothered to say thanks. I think I'm a generous guy, but when I give away half a week's worth of some fairly top-shelf sequencing and someone can't take fifteen seconds to say thanks, it leaves a less-than-fulfilling taste behind. One jerk was selling copies on Ebray. Another jerk wanted three or four different sequences and then ripped me up one side and down the other because I wouldn't include the music files also. I mean c'mon, 50-60 hours of work for free and someone can't spend a couple bucks for a legal copy of the music? That was the day I checked out.
  20. I've had lots of people ask about sequencing, so I threw together a 4 step tutorial. There are lots of ways to do sequencing, this way works for me. 1) Breaking down the song into musical elements. Beat, background, foreground, vocals, etc. 2) Mapping channels and setting up the S2 visualizer. 3) Making Sequencing fast and easy with tracks and groups. 4) Finally, putting lights to music. Files used in the tutorial: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B95M-4jUDX5aUE95RXM3ZWRFUk0&usp=sharing Step 1: Breaking down the song into musical elements. Beat, background, foreground, vocals, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf9O-KiysA0 Step 2: Mapping channels and setting up the S2 visualizer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3y6i26_3gs Step 3: Making Sequencing fast and easy with tracks and groups. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef0M1Fgi93k Step 4: Finally, putting lights to music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtkOk9bRYKo
  21. Feeling Left out of the Contests?

    If, like me, you are in a town that lacks a Christmas Light contest (those Grinches). I vote for your display. If you've ever used more than four three-way adapters on a single outlet, I vote for you. If you know the difference between SPT1 and SPT2, I vote for you. If you ever fear leaving the house after dark because a GFCI might trip, I vote for you. If you've blistered your fingers pushing lights into holes in coro or plywood, I vote for you. If you know the exact count of lights in your display I vote for you. If you've debated counting the red status LED in your controllers as part of your "Light Count" , I vote for you. If you scour the Black Friday ads simply to price out Christmas lights, I vote for you. If you've ever had to ask a clerk at a store if they have any full cases of lights in the back, I vote for you. If you add "Strobes" to your Christmas wish list, I vote for you. If you count your extension cords in miles, I vote for you. If you covet your neighboring display's pixel tree, I vote for you. If you look at your stock of unused zip ties, and the total is over 5,000, but you fear running out, I vote for you. If you hate the EDIT buton bein gon becuase you mit mispeel, I vot for youd. If...If....If....
  22. What's the one great idea you'd share with a Newbie?

    Don't get it in your head that it's a good idea to trim a bush after stringing lights in it.
  23. Where Have All The good Guys Gone

    This forum has changed a great deal. The former lack of moderation rules has been corrected. Is it something new that people join and ask questions? New people come and go all the time. Only now they are not being chased away so quickly. Completely proper rules about personal attacks are finally being enforced. THANK YOU admin! This place is much better for it.
  24. No I changed my mind about selling.....I'm going to give it 1 more try
  25. My ENTIRE Christmas Display For Sale CHEAP

    You could always torch their house and then stick a sign in their yard saying their bonfire sucks.
  26. Where to start......

    You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Light-O-Rama-land, and if all goes well you will [Foul Language Used] off your HOA."
  27. Lessons Learned for 2015

    I learned that my dislike of Facebook(and social media in general) has merit. January 1st I'm deleting our Christmas light FB page and my personal FB page so I can focus on old school real life again. Too much wasted time "commenting on comments"... "liking posts, pictures, and other crap"..."starting to type my opinion only to realize nobody really cares"... "realizing that people I thought were smart, sound pretty stupid fairly often"... "NOT realizing you have become one of them"... etc, etc. Should be a banner year for actually getting stuff done!!!
  28. No sequencing or display for 2015

    Sorry to hear of your troubles Orville, and it seems like you're in excellent company with several others who lead in this hobby and are suffering from the same diminished enthusiasm over the last couple of years. I can certainly sympathize with you and know where you're coming from. Between those that are being forced out and those that are just plain tired, we're certainly losing a lot of the best displays in the country. I've heard a lot of reasons WHY people get into this hobby - for kids/grandkids, personal fun, curiosity, rememberance, holiday spirit and others. It's a big uphill climb as its not that easy, its expensive, and certainly time intensive. Most have to work on their displays year round which is probably one of the greatest causes of burnout. There's the rude people who just don't seem to know any better, the theives, and the mischievous which just have to destroy, and Grinchy neighbors who just aren't up for the inconvenience all play a factor. Might I suggest that we not forget those smiling faces when those families drive sometimes great distances to see these displays. It's part of the American celebration of Christmas - no offense to our Canadian and Austalian counterparts of course Some of my fondest childhood memories involve my Dad driving us around in the snow hunting light displays then getting a hot chocolate. I have no idea how much my parent's spent on presents and decorations, and I don't remember what I received - that parental effort on their part is long forgotten, but I do fondly remember our time as a family driving around laughing and singing together looking down every street hoping to discover the glow of those monstrous C9's. Its funny that the greatest memories I have, cost my parents next to nothing due to the generosity of a few homeowners that shared their display with us. I'd do about anything to help others get that same feeling, and I really hope that my effort helps those struggling parents keep their families bonded together. I am encouraged as I keep finding YouTube videos of our display that people put up on their own. Most of the videos tend to pan to the back seat at some point or even show the kids up front in their parent's lap to enjoy the show. The excitement in their eyes is enough for us to draw inspiration, and it sure makes some great family memories of our own as we work together to get the displays up. Maybe taking a break this year will help. You certainly earned a solid reputation and more than deserve a year to relax. Maybe this is your year to adopt a newbie and mentor them so they get off to a good start. I just hope that you, and the others that professed a feeling of burnout lately can find that fire again. There's a lot of people out there that enjoy these displays and I'll bet they could really use those great family memories too. And THANKS!! to all those guys who share wisdom, suggestions, and their prized programming work on these boards. You guys are the heart and soul keeping all this going, and are bringing in the next crop of hobbyists. You have my humble admiration.
  29. I feel your pain! I went into one of those big box stores and asked the clerk to cut me 36 inches of tubing from a bulk spool. He said "sorry, we only sell it by the foot". The thought of my knee-jerk reaction would only serve to get me banned so I just thanked him and walked away.
  30. Some have arches, others have fire sticks (Bellagio Fountains), and a few with starbursts. I decided to combine all of them into one package. I posted a blog about them on my website here.
  31. Light Type Where?

    Once you dabble, your hooked. Kinda like a serious drug. Prices won't be a high priority, divorce is acceptable and being late on bills are side affects. 😁
  32. Superstar? Is it worth it?

    Right now is customer support time. After the new year Matt Brown and myself will be working on integrating SS and PE and SE and it will be known as S5. The plan is to make it so you can use any of the 3 during any portion of your sequence. It will also mean you no longer have to use copy/paste or a subsequence to get SS sequences in with your other lights. As for when it will come out, I can't say.
  33. Great Christmas Light Fight 2016

    I wish they would do a show with the "Average Joe" in a "regular" residential area. Not the homes with 5 Acres of property and or HUGE homes. Give the regular homeowner a chance to show off and see what we can do. There are a lot of homes that really pack more punch than some of the crap they show on this show......
  34. In the spirit of paying it forward, I have taken sequences from other users and modified for my 32 channel system. Some are good, some are ok in my opinion. I am just learning how to do this. But since so many offered me help to get started, here are my 32 channel sequences to share https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=A06E47B36B96F0D6%21106 Tom
  35. Well we have finally been allow to share... So this is the big secret I have been keeping.. I was selected to be on the Great Christmas Light Fight! Check out The Great Christmas Light Fight season 3 with new judges Taniya Nayak & Carter Oosterhouse! Airing Dec 7, 14 & 21 on ABC! ‪#‎LightFight‬ Can't put a picture cause of the limited upload.. sorry.
  36. Here are some free sequences. Enjoy! Thanks for participating in the John Storms offline backup program. I do not provide the music. Do go and buy the songs from amazon for .99. If you need audio that has been edited buy the song then search Google to see if there is a way to go from "Youtube to MP3". Videos for the following are posted at: http://youtube.com/listentoourlights Let it Go https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B95M-4jUDX5aRDBJaWdaRGRVRDQ Do you Want to Build a Snowman https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aanlzdVA4ZXR3T3M Wonderful World of Color (will be on youtube soon) https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aSWYzWV9HbzNtX0k Everything is Awesome https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aTFFZa2VPS3VESGs Dominick the Donkey https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aMC13YzJOSXdFX00 Wizards of Winter (okay this isn't new) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aaERqTGJVMWV2OGM Firework by Katy Perry https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aLWRLMzMybDdrbjg Here Comes Santa Claus https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aanRPaUpWQlFNak0 Gummi Bear https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aVHFLY3JHSmtDU1U Let it Snow by Bing Crosby https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5acVNhTVhtdzR3OEE Mistletoe and Holly https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aZHlxT1YtT3ZHY3M NVIDIA Conference Call (this is terrible you don't want it) https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aWk9jRGxkWjUzREk Get your Shine on https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aUVYwN18wQkpWY1U What Child is This https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5ad3puckJNekp0T00 Clark Griswold Intro plus Hallelujah https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aOWdtT1VFVy1HV3c Shitter was Full (Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aZDlPNVVMbzFRejQ Christmas Vacation https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aOUs1eXR1R091UkU Deck the Halls (Pop) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aSUFqNEdwamNKbUU Gangnam Style (before clicking on this ask yourself, Why?) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aUDJURTlkVVVMVm8 Revenge Minecraft by Captain Sparklez (you won't know what this is, but kids in your audience will) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aZU03ZkFtamF3bmc Hampster Dance https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aMU5SWHZxYnNkUlU Joy to the World (from Christmas Vacation) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aRnlBNFhiRE5ZZzg MeleKalikimaka https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5adzRFdGpYZzN6M1k Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aeHdJVG1sd2xsb1k
  37. I really don't know how I ever would have done any of this without the help of all you great people on this site. As the season gets closer, and every free minute becomes more important in this, I don't always remember to take a moment to say "thank you", so.let me do it now.... THANK YOU ALL. Everyone's help and input means a lot to me, and I don't know what I would do without you good people. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!
  38. I've jumped ship several times and spent a lot of time in several other sequencers from LSP to HLS and nutcracker. All have their pros and cons but for me LOR is still where I do the root of all my sequencing. I have not been shy in the past about crashes, or show lag, or memory leaks or any other issues I’ve had with LOR that is for sure lol. While I have no idea what LOR has planned I can offer how I personally have managed large channel counts for the last couple years using LOR. While some of the things many of us have done seem like work arounds (and frankly are) I’ve been looking at them lately more like plugins than workarounds. (it makes me feel better) If you want to run crazy effects in video or photo editing software you need plugins so in my eyes there is no difference for those of us with large channel counts we need "plugins" to. While I wish those features or "plugins" were part of the original software package the reality is most great plugins are designed by 3rd parties anyway. While we are all waiting to see what the next release will bring in LOR here is how I currently manage large channels Use at your own risk and I take zero responsibility if you burn your house down or drive off a cliff, this is just how I do things........... 1: Install the 4gb patch. Once you double click on the patch select the highlighted file seen below and that's it. Don't forget this needs to be done after any update to LOR or it’s overwritten. It is a lifesaver and will prevent crashes on large copy/paste operations. http://ntcore.com/4gb_patch.php 2: Use vegomatic to add channels to your sequences. Right clicking and adding universes manually then converting them to rgb is painful and will make you want to punch your pc screen. Let vego do it for you. First export your current channel config from LOR. Then open vego and tell it how many RGB channels and how you want them sorted by universe etc. Then click the export tab in vego and click "set starting config" this will be your original channel layout you exported from LOR. Lastly click "export LCC combine" and now there is a channel config .LCC file created with all your old LOR channels and all your new RGB channels already grouped named and converted to RGB. This entire process can literally be faster than adding and converting just one single universe to RGB within the LOR sequence editor manually. 3: Organize your groups. Put groups of elements inside large groups. A mega tree for example may have each string in a group so now put all those groups in one large group called Mega tree. Use keyboard shortcuts to expand and collapse the groups. SHIFT click on the groups + or - will open both the main group and all groups with in it. This works for collapsing groups as well. CTRL SHIFT click on the groups + or - will expand all individual RGB channels within a group. 4: Saving sucks right! Couple things that will speed it up tremendously........ :If there are any files open on the clipboard right click and remove them before saving. You are saving those clipboard files along with your sequence and if they came from nutcracker they are beats. : Turn off auto undo recording or in the latest release of LOR 3.11.2 at least minimize the amount of undo actions you are using. This will also improve response time of the sequence editor. I turn mine off as soon as I open the sequence editor. : Also in the latest release of LOR 3.11.2 you can now disable the sequence editor creating a compressed sequence on each and every save. The only time you will ever need those compressed sequences is before you run your show. Turn this off via the Export Compressed option in the Saving Preferences menu during the year while sequencing and before show time turn it back on and resave each sequence to create those compressed sequence for show playback. :Per the LOR Whats new page in 3.11.2 " When the Sequence Editor saves a sequence, it actually saves it to a temporary file first, and then attempts to reload that temporary file. Only if the load is successful will it actually overwrite the existing "real" sequence file with the newly saved temporary one. This is intended to minimize the potential for a save where something went wrong to cause the user to lose a good (earlier) save. This behavior is now optional, via the Verify Load option in the Saving Preferences menu. It is still recommended to have this behavior enabled, but if you work with very large sequences that take significant amounts of time to load and save, and are willing to take the risk of a corrupted save overwriting your previous good save file, you might want to turn it off in order to speed up saving." This will speed things up a lot and for me I rarely name a sequence the same thing more than once anyway so I'm not worried about overwriting a good save with a corrupt one. For example Wizards in Winter 1, Wizards in Winter 2, etc. 5: Using Superstar with LOR I won’t go into too much detail here as I don’t think this has gained that much popularity do to the initial price investment. However SS can be a huge benefit for you show. There is a limit on channels and because of this many users shy away from SS IMHO but even with a small SS license you can make it work for you. The resent addition of DMX keywords in SS has opened up a door for DMX and DIY users to get more bang for their buck. You can draw your pixels in the visualizer and map them with keywords that only SS uses to create DMX sequences. Keep in mind this renders the viz file you crated useless for anything other than SS so dont go adding keywords to your already done viz files you will destroy them, create new ones for SS use only. This will allow you to add the morphs across your display etc. More info on keywords can be found here. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/27887-superstar-and-dmx/ 6: Using nutcracker with LOR. Stop creating clipboard files from nutcracker and bringing them into LOR. This is the most taxing way to add nutcracker effects to your sequences and you will almost always forget to remove the clipboard files prior to saving the sequence making save time longer than it needs to be. I did it this way forever and was constantly frustrated with crashes and memory errors and long save times. The ideal way to add nutcracker effects is to complete your initial sequencing in LOR and then convert that LMS file to an xlights file. Open your newly created xlights sequence and add what you want in nutcracker. If your channel setup page is done correctly in xlights this will be a breeze. Of course you can add timings via audacity or use the ones Sean has provided in the xlights install directory or you can do like I do and have the original LOR sequence open on one screen and nutcracker open on another. Say in LOR my house is blue at 13.1 seconds in and I want me pixel trees to start spinning blue at 13.1 seconds in. I create a timing mark at 13.1 seconds pick blue and add the effect. Moving on to the next change in my LOR sequence etc. Inside nutcracker you can define your elements and add effects at any part of the sequence without overwriting what was already done in LOR. To do this when you have an element selected like a mega pixel tree you would just select “none” as the effect. Selecting none keeps the original sequencing from LOR intact. Doing it this way has several benefits: You could just save the seq file and schedule your shows with xlights. After all those that remember xlights was originally just a show player/scheduler to begin with and it plays shows back flawlessly. You can draw your shows elements in the preview tab and playback your LOR sequences whole once inside nutcracker without fixture limits. File size is a fraction of the size inside xlights VS an LMS file. You would never have to go back and create compressed sequences for the LOR scheduler show player. However it also has its disadvantages as well: The preview window is amazing at rgb but very limited with AC controllers. Making minor changes can be cumbersome. Every year I find a snowflake I fat fingerd and turned on when it wasn’t supposed to or something similar. There is no grid in xlights to simply open that sequence and turn said snowflake off. You would have to open the original LMS file, turn it off then convert to xlights again and add your effects. Or export from xlights to LOR and turn it off. Either way small changes are a pain. If I could request anything from LOR it would be the fixture limit of the visualizer lifted and show playback lag researched and fixed. I have no idea if a 64bit version would be the solution on those issues but those would be my #1 priority for 2014. Anyway those are my 6 tips to get the most performance out of current 3.11.2 LOR. Hope it helps someone while we are all waiting to see what comes next for LOR!
  39. Thank You Everyone!

    Hey - Where's the love for those of us who specialize in smart-a$$ remarks and thinly-veiled insults? We work just as hard as anyone else. :D
  40. Again, please be sure to read the article with a critical eye. It appears that these people are being threatened with fines NOT for decorating or even excessively decorating. It appears they are getting hit because they are doing things that are unsafe and against the county regs. Read the 3rd paragraph carefully. You can not run cords or anything else over a sidewalk or street. That is what they are making him take down. Also notice that the one woman said 'We have to take those lights down.' (Emphasis mine) Not ALL the lights. The lights she is talking about are more than likely on the right-of-way and incorrectly installed. Last year's 'War on Christmas' came in the form of the Lady who improperly ran electric lines into the right of way, under sidewalks, etc. She spun it as if the county was making her take down the lights because they were grinches. That was not what had happened at all. A few years ago the war was on the gentleman in Boston who built a huge crown for the top of his house. Again, the city (I believe it was the city this time) wasn't trying to make him stop celebrating, they wanted a structural engineer to come out to ensure it was SAFE. The press is always quick to pick up on a Grinch story, but they never seem to get the FULL picture. We all have the right to decorate. I have a vested interest in keeping that right since it puts food on my table. But with that right comes the responsibility to decorate safely and within the bounds of the law.
  41. LOR S3 update?

    Well this is one person that will not jump ship. I will continue to use LOR until it doesn't work for me, if that time ever comes.
  42. LOR Summer Sale

  43. What a RUSH!

    Wow, What a rush!!! I ordered 2 controllers during the summer sale and just got them all put together, plugged into the computer and just had to hook up lights to every plug I could and run a sequence! What a rush after programming all year to finally see all the LIGHTS BLINK!!! This is soo cool. Can't wait for the holiday season to start!
  44. Yes, Yes, Yes, and YES!

    I wonder what the neighbors were thinking as I was prancing around the yard whooping and hollerin' like a school girl tonight? Sadly, none of them probably gave it a second glance... nor do I particularly give a rip what most of them think anyway... But the point is I pulled a DiMaggio tonight. A LOR DiMaggio, actually. No Marilyn, but oh just as sweet... Sharon and I have been connecting lights to controllers for almost the entire past week. We've got 56 various types of LOR controllers (DiMaggio, 56, get it?) in four networks spread over two yards. Tonight I finished connecting the networks, powered the controllers, and almost wet myself with joy! All 56 controllers showing solid red/green, sitting where I put them and doing exactly what they're told to do! No stragglers, no absenteeism, no sloughing, no over-achieving, no prima donnas - just controller after controller working as one for the greater good! All hands on deck the very first time out of drydock pitching a perfect game! Yes, I am indeed insufferably pleased with myself... batting 56 for 56 right out of the box and feeling pretty darn good about it! Bring on Thanksgiving - we're all set to go! Now, all I've gotta do is figure out what to do with all my extra time - never been done this early before.
  45. Do people offer to donate to you? and how does that work?

    We've done a donation box every year. As far as using the funds to cover the costs of the display, I think that's the tackiest, most selfish and most disgraceful thing I've heard in a long time. If a person can't afford to do a display, then DON'T! We actively mention the donation box during most announcements and every penny donated goes to our local food shelf. Those who want to donate do, and those who don't want to donate don't. I've yet to hear any complaints about the donation box, but we've heard tons of praise. And quite frankly, if someone wants to drive away in a huff because they're offended, I say thanks for clearing that spot in the street for those waiting in line who WANT to be there. I'm unsure what "ramifications" or "proof" or what "paperwork and etc" dgrant refers to. Maybe things are different in the Ozarks than in Minnesota. We simply empty the box each night, count the proceeds - for nothing more than our own satisfaction - and then hand over the stash to the head of our local foodshelf every few days. I'm not sure how it could be any more simple. Note: We do buy, for the face value, any grocery gift cards that get donated because the food shelf can leverage 20 bucks much, much farther than they can a $20 dollar gift card. And I always buy the dollar coins people deposit because I like dollar coins.
  46. I want the same volume for all the music

    The number one thing that "newbies" need to learn is to stop using the forum search function. It is pretty close to worthless (the previous forum search WAS worthless). You learn this one thing, and probably 90% of the rest of your questions will be taken care of. Use google to search these forums. I think some obvious terms that one would search using your original dilemma would be "mp3 volume". Therefore enter the following into google: (linked here for the lazy: http://tinyurl.com/brmvov3) Low and behold, the first 5 results all discuss the problem you are having and amazingly all 5 discuss Mp3gain (and some Audacity too). Nearly identical results would be obtained if searching for "song volume" (again, not tricky search terms) -- 3 of the top 4 results with the same answer. So this is the easy way to find what you are looking for (whether a newbie or oldie) -- finds relevant results quick, no hours wasted searching, no re-inventing the wheel, no wasting of the seasoned oldies time, no feelings hurt, no defensive back-handed bullying by site admins needed, faster rise up the steep learning curve, better looking displays, and overall more efficient and effective for everybody. "Give a man a fish and he won't starve for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he won't starve for his entire life."
  47. If you want a fascinating show, it requires 365 days of work. If that's too much, then you get what you get.
  48. Controllers For Rent?

    "Hello, my name is TJ, and I'm a LOR addict" "Hi TJ" "I started, my first year, with a single 16ch controller. The very first thing I did when I took it out of the box, was to go online and buy a second one.. Planning for what I was going to do with that one, I knew I was deep in trouble and over my head.. the only solution, was to buy two more... Within a week of that, I was up, all hours of the night.. roaming from rom to room, planning, drawing, plotting.. it was an addiction, plain and simple, with no way out.. My wife and childern tried an intervention.. "Dad, lets go to a movie, ok??" "NO, NO, no.. I am in control, I can stop anytime I want to!! But by then, they knew they were too late.. "Honey, cant you see, it's taken over my life, I cant stop.. it has to be BIGGER!!... BRIGHTER!! I need... I need more.. more.. extensions.. yes.. extensions.. I'll be right back.. going to HomeDepot.." Soon.. HD started hiding their extensions when they saw me in the lot.. "Code 12!, Code 12!" I heard the PA say, nice try guys, but I already knew what they were saying.. "ITS TJ!! QUICK, HIDE THE STUFF!!! They already knew me from my piratical store sweeps..they had learned NOT to ask, "Well, what are you trying to do?? ". Other shoppers would see that maniacal gleem in mah eye and quietly slink away, in fear.. (sinister music fades away) .. Now, I'm all better.. therapy worked wonders.. I have just the right balance of controllers (12), and meds, and I'm better now.. I did backslide a bit in January.. I ordered 12 rolls of 5M 5050 RGB ribbons on eBay (yeah, from China).. but the wife (tipped off by the State Dept) caught wind and embargoed it. So now, I sit at home on my days off, looking out the windows, quietly sequencing with what I have, an imagine I'm George Simmons artfully lighting up the town!!
  49. Update: I have had a bunch of great comments the last two nights about my arches laying flat since they fell so I am going to leave them flat and build some stronger arches today. I have decided to call them flat feet since they are fallen arches
  50. USA is awesome!

    I took a little break from Christmas props to install this flag pole this weekend. With Flag Day and the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to get 'er done. You are the second group of people to see it. My youngest is currently serving, so I absolutely had to send the picture to him first. God bless all of you who are serving or have served our country. I thank you and your families for your sacrifice. Daniel
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