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  1. N, This is another "How I do it" post. It may not be what you are after but it's one way of showing how to visually see clues of the laser unit firing. I have a Chauvet Swarm 9 Channel, Laser, LED, Strobe Combo. I set mine up in S5 as shown in the video. Since there are no effects in S5 to show what a Laser looks like, I can only rely on visual clues that the channel/prop is firing when I want it to. I have found that for timing and the laser effects I want to use, the unit must connected and running while I add my laser, led, strobe effects. As an example my laser function has a DMX range of 0 - 255, within the range say from 25-50 the laser will fire with a certain pattern and the color blue. Within the range of 51-75 the laser will fire with a different pattern and different color. There is no way I can remember all the patterns and colors, so I find it easier to sequencer the unit "live". I use the Preview that I created to give me a visual clue that "something" is happening with the unit during playback. Since it has been sequenced "live" I know the effects (laser/led/strobe) are timed to what I sequenced. I suppose I could get fancy and have channel 6 spell out Laser and channel 9 spell out Laser Motor Speed, but it the end it really wouldn't visualize what color, speed, pattern it is doing. Like I said this work for me. Hope this helps. Alan...
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    Gif Help

    james, Are you trying to use one of the gif files as a mask and have other parts show through? or are you looking to just change the back ground color? What I've done, and it seems to work for my needs is to combine the gifs before adding them to SS or SE. If you don't have the software, post the gifs here and I'll see if I can do anything with them much like I did in this tutorial. Alan...
  3. Matt, I'm still trying to sort this out. I took my laptop outside last night to run a show. All but one prop played fine. I have a Pixie16 on Aux G Comm10 Units 36-45 and it would not light up when played thru the Show on Demand. If I played the same song through Sequencer with Control Lights "ON" it would light as expected. I ran the song through Verifier and no errors noted. On other songs, the prop lit and played fine with Show on Demand. I then realized I had ver 5.0.22-RC1 installed on the Show PC and ver 5.0.024-RC1 on my sequencing PC. I don't remember making any modifications to the sequence since I updated to 5.0.24-RC1 on the sequencing PC. Hoping that it had something to do with the 2 different versions on both pc's (doubtful, but I was at a loss for the problem) I updated the show pc to ver 5.0.24-RC1. The issue remained. My method to updating both PC's was just to install the new version over the older version. All went well or so I thought. I thought maybe, I needed to do a cleaner install on both PC's. I uninstalled on both pc's and ran LORWipe, rebooted and reinstalled 5.0.24-RC1 on both pc's. In my prepping for uninstalling I noticed on the show PC that in CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) it was reporting that I had ver 5.0.22 installed even though I had upgraded to ver 5.0.24-RC1. It also showed that the file size was 101mb. After I updated the show PC (laptop) it also showed ver 5.0.22 was installed, however the file size was 105mb. Still not understanding what was happening, I copied all the relevant sequencing files to the show PC and created new playback files from there. The files sizes *.lid and *.lms files were much bigger this time. I took the show PC out to the props, ran Show on Demand and the prop lit as expected. However now I cannot get my sequencing PC to create playback files that will light this prop. It is an odd problem, that only shows up while actually running the Show on Demand. All the sequencing looks and plays fine in sequencer. Since the prop will not light with Show on Demand, but will light 10 seconds later when run through Sequencer with Control Light "ON" I have ruled out a bad connection, cable. The ver numbers not matching may not be an issue,, but it seemed you guys needed to know this. I am also puzzled why the install on one pc is 101mb and the other pc is 105mb. Meanwhile I am uninstalling, wiping, and reinstalling the software today to see if I can sort all this out. Any thoughts? Alan...
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    AutoFlip clipboard tool for S5

    Yes Bob, 1.2.4 works fine. Thanks again for the fast fix. Alan...
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    My July 4th "light" and noise show

    Very nice! Things go boom with lights. 😎 We have a guy in the shop who bought $1,000.00 worth of fireworks this year. Thursday morning everyone asked him to hold his hands for a finger count.
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    Electric Light Parade Float

    This is pretty slick, a mobile light show Nice Job Alan...
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    AutoFlip clipboard tool for S5

    heh Bob, I'm all about doing short gifs /videos to illustrate issues. It's makes it easier to understand. I got busy and lazy last night and it didn't happen. Anyways, here's a short video to explain what I am seeing. I did not read anywhere, that Motion Effects would not work. Maybe I missed something. If however this were able to work it would be very cool. Thanks in advance for looking into it. Alan...
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    AutoFlip clipboard tool for S5

    Bob, Is AutoFlip meant to flip a clipboard that is comprised of Motion Effects? When I try to do this, whatever Motion Effects are in the original copy get changed to Colorwash in the flipped copy. TIA, Alan...
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    Drone Recording (Audio)

    Tom's comments are right on point. Your friends drone problems most likely had to do with the cold weather. Here's DJI's tip for cold weather flying. There is a lot more info on DJI's website. https://www.dji.com/ Alan...
  10. I got tired of having all my USB-RSB485 adapters and wires taking up so much room in my little control box that I have setup for my show. I made a storage box to put them in, and drilled another hole so the 2 USB connecters could connect to the laptop. It cleaned up my work area. For wishful thinking, I left room for expansion. 😁
  11. I found this issue while creating another video. It deals with Network Configuration. I loaded S4 version 4.3.22 and it it did it there also. It's not a huge thing just seems like an unnecessary step. At the 1:30 mark while Importing a Config into Network preferences it pops up a window asking to enter information for LOR network Aux O. This has nothing to do with importing a saved config. Like I said not a big deal, just seems out of place. Alan...
  12. Eric, Just a guess, are you sure S5 is seeing this Matrix as a 3,600 channel count prop? To check do the following; Alan...
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    Partial Prop Support

    *Edit* I see you got an answer while I was making my movie and adding this post. Is this something that will help? If I understand your question correctly, you are wanting to test only 1 or 2 props at a time with another pc (laptop)? If so, this is how I do it. See the video below. It is important to note, that *if* you are testing in Sequencer an already made sequence (done with Sequencer) and have moved it to another PC for testing, any pictures that were used in Effect Generator must also be transfered to the testing pc. Likewise any Superstar effects that were add to the original sequence (.avi) must also be copied to the pc used for testing. Since the name of the testing PC is different from the PC used to create the sequence are different pictures and .avi will not found until you Change Directories for them in the testing PC. Here is how I setup network Config to test individual props. Is this is not what you are asking then please disregard. Alan...
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    Auto Sequence Feature

    Brian, Yes v0.1807.1 did fix it. 👍 I really like the feature and am still playing with it. Thank You. Alan...
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    Auto Sequence Feature

    Brian, I really like this feature, but have found an issue when using the color black in the "Cycle Through Colors Below" option. If you select 1 or a group of effects and the color black is one of the colors used, the outline selection box does not show. the effects still work, it is just hard to see exactly what effects are selected. This makes it difficult when trying to edit colors in the effects. If it matters this is in the S5 version of SS. Alan... Handy gif to illustrate the issue. 🤓
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    Auto Sequence Feature

    Thanks Brian, This will help in areas of the sequence that are really mundane to sequence. Nice Addition to Superstar! Jim, yes the features are in S5. I haven't got to play with it yet, but I will put these features to good use. Alan...
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    5.0.20 Changed Prop Preview

    Thank You Matt ! 5.0.22 RC1 fixed this issue. I tested it on live props, all is good. Thanks again. Alan...
  18. I just recently got my circle props sorted out in 5.0.18 so they would display correctly in SE and on the props themselves. The main issue was/is the way I have them wired. I finally figured out using groups to get them to display correctly in both. The problem was that some effects like bars left/right would work, but the prop would go blank if I applied a bars up/movement to them. After I upgraded to 5.0.20, I checked the circles and they are acting up again, in weirder way than before. Gifs to illustrate the issue. This is the way that SS is sequenced and how it should and did play up to ver 5.0.18 In 5.0.20 if I put the cursor over the prop it shows how it should look. So far so good. But.... When I play the Sequence, this is what the prop does (at least in Sequencer) I will do a test on the actual prop later tonight to see what is happening on the prop itself. That was the issue I was having before, that Prop and SE both showed different movements. TIA. Alan...
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    5.0.20 Changed Prop Preview

    Matt, I tried what you suggested but could not get it to work. Btw downloading a prop is slick idea. My props are not wired like Brians. He has each starting point on the left. I mixed mine up so that I could get all three CCR controllers and power supplies mounted in a weather proof enclosure as they are permanently mounted. Here is a picture of how my Circles are wired. Brian also has his circle as one continuous string, whereas I made mine 2 Arches 1 flipped to make circle. I found this easier to make a group with 2 arches vertical stacked so that the bottom arch could be "flipped horizontally" to match my existing SS sequences. I tried Brians circles in every configuration I could think of. SS sequences would not import properly and when a Group for Preview was made the circles would show bars left/right, but go blank during up/down movements. As I said above, it was working fine in 5.0.18. I was able to create and manipulate group to get all the functions to work. ie. SS, preview for up/down bars and left/right bars. I am testing the props live, as in I have the laptop hooked up and can change the Preview and instantly see the result, both in SE and on the props. The other strange thing I am seeing is that as in the gifs in the first post, if I Click the Selection Arrow and the click once (not play) on the Imported SS sequence line, the props lights and play as they should. Exactly like in my first post Gif#2. It shows properly on the prop and in SE. As soon as I hit the play button, it does exactly what is shown the original post Gif #3. I am in the middle of my show season and still am sequencing for new props with 5.0.18. I backed up my sequences and have a notebook I can configure to plays show files on, thus leaving my laptop with 5.0.20 on it for testing. (notebooks don't have opengl and won't run SE) Any other sugestions? TIA Alan...
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    5.0.20 Changed Prop Preview

    I not even sure where to begin to look for a problem. If you watch the SS effects (first gif) you see that at the beginning. circles 1 & 3 light up with effects. If you watch the last gif (it actually playing in SE) only Circles 1 & 2 light up. I don't understand that. Installing 5.0.20 on a notebook to run some test on the actual props. I already am doing summer shows so I am a little leary to fully convert my show pc to 5.0.20 right now Alan...
  21. Jim, I have seen this also in S4 versions. As a test I booted up a pc with 4.3.22 on it, and it does the same thing. I ended up changing my comment to make it justify left, you can also add a blank space then add the number and it will justify correctly.. Alan...
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    My plan for my dept this 4th of July

    Like the sequences and the songs. My first thought was that when people see shiny sparkly lights they tend to check their brains at the door. So parking and traffic control in front of a fire station could be an issue. I know my local Volunteer Fire Station has to man the their station on the 4th of July, because people have parked in front of the doors and left their vehicles to watch the fireworks across the road. The rescue vehicles were trapped in the building. Just a thought. Alan...
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    LOR 4.3.28 crashes after install

    Remember, DevMike posted about this. Just in case others may have missed his post. Alan...
  24. Report Number: DF006 ? forgot how many I have submitted Module: (Sequence Editor) Software Version: 5.0.18 Pro OS Version: Windows 10 Description: While a sequence is loading (usually a larger file size) if I click the "File References" option under the "Sequence Tab" it will cause an Intensity Calc error. The error only occurs *if* you click the "File References" option as soon as the sequence starts to load or very soon after. I have had this happen a couple of times and wondered why if I had a problem with the sequence. If I wait a few seconds, then click the "File References" option the sequence will load fine with no erros. I found this when I wanted to check the sequence Files References to make sure I had copied all the files to a new location. (backing up) I just wanted load the file, check something real quick, then exit. If after the error, I close the sequence, open it again and wait longer to click the File Reference option, the file will always load fine. I realize this is a pretty minor bug and it only happens under certain circumstances, but a bug is bug and I dread seeing the Intensity Calc Error. Repeatability: Everytime, *if I am happy clicking. Handy gif, to show the issue. Alan...
  25. Firstly Mods, Is it possible to get a Forum Topic dedicated to props? building of, lighting, wiring etc... Warning, kind of a long post, but with pictures I'm just finishing up on a new prop for this year. I call it a 1/4 Barrel prop. I have seen a lot of spheres people have made with dumb RGB's and have not seen one where someone made one with smart RGB. I liked the look but have no need for an actual sphere in my display, hence the 1/4 barrel look. I needed another smart RGB prop on the right side of my display with some size to display across all my smart RGB props. It's size is 5' 3" tall and 5' 5" wide. Essentially it is a matrix with 2 radius's, 1 vertical and 1 horizontal. Having the radius's, gives the illusion of the light fading away from your viewing perspective. Materials used; .090 thick aluminum for the bottom and top plates. .063 thick aluminum for the vertical strips and the belly band strip. 1" X 1" aluminum square tubing for the 3 supports for the top and bottom plates. Pixie16 with 16 ports of 50 pixels. Band Aids, should have sanded better. I started this project by drawing the prop out with Google Sketch Up. (free 3D drawing program), I was able to build it to the size I thought I wanted then scale it for equal LED placement. On the Vertical rows, the pixels are evenly spaced at 2 1/2". In the middle Horizontal, they are also 2 1/2 inches but get closer the lower and higher away from center. I had originally intended to build this prop by hand. (cut all the material by hand) Recently at work I have been using the CNC Router table more and more. The boss being a fan of my light shows, allowed me to cut scrap aluminum on the router table for this project. The software for the table router is more CAD like than Google Sketch Up. This allowed to very quickly determine angles and spacing of the vertical strips. This picture shows the top and bottom plate already cut, it's drilling holes to give me line up points for the vertical strips. This picture show the Vertical strip being cut. They are 1 1/4" wide by 65" tall. Since I was to lazy to walk out to my barn and measure the flange on a Pixel 16 light, I cut the LED mounting holes 1/4" and figured I could drill then later. More about this later. This is the frame welded together. You can see the line up holes on the bottom, this allowed me to center each strip, and keep an even distance for the mounting strips. Since I knew I was using a Pixie 16 with 16 ports of 50 pixel each for a total of 800 pixels. Each strip has 25 holes drilled exactly 2 1/2" apart. There are 32 strips. Hence 32 X 25 = 800 pixels. Here the vertical strips are being mounted. After all the vertical strips were mounted I riveted a strip of .063 x 1" in the center horizontally to keep the pixels (in the center) at a spacing of 2 1/2". A quick poof can paint job. Installing the LED's. I mentioned before that I had only drilled the pixels mounting holes 1/4" and that I would drill then out later, this came back to haunt me. In other projects with Pixie 16 lights, I have used drilled holes in Corex and pushed the pixels through and the room for error was greater. The strips being only .063 thick (smaller then 1/8") required the holes to be exactly the size of the pixel flange for them to snap in. I used a micrometer and determined the size hole I needed was 15/32" (a 1/16" shy of 1/2") I bought a brand new sharp drill bit and tested on a spare piece of metal, everything worked great when it was laying on the table. At this point the vertical strips were already mounted so I started drilling them out. I got to the 3rd hole and the drill bit caught and twisted the metal before I could stop the drill motor. I switched drill bits to a step up bit and determined I needed to stop 1 step/shoulder from going all the way through. This proved challenging and I ended up going all the through on some holes, meaning the pixels do not snap in and lock in place, they fall out. You can see zip ties I used to hold them in while the adhesive silicone set up on the back to make the secure. Hindsight tells me I should have drilled the holes on the drill press over wood, before the strips were mounted. Live and learn. Finished with the installing the pixels and a profile view of the finished prop. A straight on view of the finished prop. Overall, I really like how the prop turned out. I have the storage room in my barn on a wall so size was not really a factor, other than I wanted a decent resolution (pixel spacing) and a large sized prop. Once i had all the pieces cut, it was assembled and lit over a weekend. I do my lights shows during the summer months, so hopefully I will post some videos of it in action will all my other props in a few weeks. Alan... The video shows a minutes worth of sequencing I used for testing. There is both effects from S5 SE and Superstar.
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