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  1. my 2c on FM Transmitters. Don't be too fussy or concerned about location or antennas. Doesn't really matter where the device is as long as you can extend the antenna as high as you can. Mine came with a fairly long wire antenna (assume yours has too), the transmitter is at about waist height, the antenna loops over the rails of the garage door system. Despite the antenna not even being straightened out, and despite being looped around metal objects, reception in the viewing area is fine. I can even still get reception about a 1/4 mile away and I can't see my house from there. It often amazes me that some people get real concerned about FM Transmitters and get high power ones and/or make fancy antennas for them. Bottom line is, reception only needs to be good to where people are going to be watching your lights. Which is usually in their cars across the road from your property. So unless the best viewing for your lights is half a mile away then don't worry too much about your FM transmitter. (Disclaimer: I do realise there are differences in FM Transmitters and some will produce a much better quality sound, with less noise) As @k6ccc said, test it now. Set it up where you think is good for you, play some music through it then park your car across the road and see what the reception is like.
  2. Pixel spacing on a matrix

    For @Wayne K and others for future reference, both Boscoyo and HC sell pixel matrix "mesh/net" and both their sites have guidelines on number of pixels required depending on spacing between pixels of 2", 3" or 4". HC even has a recommended viewing distance chart. Obviously if you drop down to 1", or closer, spacing between pixels then you'll have to work out total number required and best viewing distance yourself The closer the pixel spacing the better the resolution obviously, so if you want to display reasonable quality graphics you'll need close spacing. My new 16x50 ( 800 pixels ) matrix (using 2 sheets of mesh) has 3" spacing. It will be viewed from at least 30 feet away (once I work out how to mount it ). video of it running a basic test, shot with mobile phone from balcony (about 9' or 10' away?), brightness has since been turned down
  3. The color Pink

    was that from Gil? he can be a bit testy at times There was some discussion on xLights forum/fb about the correction factor in SS and the difficulties trying to work out what the values were and how to readjust for them. I think things may only get worse as more LOR users use S5, as inference is it's going to be harder for xLights to convert LOR sequences then. That said, getting colours in any program to match a physical item is always difficult, they should match what the chart @Mr. P posted, but there are several factors that can alter that. One being your computer monitor, which you can calibrate using a colorimeter if you want 100% accuracy and don't mind spending a few hundred dollars. Another one is the lights themselves, different batches/manufacturers can have slight variations. As others have said, if you want lights to be a particular colour, set it in your program of choice then run the lights and tweak the colour in the program till the lights shine the colour you want. I found orange hard to get right (wanted it for a halloween sequence), so I set a basic orange in program turned on lights, adjusted program till lights were the colour I liked, then wrote down the RGB and HSL numbers for future reference.
  4. Can this be done on a MAC?

    alternatively you could do all your sequencing and control your LOR products from a program called xLights, they ave a native Mac version
  5. Imagine Dragons - Thunder

    Hi @roverdish any chance I could get a copy please? ozaz@ozaz.org
  6. Adding a programming only PC

    LOR works fine on Win 10. There should be no issue with file transfer between the two computers. Similar to what @k6ccc said (but without the network drive) your two computers should have the same LOR main directory, and sub-directories. eg C:\LOR (which I think is the default when installing LOR ?). LOR license covers 5 computers, so no issues keeping them both at the same version (highly recommended). If you don't want to work with network shared drives and such you could use a program like TeamViewer or AnyDesk to transfer required files from one computer to the other. This is pretty much how I have my system setup, main computer in study to do all the programming on; small cheaper computer in the garage to run the show. Two computers on the home wifi and I use AnyDesk to transfer the files. Using AnyDesk (or TeamViewer) I can also program stuff (eg make changes to show schedule) on the show computer from the comfort of my study. Forgot to add; Added bonus, show computer acts as an extra backup to your files
  7. Newbie Questions/outdoor speaker

    depending on how big your property is will depend on what sort, and how many, outdoor speakers may be required. You may get away with a cheap amplifier and couple of standard outdoor speakers mounted under eaves, or for a bigger property you may consider a multi channel amplifier and several speakers scattered thru the yard, eg: outdoor rock speakers on amazon if you want to 'hide' the speakers. The amplifier connects to the audio out of your show computer. have a look at at this outdoor speaker planning guide for some ideas. I've just got an fm transmitter connected to the show computer and a 'dj' amplified speaker (which has a built-in fm receiver) in the yard, I made a coro box (decorated to look like a christmas present) to cover the speaker
  8. also remember, that unless you're using very high quality power supplies you should try and stay under 85% of the maximum rated output. eg a 12V 350W power supply you should try for no more than about 297.5W of load. If you are close to the limit, consider running the controller at less than 100% brightness, or use less than 100% brightness in the sequencer, especially when using all white. It can be handy to have a spreadsheet with all your props in it to work out power requirements etc, attached is a sample one with some sample data: power calculator.xls
  9. Xmas Rhapsody

    Hi James would be interested to see what you have done with the pixels for this song. Did the singing faces (for xLights) last year, posted the timing tracks on their forum ( http://nutcracker123.com/forum/index.php?topic=3856.0 ) Have added a lot of pixels this year, still struggling with sequencing it
  10. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    however, the alphapix does have dmx output and you could run your lor controllers in dmx mode (Falcon boards have the same capability) the wonderful thing about this hobby, so much to choose from and everyone has an opinion on which is best I have no opinion, I just provide options
  11. Smart RGB -- Advice Needed

    good info @Mr. P there's an alternate link to (16 ch) controller comparison http://nutcracker123.com/nutcracker/rgb_controllers/ if anyone's interested. @lightingnewb depending on what sort of props you're building and what sort of look you want; you might want to opt for pixel strings rather than strips.
  12. 2016 Engh-Lights

    The definition looks a lot better than I would have thought 3" spacing would be? How many sheets is that? FYI an alternative to the HC net is Boscoyo matrix panels
  13. FYI, a couple of other screen/video capture programs: ActivePresenter - save as various formats, but no auto upload to YouTube. More complicated, but lots of features. Flashback Express - save as WMV format only, or upload to YouTube. Easier to use, but less features.
  14. Xlights import to S5

    I don't believe S5 is some sort of "upgraded model of xLights" as such. Though it does look like the S5 programmers have emulated methods used in xlights, and possibly other sequencing programs, when developing S5 would matt or mike like to confirm? xlights has a convert to lms and lcb function, with lcb a popular method for pixel effects is it true lcb has been dropped in s5? If so, I doubt the xLights programmers will update to provide compatibility for whatever new format s5 is using ( especially if comments on fb are anything to go by )
  15. Mini Christmas trees out of tomato cages

    another tip for tomato cage trees: if like me, you have "concrete jungle" and no where to "plant" you cage trees; get some cheap plant pots and some gravel and 'pot up' you trees. worked quite well for me last year, long row of trees down the side of the driveway
  16. "Bumper Songs"

    Learn something everyday. Never heard the term "bumper" before, and I have some in my show!
  17. as @mpageler said if you only have 16 channels you can still look at sequences with more channels and then copy paste channels that work with your layout. Here's some 32 ch sequences (not mine) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eiyuksrshyvd3q7/AADJ6bYBiYN0OZSVFQ_awZ5Qa?dl=0 (link active till end of july)
  18. someone had an ftp site with a heap of sequences but the site is no longer available. Luckily I got a copy of some of it. (hope they don't mind) I've put the folder from Dr Wizard on my dropbox, they are 32 Channel sequences, great for newbies like me. If anyone wants a copy let me know and I'll PM you the link. It's thanks to people like the person with the ftp site, Old_Sarge and others, that I'm going to be able to do my first light show.
  19. My Halloween Animations

    Impressive stuff if money is no object and you don't have the mad DIY skills like @Disparky there's always the SkullTronix option
  20. Tesla Model 3 Easter Egg.

    Ha Ha. I first read that as (missed the a ) Then thought "LOR must be making huge profits if Mike can afford to buy three Teslas." LOL "should have gone to Specsavers"
  21. Forum problem with Tapatalk

    It wasn't just Tapatalk, forum was down for everyone even via the web Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  22. Devil Went Down to Georgia

    Thankyou
  23. Singing Pumpkin Faces

    try this thread http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/32213-holiday-coro-fixturesprops/
  24. Building pixel tree

    this is another mega tree calculator, has heaps of variables and gives a nice visualisation, also provides power calculations mega-tree-calculator
  25. Early Halloween Suprise sequence

    Thanks James Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
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