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    Other than doing Light Shows, my other hobbies are visiting Theme Parks, and maintaining a salt water reef aquarium.
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    I first learned about Light-o-Rama on ABC's Great Light Fight.
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  1. I was seriously just talking to my partner about this last night. The one thing I HATE about this hobby is having to cover the peaks of our house with lights. Something about being 35+ft above the ground while straddling the eve. It makes my palms sweat, and stresses me out. Thankfully for this year we are buying "roofers shoes" which have small cleats on them to help with traction on the roof. My biggest fear was sliding down the roof. I guess tennis shoes are the best thing to wear on your roof. That being said, next year we are upgrading our roof line to RGB nodes, and I bet those will end up staying up year round. On a side note, recently I went to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ, and rode Zumanjaro: Drop Of Doom... When you have a fear of heights slowly being drug 415ft up in the air, just to be dropped straight back down is a bit to much. I seriously thought I was going to have another heart attack! Talk about fear of heights... NEVER AGAIN!!!
  2. For what it is worth my vote goes to wreaths!! I have 5 wreaths going on my house this year, ranging from 36" to 90" all covered with bullet nodes (as shown below) They look great, and there are so many effects you can do with them!! It's worth a shot!
  3. Glad to hear you found a better property!! Can't wait to see the show! Edit: Just because I was curious, I just looked up the house!!! WOW!! You got lucky!! I can already see so much potential for a light show there!! I'm slightly jealous!! Congrats on the house!!
  4. You know, I haven't been able to figure that out, but I have found myself wondering the same thing! I just end up having to listen to the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, and OVER!! I'll be following along to see if you get an answer!!
  5. I too followed the above referenced video for my 4 pixel arches. McMaster Carr wasn't as expensive as I was thinking it would be for the tubing... However shipping was a nightmare!! That being said, if I had to do it all over again, I would still order the tubing through McMaster Carr, and I would still follow the above video! The arches turned out great, and everyone seemed to love them!! Now that we are talking about it... I wonder where I could squeeze in more arches?! ... I need a bigger yard!!
  6. I second this. If it were me, I would skip on this house because of the yard. Again, the right house is out there. It just takes time to find it!! We too are house hunting, and one of the most major things that comes into play when picking a house is the light show. Every thing from how the yard, and house would work for the show, to location, location, location. Gotta make sure we get enough traffic to the house. Thankfully we have found where we want to be. But the house isn't for sale, and it's part of a weird family trust thing. So we are just saving, and waiting. Eventually it will come up for sale!! So yeah, I got a bit sidetracked with that post... But if I were you, I would keep looking. However, that's just my two cents!!
  7. I love Christmas Can Can (As seen below.) It is fun, fast paced, and enjoyable. It was a huge hit too. Everyone I talked to about the show all mentioned how much they loved that song!!
  8. Well, time for a bit of an update. Life has been a bit busy lately. . . Okay, life has been a LOT busy lately, and I've sadly let the light show fall by the way side. That being said, I am getting back into the grove of things, and getting back to focusing on the light show. Sadly, I thought I had fix my issue from earlier, but turns out I didn't. . . So I am having to re-sequence everything for this year, including all the new props. Which is a bit annoying. But oh well, nothing I can do about it. That being said... On with the update: Candy canes: So far I only have 2 candy canes fully complete, (As seen in photo below) but I have all the lights in place, and all the edges, and inserts cut out. Spending tonight getting 2 more candy canes made. Once those two are complete I will only have 2 more to get put together before being finished with the canes for this year. Mini-Spiral-Tree-Things: Again, I've only got one of the mini spiral tree things made so far. (As seen in photo below) 21 more to make. Thankfully those are the easiest to make. Hoping to get at least 5-10 of those made tonight. The one I do have made I got plugged in, and tested last night, and it looks a lot better than I was expecting!! Wreaths: I'm going to have 5 wreaths covered in pixel nodes on the house this year, which will fill in some "dark" spaces I had. Last night I got one of the 35" (medium sized) wreaths finished! I got about 100 intelligent nodes all zip-tied in place (as seen in the photo below) so that the wind and elements should mess up the pattern of the lights. Controllers, Wiring, and More: We have managed to get the two new AlphaPix controllers mounted on the wall in the garage, pictured below (where they stay 365 days a year.) Finally got all of the controllers on the network, and running the right way. So that's a huge step forward for me! I think that's all I've got for now. But I'm finally getting back into the swing of things, and all props should be done by the end of June (at the latest!) Thanks for following along! ~Matt
  9. Oh no! Sorry you won't be able to make it David. I was looking forward to chatting with you!! Hoping you have a speedy recovery!
  10. So, I know I am a bit late to the topic, but I think I have a solution for you, using PE. I too was trying to get an "arch chase" type look using PE, and after fighting with PE for a while I finally figured it out. . . Now let's see if I can put it into words... If you want to complete one full arch chase in .5 seconds try using the "curtain effect as follows: - Turn on the first 3 "blocks" or first three tenths of a second (depending on how you have your timing grid broken down) with the curtain effect being: Curtain Edge - Right Movement - Close Repeat Mode - Once_fit_to_duration - Then turn on the last 2 "blocks" or last two tenths of a second with the curtain effect being: Curtain Edge - Left Movement - Open Repeat Mode - Once_fit_to_duration And this should give you a nice smooth leaping arch/chase sequence for the arches. To give you an idea of what it will look like, that's how I go the effect around the 1:23 mark of this video: Hope this helps a little, and good luck!! ~Matt
  11. I use a Hero3. I'm not overly familiar with GoPro models, but I am betting mine is one of the older ones. I didn't like how grainy the videos turned out. They were just not nearly as clear as what I was hoping for. Speaking of DSLR after the gym tonight, I'm heading to Best Buy to look at cameras. . . Who knew that a light show would be a 365 day a year job?! In regards to putting up, we start labor day weekend. (Not with props in the yard) but trying to get all of the pixels on the house, and usually lining the roof with the traditional lights so that if the weather takes a turn for the worse, the hardest part is already over. As soon as Halloween ends, the Christmas starts coming out!! Good luck!! Let me know if you have any DSLR tips!!
  12. I think Herbet was a very interesting set up! Just goes to show that bigger is not always better!
  13. Beautiful Display!
  14. I can't wait for all the new things our 2017 show is going to bring. . . Now that I've gone back and watched the video, our show seemed so..... small! I guess I'm just use to seeing the visualizer for 2017!
  15. We have each been making a car payment to ourselves every month for several years now, and thankfully that has allowed us to settle on the Model S. (And a different new car for me too) Had it not been for my partner being very persistent on saving (and us giving up a lot of "fun stuff" in life for a while) I don't think the Model S would be in our budget either. . . I don't think I'll ever be able to look at a pack of instant Ramen again without getting PTSD to the years of saving!