BrianBruderer

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  1. I have not personally tested it, but my understanding is that S5 does support intensity data files. Rod Pauley, what happens when you try to use superstar intensity date files in S5? Are able to select them? If so, when you attempt to open them what happens?
  2. Yes, that would be a good feature, and would not be hard to implement. I should be able to put that in this year.
  3. You can create groups of props in the Sequencer. Do the following: 1) Launch the Sequencer 2) Click on the Tools menu and select "Manage Previews" 3) Click on the "New" button 4) Click on the "Create Prop" button and create an RGB prop 5) Click on the "Create Prop" button again and create another RGB prop 6) Click on the "Create Group" button, select the props you want in the group, IN THE "Arrangement" BOX BE SURE TO SELECT SOMETHING OTHER THAN "None". I would suggest selecting "Horizontal Stack" or "Vertical Stack" 7) Return to the main screen and click on the File menu and select "New" and then select "Animation Sequence" 8) Select an audio file, In the "New Animation Sequence" dialog box there is a box labeled "Preview (defines all of the display elements): click on the drop down for that box and choose the Preview group that you just created. Click on the "Create" button. 8) Expand the row that appears. There should be a row labeled "Motion Effects" and under that should be a black row labeled "Effects 01", select an area on the black row, right click and select "selected area" then in the flyout menu that appears select "insert superstar effect" 9) superstar should launch and you should see the group of effects you created.
  4. To be honest, I do not yet know all the workings of the Sequencer. What I do know is that to get to the menu item "insert superstar effect", you must on a motion effect row.
  5. Dennis and/or k6ccc, send me an email at brian@superstarlights.com and I would like to arrange to remote into your computer and see what is happening. -Brian Bruderer
  6. I don't know why that is happening. It would be best to submit it as a bug in the Sequencer in the Beta forum.
  7. Not sure why it is not working. After selecting a range of cells and you right click on the selected area, a menu should appear and one of the options in the menu is "Selected Area." Hover the mouse over "Selected Area" and another menu should fly out to the side, the first three options in that menu should be: Insert Twinkle Effect Insert Shimmer Effect Insert SuperStar Effect What options do you see in the menu?
  8. Make sure you are on a "Motion Effect" line. Here are some steps you can follow that assume you are starting fresh and will end up with a motion effect line: 1) Launch S5 Sequencer, Select Tools > Manage Previews 2) Double click the "Default" preview to edit it. 3) Add a pixel tree. Select Prop > New from the menu. Give your new prop a name. Select the "RGB" tab on the left and make sure RGB Pixels is selected. In the center section on the Predefined tab, select "Tree 180" from the drop-down. This should default to a 16 string x 50 pixel tree. Leave the channel settings at the default values. Click the Save button to save the prop. 4) Click the Save button to save the preview. 5) Click OK to close the Manage Preview dialog. 6) Select File > New > Musical Sequence from the main menu. 7) Select a music file. 8) In the New Musical Sequence dialog, make sure the preview (second row) is set to Default (the preview you edited above). 9) Use one of the fixed timing grid options (the timing wizards aren't in there yet). 10) Click the Create button to create the sequence. 11) Type Ctrl-S (or File > Save from the menu) to save the new sequence. 12) Select a range of cells on a single row of the sequence. 13) Right-click on the selected area and choose: Selected Area > Insert SuperStar Effect 14) After a few seconds you should see SuperStar. Add some effects and then shut down superstar.
  9. Superstar is still a separate program. The integration is implemented by allowing you to: 1) select an are on a motion effect line 2) right click on the selected area, select "Selected Area" 3) in the menu that pops out, select "insert superstar effect" 4) The sequencer will launch superstar, and you add your effects 5) shut down superstar and the effects automatically get sent to the sequencer and you can play them from the sequencer
  10. I have posted a reply to your question in the other thread. Thanks for posting it here as well, otherwise I may not have noticed it.
  11. As you say, you cannot create visualizer files in S5 because the visualizer does not exist in S5. Instead, you must create one or more previews that represent your display. You can create one preview per prop, or you can create a preview that is a group of props. You can then use the "Insert Superstar effects" option in the sequencer to create sequencing for the preview you have created. This is what is recommended for any new sequencing that you do in superstar in S5 For existing sequences that you created in S4, it is going to be easiest to have a computer with S4 on it and if you need to modify the sequence you can continue to do it in S4 the same as you have done in the past It would be desirable for the S5 Sequencer to be able to read in .sup files so that you can modify existing sequences that you have. We will work on adding that ability within the next month or so, but I cannot guarantee it will be finished this year. However, in the existing beta release, you can select the entire row of a sequence, use "insert superstar effects" and then when superstar launches you can open your existing .sup file and when you close superstar all of the effects will get stored in the S5 Sequencer. I have yet to test this method, but I will test it next week after I return from the Christmas Expo. Hope the above makes sense. Please post again if you have further questions.
  12. If I understand correctly you are wanting to do something that looks like the spiral on the 360 degree tree in the video, but do it on the flat superstar tree. In essence, a 2 dimensional projection of a 3 dimensional effect. Unfortunately there is no easy way to do that in superstar. But as "default" mentioned, I hear you can do something like that in xLights, and you may be able to do it in the Pixel Editor as well. It depends on if that particular motion effect is in there, and I don't know the pixel editor well enough to say. And there are some new motion effects in the S5 Sequencer, so it may be one of them.
  13. Still not sure what you are wanting, have you seen a similar effect in a youtube video that you could give us a link to?
  14. I do not have a video, but it should look pretty much the same as a tree that is "unstretched." Currently, when the pixels get stretched superstar duplicates pixels as necessary to get to the desired number of pixels. In your case it is exactly double, and so you will end up with pairs of pixels that will always be doing the same thing. I am currently working on a new way of "stretching" that will do it at the effect level. For effects like morphs and smooth effects this means they will have the higher resolution of the stretched length. But for things like scenes and images, you still end up with duplicated pixels. And the new feature will stretch the sequence in the other direction, in other words, you can increase the number of strands and it will stretch it that way as well. So another thing you could consider is doubling the number of strands instead of doubling the number of pixels per strand, meaning you would have a 24 strand x 50 pixel tree. Effects should look better because you are getting good resolution in both directions. Even with a 12 x 50 pixel tree, the spacing of the pixels vertically is much closer than the spacing horizontally. You could compare it to having an HD tv screen that is HD in the vertical direction but not in the horizontal direction.
  15. If you are in CCR mode then you use the Configuration dialog box to configure the unit IDs. And if you have DMX strings you can still configure things in the Configuration dialog box and since the number of pixels in DMX strings can be something other than 50 then you can specify the number of pixels, and the 50 pixel sequence will get squished or stretched appropriately. If you are using two 50 pixel LOR strings per strand then you will need to create a visualization of your tree in the visualizer and then import the visualization into superstar. And then click on the Tools menu and select "Layout" and in the lower right portion of the Layout dialog box you can squish or stretch the pixels. In your case, if you had 12 strands, with 100 pixels per strand, you would set it as follows: Enable Pixel Extender X Origin - 0 Y Origin - 0 Width - 12 Length - 50 Stretched/Shrunk Length - 100 If you need help making the visualization let me know.