k6ccc

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  1. SuperStar let's you have complete control down to the individual pixel, string, or light if needed. You can build images or import them as well. Personally, I sequence EVERYTHING in SuperStar. Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
  2. As JR said, there are a number of people who are more than willing to talk your ear off on the phone to help you learn. I am one of those. Can't help you on PE, but SuperStar, I'm pretty good. Also if you ever get into E1.31 based controllers and need help with the LAN networking, I am very good with that.
  3. That's a good starting point, but it is quite likely that you will need to tweek a little once you see the actual light lit.
  4. We all understand the cost issue.. Yes, SuperStar will communicate and control anything in your show. I sequence absolutely everything in SuperStar for Christmas. In fact, I'm pausing from modifying Wizards In Winter using SuperStar to answer this forum post... As for the licensing levels for SuperStar, It was originally written for CCR strings, so the licensing levels are based on that assumption. However you can easily convert to non-CCR channels. A CCR is 50 pixels or 150 channels (50 pixels times three channels per pixel), so a 2_CCR license is good for 100 pixels or 300 channels. It does not care if lightss are RGB or not, it just adds up the total number of channels. For example if you have a 24 channel DC controller that has six RGB devices (6 x 3 = 18 channels) and four white lights (4 channels), that totals 22 total channels. Add four fully loaded 16 channel AC controllers (4 x 16 = 64 channels) and you have 86 total channels. In my case, I have a 40 CCR license which is good for 6000 channels. I currently have 5643 channels so I'm good to go (for now). However I expect to be adding a couple hundred more channels this year and will likely need to up my SuperStar license level - that is already planned... Note that you can do all your sequencing in SuperStar without a license at all - HOWEVER you need the license to export the sequence to Sequence Editor. This means that you can play with SS for a while and then determine if you want to pay for it. There is a learning curve with SS, but once you learn it, the capabilities are amazing.
  5. From my experience, pink is hard to get looking good, but not impossible. Because very subtle changes in levels will have substantial differences in the color it is imperative to see the actual lights. I use the hardware utility where I can change levels by a single percentage while I'm out in the yard watching the actual lights. Keep tweeking the levels until you get the color you want. Then write it down somewhere for future reference. Check for each type of lights - even different batches of the same lights may be subtly different. Orange is another one that can be had to get right.
  6. Generally yes. First of all, what are you trying to accomplish? A couple questions: 1) Are you trying to have a projector display still images and are loaded in the projector, and all you need LOR to do is turn on power to the projector? 2) Are you trying to play videos that are independent of LOR and again only need LOR to power up the projector? 3) Are you trying to have you lights synchronized to videos as opposed to music files? The answer to all of these is yes it can be done. If you tell us what you are trying to accomplish, we can better answer the how to do it part.
  7. Bigfrog, nice find on the slip rings. Off hand, 25 RPM seems awfully fast for a ferris wheel. Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
  8. I don't know either. Just the word of warning. A battery charger CAN be designed to make a good power supply (I have some), but it may also be completely dependent on an attached battery to filter out the AC component. Adding the DC side filtering costs more money. With no specs, and the marketing as a charger, I would not assume that it will make a good power supply.
  9. The power supplies listed in the first post are intended as battery chargers. As such, they may not have much in the way of filtering on the output. As such, they may not produce anything close to clean DC power. If that's the case, they would be unsuitable for our purposes. Unfortunately they don't provide much in the way of specs. Use caution....
  10. The boards are not the determining factor, the lights are. You have to determine the power requirements for the lights or strips. Then add them up. For example, of my Sandevices E682 boards, the highest is driving about 60 Amps of pixels and the lowest is less than three amps.
  11. Having a Pro license, I do too. But I have both of the pages I linked above bookmarked because I reference them or link them so often. Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
  12. SuperStar does not have any capability to import a video file - only still images.
  13. The biggest thing about videos on a matrix is the insanely LOW resolution on the matrix. Even a really low resolution video is going to be 200 pixels in the shorter dimension (and do you remember how bad CGA looked on video?). To get half way decent video at least double that. Analog TV was about 480 lines vertically (525 lines really, but some are not seen). By comparison, how big is your matrix?
  14. Also note that using an Enhanced network requires a Pro level LOR software license. http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-suite-software/
  15. http://www1.lightorama.com/network-speeds/
  16. Lightingnewb, ask me about remotely accessing the show computer - it's easy. Gotta get to bed now... Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
  17. Same concept here, except I do essentially all sequencing in SuperStar, so it's the SuperStar main screen along with the the setup screens for Morphs, Scenes, Images, Text, and Smooth effects in the bottom part of the left (landscape mode) monitor. On the right monitor (in Portrait mode) is the SuperStar sequencing grid in the top half, and the SuperStar Visualization in the bottom half. You have to enable Floating Windows to do that BTW.
  18. Essentially all lights I have that did not come from LOR, I got from Ray Wu.
  19. Glad you found all your files. My solution to this problem (although done for different reasons) is to map a network drive of L:\ for all my computers that have LOR software installed. That L:\ drive may be some folder on the local hard drive, or it may be a shared network drive on my server. But it's always L:\ for the LOR files. For example, on this computer, L:\ is really \\Jupiter\D:\Shared\LOR, but as far as LOR is concerned, it is just L:\ In case you are wondering, Jupiter is the name of my server. As for two monitors, once you start using two, you will never want to go back to one. I have had two on this computer for years and will be adding a third and maybe a fourth whenever I make desk space for them. BTW, I have one monitor in landscape and the other in portrait because some things just work better in one vs the other. Number three will be in landscape, and not sure about number four if I go that far.
  20. Those are WS2811 strips in the silicon tube. I used GE Silicon II to "glue" them to the brick somewhere between Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2013. You can't see it in the photo, but there is about a foot and a half of cable between each segment of the strip. I was VERY careful to make each of those connections waterproof. The strips get wet from the watering (visible in the photo), and rain. Many of the junctions are in the dirt. Because these strips on the North North East face of the brick, they don't get much direct sun, but do get lots of indirect sun with the white stucco two feet behind them. To date, I have had one pixel that glows a very dim green when off. You have to walk right up to it and look directly at the pixel in order to see it, so it's not a problem. That pixel dies work correctly when commanded on with any color - just that green does not go completely out. It's been that way for the past six months or so, and as long as it does not get worse, I have no plans to replace it.
  21. Until you build it, anything would be nothing more than an wild guess because there will be so much interaction between the lights. You might get a better idea by making each light much larger and much closer together in visualizer. Just for grins, I took your snow globe visualization and made each pixel as a RGB flood with a size of 32 and the entire prop only twice the diameter of each individual pixel. Of course all the pixels massively overlapped. You are right about SuperStar not really giving the overlap, but outputting it to SE and playing to Visualizer does pretty well. However, you're going to have to build one and see how it looks. In the direction that the pixels are pointing, I don't think you would get ANY individuality. Only the sides might show any color difference. I doubt that anyone expected the RBLs to be used with anything but all the pixels inside to be the same color at any given time. I sort of have a similar situation in my year round landscape lighting. In front of 17 roses is a curved brick edging with 11 pixels (33 RGB LEDs) RGB smart strip. The strip lights up the rose bush and the white stucco wall behind the roses. Although they are all smart strips so I COULD control each pixel independently, there would be no point in it. The photo below is looking over the rose bush from the wall This shows the view from the street as lit up for Valentines Day.
  22. OK, I have now gotten to my computer and have looked at your SuperStar Sequence and visualization. I also did a Google search for RBL pixel adapter so now I know what you're doing. I don't think you are going to get the effect you are expecting. Each light is going to light up all of the area inside the globe to varying degrees. If you could put in some additional baffles so that each bulb only lit one portion of the globe, you might have a chance. However I don't think your sequence as written will do what you want either. Because you are starting the cycle over every second, each cycle never gets a chance to finish properly. What do you mean that SS doesn't show the true results? Looked fine when I used the snow globe visualization.
  23. I'm on my phone and can't look at the .lee file until morning, but RBL pixel adapter does not tell me anything useful. Sorry to be a pain, but I'm not understanding what you're doing. Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
  24. Eight pixels does not give much resolution for much of anything. I downloaded your zip file, but without the visualization to go with the .sup file, we can only guess at what it will look like. Can you at least give a more detailed description of what the construction of these globes will be. "in side an opaque 6" globe" does not give a lot of information. If you've already built these, a photo might help.
  25. I do have my landscape lighting in Red / White / Blue, but it's all static. The odd part is I never get to see it. I shoot a professional fireworks show every year that night so I'm no where near home.