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  1. HI Everyone, I'm sure most of us do our over the top displays and light shows because we enjoy seeing them and our family members do too but you never know who will stop by out front of your house to see your lights. My wife and I, unfortunately, recently were at our bosses mothers funeral. Her husband hired us over 20 years ago and he passed away in 2013. He was a great guy. The lovely lady that recently passed was one of the sweetest and kindest persons I have ever known. Anyway, while at the visitation before the service we were talking to our bosses wife, we have been friends with the family for many years. In passing she said they took her out to see our lights this past season. We weren't home otherwise they would have stopped in. She then thought about it for a second and told us she's pretty sure that was the last thing they did together as a family before she got sick (again). She battled cancer extremely bravely for about 8 years. She's with Jesus now because we learned she accepted him as her Lord and Savior more than 10 years ago! It really hit me latter that our Christmas light show was there so this family can have that as one of the last fond memories of her. True I love making the lights blink but I absolutely love knowing that people are enjoying our show. If Chuck Smith hasn't told you or you haven't read it in his magazine articles let me tell you this. What we do matters! Yes, have fun but it's also a bit serious. Remember you are making life long memories for the people and especially the kids watching your show. Know that 10, 15 even 20 years from now some person will ask their mother or father "Hey, remember that house you took us to back when we were kids?" "We loved doing that!" I don't mean to bring anyone down just wanted to share something that touched my heart and really made me feel good. Hope everyone has a blessed night/day Thanks, Al
  2. A situation recently came up with our display. Our landlord where we have lived for four years had plans to sell us the house in 2022. However now that the market is up around here he wants double what the house appraises for so unfortunately both us and our display is going to have to move in August of 2020. We sadly notified everybody on our shows Facebook page 2 weeks ago. It wasn't until then we realized just how many people were highly upset about the display moving and how many people our show really touched each year. From parents of special-needs children, autistic children and some people that just told us our display is their holiday tradition to visit each year. We have been getting lots of support messages and people vowing to follow our displays no matter where we go. We also have one person who reached out to us that is having a new home built and wants us to rent out their current home so they don't have to sell it. Their time frame for building gives us the perfect opportunity to rent their pool home which is much larger than our current home and gives us a much better viewing area with no HOA as the house is on the outskirts In citrus hills and no neighbors across the street or on the sides of us. Shockingly it's actually right down the road from another display house in citrus hills that another forum member on here has which would be a total upgrade for us. It's one of the nicest areas in our county to live in and is much higher end homes It's not set in stone yet but this really shocked me since it was just somebody who has come to visit our lightshow and come to find out we actually talked to them before and had no idea who they were just thought they were a happy viewer. You never know who is visiting your display and what could possibly come of it. For that opportunity to arise it really made me sit back and think about how many hours go into this and how it really touches people. I do these light shows as my way of just giving back and letting other people enjoy it but it's nice to know that others are so deeply affected by what we do. nothing is set in stone yet but this gives us a wonderful opportunity as well as lets us know just how much people really appreciate what we do.
  3. S4, like my friend Jerry72 I prefer the old vis. JR
  4. I did a face sequence as a request from my friend Don here on the forums. The request was from a little girl with terminal cancer living in Children's Hospital in Little Rock. It was one of her last requests. The hospital took her via bus to see Dons light show, a huge hit. She passed not long after seeing it but her wish came true. Yes, you never know what good you may be bringing to others. JR
  5. This was posted in my guestbook a few years ago. So, I do think also, that it makes a difference in some peoples lives. Wayne Comments: I first saw the house coming back from Xxxx Xxxxx. It moved me to tear's. You see ive had a really long road in the past 9 year's. I had given up at one point & didn't even look forward to Christmas. I didn't have one for over 8 year's. I didn't believe anymore that the Christmas spirit was real. Just all what people could get, instead of what they had already been given from the beginning. The night I saw the house , well we drove by 5 time's . I cried every time. Not of sadness, but sheer child like excitement & amazement. That night we put up the first Christmas tree ive had in 9 year's. People just don't realize how Christmas light can re-cenddle & inspier the meaning, love, & perpouse that is the Meaning of Christmas! Hope Every-one has a Very Blessed Christmas!
  6. I just didnt like S5, i prefered having the older style visualizer,, easier to design props. I went back to S4.3
  7. Ai: i know what you mean. Approx 5 years ago while i was setting up my display an older Gentlemen pulled up in a mini van to tell me about my display, between puffs of oxygen from his tank he let me know my Display gave him 1 more reason to live another year, I have not seen the Man again but i will always remember 1 more year even though setting up takes time and a lot of PAIN. So don't think what we do does not matter it does to Somebody. Because it gave them 1 more Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Thanks for sharing Al. I too have had a similar story shared to me. But I didn't know the family. They left a letter in my mailbox a few years back about the passing of her father. The letter stated that our show had her father's favorite songs in it and helped her through the first year without him... She specifically mentioned Amazing Grace. Thinking about it - I might just have to dust that one off again and update it to my current setup.
  9. Keep in mind that some colors may look different on your home. Adjust where necessary. The CF50’s are great. I have 8 now. Had 4 for two years. JR
  10. Yesterday, I was sequencing using S5, latest available this moment. I saw that when trying to grab a location and continue to the end of the song or anywhere between, if you pass the edge of the area, it stops. In S4, if you pass the edge, it allowed you to speed up that sliding. Now we seem to be stuck in the slow mode. On another note, trying to add a motion display to an existing RGB prop, seems difficult to get there. Seems we have to jump through hoops as such to create a place for a prop to allow us to create a motion effect. Should be easier than this but I do understand software and what appears easy, isn't always easy. For configuration, these are sequences that I did in S4 and importing one at a time into S5 as I edit them. Selecting a color for an RGB prop, was easy in S4 but I think its actually easier in S5 once you understand how to use the selector. There needs to be more detail on the use of "Movie" motion effects. Seems an AVI file is needed but when I tried that, using a 16 rail pixel tree, the channel assignments do not line up with the actual movie information, therefore a mess. Yes, I know that's going to be a complex area for the programmers. People have different channel setups due to different controller types. I have two different pixel trees and both have different controllers. One used packed pixels with zigzag and the other uses 16 individual outputs therefore no packing. Nice to have would be the ability to select a group of cells and drag them to another location...hint, hint. Easy to ask for but I know not so easy to implement.
  11. total HD failure. I never put a great deal of effort into backing up but with all the work I put into sequencing and vis files, and the heart breaking stories of people losing all their work I have read on this forum, I backed everything up 3 different ways. With my repaired computer back in my hands, I began to reinstall my programs. LOR made it soooo easy and with the new speed of my comp I was done in seconds. Opened my cloud drive and BAMMM - all my lms, sup, vis, and audio where there safe and sound. I shed a tear. I thought I would share a happy ending story since we always seem to hear of the bad one where all is lost. People: if it happened to me it could happen to you. get a cloud drive, thumb drive, ext HD, email your sequences to yourself - whatever, MAKE COPIES!
  12. dgrant

    windows 10

    I'm a true believer in giving a computer all the possible resources it can handle, as in Ram memory, larger hard drives and the best video GPU money can handle. My show computer is a former server, reset into a desktop Pc running Windows 10 Pro. Older Dell T5500 and its got two Xeon E5649 CPU's within and 72Gb of Ram, along with two 2-Tb HD's, Nvidia Quadro K1200. It never thinks about slowing down and runs nice and cool. Yes, I could run an even better GPU but this one works just fine for, four monitors using LOR. When you limit things on the computer side, you start limiting proper speed of the show. I've got a much faster machine too but its really not needed.
  13. Thanks again Mr.P I am up and running , worked great !!! David
  14. You are such a good guy to help Val out with this. PM me if you need help with the customer and order database.
  15. Looks like we may have a fix. Lights started blinky-blinky about 11 pm last night. Points to take away that solved my problems: If you have or want to add networks, make sure you have some type of 485 connected for each network defined. I had to wait until a Red 485 arrived to get things working on the second network. More on that next. Next thing, when I tried to install the Red 485, it did not install correctly. Took about 12 hours to get things fixed. Only a small hole in the wall and a small lump on my head 😯 Things like FTClean would not totally remove the problem with the bad driver install around the Red 485. The only way I could get things working was to go to Windows and an old Restore point. After rolling things back to before I installed 5.2.4, I had to reinstall LOR and the 485 drivers with many restarts. The USB485B was found right away however the Red 485 took MINUTES to complete, but it finally did and now I am programming and when I want to watch some of the real lights I can. Thanks JR, you helped lay the foundation for me to fight my way through the hardware problems. Have not heard boo from LOR and the 2 cases submitted.
  16. Thank You Mr. P, I knew there was a way to do it . You have always been spot on, thanks! David
  17. Your welcome. I've spent a lot of hours over the past 2 months helping Val get her website back up. She was screwed bad and it's been a HUGE NIGHTMARE.
  18. Likely that you never took one apart - only loosened it.
  19. LOR sells pigtails with weather resistant connectors. 👍 You do need to install your own RJ45 plug after threading the CAT5 wire thru the gland nut for all your inter-unit runs. (I slid the opposite end one down the entir length. BUT NO BOOTED CONNECTORS allowed. bare RJ plugs only) Once those have been built, Next years setup is easy (💡 Do mark the cable as to intended use location)
  20. Staying S4 also works great for me works with all my pixels
  21. I am also sticking with S4. You know what they say, "If it ain't broke then don't fix it."
  22. I have a ton of pixels with S4, no problems. JR
  23. JR your work on singing trees sequences has brought joy to a whole lot of people on this forum ,thank you Dennis Laff
  24. I am a third year newbie, when I started I had a full head of hair, just thinking of doing 40 homes puts me all in a dither. I was playing Christmas music till 1 am last night, golly how my life has changed, I am a kid again at 69. David
  25. Started in 2009, never have stopped. Always working on something for Christmas Thomas
  26. https://youtu.be/T7lopNvfWkk I would like to give GriswoldStyle a WOOTWOOT! Nicely done. I have converted it all over to pixels and rgb.
  27. To be honest LOR just needs to get rid of the black adapters and only sell the red. I mean the red is only $2 more but it will alleviate a ton of confusion.
  28. I have this version if anyone is interested
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