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  1. Go ahead - talk all you want. But do it elsewhere. I ordered a couple of RGB floods this afternoon, and 34 minutes after I received an email confirming the order I received another email telling me that the product has shipped. Now some people might say that's an awfully long time to wait. But heck - at my age, I've waited longer than that for a bowel movement. When a company can get their business finished, including the paperwork, quicker than I can at home, well, let's just say my hat's off to them.
  2. You could always try voodoo. I often sacrifice a chicken while chanting to the electrical gods. (Eating a bucket of KFC while yelling work dammit)
  3. This is pretty much how I start doing every song. Gives me lots of timing options very quickly (about 10 minutes). I still have to take some time to make sure things are perfect, but it gives me a huge head start. This video shows how to: Look at what is inside a bare bones LMS fileTake advantage of advanced timing wizards in AudacityHow to manually convert Audacity timing grids (labels) and import them into Light-O-Rama timing gridsHow to automatically convert Audacity labels to LOR timing grids using a crude PERL script, that I don't support.How to use the Beat Wizard and the Tapper Wizard.Ends with a brief code walkthrough on the script.Links: Audacity Download:http://audacity.sourceforge.net/Queen Mary Vamp plugins for Audacity: http://www.nutcracker123.com/nutcracker/releases/Vamp_Plugin.exeLink to Audacity to LOR Script: (I provide no support for this): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aSVVGMEJoQmpiUGM/viewActiveState PERL: http://www.activestate.com/activeperl
  4. The only INCORRECT way of unplugging cat5 that I know of is tripping over the cable...
  5. Tom- Thanks for the compliment. Trust me I understand your pov. As far as outline sequences other than James there may be less than 5 members I have asked for a sequence and I know each of them from memory. James sequences compliments my props and my singing faces. I also have either met in person, skype or over the phone each of them, well except for 75Redman who recently shared a work of art with me. I still haven't worked it into my show yet, I think it was a patriotic sequence so it will get there. IMO this is just a fun hobby, that's why I do what I do. If I wanted to get paid, and I have had offers, that would take the fun away. I like helping people either singing faces or setting up their pixies etc. and when my local publisher asked me why I do what I do for the holidays my comment was and will always be the same "because I can and there are others who simply cant for various reasons" and I left it at that. Its the same way in the forums. Happy Lighting and Merry Christmas everyone. JR
  6. Here's one I use. Lots of people like it. I use it for checking all the lights across both yards. (Sorry - I can't find any more recent video.)
  7. I know its not perfect but if you want it it is free... just send me a e mail and I will share it with whoever wants to see it. It is better viewed on full screen as the video is a little small because it is of my Vis file. retired_old_sarge@yahoo.com
  8. Captured about 40% of my takedown and put away with some time lapse photography. 85k lights, LOR, RGB all down and tucked away.
  9. Got me thinking do I need a pair of gloves MMmmmmmm
  10. Dcroc

    OLD SARGE

    Yup....Sarge is a stand up guy.
  11. Oh man. Agree with the others. You must know the number, large or small. But if you have the CLAP (like I do), don't forget to add in the various LED on lights. Like the (2) on my speakers for example.
  12. Some may have read my complaining over the problems I've had getting things running right this year. Then, a few minutes ago I get this email, and it kind of snaps my head back on straight. Dear George, THANK YOU again for the awesome light and music display!!! I visited with you briefly on Friday evening when there was a little trouble with some of the lights. You said to come back. You said you’d be working on the lights on Saturday and try to get them all working. (What was working on Friday was still awesome!) I told you how I wait for this and anticipate it already starting in July. I said we’d be back on Sunday evening with more family / friends. Well, this evening we came back! I was in the back of the van when my friend went out to put our donation in the box, and she got to talk to you. There were seven of us that came out from St. Cloud / Sartell to enjoy the lights and music. If you total our ages we have over 480 years — and yet we still felt like little children as we oooh-ed and aaah-ed over all the colorful lights and how they went with notes at the split of a second. It is truly AWESOME! Thank you, George!!! Sue
  13. 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.
  14. Nut Rocker by TSO. The link is a video of the sequence. 96ch. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=721370741207637&set=vb.448590921818955&type=3&theater
  15. https://www.digitalcitizen.life/print-large-image-multiple-pages-4-steps-using-microsoft-paint I found this quick article about how to scale an image to print on several sheets of paper. I took a a 400x400px image of a tree and printed it on six sheets which I'll then trim and tape for an outline to trace onto my coroplast sheet from home depot. I did it all with microsoft paint, freely installed with windows
  16. Many of us know Jerry72 here on the forums. On 15 Sept he was involved in a head on collision the results being from the other driver who was drunk and has been arrested. Though I didn't set up the GoFundMe account it was sent to me and I asked LOR Admins for their permission to post it here. (granted) I wont get into his family but a little background is posted on the GoFundMe account and it is heartbreaking at best. For anyone that reads this that received face sequences from me and offered to donate to me, this would be perfect. I and many others here consider Jerry a friend. https://www.gofundme.com/jerry-thompsons-medical-and-family I am sure any contributions will be greatly appreciated. JR [Admin edit to correct date, as mentioned in future post.]
  17. I had nine kids cry and was told off by one parent, overall a successful Halloween. 😁
  18. First, all new lighters should first fill in their profile as this information is very important in helping us answer your questions. Your software version and license level is one of the most important pieces of information needed as they can dictate what you can and can't do. This little piece of information can solve 50% of the questions asked in the forum. Second, when asking for help please give as much detail as possible. Type of controller, type of pixels/lights, number of pixels, voltage, network, distances and anything else possible, it's all important and can affect what is going on with your setup. Third, the Holiday season is going to start ramping up soon and this forum is going to get very busy. You won't see the veterans around as much as they will be busy setting up their own displays. The new lighters will seem like they are coming out of the wood work so the more info you can give us the faster we can help you solve your problem. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question, if you don't know or are not sure then ask. I have been doing this for six years, (a newbie considered by others in here ?) and I consider myself pretty proficient but I still have questions and I ask in here all the time. The bottom line is help us help you, the devil is in the details.
  19. UPDATE on my lights order... On Saturday UPS rings my doorbell and asks me to open my garage door. He then proceeds to bring 30 boxes into my garage. I was flabbergasted and confused. When I placed my order, all the reviews and questions commented that despite the listing saying the item was a 6-pack of lights, it was actually a single strand. Armed with that info, I ordered 10 blue, 10 green, 10 red and 2 white (to have on hand in case my spiral tree needed some strings replaced this year). More than enough to upgrade my 8-string spiral tree to have four colors and have some strings left over as necessary. I paid ~$128. But what was delivered was 10 six-packs of blue, 10 six-packs of green, 10 six-packs of red and 24 strings of white. So instead of 32 strings, I got 204 strings of lights for $128!! So now I have more than enough to not only upgrade my spiral tree, but also create a couple more elements if I have the time. Of course, I don't have enough channels to use them all, but at least I have enough lights to last me for quite a while!
  20. We let our extension cords grow wild. You all would be horrified if you saw them. Green cords, white cords, orange cords, red/white cords. All running willy-nilly all over the yard like a web built by a spider doing coke. The only cords we have labeled are the ones that are directly connected from a prop to the controller.
  21. There is nothing to troubleshoot as that is what the lights are supposed to do. When you turn on red they become red then you turn them off. If you turn on blue without turning off red then the colors will mix, this is how you get all the other colors with RGB. If you turn on red you will get red, when you turn on green the colors mix and you get yellow, when you turn on blue all colors mix and you get white.
  22. Isn't it the parents job to deal with a child's fears whether they be real or imaginary? This is the problem these days everyone wants everything around them to change to fit their needs if they don't like it. If you take that down because this lady can't talk to her child and explain that is a fake piece of plastic and that's nothing more than decoration, maybe even have her or him touch it so she or he understands that it's not going to hurt them, then you're a part of the problem that we have with this PC correctness and other nonsense that's going on today. This is still a free country and everybody should be able to have their own likes and dislikes without forcing others to conform to their wishes. Just like somebody's probably going to jump in and blast what I said and that's their right.
  23. Update ~ Everything up and running. Anyone that has a pixie16 will need to have version 4:3:18 or newer. (my friend above was on 4:3:14) Pixie16's are not recognized by the older versions. Updated, set unit ID, created Master Channel Config, got him a free pixel seq and all is working. From the excitement in the background his family loved it. JR
  24. With all the help that I've received the past few years, I thought I would give something back. This is a sequence I did last year. 96 regular channels, 8 RGB floods, and 4 RGB arches. Sequence https://www.dropbox.com/s/s74i29ans4i1t1r/MashUp30Songs%202014.lms?dl=0 Link for the audio.http://www.mediafire.com/download/7uvdb3mo7s6ws4w/30%2B+Hit+Songs+from+2007-2014.mp3
  25. I found a solution to a problem and I wanted to share my solution. The problem is that my front porch light is very visible from the street. Over the years I keep turning the intensity down (it's on a LOR channel), and it's still too bright. The solution is that I installed a piece of cardboard in the light fixture so that the light is completely blocked towards the street and unblocked towards the house. Now I can leave the porch light on at a useful intensity and not have it shine brightly towards the street. The photo below does not really do it justice, but you will notice that you don't see any direct light from the porch light, but you can see the shadow from the wreath on the front door being cast on the wall. Took about 10 seconds to install the cardboard, and will take about that long to remove it after the season is concluded.
  26. I was unable to find straight 3" translucent white pipe to make my RGB Fire Sticks so I came up with what I think is a cheap, better, faster way. This video is just showing a very quick mock up. I will do more with it later. I just wanted to prove the concept. It looks really cool in person. The camera doesn't do it any justice and it is only on a tester so no way to turn it down. I put this together in about 10 min for the test so it's not perfect.. but you get the idea. Using Coroplast I just created a triangle and put a 60/m strip in for testing. The final will have a top and bottom and a method for mounting to a 10' piece of conduit to hold it up in the wind. More info and details later. Please like and subscribe. Craig
  27. Here is a link to our display for 2016. Located in Lake View, NY Hope everyone likes it! Dennis
  28. I'm not sure I can answer that as all I've ever had has been the advanced (now Pro) license level. All one needs to do is create the effect you want in the first cell of your chase, then select the number of channels and the length of time you want the chase to occupy and then push the H key. It actually takes less time to do than it took to write the description. Self-serving note: Sequence U teaches all this and more. Classes begin next Sunday.
  29. WOW... come on guys. He charges $30 for 6 voice overs. This is an amazing value and his work is top notch! I really enjoyed them this year and can't wait for a bigger package next!!
  30. This is the first year I have used Windows 10 for my show computer and I have an issue that others might also have. This forum has been so helpful over the years I thought I would give back with the solutions I have found. The problem is Windows 10 does automatic updates to its operating system when it wants to and this often results in a reboot of the system. Even if this reboot does not take place during the show, it leaves the PC waiting for the user to login. If you don't notice this when the next show is suppose to starts, it won't because you haven't logged in. I have three solutions for this. First, set your "active hours" to include your show times. Windows will not update your PC during your active hours. This can be done by going to Settings (right click on the task bar and select Settings) select Update and Security and select Change Active Hours. Note, you can have a maximum of 12 hours active. Second, if you want to stop Windows from doing any updates (and I don't necessarily recommend this) you can go into the network settings and set your WIFI connection to metered. If a WIFI connection is metered, Windows will not download any updates, instead it will notify you that updates are available and you can manually download them when you want. Do this by going into Settings and selecting Network and Internet, select Show Available Networks and select your network and select properties. The last property is Metered Connection. Set this to On. Finally, you can have Windows automatically log you in after a reboot so that the reboot can happen without your intervention. This can be done by holding down the Window key (the button that has the Windows logo on the bottom left corner of the keyboard) and typing R. In the window that pops up type: NETPLWIZ and select OK. At the top of this new window is a box that is checked that says "user must enter a user name and password". Uncheck this and select OK. it will prompt you for your user name and password that will be used to automatically login from now on. I am using the first and third solution and it seems to be working well.
  31. Oh and 2 high speed USB 485's and mega tree kit with topper lol I wasn't that lucky but almost ! $ 200.00 the 5 controllers are the commercial grade ones i thought it was a great deal !
  32. Has anyone else noticed that when you say you have something to share or that you have worked on a new seq there is a long line of people asking for it but then when you share it very few ever say thanks after they get it and also that most of the ones asking for the shared things never seem to have anything to share in return, and that most of them are the same ones over and over all the time? Just seems to be something I noticed.. Many of us have spent a lot of hours and time doing things that we don't mind sharing and most of the time no all but more people do not ever say thanks for sharing it or say ow they liked or didn't like it or offer any constructive criticism or there version of the same thing after tweaking it??.. Even a newbie like I am would like to receive a little pat on the back once in a while.. And I am sure there are a lot that have shared things here that does a much better job then I do have not been told thanks for a lot of their hard and time consuming work to. Many times in different places... I say thank you for the help that all the old timers and to all who have helped me in the past... and that still help me pout when I am having a problem with something.. and to all the ones who have shared their work with me. There are some people ready to jump in and criticize someone for asking about something that was answered three or four of even 5 years ago instead of offering a good explanation or telling them where it was answered in the past... Not Everyone uses the same terminology when searching for something and there are some who always seems to be ready to say.... search harder... it was answered way back in 2010 if you look for it....
  33. The worst part about it is that the need to grow appears in two ways: - You buy more lights, find a way to use them, so you need more controllers. - You buy an extra controller, then you realize that you could USE those channels and then you need to buy more lights. -Scott
  34. I wanted to share our new props from our 2015 show. We did Snoopy and The Red Barron and in parts of that song "town" bells go off. My wife asked while watching my visualizer as I was programming it if I could make bells since I make all of our display elements. I don't know how to weld so I made them out of 1/2 PVC. I used a heat gun to soften them and borrowed a spring tool my electrician brother in law has to bend without kinks. I was looking for something to use as a template to get the curve I wanted when I noticed my hand truck. In the first picture you see it is attached to the hand truck with zip ties as I bent it around. I then flared it out, let cool, then flared down deciding on a cut point then used elbows to form the bottom and t-fittings to allow for the bell dinger/dong to be glued in place. I then painted them (4) black and used CDI's gold/yellow M6 50 count to string them. I obviously had extra so I just used black out caps. I had these in a real tree positioned as if they were ringing and tried not to be exactly straight up and down. Please feel free to copy my idea and I hope you like them. If you want to see them in action, I have the video on our website: www.saunderschristmaslights.com Later, Al
  35. 2112? Most annoying thing to program? The Wife.
  36. I have this simple philosophy to the haters..."I don't care, I do what I like."
  37. I'll add my comment in the cost of purchased 12 & 16 string sequences. I bought five of Brian's sequences last year. As sources for 12 & 16 string sequences go, Brian is one of the more expensive sources - AND WORTH EVERY PENNY! I figure that provided I could even come up with creativity to imagine doing what Brian does (and I couldn't), it would easily take me 100 hours or more to duplicate one of his sequences. That would make my savings by attempting to write a sequence under a dollar an hour. My time is too valuable to waste that way. I have recently been adapting Brian's Wizards In Winter to my yard. That means I have to modify his 6 channel star to my 1,080 channel star, and then add a couple thousand additional channels. i have not added it up, but I have 25 to 30 hours into the project. That's plenty. For me, I will buy most of the sequences and then largely add in the rest of my yard. BTW, one other advantage of buying a couple sequences from the pros is it makes it easier to learn how certain effects are created.
  38. I think it's because their music is exciting and offers a great opportunity for dynamic sequencing, regardless of channel count. Talk about sheep mentality ... from the perspective of someone on the musical fringes of this hobby, doesn't sheep mentality perfectly describe all the people who use the same tired old Christmas songs that others have used for decades?
  39. Off topic but funny story: I love to cook. If you have run into me at Expo, it shows For the last year I have been studying Japanese Cuisine - yes there is more than just Sushi! I found a great little Japanese Grocery store in town - it's about the 1/2 the size of a gas station convenience store. It's jam packed with awesome ingredients and run by an older Japanese woman who is whip-smart but English is not her first language. My Obasan! The other day I'm in there and I drop close to $100 on stuff. I make a comment about how she's making me go broke with all these new things to try. She gives me the thumbs up and says 'Steak tonight!'
  40. Here is a video of the last song each night https://vimeo.com/113360891
  41. Don't forget the led indicators on the controllers
  42. Go to Its Me Bob-O Software downloads http://itsmebob.com/SD.html Get the clipboard flipper.
  43. I can tell ya, 64 channels is not beginner level. It's a good amount of channels for a really nice display. And 3 or 4 songs (or not much more) is just fine. A 10 minute or so show is still good. Many folks will enjoy it. I think your underestimating the amount of channels and songs you will have. I will agree with others. Try to get her a little involved. Now. I am going to ask. What is another song your wife really, really, really likes? I will create/donate a sequence of it for you to add to your show, at no cost. But don't tell her. Keep it a surprise. A little Christmas present for you and the wife You can PM me if you like. We can exchange emails there if you want. And lastly, welcome to the world's craziest forum, members and hobby.
  44. Like he said, SHE SAID YES! As promised, here is the rough footage of the lights! The girl I had on camera missed the first section of the song and the video I played before the lights started, but I'm working on taking all the raw footage and making a full proposal video. It was just really dark and we had a little rain. Even if my video of the proposal didn't turn out exactly how I wanted, the lights and the proposal went off without any problems! But here is the link for most of what I was able to do with the equipment dgrant allowed me to use. I can't thank him enough for all his help!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCctLw41eZA&feature=youtu.be
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