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  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. 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.)
  4. Captured about 40% of my takedown and put away with some time lapse photography. 85k lights, LOR, RGB all down and tucked away.
  5. Got me thinking do I need a pair of gloves MMmmmmmm
  6. Dcroc

    OLD SARGE

    Yup....Sarge is a stand up guy.
  7. We have had a sleigh and several reindeer made from plywood for several years now, bought them at a garage sale so no idea how old they really are. The sleigh hasn't weathered very well so I needed to make a new one. I also wanted to make it easy to take apart and put together so we can store it indoors. The old one was all screwed together. We started with a sheet of exterior grade plywood and one of the old sleigh sides as a pattern. Which became a couple of these: And then this: I think the inspector approves First coat of primer on everything, a couple coats of white paint to come:
  8. 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.]
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. I had nine kids cry and was told off by one parent, overall a successful Halloween. 😁
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. This year I decided to have a different set of songs play each week. Here is Week 1:
  21. 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.
  22. 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 !
  23. k6ccc

    outdoor speakers

    That's what I do. However having worked as a broadcast engineer, I DO know how to do it right and make it work despite some very long cable runs. Before you even read the novel I'm about to write, I will repeat an offer I have made in the past. If you need assistance in audio distribution (for example, long cable runs or distribution to multiple distant locations), my background may be able to help to do it right. Feel free to contact me. Admittedly my setup is more complex than most other people have any need to use, but it works well for me. In my case, my show computer has been in the very back of my house. As part of my front yard landscaping project, I installed four speakers in the front yard, and two 75 watt per channel amplifiers in a closet that drives them. There is a conduit path from the show computer to the amplifiers, but it's about 100 feet long. Additionally, there is a conduit path from the show computer to the brick column in the front yard where the FM transmitter is located, but it's a little over 150 feet. If I were to simply connect a Y splitter on the output of the show computer and long cables to the amplifiers and transmitter, there is a HIGH probability that there would be noise and /or hum introduced into one or more likely both. Now I'm going to explain how to do it right. Then I will add a little about the rest of my audio distribution - and how I added yet another complication this year. The big issue with long cables is that most consumer audio devices use un-balanced audio inputs and outputs. That means that the audio signal is carried on a single wire that is referenced to whatever ground that the equipment has. The cable used is normally a shielded co-axial cable with the audio signal on the center conductor and the ground on the shield. This works OK for short distances, and in particular when all the attached equipment is using the same power system. If the two pieces of equipment either don't really have a real ground connection (most consumer audio equipment these days doesn't), or have a different ground, there can be substantial amounts of noise introduced because of differences in ground. The solution to this is to use a balanced audio line rather than an un-balanced distribution. In an balanced input or output, the audio signal is sent over two wires that are not referenced to ground, but rather a differential to each other. The cable normally used is two twisted wires inside a shield. The shield is normally grounded at only one end of the cable. Fortunately it is easy to convert the audio signal from an un-balanced signal to a balanced signal. The normal way to do this is by connecting the un-balanced signal to one side of an isolation transformer, and there is now a balanced signal on the other side of the transformer. Assuming that both your show computer and your FM transmitter have unbalanced inputs and outputs, you would use an isolation transformer at each end of the circuit. Note that the description I have given is for a single circuit. If you are sending a stereo signal (and most of use are using stereo), you need a separate isolation transformer at each end of the circuit, and separate cable for each channel. If you are splitting the output of your show computer to go to both a FM transmitter and also amplifiers for speakers, you could use a Y type splitter cable to create two outputs from your computer, and run one output from the splitter to the FM transmitter and the the other output to the amplifiers. If either of the cable runs is long, use the un-balanced to balanced transformer process described above for the long cable. In my case I'm not using a Y splitter cable. I have the output from the show computer (un-balanced) run through isolation transformers to two channel inputs of a sound mixer (balanced). This is despite the fact that the computer and mixer have been less than two feet apart. The mixer has a main output which is cabled to the FM transmitter, and an Aux output which is cabled to the amplifiers. The main output from the mixer is a true balanced output, so I don't need to use isolation transformers at the mixer end of those cables, however my FM transmitter has un-balanced inputs, so there are isolation transformers before the inputs to the transmitter. BTW, to give an idea how well using a balanced signal works, for the first year that I used an FM transmitter, I used a piece of unshielded Cat-5 cable for the 160 foot run, and it worked fine. I don't recommend doing that, but I really did not have the budget to buy the right cable at the time, and I had boxes of Cat-5 in stock. The Aux output from my mixer is semi-balanced output so I am using isolation transformers at both ends of the cables to the amplifiers. This year I complicated it a bit by moving the show computer out into a newly constructed data cabinet in my garage. Now I will have about 60 feet of cable from the computer to sound mixer. Of course that will have isolation transformers at the computer. One more note. The conduit paths that I'm using for these long runs, are also used for several other types of signal including, computer LAN, LOR networking, another low speed data used for some environmental monitors, telephone, and low current 12 volt power. All of these would likely bother an un-balanced signal, but have no effect on a balanced signal.
  24. 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
  25. Buck268

    MP3 director

    After spending about an hour on the phone with dibblejr I'm now able to create my own sequences. After all these years, I now have new songs for my neighbors to listen to. It's funny how one little thing can get you wrapped around the axle. Still got lots to learn but, thanks to dibblejr I'm on my way...………………...
  26. Well lets see i had about 20 kids cry 1 parent cussing about dropping a spider on them 1 parent almost dropped his expensive Nikon camera when i dropped the spider on him and gave out about 300 bags of candy . It was a successful Halloween
  27. Dang dude. That’s great of you to be thinking of her so much. Makes me tear up.
  28. Time and Motion was awesome work, impressive.
  29. ***UPDATE*** Mission Accomplished, new DJI Mavic Pro in hand
  30. You should have heard my reasoning when I purchased my corvette Z06.
  31. I started on version 1.3 of sequence editor. A different kind of oldster.
  32. Here is a link to the video of my display synchronized to Judy Pancoast's "Heroes In Blue" as a tribute to all of the men and women in law enforcement. Ron Lister www.ChristmasWonders.com 1642 Sunburst Way Kissimmee. FL 34744
  33. This is an amazing display from 1991 in Manchester NH that is probably responsible for making me become an over the top decorator. No computers or LEDs here. Just lots of power and ingenuity. Enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyXuqCNeYmY
  34. Yes, that is impressive. My work space is what ever area is clear at the time. Sometimes it's the garage and sometimes it's the middle of the living room.
  35. I took another look at the Timing Map, and that is where my problem is. It only populated the first 3 ribbons. I didn't realize that it did that by default. I just clicked the set frequency spectrum and that fixed it. Thank you very much Mr. P and Mega Arch. I knew it had to be something simple.
  36. So unless the 16 channel sequence you receive from someone else is "exactly" like your display, you will still be modifying, cutting, pasting anyways. So having sequences with 16 channels or 1,600 channels, either way you will be doing something to them. And all of us are feeling pressed for time and it's our very busy this time of year as well. If you have sequences sent to you, the hard work is done.
  37. Seems like to me an Old Sarge like yourself wouldn't need a scope with all that ARMY training!!!
  38. Excited to hear that S5 may merge SE and PE...that would be terrific!!
  39. I got one today, gonna try it out. With the 10% military discount.
  40. Santas Helper - you really have to quit posting those pics, show off.
  41. Hello everyone, my name is Cole and this year will be my second year using LOR products to turn my lights into something worth seeing. I thought I’d post this to give some inspiration to those of you who may be struggling to get going with your lights and give some new hope. First off I’d like to clarify that I am not an expert at any of this and never claim to be. Like I said this is only my second year synchronizing Christmas lights and I still have a lot to learn. In April of this year we moved to a different house, one on a quite busy road where the speed limit is 45 mph (but everyone drives 55) and people could not stop even if they had their heart set on it to look at my lights. This got me super worried how I was going to do my lights! I started freaking out thinking that none of it was going to work out and started biting my nails to figure out if it would even be worth it. It was the complete opposite of our nice suburban house where people could stop and actually enjoy the lights. (I got quite a few lookers my first year doing this!) Anyway, I knew I had to do something if I wanted to keep putting up my lights for the 2016 season. The biggest problem wasn’t that I was down in the dumps about how it was going to ultimately look, it was that I had too many ideas rattling around in my head to make any sense of the situation. I got to work, and immediately ruled out doing any sort of show with the lights being synchronized to music. Cars would just not be able to stop on our busy road to look at the lights, especially at night since coming from one direction requires topping a small hill. I didn’t want to put anyone at risk that would be driving out searching for some Christmas lights. My next step was thinking how I could do this. How can I make something other than a static display stand out? It sounds super simple now, but I decided on taking my controllers and lights and making what I call an “animated display.” I would take all of my lights and arrange them and make some new props and make everything look as good as I possibly could with the lights all on static and then animate things in the software so that it looks all professional in the end. Something that helped with this was the introduction of two 8 and a half foot tall spiral trees that I thought would look good as one of the main centerpieces. Really all this took was some reorganizing - not outside with the lights, but in my mind, how I wanted the final result to look. So I’ve completed hours of planning so far this year, and I actually had some really good ideas before we even moved. I have become less stressed on how I’m going to bring a smile to people’s faces. That’s the thing - this hobby is so much fun because you can do whatever the heck you want with all of these ideas that you have floating around in your head. You can use 5,000 lights or 100,000 lights. All that matters is that you are proud of it and that it looks good to others. I know I am not the first or last person to post something like this, and I know I’m not the first to post something about doing an “animated display” but I thought it would cool to share and maybe inspire others in the process. Pictures from this year’s lights will be posted on the forums, in case y’all care to take a look. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment your thoughts and opinions.
  42. You do that by specifying the location of props and fixtures when creating the visualization. That one capability in my opinion is huge. Allows for arranging things in ways that make sense instead of the way the computer thinks makes sense. To do that, bring up the Prop Properties and click the SuperStar button. On the new box, click the checkbox for "Force SuperStar Row/Column. Then enter the desired row and column for the start of the prop in the SuperStar grid. Same concept for fixtures, EXCEPT that it is a relative location. For example, if you specify the Prop to start at 10,15, and the fixture at 1,5, that fixture will be 10,20. You will have to play with it a bit to get the hang of it, but once you do, it's wonderful. Also note that SuperStar will happily overlap your props if you tell it to, resulting in not what you expected. Also note that props that you DON'T specify will get placed automatically by SuperStar and MAY overlap the props that you specified. So the best bet is if you specify locations for some props do it for EVERYTHING. Takes some extra time in Visualizer, but well worth it. The other huge advantage is that if over years you add additional props, your existing props don't move on the grid which screws up your existing sequences.
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