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  1. 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:
  2. she had me at the horse pooooh aroma, she would never be able to sneak up on me.
  3. First thing I've won in years & years.... Hopefully just started a streak...
  4. After 12 months I may finally get my life back. Finally getting my 4th and hopefully final surgery on September 27th. Get a brand new shiny hip and for the first time in 12 months I will no longer be in pain
  5. A hint - click the Intensity Icon. I know of 3 different ways to add fades to a motion effect. The newest method call Drag Edges is very handy. It is shown last in the gif below. Hope this helps... Alan...
  6. Control the kids going into a show.... :)
  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. 4 WEEKS !!!! 4 weeks (from yesterday) is the Central Oklahoma Mini. If you are interested in attending, please PM me and I'll add you to the invite list. We are getting a head count for charis/tables and food. So please contact me if interested. Thank you, Tom
  9. My friend JR doesn’t make mistakes. Got your back buddy.
  10. Standalone you can load a automation sequence directly into the flood and it will play the sequence when plugged in. There is no need for a computer or director to run the sequence.
  11. For starters, welcome aboard. My response is with the assumption you have some basic understanding on how Light-o-Rama works with the research you have done. If not, please ask away. This is how I've used it for the past 6-7 years, I'm sure there are plenty of other ways and ideas from other users as well. As far as equipment- Projector: I can't recommend one as the one I use for my Halloween Sequences plays on the front window from the inside. It sits next to my laptop. The lights can't be controlled from the projector itself. If you are wanting to play a video through it with the LOR Lighting program it will need to be connected to a computer. This is my understanding, I don't know that it will play from a Show Director or not, I've never tried. (Maybe someone else can chime in on this) The other thing to consider is how to keep it away from any water. To play a video, you will need some sort of video editing software to cut the part out you want to play. I've used VirtualDub.org for some of mine. It's a free software you can download. When creating the sequence you choose the video as your media source instead of an audio file. You then create your Preview Design with all your "Props" and sequence them as normal and they will play at the same time as the video clip. The FM Transmitter doesn't have to be very big as you really only need it to reach in front of your house. I bought mine off Amazon, its a Sain Sonic AX-05B, I'm pretty sure it's only a 1/2Watt. Lighting Equipment- This also depends on the types of lights you plan to use. If you're using regular light strands that plug in the wall, then a CTB16PC-ReadyToGO is what you'll need. You can add as many as you need, each one has 16 channels. If you are using Pixels, then you will need a pixel controller. They can be controlled directly from the computer, with a USB to RS485 Adapter or from a Show Director off an SD Card. (both from LOR). http://store.lightorama.com/index.html Sequencing- Sequencing can be as over the top or as simple as you want. There are many sites that offer sequences you can purchase, and then you adapt to fit your design. There are also many on the forums here who are willing to share theirs for free as well. (See the Sequences Tab) For me, it's easier to just make my own as sometimes adapting them to fit my design ends up being just as much work. Here's an old Behind the Scenes video I made a few years back that may help see how the props work in the yard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY I'm hoping to try and make a new one this year. Things change and evolve each year. Hope this helps a little, sometimes I tend to just ramble without answering specific enough. Here's a video of my "Frozen" I did 5 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBHYbIltazo
  12. I don't use Superstar, so take this with a grain of salt. I would think you could remove the motion row, then do your superstar thing, without it. Then sequence your AC props old school. You might have to remove the AC props from the Entire House group. I have old controllers on an old network alongside my E1.31 stuff, and I have seen that message when I tried to apply a motion effect to my LOR floods. I removed the floods motion row from my whole house group and never saw it again. Back up everything if you try to do this.
  13. 1- I’m on my cell so can’t see your software version- S4 or S5. Whatever version you will need “Pro” to control those pixel controllers. You will also need several red adapters. Best to just buy red in the beginning since they are backwards compatible. I do not use S5 but in S4 there is a visualizer that you can add your house pic and lights. 2 &3 - the pixel tree will eat us 16 unit IDs. 5, 6,7,8,9,0A, OB,OC, OD, OE, OF, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 You will need a red HS adapter for the tree and more than likely a new network 4- the pixie16 with nodes will use 16 more unit IDs just like mentioned in question 2&3 - if nothing changes you would assign that controller unit ID 15. However they will start with the next available- if you add the device correctly it will Automatiavly load the unit IDs. You can probably add the small controller which sounds like a pixie2 to your regular network with your normal controllers. You would need to adjust your previous unit IDs or asighn it a starting unit ID higher than the last pixie16 leaves off. If you go to the General Hardware section of the forums you will see my sticky writeup on pixie configuration. There is a video it will help you set everything up. JR
  14. I go with #4. I am 1.5 hours north of them. I go to dead people's auctions every Friday night. People move here and die. The family comes in, usually from FL, picks through the house for what they think is the good stuff and the rest goes to the auction. When I die, the person I willed all of my stuff to, from FL, will not have any clue what a controller box is or what to do with fifty of them. I think it will be completely overwhelming when they go under the house and see all of the totes full of Christmas crap. I will be dead, so I don't care if they give them away or sell them for 25.00.
  15. Yes late, last year it was on Nov 22 so you had an entire week before Dec. So yes it is later in the month this year.
  16. Ok. It’ll be this weekend when I get home. Thriller will be sent your way. Sax
  17. Thanks again JR, Mr P and The Ducks for the advice/help in this thread. I now have a few pixels running properly after a few tests and have a slightly better understanding of the basics. For any newbies like myself, my two main mistakes were; Not realising in S5 the RGB dropdown tab in HU config will default back to "RGB" after exiting, running a test and going back into the config. It isn't actually changing the settings back to RGB. Clicking advanced will show the actual saved settings for all channels. I was selecting all of the other options when all I needed to do was select RGB! I had assumed I had already tested it in RGB. Finally I was not setting the network correctly in the G3-MP3 by selecting basic instead of advanced when creating the SD card. Updated the firmware, created the show with the correct network setting and now she is working! Kicking myself I didn't buy the G4 instead of the G3.. although not sure it was even out 6 months ago? Thanks Steve
  18. As I think a few of us do, I develop all of my shows/ sequences etc. on a faster more powerful machine and then copy them to a "show" pc I have in my garage. I generally just do a copy of the entire LOR installation directory from one machine to the other via windows networking. I was wondering is it documented somewhere for version 5.3.6 exactly the best way to do this. i.e. a list of subdirectories that wil guarantee everything necessary is moved. If not could you let me know. I don't use sd cards or anything. It just occurred to me as I type this, as the hub utility gains more importance maybe a command could be added to it. Thanks Steve
  19. If this is the drive where your entire LOR data folders are located, you can run Lorpost.exe and point it to the new drive letter. Lorpost is in the c:\programs x86\ lor folder This assumes you are using S4, as your profile states.
  20. Unless it is in writing in your rental contact that they are not responsible for damage, document the damage and sue them in small claims court. If you take that step, keep documentation in case they try to retaliate against you.
  21. Pigtails can be the largest waste of $. Best to find a supplier and buy the longest cords with connectors on both ends and cut enough to make your controller pigtail and solder the cut end to the light strands. Make sure the supplier is going to offer those cables all the time. When I started with pigtails I purchased from Ray , the problem is they were soon obsolete. Then I figured I could make my own from long cables, problem solved. JR
  22. I just bought 10 light led strands from Val at Christmas-LED.com to repair a wireframe She sells a lot of various lengths along with the colored clip caps.
  23. Massimo, Isn't another name for the CCR-II's a Pixie 2? If so here is some instructions from the User Manual. It sounds like not all the dip switches on the board are not set to "off". This means everytime power is removed (turned off) the unit will boot up to the unit id set by the dip switches. In your case it sounds like it is set to Unit 1 via the dipswitches. If you turn all the dipswitches off, then the settings you are using in Hardware Utility will stay. You can set the unit ids in 2 ways, one is set every dipswitch to off and let Hardware Utility do it, or set the dip switches on each unit to the unit id you wish to use as listed on page 41 of the manual. http://www1.lightorama.com/PDF/Pixie_Man_105.pdf page 12 for Hardware Config, and page 41 for setting the Unit Id via the dipswitches Hope this helps Alan...
  24. I produced the HC Jr. version if you want it JR
  25. As I said, you are welcome to call me. I will PM my phone number to you.
  26. yEP...DO A GOOGLE SEARCH FOR VIDEO ON "FALCE F16V2 OR f16V3" and "lightorma". Some pretty good video that go througt the whole process of infacing Falcon'swith LO|R. Seems straight forward once you have mastered the process but there is a pretty decent learning curve before yhou reach that "guru" point.
  27. Matt, I don’t like the fact that the playback files are now being stored in a different location than the main .loredit files. I spend a lot of time keeping all files, music, videos and relative background images as well as prop images in a specific folder for for each song I synchronize for organization. Now I’m going to have to hunt the files that are created and move them after every edit. I liked the ability to say where the files were going to, when we had to do it manually. I’m not against the automatic creation of the playback files, but I want them to go into the same folder as the main files or the ability to say where they go for each .loredit file I create.
  28. Singing faces can be purchased at many places and if you use standard store bought leds and a CTB16PC controller you would onlyuse one Unit ID. A second option if you are wanting to change colors is LORs CMB24D with some dumb RGB lights. This controller only use one ID and you would be able to change colors. It also doesn't need a high speed network. Honestly, I wouldn't use pixels on a face. My choice would be the CMB24D and dumb RGB lights.
  29. All I will say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Initially I upgraded with .24 but had issues so reverted. The only upgrade I do now is the SS ssedit. i haven’t had any problems with .18 even with everyone I have helped. I still like the old K.I.S.S. approach. But will keep that in mind if I ever run into trouble. Thanks again. JR
  30. Right click on the channel item, Enable channel level.
  31. Bug Report 5.3.0 Beta PM 01 Chase across Group boundaries. Win 10 Pro 1803 I think this classifies as a bug, and I think it used to work in 5.2 but I can’t be sure. When chasing a single RGB color, eg green, the chase becomes white when the chase crosses from one group to the next. This seems repeatable for different groups. Screenshot 1 shows prechase. https://www.dropbox.com/s/nx6ki4g83a2no3b/sc 01.jpg?dl=0 Screenshot 2 shows post chase. https://www.dropbox.com/s/h05so9lm6xy102x/sc 02.jpg?dl=0 Chase happens properly across the first group of expanded pixels but turns white on entering the subsequent groups. Furthermore, if an RGB pixel is expanded into its component colors, the chase propagates through all three colors, but only in the expanded pixel, Screenshot 3 https://www.dropbox.com/s/vmqptj8h2yca00e/sc 03.jpg?dl=0
  32. 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.
  33. JR your work on singing trees sequences has brought joy to a whole lot of people on this forum ,thank you Dennis Laff
  34. I usually start setting up mid September and I set up the bulk of Halloween and Christmas and only turn on the Halloween stuff first. Starting November 1st I tear down the things associated with Halloween, webs, monsters and ghosts and set up the last things which are only associated with Christmas, mega trees and things. This worked out good last year as we had rain the entire month of November except for maybe five days. If I had to tear down Halloween and setup my entire Christmas show in November i would have been screwed because of all the bad weather.
  35. Looks more like a display and not a show. I wonder if the Mad Grab sale is what financially set him in a rut.
  36. Don

    I missed it

    The good news is that usually there is a Summer sale that lasts (usually) 2 weeks or so. So, not all hope should be considered lost.
  37. 👍 There are bad folk that take advantages of typos of commonly visited sites to purvey p0ron and other nasties. Bookmark sights you visit frequently. STAY SAFER, Typos on our part do happen.. SOME OF THE BAD SITES LOOK VERY CLOSE TO THE REAL ONE, EXCEPT THEY JUST GOT YOUR LOGON AND PASSWORD. That is why some banks have gone to a 2 step logon.
  38. You may want to look into a P10 based matrix That's what I did for 2018. The upper panel below is 4 panels wide by 3 panels high (128 pixels wide by 48 pixels high - 6,144 pixels). That's just over 4 feet wide by just under 20 inches high. Total cost of about $250 - NOT including enclosure. BTW, the bottom on is a P5 panel, and despite being half the number of panels, is twice as many pixels.
  39. No, you are doing it backwards. As Mr P said. Open existing sequence. Add new CCR channels at the BOTTOM. Save new config. Copy and paste from new CCR sequencing into the modified sequence. Save as a new file for safety. Open next sequence and import the new config, then copy and paste the new CCR content again. Rinse and repeat.
  40. I go thru a lot of ties. Mounting my LED strobes took over 2000! There was one for each bulb plus some extras on each of the 40 strands https://vimeo.com/280309439 I will be sticking with the old fashioned ties.
  41. Here you go Bob. Added the brown Clock wire.
  42. Something like this should work. Obviously you can make each string whatever length that you want. Because the power and ground does not have to travel down and back up each hanging piece, the resistance is far less of an issue. Make sense?
  43. Here are a few of my 2018 videos. More of my videos can be seen here: http://www.buscochristmas.com/Videos.html I would also like to thank the forum members that have shared sequences. Wayne
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