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  1. Would you be willing to send a copy of that sequence this way? jacob.felz@gmail.com
  2. I've seen many shows online that make use of a digital computer projector. My question is how do people make sure the projector's video runs at the right time with the light show? I've done a little research but haven't exactly been successful in finding the answer I was looking for.
  3. Thanks again, I don't think I'll be adding anything extra to weatherproof the controllers this season. Like you guys were saying I'll probably just make sure the screw is on tight and the door shut.
  4. Thanks for all the advice. I started the light show game last year with one controller, and kept it inside the whole time, but this year I now have three controllers and thought it would less of a hassle to keep them outside. The weatherproofing was my concern, because here in Northern Illinois we have very unpredictable winter weather. Last year we had a good mix of rain and snow which resulted in the ground being covered in sheets of ice which was not fun. I also went the extra mile and got the mini mp3 director due to problems I was having with my five year old laptop. Thanks again for all the tips. JF1993
  5. I don't know if this is a frequent topic or not, but I tried researching similar posts and was unable to locate a topic like this. The Light-O-Rama controllers are made to withstand the bad weather, but is it necessary to try and further weatherproof them. I've seen people make stands for the controller boxes before, and I'm wondering if I should come up with some sort of similar system just in case. By the way I'm using the residential series controllers.
  6. Thanks, and go ahead I don't mind. Just as an added update on this project, I have 3 reindeer constructed. I need a total of 12 leaping deer but 3 is a good start so far. What I've doing is mounting the clear rope light around a wire frame that I bent to form the shape of the deer. After I started my first deer I realized the lights, and wire didn't hold up on their own so I started mounting the lighted deer to a wire garden fence. The fence actually helps a lot in bracing the deer. I'm not sure how I'm going to have them out in the yard yet, but so far the project looks awesome. Pictures are on the way! JF1993
  7. I've been doing some thinking and I want to try creating a whole Beetlejuice themed show this season. I've been working on a few sequences and I can't wait for the season to start. I want to make a few props like the guy with the shrunken head and possibly Juno with an attached fog machine. Sounds like I'll have a lot of work to do between now and October. How's everyone else doing with their shows?
  8. I found a roll of thicker wire that I'm planning on using to hold the shape of the rope lights. I got it at a garage sale for $2. Time to get started on these deer!
  9. yeah lol. Thanks anyway, I think I'm going with the individual posts idea for this project
  10. Thanks for all the input. I originally saw something like this in East Peoria's Festival of Lights. I think the individual poles might work, but I would also want to mix a bucket of concrete at the base of each post so that they won't flip over or anything. I might also try using some kind of industrial wire to brace the posts as well. I know PVC pipe isn't expensive and that would probably work. Otherwise I actually do have garden supply store that might have what you were talking about. The deer will be in the yard by the way. The trampoline frame might work as well, but I'm not sure I will be able to find one before winter. lol If only I had the time. Anyway thanks again everybody and good luck with the pre-planning of your shows.
  11. Hi everyone, I'm working on a really cool project for this winter, but I could use some insight on this idea. I want to make an animated leaping deer that has 6 lighted deer frames facing right and 6 facing left. In order to accomplish such a task I will probably be using some steel cable to hold the shape of the deer and then use some rope lights zip tied to the frames. My question is how to ensure the frames won't flip over. I have a picture at the bottom of my idea, but the deer in the picture only face one direction. Last year at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago suburbs they had a Christmas light show sort of event at night. In their light show they had leaping tiger frames and other animals. I inspected how they had this set up and they had each frame on a single post. In the photo below the deer are mounted to an arch. I was wondering how I should mount my animated deer. I might even be able to tie them to the house somehow, but I'm looking for a professional opinion on this project. Anyone ever try to make something like this before? If so what would you recommend in this case. Thanks for reading this post and please leave any suggestions below
  12. JF1993

    Mini MP3 Director

    I'll have to take a look around the house to see if I can find an adapter with these specs. Otherwise I have a local resale shop that has bins of these things, so with luck I might be able to find a cheap adapter.
  13. JF1993

    Mini MP3 Director

    That's interesting. I'll have to see if I can find a power adapter for the director itself. It sounds like a lot of work trying to hook all the controllers to a timer. Thanks for the input on the issue everyone. Oh and one last thing. Anyone know where to find a power adapter designed for the specifications of the mini mp3 director?
  14. JF1993

    Mini MP3 Director

    I just purchased a Mini MP3 Director during the Spring Sale. I have one question that I'm hoping someone can assist me with. I read an article exclaiming that the Mini MP3 Director has no internal timer and has to be triggered by an external source. My question is basically, can you plug the Mini MP3 Director into a outdoor timer to start/end the show? I also read somewhere that it is usually powered by the closest LOR Controller. Does that mean it only plugs in via CAT5 cable? I guess an easier way to ask this is what are the inputs/outputs on the Mini Director?
  15. That's pretty interesting. I thought about doing these before, but last year I made 8 tombstones using this method with mini lights, and it seemed to take forever. I'm gonna do some shopping and compare the prices of rope lights first, but if it comes down to using mini lights that's fine too.
  16. good idea! I didn't even think about that. Thanks for the advice it sure makes this project a heck of a lot easier.
  17. As I searched the forums for threads on these ever-popular singing faces I couldn't exactly find one that fit my question so here it goes. If I'm looking at constructing one singing face for the front of my house, how should I determine how much rope light to buy? The area I want to hang it up on is probably around 10' by 10', but the face doesn't have to be that big. Anyone have any thoughts or experience with this type of question? It would be really awesome if it could fit the 10' by 10' area, but like I said before I'm just in the process of figuring this out. Thanks, JF1993
  18. That's interesting, I'll have try a Michael's the next time I see one. Otherwise I have some ideas, but I'll also check with Disney-fan-reborn as well to review the options. Thanks
  19. I have two average sized pillars under my pourch roof, and I came up with this crazy idea to try and construct some artificial jack-o-lanterns to cover them up this October. I thought about using some funkins, but after seeing the price per funkin I changed my mind about using them. Anyone ever tried making artificial jack-o-lanterns before? Or has anyone come across a tutorial on how to do this?
  20. Very cool! I really like that the show has more than just Christmas Songs. I saw you had Peter Gun, and Pink Panther and it just reminded me of when I used to be in jazz choir. I thought about doing some songs like these in my show before, but I didn't find the time to program the sequences. Maybe I'll have to do that this year. Thanks again your videos are simply inspirational.
  21. I've been reading a lot of servo topics lately as I'm considering adding a couple of new props to my display. A few ideas I had were possibly doing a skeleton jazz band. After a bit of thinking I thought that this might be hard to pull off in one year so I thought up a few alternatives in case I do actually decide to build a few animatronic props. Another idea I had was to build a few characters from "The Nightmare Before Christmas." I was thinking that would be a fun show to build, but as for right now I'm still brainstorming and gathering as much research on servos that I can. I do have one question though. If I was to construct a Nightmare Before Christmas show would there be a way to make the mayor with a motorized rotating head like in the movie? Another quick question that doesn't exactly pertain to servos that I had was what to make the props out of. I guess it would have to be something weather proof, durable, and light weight to put less strain on the motors. I'm just not sure what exactly to use. Oh and I guess I have one last question. What kind of servos are recommended for props and such. I know they make plastic and metal geared ones, but are there different speeds and torques?
  22. Is it really that simple to set up a servo dog? I figured it would have been a lot more complex then that. Maybe I'll have to consider making some servo props this year
  23. I noticed that the people making homemade 3-axis skulls are using Brookshire Software's to control the movements. Does anyone know if there is some way to have that software timed up with LOR sequences? If not would it be possible to control the servo motors using the LOR software? I really do like the idea of making a 3-axis skull but I just had to ask this question before I even consider buying the parts to create one.
  24. That's awesome! I really like the realistic movements and such, but the price is really high. I was just talking about making homemade light up skulls to put in front of my tombstones. I might have to invest in one of these though later on. Do the skultronics work with the Light-O-Rama software suite? I know that Light-O-Rama says it can operate DMX and I think I saw something about DMX on the Skultronics website. Again thanks for sharing that it is really cool.
  25. Is there a good tutorial out there somewhere for making a plastic skull prop. If at all possible I could try to replicate an old Boris talking skull I have, but I was wondering how I could do this. Any ideas? I was thinking about using a heat gun and plastic laminate sheets, but I don't know of anyway to keep it from melting to the model skull underneath.
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