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larrym20

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    Trainer for Panasonic

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  1. Freemake is a great ripper. Ou just copy and paste the link into the program and then chose if you want an mp3, video file or whatever and then save it.
  2. Took everything down today and threw the two sets I had outside n the trash. Both had about 1/2" of water in every tube that stayed in place. Had three other tubes that the plastic covering came completely off. Might try again if I seal them and zip tie them s there is zero movement possible. But at this point I don't think so.
  3. Did you do the sequencing or use Superstar to do it? Like the others have said its a lot to take in. I only made it about ten seconds. You have a lot of great elements out there, but its a bit overwhelming to watch with that much flashing going on. Some channels fading while others are jumping would help. It's my first year too and I am running 32 channels with only 4400 lights. You've got an amazing start - I'd look into getting two more controllers given how large our display is.
  4. So let me give an update. I ordered two more sets in November. They arrived within 15 days or so. Only thing is they only shipped one set not two. Refused to send another and only offered a partial refund. One of the sets I already had on my pillars went out (all but one tube). I moved them to my windows and now both sets have at least two tubes out, plus the plastic tubes going over the LEDs keep coming off. I guess get what you pay for. I may try sealing them better, but I don't know if that would help much. I'm in the dfw area and we have only had two days of rain and some light snow. But everything else I have has held up, even through the night of 50-65 mph gusts we had. My spiral tree was blown over and everything in it is fine. The snowfall tubes were carefully zip tied to my window solar screens so they were not flopping around either. Really liked them when they worked, but disappointed as a whole.
  5. The video I posted is done entirely with superstar and standard led lights.
  6. A lot of people use a program called superstar within the LOR software package to control certain aspects of their show or certain elements like the Cosmic Color Ribbons. You can use this program to create an entire sequence but it won't look as polished as a 40 hour stint on one song. I'm new to the hobby myself and have yet to have the opportunity to have the time to learn all the caveats of the software. I used sequences that people shared and manipulated them as best I could for my display. However there was one song that I wanted to see in lights and that was "Through the fire and the Flames" by Dragonforce. It's the craziest song I've ever heard. So I sat down with the Superstar program and played around with all the different settings for a while and came out with an enjoyable sequence. Now it's not amazing, but if ours just the average person pulling up to my house to let the kids look at some lights, they're not going to care. A lot of people on the forums like to trash superstar for sequencing, but for those of us that simply don't have the time we would like to devote to the hobby, it can help. I travel a ton for work so the sequences shared by a lot of people have helped to get me into the hobby and Superstar has aided in helping me to learn what the timing and motions in the software is all about. Here's a crazy 7 minute superstar sequence for a completely nuts song:
  7. Superstar can do a decent job on some songs, and you can manipulate the sequence after it has been created. I used superstar to do this one: It's a crazy song and I don't really know how to sequence yet, but I liked the way it turned out.
  8. I approved three orders today. Should be processed soon.
  9. Just checked pricing. Can get the fz200 for $349 from the friends and family site.
  10. If any of you are looking for a great camera for shooting your display take a look at the Panasonic DMC-lx7 or DMC-fz200. Both have been given fantastic reviews and have sensors and lenses made for low light. There have been a lot of people on this forum and a few others that asked about recommendations and those kept coming up even before I said it. I work for Panasonic and can assist you with my employee discount too. We have some special friends and family pricing going on too. Just send me a message.
  11. Good evening all, I've been dying to go out and get video of my display but discovered that its a little more difficult to do thanks to my boys deciding they no longer want to go to bed at a decent time. I wanted to be able to be outside and choose select songs and have time to setup the camera and all and found that wasn't easy during Halloween. So here's my solution and it will probably make it a lot easier for many of us as well. Using my iPad and an app/program called Splashtop, I can be outside and use my iPad to open whatever sequence I want and be completely prepared for photos and video. There are other options out there like go to my PC or other remote applications that will work. I played with it a bit here tonight and it worked flawlessly. I can set up outside, get the camera ready for photos and choose my THX opening where everything fades up and use that for a few pictures of the whole display. Then when that's done, I can close that sequence and open whichever one I want to video, and have the camera all ready to go there as well. I won't need a radio or outdoor speakers for the audio track before editing because the sound will also come from the iPad. I think that all made sense, but here it is in step form: 1. Download app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/splashtop-2-remote-desktop/id382509315?mt=8 2. Install splashtop streamer from here: http://www.splashtop.com/home 3. Register an account 4. Launch app and login on pc. 5. Control pc with iPad (you see your desktop screen on the iPad just as if you're at the computer) 6. Select sequence and play 7. Get your video and photos 8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 There's a screenshot of the app finding my pc. I don't know if this is something that may help everyone, but if you have a bunch of sequences you want video of, this may be a great/easy solution. Being this is my first year, this may have already been discovered, but if not, I hope this helps some of you out. There's android versions too. Larry
  12. I opened it up and didn't really see anything I was familiar with. Ordered another one, plugged it in last night and will be sending the defective one back. Now I'll have a backup.
  13. Snowfall tubes. I did that on my pillars Jim along with red/white candy cane lights. I have more coming too. You saw my picture in the Lone Star Holidays forum.
  14. I just had to order a replacement for the CZH model. It just stopped working Wednesday night as I was trying to go live. It worked earlier in the day during testing but wouldn't power up later. It did work really well for Halloween.
  15. No problem. Thats when issues were easy. Now it's mostly cables, or brands not liking each other.
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