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  1. Stupid stoopid question

    When my last display was up ( 2015 ) I had 12 10w floods pointed at the street, they really popped and were bright. I was running some version of S3. I upgraded to S4 and added another 16 floods pointed outward and when I seen them in action it was blah. I am running S4 but still using the old way in SE instead of intensity files. By some chance of me switching to S4 and not using intensity files am I not utilizing the full potential of my lights? In the sequence it still shows that the intensity is set at 100% on the lights but they just seem so much dimmer now. Am I loosing my mind? I said it was a stoopid question...
  2. Stupid stoopid question

    It's all identical 10w floods from LOR, same power supplies, controllers, everything. I was just checking to make sure that there wasn't a box unchecked or something that was creating conflicting data or inputs. You know me too well, I made them into 4, 4 flood firesticks lol!
  3. Celtic Carol - Lindsey Stirling

    I would love to see this please! oilmoney@shaw.ca
  4. Silly question but did you license the software for your computer, I understand that you've been doing this for awhile so I know you have a license. LOR allows multiple ports/computers off one license but maybe you have to do something to set that up on your new pc? Maybe the software thinks it's still in trial mode? Also double check that you've got your comm ports assigned, I had to do that on my same pc when I upgraded to S4. Just a few thoughts....
  5. Editing protected files

    Hi everyone, up until now I've never had a problem converting a file to AIFF from itunes and adding it to audacity. However one band, the tragically hip, have all their music protected. I can't convert to AIFF or drag and drop to audacity, same result for both saying it's a protected file. Any suggestions???
  6. Xmas tree fail...

    I thought 1" EMT conduit would be stronger than this, I had 64 100ct strings up there, a topper, a flamingo, and two strings of strobes. Building it again today, just shorter this time!
  7. Xmas tree fail...

    Cleanup only took 15 minutes. I got rid of the 1" and mounted my topper to the 1.5" . I've got 8, 1/4" , guy wires supporting it. Hopefully that's enough for this year, next year I'll scrap and start over....
  8. Xmas tree fail...

    I'm guessing 21ft
  9. Xmas tree fail...

    No but the suggestion is appreciated. I'm just going to try to make something usable for this year and then start fresh next year. I need a better factor of safety as the tree is in close proximity to the street.
  10. Xmas tree fail...

    Thanks, I'm just going to use 1.5 and 2" tubing this year lol. Rebuilding it today. Lucky for me I didn't have too many strings wrapped yet, it wasn't that bad of a mess to untangle....
  11. Changing my show next year to RGB

    For your floods I'd use this, you get 8 floods instead of 4...http://store.lightorama.com/10wrgbfl8pa.html You'd have to install it in a case and add the power supply or you can pay extra and go with this which has already done that for you. http://store.lightorama.com/10wrgbflplpa.html You're going to need another cat-5 cord to daisy chain this to your network. The RGB ribbon is a whole lot more decisions to make, smart RGB? dumb RGB? You should do alot of research before you pull the trigger on RGB strip, lots of options/choices there. How many channels do you wish to sequence in the future? Remember, each light of RGB is 3 channels, RGB lights cause your channels count to go up drastically! Good luck!
  12. DIY Extension Cords

    1000 cords isn't very messy when you use pre made short cords from a controller to your prop. I label and zip tie together bunches of cords for each prop. For example I have 12 4CH mini trees. R,W,B,G on each tree. I need 3 1602's controllers to accomodate these channels so they are positioned close to the props. I have 12 premade bunches of cords I use every year, for example tree 1 would be labeled: Tree 1 Red, tree one white, tree one blue, and tree one green. When i add channels to my display I always add the colors in that order so when I'm setting up i know what channel each color is without having to consult my binder. make a binder to make notes and keep track of everything that you do the previous year, it'll save so much time. I use a tote to store the cords in the offseason, it's labeled mini tree cords so when setup begins it's only one trip to the garage and the mini trees are quickly set up and plugged in and just like that you're 48 channels closer to getting up your display. Using and reusing the same short cords allows you to have network and power cords run all over your property instead of cords to props. My first year I had the stupid idea to place all the controllers by my house and run 64 CH worth of cords around my yard, it was a disaster and a real PITA when it was time to take everything down. In short, controllers with short runs of cord is the way to go. One last thing, SPT is good for connecting your lights to you controllers but make sure to always use a good heavy gauge extension cord for your power supply to your controllers. Good luck, 2 months 5 days until xmas!
  13. Lindsey Stirling Announces Tour in US

    Here's one
  14. 33 extra channels

    10 Red, white, blue, green mini trees. 40 ch used up and 5 spares
  15. Jim, is it possible to use a motion detector for input 1? If that is the case then that would be all I need. I host a xmas party every year and I change up the entrance for my guests every time. This year I'm planning a Hollywood red carpet premiere type of theme, I've already got red carpet and paparazzi sillouettes on order. I'm going to mount the sillouettes on thin plywood to strengthen them up and get a 8 pack of the 10w floods and mount them where the camera flash would be. I'm hoping that I could just mount a motion detector at the start of the carpet that when triggered would start a 30-45 second sequence of the 10w's rapidly and randomly flashing. Please tell me this is doable!
  16. Hi, I am thinking about placing a fog machine next to some controllers. It will be semi enclosed so there will be a concentrated amount of fog in the area. I am planning on putting it in the base of my psychotic tree ( that's what I call it ) Has anyone run into any concerns in regards to whether the fog is potentially bad for electronics?
  17. I am considering getting 3 of the 16 pixel string packages. Before I buy I am wondering if it's possible to have a horizontal matrix sandwiched between two vertical matrixs and have them work as one unit. The shape I'm thinking of is basically lower case " n " but with 90 deg corners. What is the length of a pixel string as I'd like to be able to fold it in half for a height of half the string ( if it's long enough and wouldn't look bad ). Do you think that pixels arranged in this configuration would show the effects well or is it back to the drawing board? Sorry for the multi question post but the questions kinda fit together in my drug induced opinion. Did i mention I'm still on painkillers? If I take enough of them I get my own personal light show!
  18. Custom matrix configuration question

    Thanks again Matt, do you think it would look good?
  19. New to pixel editor question

    I've been scanning the forums and watching the PE how tos online. From what I understand you can sequence in either PE or SE but not both. Currently I was using SE and SS for my sequences but I now want to be able to move my 12 CCR tree into PE and sequence there from now on. If I do this is there a way to keep my existing work or do I have to start all over? Or does the software just " know " what to do with it? I'm hoping for this answer lol.
  20. New to pixel editor question

    Thanks Matt! Very impressive response time too!
  21. Hi, I'm looking at incorporating a pixel matrix or two into the display this year. If I pay the upgrade fee can I just use the editor and then transplant the sequence into my existing S3 file or is it S4 or nothing. What happens to my existing S3 files if I switch to S4, can I just copyépaste or do I have to start all overÉ. My current license is As I have a 24CCR license as well I realize that I would have to upgrade that as well. Sorry for the punctuation, every once in awhile some accidentally pushes a couple keys on the board and all my question marks change to this ÉÉÉÉÉÉ lol.
  22. Thanks everyone, taking the leap to S4 today!
  23. The last couple of years we've been doing a haunted house in the backyard for halloween. On october 24 I was standing roughly 7ft off the ground trying to pull a huge tarp ( 50x50 or bigger ? ) over a 2x4 frame. The tarp, ladder and everything around me was soaked. When I gave the tarp a good tug it hooked on something and caused my body to go perfectly horizontal before gravity took over. It probably wouldn't have been so bad if I fell on the lawn but I fell on the paving stone around my firepit instead. Long story short...dislocated and smashed right elbow, hairline fractures in my right forearm, and hairline fractured and bruised ribs. i'm on temporary disability now for the next 3-4 months and will need surgery as there's a whole bunch of bone fragments in my elbow joint that will need to be repaired or removed. I'm right handed of course so everything has become more interesting in life, you wouldn't believe how long it is taking to type this post,lol. The most interesting challenge so far has been putting my contact lenses in with only my left hand! i've had lots of offers from friends and well wishers to help set up the display but the part i'm concerned about is the take down in -30 in january, nobody is volunteering for that. My other dilemma was that my sequencing was not yet finished and there is no way i could do it with only my left hand lol. Due to this I decided to stay dark this year. I realize that I could set up and just run last years show but It just wouldn't be the same for me. I work in a line of work where everything is trying to kill you and therefore over the last 20 years I have developed a culture of safety on and off the job. Up until now I have never broken or dislocated anything or had any serious injuries. I let my guard down and paid the price, I was trying to move an object into a position myself that should require 3-4 people IMO. As I look into my backyard at a half built haunted house and into the front at a half setup light display I realize the consequences of letting my guard down and in the future I will stop and evaluate further before I execute... I'm already looking forwards to next year's haunted house and light display and you'll probably see me on here asking lots of stupid questions about S4 and the pixel editor, I've got time now, might as well make the switch and the jump! oilmoney, the one winged xmas angel
  24. Time to take the next step - need advice

    The CCP/CCB strands come with a controller, the green box Yes you will daisy chain from your CTB16PC's unless you wish to create a second network, personally I'd create a second network and I would get the high speed adapters ( the 500k red ones ) as well. Daisy chained or not that's still a lot of channels to control. I had lag on my 12 CCR ribbons until I went to high speed and now it performs flawlessly. On your regular network daisy chain 3 CCB/CCP controllers to your CTB16PC and then Create a second network ( aux A ) with 4 CCP controllers. Your computer won't just " see " the extra channels, you will need to add these controllers to your sequence editor, you need to " insert device below " before the computer can control them. Check out the youtube vids in this link... The pixel controllers are not needed for what you are trying to do You mention that you are planning on having 14 strings of CCP/CCB's, that means you are buying 7 sets, 2 strings per controller? Each strand actually is 157 channels if you account for the macro channels as well so that's 2198 channels from the CCP/CCB's plus your original 16Ch = 2214 channels total Yes I'd start with superstar at 24 CCR level. Advanced looks like it can do what you need it to, multiple networks and unlimited controllers but Pro comes with the pixel editor included so that's tempting as well Hope this helps, have a great weekend! oilmoney