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  1. Texan78

    Board of Chuckee

    If you want to use some PIR to trigger your props, look into the PicoBoo and the BooBox. I have some props that work off of servos, and other that are pneumatic like my Trash Can Trauma. For something like that though there are cheaper control boards to use for PIR triggering. If you plan to do mix like I have with one of my coffins where a guy pops up and turns his head. Then mostly like you will want the PicoBoo or BooBox. They also allow you to connect audio to them.
  2. Texan78

    Board of Chuckee

    SWEEEET!!! That is exactly what I am needing. Mine I use for Halloween props and that are programed by VSA and recorded into the audio board and trigger via a PIR sensor. They are just for props in my yard haunt. I would like to add something though I could program into my Halloween show though via S2, so this should work great. Do you program it in S2 as each servo is 1 channel? So has you change the value for the channel you get the movement?
  3. Texan78

    Board of Chuckee

    Does this allow you to control your servos through S2?
  4. Yea some would consider it pricey. IMO I think it is a very good price compared to others on the market and the performance of it is incredible. The throw distance is 5-20' and can be used for rear projection which how I am using mine. DLP technology which doesn't make that much difference outdoors, but it helps. 180w bulb 2200 lumens, projection size is 3-13' which is perfect for any application. I am happy with it for the money. Not cheap, but not overly expensive, just a good nice affordable projector compared to others.
  5. Texan78

    Board of Chuckee

    I use the brookshire VSA for Halloween and it is similar to S2 in the sense of how you program things with timings and cells, etc. I would love if LOR released a servo board that could be used with S2. It would make syncing lights and animatronics a whole lot easier since everything could be done with one program and the timings would be more precise.
  6. Very nice solution. How well does it work without the diffuser?
  7. jstein wrote: If you don't mind me asking, what brand do you have? I bought mine off of ebay and it is anywhere from 3 to 5 years old. Odd thing is the bulb had barely been used. Although I know it could have been reset and used for a while to give that appearance. I am using this one.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824116389&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Projectors-_-ViewSonic-_-24116389 It is pricey, but it is cheaper them most on the market and the performance far outs weights the price compared to other units. You can buy it at I think office depot for the same price you can buy it online after shipping. This doesn't have RS233 connections but you don't need them. It has an S-Video connection and what I have done is bought a S-Video/CAT5 dongle. http://www.svideo.com/svideobalun1.html You will need two of them, one for the projector and one for the computer IF your video card accepts S-Video like mine does. If not you will need to looking into other options. I went that route because it is easier and cheaper to run CAT5 for my main run then it would be for me to run a S-Video cable from my computer to my projector. I have two CAT5 cables one for my LOR and one for my projector running from my computer through the attic to a gang box outside. Then when it is time to set up, I just run one CAT5 to my controllers, and the other to my projector with the dongle from that outdoor gang box and I have a permanent outdoor connection. Simple, easy, and looks nice and don't have to worry about running cables each year.
  8. Mine has a standby mode as well if not used within a set time as a power saver feature. Like others have stated even with power applied some might not come on so you have to physically turn it on. With mine though I can leave on and in standby and once a signal is sent it will turn on.
  9. Amazing Christmas uses 5 channel arches and they look pretty darn good.... He has about 3 pages of videos with different songs so check out the other videos he has of them.
  10. Nobody has them yet because they are new for 2009. I think Paul says he doesn't even have them yet. So yes they are a new product for 2009.
  11. Paul has addressed this on PC that the 2009 order is going to be using the manufacture from 2007 if I understand it correctly. It was said that Minleon lamps with 3 LED's Dan has worked with and tested with LOR. Can anyone confirm that these LEDs will definitely work with ALL effects of LOR without problems or defects? I would hate to drop $500 on C9 LEDs just to have defects and them not work with LOR.
  12. Very nicely done, I like. Gotta love the Darude, man that brings back some memories from my DJ days....
  13. Sony Vegas can only be used to put your video or movie together. It won't create the animation or anything like you are wanting. I use Vegas to piece everything together. I use Adobe After Effects to make my animations, but like any Adobe product get ready to empty the wallet. I will create my graphics in Photoshop CS3 and Fireworks and then import them to After Effects to create the animation. Then once all that is done and if I have more then one, I will open it in Sony Vegas and put the clips together to make my video. If it is just straight video clips I will just use Vegas to put everything together. Here is the link to After Effects.... http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects/ Here is a simple animation loop I made with the method above that I plan to use between shows once S2 supports looping with video or the ability to use video with animation sequences. You might have to allow it up to 30 seconds to load depending on your connection. http://www.mesquitechristmas.com/video/standby.html
  14. You could have saved some money and shipping and got them locally. LKP are sold at pretty much all stores that sell Christmas lights. Right now with stores at 50% you can get one for about $10. The Kill-A-Watt you can get at Habor Freight or Bed, Bath & Beyond. As long as you got them coming they are really good tools to have. One note about the LKP, do NOT use it while your lights are plugged into your LOR controller. There have been reports that it will mess your controllers up.
  15. Do you have a delay set in the show builder between sequences?
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