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  1. To Richard Sonnier Here's the link to DIY LED Express http://www.diyledexpress.com/ The P 10 Panel kit is listed in the "Panels and Kits" section I think. I bought 4 panels for this project. This isn't the cheapest source for these products but I needed to understand all of the necessary components. The "Santa's List" project was pure fun! Richard
  2. Thanks. There are still things I'm learning after a year of S5. Richard
  3. Here's an idea for those P10 Panels. Our neighborhood really liked this feature and I'll do it again. Once I figured out the Beaglebone Black, the octoscroller cape, and Falcon Player, the rest was easy. I've ordered a Colorlight and Rasberry to compare and contrast. Please share any P10 weatherproof enclosure ideas. I had my power and cards in a weather-tight box but I had to disconnect and pull in the panels in case of rain. Richard
  4. I'm throwing my support behind that sound level spectrum option. I tried creating a similar effect by creating gif files with jumping vertical bars that I varied by color and speed depending on sequence beat. Based on how often I use some of these variations, I predict that your idea, represented by the image you posted, would be very popular.
  5. I'm listening for any great suggestions on this topic. Here's why. For Christmas, my matrix mostly displays a fireplace. The "mantle" is a jpeg. This is the equivalent of a border. The "firebox and fire" is a gif of flames or some other stuff. I resize both to fit correctly using Adobe Photoshop Elements. The gif image is the size of the firebox but the canvas size is the same as the mantle jpeg. I enter the jpeg as a motion effect on one row and the gif on another row. This allows me to change what's happening in the firebox zone with other gifs or jpegs. The problem with this approach is that it doesn't work if you're using motion effects other than "Picture". My dream solution would be to have the ability to look at a preview of the matrix, select a group of pixels and create a new prop. There's probably a way of doing this pixel by pixel. Ouch! Richard
  6. Halloween was my first tryout for a cheap, moving head spot. What I learned : I wish I could spend more. The cheapo one was barely acceptable. No beams were visible but the gobo patterns on the pavement were worth the effort. Alan is right, sequencing while in place (under the eaves of my garage) was the only way I made any progress on motion. I'm still slightly baffled and unsure about how I got it to do what it did. In the end, I created short animation sequences just for this prop. Each sequence represented the color and motion patterns that I liked. I copied and pasted those data rows into my musical sequences. Next year, I'll focus on those moving patterns on the pavement that kids love chasing. I try to respond to my audience.
  7. With Sympathy: My simple-minded solution was to spend hours going through sequences and deleting duplicate rows. I'm thankful that there is an "are you sure?' message when the row contains motion effects. " Are you sur you want to delete 4,237 motion effects?" No, I am not. Maybe with S 6 the whole grid/view thing will be smoother. If anyone can give a brief tutorial on this topic, I'm listening.
  8. Sorry if this repeats already reported problem. Here's the best I can do to reconstruct events: New season - revise preview from last year Open last years sequence and assign new preview Data lines for all props look good Preview does not show some props Save and close sequence Reopen sequence and all is well. This was only a problem for those minutes until I tried closing and reopening the sequence.
  9. Aaand I am re-linking the video that shows one child's discovery.
  10. Aaaannnd I linked a video that shows one child's discovery.
  11. If your holiday show is like mine, designed for neighbors to enjoy, not for fame and fortune, here’s a suggestion: Include a P10 panel (or four) in your 2019 show. I bought a kit because I was new to this subset of lighting technology -$150. My Christmas show included “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by the Jackson 5. I noticed that the 2 x 2 P10 array displayed the Light-o-Rama S5 motion effect-text very well, even with a cool layered pattern. I posted information about our holiday show on the neighborhood website, Nextdoor***.com. I explained that we would be displaying Santa’s short list of nice kids in our neighborhood on the pixel screen and if they wished to nominate someone to the list, they could message me. By the time the 24th rolled around, there were 40+ nice kids on the list. Neighborhood families came to watch the show and, for a certain age-group (4-8?), the appearance of their name on that screen was pure holiday magic. Some kids recognized the names of classmates at the neighborhood school. I was told by the parent of a first grade student that a classmate had informed their son that his name was on the list. It’s official! Another nice thing about these panels is that they don’t seem to mind small hands running across them. Since it seems that kids like to explore with their hands, I’ve learned to plan for that and I don’t freak out when I see kids reach out and touch those smart strips as they try to figure out what light is made from. It’s PIXELS, children! It’s PIXELS! As I said, this idea is for neighborhood shows and will probably not work if you’re planning on competing on network TV. There may be too many nice kids even for the Jackson 5 ‘s Complete Holiday Collection.
  12. I use Adobe Premiere Elements (bundled with Photoshop Elements) because I like the price and the apps encourage creativity and require learning, a lot.
  13. I feel your 12 volt pain. Last year, as a cure for a similar mental state, I decided to make some of the exterior lighting more permanent. I installed smart pixel strips under the eaves and dumb RGB outdoor floods on the fence. I continued adding lighting to out G scale garden railroad. I use LOR's Pixie 16 controller and two 16 Channel DC Controllers, two 24 Channel RGB DC Controllers. All controllers are connected to LOR's Easy Light Links. Indoor, an LOR G3 MP3 Director is connected to another Easy Light Link. The director is plugged into a smart outlet, so "OK Google, turn on the director starts the show. Mostly, I loop simple sequences of one color, but our house isn't dull. Whatever path you choose, I hope it's well lit. Richard
  14. I added a 2x2 P10 Panel to my Halloween and Christmas shows this year and it was totally worth the effort. I sequenced in P10 text of Santa's list of nice kids collected by having neighbors message me with nominees. Very popular! The panels were connected to a Beaglebone Black with a cape called a P10 scroller (it has the connectors for the cables from the panels). The Beaglebone has a micromemory card containing Falcon Player. It's like the setup program you might find on any controller. LOR S5 makes setting up the device for sequencing as simple as any other E1.31 controller. Tip: diyledexpress.com offers a kit which isn't the cheapest way to go but it's a way to get started. It's only money. Richard
  15. Our show this year featured "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow. Our target audience is children. We're trying not to scare anyone and candy helps. New props included the smart web on the garage that replaced the dumb web of 2017. Also, we placed P10 panels at child-height on the fence facing the dance floor. The panels showed some information about the show but mostly mirrored the larger matrix, with much clearer images. We tried an inexpensive moving spot over the driveway and it was the hit of the show for young kids. They jumped and chased and laughed, which was entertaining for everyone. I paid $100 for the spot and it doesn't work very well but that didn't seem to matter. Our show is a neighborhood-only event, thanks to the Nextdoor app. The experience of meeting with our neighbors, new and not so new, is always a pleasure. We're able to spend some time with each group as they tour the show and Pinecrest Railroad, which is also magically lit, another video. Thanks to everyone who helped with the show and thanks to the neighbors who attended. Thanks to the neighborhood kids who entertained, danced, jumped and posed. Who knew that a moving spot could be so fun? The show was created using Light-o-rama Sequencer 5. Light-o-rama hardware includes: a Pixcon 16 , and a Pixie 16; smart pixel controllers, two 16 Channel DC Controllers, two 24 Channel RGB DC Controllers, a 16 channel AC controller , and two 50 Watt floods. Light-o-rama Easy Light Links provide wireless connection to the controllers. The light-o-rama Input pup allows interactive web operation. Pushing a colored button plays a sequence of a corresponding color. Light-o-rama's new software made this show fun to create.
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