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zeighty last won the day on August 19 2013

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About zeighty

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    Orlando Florida
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    Corporate Computer Support

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    Church (Christian) - awesome Southern Baptist church
    Computer - Apple product are my favorite.
    MS Windows keeps me employed (Corp. computer / technology support).
    Electronics - build / maintain.
    IOS Development - all private so far.
    LOR - live it - wish for Mac version
    Ham radio - not very active lately.
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Searching the web...
    First found Revival - appears to be good product but small fish in LOR ocean.
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    Christmas

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    4.3.12
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    Advanced

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  1. “Also a favorite of mine that I use for 10-20 seconds in several of my sequences is to set all rows to TCM 1 and set TCM 1 to the following: Theme: Star burst -Color: Native-Color by time: Not by time-Movement: None-Intensity: 100% - You will get patterns that move across the ribbons according to the music.” Brian, thanks for this suggestion. I used it on 5 songs for which I did not have time to do a mega tree sequence. Way better than a dark tree.
  2. Does SSS have any canned effects like the open source free software? Spirals, Butterfly, etc.
  3. zeighty

    SS upgrade $100?

    As I mentioned before at one point I was disappointed at the cost, but after the time I had with a popular open source / free application, I am on board with the LOR pricing. The one hour response I got from you on a forum post was such a positive experience. Now that you have been open and given full disclosure (full enough for me) you have solidified my opinion. I never liked being referred to a FB page for support and I was rarely provide the help needed. My investment in the 24CCR upgrade (and s4 Pro) was money well spent. I am only using 12 strings for this year’s show, so I have some growing room. Now, I am off my soapbox and will no longer comment on sss or any LOR software pricing. Have a Merry Christmas to all.
  4. I am having no luck at all... just pixels falling from the top or horizontally one strand at a time. Some shooting up from the bottom. Not sure what I am not doing, but I am new to SSS and I was going to use Instant sequence to be a stop-gap until I can do mega tree sequence for all of my AC sequences. One example that may not make since is a wash of pixels from up to down right to left or the opposite of those. Like you can do with Morph....
  5. zeighty

    SS upgrade $100?

    I understand how you feel. We all have our values and what is important to us. The free software did not fit into my work flow due to other commitments. The reason it did not fit is the learning curve was too steep for me, especially when 90% of my show is still AC lights. I do not want to imply the program isn't really good. It is, just so many stumbling blocks for me. With that said, you appear to be a lot further along than me and probably don't need the assistance I have been provided. Perhaps I too will feel that way once I get some experience and want upgrade beyond my 24CCR license, but for now I am very pleased that I got direction and advice directly from the developer. That is rare and I do computer support (corporate related) for a living. If Adobe or Microsoft would give me that kind of support I would be one happy camper. I hope you have resolution soon.
  6. CCR Mode. I did find the two not working were configured wrong. Rain prevented me testing, but I feel confident that was the problem. I have been one to complain about the SSS pricing. I apologize. Though I had to dig deep to upgrade to 24 CCR (and S4 to Pro) this month, your support is awesome. I can imagine you get tired / frustrated of the same problems and questions from so many of us. Thanks for being patient with me and others. Thank you for your prompt response. Now back to your tutorials so I can do my own sequences.
  7. zeighty

    SS upgrade $100?

    Brian Bruderer responded... I had the config incorrect on the two that were not working. His response was so quick and I am convinced that though the license for SS isn’t cheap, it is worth it.
  8. zeighty

    SS upgrade $100?

    Well... I had decided to go with the free software... It is very capable. Because I have 3 LOR controllers and my Mega Tree is the only pixels have I struggled with the upgrade costs. I had purchased a 2CCR license years ago to get familiar with SS. I didn't do anything with it. I finally got the free program working well and then could not get the scheduler to work at all. So I did what any panic driven Christmas Lights person would do... I upgraded S4 to Pro from Advanced and upgraded 2CCRs to 24CCRs. $220 later and now I have a problem. 2 of 3 SUP files exported using the new intensity method are not working correctly. One of them has no pixels lighting at all. The other one, the animation is blown out and weird looking. The 1st one is working fine. All three work is the free program (they are purchased SUP files). All have played fine in SS and the hardware has to be configured correctly as one of the files plays fine. So, if I can get these files playing correctly I will think upgrade is still too expensive, but at least all is working. If I cannot figure out what is wrong, I will feel VERY disappointed and stupid for spending so much on an upgrade.
  9. My show is so late getting up and running... I thought I had all the kinks worked out. I have 3 SUP files that I have run many times in SS and they play perfect. I exported them to existing sequences via intensity method. One is working as expected. The other two are a problem. One does nothing... no pixels light at all. The other one all of the animation is goofed up, appears larger than it should. The sequence abruptly ends. I exported them again via intensity method to a new sequence... Same results. Get this... I exported and converted them to xLights and they work fine.... What am I missing? I am completely new to SuperStar. My hardware has to be configured right as one works perfectly. Please help. I need to justify my upgrade to S4 Pro and from 2CCR to 24CCR SuperStar. My family was expecting new additions to the AC lights this year. The Mega Tree is currently a Mega Bomb...
  10. I will attempt this without your expertise, but my first effort was failure. I need to trim off the first 17 seconds from the beginning of a SS sequence. Had to shorten the music track as it was just too long... I thought trimming might be easy... I found that I could select from a point left and delete. Then I could select from a point all right and cut. I then pasted from the beginning. Is this the best or only way?
  11. Only my 12x50 tree in SuperStar. All other in regular SE. Thanks again for your help.
  12. Thanks so much for the info. I just upgraded last night to S4 Pro and Superstar 24CCR (there go my chances of a present...) The main question remaining after watching LOR networking videos and reading your post above, is how to configure the network setup if I use the "Export New (intensity Data)" format for my pixels so the E.131 is sent to my AlphaPix 16 via ethernet connection. I will use the USB485 for my 3 LOR regular controllers. For the Alphapix I am using 12 out of 16 outputs to 4 universes. It is a mega tree with 12 stands of 50 pixels. I can post these questions separately if need be.
  13. I am new to SuperStar. I just wanted to make sure this video is still the way to go to merge a AC lights sequence with a SS megatree pixel sequence. The Aux network was not expounded upon; I assume it would be e131 for my AlphaPix 16 controller. Here is the LOR video I reference above: https://youtu.be/iei30uQTXAQ Thanks for you help.
  14. zeighty

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    Does this mean you do not use SS? I am not a very good sequence author, but I try. I added a megatree this year and was put off at the cost of SS. I went to xLights and have been entirely frustrated as some of the most basic functions for AC lights using 3 LOR controllers. The pixel controller is a Holidaycoro Alphapix 16 and it works well. I am at a point that I am frustrated with XLs in my mixed environment. Sorry for the diatribe, I just need a solution that doesn't require me more time to learn that to execute. I am just not sure that SS is that product. Yours very un-sancimoniously, Robert aka zeighty
  15. I had decided to switch to xLights due to the cost of SS. The learning curve versus amount of time invested has resulted in my show being over a week behind starting. I needed pixel support as I purchased a Holidaycoro Alphapix 16 controller and 20 strips of 50 2811 bullet 5 volt pixels to build a 8' megatree (I have no other pixels at this time). I have done some simple sequencing for the tree and I purchased a few SS formatted sequences as well (which I have to convert to run in XL). I run xLIghts on a Mac using the LOR 485 dongle and the built in ethernet. So I have two cables to run. One to aLOR controller and 1 to the Alphapix. All is working, though the XL scheduler is not working. So you are probably wondering... what is my question. I need to know if it is easier to merge my existing LOR sequences with my megatree sequences if I switch to SS? I have never used SS. I need some honest opinions - should I purchase SS ($200) because it is so much easier to blend my AC lights (LOR controllers) to SS, I will actually get some sleep and my show will be up and running quickly. Admittedly, I have not spent the time I should have making this decision 8 months or more ago. Your expertise will help me make a decision. I apologize for the sense of urgency... I know all of you are busy this time of year, but I have a lot of people expecting me to have my show running this week and your time is very much appreciated. Thank you in advance for your words of wisdom, Robert -aka zeighty Post Script - I did not ask this above, will SS or S4 or S5 (when released) output both LOR protocol and e.131? I made the assumption that it would not be a problem to use S4 & SS with my Alphapix.
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