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  1. Just wanted to say Happy Mother's day to all those Moms out there. - especially those that don't pay much attention to how much we're investing in lights. Enjoy your day. You deserve it.
  2. This is sad to see that some here now twist the generosity and good will of others into financial self profit. Its disrespectful. Thanks to Orville, James and the other regulars who keep the spirit of the lighting fellowship alive! We should all continue to strive selflessly to help others as best we can for the intangible benefit to all. Remember how confusing and expensive it is to get started. We need Newbies to help keep this going, and Newbies need all the help they can get. Kudos and thanks to all those that have helped us over the years too.
  3. Found it. I like this tool and I will keep it handy for the future. Im not sure it was helpful in this case, because I realized that I kept copying all my files everytime I tried to find my old default file location. Ugh. Lots of clean-up to do now, but at least I don't have to redo my whole preview. Thanks. Dave
  4. I spent a big portion of the Halloween season battling S5 conversion issues. One of those was the continuous interaction between the preview and the sequences. Little errors in renaming and typos between the visualizer file and the sequences were largely transparent in LOR S4 but make a HUGE difference in the new software as it keeps archiving props. Learning my lesson and wanting to set myself up for success with the new DMX features in S5, I spent the day rebuilding my Christmas Preview (The new version of a visualizer file) before I started converting any of my old Christmas sequences. When the new preview appeared perfect, I copied it again for a back-up. Preparing for the next step: Running through the conversion process for a large number of sequences, I then I reset my home directory to my Christmas directory to have fewer mouse clicks. Problem was, once I reset the directory, I lost all my previews including all my Halloween previews and can't find them anywhere. Does anyone know where I can look to find them to "Import" them back in as a preview? File searches for "*.LORPREV" files won't work.
  5. Maybe someone can help me. A while back, while I was stationed overseas, I bought a number of new dumb 30w & 50w RGB Floodlights from Kevin at Creative Displays prewired with 4 conductor daisy chain pigtails. I failed at the time to ask what writing tool I should buy to re-program the address. He's not in business anymore and I can't reach him at his old personal email address. Does anyone have any suggestions on which writing tool I should get?
  6. I goofed. Our display has been dark for 2 years due to a military mobilization oveseas. When I tried to knock the cobwebs off our old sequences, I had problems getting my older S4 software to work again. I foolishly underestimated the challenge of the S5 conversion when I simply bought a new annual license update to fix the issue. I found that the automated S4 to S5 conversion script doesn't produce consistent results from sequence to sequence, especially with "Archiving" a few of my sequenced props. I think that some old rookie learning problems that I could overlook in S4 are coming back to roost now. I fixed most of the sequencer vs preview issues by bouncing back and forth between the two windows which seems to use a hidden programming key field that I can't see or edit, but after a bit of frustration and time, those issues are now fixed the hard way. What stumps me now is trying to fix my garage doors which were "Archived" in Sequencer. I still use some incandescents and blowmolds, but all of my RGB lights (about 40 universes) are all E1.31 smart strips (except for 12 RGB Floods) In S4 I had a separate programming line for each smart strip pixel and they corresponded to a hand drawn light string in visualizer. During the sequence conversion to S5, my smart pixels convert as dumb strips. This works fine for me for now as I rush for this season because most still work with the S5 preview window. Since I can't seem to edit "Archived" props, It appears that to fix the archived Garage Door strips, I think I must re-add the garage doors as a "New Prop" into the sequence and then probably cut and paste from the hundreds of S5 Archived lines. I anticipate great benefits to adding this as a smart strip prop, so I tried that route. I noticed that I could import it directly from the Preview software, so I edited my "Preview" prop to be a smart string and imported it into sequencer - Easy! But when I try to access the new line, all I get is a single line which preventing me from copy/paste from my old sequence. I don't seem to be able to have the granular programming control in the new line that I had in S4. It also doesn't seem in my best interest to re-add hundreds of "Dumb" lines in sequencer knowing that there are some new automated capabilities that I haven't experimented with yet. Any ideas how I can get out of this jam?
  7. Been unavoidably dark for the last 2 years. Big plans for 2019. Need a really good price on smart pixels. Any good pixel sales?
  8. If there are any Newbies in central Indiana that want free help getting started on their display next spring, give me a shout!
  9. If there's sufficient interest, we'll conduct a FREE gathering in the Indianapolis, IN area to discuss interactive light shows. Regardless if you're a homeowner, business or just curious, we can help you better understand the technology, tools, and even help with planning your own display. Just give us a shout. BTW: Now is the time to work your displays for the end of year holidays.
  10. Now THAT's a stiff penalty.... LOL
  11. Responding back to your question: I was referring to the often posted issue of sequence timings being wrong because people needed to convert the audio file to a Constant Bit Rate (CBR). The intent was to suggest that perhaps a software enhancement could be made one day to help that issue by making the conversion a little easier as a one-stop solution. The function is certainly outside the scope of your software, but I thought I'd throw it out there. Just a humble idea. Thanks for what you do.
  12. Strain relief on the cable is a MUST - I agree. Otherwise, we risk damage to the PCB data connector which draws all of its mounting strength from the fragile soldered data pins. Your clamp idea is pretty clever and beats wire ties which require cutters at some point. I'm talking about breaking the connectors during the post season tear-down when we have to fish the cables back out of the box. The space is limited and it take a bit of finesse and luck to get the first of the two connectors out without catching the tab on the way out and bending it backwards or breaking it off in the cold. An exterior connection like OzAz's solution really seems like the way to go. Looking for the cheapest method to accomplish this.
  13. It seems that disassembling daisy chain data connectors from LOR AC controllers will inevitably tear the locking ear off the first RJ45 connector that gets pulled back through due to the small hole at the bottom. I always caution my help to take care, but it happens more often than not and I spend a couple hours fixing all the broken cables in January. Last year I tried the waterproof dongle from LOR on two controllers with good success, but they're a bit expensive if you've got more than just 2 or 3 controllers. I think this year, I'm going to install 12" RJ45 cables to exit the case and always remain in place year after year, then use RJ45 butt connectors to join that cable to my daisy chain data run. I use plastic bags over the controllers anyway so they will remain high and dry, or I could even install a Styrofoam cup as a bell over the external connection as another safety measure. If I get corrosion or dirt in the connector, it will be in the butt connector which can quickly and cheaply be replaced. Are there any other solutions out there?
  14. Nice Job Bob! I really like the graphics. JStorms did a great video a while back on how to export timings from Audacity which forever changed the way I approach programming a new song. The song specific computer generated timing marks gave us much more professional looking results in our final senquence product. Hats off to JStorms for his work too! Unfortunately, the rub with his process is that while it works very well, he was trying to apply a band aid to a limitation in the SE software. His method works, but it requires writing into the LOR computer code which is not really a user friendly way to go about it or a process for beginners in the hobby. I also have to either abandon or re-add the song specific timings back into the raw LOR sequence programming code each time we do a minor configuration/prop change. I see great possibilities for your new software, especially if you're automating the export process for us mere mortals. Being able to extract the data from your analysis software into LOR SE with simple mouse clicks would be awesome. Could it also possibly have a slightly simpler MP3 to CBR conversion function as part of the export? Thanks for your hard work as a pioneer Bob. You do exceptional work.
  15. Bizywk

    DMX and LOR

    On a number of on-line auction sites, you'll often find folks actually selling used controllers at 150% or better of the brand new price from LOR. People just don't do their research anymore. Your answer really depends on the hardware version, age and usage. Right now they generally seem to be more reasonably priced at 70-90% retail price, but some of those have ridiculous shipping fees. If you're going to use a bidding site on at least Gen 3, I'd start at about 75% retail and let it go up from there. A lot of people are talking about abandoning Incan lighting. A balance between incans and LEDs is the key. Hint: If you've set your mind on selling, you might want to try to do so soon as the LOR spring and summer sales should be right around the corner.
  16. Or maybe I should ask, is it you? Very thankful for the warmer weather this year.
  17. LOR has the best out of the box solution while the DIY route offers a more budget friendly option if you put in the sweat equity. You made a good choice in DIY pixels. For years now, we've had those same strips permanently installed under the eaves all year long with no issues. Be aware though, that you'll likely notice minor color differences from year to year even from the same vendor. Just in case, we label and keep a few spools in reserve from each year's order for future repairs.
  18. Yup. They also know your LOVE of BACON! LOL
  19. It is always unethical to share or sell another's work. It ultimately betrays the good Samaritan's generosity and is despicable. On the other hand, I encourage everyone to not lower yourselves to their level by letting a few bad apples ever persuade you from helping those that need a hand. Keep on the high road my friends. You never know where a good deed will plant a seed.
  20. Here's an old thread with several contributions from the community.
  21. It might be our climate here, but we've never had any lasting luck using hot glue on PVC pipes either, even when it has a good roughed adhering surface. With the surface preparation, hot glue can last a little while, but we always have to come back and spend time repairing it. We've tried it all, wire ties, adhesives, even velco strips. RTV does work better because I think the issue is that the pipe expansion and contraction associated with temperature changes is just too dissimilar with a more rigid adhesive. In the end, we've just resorted to color matching PCV (Electrical) tape.
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