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  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

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    3.11.2
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  1. Being original.

    My very first year I used one altered sequence to to get me started (..2012?). Since then though everything has been original. I'm as lazy as the next guy (and I'm sure I'll get a ton of blowback) but I honestly think much of the sequencing out there is hot garbage. Don't even get me started on purchased/shared pixel tree sequences. I've started using pixels this year and I've decided to forgo the pixel editor as I can't stand seeing the same 5-10 effects I see on every other display. Like George said, the beat wizard is the #1 tool in the toolbox. If you can figure out the beat wizard you're more than 50% of the way there.
  2. Who needs Christmas Tunes...

    ...when you can listen to Bjork instead! I try to do a non-Christmas song each year. I used to listen to this in the 90s so I assume the kids still think its cool
  3. Ring Christmas Bells

    My first video for 2016 (who doesn't love the Ray Conniff Singers?). This is one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time so I've been waiting 3 years to do it justice. For those that know the song, it builds slowly to a dramatic end. Enjoy!
  4. How is your display take-down coming along?

    I got all the controllers in, the mini-trees, the mini-mega tress, plus all the tree lights in. About 60% I think. Still have the 3 spiral trees and the house. Cold predicted all weekend so it will be a while before the rest comes down.
  5. HolidayCoro RGB Controller setup

    Easy answer, no. For the RGB controller you're setting the initial RGB channel (so 1 in your case). If you had a second RGB controller, you would set the address as 28 (27 previous channels are used with the first controller). You can use this site to figure out future settings. http://www.holidaycoro.com/kb_results.asp?ID=88 This initial address is set via the dip switches on the RGB board itself. It is completely independent of your LOR controller ids. For your first RGB board, just flip the first dip switch on and all the others off. If you got the Actidongle from HC, its best to think of your RGB network completely apart from your LOR network. You can have an LOR controller with an id of '1' and also have an RGB controller with a starting channel of '1'.
  6. They look awesome. How did you build them? I've never seen anything like them before. Are they using dumb rgb inside? Thanks.
  7. HolidayCoro RGB Controller setup

    No problem. Happy Thanksgiving.
  8. HolidayCoro RGB Controller setup

    Watch these videos I was able to get it up and running using them last year. They both go through it step by step.
  9. HolidayCoro RGB Controller setup

    I don't use the lan so I'm not sure how that would work. I started in Rgb last year and went with the dongle as it seemed the most straight forward.
  10. HolidayCoro RGB Controller setup

    I have the entec dmx dongle from HC. http://www.holidaycoro.com/Enttec-Pro-Compatible-DMX-Dongle-p/53.htm So once you get that you'll have both coming out of separate USB ports from your laptop. Laptop-->usb-->entec-->cat5-->dmx controller (for your rgb network) Laptop-->usb-->rs485-->cat5-->lor controllers (for your lor network). It's a single laptop using two use ports. There was a document somewhere online that helped me a lot. I'll try to dig it up tonight.
  11. HolidayCoro RGB Controller setup

    It won't. You'll essentially be running two networks out of your laptop. One will be the rs485 for your lor controllers. The other will be usb into the entec dmx dongle and on to your HC rgb controllers. There is also some universe setup, but it's not super complex. Make sure your HC controllers have the proper dip switches set for their starting channel. For me it's 1, 28 and 55... 27 each Let me know if you have any other questions.
  12. Santa Claus Lane Drone Trailer - 16 houses!

    Looks great. Mind if I ask where you got the image for the movie rating screen in the beginning? I created a preview video for my show but though it would be cool to add that rating screen. Thanks.
  13. Spiral tree - light string placement?

    Simply looking at it, I think the geometry of the tree is a bit different than some you've seen online. The base of your tree seems very wide in proportion to the overall height of the tree. I have an 11' tree and I don't think the base is that wide. I could be wrong too, pictures can be deceiving. That was my first impression upon seeing the picture though. All-in-all it looks well built. I think once you add the other 8 channels it will look fine. To fill it out this year I'd do something like 1983ss454 said and use a single LOR channel to fire the lights on 2 of the tree channels. Next year then you just have to plus them into their new controller outputs and 'voila', 16 channel tree.
  14. When I started 3 years ago I heeded the words of my elders and started using a master track right away. Up until this point I have not had to change it. This year I want to swap two channels from one controller to two channels on another controller (2 for 2 even swap). The master track works awesome, I change it once and it alters all my other tracks. Two followup questions. 1) Because my controllers are listed in sequential order in my master track, should I then drag-and-drop the swapped channels so the controllers and channels are still in sequential order?... or should I just leave them where they now stand? 2) I saved the new configuration. I'm finding that I now need to import this new configuration into each of my sequences... is this correct? Thanks for the help.
  15. FM TRANSMITTER CAUSING LOUD HUM IN SPEAKERS

    I'm not sure if its the same issue, but last year (after I have switched to my "new"/old computer) I had an issue where the sound was fine via headphones, output speakers, etc., except when it was being transmitted. I too thought it was an RF issue so I tried moving the transmitter further away, etc., but I would still get this static when I would listen on my car's radios. For me, it turned out to be a SoundlBlaster setting for 'bass boost' that was distorting the sound when I would output the sound to the FM transmitter. I turned off all these specialized sound settings on my laptop and voila, it transmitted crystal clear. Like I said, your issue sounds a bit different, but I figured I'd post my calamity and solution in case your leads with AC hum dry up.
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