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About CovertRain

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  1. CovertRain

    Multiple Video Displays

    OK. Thanks I didn't think so. Bummer. I was trying to figure out a way to make this happen this year.
  2. CovertRain

    Multiple Video Displays

    Hi all. I am thinking of adding a second projector to my Halloween display. I have one that shows video in a window but I wanted to add one outdoors for different effect. I know how to get LOR to run one video image but is it possible to control a second video image outside without it showing the same sequence in doors? In other words two completely discrete video displays. I hope that makes sense but don't know if that is possible. My guess is no and I don't think filming split screen and dividing the "full screen" between windows will work for me since I already have to do that for two windows in the front where I show my current video. It would only be for one effect but I can't think of a way to do it.
  3. CovertRain

    One Half of CCR Ribbon Stuck

    Thanks. I just opened a ticket. I hope they can help. If not, I might do without arches this year. I might as well buy a new controller if the above prices for the replacement are correct. If they are not anymore durable? What is the point?
  4. CovertRain

    One Half of CCR Ribbon Stuck

    I think I may have found the replacement. $149.95 ?!?!?!!? What?!? Looks like replacements for the new controllers are only $59.95. That can't be right can it? http://store.lightorama.com/cocorireri.html
  5. Hello all. I built 4 arches last years using 2 CCR Ribbon sets. They worked perfectly all through Halloween and Christmas. I stored them away carefully. Now when I pulled them out this year, 1/2 of one of the ribbons is stuck (in effect one arch). It turns on but it's all white except a few pixels appear to be random colors. I tried swapping CCR controllers to make sure it wasn't the controller but that didn't change the symptoms. I tried hitting the reset button and holding it down and that did nothing as well. Is that strand toast?
  6. CovertRain

    Jingle Bell Rock

    Sorry to pile on. I figured I would get on my neighbors good side and that is their favorite!! Will send a PM.
  7. CovertRain

    Arches for Halloween

    I am always interested in the cool ideas everyone comes up with here. Appreciate it.
  8. CovertRain

    Arches for Halloween

    Hi guys. I really have not seen anybody do this yet but this year I was really looking for an excuse to put up my new arches for Halloween. I had the old school ones but replaced them this year with CCR versions. I know typically they are used for Christmas displays but honestly I was a little excited to test them but then again really didn't want to take them down after they were setup. So, I decided to dress them up for Halloween. Something like I said I really have not seen. What I did is dress them up as ghosts. Basically using this as an opportunity to experiment with material, effects and design. Because this was an experiment I used some super cheap dollar store shower curtains to dress them up. I have already learned so much. For example, the material on those cheap ones is a little too thin. So, next year I will replace these with the thicker shower curtain material. I think what it will do is allow for a better glow effect (throughout the material vs it shining through) and if I decide to add some decorative eyes and mouth it will either allow me to pain them on or maybe they show up better. Also, it can get windy where I am at at the cheap material doesn't stand up well to the wind. Last but not least, when dressing up the arches I learned it's better not to get too fancy with the FX. Basically sticking to mostly changes ARCH colors together and chase entire arch by arch for example looks better verses the fancier FX you would use for Christmas. Here is a picture of what I did. If anybody has experimented with dressing up their arches or has any suggestions I am open but wanted to share. If anybody is interested I can try and get a snapshot of what these look like lit up at night. P.S. This is only my second year putting up my LOR Halloween display so it's a learning experience. Throwing programming CCRs for the first time has been an adventure.
  9. I will give it a try tonight. I didn't want to mess with last night as it was our neighborhood contest. What is interesting is that I tried another "program" that shall remain nameless, converted one of my sequences and it has zero issues with video. ZERO. So, it perplexes me a bit why this is something that seemingly can't be resolved. Thanks for the info.
  10. I just happened to check this thread today to see if there has been any progress. I am now wondering if your workaround is a direct result of them trying to solve this issue. The reason I am saying that is because you said the popup doesn't show up when using method above on 4.3.14. I am still on 3.12.2 and even using the method above it doesn't work. Basically, the issue that I posted above spells out what happens. You go through the process above then after that video ends and the next ones starts, the windows snaps back to it's original state and does the pop up all over again. Based on your comment that behavior seems to have changed. It's still frustrating that after all this time people are still using "workarounds" and LOR has not fixed this issue yet.
  11. Thanks guys. None of the solutions above worked. You could use the trick above and stretch the window but the problem is as soon as LOR software calls the video window again, it sort of "resets" and snaps it back down to below the normal viewing area. It's actually a worse solution than just letting the small little window quickly flash into view. I even tried finding a way to change the window borders to black or make it invisible via a script but no luck. I wonder if the software, if playing video, could be written so that it simply keeps the video window open playing a black background in between the sequences if you plan on using video at all. That way it wouldn't have to technically close the video window and call it again to open with each sequence. So it would treat it like a continual playlist. At any rate, thanks guys for trying to help. Maybe something changes in the future with Windows to make playing video and interacting with LOR a better experience. Sort of throwing in the towel but I think I will skip video for the Christmas display and possibly going forward until there is a solution. Thanks anyway guys and I appreciate the help.
  12. Will do. I will experiment and let you know how it goes. Thanks for the advice above. I will give that a try as well.
  13. Maybe a dumb question but is this impacted by the final video save file type? So, does it matter for example the file is WMV versus AVI or some other format?
  14. CovertRain

    Video Question

    Sorry for pulling up this ancient thread. Did any of you find a fix to this problem? If so, can you advise? I am getting the same thing....little video window pops up in the upper left hand corner of the screen for a second before it vanishes and plays the video. It's so annoying.
  15. CovertRain

    Have a Projector This Year

    Hi guys. Everything is setup and sequenced. However, I have a slight issue. When a video launches, LOR calls on the file LORMONITOR.EXE to play video files. When it does, I see minimized version pop up for a few seconds. It disappears, plays the video and appears again each time a new video is started. It's gong to be visible to everyone. I have tried going directly to the icon changing properties to "maximized" but it has no effect. Honestly, everything is working fine but this one thing. I can't figure it out. Any ideas?