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  1. Simulation Errors

    Thanks for the help. Unfortunately, Visualizer doesn't like DMX fixtures unless they start on channel 1. Here's the error: There are one or more errors with your simulation that prevent it from running. Please correct these errors and try again. Child Pixel fixture tree.4 - DMX Pixels 1 does not have a main Pixel Fixture (a Pixel Universe Fixture with physical pixel 1). A Pixel Universe Fixture when assembled requires a fixture with pixel #1 I was able to work around it by configuring Tree.2 on the next universe (universe 2) in Visualizer. When I imported the Visualizer file into a new PE preview, I adjusted the channels on Tree.2 to start at universe 1/channel 301 and it carried over 88 channels. When I save the intensity file and run it in SE, it doesn't display correctly in Visualizer, but the physical lights seem to be working correctly. Packing pixels is a pain. Guess I'll have to buy more controllers...
  2. Simulation Errors

    Need a little help here. I'm trying to run a simulation in Visualizer but keep getting the following errors: There are one or more errors with your simulation that prevent it from running. Please correct these errors and try again. The DMX Pixel Universe on Universe 1, when assembled has more than 170 pixels (200). The following fixtures should be checked: --Lawn.Tree.1 --Lawn.Tree.2 The DMX Pixel Universe on Universe 3, when assembled has more than 170 pixels (200). The following fixtures should be checked: --Lawn.Tree.3 --Lawn.Tree.4 The errors are being caused by Tree.2 and Tree.4 spanning universes 1/2 and 3/4 respectively. I'm trying to drive two pairs of two 100 pixel mini trees off of two outputs of a Pixlite4 controller, 1 pair per output. Lawn.Tree.1 is using universe 1/channels 1-300, Lawn.Tree.2 is using universe 1/channels 301-510 and universe 2/channels 1-90. I tried running Lawn.Tree.2 on universe 2/channels 1-300 but kept getting the unused channels from universe 1 inserted and the first 70 pixels on Tree.2 weren't lighting.I'm somewhat limited in my options because I'm already using the other two Pixlite4 outputs for different props. Is there a way to tell Visualizer to span universes? Mike
  3. General DMX Dummy Question

    Yet another option. I connect a 4-port DMX gateway to my dedicated WiFi router. From one of the DMX ports, I connect my LOR controllers using a crossover cable I purchased from HolidayCoro (you can fabricate this yourself). This setup allows me to run E.131 controllers, DMX controllers, and LOR controllers. I have a networking background but I don't consider this setup terribly complicated. The key is setting up the universes on the DMX gateway and setting up all of your channels using DMX in the LOR software. You'll need to know how to address your LOR controllers in DMX mode.
  4. I've been to WDW/Osborne 3 times and it is AWESOME! I would love to see a technical write up of their show.
  5. Att'n Newbies- Setup tips and tricks

    Another newb here. A few things that I did right: -test all of the lights before installation -all fabricated extensions (spt1) were made in 5ft increments (ie. 15, 20, ...) -found that zip ties are MUCH less expensive at Harbor Freight than the big box stores -built stands for my controllers that got the connections off of the ground -used spiral (not split) wrap for cable management -bought extension cords early -had an electrician install two 20A circuits to power the show -bought a refurbished laptop to run the show -labeled all of the outputs and some of the extensions Things that could have been better: -label all of the extensions -start earlier! -have a better vision of what I wanted Hope that this helps someone, Mike
  6. Newbies be very very careful

    Oh great. Now he tells me... This is my first year. Bought a couple of LOR controllers and a Pixlite-4. After spending a bunch of money and building, configuring, troubleshooting, etc. I was starting to get discouraged. All seemed lost. And then, the lights started flashing. My life has been changed forever.
  7. ideal computor

    I picked up a refurbished Lenovo laptop from Newegg. About $270 with shipping but you can get something for less. I wanted the compact size of a laptop.
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