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  1. Firstly Mods, Is it possible to get a Forum Topic dedicated to props? building of, lighting, wiring etc... Warning, kind of a long post, but with pictures I'm just finishing up on a new prop for this year. I call it a 1/4 Barrel prop. I have seen a lot of spheres people have made with dumb RGB's and have not seen one where someone made one with smart RGB. I liked the look but have no need for an actual sphere in my display, hence the 1/4 barrel look. I needed another smart RGB prop on the right side of my display with some size to display across all my smart RGB props. It's size is 5' 3" tall and 5' 5" wide. Essentially it is a matrix with 2 radius's, 1 vertical and 1 horizontal. Having the radius's, gives the illusion of the light fading away from your viewing perspective. Materials used; .090 thick aluminum for the bottom and top plates. .063 thick aluminum for the vertical strips and the belly band strip. 1" X 1" aluminum square tubing for the 3 supports for the top and bottom plates. Pixie16 with 16 ports of 50 pixels. Band Aids, should have sanded better. I started this project by drawing the prop out with Google Sketch Up. (free 3D drawing program), I was able to build it to the size I thought I wanted then scale it for equal LED placement. On the Vertical rows, the pixels are evenly spaced at 2 1/2". In the middle Horizontal, they are also 2 1/2 inches but get closer the lower and higher away from center. I had originally intended to build this prop by hand. (cut all the material by hand) Recently at work I have been using the CNC Router table more and more. The boss being a fan of my light shows, allowed me to cut scrap aluminum on the router table for this project. The software for the table router is more CAD like than Google Sketch Up. This allowed to very quickly determine angles and spacing of the vertical strips. This picture shows the top and bottom plate already cut, it's drilling holes to give me line up points for the vertical strips. This picture show the Vertical strip being cut. They are 1 1/4" wide by 65" tall. Since I was to lazy to walk out to my barn and measure the flange on a Pixel 16 light, I cut the LED mounting holes 1/4" and figured I could drill then later. More about this later. This is the frame welded together. You can see the line up holes on the bottom, this allowed me to center each strip, and keep an even distance for the mounting strips. Since I knew I was using a Pixie 16 with 16 ports of 50 pixel each for a total of 800 pixels. Each strip has 25 holes drilled exactly 2 1/2" apart. There are 32 strips. Hence 32 X 25 = 800 pixels. Here the vertical strips are being mounted. After all the vertical strips were mounted I riveted a strip of .063 x 1" in the center horizontally to keep the pixels (in the center) at a spacing of 2 1/2". A quick poof can paint job. Installing the LED's. I mentioned before that I had only drilled the pixels mounting holes 1/4" and that I would drill then out later, this came back to haunt me. In other projects with Pixie 16 lights, I have used drilled holes in Corex and pushed the pixels through and the room for error was greater. The strips being only .063 thick (smaller then 1/8") required the holes to be exactly the size of the pixel flange for them to snap in. I used a micrometer and determined the size hole I needed was 15/32" (a 1/16" shy of 1/2") I bought a brand new sharp drill bit and tested on a spare piece of metal, everything worked great when it was laying on the table. At this point the vertical strips were already mounted so I started drilling them out. I got to the 3rd hole and the drill bit caught and twisted the metal before I could stop the drill motor. I switched drill bits to a step up bit and determined I needed to stop 1 step/shoulder from going all the way through. This proved challenging and I ended up going all the through on some holes, meaning the pixels do not snap in and lock in place, they fall out. You can see zip ties I used to hold them in while the adhesive silicone set up on the back to make the secure. Hindsight tells me I should have drilled the holes on the drill press over wood, before the strips were mounted. Live and learn. Finished with the installing the pixels and a profile view of the finished prop. A straight on view of the finished prop. Overall, I really like how the prop turned out. I have the storage room in my barn on a wall so size was not really a factor, other than I wanted a decent resolution (pixel spacing) and a large sized prop. Once i had all the pieces cut, it was assembled and lit over a weekend. I do my lights shows during the summer months, so hopefully I will post some videos of it in action will all my other props in a few weeks. Alan... The video shows a minutes worth of sequencing I used for testing. There is both effects from S5 SE and Superstar.
  2. I noticed in your video you don't have any of the Channels info entered, start there. Alan...
  3. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!

    *bump* Mr. P posted this back in November, and it still holds true. At a glance, some problems can be identified just by the License Level and/or Software Version that the poster is not aware of. The more details in your post can/will help others help you. It is easy to change your profile and only takes a few minutes. Alan...
  4. Matt, I'm having a problem with Calculating Data Error after I have added a new prop to my All RGB group. I've found I can make the issue go away as long as I do not Exit Sequencer. As soon as I exit sequencer and reload the sequencer the issue comes back. I know this issue has been reported before. I made a short video to document what I am seeing. I included my LORSequencer-trac.txt file TIA, Alan... LORSequencer-trace Calc Intensity Error.txt
  5. Watch this video in this thread also, it may help understand the Sequencer/Superstar relation. The First 8:00 minutes are more about Inserting S4 SS effects, not really what you are doing. The video does show example of Inserting Superstar effects in to Sequencer. The video may be updated later today, but just with minor changes. Hope it helps, Alan..
  6. In your video you mention you want to make the arches with RGB, Your video shows you trying make them with Traditional Lights. You missed a step and did not click the RGB Tab. On this tab is where you set your Network, Unit ID, etc... See the gif below btw, Welcome to the Forums Alan...
  7. S5 back ground image

    Sounds like maybe it's a buggered up install of S5. You could use the LORRegistryWipe.exe program and do a fresh install of S5 Read about it in this thread, see DevMikes first post. Let us know if it works. Alan....
  8. S5 back ground image

    Can you load any other picture? (doesn't have to be a background pic) just to see if it works? Alan...
  9. S5 back ground image

    Does this way not work for you? Alan...
  10. More than likely Matt will want/need you LORSequencer-trace.txt file. It is located in your C:\User\xxxxxxxxxxx\Documents folder. I noticed that this crash occurs when you are trying to add 2 groups. Have you tried to add one group at a time? That may help you you narrow down a issue with a specific group. Just a thought. Alan...
  11. Pixel Editor vs S5

    Kyle, See DevMikes last comment in this thread. It would be wise to back up all of your sequences that were done in S4, not because of any problems with S5, just a smart thing to do and this would give you good backups just in case. Alan...
  12. You know when I posted above I had this other video in the back of my mind, but wasn't sure if it would help. Looking back it probably would at least to help understand how to setup props for Superstar or at least give you food for thought.. I have been working on the suggestions from both Matt and Brian, but things have kept from putting the final touches on the video. The video was posted in another thread. As far the changes I'm working on for the video, they don't change much, mostly adding stuff I could/should have put in to begin with. IE. Keyboard Shortcuts, etc. I'll work on updating the video tonight, but have a look at the original here. Alan...
  13. Gah, your right, I read one thing and typed another. Thanks for pointing that out. Luckily I was still in time to edit my original message. Alan...
  14. Christmas 2018

    Welcome to the Forums ! People here are very willing to help. Hopefully as you gain knowledge about all this stuff you can share also. There is a ton of info on this site. Alan...
  15. mwilson, Is has nothing to do with you being dense, and yes it can be frustrating. All of this can be confusing and especially now that S5 has changed the way Previews (visualization files) work. If I understand your message correctly, you are trying to create a Preview in S5 that can be used in SS to sequence all of your props. The videos I have done are not geared to show people how to setup a Preview in S5 to use with SS. They were made to show people who have already sequenced prop(s) in SS with S4, how to import them into S5 which requires you to match exactly the prop in S5 and the grid layout in SS. For years I used S4 with SS and Visualization files. I sequenced each prop I have individually. For instance for one song I have a separate SS sequence for each prop. IE a SS file for the Pixel Spinner and Tree, Matrix, Circles, and Blade Spinner. I did not want to lose all that sequencing I had already done in SS, hence my videos have been about helping people understand how to create Previews in S5 that would allow them to Import Superstar Effects, that had been already done into the S5 Sequencer. Jim, has sequenced his entire shows with S4 SS (and Visualization files) in the past. He is in the middle of trying to get his Preview setup in S5, so he can Import Superstar Effects that he already has into the new S5 Sequencer. Jim also wants to sequence his entire show in SS. One thing you may not realize is that Jim has spent the money to upgrade his SS license to a significantly higher channel count. If you want to do this, make sure you understand your RGB channels count and what that channel count number is. If you don't have the proper license (channel count) in SS for as many channels as you want to sequence in SS, it will not allow you to. Here's a quick explanation about SS channels licensing. Currently if you have SS, you have paid for license to control X amount of channels in SS. In my case I have bought a 40 CCR license. Each CCR is 150 channels, so 40 CCR's X 150 channels = 6,000 channels. Keep in mind these are RGB channels, not traditional AC channels. As you can see from the cost of licensing extra channels in SS, it can get expensive very quickly. That is why I only have a 40 CCR license and sequence each prop individually in SS. I could and have combined props in S5 Preview to include as many props as I was allowed by my license, but with my props and their channel counts I couldn't include them all into one Preview, so it didn't really interest me to only sequence in SS, also S5 with a Pro License gives you access to Motion Effects which will increase the amount of effects you can add to props. If you look at the cost of upgrading S5 to a Pro License, it is significantly cheaper to go this route. The Pro License will give you access to use Pixel editing motion effects. There are a lot of ways to sequence in S5 with Motion Effects that SS cannot do, conversely there is a lot of effects that SS can do, that S5 cannot. You need to pick the best option for you and your display. There is probably some sort of channel count limit in S5 Sequencer, but I suspect it has more to do with physical limitations of the software, networks than it does licensing. Also it is important to note as I understand it, is that S5 Sequencer (Pro License) is geared more for folks who have a large channel count which someday hopefully, we all will have . RGB channels add up more quickly, than a 16 channel AC controller. For example a Pixie16 with 16 - 50 count RGB modules is 2,400 channels by itself. 16 ports X 50 modules per port = 800 leds X 3 channels (RGB) = 2,400 channels. If you don't understand channel counts for you controllers, post what they are here and someone will help figure it out. In my humble opinion, S5 and it's sequencer (with a Pro License IE. Motion Effects) and Superstar with a modest license (channel count) is a very powerful combination in controlling pixels in your show. I have used SS from day one and cannot imagine trying to put a show together without it. Being able to combine SS effects and Motion Effects in the new S5 Sequencer adds so much more to your sequencing toolbox. Your idea of doing a video is great and probably needs to be done. However the licensing of both SS and S5 come into play. If someone is not licensed either in SS or S5 for as many channels as you outlined above it will not work for them, thus creating more frustration. Hopefully by explaining channel counts and licensing it will help you and others understand a little more about S5. I can offer you help, but I would need to know you current license level in S5 and SS. Post here or PM me if you like. As I offer to help it needs to explained that I took the Financial Officer to dinner the night before the LOR sale, and laid out my best sales pitch for getting another Pixie16. I received notice from Corporate minutes before the sale started I was approved to get another Pixie16. In doing this, my honey-do list has quadrupled and I still need to find time to build another prop. I do my shows in the summer months so I am about to get rather busy. Alan...
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