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    Network Configuration Question

    Thank you both. I think what the issue was is that if you have multiple networks, you never look at them in simple mode or at least I never do. Alan...
  2. I'm currently working on a tutorial for creating Previews in S5 and I am having a brain fart. I remember a thread alwhile ago in which we were trying help someone with a network Configuration issue. IIRC, Those of us with Pro licenses missed the point of the Advanced button not being active (greyed out?) for license levels below Advanced. Is this the case? It has been so long since I upgraded to Pro, I can't remember if this button is available to everyone regardless of license level. A pic of the button in question below. TIA Alan...
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    Everything is orderd

    lol, hence the name Dennis brok(e) 🤑 Alan...
  4. dibblejr pm'd me this evening asking if there were any videos on how to add a controller to S5. He was helping someone and couldn't find any info about it. I looked and didn't see any either. This gif is a quick way to add controller(s) to S5. As you may be aware S5 is all about the Preview. This gif just shows how to add a controller so that you can test it in S5, rather than HU. This weekend I will work on a Tutorial Video, on how to build a prop and assign a Unit ID's, Network, and starting ending circuits. Hope this helps. Alan...
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    Different directory for Playback files

    I really, really recommend not deleting anything until you are absolutely sure you won't need them again. I backed up all my stuff to another drive, then also copied the older S4 stuff to a different folder called Pre S4 Backups. The older stuff can sit in there forever, it's out of my way but still there just in case. Just a thought. Alan...
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    Different directory for Playback files

    Just tried it and no it doesn't seem to give you the option of where to save it. It saves the playback files to the directory the .loredit sequence was loaded from. After you create the playback files, you can copy / move the .lid, .lms files anywhere you like. These are the only 2 files you need in a Show Directory. Alan...
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    pixel editor

    I'm not sure that's what Dennis meant. SS is an add on for S5 (same as in S4) The way SS intergrates into S5 is different and maybe that's what Dennis meant. PE and SE have been combined in S5 is a more accurate statement. Either way the OP asked if SS is needed to do what he wants. In this case, no it is not. Having said that, SS is something to look into, it adds alot to the Sequencing Toolbox. This simplest way to explain it is that there are things SS can do and SE cannot, and vise versa. Both of them together lets you create a more finely tuned sequence imho. Alan...
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    pixel editor

    Here's a quick video I made showing how I created this Preview, Prop, and Sequence. In S5, it is critical that you create a proper Preview for all things to work correctly. This video shows how a particular prop and preview were made, but this is not the main Preview for a whole house view. As an example, I have a Preview that has all my Props (whole house, in my case Yard View) Logically it makes sense to me to create individual props, then add them to the Whole House View. If you need help with that let me know, I can do up another video and explain it in more detail. Alan... P.S. Due to a lot of content, this demo had to be done in Video form, the video moves along quickly, pause and rewatch if you get lost. Watch Full screen to be able to see it all in better detail.
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    Lost 23 hours. Need spares

    You might have got off lucky. For me, this kinda stuff involves a complete room remodel, complete with new paint, drapes, carpet, electrical, etc............... 🤑 Alan....
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    pixel editor

    Oops, after re-reading your post I think this gif is more of what you were asking for. Alan...
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    pixel editor

    Is this something like you are talking about. Took me all of about 3 minutes to create scratch. Don't give up on S5. It can do what you want and more! Just takes a little time to learn and understand it. If you need help with how this is setup, let us know. Alan...
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    problem enabling comm port

    Just spit balling here, but is it possible SE expects to see Comm 3 as a 56K Regular. It's just a guess. Just to be clear, you are using the Red USB-RS485-HS adapters for Comm 3 and Comm 4, and a Black USB-RS485 for Comm 5? Are there any errors showing on CL Comm Listener? when this happens or before? (Click the CL icon to open up the DOS window) Alan...
  13. As I read back through this, this is confusing and I had screwed up the links. I should not have been allowed near a pc yesterday. ? This is how it should have read and the links have been corrected. Right Click and Save As, this file needs the file extension of .lee when you save it. Some browser will try to save it as .xml 32 spoke props sharpin.lee ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- These are the Superstar sample files, they need to be saved with a .sup extension Sample Blade Pixels.sup blade effect2.sup blade effect3.sup sample blade.sup bladesequences1.sup sample blades_2.sup sample blades_2.sup Sorry for an confusion. Alan...
  14. Hey All, *Warning Long Post, if you want scroll to the bottom for videos.* I built a Blade Spinner with a Pixie16 (kit) I got during the Summer Sale. When I built my Pixel Spinner a couple of years ago I got, (and still do) lots of PM's and question on how I did it. I didn't document what I did back then, and had to do it from memory months after. This time round I took plenty of pictures to show the steps I did to make this Blade Spinner. Build Time - 2 days Difficulty - Beginner, if you can draw a straight line with a ruler and drill holes (lots of holes) you should have no issues. Cost - Total Cost around $45.00 The only things I bought were the 2 Coroplast (3'x 6' x 1/8") sheets and 4 - 2'x 2' boards for the frame, 2 cans of flat black paint and Oh yeah and the Pixie16 with 16 strings 0f 50 pixels *cough* Tools Needed - A protractor (or some way to mark the degrees of the spokes) drawing compass, straight edge, 1/4" drill bit, 7/16 drill bit, grease pencil, and some nippers. Size - Overall blade tip to blade tip is 70 inches, a little big for a tree topper. Easier to explain with pictures. First I had to determine what size the inner circle would be using 32 Square Pixels. I decided on a distance of 1 1/8" between pixels for whole project. To determine the inner circle 32 pixels x 1 1/8 (1.125) = 36. 36 / 3.14 = 11.46 inch circle. I rounded up to an 11 1/2" circle. Using the compass draw that out in the middle of the two sheets of coroplast. Temporary tape the 2 sheet together, mark your circle. If working with coroplast, I'd suggest using a grease pencil as it easier to erase mistakes with a wet rag. Once you have a circle, you need to know at what degrees, each spoke will be. I used 32 spokes, so 360 / 32 = 11.25 degrees. Mark your circle with these degrees. In my case I wanted to make sure the seam of the coroplast did not run through the center of some spokes so I offset the marks to adjust for that. Once you have all you marks connect the lines, be sure all lines insect in the middle. Depending on how accurate you were you should now have your 32 spokes and they should be reasonable close. As mentioned earlier, I wanted all my pixels to 1 1/8" apart. Instead of measuring each and every pixels mark, I made template out of plastic to speed up the process. Because I was off slightly when I drew my spokes, instead of using the compass for marking the rounded ends on the blades I grabbed a bucket and marked a piece of tape with pixels marks, then averaged out each blade end. Each blade has 22 pixels on each side and 6 for the rounds end equaling 50 pixels total. Coroplast has ribs that run through the material and can make the drill bit walk off your mark when drilling. I drilled 1/4" holes to pilot each hole, then went back and drilled the 7/16" hole. Be careful not to make the hole any bigger of it can/will cause the pixels to fit very loosely. If need be when done you could put a dab of adhesive silicone to hold them in place. Nipping the holes to remove unwanted plastic, to ensure a clean look and tight fit. A quick paint job. Frame built to hold the 2 sheets of coroplast. Installing the pixels. They just pop right in. Again you may want to silicone any loose ones, or all for that matter depending on the wind in your area. Both sides done back view. Both sides done front view. A note about Visualization props. I built this prop both in Visualizer, and Pixel Editors prop builder, I discovered that by putting at the starting channels on the inside circle that it opened up more possiblities for sequencing in Pixel Editor. Under Prop Groups, be sure to add all the blades to a Nested Group, Preview, Vertical, and Horizontial Groups. Going clockwise the order of my blades is the first blade is at one o'clock, then 2 o'clock, etc... This is the visualization file for visualizer and Superstar, you can import it into Pixel Editor. It was straightened out using ItsMeBobo's Sharpin Program. Very nice little program to help with props. Right click, Save As.... http://greatgooglymoogly.info/LOR%20Pics/blade%20spinner/32%20spoke%20props%20sharpin.lee Finishing things left to do, paint the mounting washers and screws (the wife frowns on me using a poof can in the basement) I will probably drill some large holes in the open part of the blades to allow wind gust to pass through. In the end it's going to be a nice addition to al my other props in the yard. I still have another Pixie16 and am working on another prop for it. Alan... Told you it was a long post. Sequencing - I attached two videos to show examples of what both Superstar Sequencing and Pixel Editor Sequencing looks like on the finished Blade Spinner.
  15. Tony, I haven't forgotten this issue. I got your all your files. What I have found so far is that your original FrontTree.lee was corrupted somehow. CCP06 did not show up properly in Superstar when I loaded the FrontTree.lee vis file. I have a copy of S4, so I looked at the original FrontTree.lee file (your copy). It looked fine, but still something was not allowing it to display properly. I deleted CCP06, copied CCP05 renamed it CCP06 and assigned it the proper network and Unti ID number. It now shows correctly (at least it is in the "W" pattern you describe) What I am trying to understand now, is what are you expecting to see with the Front_Tree.sup (SS file) you sent? In viewing the Front_Tree.sup file you sent it is displaying as it is suppose to, but the sequencing makes no sense to me. From what I see in your Front_Tree Sup file, your Scenes are only set to work on the first 3 CCP's, because that's the way you have applied the effect in SS. Here is the modified FrontTree.lpeprop that I made. See if this works in SS for you. If you can explain what exactly you are trying to see with the sequencing of this prop there maybe another way to modify the prop. Do you already have .sup files sequenced that include this tree? FrontTree modified.lee Create another preview by importing just this prop to test it out. Let me know if it works Alan...
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    CCB Sequencing Help Needed

    If your not sure how to take screenshots in Windows 10, here is a website for using snipping tool included with Win10. You can then upload the pic here to the forums. Screenshots in Windows 10 using built in Snipping Tool I haven't used S4, for quite alwhile so I would not be much help with the original issue. Alan...
  17. If you are asking about the Blade Spinner - pixel spacing is 1 1/8" between pixels. If you are asking about the Matrix I built, those pixels are spaced 1 1/4" between pixels Alan...
  18. Travis and Mark, This prop (built with a Pixie16) will require at least a 16 CCR license to use in Superstar. To be able to use Motion Effects in S5 you will need the Pro License. Here is the visualization file (.lee) file for the Blade Spinner for use in SS. It was created in S4 Visualizer and modified (to straighten the blades out and to rotate them) with ItsMeBobo' SharpIn program. I use this file in Superstar to give me the grid I wanted to use in SS. It is also the grid that is used when you (right click in S5 SE) Insert Superstar Effects. See the gif below on how to use this .lee file in SS. 32 spoke props sharpin.lee Here are some sample SS .sup files I have created over the years. Some times I just load SS with this prop and start making effects and see where they go. Some effects are incomplete as I was just playing around. They should give some idea on how to sequence for the Blade Spinner. Some are complete and I have used them in Sequences. Change colors and time to match your theme. Right Click and Save As, they need the file extension of .lee when you save them. Some browser will try to save them as .xml SampleBladePixels.sup blade effect2.sup blade effect3.sup sample blade.sup blade sequences 1.sup sample blades_2.sup sample blades_2.sup I don't have many S5 Motion Effects for this prop (yet) I have mostly sequenced this prop in SS, I like the control I have in SS for this prop. In getting some of this info for you guys I have thought of some neat ways to sequence this prop in S5 (Motion Effects) that will happen this winter. If you need help with any of this, let me know. Enjoy Alan...
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    CCB Sequencing Help Needed

    Welcome to the Forums PakcerGirl, We will need some more info. What version of the software are you using?, and what is you license level? Please update your profile. See the gif below. Alan...
  20. As mentioned in the post above I have a 40 CCR license for Superstar. I think most of the effects from the song War were done in SS. I will put something together and post something here in the next few days. Alan...
  21. Travis, I have added some new Groups to the original Blades Spinner Prop. You can either download this new one or follow along with the video I made showing how new groups can/will change how Motion Effects are displayed on the Blade Spinner and create your own unique groups following the example. If you decide to create your own groups please share the lpeprop I liked to see what people have done with this. 2018 New Blade Spinner Prop I am still working on getting some sequences together. I have many things going on right now and may not get to it until this weekend. I am licensed for 40 CCR's in Superstar so I don't know if those will work for you. At least you can load it into SS and see how I sequenced in SS. Alan...
  22. Wow, Travis, that looks great. You make me feel like a proud papa. If you go back a page in this thread (near the bottom) you will see I posted the Blade Spinner.lpeprop and a gif on how to import the prop into S5. Since you have the Pro License you will be able to use Motion Effects in Sequencer. Do you have Superstar also? if so licensed for how many channels? Motion Effects make this prop easy to sequence for, but SS makes it really come to life. I do have sequencing I can share, however I have nothing Christmas related. I am a fair weather lighter. I spend enough time outside in the winter for work, no need to play in it also. Give me a day or two, to copy some effects into a Animation file, that you will be able to copy into your sequences. Did you build this with a Pixie16 also? Is the first blade at the one o'clock position? going around clockwise as you look at it? This prop can be overpowering in relation to your other props, at least in my case that's what I found. To help with that, I dimmed the effects on this prop to 20%, It still lights fine, just a little easier on the eyes. Again, good job on the build. I think you and your audience will really like this prop. Alan...
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    Questions on 16 channel starter package

    David, Glad you enjoy the hobby - your in good company here. ✨ In regards to recording your show. Most of us here, dub the original song over the yard recording. Search the Forums for "Movie Editors" or the like. Get one and record your show when the lighting is best. Load the video of your show into a movie editor and mute the original soundtrack. Then load in the music you used for your show, sync it up and you will have a better sounding video. Create an account on Youtube or Vimeo, upload your videos and share the results here. It's theraputic ? Alan.
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    Projector and LOR issues

    Here is a thread to read and maybe help. If not post back with questions. Alan...
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    New 50 Bullet Pixel Bad out of Box ?

    As Jim said, Contact the Help Desk and reference this thread. It'll get taken care of. I have had 3 strings over the years that arrived not working right. It happens. Keep in mind they are busy this time of year, so the sooner you tell them of the issue that faster it will get resolved. Alan...
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