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  1. 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...
  2. 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
  3. 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..
  4. 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...
  5. 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....
  6. 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...
  7. S5 back ground image

    Does this way not work for you? Alan...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. I talked with Brian (from Superstar) tonight about an another issue. During our conversation, he mentioned some things that tickled my brain that I had not thought of before. Maybe some of you know this, I didn't and for me it's a game changer. Background: Some of us had concerns over how to import/insert our saved Superstar files into S5 Sequencer. Most people I know about are saving the Superstar files as a Legacy .lms file, then loading that into S5 Sequencer and copy/pasting into the main sequence. S5.08 currently has issue with copy/paste in that it takes a looooong time to do this. So for those of us who wanted to still sequence in mainly Superstar but still take advantage of the features in S5 Sequencer, this works well. I can't/don't take credit for discovering this, like I said Brian tickled my brain and it got me to try this, and it worked! One very nice thing that is a result of this, is that it keeps the overall file size much, much smaller than copy/pasting did. I don't have any numbers to compare because quite frankly I got tired of waiting for the copy/paste to finish. Give this a try and see what you think. I'm stoked, this is huge for me. The video show an easy, quick and painless way to import you whole .sup file into S5 Sequencer. Alan...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Singing Face design

    If you decide to use rope lighting, you can buy white rope lighting and then cover it with translucent vinyl of different colors, ie. red for lips, hair color, eye color, etc. If you have a local sign shop, stop in and ask if they have any remnants of translucent vinyl. Most shops will have a bunch and willing to give it to you or sell at a cheap price. Be sure to ask for translucent, not opaque. Opaque is to dark and will not let enough light thru. Examples below. Hobby shops also sell translucent vinyl for covering the wings of RC planes, from what I saw, it is too translucent and won't give a good color. Also try not to mix LED rope lights with incandescent rope lights on the same prop. Led and incandescent lights can take different amount of time to light. If you have a mix of these two lights, then LED's may light slower than the incandescent rope lights. I have this issue with one of my faces, part of it's light a slight bit quicker than the rest. I've learned to adjust the on/off time of this props, but it is not necessary on my other face with just one style of lights on it. Alan...
  16. Jim, If you still have a pc with S4 on it, you can also use ItsMeBobO's Sharpin Tool program to align your pixels before you import the prop into S5. Like you, if I have the ability to make the prop straight, lined up etc. that's what I like to see. Sharpin Tool is easy enough to use and the tutorials walk you thru it. Just a thought. Thread about Sharpin Alan...
  17. That is part of the reason for the video, is to bring attention to this so people would check the imported props and not assume they were all was correct, tweaking of the props maybe necessary. This is one of the tweaks to the video that Brian suggested I include. I knew this was available but completely forgot to add it. Glad you figured it out. If the props are not setup properly, then none of this will work. Once they are then you are off and running and it is very easy to do, and most importantly you will not lose all of the sequencing you have already done in SS. That was very important to me. That's what I did. Once you have all the SS sequencing added, open an older (S4) version of the same Sequence and copy/paste all the non superstar props. Some people have reported that copy/paste is slower in S5 v 5.0.18, but in my tests for just importing dumb rgb props, and non rgb props copy/paste still works well. Your quite welcome, I didn't figure this all out in one sitting, it took me awhile and there were plenty of "aha" moments. Alan...
  18. A walk thru for importing .lee (real files) creating groups, understanding the grid in Superstar and inserting Superstar Effects into S5. Alan... Also for a explanation of groups arrangements watch this video.
  19. Frank, When I imported the "Arches and Fences IMPORT FROM SUPERSTAR" group into another Preview, I noticed it didn't actually import the groups that should have been defined in that group, ie. Arches1&2, Arches3&4, etc. In Prop Design. double click on the " Arches and Fences IMPORT FROM SUPERSTAR " group and check to see if yours did. If it didn't, then set them up again like the picture below. Then try it. Let me know. Alan..
  20. Frank, The group named "Arches and Fences IMPORT FROM SUPERSTAR" is the only group used for Inserting Superstar Effects from existing Superstar .sup sequences. The other groups within that Preview are just there to show you how I was able to create the Arches and Fences IMPORT FROM SUPERSTAR group. The other groups are available and should work, but if they are causing conflict with other props in another Preview then you could just use the "Arches and Fences IMPORT FROM SUPERSTAR" group just for Inserting SS Effects, and do all your other sequencing with your other groups you created in S5. Export that group from the Preview you downloaded. and import it to another Preview. In my case that's what I do, I have an "IMPORT FROM SUPERSTAR" group for inserting existing SS sequences into S5 or for using it to sequence new SS effects because it uses a grid in SS I am used to. I have setup other groups for the same props and use them both for SS (new effects- different grid in SS) and Motion Effects in S5 Sequencer. In the example below, that's what it shows; The 2 highlighted props are setup to match the "real" files I have in Superstar. These 2 props are used for Inserting existing SS effects into a new S5 Sequence. Since S5 allows for us to use SS or Motion Effects in a Sequence I want to be able to use the .sup files I had created over the years with S4. In the case of the Blade Spinner I also setup 3 additional groups for that prop, they are primarily used with Motion Effects in S5. They can be used to Insert Superstar Effects, but they will be a different grid than what I am used to working with, still do-able. There is another video on my workflow for rebuilding a Sequence in S5 here. On a side note, both Matt and Brian had some suggestions about additional info I could have included into the original video. I either forgot to include that info, or didn't know we could do things another way. I am working to update the video to include those suggestions. Alan...
  21. Sign Project

    I work at a Sign Company, here's a short video of what has been keeping me busy for the past couple months. It's local movie theater that is getting a remodel, we built (and are still building new signs). The picture of the blade sign in the shop just got all it's chasers led's and neon wiring finished today. The flashing neon will be extended another 7 feet down the sign after it is installed ( no room to mount it and then haul to the jobsite. It has been a very cool project to work on (although I ready for it to leave the shop) Aside from the reader boards on the Marquee and the neon blowing, we custom built the rest of the sign, wiring and installation. Alan...
  22. Sign Project

    An updated movie with the Marquee and Blade Sign lit at night. Some stats. 900 ft of Neon 496 Led Chaser Lights Approx 500 ft of wiring The Electrician for the remodel told me the original signs required 16 - 20 amp circuits. With advances in more efficient Neon Transformers and LED Chaser lights we were able to reduce that down to 9 - 20 amp circuits. Cheaper for them to run the sign. What the video doesn't show so well is the blue glow of the neon across all the adjacent buildings. Was a very cool project to be involved in. Alan...
  23. Frank, I'll pm you my email address. Could you send me a copy of your visualization file you use in Superstar? and a copy of your .lpeprop you're using in S5? (should be in the Light-O-Rama/ImportExport directory) Depending on how you have your props setup in the Visualizer file, it maybe easier to setup a Preview where you could create just the arches and when you Insert Superstar Effects, you could have a second copy of SS open and copy paste the arches effects from your original .sup (SS file) to the copy of SS opened from S5. Your props work with S5, because if you have them setup properly (Unit id's) they will get the signals they need, the trick is to somehow figure out how to create props in S5 so you can Insert Superstar Effects from an existing SS .sup file so you don't have to recreate all the effects. It may have to be done in steps (one prop at a time) which is at least better that staring over. Alan...
  24. Ahh I see. I had forgotten that Motion Effects were only available in Pro only until I looked at the License Comparison page again. This is for S4, but it must be the same for S5. I have been running Pro so long I forget about License levels. Glad you got it sorted out. Alan...
  25. bfrd22. This is what Matt is pointing out. If you "uncheck" either window it goes away. To bring it back Select it again. Alan...
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