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  1. DMX to LOR RGBW Moving heads

    Eaglesclaw, I'm changing subjects a bit from moving heads on Ethernet network (and E1.31 controllers) to moving heads on LOR's proprietary network. I apologize in advance if folks already knew this from earlier posts. LOR's iDMX 1000 ( http://www1.lightorama.com/PDF/iDMX-1000_Man_Web.pdf ) can be used on LOR's proprietary network to run DMX moving heads. I may be repeating a video already posted, but the link below is to a video showing a moving head controlled from LOR's Test Console. I use the Test Console quite a bit for my LOR CCRs, and it works great for testing. So, there is light at the end of the tunnel if anyone wants to run DMX moving heads on their LOR network. Again, I'd rather run the moving heads on my Ethernet network on which I connect all my E1.31 controllers. But, this is an alternative. Here's the link to the LOR moving head demo:
  2. DMX to LOR RGBW Moving heads

    Excellent, thanks for providing the links to the equipment.
  3. DMX to LOR RGBW Moving heads

    You're way ahead of me, thanks for your efforts. To use SS for controlling the heads, I'm just guessing that you'll have to put some specific data in the prop's definition in Visualizer to allow SS to control the heads. Can you tell us the exact rotating heads you're using for testing the concept? Also, are you using XLR cables, which I believe is required to get signals to the heads. When I receive the heads and XLR cables (to be ordered), I'll also give this a try and report back. My preference is to keep all my sequencing inside SuperStar, including the heads. More seamless, though it might be tricky to lay effects on the rotating heads.
  4. DMX to LOR RGBW Moving heads

    Yes, makes perfect sense, thanks for the help. Another similar SE video also explains very clearly how setting different intensity values, on a specific channel, impacts the activity (e.g., tilt, rotate) and color of a moving head. Also, the group hosting the Australian meetings in August 2017 posted one video on programming the heads, with some excellent info on how it works. They use XLights, which has a mode just for the heads, but the presenter went through each channel, and the value ranges in each that cause some action. The values on each channel range from 0 - 255. SuperStar allows a user to set colors, with RGB values that range from 0 - 255. So, I'm hoping there is a slight possibility that SS might allow setting values by channel, with some twisting. I can ask Brian for his thoughts on controlling the moving heads with SuperStar. I read LOR documentation provided about the beta S5, and I don't see any S5 moving head effects similar to XLights. I first need to identify DMX moving heads that are decent for Christmas lights. I like the single beam heads v. the 7 - 10 LED heads. I'm open to suggestions for manufacture/model. I just want to pilot test this concept first using only SuperStar, and maybe PE.
  5. DMX to LOR RGBW Moving heads

    Before I posted that question, I looked at about a dozen posts/videos about sequencing DMX moving heads (LOR forums, DIYChristmas forums, Aussie group videos from 2017). Viewing these convinced me that I can attach the heads to a DMX port on one of my E1.31 controllers (and inject power). What I have not found is sequencing the heads with SS. I don't yet know the moving heads mfgr/brand used in this video, but when I finish a sequence in SuperStar that controls the moving heads, I'll post what I learned.
  6. DMX to LOR RGBW Moving heads

    That is a really an impressive demonstration of sequencing the moving heads. And they do move so fast (compared to info on other threads and the Aussie's DMX moving head videos that caution not to expect the heads to move very fast). Thanks for posting your demo. I only use LOR, but I use both LOR's enhanced network for only my LOR controllers (e.g., CCRs), and use my Ethernet network for all my E1.31 controllers. I have a number of AlphaPix controllers, run directly from my PC's Ethernet port (so, all over Cat 5). I use the AlphaPix DMX ports to run some props (e.g., floods). But, I only use Pixel Editor and SuperStar to build all my sequences. I only use Sequence Editor to quickly create sequences to test pixels of all kinds (it's so easy now to add RGB devices to SE). This all requires ensuring LOR's Network Preferences are correctly set. That all said, have you written a sequence in PE or SS to control your DMX moving heads? Can you provide a link, or provide a name, for your DMX moving heads?
  7. Thanks for the feedback. I just added CFOL's pre-sale "Matrix PiHat" to my pre-sale order. I'll use the matrix more as a backup and for future expansion of P10 sign/prop. I don't need these P10 items immediately, so I'm willing to wait for CFOL to fill the entire order.
  8. Which PiHat did you order? I ordered one from Hanson Electronics (http://www.hansonelectronics.com.au/product/rpi-p10/ ), and one kit from Ron's Holiday Lights (https://ronsholidaylights.com/raspberry-pi-matrix-adapter/ )
  9. Thanks very much for the info. I'll begin to piece together this small build.
  10. caniac, did you also buy your P10s here: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Outdoor-P10-rgb-SMD-3in1-full-color-LED-module-Scan-Mode-1-4-screen-unit-board/701799_32601471511.html?spm=2114.12010608.0.0.1c620e56b49xpU ? I wasn't sure from reading one of your original replies to brichi. Or from Crockett? Or . . . . ? Also, where did you purchase your ribbons, brackets, and power connections? I did not find the fully assembled board on Renard-Shop site, so I purchased the kit.
  11. From the photo provided by caniac, the board used to control the P10 boards from a Pi is sold for $13 at http://renard-shop.com/home/48-raspberry-pi-matrix-adapter.html I just ordered it. The Renard-Shop website is not the clearest site about what each of their products is, nor about what comes with each product (i.e., any standoffs, nuts, bolts?). But, the board appears to work for caniac's P10s, so I'm trying it.
  12. My use is as a message / Tune To sign. Plus, I'll use it for educating myself about Pi and P10 stuff this year.
  13. Yes, I now use a six port switch. I left that out to simplify.
  14. Ahh, your text and close-ups really helped me. Mucho gracias. My aha moment: the first P10 is connected to the Pi Hat via a ribbon. That's the key part I NEVER knew until just now. So, I'll revise my text-based graphic (I feel like I'm printing with Basic on a TTY with a daisy wheel): PC --------> Ethernet port ------> Cat 5 cable -----> Pi (running FPP, with a unique IP address) ----> Pi Hat (hardware attached on top) ------ribbon cable----> first P10 panel. Then the required ribbon between each additional panel.
  15. DIY Express is a thriving business. They'll get more in stock and up for sale. Broadcasting DMX via LOR is fairly easy after you learn to set up your DMX universes in LOR's Network Preferences. Using LOR files created from your saved sequences, LOR sends DMX info through your PC's Ethernet port on a Cat 5 cable to your E1.31 controllers. You don't want to (or have to) go through LOR's unique network or controllers to control your E1.31 controllers. And, you still simultaneously use LOR's proprietary USB-connected network/protocol to control your LOR controllers and lights.