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Ed K

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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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/ )
  5. Thanks very much for the info. I'll begin to piece together this small build.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. My use is as a message / Tune To sign. Plus, I'll use it for educating myself about Pi and P10 stuff this year.
  9. Yes, I now use a six port switch. I left that out to simplify.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Can you describe how you set up a Pi, which is running FPP, so that it can receive DMX signals coming from a PC's Ethernet port over Cat 5 to control P10 panels? What I know: Load FPP on a micro SD and run the Pi with FPP; assign a unique IP address to the Pi (just like every other E1.31 controller). One thing I don't know: where physically are you connecting the wires from the first P10 to the Pi (or to the PiHat, or to the PiCap).
  13. As shown on the Falcon Christmas store, there is a 1,600 pixel limit on the PiCap. That seems like a very low limit. Is that why you're using the PiHat, not the PiCap? https://www.pixelcontroller.com/store/index.php?id_product=47&controller=product
  14. I just read a 12/24/2017 post on Falcon Christmas' forum, from the Administrator (Captain Murdoch), that states: "The main thing is you will need a .fseq file to play on the Pi in FPP." The Pi will be running FPP. So, how will sending a DMX signal from my LOR software to the Pi be read correctly to control my P10 boards connected to the Pi? A response to the Administrator's post states: "There [is] another mode of operation called Bridge mode. In Bridge, the Pi will act like a 2 output E1.31 controller." Is this a step I should know about and must take?
  15. LOL on the thumb drives. I'm looking at four that have just sat unused next to my keyboard for years. 8GB - 16GB drives.
  16. Ok, thanks. I just ordered from Amazon a Pi B v3 kit (micro card, PSU, case, HDMI cable), an extra micro SD card (the kit's SD card is pre-loaded with NOOBS), and a clear Pi case (I don't like the opaque case the kit provides). I'll get a thumb drive locally. My home setup has three PCs connected to the same monitor/ keyboard / mouse (including my dedicated show PC that is not connected to my home network). However, I have an extra monitor and keyboard, which I'll use just for the Pi. This will give me a standalone Pi workstation. I'll post my progress here.
  17. I purchased my smart pixels from HolidayCoro.com. I’d post a link here, but I’m not sure that forum rules allow me to do so. I purchased the HolidayCoro 50-count 12mm 12 volt smart pixel strings, without any of the leaders (plugs), because I do my own soldering. I purchased my smart pixel pigtails from HolidayCoro.com (waterproof, 3-wire male plug extensions, and waterproof, 3-wire female plug extensions). I use these 12mm nodes on a numberof props (e.g., mini trees). I purchased the HolidayCoro 50-count C9 12 volt smart pixel strings (Brilliant Bulbs, 12 volt, 8” spacing). I use these on my roof lines and yard lines (e.g., sides of lawn, driveway). They look like the old-fashioned Christmas lights . I purchased the LOR CCRs/controllers. I use them to frame my front windows, and I use them inside my arches. These CCRs and controllers work perfectly, and are very durable.
  18. I can run the Pi with an SD loaded with Falcon Player, along with an attached Pi HAT, to accept DMX signals and control smart pixels attached to the hat. You also mentioned a thumb drive. Why is a thumb drive needed, if I'm using the SD to run the Pi? Am I collecting data somewhere?
  19. Thanks for the offer. I saw your picture of the back of the entire prop, which, for now, is sufficient for me. My P10 prop plan is significantly less ambitious than yours, but that will help spend more time learning how to control a P10 prop. My main unease was how to communicate from LOR S4 to a P10 panel prop. I want to treat a P10 prop just like I treat every one of my other pixel props for purposes of sequencing with LOR S4. You and brichi have really helped me today with that hurdle. Summary: Pi loaded with FPP and with a unique IP address, with a Pi HAT that is connected to the first P10 panel from one of its SPI ports. I walked through Falcon Christmas' Falcon Player website, read their Pi/FPP written documentation, and reviewed posts of issues others have had and resolved (that's always a good source for lessons learned). BTW, here's a decent Rasberry Pi ihtro video. (Geez, when I posted the URL to this video, the image posted here came out UUUGE.)
  20. Darn it, my bad. Yes, first P10, not a pixel string. But thanks for helping me figure the actual DMX connections.
  21. Thanks again. Path of DMX data over E1.31: My dedicated show PC's Ethernet port ------> Cat 5 cable --------> PiHat's RJ45 port (PiHat sits on top of a FPP-loaded Pi) --------> PiHat SPI port -------> pixel string Does this look correct?
  22. LOL, I just noticed another detail in your reply, caniac. I ALSO must get and attach a PiHat - is that correct? Again, I am completely new to Pi, FPP, and P10 sequencing. I will have only eight panels.
  23. Ahh, got it, thanks very much. Short memory on my part - this was info that was in one of the prior 6 pages of this thread, probably from you.
  24. Excellent coaching, caniac, thanks! How I setup the SD card and thumb drive is info I can get from some related threads, including from Falcon's website, from what I understand.
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