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  1. LOL.   I pruned my roses in November, and they've not budged since.

    k6ccc, thanks for your effort in figuring out if SS can be used to sequence the P10 panels through FPP.   This will be the first time I use FPP.   I hope FPP does not just auto-number channels, but allows assigning channels.



  2. 5 minutes ago, brichi said:

    that pic is from S5 which looks just like PE in S4 ,  I think S5 did away with visualizer and you only use preview manager which is the same look as pixel editors layout

    Ok, thanks for the info. 

    Hopefully, LOR releases S5 into production within the next few months,  hopefully SS will work with S5 Preview, and hopefully SS will be able to handle two pixels on each P10 board that cross universes.

  3. 16 minutes ago, brichi said:

    here is what my LOR channel layout looks like https://www.dropbox.com/s/b1t0fcxxjn3u6ya/IMG_0721.JPG?dl=0

    Very clear, thanks.  That's your setup in display for Pixel Editor, which I guess may be the similar display format used in S5.

    I don't use PE nor S5.  I only Visualizer and SS.  (I used PE for one sequence only, but for all others, I used SS). 

    I haven't seen a post yet of how to set up P10s in Visualizer.  Maybe Brian may break in with advise.  I believe k6ccc said that setting up a P10 in Visualizer may not be possible because two of the pixels on the 512-pixel P10 board will each cross two universes (pixels #171 and #342).

  4. 4 minutes ago, brichi said:

    in LOR i had to go into the network config and add 3 dmx universes per panel, then ethernet cable from my PC to a Beagle bone (or Pi in your case)

    Perfect info, thanks.   Will do.

    I saw in a much earlier post from k6ccc that Visualizer does not allow a RGB pixel to span universes.  Now, I finally understand what he was saying (I think).  The 171st pixel on the first P10 board would be channels 511 and 512 on the first universe, and channel 1 on the second universe.  Similar for pixel #342:  universe #2 - channel 512, and universe #3 - channels 1 and 2. 

    Has someone solved this using Visualizer?  I use Visualizer for every prop, because I use SS for nearly every sequence, and it works great.

  5. 3 minutes ago, Ebuechner said:

    And before you connect that board to the GPIO header find one of those little rubber stick-on feet that you get at the hardware store and stick it to the top of the HDMI connector on the pie opposite of the GPIO header. 

    Great tip!  I can see how the two devices might touch each other accidentally.

  6. 6 minutes ago, Ebuechner said:

    You need E1.31 protocol to communicate with the pi and P10 panels.

    Excellent, I only want to use E1.31 protocol.    I do not want to use the LOR network for the P10 panels.  

    In general, to drive P10s off of the Pi, I just need to treat the Pi as another E1.31 controller, correct?

    I have  a couple of Ron's Holiday Lights matrix adapter boards (one is the kit, one is pre-assembled).  I will attach one of these boards to the Pi's GPIO header.

    And, yes, I will assign the Pi a unique IP address, using FPP.  

  7. When S5 is in production, I'll get it.  I use S4 only, and I use SS almost exclusively.  I do download and use any patches to SuperStar that Brian might make available.

    Back to hardware:   I've seen one option to communicate with the P10s over LOR's network is through LOR's iDMX 1000.  I could try that, but I'd rather use my Ethernet network, which I use for most of my pixels (and E1.31 controllers).

    The one way I've seen on this thread to communicate with the P10s over an Ethernet network is with a Pi.  So, I purchased a Pi 3, Model B, to test for myself.  I'll load it with Falcon Player, but it will be a few weeks before I can get to setting it up between my PC and the panels (I ordered some P10s from Crockett, but it will be awhile before I get them).  The part I'm still dense about is the exact hardware required between my PC an the first P10.    

  8. 19 hours ago, brichi said:

    I have the OLS once in one of my pixie controller boxes for when i had to power inject a ton of [Foul Language Used], they work great. I don't know why i didn't think of those on the screen i just but, ill use on my next one, a lot easier then all the tiny screw from the distro8's i bought


    and maybe this to run all the grounds to - https://www.amazon.com/Terminal-Ground-Distribution-Block-Kit/dp/B00X326A1K/ref=pd_sim_263_6?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00X326A1K&pd_rd_r=TPEJG5C9SQ251DRC6H70&pd_rd_w=dcs2T&pd_rd_wg=4DtDJ&psc=1&refRID=TPEJG5C9SQ251DRC6H70

    Yep, that's what I used. 

    block a.jpg

  9. 4 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

    Visualizer does not allow a RGB pixel to span universes.

    Thanks for the feedback. 

    I might be missing what you're saying.  You note that Visualizer does not allow a "RGB pixel" (i.e., you don't mean a prop?) to span universes.  I'm not clear what this means (2 channels in one universe, and a pixel's third channel in another?).

    Just to confirm what is probably obvious to you:   I defined each of my four mini trees in Visualizer (200 pixels each mini tree).  So, each mini tree requires two universes.  I identified the two universes for each mini tree in Visualizer. 

    Ditto for a couple of 200 pixel matrices.

  10. 11 hours ago, k6ccc said:

    Here is a quick test of 8 of my P10 panels being driven by two Raspberry Pi 3s controlled by LOR S5.

    Very nice job, congratulations.  You're leadin' the way for many of us. 

    I don't use the beta S5, and I use only SuperStar for sequence building (including Brian's pre-releases when they fix an issue).  But, I'm looking ahead to when LOR puts S5 into production, which I'll then download.  

    Did you define the P10 prop in an S5 Preview Design window?  Does the S5 preview design include a P10 panel type of pre-defined prop, or did you define this P10 prop as one matrix?  I'm assuming you did not sequence this test in SS, correct?


    BTW, I didn't think there was any such thing as a crappy iPhone. Incredible, ground-breaking product.

  11. On 1/18/2018 at 9:49 AM, plasmadrive said:

    This would be a one time only event.  I am testing the waters to see if there is enough interest to go thru the procedure to set it all up.  If you are around this area and attendance is likely, please find my group on FaceBook and request to be in.  "Christmas and Halloween swap meet (maybe)"            Please answer the poll and read what I wrote about it.. Thanks.  Craig


    So sorry you're going dark.  Even with your semi-rural setting, the traffic apparently got to be too much for you and your volunteers.

    I went to your FB page, and "Joined Group", with Pending now shown.  I did not see your FB poll, nor much else on your FB page.  Hope to be able to join.  I live in Granite Bay.  LOR SuperStar advocate, with only 4,000 smart pixels.  But , hey, my first year was successful in my mind.   Revel Lights is my YouTube channel.  This year's planned additions:  DMX moving heads (off DMX ports), and P10 panels (off a new Pi and HAT).

    Your FB cover photo looks like you have some DMX moving heads.  Those I could REALLY use.  Maybe you'll have your massive, home-made globe on display - that is a piece of art.  



  12. 1 hour ago, caniac said:

    My matrix uses Ron's PiHat and my P10 Marquee uses the PiHat from Crockett.

    Very nice. 

    Last week, I ordered one PiHat from Crockett, and one from Hanson Electronics (Australia).  In the scheme of this hobby, these are not wallet busters at all, and they provide an alternative/backup.

    Step by step.

  13. 3 hours ago, k6ccc said:

    BTW, in the useful information department for people planning P10 panels, I measured the current draw in full white.  Came out to about 2.1 amps per panel.

    That's good information to know.   For my puny P10 prop just 6 panels, I can power them from excess capacity of a nearby 12V 30amp PSU.  I promise, the message prop will never by all white and 100%.

    BTW, k6ccc, I agree 120% on your comment in another thread about S5 going backwards for us who ONLY use SuperStar (ok, maybe one PE sequence).    

  14. 3 hours ago, k6ccc said:

    Yesterday my two PiHats actually made it to me (only took two days to get from the mail room to me - 100 yards away).  So did the second Raspberry Pi 3.  So last night (to keep the story short), I configured the second Pi and hooked up two panels and after some parameter changes, I got the panels to light both from the test lights utility in FPP and from LOR!  WooHoo!!!

    Tonight I will hook up more of the panels and do some more testing.

    BTW, in the useful information department for people planning P10 panels, I measured the current draw in full white.  Came out to about 2.1 amps per panel.


    Congratulations!!   Exciting news in "Pi and P10s" department.   Loading FP and booting the Pi into FP is is not enough excitement -- you had to go ahead and get the P10s connected and flashing.  

    Any detailed pix of the Pi, Hat, and ribbon-connected-to-Hat assembly that you can share?

  15. 3 hours ago, Eaglesclaw said:

    I myself am not familiar with iDMX1000 but the ones I've seen online are fairly expensive. I hook up the cat5 cable to my DMX connector on my E1.31 board and then soldered the other end to the xlr plug. Connected that to the first light then Daisy chained from there.


    White/Orange –> DMX+

    Orange –>  DMX-

    Blue -->  GND

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