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  1. On 3/28/2020 at 3:17 PM, Sharpsburg Lights said:

    What I need to know:

    1. How do I connect the dmx into the lor.  I have read about doing them on separate connections, or creating a crossover cable. I currently use a mini director to run the show but I can dedicate a laptop if I need to do that. 

    2.  Will the rgb strips last in the weather?

    3. How do you mount them around a window?   Do you just curve them or do you put a 90 degree connector?  Should I create a prop to hold the strip and attach it to the window?

    4  How do I power inject if I run a long run?

    5  Can I use cat 5 cable to wire up my dmx to all of the rgb strips?  Is there a power loss if you use cat 5 to run power to the rgb? (I like the idea of a faster set up with a plug and play technique)

    6. What is the best way to set up the rgb in the sequencer?   I have pro level license.

    7.  Do you have any suggestions to make my light show better?  

    8. Do you have a cheaper alternative to the strips or who do you buy your dumb rgb lights from?

    Thank you ahead of time.   I am grateful if you only want to answer one question or redirect me to a post with the answer.  

    I did my first dumb rgb lights this past Christmas, so I'll try and share what I learned to your questions.


    1. I added a second USB485. So my LOR AC boxes where on one USB485 and the dumb RGB on another.

    2. I live in Michigan and it got pretty cold this year and I had no issues with my strips. I even did tight bends as I was spelling out Merry Christmas in cursive. Maybe I got lucky, who knows, but what I did was put the strips through clear plastic tubing I ordered from Home Depot so that they wouldn't "kink" when I created the signs.

    3. I did not mount them around any windows this past year, but easily could have using my plastic tubing method.

    4. I did not do any power injection, so I am unable to assist here. My longest channel was a full 5m strip.

    5. I used 4-wire security wire, again bought a box of it from Home Depot. There is a write-up on it somewhere here on the forum in the General Decorating area.

    6. I use S4 pro level, I just added the rgb channels onto the end of one of my sequences, exported the layout and imported it into my other sequences as I added them.

    7. This year I am going to smart rgb on the house. You can still light things up solid like you can with the dumb rgb, but it also gives you a lot of great alternative effects. The strips are almost the same price, but the controllers are a bit more expensive.

    8. I bought all my strips off Amazon for this past year. I was dumb (pun intended) and bought one strip for each channel and cut them down to size. I did not have the soldering equipment I felt I needed, so if I do have to replace any elements next year I have plenty of extra strips, just have to buy a soldering iron which I am realizing I really need.

    Good luck! It was fun sequencing the many different colors once I got the hang of it.

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  2. 13 hours ago, Dave Pursel said:

    This was just on the tonights 6:00 news.

    If I want a divorce I can do it!

    Actually the more I think about this the more cons I come up with.

    As the sun starts shining longer, its ultraaviolet rays would play havoc on everything.

    If we were lucky enough, the coronavirus would be history by the time I could get 1/2 dozen or so non-xmas songs sequenced up.

    Let alone another month to setup everything.

    Can't figure out how I would deal with the grass mowing.

    So I guess what I'm saying is, I love the idea, but it won't be happening at Lake Victoria Lights.

    Hahaha, but at least I finally found the closest person to me so far. 40 miles to Laingsburg, I'll have to come see your lights this holiday season.

  3. 11 hours ago, ShayneT said:

    Thanks and stay well - I am counting the days before we can visit the mouse.

    Luckily (or not so much) I gave the mouse all my money the last full week of February so we are good for a bit. I see you are in Bradenton. I lived half my life there as my grandparents moved there when I was 7 and my parents were school teachers so we were in Bradenton for Christmas break, spring break and all of summer. After college I lived in Sarasota for a few years before getting pulled back into the black hole that is Michigan. My grandparents lived just blocks from the high school.

  4. They seem to take all the videos and put their opening/closing on them prior to putting them up. When you think about the thousands of videos they receive it takes quite awhile. I found it annoying that they did that as it took away my opening/closing sequencing, but c'est la vie, I did sign away my rights to it when I joined the contest. 🤣

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  5. Wow, thanks for finding that. I swear I watched a video from them, but didn't see the star. Old eyes I guess. Though not sure I'm impressed that much with it.

    I think I like the "spinning" stars that are wireframe with 3/4 stars grouped together. I knew I should have bookmarked that site, lol...

  6. 12 minutes ago, caniac said:

    search Bellevue Christmas Lights on youtube, the guy that created that has a couple on pixel trees.  he also did a "stacked" pixel tree, awesome work.

    Thanks, tried searching youtube, vimeo and google. Even tried staring at google images hoping I'd spot it, but no such luck. I guess I'll go with a different product. Pretty amazing I can't find a video of that, but don't feel like dropping $160 on something I hope will look good. I know I saw some "3-d" star toppers I could spin as well as change fancy colors. somewhere, probably go with those.

  7. 14 minutes ago, caniac said:

    Tinkered with this last year, spend the money on a good projector.  My first test of my evil angel was ok but when I upgraded the projector it even scared me!

    Do you have a vimeo or youtube channel where I can see your evil angel in action? I haven't hooked up the projector yet, so everything I'm doing is watching what it looks like on the PC and me grinning wildly imagining what it'll look like in October.

  8. 20 minutes ago, tlogan said:

    Video editing is really fast and easy now. Have you tried using Cyberlink or similar to remove the background and make it transparent?

    THIEF! 🤣

    I use VideoPad video editor. It removes backgrounds and green screens in such almost faster than I can click the apply button on my new laptop. The only thing I've noticed about is that for some reason it gets really slow if I bring in a .mov from an iPhone, but convert that to mp4 and it zooms through it. I have an Android phone so no issues there. It's just my son-in-law and his stupid iPhone that gives me issues.

  9. 1 minute ago, DLH lites said:

    Here ya go ,Ladies and Gents---------Ridding the Line -Michael Martin Murphy-----Vimeo.com/382510454, enjoy . It got upstaged by a uninvited fat raccoon.


    Very nice, and don't worry about the raccoon. If you are watching my vids I know at least one Norman the cat decided to make his presence known to the world.

    That car at the 3:00 minute mark looked like it was breaking the legal speed limit. 🤣

  10. Well, it depends on your preferences really, and I'm going to drop out of the conversation because I am doing the same thing for my first time this year, so I am no expert. I plan on running strips, now many people on here will tell you strips break easy and you have to replace the whole strip, but to me they are also easier to setup (or seem to be), and if you don't move them around a lot, not a big deal. Since I plan to leave mine up on the house outline, it is less likely to have issues and at $10-$15 for 5m it is less cost. In other places, like animated characters and such, I'll use bullet pixels or square.

    The downside to strips (besides what I mentioned) is that they are spaced already which means if you don't like the spacing you can't change it. But if you ask others will have their opinions and give reasons why they did it different. They will also be better able to assist you with how many controllers you need, where to put them, lights per controller, etc...

  11. I guess I don't understand what you are looking for. You have all the measurements. Do you want to go Smart Pixels, Dumb RGB or regular LED Lights? The Smart Pixels and/or Dumb RGB will allow you to get precise with your measurements, but will be more expensive (well, the lights not the controllers). Also, are you doing other items out in the yard? I always like my house to have that personal touch, my wife calls it the gingerbread house, so when you look at it and think of Christmas, what do you see?

  12. Well, of course. They day after the contest closes Vimeo fixes the upload ratio on my account and I can add the final videos. So, you can just use the Page 1/Page 2 links at the top of my thread to see all the videos. The individual song links will not be working any longer so I can clear some space on my OneDrive account.

    Of course, now there is a Page 3.

  13. Well, Vimeo screwed up my account and the quota has not unlocked like it was supposed to on Sunday and their customer service keeps telling me they are pushing my issue up the ladder so I guess I'm posting my videos in blocks. Some will be on the Vimeo page and a lot listed on my OneDrive individually. If you see this thread and the OneDrive links aren't working it is because Vimeo finally got their #@$% together and fixed my account and they will all be on my Vimeo page. Songs without links are on the first link on our showcase page. Songs with links are the one's I had to post to OneDrive so I could put them in the order they played nightly which runs from Black Friday through New Years Day, Sun-Thurs 6-9pm and Fri-Sat 6-11pm.

    My big thing to figure out before the 2020 show is how to turn off the stupid auto-focus on my phone camera (grrrrr).

    Ewles Family Christmas Pageant of Lights 2019 - Page 1

    Ewles Family Christmas Pageant of Lights 2019 - Page 2

    Main Street Electrical Parade (our opening song that only plays once to start the show)
    Small World Holiday
    The Polar Express
    The Twelve Pains of Christmas
    Jingle Bell Rock
    Silent Night
    Linus and Lucy
    Amazing Grace
    Baby It's Cold Outside
    O' Christmas Tree
    All I Want for Christmas is You
    Little Drummer Boy - Peace on Earth
    Run Run Rudolph
    Blue Christmas
    Mad Russian's Christmas
    Wizards in Winter
    Christmas Canon
    Christmas Eve Sarajevo
    Go Tell it on the Mountain
    Let It Go
    Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
    Merry Christmas Baby
    Hark the Herald Angels Sing
    Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
    You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch
    Santa Baby
    I Want a Hippototamus for Christmas
    Santa Claus is Comin' To Town
    The Miser Brothers
    Mele Kalikimaka
    Sled Zeppelin

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  14. 20 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

    If you have SS the scaling is easy. Takes a few seconds. 

    The tech has advanced and the conversion from LED to RGB in SE has gotten lag free for the faces so I have started converting and adding RGB to the faces I create. I am in the process of drilling and stamping holes in my 10mm coro to retire my face lineup as well. Will be happy to get just 4 pumpkins done for Halloween and 12 of my faces for Christmas. I am building them with colored coro so they will look good in the daytime as well.

    Remember this - purchase 11mm drill bits for the 12mm nodes. 7/16' is to large and they will slip through. I purchased multiple bits to test. After testing the 11mm is the absolute best fit. They will not fall out. I now have 20, 11mm bits. Forstner bits work great. They tend to try to travel a little so put pressure on them. A regular drill bit works fine. They are about $3-6 each depending.

    Shortly I will be 100% pixels and can minimize my inventory of AC controllers. 


    How far apart are you drilling the holes? I was thinking about doing them like I did my bells on the coro this year where I just laid the lights end to end, but might drill holes from the back instead.

  15. So, also thinking about doing a Halloween show at my son-in-law's house this year since he gets many many many (did I say many yet?) many more trick-or-treaters than we do and was looking at video projection, but everything I can find looks like you can only run one video camera in S4, so now thinking of doing 5 singing faces within one video. At first I thought maybe I could buy some of the pre-created styrofoam tombstones and put a white oval protruding out of it and video onto the oval, then place the tombstones so the faces project onto them, but the problem is that the video doesn't seem to have a transparency and will project black across the background and the tombstones. So now I'm thinking of cutting a shape out of white pvc board like a tombstone and then projecting that tombstone image (5 tombstone images) onto the tombstones and I decided to give my first video a try with just a cheap tombstone.

    The first video was ok when I transported it, but believe it or not the frames per second was too high and made it look very smooth, and the exposure was too low making it look to real. So, I increased the exposure and lowered the FPS down to 7, and now feel pretty confident in how I might go about doing this (see video below). Has anyone else done anything like this? If so, how did you give it that creepy feel?


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