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scodavis last won the day on July 6 2016

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    Clovis, California
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    Computer Support Specialist

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    Video games, computers, astronomy.
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    I learned about Light-O-Rama from Deb and Terry of Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch.
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  1. New Website Idea

    Thanks for your input. Part of my thinking was from my own experience - I am only in my second year, but I want every show year to be unique (except for TSO Carol of the Bells, which I am using every year). Having a resource to go to in order to get ideas would be helpful to me, and I expect to others as well. No sign up required - just go to the website and search. Contributors just fill out a form which submits it to a moderator (likely just me) for approval. No signing up, no login credentials to remember. I want this to be as simple and useful as possible. It is my hope that the many veteran animators on here will contribute their playlists so that I have a good database on launch, if I choose to go through with this.
  2. New Website Idea

    From the original post: "I've had an idea for a new website - a database of music for synchronized displays. It would be completely free and community-driven, with visitors submitting new songs (which must be approved). Data in the DB could be genre, speed in BPM, lead singer gender, festival type (christmas, halloween), and others. No actual music would be hosted; we would link to iTunes or Amazon digital music where people can listen to the song."
  3. New Website Idea

    Mr. P. - it appears you mistakenly thought that I would be hosting the music. All I would have is lists of music, which are completely legal. DibbleJr - neither of your quotes addresses what I want to do. The site would not share sequences. It would not share music. It would only act as a searchable playlist so people can get music ideas. -Scott
  4. New Website Idea

    Hello everyone, In addition to other hobbies, one of my skills involves designing and programming database-driven websites. I've had an idea for a new website - a database of music for synchronized displays. It would be completely free and community-driven, with visitors submitting new songs (which must be approved). Data in the DB could be genre, speed in BPM, lead singer gender, festival type (christmas, halloween), and others. No actual music would be hosted; we would link to iTunes or Amazon digital music where people can listen to the song. The primary purpose would be for people who want ideas for their display, such as "wow, I wish I could find a comedy song to go here" etc. I would like your community input as to: (a) If you think you (or others) would find this helpful. (b) If you would be interested in helping me design and test - I would need some help with critique and ideas, and probably a couple moderators once it was up and running. Of course, if such a site already exists, please let me know that as well, so I don't put time and effort into reinventing the wheel. Please share your thoughts. Thank you! -Scott
  5. Santa Claus Lane 2017 Visualizer Preview

    Hi Chris, @debtoews and Terry Toews had been doing the animated display on their house for several years when their next door neighbor wanted to join in. They then did both houses for a year (I believe), and after that season were trying to decide what to add to their display. Instead of adding more lights to their house, they decided to try to add more houses, and contacted all the remaining houses (there are 16 total) on their street to have a meeting. About half of the remaining homes signed up immediately, and the remaining neighbors signed up within a couple weeks. I think the last ones to join did so because they didn't want to be the only house out of 16 that wasn't lit! The 2015 and 2016 displays were done on these 16 houses. Before the 2016 season, residents on a different street contacted Deb and Terry and wanted to join as well. They became the "ambassadors" of the other street and several meetings were held. Long story short, between Norwich, Maine, and Indianapolis there are a total of 38 houses and 34 homes will be lit (some people didn't want to participate). I'm doing the programming based on 38 houses just in case the non-participants decide later they want in. Lights have been ordered for all homes just in case. Coming from an inside perspective, I will tell you that it isn't without drama - nothing involving this many people is - but the end result is absolutely amazing to see in person. If you live anywhere close to the Clovis/Fresno, CA area, it's worth seeing. You're also welcome to come see the display on my house - this is my second year and I'll be running 195 channels and somewhere around 17,000 lights. Thanks for the comment! -Scott
  6. What did you MAD GRAB?

    Stocked up for a couple years of expansion - got two ELL 2-packs and 16 CTB16PC controllers. -Scott
  7. Davis Family Christmas 2017 Preview

    Thank you for the comment, BYRG! I actually spend a lot of time doing the timing grids for my song. First I use the beat wizard to get a timing grid that is close, and then I break up the song into sections, count the beats for each section, delete the timing grid, and re-create it with the correct number of beats and sub-beats. It takes me about 30 minutes per song but I end up with a very, very accurate timing grid which makes the programming a whole lot easier. Maybe someday I'll do a YouTube video of my process or something. -Scott
  8. Hello everyone, I have decided to post a little visualizer preview of my 2017 Christmas Show. The song is Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 24 by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which will be the one song I always include in my show because I absolutely love it. This year I also moved to a new (to me) home, so I had to completely re-do my light organization. The features include: 7 individual house elements, all using RWBG super strings 11 individual plants, also decorated using RWBG super strings 16 tomato cage mini trees, decorated using RWBG super strings, and a mini tree decorated with 400 pink lights for my daughter (my son will get one too, once he chooses a favorite color) The big tree between the sidewalk and street, decorated with RWBG super strings 16 10-watt RGB floods mounted to the eaves and pointed down at the house walls My display will contain 147 LOR channels and 48 LOR RGB channels with somewhere between 16,000 and 18,000 lights (the total is unknown because I have no idea how many lights I will put in the big tree, but knowing me I will probably just fit them all up there somehow because there is no purpose to having spare lights, is there?!). The entire show is run with LOR hardware. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uvi4e91aJI If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Looking forward to a great 2017 display season! -Scott
  9. Recording With a GoPro

    @MikeERWNC That certainly looks like another option, but all the videos I found were shot during the daytime with plenty of light. What about low-light performance at night with Christmas light shows? Do you have any sample videos shot using one of those cameras?
  10. Recording With a GoPro

    @DisneyMatt10 What model/edition of GoPro did you use? What about the way they turned out did you hate? I'm wondering if you used an older model that didn't have features that were as good as current equipment. I'm also going to look at experimenting with different settings on my DSLR - one of the hardest parts is that I have discovered that the Shimmer effect doesn't look very good when recorded at 30fps, but it looks great when recorded at 60fps. Of course, this also means that I lose a stop of light just from the max shutter speed being 1/60 sec instead of 1/30 sec. I would be very interested to know what settings those with DSLRs used (ISO, shutter speed, focal ratio, video fps, etc.). This year my show is going to be a bit larger and more work to put up, so I plan to start the first weekend of October. That will give me plenty of testing time. -Scott
  11. Recording With a GoPro

    Worth noting to anyone else reading this - I am completely open to other device suggestions as well!
  12. Recording With a GoPro

    Thanks Jim, I appreciate the information. I do like using my DSLR for shooting videos, but I find that I'm always fighting aperture as my lenses have a max aperture of f/3.5 or f/4.5 depending on which one I use. Raising the ISO helps, but noise quickly becomes a factor, so I'm curious about finding a solution that handles low-light noise better or have a faster focal ratio. I'm not sure what the GoPro has as a f-ratio but I figure it's either 2 or 2.8. I haven't been able to find that spec anywhere. -Scott
  13. Recording With a GoPro

    Hello everyone, I have been considering buying a GoPro Hero5 Black for filming my Christmas light show, as I'm not quite happy with the performance of my DSLR in how it records. I know the GoPro camera series' are well-revered for their uses in action photography, but I was curious if any of you on here have experience with the cameras, particularly the one mentioned above, and particularly with recording their Christmas light display. Any thoughts and samples? Thank you! -Scott
  14. Santa Claus Lane 2017 Visualizer Preview

    Excellent question. There are a total of five networks - one for each side of the street. The houses are linked through ELL units. In cases where it must cross to the northern street, we actually will use a combination of ELL units and Controllers to bridge the gaps. For example, to get from the control house (3116) to the north side of the top street on the map, we will have ELL unit on south side, to ELL unit on North side, to dummy controller through backyards, to another dummy controller, to another ELL unit which broadcasts to the other street. -Scott
  15. Santa Claus Lane 2017 Visualizer Preview

    @B.Y.R.G. Let's not think too big - don't you think we should start with *just* a single city block first? :-) @Mega Arch Thank you very much for your kind comments. I love sequencing and I really appreciate it.