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  1. Alan, These are great solutions. Appreciate the time you spent to help me out. I will add the Flames to a new song. I have also struggled with controlling the Text using the Motion Effects, so I will try this out. Seems easy enough with much more control! Hope your Christmas Season is going great!
  2. What is the best way to have 2 different definitions for a Prop. I want to use my Arches in 2 group definitions. It would be unique per song, not switched within a song. 1st configuration would be Normal Vertical Stacked Arches. Works great as I expect. 2nd configuration would rotate them 90 degrees. Primary reason is I want the effects to go UP the arches, not across multiple arches. (i.e. Fire effect goes from 1st arch to 16th arch. Cool, but I want to have Fire be from the Right side of all Arches to the Middle/Top of the arches. ) In the normal configuration, I could not find a way to get the fire to go from side to top. Once I change the configuration, will it affect all of my prior sequences. That is what is preventing me from trying. Questions: 1. Can I change the configuration sequence to sequence. So I can rotate the orientation for 1 song and it doesn't affect the others. 2. Do I need to create a second Preview? Keeping the same configuration for all the props except the Arches? Just select between the 2 previews? THought I would ask the community, as you guys have pretty great answers/experience. THanks!
  3. Thanks @PhilMassey. I hope that is it. Makes more logical sense. I guess I will know by Wednesday.
  4. @TheDucks I went silent for a week because the display started working after I had reduced the cabel length. HOWEVER, I think it was more attributed to the recent lack of humidity and no moisture/rain. The failures had occured the night of, and day after, a rain fall. It has only failed occasionally, but running 90-95% accurate. It is targeted at 100% chance of rainfall tomorrow... so we will see if the failures increase. If so, I think it may be the LED Strings. With possible moisture getting in via the wires into the LED Square housing. If so, I may unplug 1 Arch at a time to see if I can isolate a strand that has break in moisture seal? Will let you know just to close this thread/report.
  5. Great reminder... I will make sure to isolate from power. Currently they are not together but close at points.
  6. Late last night update... I was able to plug in our laptop with integrated Ethernet. Had even less success with the Data signal staying active. I am suspecting my issues are caused by the cable/length/connectors. Tonight's plan of attack: Move laptop to within < 30' of box. Using direct cable from laptop to box. Verify that it works with a shorter cable. Insert Switch between 2 30' cables... allowing the laptop to be back in the garage I think this may be it... I sure hope so. With changes above I was able to get it to work 70% of the time. It sure is great when it works!
  7. Today's debug steps... little improvement, but continue to have PIXCON16 fail. NEW INFO: Status LEDs of the box when it fails. The Status LEDs are both solid, indicating Good Operation. Before the failure, the Ethernet Jack Data LED stops. Then the Status LED flashes to indicate the system is powered, but LOST Showtime Live signal... timeout if show data fails to keep coming. This is repeated every time. I replaced the USB-Type-C to Gb Ethernet adapter. Purchased a USB3 to Gb Ethernet adapter. Show would keep sync longer, but still fails. Better, but not solved. I optimized the length of the CAT-5 cable to the PIXCON16. It was 100'. I was able to shorten the cable to about 65-70'. Even crimped a new connector correctly :). The show continued to have the same failures as before. Tomorrow: I will replace the laptop with a model that has Integrated Ethernet port, removing the USB - Ethernet Adapter. The laptop also has a regular AMD Quad Core versus the light tablet Intel Celeron. I will update/reload the firmware of the PIXCON16 Hopefully that will eliminate all the possible issues on my end. If still failing, I will call Light-o-Rama to see if they have any suggestions. Let me know if anyone has other areas I may be overlooking...
  8. I added a PIXCON16 to my show this year. It has the 16 x 100 12V LEDs in Arch configuration. When they work the crowd is mesmerized. However, I notice that the controller seems to Freeze then reset. It does not display all of the programming that I put in the sequences. I would like your ideas on possible solutions and/or troubleshooting. The PIXCON16 is connected using Ethernet/DMX. I have a USB3-Ethernet Adapter connecting the PIXCON16 to the show laptop. The remainder of my devices are using USB-RS485 Enhanced Network. They have NO issues. I believe it is caused by the laptop I use to run the show. It is a VERY low cost ASUS. It worked great last year. Only having issues with the PIXCON16 this year. (Intel Celeron N4000 CPU at 1.1GHz; 4GB RAM) Here is what I have done so far: 1. Isolated to its own power supply/breaker. Removed from the other devices (16 Channel CTB16PC; 2 CCRs; Pixie16; 8 Flood lights) This didn't make any difference. 2. Removed the Ethernet switch between PIXCON16 and Laptop. This made some improvement. However, still only get 60% of the sequencing. 3. Reduced the intensity of the sequences on PIXCON LEDs. Thinking it may be power releated. This made no difference. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. It was very disheartening to watch after all my work sequencing and installing the 16 arches. Thanks!
  9. Great. So if you "Save as" for backup, S5 still imports what it needs. I was afraid that was my problem, so I stopped renaming files. Thanks for your help. Show kicks off Saturday and just tweaking the kick-off sequence!
  10. So... I erased the existing data when I single clicked? Makes sense. I will try it with the next effect I create. Thanks! What is the best settings for the selection matrix! "Select Effect", "Create", "On", Superstar"... it seems when I click there is no simple "Select Only"... DON'T DO ANY OF THE CRITERIAS ON RIGHT! Thanks again!
  11. I created a few Superstar effects in a song. Saved them to the S5 sequence. (Default Name) I can't reopen the existing Superstar data when I reopen the S5 sequence. It shows correctly in S5. However I want to make changes, but Superstar opens with a blank slate?? I tried to directly open the Superstar files and they are blank? Is it a problem with saving the Superstar files??? Thanks for any help.
  12. I have the Pixie16. Using S5.1.4 I can check the version of the controller, but I used it last Christmas. Just forgot about the Enhanced mode and RS-485 port speed on new laptop. I wasn't able to control 50+ pixels without enhanced, and pixels looked awful without higher rate.
  13. This was very clearly written and solved my problem immediately. Forgot about steps 33 and 34 setting Enhanced network on new 2018 laptop. Now back to holiday fun! Thank You so much!
  14. Doing more research I think I found an answer for someone trying to use 100 pixel strings. They were not supported in Visualizer/Superstar, which is what I want. They suggest to use the DMX Pixel String creator. Use that Visualizer in Super Star. Create the animation. Import into Sequence editor. COPY the DMX animation into a different device for a 100 pixel strip. I will try this tonight. I was able to verify the strip worked by using Hardware Utility and setting Pixels to 100 and resolution to 50. They all turned on. Just need to create the animations and visualizer. Here is the answer from the post I found: update for all who are following: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ After contacting LOR it is as I thought, strings above 50 are not supported in S4 visualizer and the old FAKE OUT method will have to be used. If your unfamiliar with this method, here's a quick run down,,, from LOR: As you say, the visualizer does not support Cosmic Color Devices of 100 strings. The workaround is to do the following: 1) In the visualizer create 100 pixel DMX strings 2) Import the visualization into superstar and create your sequence 3) export the sequence to sequence editor 4) launch the sequence editor 5) add a pixie device and set it to have 100 pixels 6) use copy/paste to copy from the exported superstar sequence into the pixie device. when you paste the sequence into the pixie device rows it will take on the pixie addressing
  15. I did not need all 50 for 4 windows. I spliced them onto the end of 1 string, to a length of 64, to cover the additional perimeter of my car garage. How can I control the 64 pixels? I can only seem to control 50. Hardware Controller allows me to control the 50. Looking at documents/web, it may be PIXIE16 can only control 50 pixels per port? Could I Divide 64 by a different resolution? Say 17 x 4 = 64??? Guess I didn't figure it would limit to 50. ANY TRICKS? I hate to just use 50 and have 2' gaps at both ends Greatly appreciate any guidance!
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