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  1. Just an aside. LAME now comes with Audacity. The MP3 Copywrite ran out and the folks at Audacity are now allowed to include it in the build.
  2. A special shape is probably the best way to handle this but what may an easier programing solution is to reposition the lights in the grid to 24 rows of 16 lights. That will leave 4 lights at the end of each string unused. They can just hang free or you can remove them. The sequencer will ignor them and not light them up. In the prop definition for the grid, change the "exact # of RGB Nodes per String to 96. The last 4 lights on the string will be ignored. The grid should now be semetric. The problem with this solution is that you have to reset the light in the grid which can be a tedious task but you may be happier programing them this year and next. Dealing with an uneven grid can be a bit of a challenge. By making the grid even, the folds will be semetric. It is usually best to use what lights you need rather than set up an usual grid just to use the light you have. I've had to redo an entire matrix before (larger than this one) because of an assembly mistake I did. It took several hours but overall it made things MUCH easier. Something to consider.
  3. The resoulution talked about earlier is found in the Hardware Utility (HU) by first pressing the CONFIG button and then choosing Cosmic Color/Pixe Config. Since you are not familiar with its location, I think i unlikely that you have made changes to the default plus, the preview doesn't know what HU info you have put in so since you are seeing it in preview I think it unlikely that is the problem. If may be helpful if you can take a screen shot of your prop definition so we can take a look at it.
  4. S5 Creates an archive prop with the original. A copy of the preview is stored with the sequence so it will remember old props. Archive props are stored in case you later find the update or change is not working. It allowes you to go back the the archive - think of it like a backup. Once you are sure you will not need the archive prop, you can simply delete. There is also a tool under "Squence" called, "Manger Archived Props" that may make is easier to work with the archves. If it is only one then it isn't a big deal but, for example, you complete redo your preview for next year, when you change to the new preview, all the old props will be archieved. Once you are sure you won't need them, you can simply delete them but it it turns out some of the archieved props may be useful, you can bring them back to life..
  5. No worries. The suggestions that have been given above are all good and address the problem you may be having with "bandwidth". Pixels take a significant amount of data throughput and your computer with Windows Vista may in fact be having a hard time running your show. I do a significant amount of my development with a tiny OLD mini laptop that works find for development but struggles running a show with many pixels. I don't like running a show from a computer due to a number of personal preferences. One problem is just what was pointer out above. If you don't remember to shut off the screensaver, if an update tries to install itself, you have to figure out how to get network wires from where ever you keep your computer to your show controllers, etc. Rather than do all that, I just use an LOR show director. Small box, dedicated to running a show. That is all it does. They are easy to set up and handle all the networks like a champ. In my earlier post, I suggested the newest one simply because it will pretty much be future proof. It is a bit pricey, but quite a bit cheaper than a computer. I have had outstanding luck using show directors. If your existing computer is working OK to do show development, then this is just another option you may consider that is a reasonable price point compared to buying a new computer.
  6. Just for clarification, you tried a show director (seperate piece of hardware - not connected to your computer) and it still runs slow?
  7. One suggestion that is conspicuously missing from this thread is to consider running a LOR show director rather than a computer to run your show. They are significantly less expensive than a new computer and tough as nails. I've been using a show director since version 4 and been very pleased. I would consider the new N4-G4-MP3 to cover you for future expansion.
  8. I have a Pixie 8 that I purchased recently with the current firmware. The HU has a similar problem testing the Pixie 8. In my case, if I test a simple chase from the first screen in the HU it works correctly however, when I use the PIXEL control screen, strange things happen. I get an offset of 7 pixels after the 50th. As suggested above, I created a simple sequence to test the PIXIE and everything tests correctly. I have been meaning to put in a help ticket with LOR to see if this is a known problem in the current version of HU.
  9. One thing that Mr. P may have missed in your second post is that you are thinking of an MP3 Director. When using an MP3 Director you do not need an RS485 to drive the lights because the MP3 Director does that job. You will still want an RS485 so you can connect to each controller through the hardware utility and do any setup that is required however the RED (highspeed) RS485 is not required for that. LOR highly recommends when using a significant number of PIXELS (which seem to multiply over time) that you set up your network using the LOR enhansed network. The PRO controller with G3 MP3 Director will handle that nicely and a second network can be added if needed.
  10. I played with it some more and as long as I carry over ALL of the AVI files that were made during the last edit session, it appears to work properly. Thanks for the help.
  11. To prevent this are you suggesting that when I move the loredit file to the other computer, I also move ..... the most recent avi file along with it? I keep both directory structures the same so that the paths should stay the same.
  12. I work sequences on two different computers. When moving a sequence to a differenc computer SS sequencies do not play in the preview. All of the data moves however when run, the SS sequenses do not show. All I have to do to fix it is to select the SS sequence, make SS think I have made a change and allow it to rewrite to the sequenser. After the SS sequense will show in the preview correctly. I've tried it passing the sequense between both computers and the same thin happens. Any clue what I must be doing wrong? Everything else works perfectly.
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