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Everything posted by Disparky

  1. Banner at bottom of posts

    Same. Looking for a link for the banner signature. Was it a one time thing or photoshop? Nevermind, found it on another site
  2. Introducing Tor

    Welcome, TOR! Please get S5 released for us!
  3. Wrapping it up

    I had a great season with the lights! It was a ton of fun and plan on doing it again. Now, the pain of storing everything... Oh the headache.. don't wanna think about it. Where's my coffee. Happy New Year, folks!
  4. I use 90 degree cat6 where needed. You can buy different styles and lengths, of course. https://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-Gigabit-Molded-N204-010-BL-DN/dp/B005WKIR44/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1514505287&sr=8-3&keywords=cat6+90+degree
  5. I'm looking for something like the G3-MP3 that can talk to my e1.31 devices and can play uncompressed WAV files. I only use Pixel Editor so it will need to play intensity files. I looked at the LOR controllers but I didn't see any that could do this. Thoughts??
  6. Wireless

    I run wireless DMX with the transmitter/receivers you listed with no issues or lag. You can build your own wireless setup with boards sold on Ebay or Amazon for a few bucks if you're interested in doing so. Do a search for wireless DMX boards. They're sold with the antennas. I think I paid $15 each for mine and they work the same as the XLR plug types. The boards will automatically transmit when they are given a DMX signal or receive when they hear a DMX transmission on the selected channel. Here's a link.. https://www.amazon.com/Lixada-Wireless-Controller-Transmitter-Receiver/dp/B00ZQNIGQQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1512788436&sr=8-2&keywords=wireless+dmx+board ~ Chris
  7. Tried opening an S4 pixel editor show in S5. Supposed to look like this.. But looks like this.. Is there something I need to do to get this to open properly? I really like the new feel of S5 so I hope I can get this moved over without having to recreate and adjust the props. Thank you! ~Chris
  8. My Small Holiday Display. Enjoy!!

    My attempt at icicles. Done to "Carnival of the Animals".
  9. This is my first year decorating the house. I built the tree last year and decided to match the house with it this year. Hope you enjoy!
  10. I'm blinding my neighbors here!

    Thanks, Matt! Your help in the past has helped me to do some awesome things with this.
  11. Is there a way to tone down the brightness while I'm working on the program? A master fader would be great. ~ Chris
  12. My Small Holiday Display. Enjoy!!

    I believe that was due to the camera trying to focus.
  13. My Small Holiday Display. Enjoy!!

    Finished the Christmas Tune. Enjoy!
  14. My Small Holiday Display. Enjoy!!

    True. Possibly a piano type thing but in order to take full advantage, need to figure a way to assign each fence board to a midi note and automate the programming process. Having to draw in each .05 square box for each note being played is giving me a headache. I wish this software were more like the Gilderfluke PCMACS or Weigl ConductorPro where things can be programmed in real time all together using a Mackie MCU, keyboard, joystick or any other input device. Pixel Editor reminds me of the old 90's Alcorn McBride Winscript. It get's it done though, albeit rather slowly. That fence though. A blank canvas. Something will be done about it. Thank you! Chris
  15. My Small Holiday Display. Enjoy!!

    Hi Jeff, Channels of DMX = 9,216 using three e1.31 Bridge boards from DIYexpress. Each universe of DMX is sent to a DMX to WS2811 converter board which talks to 150 pixels, so I have 12 of those scattered around. There are three 30A 12V power supplies, one for each e1.31 bridge or six universes of DMX. I get my lights off amazon, 500 of them for $138. I use the LOR software with Pixel Editor to create the data. From the PC I run to the router as a switch and then out a single cat6 to the first box which contains two of the DMX bridges and another network switch. This box feeds all the lights on the house and jumping arches. From the switch in this box a cat6 proceeds out to the tree where there's another box containing a DMX bridge, seven dmx to ws2811 converter boards and yet another network switch for future use. The tree has six groups of three strings set up in a half circle. Most all the lights are held and spaced by 1/2" pvc with holes drilled through so they look like flutes and mounted around the windows and what not. The tree is also all PVC. I use a stepper bit to drill the holes in PVC without cracking. I push the lights through so they peek out the other side and they stay in place. For other areas, I use the strips from Boscoyo. I also made the arches from PVC and arch strips bought from Boscoyo. Enclosures and hardware were from Lowes and I buy all my four conductor shielded wire from a local surplus store here in Orlando called Sky Craft. I think that's about it. A lot of coffee, beer and music in the garage during this project was also a requirement. Chris
  16. My Small Holiday Display. Enjoy!!

    Thank you! I threw my wal-mart light strings and inflatable santa in the trash and I'm going with this. I'm working on a mannheim steamroller christmas tune but it takes so dang long in pixel editor. I have to admit that building this was a lot of fun. Now my neighbor wants me to decorate his boat.
  17. My Halloween Animations

    One of the songs the Skeletons do in the yard. Song: Richard Cheese - Welcome to The Jungle.
  18. My Halloween Animations

    More stuff. I use a LOR servodog for the motors.
  19. I'm blinding my neighbors here!

    I have a two minute musical sequence and every single note of all instruments including percussion are programmed in. Going back and turning them down to 50% takes a couple hours. Unfortunately, I can not see my props on screen when set at 50% so I am stuck creating the sequence at 100% and then painstakingly turn everything down to a reasonable brightness. A master slider would be too easy. I was surprised to find out that there isn't one in software such as this. I haven't checked the E1.31 bridge settings for brightness control yet so I'll do that now. Thanks for the hint! It may be a possible time saver. I enjoy using Pixel Editor a great deal and I hope more is done to improve its functionality. ~ Chris
  20. I'm blinding my neighbors here!

    Yeah, not practical. I need to dim everything down while I'm working on it and then turn it up again when I'm done. Thanks for your response. ~Chris
  21. Adjusting Overall Brightness

    Having trouble. I highlight the sequence portion, select intensity at 2%, the blocks turn blue but lights stay bright when I play it back. I created the sequence in pixel editor.
  22. My Halloween Animations

    Looks like fun to program in that way. I'm a bit ol' fashioned and prefer my slider consoles and rotary pots. I typically use a Mackie MCU Pro and a Korg nanoKONTROL2 together depending on the animation being programmed. For the Halloween displays and skeletons I use a basic USB rotary pot console I built myself and PC-MACS software. I think it's great to have so many options for animation and lighting. LOR for example, one day I'd like to see how well I can control animation with SE or some variant but It would require an adequate means to record animation data in real time. I'm talking analog and digital functions with the ability to use USB Midi devices as well as joystick control. Never cared for on-screen buttons or sliders. I need to have a real console for programming so I'll need SE to see it and let me map my buttons, sliders, flywheel, etc.. Am I asking too much? haha.. Seriously, it's nice being able to use the console flywheel to move back and forth along the time line while watching the animation or lighting scroll along "Live". The show programming software I use doesn't do pixel mapping.. yet.. so I'd like to see SE be able to handle both. that'd be sweet.
  23. My Halloween Animations

    Hello, This is the first time I've heard of Trackskull. Does it work well? I used PCMACS to program all motions. Chris
  24. My Halloween Animations

    Hi, Yes, the foot is light and I'm only the existing joint and a small servo with some threaded rod and a couple rod ends. The arm has very little weight so I went with a direct drive pan and tilt assembly, much like the head but mounted sideways but with a couple brackets and four bearings I had laying around. I use one Hitec HS-755MG to bring the arm up/down and one HS-645MG for arm swing out/in. Those two motions suffice for a decent range and it's good enough for a Halloween display. I'll post a couple pictures when I get out to the garage. I don't put a lot of weight or subject the servos to a lot of torque. It's always a good idea to use gear drive mounts when moving things around quickly and with more weight than a turkey leg (Sorry, been at the theme park too long). It's difficult to get smooth motion out of the arm when it's mounted directly to the servo shaft. It would be better to always use a gear drive assembly to take the load off the motor, increase the gear ratio and increase stability and smoothness. I probably went too far with this response. So yes, there is some weight but not so much that I could not mount the arm directly to the servo without a gear, however a gear would be a good idea most of the time. Best, Chris
  25. My Halloween Animations

    I've never thought of it as a lamp, haha.. I always call it "RoboHead" but I think I like the lamp better. For that I use ElWire for the facial features. Power for the ElWire is switched via a relay bank which are controlled by a couple small digital show controllers called MiniBrick8's (Gilderfluke.Com) The MiniBrick8's each occupy a dmx channel for eight digital outputs and two DMX channels for a couple servo's. The head (Lamp) is mounted on the same pan and tilt kit used for the skeleton skulls and are controlled by the two servo ports on the MiniBrick8 while the digital facial ElWire's are controlled by the digital outputs to the relays. I use an arduino to get the transition for the mouth motion open/close. I control the Lamp figure using only four channels of DMX. Two for the servos, one for facial features and one for the spider web strings. A single DMX channel uses eight bits of data. Each bit controls: Mouth open/close, eye blink, eyes left, eyes center and eyes right, face de-energize (to blank out the face so that I can use the spider webs clearly) and eight bits for the eight web strings. I have the spider webs on its own eight bit controller which occupies one DMX channel. That's it. I get my ElWire, inverters and cables from CoolNeon. I don't think I forgot anything, feel free to question. Chris