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MattJ

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    Lantana, TX
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    Sales

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    Sports, Beer
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    Christmas

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    5.3.14
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  1. Thanks @TheDucks - Appreciate the clarification. I didn't mean to come over as not liking any of the answers. Apologies to any of you who responded if I came across that way.
  2. I realize that the post above may be against the spirit of the forum rules. I was not intending to promote the services or products of a vendor other than LOR. I can't work out how to delete it but I will go research anything non-LOR outside of these forums and have restated my questions in a way that is in line with the forum guidelines. If an admin reads this, my apologies, please feel free to delete the post above. I have a whole host of (dumb!) questions. For anyone who may be willing to answer? I have to build my own controller. If I started with the Pixie4... How do I decide between 12v or 5v? Is 12v better? If I want to test this pixie4 I build with the strings of CCBs that I got with my CCD-II plug & show package where can I buy the 12V 3 pin dangles for the controller. I can't see them in the store? If I buy 2 strings of 50 bullets (instead of the 100) and connect two of them together, will they work the same as 1 string of 100 pixels or will the fist pixel on each string of 50 be addressed as pixel 01? Bigger picture, if I suddenly add a bunch of pixels...I really need motion effects generator right? And for motion effects generator to be able to add into a sequence, I need the Pro licence? How many pixels can I control on a single 500k LOR network, before I have to add a second network? 1000? 1200? (3000 - 3600 channels?) I'm sure there are more but at this point I'll not show any more rookie-ness.
  3. So I'm guessing that about this time of year some rookie who's only every bought the full plug-n-show setups from the LOR store comes on the forum and the penny finally drops that if you build your controllers and buy pixels from Ray.... you can do a whole bunch more for the same $$$?? Well @PhilMassey and @k6ccc between the two of you, you have completely opened my eyes and I am this year's rookie! 😁 I have a whole host of (dumb!) questions. Can I go full on Ned Ryerson on you both.... or anyone else who may be willing to answer? I have to build my own controller. If I started with the Pixie4... How do I decide between 12v or 5v? Is 12v better? I need a power supply. Do I just go grab one of Amazon like this? Or is there a Ray equivalent for power supplies? I need a case. Same question... is there somewhere everyone goes to get these too? Then I need Pixels... So lets say I want bullets and I've decided (from above) that 12v is better.... So I go for these: 18AWG wire 100pcs/string DC12V 12mm WS2811 addressable RGB led smart pixel node,with all BLACK wire,IP68 rated They say they are WS2811 (ICs in the bullets?) so that means they will work on the end of a Pixie4, right? If I buy pixels from LOR they come with end connectors and a dangle for the controller... on Ray's store they list ray wu, paul zhang, xconnect or DIY connectors. Is the LOR 12V 3 pin connector the same as the Ray Wu connector? If I buy 2 strings of 50 bullets (instead of the 100) and connect two of them together, will they work the same as 1 string of 100 pixels or will the fist pixel on each string of 50 be addressed as pixel 01? Bigger picture, if I suddenly add a bunch of pixels... I really need motion effects generator right? And for motion effects generator to be able to add into a sequence, I need the Pro licence? How many pixels can I control on a single 500k LOR network, before I have to add a second network? 1000? 1200? (3000 - 3600 channels?) I'm sure there are more but at this point I'll not show any more rookie-ness. BING!!! This stuff is so cool - Thank you both!
  4. Oh my gosh! How did I not know about this site!! Thanks @PhilMassey - Forgive the dumb question, could you explain a little more who Ray is and how I get custom wire lengths?
  5. thanks @dibblejr - I will get that done and set up before I dismantle this year's show!
  6. Thanks @Mr. P - They are not the ones but they would work! The ones on the building were longer and thinner, more like an oversized Mike & Ike candy!
  7. Hi Folks I've seen a display this year that, scaled down, I think would work well for me. I have a tall ~25' wall in front of a driveway that I think I can cover with a display like the one in the picture below. They have literally hung strings of 6" spaced pixels spaced 1 foot apart. They are only attached at the top and while they moved in the wind, they were heavy enough not to go far. Here's the mystery part (at least for me) these were not any of the 3 types of LOR Cosmic color devices (bulbs, bullets or square). They certainly are not ribbon. They were these super cool "in line" bulbs. The best way I can describe them is the ribbon cable goes into the top of each pixel and out the bottom. This meant that the center of pixel was clear all round and it did not matter if the sting twisted or swayed... the light from the pixel looked the same. If I can get back over there before the end of the season I'll try to get a better picture of the pixel close up but for now I was wondering if anyone knows what I'm talking about or how to create this effect. Thanks in advance. Cheers MattJ
  8. Closing this one out in case anyone stumbles back on it. Yes it was the network speed setting. Changing it to 500k worked with no issues and it looked better than ever last night. Thanks to all who helped troubleshoot yesterday.
  9. Thanks @PhilMassey - I was running 5.3.12 (even though my profile here didn't represent that) I've upgraded to 5.3.14 and still have the same issue. Hub crashes as soon as i try to change any of the parameters. But..... I found out that if I go in and set my LOR network preferences separately, then I can get Hub to create a card that matches them without crashing. I increased it to 115k (no bueno) then again to 500k and, as you said Jim, looks like I am golden. Even the CCC-Is seem to be OK. It's hard to tell in the daylight but I will load it all up and check tonight. I'd love to learn about music parameters - I think that is something I am also completely missing. Is there some info anywhere on those? Thanks for the troubleshooting today folks.... that's enough for this year.... on to planning for next year! 😁
  10. Thanks for the quick responses folks. @dibblejr - Forgive my ignorance here. I'm not sure if it's "lag". It's not what I'd describe as lag. Everything is in sync... just occasionally the wrong color. (Maybe that's lag by the LOR definition though). More ignorance from me... I know what audacity is and have used it for other things but I have no idea what correct the music parameters means. I had both sequences before I had singing trees and used LORHub to apply the motion pack to both singing sequences. If there are any other thread on tweaks I should have done... I'm up for a good read if you are able to share the links? The Signing trees are on the CCC-II controllers. The CCC-Is are running a basic roof line and have been fine for years including this year (unless they are causing the issue??) @k6ccc - I have the advanced licence and I'm using Hub in simple mode to create my shows so I guess I am ending up with a card that is 57.6k, non-Enhanced. When I try to create a card in Advanced mode and I get to step 4... I try to change any of the parameters... hub just crashes and disappears. I have not been able to create an SD card in anything other than simple mode. I have 550 pixels.
  11. Hi folks This year I have a couple of signing trees. Love them - they look great. As it's my first year with them I bought a couple of You Can Modify sequences from the LOR sequence store. Both sequences seem to work on an effect time for the mouths of the trees of half a second for each effect (mouth movement). In Ariana Grande - Santa tell me...the tree mouths are red and they look perfect. In Owl City - Light of Christmas... it looks perfect in sequence editor preview, the tree mouths are green, but in the real world the mouth flashes colors occasionally. It should be green all the time but occasionally it's magenta, or cyan. I'm running the outside setup on a G3-MP3 controller and I'm running a single CTB16PC + 9 CCCs (Two original CCC-Is and 7 newer CCC-IIs, including the two for the two trees). Other than this glitch on the mouths of the trees in one song, things seem to be running great but I'm wondering if I'm bumping into some speed limitation and, of course I'm looking to add more next year, so am wondering if this is a sign of issues to come. Any thoughts folks? Thanks in advance. Cheers MattJ
  12. Hi James - Hoping this one is still available in 2019? if so, matt@jones-web.us please. Many thanks in advance
  13. Hi folks I've added a couple of the singing trees/faces to this year's set up and with a couple of sequences from the LOR sequence store everything is working great. Now I'm going back to some of my older sequences to add the trees in. I don't want to make them "sing" at least not this year I just want to use them as smart pixels. I'm using Light-O-Rama S5 Sequencer (32-bit), Version 5.3.8. My challenge is that when I add the prop to the preview from the online prop store it adds it in what appears to be "simple mode". I can see the pixels I need to address from the data sheet Questions: Can somebody explain Standard vs Simple mode to me a little more. Is it a software thing in the sequencer that groups the pixels for easier sequencing or is it a HW setting in the Pixie controller that I have to change? In sequencer, how do I convert the prop so I can address the individual pixels in standard mode? Or do I have to recreate it? Thanks in advance for helping me out here folks! Cheers MattJ
  14. Thanks both. 4x2 it is. I cant quote get my head around the brace above. Sorry to be needy but any chance of a pic?
  15. Hi Folks I'm new to singing trees this year. I was wondering if there were any suggestions for supports for the trees? What are people using? Open to any ideas? Thanks in Advance Cheers MattJ
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