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    Syracuse, New York
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    Researching the Internet
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    Chrismas

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    A Beta Version
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  1. Look what I found today: Arlington QuickLATCH Non-Metallic Quick Latch Fittings for PVC, EMT or Rigid Conduit I have been searching for a while for a solution to permanently mount a fastener to my house fascia, columns, windows, etc. that would mount 3/4-inch EMT conduit, but not be extremely obtrusive as well as securely mount the EMT conduit and easily release it. In my research, many folks use PVC pipe to mount pixels/CCRs to your house fascia, columns, windows, etc. For mounting PVC pipe, the best solution I found was HolidayCoro which sells clear polycarbonate (UV rated) PVC pipe clips for 1/2-inch PVC pipe. I was looking for something similar but for 3/4-inch EMT conduit, because I personally prefer EMT over PVC (but note that the manufacturer indicates it is for PVC as well). Roaming around Home Depot and Lowes, I bought a couple of different "fasteners" but didn't like any of them. Then I stumbled across these fasteners today, made by Arlington Industries (link above). They are UV rated and come in sizes from 1/2-inch to 4-inch for EMT, Rigid and PVC conduit. The great thing is the ease of installation and equally the ease which one may remove EMT conduit. I intend to paint these hangers the same color as my fascia and windows (beige), permanent mount them, and simply snap the EMT conduit runs into place (just like the PVC pipe clamps). They look like they will be easy to mount (one of my runs is 17-feet), and importantly they look like they grip solidly. I ordered a bag of these from Amazon today, and will try these out when the weather gets better (11 below zero this morning in Syracuse, NY). I attached a video of this product as well.
  2. Where do you buy your RGB pixel lights?

    I just made my first large purchase from HolidayCoro during their January Pre-Sale. 50 x 50-pixel 8mm/12mm WS2811 12V black square node "lay flat" strings 40 x 50-pixel 8mm/12mm WS2811 12V black bullet node strings 40 x 30m/10m 5m WS2811 12V ribbons (equivalent to CCR-II ribbons) 3 x 60m/20m 5m WS2811 12V ribbons (for my Johnson arches) Lots of other supporting stuff (4 pairs candy canes w/rectangular WS2811 12V modules), lots of 5, 10 and 20 foot extension cables, 3 of the new HC 2500 enclosures, large RGB star, etc. Spent waaaay too much money, but the savings from buying in bulk with the pre-sale prices when compared to "other" pricing is just staggering.
  3. Connecting P10 LED panels to LOR?

    I made a major mistake ... I fell into this thread and have been following it (that was my mistake ). So today, I just couldn't help myself any longer and ordered an Amazon Pi 3 Kit (CanaKit), and snagged the last P10 Panels from DIY Express (I wanted 4 but there were only 3 available and they are now sold out). I decided on the Pi and Nano PiHat versus the BeagleBone and Octoscroller, just because I wanted to see what all the rage over the Pi was about. Now I'll be forced to learn DMX via LOR (as I want to control everything via LOR). I plan on using the P10 panel for a Tune To sign among other things. Now I'm into this hobby for even more money ...
  4. PIXIE 4

    FYI ... I just received my Pixie 8 controller this evening, and it is a V4 (Version 4). The LOR Website picture for the Pixie 8 shows a V1, and the feedback racerc20 received from the LOR Help Desk (above in this thread) indicated that the Generation 2 controller was shipping. I have no idea of the significance of the V4 designation (I would have thought it would be V2 for Version 2 or Generation 2). Thought I would just communicate this information. Matt
  5. PIXIE 4

    Thank you for the feedback. I just ordered a Pixie 8 and will build an enclosure with power supply to experiment with the various props I am beginning to build.
  6. S5 to SuperStar Visualization Process?

    I've only used SuperStar CCR Mode and not Visualization mode. Ready to learn the difference(s)!
  7. S5 to SuperStar Visualization Process?

    Rather than starting a new thread, I'll add to this thread. Brian, in this thread LOR Hardware - PIXIE4 Post, I was asking about the LOR Gen 2 Pixie controllers (Pixie 4, 8 and 16) and whether they can support a WS2811 60m/20m ribbon. This is a 100 pixel ribbon versus a standard WS2811 30m/10m 50 pixel ribbon (you can see some additional context to my question here). Along the same lines, I was asking whether SuperStar (v5.0.16) can "natively" support a WS2811 60m/20m ribbon. I have been happily sequencing a 16 CCR string at the "standard" density of 30m/10m (50 pixels). LOR sells a CCR II 100 pixel count CCP and CCB node strings. This would necessitate a grid length of 100 pixels versus 50 pixels. I was playing around with the Layout function, and did not seem to be able to generate a grid with a length greater than 50 pixels. I am in the stages of building a 16 CCR ribbon pixel tree, and was reconsidering utilizing a WS2811 ribbon density of 60m/20m versus the "standard" 30m/10m ribbon density pixel strings. Does/can SuperStar support a 16 CCR pixel tree but at a "native" density of 60m/20m (100 pixels, 300 channels)? If yes, how do I do that? Thank you! Matt
  8. PIXIE 4

    That is unfortunate. As Carl noted, there is a huge distance capability with the Gen 2 controllers. That is significant and I built that into designing my ribbon outline on the roofline and window frames. Do you happen to know if the Pixie 8 and Pixie 16 Gen 2 controllers are available now, or are they subject to stock depletion as well? On a semi-but-unrelated note, I was reading the Pixie user manual (Generation 2), and I find no mention of any Pixie model controller limitation for WS2811 ribbons of greater than 50 pixels (e.g. 60m/20m 12V ribbons). There seems to be an assumption that WS2811 ribbons will be 30m/10m 12V, but all of the Gen 2 Pixie controllers can support strings of 100 pixels in a CCB or CCP format. But what about ribbons? I ask because I have purchased WS2811 60m/20m 12V ribbons to build the Matt Johnson arch (will cut in half and this will appear as a "normal" LOR CCR-II WS2811 50-pixel ribbon?). I am definitely going to build a 16-string CCR ribbon pixel tree, but while creating my S5 Preview prop, I got to thinking about the WS2811 60m/20m ribbon option as twice the density. This brings me to my questions: 1. Can the LOR Gen 2 Pixie controllers support WS2811 60m/20m 12V ribbons? These would be 100 pixels (300 channels) - the same pixel and channel count as a 100 pixel CCP or CCB - although I realize each pixel has an IC. 2. If yes to Question #1, can SuperStar (v5.0.16) support a CCR equivalent of 100 pixels? I played with it briefly and it would only enable a grid of 50 pixels. But LOR sells 100 pixel CCP or CCB pixels so it must support a grid of this size - but I don't know if SuperStar can "natively" understand a 60m/20m WS2811 ribbon. Thank you. Matt
  9. S5 Preview Design of CCR (WS2811) Ribbons

    Is that the key, Dennis? To use unconnected lines, then assign items to the proper ports on the proper controller(s)? And just so I am clear, I perform the group function in S5 Preview, correct?
  10. This is not specifically an S5 question, but since I am using the S5 Preview for my design, I'll place the topic in this forum topic area. This is a question on how to design CCR ribbons (any WS2811 ribbon actually) when outlining rooflines and windows. Specifically, a standard WS2811 30/10 ribbon will not physically be able to fully outline a given window (or roofline). Obviously. When I was mapping on paper CCR/ribbons to my various rooflines and windows, for efficiency purposes I "cut" the ribbons, maximizing controller capability such that sections of a single ribbon would be on a short roofline run and the remaining sections of a ribbon would outline one portion of a window. For example, one ribbon would be cut into three (3) sections, spread across two short rooflines and one window frame (bottom). These sections would be connected via custom wiring connections. A second ribbon would be cut into three (3) sections, outlining the top and two sides of the aforementioned window. Each ribbon section would be connected appropriately by extensions to one another, and no one section would exceed 10-feet (which the new second generation LOR Pixie controllers would seem to tolerate). Thus, I would have two physical ribbons outlining two short roofline runs and one full window, all connected to a single controller (LOR Pixie 2 or LOR Pixie 4, both second generation). When I selected a predefined S5 Preview Window Frame prop, I placed it over the window. I defined the actual pixel count for the top, bottom and sides, but it only gives me the option to "control" it with one port and thus one row (e.g. Aux B, Unit ID 5, Start Circuit 1, End Circuit 186). The preview enables me to specify a maximum pixel count greater than a ribbon maximum. I'm confused. In the physical world, the window would be controlled by two ports connected to one controller. In other words, unlike my pixel tree or pixel arches, the roofline outlines do not nicely equate to an even number of pixels in a ribbon. They need to be cut and "connected" together to form portions of rooflines and to outline a portion of a window, as there is no way to have a complete roofline outlined by one ribbon, and there is no way to fully outline a window frame with one ribbon - the physical dimensions exceed a physical ribbon. How should I design this to achieve what I am trying to accomplish here? I know many of you have run into this issue and solved it - could someone help me get this straight in my brain? Although one doesn't design to a physical design, the software still expects to be told in the preview design the network, controller unit ID, and starting and ending pixel count. The logical has to line up to the physical eventually. Thanks as always! Matt
  11. PIXIE 4

    Carl, did you order directly from the LOR website? By your post wording, it would seem you ordered recently (as within the last 2 weeks)? I ask because I am about to place an order for a Pixie 4 controller, and I have no interest in receiving a Gen 1 item. Thanks. Matt
  12. LOR Pixie 4 Complete Enclosure w/Power Supply

    Fort Drum is 90 minutes due north of Syracuse. LOR is almost 2-3/4 hours due east-northeast of Syracuse (outside of Albany). I use the S5 Beta Release of all components (including SuperStar). I have the Pro level license of S4 (but started with S5 to be at the forefront of the "new paradigm") and also purchased a 60_CCR SuperStar license. Thank you JR for the offer. I'll need to get farther along to see what I would like to do, and I'm sure it is cheaper to build an enclosure and fully populate it, but I was willing to spend additional $$$ if available and warrantied. I have read quite a bit on these and other forums, and the search engine on this forum is not that good in my opinion. That and/or the search terms I am using are just bad. I'll have to investigate building an enclosure for myself. I do like the look of the forthcoming HC 2500 enclosure that is supposed to be imminently released. I have enough things to keep me busy though, and building an enclosure fully populated was not one of them, because of my list to accomplish: 1. Learn about computerized Christmas Lights. Get overwhelmed. Re-engage. Get overwhelmed again. Repeat 500 times (and counting). <Check> 2. Put together an initial static display for this Christmas. <Check - bought a LOR Commercial 1602MP3G3 with MP3-Director. Bought some LOR sequences. Set up initial LED lights on 16 channels. This actually went well.> 3. Decide I want to immediately start with S5 beta software including SuperStar. Did item #2 fairly well with S5, but the LOR sequences had to be turned into PLAY files with S5 to build a show. Once this was completed, I turned my attention to RGB's (or is that BGR's ... oh wait that's the ordering of lights) and thought "Wow, RGB's are cool". So I started sequencing and landed in SuperStar, and immediately got overwhelmed with everything including scenes, morphs, images, spirals, fans, etc. And we can totally forget about Pixel Editor. By the way, I'm still having trouble with images in SuperStar but I am getting decent at sequencing with SuperStar (but still have a LOT to learn). <Check> 4. Did I mention that I decided I want RGB from the beginning, so I can compound my confusion right off the bat. Why be partially lost when I can be completely lost? <Check> 5. Purchase some RGB basic components to begin to learn the physical aspects of RGB ribbons (I like ribbons) - Both LOR CCR-II Pixie 2 controller and CCR-II ribbons and HC ribbons to use with LOR controllers. A few props with bullet pixels for variety. Which brings up a question ... does anyone know if LOR sells a fully populated enclosure for their Pixie 4 controller w/power supply? 6. Decide to outline the house and window frames with CCR ribbons because I absolutely need to immerse myself into custom cutting and soldering ribbons from the beginning; getting WS2811 ribbons to play nice with different length extensions; and getting into power injection because it is so fun. <Check> 7. Decide to build a large pixel tree for CCR ribbons (I like ribbons, okay?). Reading through 1,500 posts across multiple forums on how to design a tree; what materials to use (by the way, has anyone found a source for square aluminum tubing in 18-foot lengths that isn't aircraft grade T6061 and costs as much as building a Boeing 787 wing?); flat or 180 or 270 or 360 degree base; JUMP / ASAP / xyz center pole; and designing a tree that is able to withstand multiple setup and takedowns without damaging the components. Get overwhelmed. Again. And again. And yet again. <Check> 8. Tell myself this is a cool hobby. Explain to my wife what I want to do and have her just stare at me. <Not checked> *** Note that most of my list begins with "Decide to ...". The one thing that has been consistent is the willingness of many members on this forum to help out. Thank you all for that!!!
  13. cant get ccr tree to work in pe

    I'll join the club. My profession is Information Technology, and I am a tech geek as well. I just do not get Pixel Editor ... it seems totally foreign to me. Sort of like a blank sheet of paper but I just don't know how to create something. When creating complex requirements specifications, architecture diagrams, software security specifications and object oriented software designs, I can start from a blank sheet of paper without a problem. SuperStar is not a problem for me and I have gravitated to this tool for all my pixel sequencing thus far. PE? I am totally lost ... I can't even get my brain wrapped around how to sequence an arch for 30 seconds.
  14. I am looking for a LOR provided complete enclosure with 12V power supply and dangles for the Pixie 4, but I don't think they sell one (unless I missed it in their online store). This would be the exact equivalent to the LOR Pixie 16 controller enclosure fully populated with 12V power supply and all dangles - I would like the equivalent but sized for the Pixie 4. This would eliminate having to buy multiple Pixie 2 complete enclosures. Are these available? Thank you.
  15. S5 to SuperStar Visualization Process?

    Well, that is unfortunate. While researching and learning about Christmas displays and LOR products in particular, I frequently refer to the LOR-produced PDF documentation describing the S5 software release. One section of the documentation noted that there was "tighter" integration between the Sequencer, Visualizer, Pixel Editor -and- SuperStar. This would seem to be removing prior functionality that existed between S4 Visualizer and v4 SuperStar - thus less integration as opposed to tighter integration. Perhaps Brian Bruderer can comment on this situation. A question comes to mind - is SuperStar intended only to sequence RGB pixels that are in a matrixed prop? Should we not attempt to sequence RGB pixels (CCR ribbons) such as roof lines and arches with SuperStar and instead utilize the S5 Pixel Editor? Or the S5 Sequencer (is that even possible - I thought that the S5 Sequencer was only intended for traditional lights and "dumb" pixels)? My research showed that many folks simply used SuperStar to sequence all of their RGB (smart) pixel props, thus using one tool instead of several. This approach appealed to me. I would appreciate alternative suggestions by Mr. Bruderer and/or Mike/LOR Developer(s) on how to proceed. Thank you in advance!
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