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  1. https://www.digitalcitizen.life/print-large-image-multiple-pages-4-steps-using-microsoft-paint I found this quick article about how to scale an image to print on several sheets of paper. I took a a 400x400px image of a tree and printed it on six sheets which I'll then trim and tape for an outline to trace onto my coroplast sheet from home depot. I did it all with microsoft paint, freely installed with windows
  2. Looking For Bulk Nodes?

    this. I had a $278 order that I got for $220.
  3. Splicing RGB pixel node wires

    OK, just bought some and some off-spec pixnode strips. I'm cheap... I have four bags of harbor freight purchases in the garage to sort through as it is. This is expensive and addicting! I need to set some boundaries for myself. edit... should have bought on amazon with free shipping and lower cost
  4. So... I was watching the Colts BIlls game while putting nodes on a star. I wasn't paying attention and the "zip tie" I cut was actually the wiring. I was going to have to cut and solder and some point anyway, just didn't want to do it yet I'm looking at components online, are there any weatherproof connectors that don't require soldering? Meaning I just put the wires into the terminal and crimp it down? I see a lot of pig-tails leading into the male and female connectors, but can't find just the terminal. I'm used to making RJ45 cat5 cables, but for weatherproofing do I just need to get the pigtail and cut/solder the end of my runs into the pigtails? Are those heat-shrink soldering strips worth it from holidaycoro? Seems much easier for a novice soldier-er like me.
  5. I have the uMP3g3 and was hoping to run my shows off of this but just realized I need an external timer for it. I'm doing a simple 16-channel setup right now so just one controller. The manual shows a standard wall timer as the graphic to represent an external timer, is that all that's needed? If I set the show to auto play, when the timer comes on and powers the controller will the show just start running? I'm doing all LEDs so I'm guessing I can plug both sides of my controller unit into a splitter and plug that into the simple wall timer. for next year I plan to use the G3-MP3 director. Is this a reasonable plan for a small show where I don't want to have a laptop connected?
  6. hdpe

    Jtomason, how did you make the candy canes? Those look awesome.
  7. hdpe

    thanks for the examples! I am planning to do two by running RGB tape through it though I like the thought of just poking a pixel through also. Did you glue them in place or did they just hold themselves in with the right size hole? Any ideas on how to construct two circles? I love that effect of chasing around circles but not sure how to do the construction side of it.
  8. hdpe

    Anyone use it to diffuse pixels and get more of a soft look to the points of light? I bought a sheet of white acrylic yesterday and having the RGB tape about 1" away gives a nice solid color band. Hoping to test it better soon.
  9. How to add sequence?

    Right there with you
  10. I'm looking to make a large Rgb pixel star, Christmas trees, and some other simple props. When designing these, do you make them to fit the light strands you have, or cut the strands to fit the prop? Or do you just keep wrapping until the whole strand is used? The star i built followed someone's idea but it used an 18' rope light and really has about a 17'5" border. Looks good, but I'm intending to make it out of pixels. The strands I got seems to be about 12.5' long (not here yet). Can I use two strands and cut the second one when I've used enough? They are ws8211 12v ones. I've seen where if you cut a strand you need to add a resister to account for the lost voltage drop from losing loads, is this true for pixels also? i have a lot of balls in there air trying to figure things out and physically creating the prop is the next hurdle. Any suggestions appreciated!
  11. Sequence Editor and SuperStar Sequencer combo?

    Thanks so much. Sounds like I'll get the SS license then, it makes more sense to me whereas pixel editor I just scratch my head when I'm in there.
  12. As I keep starting my posts with, I'm new into this but trying to ramp up quickly. I'm going to start with LED lights and some smart pixel strands. I've got my white LED arches doing what I want in SE and have a star in SuperStar doing what I want there, but I haven't purchased a license for SS yet. Eventually I'll have a pixel tree and it looks like SS is the way to go for editing that, correct? Just trying to see which license I'll need. Also, if doing a pixel matrix should I be using pixel editor for that? I want to do a jumbotron style display. Finally, how I do merge everything into a single show? I have the same audio file loaded into SE and SS, once I buy a license is it easy to merge them? I read somewhere you can only have one musical sequence in a show which worries me since both my SE and SS files have an audio track merged. I suppose I could just delete one track when it's done, but just trying to figure it all out.
  13. hdpe

    update, they quoted me $10 shipping and it ended up being $19.50 for 50' of tubing. Not horrible I Guess but double what they quoted which was annoying. It did ship same day though.
  14. UN-Updating Props?

    Do you have an online backup that may have stored a different version of your file from last year? like idrive or carbonite?
  15. learning pixel editor

    Tagging for interest. Not a whole lot of tutorials out there