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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. bought the 12v 100-pixel string from the LOR store. I am using a 12v power supply that is working fine. The pixie board syncs to the utility fine. I have it set as ID2. No matter what setting I choose in the pixel console or config, I can't get anything to happen other than the first pixel is on and blue. Based on my prior post about how to wire it, I have it wired correctly I think, assuming the middle "data" cable goes to the DT connector on the pixie controller.The wires on the strand connect to the controller using the standard male/female screw in connector supplied by LOR. I'm stumped, any ideas? Hopefully just a setting I've messed up somewhere.I have the basic software license but LOR said I should still be able to test the strand with hardware utility. Update: one prong on my male/female screw connector missed. I redid that and it's working now. Yay. When I use the "test" panel in LOR Control tab in hardware control all the lights work. But when I go to pixel console only the first 50 work, despite me telling it there's 75 pixels per port. Hrm. Also, "yellow" is rather "Green". These are LOR pixels. Is there some sort of "white balance" that needs to happen? "white" is rather "blue" also.
  3. Hah, so it's a feature! glad it's not just me doing something wrong then. It tested correctly enough for my needs. Thanks Mike.
  4. I was stripping insulation from a cable and jabbed my left thumb with a knife. Ugh. About a 3.5cm lac, bled briskly. had to hit the ER for stitches. I happen to be an ER doc and went to where I work i wired my whole basement in a home we built and narry a nick. Strip a little cable and BAM!
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    Two weeks into the hobby, just got first stitches

    Heh, the cut is by far worse. It's my third trip there as a patient this year. I went into afib three times in last 18 months so I ended up getting an ablation done to fix it, but they hit the nerve to my diaphragm. This has slowed me down a lot but should come back in time. The blood thinners I'm on made that cut fun. I do need to buy a stripping tool. I have wire strippers but nothing for cable, and that's what got me.
  6. I think I did. Here's what I am seeing on config. Then on pixel console I am telling it I have a pixie, but only 50 pixels are showing up there. Update: I changed "channel mode" to CCD EXtended Circuit IDs" and now I can see all 100, even though I'm only using 75 and all the lights turn on. Yay. This is weird though. I hit "controller red on" and the first 50 are red, then three are off, then the next 21 are green. ARGH. I hit all off, then "controller green on" and first fifty are green, then three off, then next 21 are blue. ARGH. When I tell it off, then "controller blue on", everything is blue except last 21 that are red, then the first 50 turn red and last 21 are blue. what the... I think I just need to try running a sequence and see what happens
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    What do I need to start?

    You're right, meant pixcon16, As I said, I'm new my statement of sizing them for the geography of the display is intact I think though
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    What do I need to start?

    I'll be following along for replies also. i have a pixie4 and a pixie 16. I thought about a 24 but it seems like it's better to go smaller to cover geographic zones and run cat5 between controllers then lots of wires to each section of yard, unless doing a huge mega tree or something. i'm a rookie though, put more weight on other responses.
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    Some questions about Electrical connections and hardware

    I just bought six of those enclosures (probably knock offs) on eBay for $90 shipped
  10. Please confirm which wires I hook to what. I have 12v 3-wire nodes. i see the control of data wire goes to data. Then I have positive and negative on the connector. The pixel has 12V on one wire and +GND on the other. Does that mean GND is going to positive and 12V is going to negative terminal? simple question I know, just can't find simplistic wiring pics online and I like to triple check before frying my stuff or myself...
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    Wiring 3-wire to pixie connector

    thanks guys. The positive mark was confusing me.
  12. I've got the pixie recognized by my computer, and confused about what to use on the pixel county/resolution part. Is this just a ratio or does it limit your strands based on what you pick? I have strands of 75 pixels, do I tell it 75 pixels/port and resolution of 75 since I want each pixel addressable? If I add a 100px strand to this controller do I need to go back into hardware editor and change this to get 76-100 working if I set it to 75 initially?
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    Wiring 3-wire to pixie connector

    This is what I have except mine are black wire and 12v
  14. I made a star using 75 pixel nodes, 15 each side. How do I tell Superstar that this is how to arrange the pixels? All I've found is to set it to CCR and "full" string length which gives me 50 pixels. Do I have to click DMX to be able to change the number of pixels? Of course I did a minute of sequencing before thinking about this issue. Still trying to wrap my head around the various programs involved here. I watched the tutorial on how to export SS sequences to SE, but is there a way to send the prop to visualizer as well? I built a star in visualizer but same issue with assigning where each pixel is. Argh!
  15. Thanks again Brian. I think it sounds easier to do as DMX and then paste in. You've been an awesome help in stopping me from throwing my hands up and quitting . This has led to a lot of downstream sales for the vendors here i haven't looked into creating the pixie's yet but I'm sure it'll sort out and make sense then
  16. OK, got it working in visualization mode representing the star correctly (assuming I'm limited to 50 pixels per strand). It drew it as one CCR of 50 and one of 25, if I'm using a pixel string of 75 will that work just fine or do I need to create the star using two separate strings tied to the controller?
  17. I was getting very frustrated trying to draw a freaking star with equal sides in the visualizer. Then it dawned on me... just grab a clipart star as the background and trace it. Eureka! That should make future props easier. Especially since I'm cutting them out of coro using the same clipart. Anyway, I'm still learning pixels and am not familiar with DMX yet. I plan to run them off a pixie 4, so will this be DMX?
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    For Sale - controllers and pixel strings

    Thanks, sent you a PM. OP, what model transmitter is it? oops, my dad already bought me one for Christmas
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    Friendly Neighborhood Competition

    Wait, you have a donation box up? Does that work?
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    For Sale - controllers and pixel strings

    Seconds on the 3 controllers and FM transmitter if things change
  21. Something i learned, tape it all together with packing tape before cutting each individual sheet. Probably tape along your outline you plan to cut, front and back. This will keep your edges all lined up and make it a bit more rigid for tracing. Piecing it al together when cut individually is not fun. Learning by doing
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    Canned effects....

    Have you seen the sticky above? i need to start messing around with animations.
  23. 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.
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    Splicing RGB pixel node wires

    I used a few and after wussing out on the first melt attempt I got the next three to look good and hold well. Hopefully the electrons agree. next question: how do you end a custom strand of pixel nodes? Do you just cut and tape or should you put a permanent end piece on there to protect the wires?
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