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  1. Two open source programs are available for video editing, and conversion. Movie Editor: (limited use) http://www.avs4you.com/AVS-Video-Editor.aspx?sct=aff&ct=avangate&cid=9958 Video Conversion: http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/ They are both simple programs, and best part, they are FREE!!!!
  2. I believe the Federal regulation, stops manufacture of the bulbs January 2012. Several companies have already ceased manufacture, GE being one of them. Just run a google search, and you will find several articles. I saw the info on National News a couple of weeks back. I still have a small stock of old incandescent bulbs, thankfully.
  3. With the regular incandescent light bulbs soon to be no longer being made, and the industry standard will be either LED or the curly Q florescent bulbs, does anyone have any ideas as to, what type of bulbs can be used in some displays (such as blow molds), which prior, had utilized regular incandescent bulbs? I know I can use the curly Q florescent bulbs for static lights, but when I use them with LOR and the sequences, they burn out quickly. I had tried the curly Q type florescent in some of my blow molds, but I can not “flash” them as they burn out quickly from being turned “off and on”.
  4. Like most on this forum, I have been reasonably successful with after Christmas sales. Check out your local Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Costco, Lowes, Home Depot, and other similar stores for great after Christmas sales. I make a pest of my self going, almost every day, to several of the local supermarkets (who sell lights), to see if they have marked down the lights. I have even asked the manager to mark em down to 75% off and I would take all he had, That's worked several times. I have gotten a lot of LED's at the supermarkets. I pick up a huge amount of Christmas items at local garage sales, such as : lights, ext cords, lighted candy canes, lighted wire figures, plastic blow molds, etc. I recently picked up a Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Snoopy blow mold for $5.00 each. They go for over $100.00 each on ebay, and the Snoopy for over $300.00. I have also purchased some LED lights from vendors on ebay, who are in China. I have been very pleased with final cost, (cost of item and shipping), shipping time and quality of lights.
  5. Geoff, Your solution worked perfectly. Stays "on" continually. Thanks very much to you and all others who offered help. Gary Bo
  6. Geoff, Thanks for the info. My controller is a 5 wire in addition to hot and neutral wires. Pics:
  7. Does anyone know how to make a Christmas light string controller stay steady “on”? I recently purchased several LED net lights from a seller in China. They are nice nets with great lights. Can even string end to end. My problem is that I want have the lights stay steady on for use with my LOR controllers. I select the steady on function on the controller, but when the lights are turned off (electrically), and turned back on the controller defaults back to the first setting on the string controller (waves). Do I “rewire” or is there a way to make it (string controller) stay steady on? These are the selections on the string controller: “8 light selector functions with a button of this Red Flashing Light / Control Panel: Combination, In Waves, Sequential, Slow Glow, Chasing Flash, Slow Fade, Twinkle Flash, Steady On.” A pic of the controller:
  8. An overlooked area for ext cords, cat5 and other Christmas items, are your local garage/yard sales. I have found all of the above items, extremely reasonable. Often I find complete cat5 cords. Some of the things I have bought. 1000' roll cat5 for $20.00 ext cords, any where from 50 cents, (small) to $5.00 for larger. Also if you have a Target store in your area, their Christmas items, cords included, are usually 75% to 90% off after Christmas.
  9. I was having trouble getting the LOR Hardware utility to recognize, a new controller I had added. The unit, I was having trouble with, was one I purchased, at this year's summer sale. I have fourteen other controllers, all CTB 16D, (two ver 2.0, four ver 3.0 and eight ver 4.01.the new controller ver is, 4.30). I am running LOR software ver 2.3.6. I have all the controllers "daisy chained" (series), using Cat 5 network cable. All other 14 controllers showed up when I run the hardware utility, but not the new one. They are each numbered, 01, 02 etc up to 15, on the unit ID switches, on circuit board. I have the max unit number to 17. The new unit (# 15) is daisy chained between two other units, and those units worked fine and also show up on on the hardware utility, but not # 15. I am running Win XP home. I had even purchased new cat 5 cables and replaced at unit 15, but nothing!! Power showed on, inside the unit (# 15), steady red. Finally, I removed the unit, brought it inside and hooked it up singularly, right out of my computer. The unit showed up, when I ran hardware utility, as # 15. Took unit back outside and re-hooked up in series (daisy chain) as before. Ran hardware utility and yes, all 15 units showed up, all properly numbered. Can anyone tell me what happened?
  10. Thanks to all for the positive comments. Will be happy to share any info regarding a project like this.
  11. Just finished my Ferris Wheel for this Christmas season. It measures 12 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. I made it like an “erector” set so that it can be dismantled and stored. It mostly is made out of aluminum rod, round & square stock, and aluminum strapping. The A frame was made from an old garage canvas tent metal poles. The axle is threaded steel rod and an old bicycle sprocket and bearings were used for axle. I had to cut the aluminum rod into sections (came in 12' lengths from my local steel and metal supply)and thread each one. I drilled and tapped the round and square stock aluminum to affix rods to. The seats (baskets) are cabinet style dish baskets (from my local Wal-Mart), affixed to aluminum rods and made to swivel with the wheel. I will put stuffed animals (teddys) in the seats. Although the wheel is capable of motion, I elected not to do so this season, and will do so for next year.I put 2 different 4 channel controllers on the wheel. One gives the illusion of circular movement and the other flashes the wheel center and exterior diameters. It is lighted with all LED lights. I have approximately 200 man hours in it. Pick links: http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6429.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6430.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6431.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6432.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6433.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6434.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6435.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6436.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6437.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6438.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6439.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6440.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6441.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6442.jpg http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/?action=view&current=PICT6444.jpg
  12. Thanks for all the replys. Gary Bo
  13. I just looked at Holdman's videos for Christmas 2007, and wanted to know if anyone knows what kind of lighting (lights) and or controller was used to get the "Arch" lights to go back and forth like they were shooting streams of water?
  14. Went crazy today, hooking up all my LOR's (10 of them), only to run the hardware utility, and it not find my contollers. Refreshed several times, and I would get a different number of controllers located. All different numbers. Changed location of controllers, changed unit numbers, but still could not locate all my controllers. Uninstalled software and reinstalled, only to have same problem, now only to locate 6 controllers. Now came the weeping and gnashing of teeth!!!!! Tried to refresh one last time. Now only 3 controllers show up. 1 thru 3 only. Thought I would check the data cable (cat 5). Should have been my first choice!! Changed the date cable between 3 and 4, and everything came on line. Bad bad data cable, bad boy!!! Only after 6 hours of threatning, cursing and giving everyone looks like "Don't even talk to me". Anyway, now I'm a happy camper. Hope all had a good Thanksgiving.
  15. A few months back, I had asked about plans for making a Sopwith Camel for Snoopy. Well, I have had a little success a it. I purchased a Sopwith Camel model (flying wood type) that had a 28" wing span. I took the plans to my local Kinkos and had the plans “blown up” to twice it’s size making it a 56" wing span. I took quarter inch round steel rod, bent it as necessary around the plans and welded together, with my stick welder. I used a metal bender, wheel puller and a vise to bend all my shapes to scale. Put on a coat of spray paint, and added lights. Found a “stuffed” Snoopy with goggles, hat, scarf and flight jacket. Hung the Sopwith between the house and trees in the yard. I think it came out pretty good. Photo links: http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/Sop1.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/Sop2.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/Sop3.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/PICT5275.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/PICT5287.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/Sop4.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/Sop5.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/PICT5299.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/PICT5295.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/PICT5293.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/PICT5292.jpg http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee309/GaryBo42/PICT5291.jpg
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