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  1. I am using S5. I have 4 CCR arches that I am adding this year too. Each is also the length of one ccr ribbon. I have defined a prop for each and then grouped them into another prop.So far it seems to be working out fine. I mostly use motion effects on the group prop. Steve
  2. I am playing with this years display and added a new prop on "Aux O". I have 3 networks that I will be using in actuality, but placed it there for test purposes. Now when I run the create playback files, upon completion I get the message 16 networks in use. Shouldn't it actually just report the number I really have in use i.e. 3. Steve
  3. I will chime in too. I would start with S5. for all of the above reasons. I used the beta version last year for my production show with no significant issues. I am now working on the 2018 show using the release version....so many new features speed upgrades etc. S5 would be my choice if I were starting new.
  4. Matt I love the new green start button in the motion effects window, that allows me to test the effect I am changing. Have you considered adding a stop button there too. Some effects that I am changing have long durations. It would be nice to be able to stop it too. Steve
  5. a quick question...... I know you can't commit to when the next release will be, so I am wondering the best way to proceed with programming until the new sphere will be available. Currently as I mentioned above, I am simulating what I need by defining 2 matrixes which I have grouped together. As I will move to one prop rather than 2, after the next release, should I delete one of the matrixes and just use it? Another option would be to delete one matrix and use the current sphere available. In any case, to avoid having to do a bunch of reprogramming, when I no longer need 2 props and grouping would you agree one of the 2 options above is best. Thanks Steve
  6. Thanks Matt Hopefully it will be of use to others too... Thanks Default too....looks like Matt has taken care of it.
  7. Sorry for the confusing description....let me give it another shot. Basically I am wondering if we could get the spherical shape to have some more flexibility. In my case. think of a tree that has a 10 foot trunk. On top of the trunk, the tree has been pruned to be a 25 foot diameter ball. An analogy might be a golf ball on top of a tee. For my tree, then divide the "ball" on top into 4 sections, each 25 feet high from bottom to top. The back 90 degree section is against my house and does not need lights. Moving to the left the next 90 degree section is partially blocked so only the top 12.5 can be seen and reed bulbs. For that section, I plan on using a 50 bulb strand of CCBs that go up 12.5 feet then over to the right a few inches and back down. I will use 3 strings this way. The remaining 2 90 degree sections will have a full string starting at the bottom and going to the top vertically and spaced every few inches next to each other. I currently have it defined a 2 side by side vertical matrixes. I matrix is 3 strings with one fold per string The second is a 13 string matrix starting at the bottom no folds. I then grouped the 2 together for programming. What I would like though is to actually see the spherical shape in my preview. I have attached a very rough sketch below. Let me know if you have any further questions Thanks Steve
  8. Hi I have a tree that is pruned in the shape of a 25 high foot globe. I have decided to convert it to RGB this year. I most likely will use the 16x50 RGB Bulb package. Given its position in relation to the house, I expect to have 3 strings that go up then over a bit and then down i.e. a 25 foot section folded in half. That would cover about a 90 degree wedge. For the next 180 degree wedge, I will have a 13 single strings of 25 feet go from bottom to top. The back 90 degree wedge will have no lights as it can not be seen. So now to my questions. I looked at the "Globe 8 row option" in S5 and it appears to specific to a superstar prop. I have played with other options Trees, matrixes etc. It appears that the best option appears to be to define 2 matrixes. One of 3 strings folded in half, and another of 13 strings. For programming I would then need to group them together. Before I embark on programming all this, I thought I would ask if anyone knew of a better way to create a prop for this application. Thanks Steve If there is a better option than the bulbs I would be open to hearing that too. I don't think square pixels or the bullet pixels would work. I want to stay with LOR stuff only.
  9. I will try to make this as simple as I can. As I mentioned in a previous post, I worked on a lot of pictures this year for my 32 x 25 matrix panels. Without getting into too many details, pictures that I got off of GIPHY seemed to look the best if I redid the pixel sizes to the range of 100 x 100 or so. I originally scaled them to a size much closer to my actual matrix size and they did not look very good. I always choose scaling on and left it at 100%. Sometimes I scaled them down a bit and that improved things. Sometimes it was not necessary. In other cases, if I turned the scaling off I got a much clearer image but then only saw part of the picture on the matrix. This was as I expected So to my question. Is there some way that the slider for scaling could allow me to exceed 100%.....i.e.go from no scaling to 0% rather than 100% to 0%. I am not sure if this would have made my life easier or if I just have more to learn on doing pictures. Thanks Steve
  10. Hello I spent countless weeks finding and formatting pictures that I used this year. I bought 2 of the "standard" LOR 16 x 50 packages and built 2 32 x 25 matrixes using the 2 " spacing coro mesh. They turned out nice. Along the way, Matt was nice enough to add some things I wanted into the standard shapes of V5. I have more I would like to see in there, but I realize that there are much more important things that LOR needs to work on in the next year. As I mentioned, I ended up creating a lot of picture files. This involved finding the gifs, editing them with a Pixel editor to get the right sizes and backgrounds etc. Given the scaling feature of V5 they might be of use to other folks with different prop sizes. So to my question. Does anyone on this forum and/or LOR folks think it might be a good idea if we could upload pics to some area on the forum for all to share and use? Just an idea. I am not sure what the downsides of doing this might be e.g viruses etc. Steve
  11. Hi FYI There were not any timing marks. What is strange, is that, scattered throughout the file I have these half second additions added before and after a cell boundary. In any case, this is a large file imported from version 4 that has had many changes over all of the various beta versions. I suspect I made an error somewhere along the line. If I see anything that looks like it is a problem I will let you know. For now everything is working as it should.
  12. Good Day I have finally had time to spend duplicating the problem I mentioned in this original post using the latest version 5.0.16. The problem that I am seeing is: I have a grid defined with 5 second cells. I create an effect across 6 cells i.e. 30 seconds. Everything looks fine in the preview and on the matrix. I then select these 6 cells and I want to copy and paste them into other places. For the sake of this example from matrix 1 to the next 30 seconds in the same matrix or to my second matrix. When I do, I get an additional 5 seconds added to the 30 second effect making it 35 seconds long and messing things up. I have "paste by cell" selected. Upon further investigation using the popup window that shows the grid and effect timings when a flyover of a cell is done, I see something weird. In the matrix I see 6 5 second cells showing my desired effect. However in the popup window it shows Grid time 13:00:00 - 13:05:00 which is fine I have 1 5 second cell selected and Effect time 13:00:00- 13:30:30. I suspect that this is the cause of my problem. Let me know your thoughts on what might cause this. Thanks Steve
  13. Thanks for the quick reply. I'll update today. I saw the info about the pixel trees in the release notes and was looking forward to trying it....another reason to upgrade. Steve
  14. Good Morning I was wondering if there are any issues running sequences together where the play files were generated some with 5.14 and some with 5.16? I "froze" the sequences I am using for my show at version 14. I was playing with making some minor changes yesterday and encountered a problem. Before I report it I know I need to upgrade to the latest version V 16. At this point, I do not want to disrupt anything and will wait until the season is over to figure if my problem is a bug or not if need be. If I go ahead and upgrade to V16 would you anticipate any issues. My shows consist of: 1) A nightly show that has no music. A single animation sequence. The one I ran into the problem with. 2) The grand show that I run on weekends and special occasions that has 10 or so 3 minute musical sequences, running along with a background animation sequence. If I go ahead and upgrade do I have to "Recomplie" all of the play files or would you expect I could mix them. Thanks Steve
  15. I ran into this issue early on too. Fortunately I have 2 PCs that are dedicated to Christmas stuff. The high powered one for developing sequences and the lesser powered one, in the garage, for playing the shows. I reformatted the the garage one and set it up so the root file structure matches the development machine. Both are in the same home group, so I can copy in either direction without issue. Steve
  16. Matt What command is this in V5? I don't see a lines vertical. Just straight lines. Thanks Steve
  17. I can't help you with the keyboard question Jeff, but there are plenty of us that have been using it for months. So if you have a specific question let us know. I go live with my show itonight all done with V5. It has really helped me create some hard effects easily. Steve
  18. Hi I am using 3 of them and have them setup thusly.... left most panel same as yours middle panel: tree360 wedges, my truncate cones and tilt forward set to 0 start location bottom back CCW the rest same as yours this part depends how you connect the controller when you set the tree up..... right panel: enter channel on first row selected, next item not selected, separate unit # for each string selected selected, max circuit 150 Hope this helps I can't email screen shots. Works just fine
  19. Same with me Anthony. I submitted a trouble ticket. I also sent an email to matt expressing my concerns this morning. It has been just about 3 weeks that I have been unable to do anything. I am starting to get a bit concerned at this point as I am dependent on V5. It was my choice of course, but I am no less worried. Steve
  20. Good Morning Matt While not in dire straits such as anthony is, I can no longer convert my V4 sequences, nor can I edit them as I am seeing the a similar problem. I assumed I needed to wait until the next Beta version was released and things would be fixed. Should I also open a ticket in order to get by my current issues resolved? Thanks Steve
  21. It sounds like the same problem I am having. I try to append props and they come up hashed out too and are unusable. I have another post on here about it. Steve
  22. Default This has me stopped dead in the water. I have had to stop all testing for now. For me, as it showed up new with version 5.0.8, I assume it is a regression of some sort. My uneducated guess is that is a result of the new "pixel editor" view that gets created. In addition, I have run into the "save file issue" which I reported to Matt along with someone else. I know Matt has said the save file problem is fixed with the next release and have my fingers crossed that this will be too. I could spend time looking for a workaround but at this point don't feel like it is time well spent. For now I am out in the backyard building props with high hopes for the next release of the beta. Steve
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