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  1. Tim Dorr

    Making Pixel Tree in visualizer?

    JR, thanks for helping my LOR education. Always glad to learn more. I did Google the LOROC and found one on the shannonclaus.com website. While the program is for S3 but it said it worked for later version. I'll give it a try. I was told by Brian B that the visualizer was locked in at increments of 50 pixels per object, so I would have to make a tree that was 16X100. He also said that in the end there would be a problem of only using 60 of those 100 pixels. Not sure how that works but Brian is certainly the man in the know.
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    Making Pixel Tree in visualizer?

    JR, sorry for the delay in responding. Darn, I though when you had already created a 16X60 tree it was a slam dunk. Seems like nothing is easy. I'm using a PixCon 16 to control the pixels on the pixel three and use units 01 - 10. The sequence is created in SS and then imported into SE via an intensive file. Worked well in 2017 with a 50 pixel leg. If you can walk me through the steps to create 60 pixels on a leg, I can do it and don't want you to go out of your way for me. Or and what is a LOROC? Told you I was old school. Hope the flu has passed you guys by. Not good when looking at the evening news. Certainly nothing to mess around with. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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    Making Pixel Tree in visualizer?

    Forgot to mention that I'm using S4, v4.3.24 Pro.
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    Making Pixel Tree in visualizer?

    Trying to create a 16 leg 60 pixels per leg tree. Last year I had a 16 leg 50 pixels per leg tree, but this year I want to make the pixel tree a little taller by adding 10 pixels per leg. Problem is I haven't been able to create a 60 pixel prop in the LOR visualizer. I know, I should move to S5, but I'm old fashion and would like to learn how to use the LOR visualizer. Any help you can provide dibblejr would be appreciated.
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    Making Pixel Tree in visualizer?

    Too bad nobody responded because I would like some help too in developing a pixel tree in the visualizer that is different than the defaults. Maybe someone addressed this issue elsewhere so I'll keep looking.
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    Help making initial Kit purchase for projector

    Thanks @OzAz and @TheDucks for your comments. I've used those vents mentioned by OzAz with the CG-1500 boxes and they work great in a passive mode. Should work that much better with a fan to push around the heat. Appreciate the guidance.
  7. Well Brian, I must be the exception because I couldn't get the pixel extender to work as anticipated. Instead of me taking you step by step through it here, I'll send you an email with the process used and the results. Then you can tell me what I'm doing wrong to get the visualizer to work when extending a 16 leg pixel tree from 50 pixels per leg to 60 pixels per leg.
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    Help making initial Kit purchase for projector

    jamills706, yes, I'm talking about video mapping/projection of my house, or in my case a portion of the house since I have a clump of birch trees growing in front of my house. I'm placing my projector outside in a box similar to the one found through this link. I haven't built the box since I don't have a projector. Buying the projector will be my first step. The Digital Press Works website has some suggestions about buying such a projector. Then setting up the location of the projector will be the next step so I can make an outline of the portion of the house to use. Here is another link that describes that process. This will help me determine how tall to make the box since I will be shooting across a drive that has a drop of about 4' from the bottom of the house to the projector. From the threads I've read, and content on the Internet, as long as the projector is kept from the elements, you are good to go. But ventilation is a big issue, since the projector is trapped in some container that will probably retain heat, and the goal is to keep the projector dry when sitting outside. So you need some way to displace the heat from inside the chamber holding the projector. Cold doesn't seem to be an issue from what I've read because of the heat generated by the projector. Too much heat is an issue. These tutorials came from Digital Press Works, who several people have mentioned in posts about purchasing Matt's videos to enhance their display, all positive. I also know of a guy who purchased a Halloween video from Matt in 2017 and was very pleased with the final product. I also plan to attend this year's Christmas Expo in hopes of learning more about video projection, assuming it will be on the agenda.
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    Help making initial Kit purchase for projector

    Well Don, I was hoping that technology moved forward, because I'm using a G3-MP3 Show Director, and it did a great job running a number of LEDs, dumb pixels, and smart pixels this past Christmas season. But I'm looking forward to 2018 and what I can do for Halloween as a starter. Video house projection is on my radar, so I was hoping it could be added to this Show Director. But alas, no, so says the LOR Help Desk. Specifically he/she said, "ShowTime Directors have no video output so projectors are a no-go. Only a computer has enough horsepower to do what you want,." This confirms what you said in 2015. So it looks like a laptop is in my future to run this year's shows because I really am enamored with house projections.
  10. Thanks Frank. I'm going to try that when this year's display comes down. Looks like a great solution. Had to repair way too many ribbons over the summer and would like to get that behind me.
  11. I'm using square aluminum tubing for the first time this year will be affixing the ribbons with zip ties. But how do you store the legs when the season is over? I'm worried about the ribbons getting beat up in the transportation from one place to another. Thanks.
  12. Ray also sells these 6803 strips: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/5050-magic-dream-color-changing-digital-led-strip-light-150leds-individually-addressable-6803-IC-DC12V-sleeving/32260258440.html They appear to be the similar, but I can't tell if there is a difference, except for the price and shipping. Are these compatible with the LOR CCR controllers?
  13. Yes, but a little different design, especially when it comes to the star attachment and attaching the legs to the star. In the past I've had trouble with a CCR developing problems with a few pixels or more. So bad that I needed to take down the CCR and replace it mid-season. I needed a simple way to remove the tree leg, remove the bad CCR, replace it and then put the single leg back in place without the need to take down the entire tree. And working up on a ladder at 16' wasn't an option for me, even though I did it a couple of years ago. The tree is a work in progress and I'll post more information as it moves along.
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    Showtime Director output to DMX

    Great question. I've got the same one and have a ticket into the LOR Help Desk.
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    Advanced effect samples

    Ron, I picked up your file from Dropbox and loaded it into SS. All worked well until the program got to 32:70, scene 159 when nothing plays back from that point on. And even though there appear to be scenes to view, the color is always white, but there are no scenes to view. I also downloaded your .sup file direct to the computer without going through Dropbox, but had the same result. Any idea why nothing plays back when I reach the 32:70 mark? Thanks.
  16. Frank, I haven't looked at the box at HD, but it appears that your PS and controllers are sitting on a shelf and not directly on the bottom of the box. If that is the case, would you explain a little more in detail your design for the interior of the box and affixing the PS and controllers to the box's interior? Any concern about heat buildup? I've used food storage containers the last two years to hold my CCR controllers and individual PSs, which has worked OK but your set-up is so much cleaner, so it may be time for a change. Thanks.
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    New Spiral and Shock Wave Effects

    Outstanding Brian. Another reason to be looking forward to summer.
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    Bob's Videos

    Bob, really appreciate the tutorials. Helps me understand features I haven't used before.
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    Cut LED M6 Mini 70 count

    And how do you determine which ones you can cut?
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    Instant Sequence Tutorials

    Love the tutorials Brian. Since this is the first year that I've been sequencing the CCRs, they are an essential part in my understanding and moving through the process. Keep them coming.
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    So what if you are running a network that includes both PC CTB16PC controllers and CCRs? Or a network that only runs 6 CCRs? Using an RS485 to USB connection. Can the Cat5 from the RS485 to the first controller be inexcess of 100' in either of those networks, and if so, what do you think is the greatest distance I can get away with?
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    Ready to Buy- have nothing, need everything

    That's outstanding Dan. Any thoughts on dates yet?
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    CCR storage

    Made 4 circles with CCRs zip tied to 3/4" PVC this past season and stored them as is. We'll see if that was a wise thing to do in 10 months. Or maybe sooner when I try out new sequences.
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    DC-MP3 and show scheduling

    darrenv wrote: Now it all makes sense. Good luck with your client.
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    Halloween 2010 Videos

    Cracker wrote: Kevin, what settings did you use on your Canon to shoot your video? Excellent all the way around. I followed these settings.... http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/29673-Hi-Def-Video-using-best-camcorder-settings-for-night-61-000-Lights-Rudolph-DVD-Menu Thanks Kevin. I've used Jeff's settings also, but just want to see if you had tweaked them.