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  1. Thanks Mike, I appreciate the confirmation. I'll try to remember not to submerge them in the outdoor spa. George, I have a snow maker, so of course we have snow at Christmas. Mind you I was working in Tasmania (most southern of the Australian states) about 20 years ago and it did snow on Christmas Day. Cheers, Davidt
  2. Thanks guys. My RGB50 floods arrived last night and the definitely have an external power supply. I was just seeking confirmation regarding the waterproofness (is that even a word?) of the external supply before I left them out in the weather. Cheers.
  3. G'day, Could someone please advise if the power supply that comes with the RGB50 is waterproof / water resistant, or does it need to be mounted in another box to protect it from the weather? Thanks in advance, Davidt
  4. Jim, thanks for the detailed info. It clarified a number of things for me but could you please describe how you cut your PVC pipes in half so neatly? Cheers, Davidt, VK3UR
  5. Thanks Mixnight. Sequencing to a video is the same as for audio. In my case I converted the video to a ".wmv" file and selected it to be used as part of a musical sequence. I also set the video to suit 1920 x 1080 HD resolution and the average video file is around 400MB. Under the Preferences section select Video and work out where you want the video to be sent and set it to Full Screen. My computer is an i7 with 16GB and setup for 2 screens (extended desktop) and the 2nd screen is a projector in my theatre room. When LOR plays the sequence the video is is displayed through the projector and rear projected through our iGlass (www.iGlass.biz) controllable window which we set to frosted. Audio from the computer is fed through a small FM transmitter which is also relayed through the outdoor speaker system. 95% of our Halloween show was RGB, so three networks were run. One 500K for the 3 x CCRs, one 500K for the 10 x CCPs and the third (normal) for the CCFs, strobes and RGB 5050 pixel window frames. Overall 2,004 channels supporting 2,508 lights. Christmas will be bigger Cheers, Davidt
  6. This was originally going to be a video for Christmas (and probably will still be) as it uses a lot of red and green but we just had to use it for Halloween. Enjoy.
  7. Thanks Dan and John. Much better to find out now, rather than after they arrive. My credit card will now remain intact for a little while longer. It's a pity though as the US > AUS currency exchange rate is pretty good at the moment. And as for Asetti's observation... Only some of us are foreign problems Good luck to everyone during the sale.
  8. Dan, If I'm not mistaken the Cosmic Colour Bulbs are capable of running from 110 to 250VAC, so I presume this should be OK for Australia through the March Sale. Could you please confirm if the Cosmic Colour Floods can operate across 110 to 250VAC as well. Or does it require a different power supply? If it requires a different power supply for 240VAC will this be available during the sale? Thanks, davidt
  9. The email that came out said: "There is a $2500.00 Limit on orders. If your order total goes above $1500.00 you will not be able to checkout." Which is correct? Thanks, davidt
  10. BrianBruderer wrote: My bad Brian... I didn't even realise there was a Paste by Time option. Thanks for pointing that out as once I clicked it my problem disappeared straight away Cheers, davidt
  11. BrianBruderer wrote: Hi Brian, Sorry, we have deviated away from the original topic. The timing grid from a SS sequence does impact here when I try to copy / paste it into a SE LMS sequence. Example: I create a 1 second sequence in SS and it displays it in a 0.05 second timing grid (eg 20 cells). When I export the sequence from SS (or open the SUP in SE) it displays the same 1 second in a 0.1 second fixed timing grid (eg 10 cells). I then copy / paste these 10 cells into an existing SE LMS sequence, that has been set with 0.05 second fixed timing grid, and it pastes it into 10 cells of the LMS timing grid (eg: 0.5 second), or half the length that it should be. It does not display the imported sequence across the full 1 second (eg 20 cells). I think this could possibly be rectified if the user could define the timing grid (used for both sequencing and export) in SS. I'm not sure how this goes with timing grids other than fixed timing grids as I don't tend to use them. Hope that makes sense and helps. Regards, davidt
  12. BrianBruderer wrote: No problems Brian, it looks like you've been busy in the background. I've managed to get over most of the hurdles by separating the various features and it is now working quite well. One thing I've noticed is that when working in SS is that it uses a 0.05 second timing grid, but as soon as I try to open it in SE (either through SS Export or directly opening the SUP file in LOR SE 3.2.0 or 3.1.4) the timing grid changes to 0.1 second. I then need to manually change the fixed timing grid of the imported file back to 0.05 second before I can copy / paste into my existing 0.05 second sequences. Is this normal? I have SE configured to use 0.05 second fixed timing grids for both LAS and LMS. Cheers, davidt
  13. Thanks for the suggestions William (and also thanks to Brandon offline). I'm now making some progress. Originally I had tried importing a large visualisation of the house, with all of the features, but it kept crashing SS. Once I made several smaller visualisations that only had a single CCR/CCB feature, eg Visualisation 1 for a Mega Tree, Visualisation 2 for the Driveway Arches and Visualisation 3 for some circles it all came together. Thanks, davidt
  14. Brian, I’m interested in SuperStar but need to confirm if it can do a few things before I purchase a 24 CCR version. My display this year will comprise 2 large features comprising CCBs (when they are released). The first is a 12 CCB Mega Tree (across 3 networks) and the second feature is setup as 10 CCBs (across another 3 networks) as driveway arches for people to walk under. From what I can see, SS is limited to a maximum of 4 networks which would limit my ability to have 2 features configured at the same time. My first question is whether I can set up 2 SS configurations, one for each feature? My second question relates to exporting SS sequences and importing them into the LOR SE. I already have a template setup for my sequences in the LOR SE, based on Unit ID, followed by Channel ID for each of the CCB features. I generally use a fixed cell width of 0.05s, which from what I can see matches SS. If I import the SS file into LOR SE can I simply copy / paste the cell data across from the imported SS rows into my existing CCB/CCR SE cells, then remove the SS rows? I hope this makes sense and thanks in advance, davidt
  15. LightORamaJohn wrote: John, thanks for the info. Do you know if this current scenario of 3 x CCB x 2 strings has been tested through the current MP3 Show Director, or only via a PC connection at the pixel level? My current design for this year is based on 3 x CCB x 2 strings, plus a CCR, all running at pixel level, along with another couple of hundred channels all being driven by a MP3 Show Director. I gather that based on the current config it is going to be pushing the limits across a single network, but it may be achievable if you get the efficiencies you are trying for. If not, are there any alternatives planned for people who are trying to use large pixel counts through something like the MP3 Show Director, where multiple networks may be required?
  16. Dan, In the FAQ that was just sent out it stated that there would be no Australian / 240VAC controllers for sale. Does this also apply to CCRs for use in Australia / 240VAC countries? Regards, davidt
  17. Another question Dan. You mentioned that the bulbs will be moulded to look like a C9. Has any provision been made for how they can be mounted? If there is some form of mounting clip for each bulb then that may minimise the problem some people have with the idea of 8" spacing, as they could space them anywhere up to 8" apart.
  18. Dan, Could you please confirm if both the CCB and CCF will support both 110VAC and 240VAC operation, for use outside of the US. Thanks, davidt, Australia
  19. G'day Geoff, Thanks for the feedback and link. I can understand that the tolerance on the ribbon is tight, but surprised if the CCR controller doesn't have a regulator to manage input voltage. Either way, if necessary, I should be able to accommodate 12VDC to the CCR controller. Cheers, davidt
  20. Complements of the season to all. Santa kindly brought me my first CCR and I'm a happy boy. Now I have to try to sneek some more into the house without Mrs Claus going troppo and getting my name onto the naughty list... Dan / John / others the manual says that the CCR requires 12V @ 3A but could you please tell me the maximum input voltage that they can operate on. I have a number of 13.8VDC power supplies and I would prefer to distribute low voltage DC around my property and run my (growing collection of) CCRs from these power supplies, instead of using the supplied universal power adaptor and 240VAC if possible. Regards, davidt Australia
  21. michael.farney wrote: I had a 5mW green and 5mW red laser streamer at the rear of the garage, angled downwards so that it didn't project to where the audience were. I'd like to replace it with a 3B (budget permitting) with animation at some stage but like you, would only consider rear projection for safety. I modified my fog machine so that it automatically pumps out a 2 second burst every 30 seconds and this was much more effective than long bursts. OK on the DMX enclosures with fans. I've found a few companies in Australia that make 15 1/2" and 19 1/2" clear acrylic domes and waiting for pricing. If they aren't too expensive then I'll get a few to play with. To get over our summer heat issues (at Christmas) I'm thinking of making up a rigid base that the light and enclosure can sit on at night. If I go down this path the main hassle will be to ensure that I can accurately align the light each night so that it points where it is meant to. Cheers, davidt, Australia
  22. michael.farney wrote: G'day Michael that was sensational! Was the laser rear projected from inside the house, or was it outside? I had lasers running in my garage for a few years and even in a confined area with the fog machine at the rear of the garage it was only moderately effective as the wind from outside kept moving the fog in / out too much. I'd like to get my DMX pan/tilt spots outside, but as it can exceed 100F here at Christmas I don't know how they would survive. Cheers, davidt
  23. Davidt wrote: G'day All, Just a follow up, as I now have a workable solution that may be of interest to others. I found a third party shareware application that detects when there is a change to a file, in this case the CurrentSong.txt file that ZaraRadio produces whenever a new song commences playing. The application then runs a simple batch file that appends the CurrentSong.txt to a file comprising a list of songs that have already played today. The batch file also appends the current time to today's playlist. Each time a new song starts it appends the song information and time to the existing file. At midnight I run another batch file tat archives the previous day's play list and creates the header file for the next day to append to. Cheers, davidt
  24. coasterbp wrote: G'day coasterbp, Thanks for your reply. From what I can see Zara creates a text file identifying the current song. Once the next song commences it overwrites the file, so there is no history of the previous song. It also creates a log file, but that has too much additional information in it. Ideally what I'm looking for is the ability to produce a text file that has a list of all songs played today and the time that they were played. Cheers, davidt
  25. G'day All, I've been reading this thread for the last few weeks and it has been very helpful. Thanks also to Michael for the tutorial, which was great. Does anyone have a script, or application, that automatically updates a text file with lst of what songs have been played today and the time they were played? I've got a test web page that updates / displays the current song playing every 30 seconds, through an iframe, and would like to do add something similar that displays a list of what has been played today. Thanks in advance, davidt, Australia
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