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  1. Mega Tree Turned 180 Degrees

    All of my sequences act the same way. All of the other props seem to display properly, but the sequencing for them is not as elaborate. I know that my sign (matrix) is working just fine. Some of my sequences are new with S5 and some have been brought forward from as far back as 2009 (through each generation of software). These sequences and particularly the tree worked correctly last year. This sequencing was made using S4-S5. I don't use Superstar. BTW, the tree uses RGB nodes via E1.31, not CCRs. Jim
  2. My show is running using 5.0.14! However, I have a problem that I can't figure out. My mega tree is turned 180 degrees. The back is in the front and the front is in the back. I have everything connected exactly like I did using S4, last year. I have double checked the string and controller setups. I have also double checked my prop definition. The starting location is "Bottom Back CW" which is the way that I have it wired. The tree displays properly in the playback window. However, the actual lights display with string 1 in the front instead of the back. Text reads and scrolls properly, but starts over in the from instead of the back. Does anyone one have any idea why this might be happening or how to resolve it? Jim
  3. Show Player Problem

    I tested my full show tonight and ran into a major problem that I can't figure out how to resolve. I am getting HUGH delays between sequences on the first time through the show. I am experiencing black (no lights) for a minimum of 7 seconds to over 20 seconds, using 5.0.14. I assume that the player is loading each sequence as it needs it because CPU and disk access go up noticeably during the "no show" run. I have not had this problem with LOR software for a long time. The problem does not happen during subsequent runs through the show, just the first time. Is there a way to correct this issue in 5.0.14 or do I need to move this comment to the bugs section? Jim
  4. Show Player Problem

    Thanks to the Phil and Default for the great information. Unless my mind is failing me, in previous releases, such as S4, I think all we had to do was select an option to save as a compressed file and that was the end of it. Now we have to: 1. Save the sequence, 2. Generate the .play file, then, 3. In a completely different place, remember to generate the compressed file. I would like to suggest an enhancement to S5. I suggest an option to generate and save the .play as a compressed file automatically, instead of having to go thru 2 separate steps. I realize that this will take awhile longer in the process, but then there is no more that needs to be done. After all, as far as I know, the only reason to generate a .play file is to run it in a show. Having this feature added would avoid a lot of possible confusion and extra work on the user's part. Now, if I want to make a change in a sequence, after I have set up the show, I need to remember to generate a new .play file and then, in another section of the program, compress that new .play file so that there will be no interruption in the playing of a show. Just a thought Happy Thanksgiving All. Jim
  5. When I open Preview Design and then select one of the arches, the prop definition starts to display and then gives the following error;" Error while drawing shape diagram, Parameter is not valid."This appears 3 times, I click OK on each one and then the Prop Definition displays. Here is an excerpt from the log file that I think is relevant - LORSequencer.exe Information: 0 : System.ArgumentException: Parameter is not valid. at System.Drawing.Graphics.CheckErrorStatus(Int32 status) at System.Drawing.Graphics.DrawArc(Pen pen, Single x, Single y, Single width, Single height, Single startAngle, Single sweepAngle) at LightORama.Preview.ShapeArch.PaintShapeDiagram(Graphics g) at Ku`7<-:I)~\.554\.n%4\&1Gygm!.‌‮‎‎‏‏‍‪‪‫‫‌‮‪‌‫‏‎‮‭‏‬‍‌‪‫‬‏‌‮(Object , PaintEventArgs ) DateTime=2017-11-18T04:02:15.8042796Z LORSequencer.exe Information: 0 : System.ArgumentException: Parameter is not valid. at System.Drawing.Graphics.CheckErrorStatus(Int32 status) at System.Drawing.Graphics.DrawArc(Pen pen, Single x, Single y, Single width, Single height, Single startAngle, Single sweepAngle) at LightORama.Preview.ShapeArch.PaintShapeDiagram(Graphics g) at Ku`7<-:I)~\.554\.n%4\&1Gygm!.‌‮‎‎‏‏‍‪‪‫‫‌‮‪‌‫‏‎‮‭‏‬‍‌‪‫‬‏‌‮(Object , PaintEventArgs ) DateTime=2017-11-18T04:02:18.8689383Z LORSequencer.exe Information: 0 : System.ArgumentException: Parameter is not valid. at System.Drawing.Graphics.CheckErrorStatus(Int32 status) at System.Drawing.Graphics.DrawArc(Pen pen, Single x, Single y, Single width, Single height, Single startAngle, Single sweepAngle) at LightORama.Preview.ShapeArch.PaintShapeDiagram(Graphics g) at Ku`7<-:I)~\.554\.n%4\&1Gygm!.‌‮‎‎‏‏‍‪‪‫‫‌‮‪‌‫‏‎‮‭‏‬‍‌‪‫‬‏‌‮(Object , PaintEventArgs ) DateTime=2017-11-18T04:02:20.4531267Z Anyone have any idea what the problem with the arch might be? Jim
  6. Parameter is not valid error

    Matt: Here is the requested screen shot. The link is https://1drv.ms/i/s!Aor4cHE_ElMqqiVXz-yVA4TnSl_o . BTW this forum board will never allow me to upload files. Just thought that I would mention it. Jim
  7. What effect (S) were you using and how did you set it up? Jim
  8. Dimming Curve Question

    Matt: Thanks. I did have a problem with both files. I fixed them and everything works great. Jim
  9. I am using 5.0.14. I just built a new dimming curve. It is in the same directory as all of the others (Light-O-Rama > Plugins > Dimming Curves). When I go into preview design, select a prop and try to add the dimming curve that I just made, it is not listed. What am I doing wrong? Jim
  10. Dimming Curve Question

    Matt: I am glad that you mentioned the trace file. Here is part of the file that deals with the problem: LORSequencer.exe Information: 0 : DimmingCurveCollection.ReadCurve: C:\Users\JMW\Documents\Light-O-Rama\Plugins\DimmingCurves\Linear_20pct.xml DateTime=2017-11-16T23:31:31.2487567Z LORSequencer.exe Error: 0 : DimmingCurveCollection.ReadCurve: System.Xml.XmlException: '<', hexadecimal value 0x3C, is an invalid attribute character. Line 19, position 3. at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Exception e) at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(String res, String[] args) at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseAttributeValueSlow(Int32 curPos, Char quoteChar, NodeData attr) at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseAttributes() at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseElement() at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseElementContent() at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Read() at System.Xml.XmlReader.MoveToContent() at System.Xml.XmlReader.IsStartElement() at ‪‫‫‭‍‍‌‬‎‭‎‏‫‪‭‎‬‍‏‎‬‮.‏‭‎‍‪‏‪‮‏‎‭‏‮‎‍‭‮(String ) DateTime=2017-11-16T23:31:31.2517579Z LORSequencer.exe Information: 0 : DimmingCurveCollection.ReadCurve: C:\Users\JMW\Documents\Light-O-Rama\Plugins\DimmingCurves\Linear_20pct_For_Sign.xml DateTime=2017-11-16T23:31:31.2517579Z LORSequencer.exe Error: 0 : DimmingCurveCollection.ReadCurve: System.Xml.XmlException: '<', hexadecimal value 0x3C, is an invalid attribute character. Line 19, position 3. at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Exception e) at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(String res, String[] args) at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseAttributeValueSlow(Int32 curPos, Char quoteChar, NodeData attr) at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseAttributes() at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseElement() at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseElementContent() at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Read() at System.Xml.XmlReader.MoveToContent() at System.Xml.XmlReader.IsStartElement() at ‪‫‫‭‍‍‌‬‎‭‎‏‫‪‭‎‬‍‏‎‬‮.‏‭‎‍‪‏‪‮‏‎‭‏‮‎‍‭‮(String )
  11. Dimming Curve Question

    Matt: I have tried that. I have even rebooted the computer. I still do not see my dimming curve. Is there a required file name or will it list anything in that directory? Jim
  12. Conversion Issue

    I have just converted a file that I used in 2012 (whatever sequencer version was in use at that time). All of the sequencing information is there from all of the channels. However, many of the channels are listed in red in the "view" or left side of the sequencing window. These channels will not play in the Design Preview window. These channels are in the same relative position now that they were in the original 2012 file. Why would they be in red? I assume that this means there is no match between the two for some reason. I also realize that they have been archived for some reason. What makes this even stranger is that some channels/controllers further on down in the file show in black and do work in the Design Preview window. I think that it might have something to do with the fact that the channels/controllers that don't work are now in a different network than they were in 2012, but that is just a guess. If, so why would that matter? I also note that none of the channels, whether or not they work in the preview window, are listed as a part of their prop groups; they are all listed as individual channels only. I have also noted that the sequencing associated with the archived channels cannot be copied. Anyone have any ideas? What would be a relatively easy way to fix this? We need an easy way to convert archived channels to active current prop channels. Also, why can't the sequencing for these channels be copied to another set of active prop channels? I finally figured out how to restore the channels to active service using "Sequence Manage Archived Props". Now at least I can copy the sequencing to an active prop. However, I have another question. How do I force one of these channels to become a part of an existing prop? With the conversion problem described above, I hope that there is a way to tell these channels, once they are activated, that they are part of a prop. Otherwise, do we have to manually add the current prop to the view and then copy the sequencing to it, then remove the old channels? That is a lot of extra work. Jim
  13. Archive Prop Question

    I have just converted a file that I used in 2012 (whatever sequencer version was in use at that time). All of the sequencing information is there from all of the channels. However, many of the channels are listed in red in the "view" or left side of the sequencing window. These channels will not play in the Design Preview window. These channels are in the same relative position now that they were in the original 2012 file. Why would they be in red? I assume that this means there is no match between the two for some reason. I also realize that they have been archived for some reason. What makes this even stranger is that some channels/controllers further on down in the file show in black and do work in the Design Preview window. I think that it might have something to do with the fact that the channels/controllers that don't work are now in a different network than they were in 2012, but that is just a guess. If, so why would that matter? I also note that none of the channels, whether or not they work in the preview window, are listed as a part of their prop groups; they are all listed as individual channels only. I have also noted that the sequencing associated with the archived channels cannot be copied. Anyone have any ideas? What would be a relatively easy way to fix this? We need an easy way to convert archived channels to active current prop channels. Also, why can't the sequencing for these channels be copied to another set of active prop channels? I finally figured out how to restore the channels to active service using "Sequence Manage Archived Props". Now at least I can copy the sequencing to an active prop. However, I have another question. How do I force one of these channels to become a part of an existing prop? With the conversion problem described above, I hope that there is a way to tell these channels, once they are activated, that they are part of a prop. Otherwise, do we have to manually add the current prop to the view and then copy the sequencing to it, then remove the old channels? That is a lot of extra work. Jim
  14. Conversion Issue

    Bumb. I am still looking for some answers. Thanks. Jim
  15. Does that mean that you can't use a different preview, for any reason in a show? I am not planning to change any channel or prop configurations in the new preview. I am going to switch to using dimming curves on the props instead of setting the intensity level settings in the motion effects. Will the new sequences that use only the dimming curves not work in a show with the current sequences? Jim
  16. JMW-007 Module: S5-SE Software Version: 5.0.8 OS Version: Windows 10 Description: SE refuses to properly connect a motion effect name to the sequence grid. I just converted a sequence from S4 to S5. The conversion went well. However, in all of the sequence grids, the "favorite" (motion effect) names, and the connection to the saved motion effects did not transfer. The favorite motion effects are shown in the motion effects window and are listed in the Motion Effect Generator Favorites, but the effects actually in the grid show general and sometimes unrelated LOR general names. An example is the first effect in the 03-J-Sign prop of this sequence. The Effect Type shows "Light-O-Rama.Color Wash/" when it should show and be connected to the Motion Effect named "S-072a" which is a color wash with a text overlay. The effect displays properly, however, the name is wrong and it is not connected to the proper effect. Now, the above is problem enough but, it gets worse. If I select the proper motion effect (S-072a), select the "Max Intensity" button, then drag that over the effect, the naming and connection to the motion effect does not change. Even if I delete the effect from the grid and replace it with the proper motion effect, the proper effect is added to the grid, but the name is still the generic name and the sequenced effect is not connected to the proper motion effect in the generator. I have tried everything that I can think of and cannot get things to work correctly. This is the only sequence that I have had this issue with. Even in this sequence I was able to correct the first 2 RGB props. But the remainder refuse to work properly. So, to recap, I see 2 problems. First, the names and connections between the sequence grid and the motion effects did not convert properly. And second, I cannot get the connections to set properly, even when I do it manually. Here is a link to the file: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aor4cHE_ElMqqEl48JEmEgdSTqc_ Repeatability: This is a constant problem in this sequence only. I have not tried to convert another sequence to see if this problem continues to exist, but again, I have not had problems with other sequences that I have converted. I do note that this is the first new conversion that I have attempted in 5.0.8. The others were done in earlier versions Hardware Used: 1. Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4670K CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 MHz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s). 2. 16 GB Memory. 3. Windows 10 x64 4. I use 5 networks to support my display.
  17. I did some more checking. You are correct. All of the motion effect favorites, in the favorites listing, did get properly transferred to S5. However the problem of converted files (into S5) not having the names associated with the effect, in the grid, still remains. Here is a link to a newly converted file: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aor4cHE_ElMqqXY_nRF74oVsKJY_ . Note that none of the effects have names, yet they were all associated with favorites in the sequence last year. Here is a specific example. Look at 03-J-Sign. Look at the effect that starts at the 0:10 mark. This is a Tune To sign with red text with a blue background on a sign. The favorite for it should be, in the sign sub-menu, S-080 tune To R Ltrs Bl Bkg-4. S5 just shows is as "Light-O-Rama color wash/Light-O-Rama text/mix-overlay". The favorite is listed in the favorites listing, but not in the sequence itself. Again, every effect in the imported sequence is lacking its favorite name even though it had one in the previous sequencer. That is the issue that I am talking about. I just had a thought. I am using sub-menus in my favorites. Could that be the problem? The are allowed in S4 and S5. Jim
  18. Report Number: JMW-S5-008Module: Sequence Editor - Motion Effect GeneratorSoftware Version: 5.0.10OS Version: Windows 10Description:I convert a sequence from S4 to S5. The conversion goes well, with no error messages. The Problem: 50%-60% of the manual brightness mode settings are converted incorrectly.There are 3 problems, 2 of which can be seen in the attached screenshot. --The actual brightness of the effect is much higher that the original setting in S4 (you can't tell this from the screenshot, but it is). Many times it appears that the effect is at maximum brightness when played in the sequencer. --The the second two problems deal with the Manual Mode Brightness slider and associated number (I love the numbers in S5) in the Motion Effect Generator, and both are wrong. Notice in the screen shot that the number is 4, while the slider is set much higher. Again, remember that a test with the actual lights shows that the lights are probably set at and are showing maximum (or close to it) brightness. For every motion effect in the sequence (100s), I have to double click on each one, and then change the setting back to what it should be ( 11 ticks from the left in S4). Note: This problem is not new to this release. It was happening in earlier S5 releases and I didn't have a chance to report it.Repeatability: This happens in every sequence that I have converted from S4 to S5. Here is a link to the screenshot, since the forums refuse to take the file: https://1drv.ms/i/s!Aor4cHE_ElMqqWrwNATET-EGY2aJ . Jim W
  19. An update on this issue in 5.0.10. The issues are the same and have not changed. They are: 1. None (100%) of the motion effect names came over in the conversion from the 4.xxx to the 5.1.10. All of the motion effects still only show the LOR setup names for the effects. 2. Because of the above, many of the motion effect "favorites" do not appear at all in the favorites listing in the generator, or in the motion effects window. 3. In the few that I have tried so far, I have been able to assign new effect favorite names and they stuck to the effect. I will continue to check this one out. Jim W
  20. An update on this issue in 5.0.10. The issues are the same and have not changed. They are: 1. None (100%) of the motion effect names came over in the conversion from the 4.xxx to the 5.1.10. All of the motion effects still only show the LOR setup names for the effects. 2. Because of the above, many of the motion effect "favorites" do not appear at all in the favorites listing in the generator, or in the motion effects window. 3. In the few that I have tried so far, I have been able to assign new effect favorite names and they stuck to the effect. I will continue to check this one out. Jim W
  21. Problem Playing Sequence

    @default and Matt: Thanks for the responses. First let me clarify what I was talking about above. The particular file that I was using to demonstrate the problem is fairly small (for the large number of channels). The .loredit file is 21,194 KB (all files are on the SSD). I have tried saving and closing the file, and S5. I have even tried rebooting the computer. The problem still exists after all of that. The problem occurs on any and all effects and in any and all S5 sequence files. I have "play lights" turned on in the sequencer. When I double-click on any effect, the generator appears. In the generator, the effect plays the lights properly. All is fine. When I play the entire file from the sequencer (all or part of it), the lag and jerkiness appears. Again, this happens in all files, all of the time. It makes it very difficult to see the sequencing, via the actual lights, while you are working on it (how it looks on the actual props, not just in the preview). I do not see this sync problem in the preview display as it now runs smoothly. Also, I tried playing the file with the playback preview window both open and closed. The problem of playing the file from the sequencer continued to occur. Another note. I checked the performance of the computer using Windows Performance Monitor while the file is playing. There is absolutely no problem with the monitored areas. The CPU never got over 8 % usage. After you suggested it, I did save the playback files and run them by show on demand. I am happy to say that the file played perfectly (at least as I had sequenced it ). That makes me happy since I now know that there will not be a problem with the show. However, it would be interesting to know why the sequencer is producing problems with playing the lights. And - Randy, I take my breaks at Jack's Stack. The best BBQ in the world! Again, thanks for the help and suggestions. At least I know the show will play correctly. Jim P.S. As a side note, I never received notification of either of the above replies via email, even though I have notification turned on. JMW
  22. I need big time help please. I have a problem playing sequences from the S5 Sequencer. When I add a motion effect to a sequence and then preview a motion effect by clicking on the effect (or watching it play in the generator), the effect plays at the speed and rhythm that it is setup in the generator - all is fine. When that effect is played by playing the sequence, everything comes out jerky and out of speed and rhythm (timing) with what it is supposed to be. It is not just one effect, but the entire show that is doing this - both my E1.31 nodes and my LOR controller lights are being affected. Last year I ran my show with the same number of channels/lights and did not have this problem. Right now I have 31,812 channels that are mostly RGB (via Ethernet)but also have a good number of LOR controlled strings and CCRs. Hopefully, you can see the problem in the very short videos that I have linked to this topic. This is a link to the "preview" play, in which everything is normal and correct: https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aor4cHE_ElMqqWAjpb9_PqSb8tqw . This is the link to the same effect played from the sequencer: https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aor4cHE_ElMqqWHMDnSQYKQXNiIq . Please notice how jerky the effect is. I am running on a high end Windows 10 computer with 16 MB of RAM and an SSD hard drive. I hope someone out there can help me with this issue, I am at a loss. Jim
  23. Enhancement Request

    It is very difficult to add a new grid view in a sequence. A far as I can figure out, you have to copy the current view to a new name. Then in the new view you have to delete the props that you don't need and then add the props that you want in the view. I would suggest a new option in the pull down options to "Add New Blank View". Then the user can just add the props that are needed. This would be much simpler. Jim
  24. When you convert a musical sequence from S4 to S5 the sequence converts just fine. However, if you tell the conversion screen to add a Pixel grid view during the conversion, a small problem develops. When you look at the pixel grid view, all of the prop views are expanded. At the current time, the only way to collapse all of the props is to click on the minus sign for each prop, one at a time. I can suggest several solutions. 1. The conversion program should collapse all of the pixel view grids instead of leaving them expanded, just like it does with the traditional props. 2. We need a method for the user to collapse all of the expanded props at one time. Either of these would work to solve the issue but both of these together might be a good enhancement to the program. Jim
  25. S5 Enhancement - Conversion Issue

    I feel like a fool. I looked - but did not see. Sorry. You are correct. It is there, but I missed it. Thanks. Jim
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