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    LED Lighting. I have a CTB-16D and iDMX-1000.
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  1. I'm doing embedded systems which include CAN bus. The picture of the rings behind me holds the record for the second largest CAN bus system in the world with 750 nodes. The larges is shown on my web site with over 1500 nodes. www.autoartisans.com Main project that I swore I'd finish before I restart any others is CNC on my milling machine.
  2. Yet another year went buy with the LOR gear still in the boxes. But as I head toward retirement and try to extract myself from work-work (not easy) I want to start in the spring to build for the fall. And so I'm also interested in more ctb16 kits.
  3. Thanks. I won't bother them right now then. It did install on the new machine. That was #4 or #5. I may want it on my WIN-7 laptop so I can sit where it's comfortable designing new shows. I think the old VISTA laptop which has a battery that now lasts 30 seconds might also have a copy. So removing it from the two WIN-XP machines seemed like a good idea. Also from the VISTA laptop. I'll contact them in the new year when they aren't busy.
  4. I've scored a Lenova 4 core PC with 4GB and WIN-7 (64 bit). That means I can finally retire my old WIN-XP 32 bit 512K byte machine. My license is good for 5 installations. How do I remove it from the WIN-XP machine? I've not used up all 5 since I was able to install it on the Lenova but still the WIN-XP machine will be scrapped. How do I recover that installation? Thanks John
  5. It's been 3 years since I've had the opportunity to set up lighting but this year I think I'll have the time. Can't find the the DMX cables that go from my iDMX1000 but the old WIN-XP still boots up (needed new coin cell) and my Pro License for 5 PCs is still in place. But looking on the Lightorama web site the CTB-16KV6 doesn't seem to be there (the V6 part). The assembly manual is Version 2.03 from 15FEB2007. I never did install the switches or EEROM for stand alone shows. My show software CDs are marked 2.5.2 and 4.2.6 and I upgraded to a five seat license on 15NOV2009 and the 4.2.10 Pro level 30NOV2015. The email when I upgraded said I would be able to up date to 4.9 or anything newer up to 30NOV2016. I've downloaded 4.4.0 so I'm assuming it fits the criteria but haven't tried it yet. The question is, do I need to update the firmware in my CTB-16kV6 and what exactly is different between it and the newer CTB-16 series.
  6. Thanks Matt, For the questions I'm still confused about I'll address only one in each reply. In prop definition, on the left side is the "Lights" section. Make sure the "traditional" tab is selected. You can define single color strings, multi-color strings, and strobes on this tab. In most cases you would want to sequence these strings with the Sequence Editor (note the Sequence Method setting at the top of the prop definition window). However, there are benefits to defining them in the Pixel Editor preview with Sequence Method=Sequence Editor: 1) they will play in the preview as you sequence your pixels; 2) the prop's channels can be displayed in the Pixel Editor's Sequence grid -- allowing you to copy from those channels and paste onto the Pixel Editor props. Perhaps I'm using the wrong definition of a pixel and they cannot inherently be a single colour? Here's a screen capture as per your suggestion. I have set 5 lights per string but I can't assign more than one DMX slot for them when it should be 5 slots. Perhaps if I describe my pixels a bit better. Each lamp or pixel has 36 LEDs, 9 of each Red, Green, Blue and White. Control is via CAN bus messages with values for RGBW and a total lamp intensity I. http://www.autoartisans.com/rings/YVR-Horizontal-Test3.jpg To make them work with show software like LOR I've created two different bridges. One used the same processor board inside the lamp and a RS485 to TTL module. This was controlled by the DMX1000 and I had 4 Christmas trees made from a wire frame and bubble wrap with a lamp inside each one. I was still using LOR 2.x for that a number of years ago. The small PIC processor really wasn't big enough to handle a full DMX universe so I have since created a module I call DMX2CAN which translates an RS485 DMX universe into the appropriate CAN messages to run 100 lamps on one CAN bus. DMX Slot 1 and 2 are configuration information. Slots 3..7 are RGBWI for the entire string. A DMX message with 8 slots is translated to a single CAN message that lights the entire string. Either like a single Pixel that is 100 units long or as an RGB entry in Sequence Editor with White as a separate pixel. From DMX Slot 13 to 312 I have RGB information for the 100 lights. From 313 to 412 are the White LEDs intensity values and from 413 to 512 are the overall lamp Intensities which is defaulted to 255 in LOR mode. So it's pretty simple to set all the lights to a single colour and then run a moving set of White intensities along the entire string. BTW, the DMX2CAN also does the UCS2912 LED Tape Pixels which are RGBW but don't have an Intensity value. OTOH the GE-35 pixel strings I bought from Costco can also be run by the DMX2CAN and they have RGB and Intensity and no white LED. Also their RGB are only 16 levels each. I have 9 strings of those. I just hack off the GE controller and sub in the DMX2CAN. So lots of pixels. Some RGBI, lots of RGBW on several reels and over 150 RGBWI Oring lights as shown in the above link. Several different types of Ethernet E1.31 to DMX boards. I've also added a small WizNet Ethernet module to the original 9S12 ring controller which has 5 CAN bus channels and addressed 750 lamps. Custom control software for that was written in Delphi. So back to my problem. I'd like to have a prop that has n lights that can be moved from one end of the prop to the other end of the prop over the duration of time that the prop is ON. As the lights chase along the length the group is dimmer at both ends. Left to right and right to left features would also be needed. Think of a CYLON from Battlestar Galactica. If the prop is designed to be a string of single colours (white) then the white light moves back and forth. If it's an RGB prop then a colour moves back and forth. Red if it's a CYCLON. In my case I can set the RGB prop to a solid colour like Red and use the white string of pixels to move a sparkly light back and forth. I'll see if I can find a video that shows that effect. Since the USC2912 LED tape has RGBW it seems like a good idea to address that type of hardware prop. Thanks John P.S. Just found this link. It's far away but shows white chasing on top of a back ground colour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUevzYawR9U
  7. I've got Rev 4.2.10 Pro so how much of the Tutorial is worth reading or applicable? Could the tutorial also be expanded to include simple lines of Pixels. If I have a string of 50 pixels along a deck line and want to break it up so sections behave independently but also have some of the Pixel effects work on the entire string how would I do that. For example. In time to music beats or timing lines generated from the tapper in the sequence editor, 5 pixels at a time turn on from left to right with a specific colour. Then a white block of pixels races back and forth while keeping the colour on in the background. My Pixels are E1.31 DMX driven. Channels 13 to 312 are the RGB. For the same string Channels 313 to 414 are dedicated white LEDs in the same Pixel, There doesn't seem to be a way to create a unicolour pixel string as a prop in the pixel editor. Or am I missing something? If the predefined pixel props could be placed into the sequence editor in the same manner as ON or OFF for my LOR controlled regular strings then I could maintain RGB pixel elements that were duplicated in the Pixel editor as long as I didn't use them at the same time.
  8. Bob_Moody, I take it your suggestion is for one PC with two NICs? Running WIreShark on my home network PC and filtering for UDP broadcast messages while LOR is running on the show PC on the other router doesn't present any packets from the LOR system. And the LOR is sending packets to the DR4 Ethernet to DMX board which in turn is sending DMX out to my DMX module. I've been distracted on other projects for the last week or so but now have a chance to get back at things. I think for now I'll use SneakerNet to move any shows developed on a system other than the show computer. For now it's clearly too complicated to arrange folder sharing between the two networks. Thanks John
  9. The alternative is to add a second Network Interface Card to the Show Computer and tie that one into the House network. It will get an IP from the ASUS RT-AC68U and the activity on the show side shouldn't be an issue. Although I don't know if the UDP broadcast would then be sent to both NICs. I still think the WRT400N is preventing access from the WAN side much like even if you knew the IP generated by the SHAW CABLE modem you still couldn't get into the 192.168.0.x house network. This has to be easy once you know how.
  10. The LOR Document "AN Introduction to DMX and E1.31 for Pixel Control" is an excellent beginner's document for getting started setting up a second router to keep the UDP packets off the main computer network. I followed the instructions and have LOR S4 Pro running on a WIN-XP system connected to a Linksys WRT400 router to which is also connected a Joshua Systems ECG-DR4 Ethernet to DMX bridge. Above that is my house network RT-AC68U router and a network of PCs, HUE Lights, Stereo, TVs etc. The WAN port is plugged into a SHAW Cable Modem. So we have: SHAW Modem into RT-AC68U with IP # WRT400N is connected via WAN port and assigned by the RT-AC68U WRT400N has an internal IP of LOR PC is connected to WRT400N and assigned by WRT400N ECG-DR4 is connected to WRT400N and assigned fixed via WEB page on the ECG-DR4 From a command.exe window, the LOR PC can ping the ECG-DR4, the WRT400N and any other node on the house network and even (Google) so it has full access to the internet. Although it's set to the same workgroup (ARTISAN) other than pings in the DOS window cannot use Explorer to access any shared drives on the house network. The house network can ping the WRT400N router on the IP and get responses. It cannot ping the LOR PC or the ECG-DR4 on the 192.168.2.xxx subnet. And because of that it also can't use file explorer to access any shared folders on the LOR PC. And therein is the problem. One reason to use the subnet is to keep the UDP packets from flooding the house network and a quick look with wireshark shows that LOR running on a house network PC creates a lot of UDP packets. (as expected). The second reason is so the LOR PC can just run show software and have new shows placed onto the sequences folder. That's only possible at the moment using sneakernet and a USB dongle. Page 33 of the LOR document states it's possible to share data between the networks but it's beyond the scope of the document and to check google. I've had no luck there. I've set up static routes on the house network to try to get to via the gateway both with mask and with no luck. I suspect the WRTN400N is blocking outside (from its' perspective) access. But I can't find anything that would allow devices on 192.168.0.xxx access while preventing say from getting in. Any suggestions? The information would be a useful addition to the LOR document.
  11. Thanks Jim, A quick look at the .LCC file shows how the XML is organized. Editing or even creating from scratch is definitely an option. Now am I wasting time if I want to use the Pixel Editor with these lights? Probably a better question to ask in the PE forum? John
  12. Three quesions. I've created my DMX Mode and CMD tracks. Then the RGB Global all lights track. Works great and all lights work as one single colour string. Although not used in LOR mode I've also created the WHITE LEDs and the GROUP INTENSITY track for global control. Next, creation of each lamp starting with lamp ID#2 which is RGB and channel 13,14,15. Again with Lamp ID#3. Only 98 more to go on this Universe. Is there a way to do with with cut and paste or do I have to edit each RGB entry? Nothing I try seems to work. And then, once I export the channel configuration when I import it is there an easy way to change all of them from Universe 200 to Universe 201? Thanks
  13. Thank you. I was concentrating on the various LOR levels since that's what I was using for the LOR lights and the DMX 1000 lights. Didn't even see the DMX Intensity (X key). I'll continue further questions about DMX on the Sequence Editor Software forum John
  14. I just upgraded to S4. I have LOR controllers, a DMX-1000 and some E1.31 boards. One of my DMX modules needs a discrete values for configuration parameters. Specifically either a 2 or a 3 in Channel 1. I'd like to run the Universe #200, Channel 1 in a background loop with 2 or 3 whenever a sequence is running but the sequence editor only appears to allow percentages. Am I missing something? Is there a way to assign discrete values in a sequence?
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