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BrianBruderer

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  1. Thank you K6ccc for testing this and keeping me honest. I went back and looked at Matt Brown's reply to my email and I think I misunderstood his reply. What he said was that the .avi files are not necessary for "show playback" which I was thinking meant playback to the S5 computer screen. But I can see now that he meant the .avi files are not necessary when using "playback files" to play to your actual lights.
  2. That file is created by the S5 sequencer using data that is passed from superstar. I asked Matt Brown (the programmer for the S5 Sequencer) and he says that those .avi files are necessary when playing the sequence to your lights. But for what it is worth, they are not used when playing the sequence to the S5 computer screen. So as K6ccc says, yes, those files are necessary and do not delete them.
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    SS Error with S5 - Maximum Node Width?

    You should not be getting the channel map error. Send an email to brian@superstarlights.com and I can arrange a time for me to remote into your computer and see first hand what is happening.
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    SS Error with S5 - Maximum Node Width?

    Are you saying that it is working now? The idea is that by building it piece by piece you can more easily make sure that the grid does not exceed 360x360.
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    SS Error with S5 - Maximum Node Width?

    Did you get that error even when just doing 2 arches?
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    SS Error with S5 - Maximum Node Width?

    This is not a license issue. Superstar has a grid size limit of 360x360. In cases like yours, I would do the following: 1) create a new group and name it "Arches". 2) Start out just adding 2 arches to the group and set the arrangement to "horizontal stack align bottoms" or "horizontal stack align tops" 3) save the group and the Preview and do "insert superstar effect" on the group named "Arches". Confirm they are laid out end to end in one long row 4) add the rest of the arches and do "insert superstar effect" on the group and confirm it lays out in one low row. As long as the row is 360 pixels or less it should work 5) create another group called "firestick1" and set the arrangement to "vertical stack". You should be able to arrange the firestrick with a start at the top 6) do the same for firestick 2 through 5 7) create a group called "firesticks" and set the arrangement to "horizontal stack align bottoms" and add all the firesticks to the group 8 Do "insert superstar effect" on the firesticks group and make sure it is laid out how you want 9) make another group and name it something like "everything" and set the arrangedment to "vertical stack" and put "arches" and "firesticks" in the group 10) do "insert supestar effect" and confirm it is laid out the way you want. Note that the above is just a suggestion, you can lay it out differently, but the above serves as an example of how you can create groups with different arrangements to stack things however you want.
  7. This is indeed confusing. I was confused as well when I made my first reply. I just tried it and this is how it works: In S5 when you specify the "Starting Location" as "Bottom Left CCW" it means the starting location of the addressing of the strings. The starting location of the sequencing grid is in "Motion effect start (0=back, 1=left)" In your case you have it set to "0" so it is starting the sequencing grid in the back. Change the setting to "1" to make it start on the left. Note that this setting effects the sequencing grid for superstar and for the motion effects that are generated by the S5 sequencer.
  8. If you are using S4 and you have imported a visualization then the first string should be the same as you defined it in the visualization. If it is not behaving that we, attach the visualization file and I will take a look at it. The visualization file will end with .lee and should be at: c:/ (your lightorama folder) / Visualizations / Editor
  9. If you want to sequence them all together such that you can view them at the same time then you would actually need the 80 CCR license. However, you only need a licence for the biggest group of props you plan on sequencing. In your case you could sequence the tree separate from the strings on your house and then the 60 CCR license will work. Especially if you are using S5 it is very easy to sequence things in pieces.
  10. As PhilMassey says, you can get the channel count by getting the pixel count and multiplying by 3. A CCR has 50 pixels which means it has 150 channels. So the number of channels the licenses support is below: 2 CCR = 300 channels 4 CCR = 600 channels 8 CCR = 1200 channels 16 CCR = 2400 channels 24 CCR = 3600 channels 40 CCR = 6000 channels
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    Text

    You will probably want to use the "6-5x6 Thin - System" font, or the "6-6x6 Thin - Sytems" font In the Direction of Motion group, click on the "Left" button But that will scroll the text across the center of the matrix, so you will need change the Start x coordinate and Start y coordinate to move it up or down. Add 2 to both of the x coordinates and if it moves it closer to where you want, add 1 or 2 more. You can eventually get the right location. If you need further help send an email to brian@superstarlights.com and I can arrange a time to remote into your computer.
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    Text

    What are the pixel dimensions of your matrix? The basic steps are: 1) click on the "ABC" button to get the Text Setup dialog box to appear 2) select a font 3) type in the text 4) In the group labels "Direction of Motion" click on the "centr" button 5) click on the "Add" button 6) click on the "Play" button to play it to the screen If it is too big or too small, select a different font size
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    Instant Sequence basic white star 6 channels

    In S4 to use Instant Sequence on the 6 channel star you must be using a visualization that has the 6 channel star in the visualization. In other words, if you are in CCR mode (not using a visualization) then you cannot use Instant Sequence on the star. In S5, you do "insert Superstar Effect" on a motion effect row that has the star in it and you can use instant sequence on it. However, you will get the best results if you use "Auto Sequence" to do your sequencing on the star or elsewhere. Auto Sequence will work on the star even when you are in CCR mode. There is a video tutorial on how to use Auto Sequence. (you must have v4.3.34 or higher to have the auto sequence feature). To see the Auto Sequence video tutorial go to the lightorama main page, click on "Support" then click on "Tutorials and PDFs", scroll down towards the bottom to find the SuperStar tutorials. Look for: Auto Sequence Introduction and Preview At 9:20 into the video is the first place where it mentions about how to use Auto Sequence on the 6 channel star.
  14. Many folks have asked for sequences for the 16x25 Tree that Light-O-Rama sells. It took me a while but I finally have 5 sequences for the 16x25 LOR Tree. The sequences are based on the 24x25 CCP Tree with Globe sequences. I used the "Move or Scale Selected Effects" feature to move and scale the sequencing and then did some manual modifications as well. I think the results turned out quite well. The sequences are available at the top of my sequence purchase page at www.superstarlights.com I have "Wizards in Winter", "Carol of the Bells (Christmas Eve Sarajevo)", "Christmas Canon", "A Mad Russian's Christmas", and "All I Want for Christmas Is You". Within the next week I hope to also have "Let It Go", "Feliz Navidad", "Rock Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Carol of the Bells by David Foster", and "Silent Night" Below are videos for the 5 sequences I currently have:
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    Insert SuperStar Effect Error

    As Jim pointed out, your CCRII's have 150 LEDs, but each group of 3 LEDs is a pixel. So you have 50 pixels per ribbon. Since you have an "Up and Over" tree you have 25 pixels per leg. In your Preview "Exact # RGB Nodes Per leg" should be set to 25
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    Insert SuperStar Effect Error

    I was basically going to say what k6ccc said. Realize that where it says "Exact # of RGB nodes per leg" that means "number of pixels per leg." Light-O-Rama strings are either 50 pixels, or 100 pixels per string. And as Jim says, if the are LOR CCRs then they have 50 pixels per strip.
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    What Pro effects can I user with older devices

    If you have 16 channel controllers that are gen3 then you can run them on an enhanced network and thus you can have motion effect rows on them. But as you say, if you have older controllers that are not gen3 then you cannot run them on an enhanced network and thus you cannot have a motion effect row on them. But you should be able to launch superstar on its own and use a visualization of your traditional lights (or use the create quick vis feature to create a quick visualization) and then export the sequence as a .lms file. And then read in that .lms file into the S5 sequencer and as long as the channels in the .lms file match the channels in your S5 Preview then the commands will get assigned to the controllers in your S5 Preview. Is that what you are doing?
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    SuperStar license

    There is a tutorial on using Auto Sequence on traditional lights. Auto Sequence works better than Instant Sequence, though manual sequencing of course is better still. The tutorial on Auto Sequence shows using it with S5, but the same principles apply to using Auto Sequence in S4. Go to the lightorama main page, click on Support, then click on "Tutorials and PDFs", look in the group titled: Sequencer (ShowTime Designer Pixels S5) Then look for: ShowTime Designer Pixels (aka: S5) and using SuperStar Auto Sequence with Traditional Lights
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    SuperStar license

    If you are using S5 then it is best to have the Pro license in order to use superstar. If you are using S4 then your Advanced license is fine. The thing about a free upgrade to a new license, 3 or 4 years ago the price for each superstar license level was reduced, and because of that, if you already had a superstar license then you got a free upgrade to the next license level. That was a one time event. Are you using S4 or S5 ?
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    What Pro effects can I user with older devices

    Matt tells me "you could use it in "S4 mode" with legacy export, but they don't have a way to create a visualization" This is something Matt and I can work on next year.
  21. It is not related to your license. Instant Sequence always has a limit of 24 rows. However, if your select the movement to be "up same column" or "dn same colum" effects will move to all the rows. But even better, would be to use the new "Auto Sequence" feature. It is more versatile and does not have any "row" limits. There is a video tutorial on it. Go to the lightorama main page, click on "Support" then click on "Tutorials and PDFs", the superstar tutorials are near the bottom. Look for "Auto Sequence Introduction and Preview", it is second from the bottom of the superstar section.
  22. The S5 sequencer uses files that end with ".loredit" When you use the Show Editor or create an SD card in the Hardware utility it requires that you have ".lms" files. To create .lms files in the S5 sequencer, open the .loredit file and then click on the File menu and select "Create Play Back File" and this will create a ".lms" file. If that is not the problem let me know.
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    Tree Star and RGB Star sequencing

    The visualization I sent is for a 200 pixel star that uses LOR Unit IDs. Your 270 pixel star probably uses DMX addressing. The attached visualization is for a 200 pixel star that uses DMX addressing. The sequences on my website are designed for a 200 pixel star. If I gave you a visualization for a 270 pixel star then the 200 pixel sequencing in my sequences would not "line up" with the 270 pixel sequencing grid. So what I recommend is to use the 200 pixel star visualization that I sent and then my sequences will use the first 200 pixels of your star meaning that the first 200 pixels of your star will have sequencing and the 6th star (the outer star) will be dormant during the sequence. Note also, that the attached visualization assumes that the first 200 pixels of your star are installed in the same order as my 200 pixel star. But the other customers I have helped that have 270 pixel RGB stars did indeed have the first 200 pixels installed in the same order as my 200 pixel star. You can verify this by going to my website at www.superstarlights.com and clicking on "RGB Star Purchase". At the bottom of the "RGB Star Purchase" page are two diagrams that show the pixel order of the strings. One diagram is the front view and one is the back view. SuperStar_16CCRs_200PixelDMXStar.lee
  24. The way to do a chase on arches is with a morph. Do a single left click to mark the beginning (a single left click will put 1a, and 2a at the same point). Do a single right click to mark the end ( a single right click will put 2a and 2b at the same point). The chase will then start from where you did the single left click and end where you did the single right click. Also, with arches, it is usually easiest to sequence them if you have them all in a line on the green sequencing grid so that one morph will chase across all the arches. For example, if you have 4 arches and each arch is 25 pixels, when you import the visualization, set the sequencing grid "max length" to 100 so that all the arches can fit on one long row that is 100 pixels long.
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