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  1. The front of the star is 1/8" thick so that 12mm nodes will snap into the hole. However, some of the 12mm pixels are a bit thinner than others. There may be some pixels that you will want to hot glue into place after snapping them in.
  2. The code looks for props that have the word "star" in them. If it finds it, then it applies the different stars to the different rows. I can't guarantee what it will do on a snowflake prop, but put "star" in the name and see what happens.
  3. In S5, you do the following: Launch the Sequencer, go into Preview Design Click on the "Add" button and select "Superstar (online)" Select the 16 CCR with RGB star Prop Select all of the motion effect row for the 16 CCR with RGB star Prop, right click and select "insert superstar effect" After superstar launches, click on the File menu and select Open, and open the 16 CCR with 6 channel star sequence You should get a message box saying it has converted the star effects in the sequence into white effects on the RGB star, you will also get a message box asking if you want to place a clip rectangle around the effects on the tree, answer "yes" In S4 you do the following: Launch superstar Click on the File menu and select "Open" and open the 16 CCR with 6 channel star sequence Click on the File menu and select "import visualization" and import the visualization for the 16 CCR tree with RGB star You will get a message saying that the star effects in the sequence have been converted to white effects on the RGB star. However, the code that automatically puts a clip rectangle around the tree effects was put in after v4.4.4 so you will not get a clip rectangle put around the effects on the tree. But that feature will be in the next S4 release.
  4. The code that automatically puts in the clip rectangle was put in after v4.4.4. It will be in the next release. Or in you send an email to brian@superstarlights.com I will give you instructions on how to get the most recent SSEdit.exe
  5. Wait until the next release and it should work. Alternatively, you could uninstall 5.3.14 and install 5.3.12
  6. In version 5.3.14 there is a bug that the Sequencer only displays the first item in a group. The bug will be fixed in the next release. Are you using 5.3.14 ?
  7. It should not be doing that. Send me an email at brian@superstarlights.com and I can arrange a time to remote into your computer and see it first hand.
  8. However you see it play in Superstar it should look the same in the Sequencer. Not sure why it is not working that way for you. You can send an email to brian@superstarlights.com and we can set up a time for me to remote into your computer and see what is happening.
  9. Try to isolate logical "rows" in your display. Lets say you end up with 6 rows, each one with 5 props. You would create 6 groups, one for each row and they would have one of the "horizontal" arrangements. Then you would create a group that only contains the 6 groups and set the arrangement to "vertical stack". You would then do "insert superstar effect" on the motion effect row for that group that contains all the groups. Superstar will handle it as long as the sequencing grid does not exceed 360x360.
  10. One of the key things to realize is that for each of the groups there is an "arrangement." You can set the arrangement in Preview design by double clicking on the Group and on the right side of the dialog box that pops up is a place to set the "arrangement." When the sequencing grid shows up as a "blob" of cells the arrangement is probably set to "Use Preview." For superstar effects you will want to use one of the two "horizontal stack" settings, or "vertical stack." You can do groups of groups and specify horizontal or vertical stack to get the sequencing grid to be laid out the way you want. Also note, that when doing "motion effects" you will usually want "Use Preview" set for the arrangement. So if you are using superstar effects and motion effects you will want to create a group or group of groups for superstar, and then you can create another group or group of groups for "motion effects."
  11. Try playing the file that was exported from superstar "stand alone" and verify it looks the way you want. When you copy/paste it into your main sequence it should look the same.
  12. There is a video tutorial on superstar Text. Go to the lightorama main page, click on "Support" then click on "Tutorials and PDFs." Scroll down until you find the Superstar section. There is one on basic text and one on advanced text.
  13. In the visualizer, you treat a CCR II ribbon the same as a CCR. You add the strings to your roof. Save them, import into superstar. When you do the import set the sequencing grid "max length" to 250 so there is room for 5 ccrs to fit on one row. Superstar tries to lay things out in a logical way but often does not do it the way you want. You can send me an email at brian@superstarlights.com and I can arrange a time to remote in an help you lay it out.
  14. Are you using S4? Did you use the Visualizer to create the visualization file? If so, the default location for visualization files is: c:/ (your lightorama folder) / Visualizations / Editor
  15. What PhilMassey said is probably the easiest way. In superstar there is a VU meter motion type, but it does the VU meter from the top. Set the trigger type to rapid fire, set VU meter for the motion, and set the same TCM for all 10 rows To do a VU meter from any location you can also do it with Auto Sequence. Bring up the scene dialog box and click on the green car In the Auto Sequence dialog box choose "burst and return" Set the direction arrow and set a pixel on the green sequencing grid. The pixel will "burst and return" to the music. To get it to react to only certain frequencies set 4 or 5 of the freqs. Create 10 of these with the dot at a different location and different freqs and you will get something that is sort of like a VU meter. Note that the "burst" will only work well if you have at least 4 freqs selected. You want each dot to be reacting to different freqs, but you can have the groups of freqs for each dot overlap a bit. The above takes some time to do but it does give you flexibility to do things other than the traditional VM meter. You could have all of the auto sequence effects start from a center location, but give each one a different direction and you would have a "radial" VU meter. The above probably only makes sense if you have watched the video tutorial "Auto Sequence, Introduction and Preview" which is in the superstar group of tutorials on the lightorama website.
  16. As dibblejr indicated, you can convert .sup files to .lms files but you can't go the other way. Have you contacted the source where you got the .sup files? Hopefully they will give them to you again.
  17. One way to do it is to click on "Select" and choose "rows" Then click on "Create" and choose "superstar" for the Type. Then when you do a single click on a motion effect row it will select the whole row and automatically launch superstar. But realize that if there is already data there then a single click will overwrite the data. So you still want to do a double click to edit the data. What a lot of people do is when they are in superstar they click on the File menu and choose "save as" and save the data as a .sup file as backup so that if they accidentally do a single click in the Sequencer and erase the data then they can open up the .sup file after superstar launches
  18. In the S5 Sequencer interface if you want to edit something you double click on it. So to edit the sequencing you have done double click on the white bar and superstar will open with the data in it. But you are not the first one to not be able to figure that out. In the next release the Sequencer will pop up a message if you do a single click on the white bar. The message advises you that you will erase the currently saved data and if you want to edit the data you should do a double click on the data.
  19. In S4, if you have an visualization of your display then you can click on the File menu in superstar and select "import visualization" and import the visualization. In S5, you do the following: 1) create a Preview in the Sequencer 2) select any of the motion effect rows by doing a right click on the motion effect row and doing "select" then "row". 3) Right click on the selection and select "insert superstar effect" whereupon superstar will launch and the Preview of the Prop belonging to that motion effect will be in superstar. 4) You do your sequencing then shut down superstar by clicking on the red "X" in the upper right of the program. 5) A dialog box will appear asking if you want to save your data, answer "Yes" and the data automatically gets transferred to the Sequencer 6) Upon returning to the Sequencer it will automatically play the sequencing to that Prop while it is processing the data. After it finishes processing the data you can click on one of the "Play" buttons in the sequencer and it will play all of the sequencing. Note that if you want to sequence all of your display in superstar then you make a group in your Preview and do "insert superstar effect" on the motion effect row for that group. Some "gotchas" is that sometimes the Props will not automatically have a motion effect row. In that case you can right click on the Prop on the left side of the screen a menu should appear and the bottom option will be "add/modify motion effect row" Click on that option and in the dialog box that appears click on the "add" button. Also, you can only have motion effect rows if you have the "Pro" license Soooo, to answer your original question, in S5 in superstar you can still launch superstar "standalone" and the option to import a visualization in superstar is still there, but the Sequencer does not produce a visualization file and so there will be no visualization file to import. And when you launch superstar "standalone" a message box will appear advising you that launching superstar "standalone" is allowed but it is not the recommended usage. There is a video tutorial that goes through making a Preview in S5 and sequencing it using superstar. Go to the lightorama main page, click on "Support" then click on "Tutorials and PDFs." When the page appears the first group will be labeled "Sequencer (ShowTime Sequencing Suite aka: S5)" The 2nd, 3rd and 4th videos cover what I have described in this post. They are: Sequencer (aka: S5) and Making a Preview for Smart Pixels Sequencer (aka: S5) and Making a Preview for Traditional Lights Sequencer (aka: S5) and Inserting SuperStar into a sequence
  20. It sounds like you are using S4 and you are exporting the sequence as intensity data. The Sequence Editor only supports one intensity data file from superstar. But for that reason there is a "merge intensity data files" feature in superstar. Do the following: 1) launch superstar and open the sequence to your first prop 2) Export as intensity data but choose "add intensity data to new sequence" and give it a name that identifies it as the first prop 3) open the sequence to your second prop 4) Export as intensity data but choose "add intensity data to new sequence" and give it a name that identifies it as the second prop 5) click on the File menu and select "Merge Intensity Data Files" select the files you just created and "Add Merged files to existing Sequence" This will overwrite what is there with the merged intensity data file
  21. The intensity data files end with .lid and the beginning of the name of the file is the same as the .lms file that they belong to. The only way to delete them is to launch File Explorer, find them and delete them. And yes, if you export as intensity data to an .lms file that already has intensity data it will overwrite the existing intensity data file. Version 4.3.26 and newer can merge up to 15 intensity data files. Older versions of superstar can merge up to 10 intensity data files.
  22. Unfortunately there is not. You would have to remember the settings you had and set it that way again. The new Auto Sequence feature is better in that way. It remembers what you set and plays the same way each time and is more versatile and is not limited to 24 rows. There is a video tutorial on the auto-sequence feature. Go to the lightorama main website, click on Support, then click on "Tutorials and PDFs", scroll down until you get to the superstar section. Towards the bottom of the superstar section is a tutorial named something like "Auto Sequence feature, introduction and preview" And actually it just occurred to me that you could "scale" the current instant sequence you have. Do the following: 1) open the instant sequence and import a visualization of the mini trees with the added two pixels 2) click on "save as" and save it to a new name like "instant sequence + 2 pixels" 2) click on the Edit menu and select "select all" 3) click on the Tools menu and select "move or scale selected effects" 4) select "scale" 5) set the source width and height to be the original width and height of the sequencing. set the dest width and height to account for the two pixels you have added
  23. Ok, I was confused at first but I think I know what you mean. You are running S4 but are using the SSEdit.exe from a 5.3.2 installation. It turns out that the ability to resize the grid only happens if SSEdit.exe has been launched from the Sequencer in an S5 installation. So even if you got the latest SSEdit.exe it wouldn't resize your grid because you are not launching SSEdit.exe from the Sequencer. But back to the original problem, I think what you are trying to figure out is how big to make your image after import because the grid has been made to be larger than your prop. Lets say you have a 16x50 grid for your actual prop. When importing an image the grid becomes "large" and will be 64x50. Think of the leftmost 16 columns on the 64x50 grid as belonging to your 16x50 prop and all of the columns that extend to the right of your prop is just extra space to use if you want to. But if you just want your image to fill you 16x50 prop, then you will want to shrink the image and move it to the left so that it all fits into the leftmost 16x50 pixels. If the above is not clear let me know. It is a lot easier to show how it works than to verbally describe it. We can set up a time for me to remote into your computer if you email me at brian@superstarlights.com If you still want the latest SSEdit.exe then you can do what you said and download 5.3.10 and copy SSEdit.exe over to your S4 installation. Or you can email me at brian@superstarlights.com
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