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  1. The Hor matrix is 16 ribbons. The two mirrored semi-flat trees are 16x100 square pixels (2" spacing). The three 360deg mini-trees were my first led trees in 2012. The outside two are RGB bulbs ziptied facing up, while the center one is the same but with pixels. 24x50 each. I definately believe pixels on 360deg trees is mostly a waste, except for vertical effects. I tried some on the front half only, but it's so sparse and dim compared to bulbs/ribbons pointed directly at you. Next years return of our 80' tree will be pixels inside white wire-loom like our 2014 RGB tree. After Sabrina was so impressed last year with the view from under our tree while filming 'Great Christmas Light Fight, I decided it was time to build it so the public could go inside. It will have a railing to keep people away from touching, but also to help them stand up. Sabrina fell over when she first looked up and I had to catch her. (Thats why in the commercial ABC aired a bunch last year, it looks like I have my arm around her- I'd just stood her back up..I got a few jabs about the arm.)
  2. This years display is smaller because we're in the process of moving to a much, much larger public area following the onslaught of traffic last year. Hopefully, by this time next year it will be finished! Including our 80' tree, refitted with 12,800 pixels and elevated with a walkway inside it! Until then, S4 continues to work flawlessly this year with 19k channels. Here is a video of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" by Casting Crowns. https://youtu.be/Z0NbkBhvatA Randall
  3. I didn't switch to PE this year, as the 19k channels are running great this year under LOR. However, I'm adding 12,800 pixels next year, so I'm trying to start testing with PE. I've tested with a copy of my LMS file (where I've copied and pasted from exported SS LMS files), and migrated the multiple Superstar props into PE, and then removed data from SE file. Seems to work and play fine. Would there be a performance gain in having exported the SS props as intensity data, i.e. multiple intensity files? Obviously a bit more of a pain with a remote show computer that files have to be remotely transferred to. Thanks, Randall
  4. Okay. You have my attention! I was way more excited after watching this. Wish I'd been in Austin to see this live. (only 6 hrs away.. dangit). Would have been so much more memorable than watching the Oscars flop on TV.
  5. I got this song stuck in my head listening to the radio last summer. Decided it would become the 'showdown' between Santa and Jesus.
  6. The ones we used were these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/190816064640 More expensive than the ones I've seen, but didn't have much time to get them in. Ordered one, then after I found it worked okay, I ordered the second one. They use 1 OR 2 can's of starter fluid. (the can's like Pyrol brand have a smaller metal ring on the top of the can, that has to fit inside the coupler and o-ring. Some have a slightly larger ring and wont fit.) The first one only seemed to work on DMX id 1- would never respond on any other dip switch setting. However, I had a couple extra DMX controllers, so that wasn't a problem at the time. My first run had too short of burst in places. One LOR .05 cell 'ON' would sometimes not work, so I made them at least 2 or 3 cells. No real problems. You notice the smell of starter fluid if you're downwind. We're going to retrofit one with LPG and test this spring. The big issue is safety. I didn't want my cat sitting on one when it fires, so I cut a damaged 10' tower section in half and mounted one on each, then anchored them down. I put the power on a seperate power strip so I could only use it when I was outside. (these units have a switch that's off in the middle, down is ON, and up is DMX. I guess they could be triggered from a LOR AC controller by leaving the switch ON.) My plan was to wire in a latching relay. Have LOR turn the relay OFF at the beginning and end of any sequence that has them, and then have an 'ARM' button to turn the relay back ON, placed outside so that I'd have to push after the song starts to enable the pyro effect.
  7. I added two 'flame projectors' just before New Years to try out. Sequenced them into "Wizards" to test out. Was planning to make a little better video, but ice storm here pretty much ended those hopes! I've been wanting to try these for a while, and decided to pick up a couple. (against my wife's objections!)
  8. Just when I think I'm getting a little better at this, you have to go and remind me that I ####! Great work!
  9. Thanks to all of those who've served.Never expected such a overwhelming response. The text I choose to add on the pixel grid at the end of the sequence just popped into my head one night. I really want to thank all of those responsible for this- it's Dan, Brian, and all those in the LOR family that made this possible. I could not have done it without LOR, Superstar, and help from the forum over the years. I want to share a Christmas morning 'review' that was on the AndrewsChristmas page on Facebook. It took almost an hour for me to type the response. Couldn't figure out how to imbed it here, so I've put a jpeg on our website of it. http://andrewschristmas.com/facebook.jpg Randall
  10. It's white 3/4" split wire-loom. Got the idea from one of Brian's videos on SuperStar Lights. Ziptie'ing each bulb (12,800 on the tree alone) was the killer. We ran a common to each end and ran 18/5 heavy sprinkler wire to the middle, and liquid taped + heat shrinked those connections. Since we have always connected lights at the top, we decided to come out of the wireloom 8' from the top and come over to connect to the wiring harnesses there. I wasn't really thinking about the 32 350w power supplies, that needed to be just a few feet away to keep the amps down. I think the 4 enclosures weighed about 170 lbs total. But the bigger problem- they ended up being in the way when I need to go up and work on stuff! As always, I will find several wrong ways to do things first.
  11. We probably bit off more than we could chew this year! Deciding to replace ~187k minis that comprised our yard grid and 70' mega-tree. We were far from done when it was time for the big 'reveal' for our judging on "The Great Christmas Light Fight". As that day approached we had to keep making decisions on what to cut and what to focus on trying to finish. In the end, I'm proud the wear my new shirt that my wife made for us that says "If you can't see it from space, it ain't worth doing." I just wanted yall to know that I'm not really a redneck, I just play one on TV. LOL Here's the first video of the 'more' finished display:
  12. My first night out of town and the show had the dmx listener crash during every song startup, all night! I tried everything I knew through remote desktop. Turns out that when I was enabling schedule (with my phone) I must have 'unchecked' use compressed sequences. The big files were causing it. My fat fingers again! FYI- A plumber once gave me the best advice I've ever had.... "The more complicated you make the plumbing, the easier it will stop up."
  13. As I said in another thread- With the explosion of 'pixels', channel counts are increasing exponentially. Once I passed 30k channels and added any effects, I can't even right-click to change a name or grouping. Dan has always been on top of any problem, with the best customer service anywhere. I realize that we may have outgrown the file structure, and changing that would be virtually impossible. Surely there is some solution though that will allow us to continue to sequence and play shows in LOR. I would assume that the bulk of revenue has been from the sale of hardware. I'm also assuming the rise of low cost DMX devices has cut into that. It's great to see LOR jumping in with new products like the CMD24B. When I first started, it was great to be able to download free software to start learning on. Now, I'm spending more money on lights than I ever dreamed. I'm sure there is a lot of us who are exploding channel counts, and don't mind paying for a 'super advanced' license to keep this going.
  14. This season's show used 336 LOR channels for CTB16's, 1800 DMX channels to 12 CCR's on two additional LOR networks, and 8454 DMX channels on E.131 network (with assigned IP's, not multicast). It ran flawlessly. Only handicap is about a 30-45 second wait on save/load, and a few seconds to undo or move groups. Total is around 10,590 channels. Now I'm testing refitting our 70' mega-tree with pixels. The first sequence I tried, had additional 31,680 channels. (64x165 pixels) It's about 5-7 minutes to load/save. I can live with that- I've got several workstations I can hot-key between and work on other sequences.. The BIG problem- I can't right-click on rows and change/add/delete etc. The pulldown menu pops up and instantly disappears. Opened/closed LOR several times... No worky. Then I buillt another sequence with 64x135 pixels added. (total of 36,510 channels in sequence) It has the long wait to open/close, but right-clicking does work after about 5 seconds of waiting. I've taken and copied existing musical sequence and populated the new channels... The show player seems to work fine. DMX fades etc seem fine. I've tried it with and without the 4G patch. I really want to use the larger pixel count strings. Even with the smaller ones, I'm afraid that I may add another prop and it will push it over and no more row changes. It seems that the increase size shows from RGB and Pixel control is inevitable. I understand the underlying issues with the xml file structure and it's size.. S3 is the best all around software. It's my understanding that the memory limitation is the thing holding us back. Any chance this could be addressed this year?
  15. Well, it appears that the CAT5 failed as well. I ran a new CAT5 to the next controller, and it works. Very strange. Feel better now, only toasted one today... But then, the day isn't over yet!
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