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  1. SS error comes up stating I need to decrease the number of effects?  Failed to allocate memory   Cannit build channel commands.  Reduce the number of effects in the sequence.  ChannelElementsSize: 8256000.   Are you kidding me?   Then SS just sits and spins.   I just upgraded to S5 hoping to resolve issues.  Anyone got any suggestions?   This sequence is DMX 24x50 tree.  thanks

  2. Im changing over to S5 and in S4 I have multiple networks.  Aux A-G.  This year Im changing out my 24 string CCR tree to DMX pixels so Aux A-D is no longer in use.  My question is, can I just leave those blank (A-D) and run E-G?  or do I have to start at A?  Thanks!

  3. On 8/15/2018 at 6:05 PM, SteveBrighton said:

    For the last 5 years, I have been programming the lights for my house and the neighbor next door.  When I did my display this past Christmas using S5, it didn't present any issues because I was able to take a nice picture of both homes together that I could configure in the Preview.  Now I have an issue because another house 7 doors down from me wants his house to be included.  I have taken a picture of his house and I am getting them to work with me on defining how they would like to see the layout on their house and property.  I purchased all the necessary wifi controllers at the spring sale and I told him that he has to purchase his own 16 channel controller.  How can I get multiple images loaded into the Preview so that I can setup his channels?  If I can't, what other method do you have to allow me to include their house configuration into my sequences.  Before Preview, the grid would allow you to setup as many controllers as you wanted.  Anyone doing multiple houses on a street or a layout in a park may run into the same issue.  It would be handy to link several individual Previews into a sequence.  That way you could have more detail per house.

    Hi Steve- I do multiple houses ( 38 this year) and I have never used pictures for viewing.  I just use several dots for example: Upper eves - four colors- one for each, lower eves - four colors, one for each, mini trees- four colors ( we use 6 mini trees per house, so 6 sets....and so on...you really dont need to have that much detail until you go pixels and matrices...hope this helps- thanks!

  4. So I created a pixel tree sequence in xlights and then converted to LOR- Im running a pixicon 16 - the sequence randomly stalls when playing in sequence editor- any ideas as to why????  My SE files are HUGE as we do 40 houses of regular LED lights..Im running DMX on this tree- thanks!

  5. 28 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

    Good grief Deb, what are you adding this year - or is this to RGB the mega-tree?

    You’re gonna make me want to drive up there again...


    an RBG mega tree and 1 neighbor wanted a small matrix- I always buy extras boards for backup...I was wondering if you are going to make it up here this year- always welcome anytime!

  6. 21 hours ago, JeffF said:

    And no offense meant by the "job" comment... if folks want to dedicate their free time to managing traffic more power to them! That's just not something I find appealing. I spend enough time replacing my incandescent bulbs so I couldn't imagine having to be outside 3 or 4 hours a night too! :)

    Well for us, managing the traffic also allows us time to talk to the folks that come out and see us.  There have been so many blessings just by doing that it makes all the time, money and effort worth it all.  People are in awe of the music and lights and many get emotional during the show.  It touches their heart and many times, reminds them of days in the past.  It makes new memories and traditions for families as well.  What an honor to be a part of that!  So I will suggest that maybe you try it for an hour some evening, maybe you might have a different opinion afterwards  :-)  Merry Christmas!

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  7. 7 hours ago, JeffF said:

    I understand what you are saying but personally I feel I donate enough of my time over the 3 month lighting season(from start to finish). If I have to babysit people outside every night then yep, I'm out.  Which that is the point I think we are at unfortunately. :(

    You folks that have massive traffic flow plans and volunteers to implement these plans are way, WAY more dedicated than me. I can see maybe doing this sort of thing if I were retired and didn't have a day job but I just can't be out there all the time. Not only "can't" but I don't *want* to be either. The fun part of the hobby for me is actually watching our lights. I love grabbing a few beers and sitting in my truck watching the lights and watching people watch our lights. Kids and old people are my favorite because their faces light up the same. :D

    Oh well... I can tell my mind is made up to end our lights just how I'm typing here. It seems my mind is at ease with the thought so I'm 99% sure I've answered my own question on whether or not it's time. It's been a GREAT hobby for sure and I've met some GREAT people here so thanks LOR!

    All of us that put on Santa Claus Lane have full-time jobs too.  It sad for your community that you have decided to turn off the lights for good, but if your heart isnt into it, then it is what it is.  Maybe in the future things will change and you can return.  Merry Christmas!

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