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  1. Since someone mentioned ferrels, I highly recommend them. BTW, I will point out that all of my dumb RGB are used year round, so not using connectors is not an issue for me. For my smart pixels, they are soldered wire right up to the normal 4 pin green connector that plugs into the pixel controllers. And theDucks, I assume you are putting both wired into one ferrel? That would make it far easier to double up.
  2. Just my opinion based on other people's reports - don't buy them from HC. I don't know about their dumb nodes, but there have been a lot of reports of reliability issues with HC smart nodes. With that said, you absolutely will have to use an adapter - or do as I do and cut any connector off. The CMB24 has wire screw terminals to connect. Here is a couple photos of one of mine: Two view of the same piece of the board from different angles.
  3. I don't know, you gonna be able to travel that far? 😀
  4. It's on page 12 of the manual: http://www1.lightorama.com/PDF/CTB16PC_Man_Web.pdf
  5. It would appear that the OP is not asking about pixel based trees, but rather traditional string based trees. So depending on what else is in his display, the Standard license may be fine.
  6. That should be do-able. Depending on exactly what you want to do, it may take some real effort. I use interactives every day in my year round landscape lighting, so might be able to help.
  7. A lot of what I am doing is repair / maintenance / adjustments on existing stuff, but there is some new. 1. Finally assemble and install the HC Candy Canes that I bought two years ago. 2. Adding 40 or 50 Peace Family pixel stakes to the lawn. 3. Build enclosures for the P5 and P10 matrix panels so I can actually put them where intended. 4. If I run out of things to do, build spiral mega tree. For the adjustments of existing stuff: 1. Replace roofline and eves pixels, and rebuild installation for roof lights. 2. Replace pixel strips in front of roses. Improve how I am powering them. 3. Replace or re-arrange several E1.31 pixel controllers. 4. Replace pixels on pixel tree, and add two more strings. Improve how I am powering them. 5. Repair pixel strips on planter. 6. Relocate singing face trees to a more permanent location. That's more than enough...
  8. My guess that a lot of your issue is that the Falcon test utility send whatever color to ALL pixels. Since the LOR flood uses channels 4 & 5 as as strobe controls (I don't have one so I don't know the details), when for example you send Red, that would be channels 1 & 4 which will have some strobe control. And yes, the Falcon serial output needs to be in DMX, not Renard.
  9. There is one already there. Does this help?
  10. If that's the case, almost certainly the way that the channel assignments are made in software do not match the actual configuration of the hardware. I am assuming 16 strings of some number of bulbs. Things to look at: 1) Are the Unit IDs correct? 2) Is the number of bulbs per string correct? 3) Is the start at the correct end (top vs bottom)? 4) Is the location of string 1 correct (back, front, left, right)? 5) Is the direction of rotation correct?
  11. I'm curious what your problem was. Took me less than a minute to create a 16 string mega tree that had four traditional colors (R, G, B, W) per string in S5.2.4.
  12. Nope. According to the LOR network speed page, all the Pixie controllers can handle 1000K speed.
  13. I'm with Vince. Been running my show from S5 since the day it was released in beta. I would also agree that October is NOT the time to make the change. Now IS the time to change.
  14. Yes. I paid less than $200 for my current show computer in 2017 (it's a middle of the road Intel i5 based Dell desktop), so I don't really mind having it sit out in my data cabinet and turned off (unplugged) for 9 months of the year. It gets turned on in mid October and I spend a while getting all the Windows updates taken care of and update the LOR software. It then runs Halloween and Christmas and gets turned off in early to mid January (it got shut off last Monday after moving the year round landscape lighting show over to my server). For sequencing (especially if you have lots of pixels), you want something that is faster and more importantly, has better video. Multiple monitors are a HUGE plus. My current family room computer which is what I use for almost all of my sequencing is a fairly high end gaming computer with what was at the time, the next to the best video card on the market. It is driving two 24 inch monitors, and I will be adding a third monitor when I re-arrange the desk some and make space. I am also sequencing about 22,000 pixels. Laptop vs desktop. This comes up very regularly. Unless you NEED portability, stick with a desktop. I have a laptop and I do occasionally sequence something on it, but the lack of screen space is a big limitation. Also, for a given amount of money, you get a lot more computer with a desktop. A desktop is easier to repair or add on to than a laptop too.
  15. You're welcome to it. It was 75 here yesterday.
  16. I sure understand that part! I am up to about $1500 spent since Christmas. Fortunately I am getting a bunch of overtime at the moment, so that helps - a bunch.
  17. Let me guess - the required OpenGL driver version could not be upgraded on the onboard video? I have the same issue on my file server (which runs the year round landscaping show from January - mid October). For me, it's not that big of a problem as I don't sequence on that computer. I can use any of the LOR S5 programs except Sequencer.
  18. Off hand, sounds like a channel config difference between Visualizer, and the actual prop. Also, confirm that you are using Visualization mode in SuperStar to set the channel config (as opposed to CCR mode)?
  19. I don't have colored zip ties, but I do have both colored electrical tape and heat shrink tubing in all 10 colors of the electronic color code and mark cables with one or the other (depending on the situation). I can definitely see places where doing so with zip ties would be nice. I did a search on Amazon and did not see a complete kit. Do you have a link to the kit you bought? To return the favor, here is a link to the heat shrink tubing I use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M6B95ID/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I also have specific colors in other sizes too (specifically including red, green, and blue).
  20. There are (as far as I know), three different ways to drive P5 and P10 matrix panels. The first two involve use of Falcon Player. The first as caniac said is to run FPP on a Raspberry Pi and have that output to a ColorLight receiver card which in turn drives the matrix panels. The second uses either a Raspberry Pi or a Beaglebone single board computer running Falcon Player and then an adapter that plugs into the Pi or BB which drives the matrix panels. In either case, the Falcon Player is configured in Bridge mode. This makes it appear as a simple E1.31 device as far as LOR is concerned. Therefore, LOR can sequence it just fine. For smaller matrices, either method works, but for larger numbers, the Pi to ColorLight is the preferred way to go. My matrices are fairly small, bit I wanted to try out the ColorLight method when I first built them in 2018. However I changed that to using a Beaglebone with the adapter for 2019. The third method to use a P5 or P10 matrix is to use it as a video monitor. This method uses a different ColorLight card called a Sender card which plugs into your computer and takes DVI video and converts that to a data stream which is sent to the ColorLight receiver card which drives the matrix. In this situation, you are not sequencing the matrix in the traditional sense, but rather using a video file as your media file in LOR. To make any changes to the video, you use a video editing program. LOR just plays the video. I have no experience using video, but there are lots of people here who have. This is a summary. There are a lot of details I have left out in part because I am typing this on my phone and don't want to type a novel on the phone...
  21. I have also had very good luck with refurb computers from either Tiger direct or Dell. Saves a ton of money. For a show computer, you don't need all that much. For sequencing, a faster computer with better video is a big help.
  22. I've done that too. My sister lives in Colorado, and came out to visit our father (and other family members here in SoCal) in mid January a couple years ago. I asked her if she wanted me to leave the show up so she could see it. Ran a Show on Demand for her one night that she was here. This year, last Friday was closing night and I got some stuff taken down Saturday, but Sunday I had a higher priority project, so most of the show is still up. I will take it down next weekend. Weather is supposed to be nice.
  23. k6ccc

    ccr tree

    The biggest advantage of pixels over ribbons is the ability to space them any amount that you want. When I first built my pixel tree in 2012, it was 12 x 50 with 2.5 inch spacing - so 50 pixels was 122.5 inches from the center of the top pixel to the center of the bottom pixel. When I rebuilt it for 2018 into a 24 x 100 tree, I went with 1.333 inch spacing. That gets the individual pixels almost the exact same spacing of the LEDs on a CCR - except that I CAN control each one individually. One of the big advantages of exactly doubling the number of pixels in my tree (both X and Y axis) is that it was VERY easy to expand the tree in SuperStar and have stuff come out evenly. As opposed to for example expanding from 12 to 20 strings would have resulted in some thing doubling and some not.
  24. k6ccc

    ccr tree

    Boscoyo will make strips with any spacing that you want.
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