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  1. I am not sure, but I THINK it would be the media, .play.lms, and .lid files for each song. I also sequence and run show on different computers, but for both computers, they are using the file server for the files. That way what each computer sees as L: is really the same folder on the server, so I don't have to do anything to move the files.
  2. Devan: The ELLs are LOR network only - No DMX. MikeToo: The Pixie 16 controller is LOR network only - No DMX or E1.31.
  3. I will go along with JR, just rebuild from scratch in the S5 review Editor. It's not that hard to do, and does not take all that much time - my 66K channel Preview took no more than an hour to create.
  4. Danger! Danger! Will Robinson! That saves the files on the same computer, on the same hard drive, in the same folder. It does not protect you from a hard drive crash, theft, fire, or computer virus. About the only thing that accomplishes is lets you go back to a slightly earlier version in case you REALLY mess up your sequence.
  5. For your show computer, you can get away with a fairly low end computer. Until 2 years ago, I was using an ancient XP desktop with a 6,000 or so channel show without any issues. Even though I am now running about 66,000 channels, I could likely still run that old computer, but I really wanted to get away from XP, and I did not want to attempt to upgrade that old computer to Windows 7 or 10. For what you are planning on running, your friend's computer should be fine for both sequencing and running the show.
  6. This is essentially a re-post (with a little editing and updating) from a six year old thread that has not had any activity in a couple years, so starting a new thread rather than rehash the old one. I'm going to bring this up (again), because we are seriously into sequencing season, and every year at least one person shows up on the forum after having lost all or part of their sequences due to a hard drive crash, home burglary, fire, accidental deletion, computer virus or ransomeware, or some other reason. I'm hoping this reminder will keep at least one person from being in this awful situation. The summary is: Backup! Backup! and Off-site Backup! I know that some of you have seen parts of this before, but take this as a reminder. I am a bit unusual in that I have a domain controller / file server and all computers log into the domain. Therefore, most of you can't do exactly what I do, but it should give ideas. On both the show computer and primary sequencing computer, there is a mapped network drive of L: that is really D:\Shared\LOR on the server. All the LOR files are stored on the server. My normal routine goes something like this. While I am sequencing, the file being worked on is saved with a new filename regularly with the date and a revision letter as part of the file name so it's easy to tell what is newer than what. For example a file might be: Jingle Bells 2020-08-03a.loredit I'll bet most of you can figure out what song it is, and what date that I edited it. The "a" after the date indicates that it was the "a" revision for that date. Every time I save the sequence, I save with a new filename and increment the revision letter. BTW, if I were to get to a z" revision, I figure I have spent too much time sequencing and it's time to quit for the day. I think I got to a "s" revision once. Usually when I am completed sequencing for an evening (and happy with it) or during the next session, I will delete the intermediate versions leaving only the last version of the night. The next step is to upload the last version of the night onto the cloud. In my case I use Google Drive. The D drive on the server is currently two 1 TeraByte hard drives in a RAID-1 configuration. This protects against a single drive failure. There is also a third identical drive as a hot spare (the server has room for eight drives), and when I need more space, I will add two more drives to the RAID array. Note that in the event that the RAID controller detects a problem, it will immediately send me an E-Mail. The hot spare drive will protect against a second drive failure (provided it happens long enough after the first failure that the RAID controller has moved it into an active role and fully rebuilt the array). The data on the server is backed up weekly to an external hard drive and taken into my office at work. I have two external hard drives that swap places as the off-site backup. In other words, there is always a backup drive at work that is no more than 8 or 9 days old. And as noted above, important files are copied to the cloud right away. In the event of a problem that takes out the server completely (house burns down, major theft, Sax's RansonWare, etc), the data is sitting somewhere else - usually more than one other place. One note on cloud storage. Some cloud storage solutions will create a drive letter on your computer. That way you can save or copy files to the cloud just as easily as a local hard drive. This is very convenient, but does come with one major gotcha. Because it appears as just another hard drive on your computer, malware (such as a virus or RansomWare) can access it just as easily as a local hard drive. In other words, your cloud storage could get wiped out at the same time as your local hard drive. Keep that in mind. You will note that I have made several references to having backed up data off site. I can not stress the importance of this. There are several things that are quite capable of removing or destroying your backup if it's sitting on the shelf right next to the computer. At least one person here on the forum had their home burglarized, and the bad guy took both the computer and the backup disks that were right next to it. A fire can easily destroy both as well. And yes, we had someone on the forum a few years ago that lost their house in a large brush fire that took out their backups that were in another building on their property. Just for good measure, this computer (what I normally use for sequencing), the LAN switch in this room, and internet modems are protected by a UPS that has about an hour of battery life. The server, show computer, routers, and LAN switch in the data cabinet, are protected by redundant UPSes that currently are good for about 90 minutes (each UPS feeds a different power supply in the server), and when that project is completed, will have about 8 hours of battery (unless it's during the day when the solar will extend that). I also get sent E-Mails in the event of loss of primary power for any of the UPSes. During Christmas show season, all the active LOR files are also copied onto a backup folder on the show computer. In case of a failure of the server, I simply change the mapped network drive of L: on the show computer so that it points to C:\LOR_Local, and all my files are there. I did have to use that in 2014 when my ancient server was dying and kept re-booting. In the event that the show computer dies, I can move the three LOR networks back to the server and run the show from there - which is how I run the year round landscape lighting show. In case you are wondering why I am so detailed in making sure stuff stays working, it comes from what I do for a living. I run a regional public safety two way radio system with the understanding that under the wrong set of circumstances, failure of the radio system could result in someone dying. We take system reliability VERY seriously at work! That mentality rubs off at home...
  7. Unit IDs ARE in hex, so set start ID to either 10 or 11 (depending on how you think). In my opinion, it is easier to think "All of this Pixie is 1n so string 3 is ID 13" as opposed to string 3 is ID 12. Yes, starting with 11 does result in string 16 being ID 20. Like I said, depends on how you think.... Lay out your Unit IDs in something that makes sense to you. In my case, my network 1 (called Regular network) is blocked off for IDs 01 - 1F (although only one ID is used on that network). My network 2 (called Aux A network) is blocked off for IDs 11 - 1F, and my network 3 (called Aux B network) is blocked off for IDs 21 - 2F. BTW, if you are running more than one LOR network, you CAN use the same controller IDs on different networks - for example: Regular Network, Unit ID 07 is completely different than Aux A Network, Unit ID 07 as far as the software is concerned. However, it is easier for us human beings to keep is straight if you don't duplicate Unit ID numbers on different networks.
  8. I don't have a website for one, but I do have an Excel spreadsheet saved that I found some while ago. I just stuck it up on my website. Download the spreadsheet and run it from your computer (does not run on the web page). http://newburghlights.org/share/Slowpoke/
  9. If you are doing it in E1.31, you must use the Pixcon 16 (assuming you are wanting to use LOR controllers). The pixie controllers are LOR protocol only. However, if you can run it over a LOR network, you could use the smaller (and quite a bit less expensive) Pixie controllers. BTW, changing a couple props in the S5 Preview Editor from E1.31 to a LOR network would take all of a minute or two. Then open each sequence so the Preview can update, AND SAVE the file, and you would be good to go.
  10. Here you go. Open the Hardware Utility and select Advanced Configuration (the red arrow): Then on the Advanced Configuration page, select the unit to modify (the green arrow). Then check the box for the channels to change (the purple oval). Then change the drop down for the configuration (the blue arrow). Then Update Unit's Config (the orange arrow).
  11. k6ccc


    I'm paraphrasing here, but might give an idea (and it may not be 100% accurate). Matt explained quite a while ago that when you add an effect, the software calculates the light levels from the last time location that is all dark until the next time location that is all dark (or something like that). The longer time period that involves, the longer it takes. So if you have channels that never go dark, it extends that time that it must calculate. Something similar to that at least.
  12. I know all of those are available for purchase from various sources - I know because I have purchased them, and they are in my show. Because they are purchased, I can not share them. Pretty sure some of the others are as well.
  13. There is very little consistency between pixels. Some particular types from a single manufacturer are always the same, but other than that, assume that you will need to set the pixel color order. That BTW is one of the hazards of buying pixels for one prop or controller in different batches. Buy a batch of pixels and they are one color order. Buy some more from the same vendor a year later and they MAY be different. That is a real problem if the additional pixels were bought to use as individual replacement pixels. Depending on the controller, you MAY be able to change the color order for each string, so you could use the later purchased pixels as an entire string and use the string that you pulled out as the replacements, but even that can become a problem. The moral of the story is to always buy extra pixels in the same batch so that you will have spares WHEN (not IF) some pixels fail. Put those in a box that is well labeled so three years from now, you will know which pixels to use a replacements. The other issue is that even if the color order is the same between different batches of pixels, the colors sometimes are a little different.
  14. That's cool. I did not know that one. Thanks Matt!
  15. Define "Out of Whack"? I have never had that as a problem. Note however that almost everything in my sequences is SuperStar Effects, and not done in Sequencer.
  16. Solved her problem. Sequence (preview) set for Unit ID 01, but the one controller set for Unit ID 03. Changed the controller Unit ID.
  17. I should be home and completed with dinner by 1900. I will PM my phone number to you.
  18. I will disagree with that statement. I would consider this miss operation to be normal (as in it always does it on every sequence on every computer). It ALWAYS does it if more than a couple channels are playing. My primary sequencing computer is a very fast i7 with a ton of RAM, and what was the fastest video card you could buy two years ago. Once the preview starts displaying, it is in sync - just the first half second or so (never stopwatched it), never displays. The actual lights play fine - and the only thing that is normally hooked up to that computer is the 54K+ channels of the P5 and P10 panels. It does not matter if "Control Lights" is enabled or not.
  19. For a new person, I would highly recommend AGAINST learning S4 and then next year having to unlearn S4 in order to migrate to S5. Learn S5 to start with and avoid the unlearn / learn something new process. Yes, S5 is different, but if starting from scratch, it should be no more difficult to learn than S4. Similar to converting from our idiotic measurement system to the metric system. Converting from one to the other is difficult for most people, but if you learn the metric system to start with, it is FAR easier to work with.
  20. Go into Audacity and add a second or two of silence at the beginning of the audio file. Most of my songs are set up that way. The only lighting that takes place during that time a couple static channels that are on all the time, and usually I ramp up the column lights during that time.
  21. Install TeamViewer and I can remote with you tomorrow.
  22. The Input Pup MUST be on a non-enhanced LOR network. I also use them. Continue to use the same RS-485 adapter with nothing but the InputPup on that network. Here is my LOR network controller drawing (a little outdated). The InputPup is on the Red (sort of looks brown) circuit and you will see that the InputPup is the only controller on that circuit. Both other LOR networks are Enhanced - hence the circuit just for the inputPup. There are also a half dozen or so E1.31 controllers covering about 140 universes that are not shown here.
  23. Network Preferences can be accessed several ways. If you have the LOR control panel running (the most likely red light bulb in the system tray) right click on it and select Network Preferences. Or in the Start Menu, it will be one of the programs under Light O Rama. Or if you are in the S5 Sequencer, on the tab on the right for Control Lights, one of the options is Network Preferences. Or if you set up desktop icons for most of the LOR programs, you might have created an icon for that.
  24. Yes, it would help. What Unit ID did you set the controller (if you changed it from the default of 01)?
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