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  1. A31, that's a good point, yet I wonder why my show has worked perfectly for years without any terminators?  I think I saw somewhere that it depends on the length of the communications lines and maybe a couple other reasons ?

    My setup is not greatly different from theirs.  I have two networks with a pixie 16 on each one and 10 ccr ribbons (5 ccr controllers) on each network.  Maybe at some point in the future I will need such a thing.

  2. Bummer.  I am not at home so don't exactly have my checklist handy, yet a couple things that come to mind...

    When you open the "NP" (network configuration utility), did you actually click on each line for the port that contains the 500K speed and red adapter and click on the checkbox "ENHANCED"?   Thus showing the word enhanced on the far right? As in my photo?  Yes, I see you did say "ELOR", but thought I would clarify you actually have the settings.   Nice explanation of what you have.

    In the HU utility,  are you saying that you can't get the lights to work there either?  Or they just won't work when you run a sequence.

    Also, when you mention you updated your sequences info for the changed networks, I assume that means you changed the prop definition for each item to reflect the proper unit, ID, and circuit number ?

    Side note, after you kill the husband, he will make a good prop if you just hang him from the gutters 😎


  3. That's fabulous Jim.  Very creative !

    Too bad I can't add a "thank you" cup today.   Guess I added too many for one day.

    Yea I completely understand everything you said (done some Windows programming in the past), so I am going to do that !!!   And yes, I am running my show on a dedicated show computer in the garage.


  4. 2 minutes ago, topherwurts said:

    Brian at Superstarlights.com is a great help and he has some 16x25 sequences available as well as a detailed way to convert others as a starting point. I've managed to go from a standing start to something pretty good having done the same thing you did....

    Yea, and you remind me.... aside from Brian's great help,   the thing about his designs is the great attention to detail and clever sequences.  His designs are the number 1 hits at my house.

    NO, he is not my brother !    He just deserves kudos. 😁

  5. 11 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

    I do get an E-Mail when it starts.  So if I don't get the E-Mail, I can check.

    Hmmm, that sounds nice, but I would like to get an email if the show does NOT start.   Is that possible?  I'm just too forgetful to remember to look if I got an email.

    And yes, TeamViewer and cameras have been a livesaver for me on rare occasions.

  6. 19 minutes ago, Orville said:

    I finally realize after several hours of running around I FORGOT to load the LOR Control Panel!  

    I've made that mistake so much that now I just have it automatically load whenever I log in to Windows.  Then I don't forget.

  7. On 11/28/2018 at 3:51 PM, dibblejr said:

    You neednto get a program Audacity or similar and change then speed and bit rate of your music.

    Yo Jim (or anyone else), the comment above brought a thought back to mind and hence a questions...

    Some years ago, I recall seeing threads where it was suggested to not use MP3 files while editing as it had something to do with not being precisely in sync with the animations.  Is that still the case?  I use wav files, but it might be nice to use mp3 files for smaller file size.  I hope this question doesn't hijack this thread away from the original OP question.

  8. 1 minute ago, B.Y.R.G. said:

    Hard to even watch the videos with  360P max resolution.....wth!  I also think anyone who is on the GCLF shouldn't be able to compete in this contest.  They've already had their 15 minutes of fame and would the prize LOR is giving really make a difference to them?

    Gee, I was thinking exactly the same thing.

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  9. 10 hours ago, Don said:

    1) I would like to know which car manufacturer is shipping cars without AM/FM radios.

    Ha Ha.  Yes, me too.  I want to know.  I never heard this.   Does OP mean that Ford is now shipping the Model "A" again?  🤣

    I think an FM radio is the only way to go (easy and inexpensive), if you don't want external speakers.

    And to add, for the reasons that Ducks mention, I would not consider BT.... short range, need to pair, not that reliable, issue with pairing to multiple devices simultaneously, and most people are just not going to want to hassle with it.

  10. Ha.  Well I don't think any of us think of you as stupid.  Just the opposite.  But, yea, sometimes we forget the simplest things, and as I get older, I forget more.  That is why I have a "NASA STYLE" checklist that I walk down it to check all the items when ready to start a show for the season or when something goes wrong.   I guess that process comes from having flown in the Navy.   Nothing like having a nice checklist.

  11. On 12/4/2018 at 4:02 PM, Mr. P said:

    My wife got me a DJI Mavic Pro for Christmas last year, 30 minute flight time per charge and she got me four batteries, love it.

    Nice,  I used to have a DJI product and they were known to occasionally forget where they are and simply fly away never to be seen again.  I had that happen once, but I found it.  I think they have since mostly fixed that problem, yet you might want to keep an eye on that potential problem.

  12. 3 hours ago, k6ccc said:

    Pixie - not Pixcon.  Different animal.  Don’t use the Find Pixcon in NP.


    Oh yes or course.   I overlooked that 😁  Glad you brought that up, Jim.   Still, it doesn't harm anything to use it.   Just that it would give no reply in this case.  Thus, worthless in this case.

  13. 1 hour ago, Little_b said:

    This is most likely the issue.  I ran into this with a couple channels overlapping.  Create a new sequence and preview display that just has your Tune To Signs and/or other background props.  Delete these props and channels from your regular sequences.  What's happening is that both sequences are telling the lights what to do, one says "do all these effects" while the other is saying "stay off" so it starts to flicker.

    yea, I was thinking the same thing which is why I asked about channel conflict.  I've made this mistake in the past and saw similar flickering.

  14. 4 minutes ago, martsycart said:

    Wow, I feel real dumb. I never even thought of turning off the auto-focus 🤦🏻‍♀️ 

    I’ve also contemplated buying a <$100 drone. I’m pretty good at holding my phone still, but a hovering drone might yield better results. 

    Having experience with drones, the first thought that comes to mind is that they have very short running time before needing a charge.   You might be lucky to record one song, charge, next song, charge, etc.  Maybe just strap that iphone to a tripod.  That's what I did 😉

  15. You may have done this step already, but if not, please go into the NP (network configuration utility), with that controller being the only one connected to the computer (which it sounds like you are now doing), and with the proper COMM port and "enhanced" mode set, click on the "Find/Configure Pixicon" button and see what happens.

  16. K6 beat me too it.  Totally agree.  When I tried to use an iPhone, the changing light intensities of my display was making it go nuts.   Manual focus did the trick.  And on another note, Hermitage is a nice place.  Not far from my home town.

  17. Hmmmm, not sure what that is about.  Aside from the flickering, that is a really beautiful clean setup.  Not overbearing and not too little.  Really nice job! Sure would like to see a night video of a song when all is working well.

  18. Gee, this is terrible that people do things like this.  Fortunately in my almost 20 years of doing synchronized lights, there was only one incident a few years ago where some high school kids were about to either steal or trash my display.   They knocked over one arch before they were scared away when the alarm went off from the motion sensors I had spread around the yard. 

    I actually put the sound alarm on one of the LOR channels so they get activated after the main show and stay on till morning.  I guess it was worth the $50 I spent to buy it.  They were also caught on camera  and I sent the video to the high school on campus police and he recognized the kids.   Apparently they agreed to do some public service time in exchanged for not being charged.  As bad as it may be to protect a display, I guess it is needed in some places. 

  19. 3 hours ago, TheDucks said:

    Since you have Pro, the (need to keep sequential) counts are not an issue. Assign by Blocks: 20-2F, 30-3F

    (So much easier starting with a x0-xF, those are blocks of 16...  just remember 00 is not allowed)

    Yup, we seem to think alike.  I assign my props in blocks.  Much easier for me to manage and less change of accidentally overlapping things

  20. 2 hours ago, beeiilll said:

    I found that hot glue was the second worst thing to use as it failed within a couple of months into the testing (acetic silicone was the worst).  It got brittle and/or just didn't grip well enough to prevent moisture entry into strips or connections.  It also got too soft in the warmer days and would start to creep away from the joints it was supposed to seal! 

    I live in upstate NY so the tests got a very large range of cold, hot, wet, and dry days to see what would happen.  Hot glue failed worst in the colder days for sure but it still failed.

    The best sealant I can across was an electrical silicone that is neutral (no acidic properties to cause problems) and was the best "overall" for not only sealing but also to be able to be removed if any repairs were necessary.

    Amen.  I have exactly the same experience up here in the cold snowy wet mountains.

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