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    Amateur radio, flying, high power rocketry, Koi ponds, O gauge railroading, photography/videography, scuba diving
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  1. That was great! I have to wonder how that would be received by neighbors, given all the issues that seem to be cropping up these days...
  2. Don't waste your $ on an expensive HDMI cable for that length. I use a $60 HDMI to VGA adapter (you can get non powered/amplified units for less than $10) that feeds CT5e cable that runs about 75 feet to one of my projectors. The images look great. For the holiday images and videos most project, projecting them in HD would be overkill.
  3. While I agree with the advice given above, I have a different take in part based on my personal experience. Background: I live a little South of Buffalo (I think most know it gets COLD here) and have been using video projection in our display for a long while. I use 2 Epson's. One is in the home, projecting to a screen outside, so that unit is not exposed to temperature/moisture extremes. It projects the videos, most of which are sync'd to the display's music. The second unit however is in the outside environment. It is exposed to temperatures that get well below freezing, and although enclosed still gets exposed to moisture. It would be a pain to have to bring it in. Bottom line I never have. Both units project the entire time the display operates (4 hours), and both bulbs and mechanics are just fine. I get around 2,000 hours on the bulbs, which is good, as they are not inexpensive! One point, make sure if you use automated timers/controls to turn things on/off, that you allow the fans to function as designed, to allow cool down of the bulbs before turning your projector off, or you will dramatically shorten bulb life. The alternative to halogen projection bulbs is to go the newer LED route. I made a decision to not go that route yet, as I am still not satisfied with the output (brightness) of the LED projectors at this point in time (unless you get the very high end ones, which makes little sense for most displays). Some of the current ones in the consumer market can work OK for a simple window projection, depending on the the amount of display lighting around/near the window. For video editing etc I use for both consumer and commercial products - Edius (Canopus) software for professional projects; Sony Vegas for general holiday and family videos (for uploading to Vimeo, etc.). Anyway, those are my 2 cents. Greg
  4. You cab build your props to withstand high winds, it just takes a little planning. My megatree, and pixel tree for example, both about 20ft in height, have stood up to 72 mph winds without issues, but I tend to over engineer things a bit, as I live up on a hill, and we routinely get high winds... We tend to get a fair amount of snow here in the Buffalo, NY area, but the last couple of winters have been mild. Don't give up, you can build for the winds!
  5. Good decision Expected.. Technical specs aside, you need to look at the gear available for our use. The various LED floods, rotating heads, lasers, etc that we see commonly available and use in our displays usually have 3 pin DINs. If they don't, use a 5 to 3 pin adapter, as 3 wire (shielded) cable used for balanced mike inputs etc is readily available, and lasts well. You don't need the other 2 wires for DMX control of devices. I have been using the same cables in my display since the mid 90's for DMX devices (long before there were LEDs.. those were the days of larger, power hungry incan types!) and the cables are still in use without any issues. By quality and you buy once, because with proper care they will last.
  6. Right, which is why I referenced the 2 that work reliably - wmv and avi.
  7. I don't know what controller you are referencing, but for traditional DMX only 3 pins are used. Greg
  8. Don, assuming your Lenovo's 2 video outputs are both constantly active, they should output the exact same signal. Simply setup your dual monitor screens as you did when outputting a single video feed. I don't have a Lenovo, so don't know how their onboard video is setup, because with a few models when you output HDMI, you can't simultaneously output VGA. If you find that to be the case for your laptop, an easy fix is to use a Y adapter from the HDMI port (assuming of course your other projector can also use a HDMI input).
  9. Greg Young

    outdoor speakers

    A lot of us use that approach, as it gives you the best of both worlds.
  10. A buddy of mine has one of those units. While it can easily be used for window projections it is no where near the 2000 lumens claimed, although it is brighter than the HD model! Just like IP ratings, the Chinese manufacturers tend to exaggerate their numbers! It's native resolution is a similar 800 x 480, that 'supports" HD as they like to call it. Essentially you can input any higher resolution image/video but it projects at 800 x 480 which should be fine for display viewing. Can't beat the price, which is less than the cost of many replacement projector bulbs! I buy my (Epson) projectors used off ebay. Those can output HD, and do generate a real 2,000/3,000 lumens of output, which is overkill for a simple window projection. Bottom line, try the HD unit. It's convenient and easy to return if it doesn't work out for your intended application. For a window projection, unless it's in a darkened are of the display it will likely be too dim for viewing from the distance your visitors would view it.. Greg
  11. Having been around these forums for the last 15 years dating back to the early PC days I have had the opportunity to see more than few businesses start up by fellow decorators. Some have gone on to be very successful (ie LOR). Others have started out well, go on for a few years, then fail. It is a rare person who intends to start a business to screw over others in the community. The one common issue when their businesses fail is the lack of communication which leads to a lot of understandable angst on the part of folks with orders pending. I am not going to defend Seasonal Entertainment, but I will say 2 things: 1) I have ordered from Greg over the years, and have encountered some product failures. When I contacted him the replacement parts were sent to me in a matter of days. He wanted me to send the units back for repair at his expense. The failures involved components (ICs predominately) installed in the Chinese factories. With my background repair was a quick fix so I told him I could handle it myself, to save time. For someone not comfortable with handling electronic repairs he ran a USA based company that the unit could be sent back to for repair. He stood behind everything he sold, at least up until his business closed unexpectedly. For those having issues, request a cancellation and refund. I would certainly hope you would get it, even if your email wasn't answered! While I don't ever support not keeping customers informed of issues related to delays in orders, etc. I will say if he posted what was occurring behind the scenes folks might think a little different of the situation. The fact that he didn't post his problems publicly, to garner sympathy, etc says something about his character to me. I am sure those of you with merchandise pending may disagree. 2) My observation is that some initially well intentioned folks want to take their hobby of decorating to the next level, sometimes starting out with group buys, and then turning it into a business. I can remember when David B. did this with blowmolds for example. Many of us ordered through him the first year, and got great products at a good price. A year or two later he lost $$ on an order coming in from China, and closed his business, unfortunately leaving folks who had placed orders without merchandise/refunds. There are several other examples in recent past. I have had good success ordering from many others including Todd Jetzer, Ray Wu, Paul Sessel, Valerie Piechur, to name just a few. In my experience I have found them all to stand behind their products. When folks are shopping for supplies, and looking for good quality items at good prices, then can often find them from folks who run businesses basically based on sales to the holiday decorating community. Most of these are small privately run businesses, which always have the possibility of unexpected setbacks and being forced to close, vs a larger commercial company which may have the resources to eat the loss and continue. Bottom line when you order from anyone, use PayPal or your credit card to allow you to recover your funds in the event of non-delivery of ordered items. Protect yourselves, because it really is caveat emptor.. Greg
  12. The LOR website has a number of video tutorials outlining the different functions associated with the sequence editor that should quickly get you going, especially as you already have some sequences you are just trying to adapt. If it's simply timing (lining up the effects to the music), use the sequence editor's skew command in the pull down menu under edit. Greg
  13. Like Bob, Steven, and others have posted I have been running RDS for quite a while. I did it as a fun project, incorporating the hardware in my Ramsey 100B. Wrote batch files to broadcast song information (name and performer), but I agree with the above posts no visitors comment on it. I wasn't expecting them to, as if they were watching that rather than my display, I would be really concerned! I still run it, as there is no maintenance, and to be truthful I had forgotten it is still running.... if you want to incorporate it as a fun project go ahead. If you are expecting folks to look at it you are going to be disappointed.... Greg
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