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This year's video is finished, and I'm very happy with the results! http://www.lightsond...y.com/2012.html

Many months were spent building and prepping for this year's show. A few new elements were added, and the display layout has been changed. It's the most complex display I've ever done, with sixteen servos and nine actuators bringing the show to life. This year I was able to integrate all show control into LOR, fully using two Servo Dogs and a 12v board to control the animatronics. I'm using a DMX Fusion Pro to control the Servo Dogs and Rainbow Pixels on the tree, which are strung along with Silver metallic garland to give it a little sparkle. Rainbow Flood Extreme wall washes were also added this year to replace my Halogen spots. They're controlled with a iDMX controller, which also controls the spot light and snow machine. Check out my Facebook display pagehttps://www.facebook...LightsonDisplay for some build photos and other project info.

I hope you enjoy the show!

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OMG. That is rediculous! How awesome. Im showing my kids.....they are in awe. I salute you.

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Mike as each year GREAT job. Love the popup characters in the gifts (nice touch). Best of ALL is your interpretation of the music, Great syncqencing and color choices. (forgot to ask before and at the tennessee show, is the projection front or rear?)

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Thats one of the best I have ever seen.

When I grow up I want to be just like you ;)

OMG. That is rediculous! How awesome. Im showing my kids.....they are in awe. I salute you.

As usual...WOW!!!! That was amazing!

Thank you all, much appreciated!

Mike as each year GREAT job. Love the popup characters in the gifts (nice touch). Best of ALL is your interpretation of the music, Great syncqencing and color choices. (forgot to ask before and at the tennessee show, is the projection front or rear?)

Thank you! The screen is rear projection (http://dazian.com/cg...d=165&cat_id=50). The projector shoots out of my garage window behind the screen.

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I am totally speechless! I am going to show that to everyone I know! That was amazing!

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I am totally speechless! I am going to show that to everyone I know! That was amazing!

Thank you!

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That is just nuts! I don't even want to imagine how much you've spent on this "hobby". :P The various characters are brilliant.

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Yeah, you spent some serious $ there. Looks very nice.

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You're missing one thing, or I missed it, Lazers! :P Your show is top notch! Where you gonna store it all? :D

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Thanks again!

I've spent a few bucks this year, more than I should have, but I've added a little bit to the display each year for nine years. Most of what you see is a bunch of parts and a lot of time putting them together. :)

You're missing one thing, or I missed it, Lazers! :P Your show is top notch! Where you gonna store it all? :D

Thank you! Parking a car in a garage is overrated right? :D I've pretty much maxed out on room, I'm still trying to figure out where to store the packages, they spent the whole Summer in my TV room.

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I've got to ask, what servos do you use or did you buy servo props? Seeing your wonderful display and technical complexity has given me ideas but starting from scratch in servo technology on my part. Are you using just stepper motors with controllers and power supplies then commanded via servodog or ascii commands or ?

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I've got to ask, what servos do you use or did you buy servo props? Seeing your wonderful display and technical complexity has given me ideas but starting from scratch in servo technology on my part. Are you using just stepper motors with controllers and power supplies then commanded via servodog or ascii commands or ?

Thank you! I mostly use these servos http://www.servocity...ra_torque.html. I posted my animatronics presentation from last year's Christmas Expo http://www.lightsond....com/expo.html. It gives you an idea of how to at least get started building the prop's head, and I've also included a guide with a parts list to get started. This year, the Servodogs are controlling all the animatronics, in past years, I used a separate board that was triggered to control the servos. I was able to get some smooth programming by using this software http://www.monkeybas.../#.UL4eTaXnuIE. It really does a good job in helping to achieve smooth organic life like movements.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

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Welcome Mike, great to see you here!

Great production and super entertaining.

Congrats on another first class diplay and show!

Glenn

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Once again Mike great show. Can't wait to show it to the kids they love watching it every year!!

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I could not resist and had to post and say WOW!! Very impresive. One of the best displays I have seen. I can only imagine the hours you have in this display.

Wayne

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Thank you Greg and Wayne! Wayne, I put a few more hours than I should have this Summer, but I'm really pleased with this year's results.

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The cool thing about Mike's show is that he's created a true "Show". It starts up, leads you through it and continues the entertainment without stopping. The focus of the show changes from/to each of the main characters as needed and not one single item. So greatly different than the majority of us doing just lights to music. The technical complexity is extreme and he knows what he's doing which is obvious to all. Just wish I was out there to see it personally. I've been looking at the animation components and yeah, he spent some serious money but how it came out was well worth it.

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That's simply amazing!!!!, my son and I smiled and laughed the whole way through, but you have a tough critic.... My son asked how come the two elves in the front don't sing..hahahaha.

I think I'm going outside to unplug my lights now and leave this to you pros!

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