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Brian,

 

Will SuperStar allow us to assign 100 pixels per strip's. Love the effects but will be 30 feet tall on a mega tree. Bought 3 of your sequences but I have to edit the heck out of them. Would be nice if you can assign the number of pixels on your effects beside 25 or 50.

 

Jeff

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In CCR mode the choice of layouts only allows full ribbons or half ribbons which means the length of each strip is 25 or 50 pixels.

 

In Visualization mode the length of each string or ribbon can be anywhere from 25 to 200 pixels. Create a visualization of your lights in the Visualizer, then you can click on the File menu in SuperStar and select "Import Visualization"

 

However, realize that all sequences are made for a particular length layout. To use the sequence for a different layout will require editing as you say. For example, if you buy a sequence made for 12 ribbons each of length 50 and you want to use it for a layout of 12 ribbons each of length 100 you need to modify each morph or scene to lengthen it to 100 pixels.

 

It would be desirable to have a feature in SuperStar that would lengthen or shorten all effects, but currently SuperStar does not have such a feature.

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Being a newbie to Superstar and I have 24ccr is there a way to make your effects when they come out fit the 30 foot mega tree? Lets say 100 pixels? Most that I have bought from you have them at 50 pixels.

 

Jeff

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All sequences are made for a particular length layout. To use the sequence for a different layout will require editing as you say. For example, if you buy a sequence made for 12 ribbons each of length 50 and you want to use it for a layout of 12 ribbons each of length 100 you need to modify each morph or scene to lengthen it to 100 pixels.

 

It would be desirable to have a feature in SuperStar that would lengthen or shorten all effects, but currently SuperStar does not have such a feature.

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WOW.. That would be great on a to do list Brian.

 

Jeff

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Wanted to bump it incase the effects are ready for release.. Summer is here Brian !!!

 

Jeff

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Yea. I did not want to download the new software till any bugs are worked out. My plans are to use the 3.9 software for the show this year if it can handle the RGB's added which are around 8000 channels.

 

Jeff

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Brian Are you going to add the shock wave  and spiral effects to your Rock Ye Merry Gentlemen sequence and if so will I be able to upgrade the sequence that I have?

 

 

Duane

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I do not plan to change any existing sequences. I will include shockwave and spiral effects in new sequences though.

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The shockwave and spiral effects are in the open beta that is out now. You can download it here:

 

http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/27038-light-o-rama-version-3100-released-as-an-open-beta/

Brain,

 

What would the name of the file be? I am looking but dont see it.

 

Jeff

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Click on that link, and then at the bottom of that posting is a link to download the beta software

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Brain,

 

I did and I downloaded and installed 3.10 to check it out. I see that 3.10.4 is out now. I looked in the sample file under Superstar and could not find the two effects. Got your message and that clears everything up for me.. Thanks again Brain...

 

 

Jeff

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Yes, 3.10.4 is available here http://www.lightoram...3.10.4-Beta.exe

 

The new effects are in 3.10.0 and 3.10.4. After installing either of the beta versions launch SuperStar, click on the Tools menu and select "Smooth Effects". The "Smooth Effects" dialog box contains shockwave, spiral, and fan.

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Brian:

 

Well you be adding any demos for Shock Wave in the clipboard or samples?

I played with it a little last night after upgrading to 3.10.6 and was pretty interesting, but can't figure out how to do some of the things you did in your video.

 

Thanks

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Brian,

I agree with indi's post. I need a little help with the spiral and shockwave tools. I'm pretty good and have figured out the image action. I can tell these are similar. I would like to do some of the effects that were in your video at 50 seconds. I haven't figured it out. I'm sure it is more than 1 or 2 actions. Some type of a demo or tutorial would be very helpful. I know you are very busy this time of year, but any help would be appreciated.

Melvin.

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In the "Spiral and Shock Wave Effects" video on youtube, at 50 seconds it is doing a series of spiral effects. At the time I did the video I did not have "Fan" and I created it manually with a series of spiral effects. I created "Fan" to make it easy to do similar effects. To me, the effects look like blades of a fan spinning, Fan uses a series of spiral effect to do the "Fan." The first things you could experiment with in Fan is to change "Revolutions Per Second" and the "Nbr of Colors". Try changing all the other settings as well and you can get some very interesting patterns.

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Thanks Brian, I've been playing with the new effects (Shock wave), but I still haven't figured out how you got your example to spin at the center of your tree. I've been having fun playing with this new addition to SuperStar. If I can't figure out how to make it spin, it's O.K. There is a lot of cool stuff to use. 

Thanks again for this addition.

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Anyone having issues with Superstar Shock Wave effects?

I have some programmed in a sequence and they don't seem to get to the cosmic color pixels strings correctly.

All other types of effects seem to work fine.

Thanks.

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The only problem I experience with shockwave is if I make the Start width or End width large. They default to 3, if you change them to something like 6 or more then they look fine on the computer screen, but it is difficult to get dim colors on CCRs. So when the shockwave gets "spread thin" and it tries to get dim colors for the tapering part of the shockwave it can't get the color as dim as it is on the computer screen.

 

The other problem that can happen is if it is a very fast shockwave, then it can lag. If you use the new 500K network speed that can help. What network speed are you running?

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Thanks. i will check the width.

I am running the 500k network speed.

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Fantastic, would that look great on our new 3 ccr tall and 32 round tree!!!!

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Wow, 32 CCRs, that's a lot. It would look fantastic on 32 CCRs. Again, you could have problems with lag. You should run at 500K and have more than one network. How many networks do you have?

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