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When I initially setup the falcon pi player, I ran it using the stock LOR dongle using LOR protocol and it ran perfectly fine. Although I only have 5 ctb16pc controllers and a few thousand Rgb channels, I don't consider this anywhere near high channel count, it ran smooth and perfectly fine using the LOR protocol and dongle.

I changed over to DMX because I could run everything from the E682 and what ultimately sealed the deal to run in DMX was I later bought some LOR 10w floods and cmb24 controller. One side note, the cmb24 didn't like running in LOR protocol after my sequences were being converted from xlights to falcon fseq file. Xlights was only seeing the cmb24 as a 16 channel controller. It worked but the sixth light only used red(16th channel). Soo, I just converted over to DMX and everything was happy and ran perfectly. In hindsight I should have made the switch to DMX a long time ago. Hard to break free of what I knew but it wasn't that hard to change over.

Xlights/nutcracker made it nice to integrate my nutcracker made RGB sequences and LOR S3 made sequences for ac lights, then court everything into a .xseq file, then finally convert over to a .fseq file to load up on the FPP. I think there are other ways to do this but this was my path and it worked. I don't want to speak for Sean but it sounds like his teams new version of Xlights/Nutcracker is going to be AWESOME and make things even easier. I just can't say enough how happy I was switching over to the FPP and use Xlights/Nutcracker to work my lights show. Took some time to figure out but it worked awesome!

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Last Night I got my Raspberry PI B+ setup, now I am waiting for the Sandevices to come in next week to get them configured and then start testing.

In the meantime I will start learning Xlights to bring it all together.  

 

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

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Amazon has some nice kits with the Ac 2.5 amp cable, wifi n hdmi cable and box. If you plan on using all the USB connections Ethernet. You will need the higher amp cord.

I got this one first http://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Complete-Starter-Quick-Start/dp/B00L87YMGM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1422754457&sr=8-2&keywords=raspberry+pi+b%2B

Then I got this one that has a 2.5 amp plug.

http://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-Raspberry-Complete-Original-Preloaded/dp/B008XVAVAW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1422754457&sr=8-5&keywords=raspberry+pi+b%2B

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Amazon has some nice kits with the Ac 2.5 amp cable, wifi n hdmi cable and box. If you plan on using all the USB connections Ethernet. You will need the higher amp cord. I got this one first http://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Complete-Starter-Quick-Start/dp/B00L87YMGM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1422754457&sr=8-2&keywords=raspberry+pi+b%2B Then I got this one that has a 2.5 amp plug. http://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-Raspberry-Complete-Original-Preloaded/dp/B008XVAVAW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1422754457&sr=8-5&keywords=raspberry+pi+b%2B

They look like nice kits and a good price

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Moderators, can we get a section under hardware for this topic!!!

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If you go to the Canakit web site they have the Ultimate Kit.  Remember the prices are in Canadian dollars & so you will save money with the exchange.  

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Now the raspberry pi 2 just came out today. Much faster then the b+. Kind of bummed but I will find a use for them somewhere else. Right now it work with the falcon player so until they get the software to run on the new architecture. I will use the b+.

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The FPP team says the Pi 2 will be supported on FPP 2.0 scheduled for summer release. But what is different between a pi model B, B+ or 2?. Not enough to worry about. All 3 can run at least 64k channels, all 3 have audio output, all 3 have 1080p video. I ran my three fpp's at christmas on model B's, no issues. The only place where I think u might notice is u have huge matrix, megatrees and are creating effects dynamically. You can do those now, so maybe the extra power of pi 2 would allow more real time stuff. I ordered one 2, but this stuff is like crack. I now have r model B's, 2 model B+'s, 1 pi 2. I will use the pi 2 as my master this year, I may add another projector, . Dave is releasing a new controller that uses the beagle bone black . This controller will also be running FPP and will be another slave.. So rpi or BBB will be in the yard. It will be a fun year.

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Sean quick question if you run multiple raspberry pi can you run a video projector off each pi so for one sequence projector 1 plays only and another sequence projector  2 plays only is this possible . thanks Dennis.

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you can do it dennis.

 

First understand how the FPP master/slave works.

 

If I have wizards of winter and i save my sequence in xlights. Our sequences can use either a sound file or a video files as the media.

 

two years ago i had

wizards.xml (This is the xlights sequence data). This file is NOT sent to the FPP, it is only for xLights to use.

wizards.fseq (this is the rendered, binary data of my sequence.) This file is sent to the FPP to run the lights

wizards.mp3 . This is the sound file

 

last year that last file became

wizards.mp4 . This is the sound file

the other files are the same.

 

So i schedule  the master FPP

at 5pm to run the sequence wizards.fseq

 

The fseq file does have the name of the media file to use.

so it looks up and finds wizards.mp4. Sound is puled from the mp4 file it is either sent out the hdmi port or the 3.5mm jack. The point is sound for your show is being driven from the master.

 

What about the slaves?

 

Before l;launch the show I copy wizards.fseq and wizards.mp4 to all slaves, I had two slaves so

FPP_SLAVE1

FPP_SLAVE2

both receive these two files before you run the show.

 

The master now sends out a signal to the slaves saying "I am running wizards.fseq"

Slaves look for wizards.fseq and also open their copy of wizards.mp4

 

So if I want Slave 2 to have a black screen, i copy OVER that wizards.mp4 with an  all black video. I use a video editor (Power Director 13) to create this dummy video.

 

Slaves start when master runs

SLAVE1 has a video output that matches the master

Slave 2 has a black screen

 

a few packets per second keeps everything in sync. Massive data for show is never sent out the E!.31 since each FPP has a full copy of all the sequence files.

 

I think this synced video was in version FPP 0.4 but officially released in FPP version 1.0

 

BTW, slave software looks for base name to start stuff up.

 

So if i have wizards.fseq on master and wizards1.fseq on the slave, nothing on the slave will start. Not a big deal , but the file names are important

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Just got my PI in and am in the process of setting it up with NOOB, what are the next steps after that?

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Candiac,

Steps on falconcheistmas.com are summarized here

1) get sdformat program and format a sd card ( at least 4gig in size)

2) download the Linux os image from falcon Christmas, this image also has all the Fpp software pre installed. Unzip download onto the ad card, that's it, os and Fpp are now installed

3) plug in a Usb flash drive. This is needed or boot up will fail. This Usb card will hold all the fseq, MP3 and MP4 files.

4) power on the pi. U. Should see Linux booting up on your monitor. First boot up can take 20 minutes as itdownloads updates, configures things. Get a coffee

5) when it finishes u will hear "I have found the following IP address 10.0.0.4". The IP address may be different for you.

6) go to a browser and type in 10.0.0.4 (or whatever your up was). Now the Fpp Pages come up.

7) transfer xseq and MP3 files. Create playlists. Create schedule.

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Candiac, Steps on falconcheistmas.com are summarized here 1) get sdformat program and format a sd card ( at least 4gig in size) 2) download the Linux os image from falcon Christmas, this image also has all the Fpp software pre installed. Unzip download onto the ad card, that's it, os and Fpp are now installed 3) plug in a Usb flash drive. This is needed or boot up will fail. This Usb card will hold all the fseq, MP3 and MP4 files. 4) power on the pi. U. Should see Linux booting up on your monitor. First boot up can take 20 minutes as itdownloads updates, configures things. Get a coffee 5) when it finishes u will hear "I have found the following IP address 10.0.0.4". The IP address may be different for you. 6) go to a browser and type in 10.0.0.4 (or whatever your up was). Now the Fpp Pages come up. 7) transfer xseq and MP3 files. Create playlists. Create schedule.

Where do I find all this, have the SD's cards and jump drives.  signed up on Falcon Christmas and am in the down load area.

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Where do I find all this, have the SD's cards and jump drives.  signed up on Falcon Christmas and am in the down load area.

 

There's another thread here too:

 

http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,1111.0.html

 

Basically the same information but with a little extra and some posts from others.  Disregard the beta download links.

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ok, now I am stuck at FPP Login:

Ok that's good. Now you should be able to connect to it via web browser. When the FPP starts up it will announce an IP address, this is what you'd connect to via web browser. If you missed the ip or couldn't hear it, you can login to the Pi at the FPP login, username is "pi" password is "raspberry". Then type:

Sudo /sbin/ifconfig

This should give you the IP address for "eth0"

Then open up web browser and type in that address.

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it does not give me an IP address but I have the wifi dongle in and no cable.

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You need to hook up with cable to be able to set the wifi settings.

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connected and fixed time issue, it was on mountain and I am central.  how do i turn on the wifi?  what's the next step?

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