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  1. I have been using this great sequencing software since 2009. When I first saw a show in December 2008 I knew it was to close to Christmas to do a show that years but I immediately bought the software to play with first. What I realized is that the Show Time Sequencing Suite controls light just as a music Midi file controls sound. I am a professional musician and producer and because I have a very good understanding of how Midi and digital audio works, the Light O Rama software was easy to understand for me. With this said. The request I have is based on my experience with the use of multiple computers and the transfer of sequence files between computers when using S5. In the past versions S3,S4, I could just copy the sequence file and add it to my other computer without playback issues with the exception of assigning audio file to the sequence. It was very simple. I just tried to transfer a single S5 sequence with a lot of motion effects and animated Gifs with a very disappointing result. None of the Motion effects transferred and none of the animated Gif files did either. I did find the fix for Picture and Gifs with the embedding tool. Thank you Don. My request is based on the digital audio/Midi software tool I use. I can create a Bundle file that takes all the digital audio files used and the midi data used along with all the effects plugin information and packs this data in a non compressed file so it can be transferred to another computer using the same Digital audio software where under open file this Bundle file type is a selection. the receiving computer extracts this file and creates and exact copy of the working file in it's own folder with all the data in subfolders as needed. This is now a ready to play exact copy of what I was working on from the first computer. The sequence knows where all the data needed for the sequence has been placed in the sub folder. Can any future upgrades to the software include this kind of bundling capability. There are many of us who use a sequencing computer and a show computer, the way things are now in S5, we have to copy the entire LOR directory to an external storage device and then paste it to the second computer to transfer a single sequence and for every time I make a change to just one sequence. This before I even think about creating a show. and this only works as long as all the data is under the LOR directory. I would think this should be a simple request account the software can create an entire show on an SD card for the show time director. Just allow the software to create a bundle file Under the save file as menu. Thank you for a great product. Kenny Jure
    3 points
  2. This is how I do it! Normally I start out with all white! tlogan this what I was going to show you as soon as I am able. Thank you Box on Rails ! JR
    3 points
  3. Unless you have a specific reason to have periods of time where there is no show - DON'T. If people drive by expecting an animated show and see either dark or static, most will just keep on driving and NOT return.
    2 points
  4. + A LOT Not an issue for me the way I do things, but yes, it has gotten far harder to move files - either for sequencing or playing on a different computer.
    2 points
  5. I think this would be a great feature to have. Something that lets you select one, multiple, or all sequences, and then packages all necessary files for those sequences into something like a zip file that could be unpacked on the other end.
    2 points
  6. I don't know if anyone may have a need for such an effect as this, or even created one, but I figured I'd share this small animation sequence I made to simulate the Blue and Red Strobes on top of a Law Enforcement Vehicle. I think I came very close to emulating the effect and when tested in the real world, it looked pretty good, almost perfect. So if anyone needs such an effect and wants it, here it is. Free for the downloading direct from the forum below. I use these with the HC Smart RGB 10W Floods and I created this because I have a few songs that have sirens or may be geared toward Law Enforcement, but it could be adapted for Fire or other options by changing the colors to match what you need. I use this with a Pixie16D Controller, but any RGB Controller that controls Smart RGB Floods should work. I don't know if this would work with Dumb Floods, but you can try it and see if it works. You'll need to copy from this sequence into one of your own making, this sequence only contains the 2 RGB Channels created for this effect. Have fun with it. Blue-Red Police Strobe Effect.las
    2 points
  7. Its always a great day for you when I have done the hard work for you... Here is one I did for Halloween. Its the radio edit version which can be purchased on Amazon. As stated in my other share, I will not be creating a Griswold Mix this year. So instead I am sharing my others I am using effects of dancing or singing characters for the pixel tree. For Halloween my tree becomes a huge matrix instead and then I just reshape the top for christmas. I am sharing sequences that I personally created only. The audio I used for it is on Amazon. You can purchase the Radio edit version of Freaks there for $1.29 This share includes 3 sets of cmb24's rgb floods, 4 pixel arches, Multiple ac controllers channels for beats and backgrounds. Dumb rgb tombstones, Dumb rgb really big lights and a 16x50 pixel tree and a 16x50 matrix. This was programmed user S4 and superstar. Choose what you need from it. You are not limited to only 16 channels as a newcomer. Select the effects you need from the sequence and paste them into yours. I always highlight most sound effects somewhere in the first 16 channels of the sequence I create. You can convert it to S5 if needed. Please do not sell, re-share or redistribute my work. Lets keep the shares coming by respecting the share etiquette. If you want it, Send a reply to the thread with your email. WARNING THE LMS is huge and if your on S4 it may take a bit to load. The face is not the greatest but I tried. The rest is where its at! When I started in this hobby in 2016 so many of you (Especially JR and James) helped me get going by being mentors and getting me to this point. So this is my way of giving back to the community for all the brains who put up with me picking them and asking the stupid questions. Lets help get the forum community back on board to sharing and helping others with sharing our work. We are all here for the same reason. To bring Joy and Happiness to others and that includes our fellow lighters. Because of those shares, Many of us have gotten to where we are now. All I ask in return for this sequence is to remember to pay it forward when a n00b comes along. Help them create a great display and share a few sequences. We were all new once... Some of us still have love for the n00bs! I'm only on year 5 :) Preview the example video I did here
    2 points
  8. One thing to note here. Do this as a local drive (as in on site) as opposed to something online (like Google Drive or Dropbox). The reason is that you will be running the show from the common drive, and you don't want your show to crash just because your internet had a hiccup. I realize that most people don't have a file server running 24x7 as I do, but external network attached storage (NAS) devices are easily available and not all that expensive. Frequently available in some sort of RAID array (recommended). And don't forget to back up the NAS regularly. Using an online site is fine for manually moving files from one computer to another or for off-site backup (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED), just don't run your show directly from an online file storage.
    2 points
  9. HAPPY LABOR DAY EVERYONE!!!
    2 points
  10. I have recently seen an accusation that I am JR Dibble…. I am 1 person. 1 account. 1 house. And as you all can see, I have 1 email that I use. I have had this email for 16+ years. My name is Chance Harris. i do thank you for getting he and I confused. He has fantastic work on here that I strive to sequence like. however, I am me, and he is he.
    2 points
  11. Lol this thread went WAY far away from what I said in the beginning. Lol
    2 points
  12. Hey dibble, ummm I mean Chance, I keep getting the two of you confused. 😁
    2 points
  13. Or you could just run off a computer and save the extra $300 you would spend on each director and buy more controllers. 😄
    2 points
  14. I appreciate everyone's input on the matter. I am all in with the lights and trying to soak up as much information as I can from you guys. I am taking all approaches to find the best fit for myself moving forward. Hopefully I'll get this one nailed down and then work on adding more! I am okay with manual, but did download papagayo if I find it helpful getting started. I think the moment I get an eye open and the mouth moving a bit it will all click and make sense. Dragging the prop out of the shop and going to make it a decoration in the living room for a week or so while I review all of your suggestions and get to work on it. Once again thank you all and stay tuned. I'll reach out for more once I get a little progress underway! **My hopes are to get to the point where I am the one also offering advice to the new guys like you all are doing for me.
    2 points
  15. LOR replaced my director and all is good. May have not been temperature related at all. Glad show is running now.
    1 point
  16. On the other hand if you do this it does protect the jacks from wear and tear.
    1 point
  17. Might I suggest freefilesync. It will handle network or physical drives. You can configure as many 'sync' tasks as you need. They can be set to Mirror (one way), update, or two way sync. The Free version is strictly manual launch of a task (no scheduler).
    1 point
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  19. Nine inch spacing is quite a lot. My temporary show uses three and a half in on the house and windows and that is fairly typical but some folks use less. The nine inch spacing is partly how they are getting across the whole house but they will need PI with 0.6W pixels. I'm not familiar with UCS 1903 Pixels but looking on Google they are physically bigger than the pixels most of us use. My Falcon controllers do not support that pixel type but I can't speak for LOR controllers as I don't have one, but I don't see it in the data sheet.
    1 point
  20. After you made your motion rows did you made a new sequence or did you open one that you had worked on before? If it is an old sequence you may have to add your newly made motion rows to that sequence. Try rightclick your prop an then add/modify motion rows, you should then be able to add those rows to your open sequence.
    1 point
  21. Thanks, JR. I'll check out the video links I have to them and do that. I must have missed the download option the first time I went to view one of them.
    1 point
  22. Nothing. I started in 2007 & planned to stop back in 2017. So I sold 20 16 Channel AC Controllers but kept four 16 channel AC controllers & four 8 channel controllers. Plus I kept 24 CCP controllers/pixels, plus 3-pixie 4 controllers, & one pixie 16 controller. So I have enough. On a sad side not to many folks where I live care anymore. Anyhow I set up my now smaller display in 2020. Then 1.5 weeks into December someone said there is a decorating contest. I didn't believe it. We came home 1 day & we had this sign on our yard 2020 winner. (Best lights). Drove around town & noticed more decorated homes than I seen in years. Plus viewers started to come back out front again. Covid19 had folks down but the lights around town brightened up peoples Christmas. So I will do one more musical year.
    1 point
  23. First of all, there is no requirement to have a background image at all - and in fact there are reasons not to. I have a very odd shaped yard and for years have laid out props in the Preview so that they are all either up/down or left/right as opposed to all the strange angles that they really are. Just made it easier to lay things out. However with that said, down in the lower left corner, click "Set image". That will bring up a standard Windows file selection box. Navigate to wherever the desired image file is located. Either double click the image file, or select it and click the "Open" button. Standard Windows file opening routine. Check the box for "Save image with Preview"
    1 point
  24. Run flat cat6 cable through a window. It lays completely flat and you can still fully close the window. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00WD017DE/?coliid=I2W7X3HDRHSXMK&colid=61DMUXRRSCM3&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    1 point
  25. Mine is even easier. All three computers at home that have LOR installed have a mapped network drive of L: which is actually a folder on the D: drive of my file server. The LOR programs look for the L: drive which is always the same drive so if I make a change from one computer, they all see the change.
    1 point
  26. As long as you didn’t plug directly to your computer comm port without the adapter the blown fuses will not cause any other problems. That is their job, blow to protect the circuitry. You should never need any again. I’ve only blown 1 by mistake and 1 on purpose for testing. Glad you got it. JR
    1 point
  27. Yes, I do all faces but Bobs 10 movements. 2,3,4 & 5 are what I do all by hand. There is nothing different about any of the 5 mouth faces like the ones you have and the ones I sent you videos of. You only copy paste from my channels to your corresponding channels. I use a different channel config but over the years of sharing only 1 person has not understood the process And that was due to, well I never figured that out. LOL JR
    1 point
  28. I do. The prop doesn’t matter as long as 5 mouth movements JR
    1 point
  29. The car warranty part is a lot closer...
    1 point
  30. Labor day is the start of putting up Christmas Displays for L O R people!
    1 point
  31. I actually do have one through work, but as perfect timing would have it, On Friday at work I changed my password. Had not done so here at home on this PC so without being logged in, it could not access your photos. After I logged back in with the new password, I could see the photos.
    1 point
  32. When in superstar do the following: 1- select all of the effects 2- click on the Tools menu and select "Move or Scale Selected Effects" 3- set to move up 15 rows 4- click on Ok This should move all of the effects up
    1 point
  33. I've used the rgb floods for 8 years now and love them. I use them to light the front of my house.
    1 point
  34. So I guess you can say we have a museum in our basement. We have my wife's old IBM clone, with amber monitor, with all the 5 1/4 floppies. Also old Zip drives from the 90's and boxes of 3.5" diskettes. I programmed on PDP 11s where you had to worry about caching your program in and out of memory, where adding one line of code caused hours of headaches. Also programmed on VAX 11/780s for many years in Fortran. In my office I have a Radio Shack catalog from 1981 (Trash 80's anyone?) and a Stereo Discounters catalog (reel-to-reel anyone?). :) Of course we had to get through all of this to get to where we are at today so that we can enjoy this hobby so much.
    1 point
  35. I've run into a few. Last year I had a 16 year old "kid" who lives couple blocks away ask if he could help me set up so he could learn. He already does stage lighting. So there are some younger lighting people around.
    1 point
  36. My first email was a company account. I also had USENET access: 1978. In 1980, I had a 'the source' (time $hare) account via 300baud (direct connect) modem (I think I might still have that somewhere) on my TI 99/4a, and later a Compuserve account which had the best technical user groups at the time. In 1990, I registered the domain (hosted by Best,com) greenduck.com (the source of my handle) and let it lapse in 2000 And my mindspring.com account from when I got my first DSL in 2001 is still active.
    1 point
  37. I have now run my landscaping show under 5.6.4 both from my server and my normal show computer without issues since last Friday. I have also played sequences correctly from the Sequencer on the show computer. The only thing I can't do is set 5.6.4 as my version number here on the forum :)
    1 point
  38. Got it working. Had to Auto-Configure it set it to Comm 5. My comm 3 and 4 are set-up on bluetooth and wouldn't support a usb.
    1 point
  39. That gave me a laugh. Generally I consider it a shortcut when I don't have to take my hands off the keyboard.
    1 point
  40. This is FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE ONLY No Sharing or Selling Even if Modified. You must purchase the music, info below. For your protection you must PM me your email address. This also protects me from someone asking you for my sequence. DO NOT reply within this thread. All replies will be ignored, you will not receive the sequence. In your PM you must type or copy from here the below statement. "I understand that this sequence is for my personal use. I also understand that just by making changes to the sequence does not make it mine to share or sell." Once again, do not reply within this thread. If my PM box is full try again later. Do post here "your inbox is full. Walker Hayes Fancy Like Album- Country Stuff - Amazon How to copy paste: If you have my singing face configuration it will be a simple copy paste. If you have HC/ HS / and other singing face configuration you must copy my "Top Lip" to their "mid lip"
    1 point
  41. I Have many 5 mouth position faces between my Halloween Pumpkins and singing trees but this year I added a matrix. I now use 10 mouth positions with the matrix and I still use the old 5 position faces too. . In the beginning, like 10 years ago for me I did it the JR way. One mouth movement at a time. I then discovered Papagayo and BobO's page and I have never looked back. I update to the latest version as often as I can and the same with BobO's Papagayo to LOR program. I pride my self on accurate looking animation and Papagayo works best for me. This video shows some of my work. It's a old video from 2014 but all the mouth movements were done in Papagayo. Disney's haunted house intro and This Is Halloween.
    1 point
  42. I'm still using my Dell T5500 which has dual Zeon 6-core processors within and 72Gb of Ram. I'm driving four monitors which helps indeed! Two are actually 4K- 43 inch televisions and two 19 inch monitors. The two big screens are for the sequencer and the preview screen whereas the other two are for whatever files I need open or internet access. I've always been of the mind that if you provide the motherboard with more resources, it'll provide a better processing. I am using 2 RS485 networks and 1 TCPIP network.
    1 point
  43. Download the .sup file and open it from within SuperStar.
    1 point
  44. 1 point
  45. Sorry I have been away from the forums for a bit. There is so much to say about papagayo. Who ever said papagayo can only do one voice! It can do unlimited voices in the same file I think Papagayo is MUCH easier than trying to do it by hand! That is just crazy and my friend JR is crazy plus two to try and convince people to think otherwise! (You know I love you babe!) Being able to tweek the papagayo is a plus for sure and not a minus. Please think of papagayo sort of like superstar in that the effects are stored in another file and you generate the sequence. SO you can go back to the papagayo and adjust it and then rebuild it. This has GOT to be easier than listening and tweaking the channels! I have used all the versions and still swap back and forth on occasion. The how to videos are very old and so am I, I mean so is papagayo. There is some good news for next year because papagayo has been rewritten to have more features including auto word detection in the media! Please PM me if you have a particular problem or if you want some free tutoring. My most fervent and important and critical advice that you cant miss is to CONFIRM by looking in the file that you are 100% certain you are using 25FPS And that you get EVERY SINGLE sound or word written down before you start sliding anything. That means every oh hmm whap and sound you want a mouth movement for. You really should listen multiple times to get them all for sure. Then you hit the button.
    1 point
  46. Check your comment port assignment. If comm 3 is not present go into device management in the USB ports and figure out which is correct 3 You may need the drivers installed as well manual and driver below JR https://www.google.com/amp/s/www1.lightorama.com/communication/amp/ https://www1.lightorama.com/firmware-updates/
    1 point
  47. We have been befriended by a neighbor's 10 year old. Comes over and spends several hours every day while the parental units are at work. They call back and forth several times a day so they know he is ok and he has permission to be at our place. Wife and I were not able to have kids, so I am out of my league here. He seems to want to help with things and asks a gazillion questions! Seems like an intelligent little fella. The questions Is 10 years old, almost 11, to young to help build props and things (being heavily supervised of course). Does a 10 year old bean pole type kid really eat everything in sight? LOL! He is an eating machine!
    1 point
  48. I had a kid come up to me years ago when he was 14 and asked if it would be alright to scare people at my Halloween show. I told him fine as long as he leaves the little ones alone. After that show he helped me take it down and has been helping me with the Halloween and Christmas show setups every year since. He is now 22 and it is nice have a young person doing all the heavy and climbing stuff for me. He is like part of the family now.
    1 point
  49. This is what I do. My 3 year old loved the baby shark song the first year it was out so I did that. Last year she loved the grinch and frozen so I did those.
    1 point
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