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  1. I checked my mail today and this is what I found in my mailbox, a thank you scroll. You have to love things like this.
    11 points
  2. Just wanted to post and say JR Dibble and James Morris contribution’s to this forum are invaluable. You guys set the bar and thank you for all what you do!!! Rock on!!!!
    11 points
  3. [Admin Edit - Note: There is now a video at the bottom of this post. Not the thread, this post.] In lieu of all the members I have assisted with setting up and configuring their pixie16 and the pixie2/4 and 8 controllers I am going to see if this will provide some relief to you the end user, myself someone who likes to help others and the LOR Help Desk who get a ton of requests at this time of year and the end user may not understand the volume of help tickets. Also more than a few recommended I write this up. So here it is. If you follow these steps in order you should have lights at the final step as long as your light strings or strips work. I am writing this as an S4 user. S5 users can follow the steps to a certain point. At which time you will have to have a basic understanding as to how to add a pixie device to your S5 sequencer. Things to consider: 1) The pixie16 and other pixie devices will only control "smart" RGB lights 2) Do not get wrapped around the Hardware Utility for anything more than setting the Unit ID, light color order and a minor test. The HU has nothing to do with the controller running the lights outside of the HU. Once you close the HU the rest is with you the end user to ensure the network is set up correctly and the device is added to your sequence. 3) The newer pixie controllers will have 8 dip switches. Please familiarize yourself with the location of the switches. From the factory one dip switch will be in the "on" position. This dip switch in the "On" position will not allow the user to set a Unit ID other than 1 4) The pixie series controllers will automatically assign the unit ID's after the user selects the first one. If you attempt to interfere with this process by manually building the unit ID's and not follow the Hexadecimal protocol you will have channels (units) that will not work. This is the time to start talking Units, the pixie series assigns unit ID's not channels like the AC controllers. You must remember this especially when you start adding other controllers or you will have conflicts. Example: If your pixie16 has a starting Unit ID of Unit 1 then the system will assign it to Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0A, 0B, 0C, 0D, 0E, 0F and 10. As you can see the system uses an alpha numeric Unit ID after 09. This is consistent across the board. Any number that has a nine the following 7 unit ID's will be alpha numeric. Based on the pixie model you may have. Pixie2 - 2 consecutive unit ID's Pixie4 - 4 consecutive unit ID's Pixie8 - 8 consecutive unit ID's Pixie16 - 16 consecutive unit ID's Lets get started: Items required Pixie controller 2/4/8/16 can all be configured using these instructions. Black RS485 or Red RS485HS adapter (red preferred) red is backwards compatible and with the cost being a few dollars more than black - makes it worth while. A spare is always good Cat5 cable(s) Time - its best to start this only if you can dedicate an hour or so without interruption Of course a computer Lets get started- I am going to keep the steps as simple as possible 1) connect the RS485 (black) / RS485HS (Red) adapter to the computer - if you have not previously configured the adapter do so using the LOR provided instructions prior to continuing on 2) Inspect the pixie controller and look for those dip switches. As mentioned above the newer units have them. If yours does not have them you can skip the next step 3) If you are using the pixie controller as any unit ID other than Unit ID # 1 please turn off the dip switch that is currently on. All dip switches should be in the "off" position. If using as #1 you do have the option of leaving it on or turning it off thus enabling you to change the unit ID without forgetting this step later on when you add additional controllers. 4) Open the Control Panel - this will vary between users so I will not cover that. 5) Ensure the Comm Listener (CL) is running. You should see a CL on your task bar. 6) Connect only the pixie device being configured to the RS485 adapter. Remember one unit at a time is the best way to prevent issues while configuring any controllers. - Note if you disconnect the RS485 adapter from your computer you need to remember which USB port it was connected to. 7) In the HU on the left side you should see the comport that your computer found and assigned your RS485 adapter to. Refrain from refreshing this or using the "auto configure". 8 ) On the right side of the screen you can adjust the "max number of unit ID's" if it is set to far beyond your controller numbers it takes additional time searching the network. Optional 9) In the center of the HU there is a "Select Unit to Configure" button. Now is the time to press this and the HU will search for the controller. The light on the controller should be solid on. 10) Once the HU is finished you should see your device listed in the box directly under the heading. 11) It probably found 01- Pixie... and version number (unless the unit number has been changed to something else) it will show the appropriate Unit ID 12) If the Unit ID is not the Unit ID you wish to have assigned you change that in the bottom left of the HU - select "old Unit ID" and "new Unit ID" then "Change Unit ID" you will see the message "Unit ID has been set to..." 13) Now to check the color order of your light strings (if you have them) if not you can refer back to this step once you have your light strings or strips. 14) At the bottom of the HU screen you will see a "Config" button - select that 15) Towards the bottom center you will see "CCR/ Pixie device" - select that. 16) Select the ribbon/ string model number 17) Select the color order - if known, you will test and be able to change this in a couple more steps. Note different mfg color order may vary. Its best to not mix and match because with pixie device you cannot change the color order of different Unit ID's. Triples RGB. RGB, RGB is also in this step. 18) Select the number of pixels per string 50 / 100 16) Resolution - I have never changed the resolution from the default 17) Apply and then you will receive the "changes have been applied" box. 18) Back to the HU main page for color testing. Its pretty self explanatory so I will not cover it. If you select a color and the color is different ie; you select Red and the color is Blue this is where you can go back to the config/ CCR/ pixie config above and change the color order. 19) Note - If you selected 100 pixels in step 18 above but you only have strings of 5o, during testing there will be delays while the controller is attempting to light pixels that do not exist 20) Once you are happy with the color order you are finished in the HU. Close it out but leave the controller connected. 21) I ALWAYS perform this test while assisting others - reopen the HU and select the "Select Unit to configure" "Refresh" button again. This is to ensure you did not miss a step or forget to turn the dip switch to the "off" position if needed. (I recommend you turn it off) 22) Once you have verified that the HU found your correctly assigned Unit ID you can now close the HU. 23) Now we will set up your Network Configuration 24) In the Control Panel drop down list ( just under the HU) you will find Network Preferences (NP) click on it to open 25) If you have never opened this before on the right side of the box you will see "simple mode". 26) You want to press the "Advanced" button just under the "Simple Mode" 27) The next box should resemble a spreadsheet (green and white rows) 28) You will have 3 tabs LOR/ DMX and Misc. We are keeping it simple and not discussing either of the DMX or Misc tabs. 29) Select the LOR tab 30) You will now see your networks. Most users probably have only one network 31) You should see LOR Regular and under that the various Aux network 32) We are concentrating on the Regular LOR network 33) You will see the speed. By default it probably shows 57.6 kbps - click on the speed- you will now get a small pop up window. Use the drop down to select 500K 34) In the same box you will see an "enhance" box- click that - it is crucial you do not miss steps 33 and 34. If you do this you will not have lights 35) Click "ok or apply" 36) you will get the 500K warning, do not worry about it 37) you will receive the "enhanced" warning. once again disregard 38) Select the "OK" button on top right of the scree and NP will close - you are now almost ready to have lights on 39) Setting up your pixie in your sequence - this is where S5 users should refer to the S5 manual. I do know there are two methods to add a device to S5. One is through "Prop Definition" the other is in the "Preview Editor" the latter found on the right side of the screen. That is my knowledge. 40) Back to S4 users 41) Open an existing sequence "if you have previously used SE and have a controller configured" 42) If you do not have a sequence and are brand new 43) Open Sequence Editor from the Control Panel or your Programs menu 44) Select "File" 45) Select "New" 46) Select "Musical Sequence" 47) Now is a good time to remind you that although it is not mandatory it is best to keep your "Audio and Sequence" files in the correct LOR directory. My Documents/ Light O Rama/ Audio (for music and Sequences for Sequences. 48) Select the audio file - just select the first one since this sequence will be scrapped later (unless you plan on using this song to create your first sequence) 49) SE will process the audio 50) You will now get a "New Musical Sequence Option" box 51) On this first attempt I just ensure that in the bottom right corner under the " Initial Timing" box that "use a fixed timing grid" is selected. All other defaults are good at this point. 52) Press the "Ok" button 53) Your sequence working grid will appear 54) If using the defaults in the previous steps you should see 8 Channel buttons on the right side of the grid. (if you are new) If you are familiar with SE and have controllers already built into your config skip the following steps and pick back up on the add device step 55) If new and do not have any other controllers then perform the following 2 steps 56) Right click on the bottom channel button , it may say port or channel 8 57) in the drop down select "remove channel from track" 58) A warning will appear asking if you are sure - select "yes" 59) That channel will now be removed from the working grid leaving you 7 more, repeat steps 56-58 until you have only one channel remaining 60) Right click on the remaining channel 61) On the drop down you will select "insert device" 62) in this tutorial you will select "below" if you are a previous user having a configuration you may wish to select "above" but I recommend "below" for you as well 63) You have the option to "Name" your device. If you know what you are using the Pixie for it is recommended to name it. Example: CCR Tre 62) To prevent clutter I ensure that the box directly below is Not checked. "Include Base Unit ID's" 63) "Device" if the pixie 2/4/8/16 is not in the box use the drop down to select that device group *** At the moment if using the Pixie16 for anything over 100 pixels at step # 63 select Pixcon16 instead and at step 66 select 170 for pixels per port. Light O Rama will be updating the manual and the firmware in the near future. 64) Ensure "Add as a group" is selected. Once again to declutter the Unit list 65) The next box should say Pixie 2/4/8/ 16 - use the drop down menu to select your particular model number 66) "Pixels per Port" once again 50 or 100 67) "Channel Mode" Triples RGB, RGB, RGB 68) "Base Unit ID" this must be the same unit ID that you assigned in the HU setup process 69) "Network" for most users this will be "regular" if you have additional networks you know who you are and what to select. This must match the network that you assigned in the Network Preference (NP) steps 70) Select "OK" and now you will see your pixie on your sequence working grid 71) If you were one of the members that deleted the 7 channel buttons in the previous steps now is the time to remove the last channel button. Leaving only your pixie device 72) If you followed all of the above steps you WILL have lights as long as 1- you physically have lights and 2- the lights are not broken 3- lights are connected to your controller 73) Testing you lights 74) On the open sequence - if you "grouped" the pixie as described above you will see a "+" sign 75) Select that and you will see 16 channel/ unit ID buttons 76) The buttons will be grey and to the right your working grid will be black 77) We are now going to write your test sequence 78) On the right side of the SE "tool bar" you will see a yellow star 79) To the left of the yellow star as you put your mouse over the different tools you will find the "color fade" tool select that 80) A pop up box will appear it will have a fade from red to green. This is the tool you use to place colors to your RGB sequences if you use SE to create your RGB sequences. In order to have solid colors just select the same color on both ends 81) For this tutorial you will leave it as is Red to green 82) I am going to show you how "I" use this tool for testing. IMO this is the fastest way to fill the entire sequence and will teach you haw to use the copy/ paste fast feature 83) Use the scroll bar directly under the working grid and drag it all of the way to the end (right) of your sequence. 84) Place your mouse on the top "black row" probably pixie... port 1" 85) Right click in the last grid box and drag it all of the way to the left (beginning) of the sequence. Note- to make it faster you can drag it all of the way to the edge of your computer screen. You do not need to stay within the working grid. Before you release the mouse you can also drag it all of the way to port that corresponds to your pixie model. Thus filling the entire pixie working grid with color. I will discuss the copy paste method next. 86) Because you scrolled to the end and dragged to the beginning your color fade will be green to red 87) If you only filled in one row the fastest way IMO to copy paste that row (s) is right click on the first grid square- select row (s), that entire row will now be encapsulated in a white box. Now right click in that box. "copy". To paste - place your mouse in the next Unit/ Channel/ Port and right click - you have the option to select "paste or paste multiple" select the one that coincides with your situation. If you selected the "multiple" you will be given another option "Vertical" (top half of the box) or "Horizontal" (bottom of the box) In this instance you will select the bottom choice and fill the correct number based on how many ports you wish to paste to. Once you press ok it will perform the action and your entire pixie device "should" have a sequence filled within. 88) Once you have the sequence filled and your lights connected. Go to the "play" tab on the tool bar. At a minimum ensure "Control Lights" is checked. Your light WILL NOT work if this is not checked. 89) Also under "play" scroll down to "Play Range" and ensure "Entire Sequence" is checked 90) On the tool bar you will see a "Blue Arrow" your "color Fade" tool is probably still open. Push the blue arrow and it will turn off the color fade tool. If you forget to turn that off, anytime you put the mouse and click it on the working grid it will place either a color or grey fill. (that's something to always remember) 91) Now push the "Green" play button. If all was performed correctly you WILL HAVE LIGHTS. 92) For those of you that do not have lights and wish to test your controller - refer to the Visualizer tutorial in the "Help" guide in the Control Panel drop down menu. Or feel free to PM me and I will send you a CCR tree viz file to help you test your light. I probably have one that is already set up for almost every pixie config within unit ID 50. If I don't have one it only takes me a few minutes to create one for you. Best of luck and if you need further assistance feel free to submit a Help Desk ticket or PM me. Note from Sept - January I am very busy with my show and helping others but I will reply. Happy Lighting JR ---
    9 points
  4. Once you dabble, your hooked. Kinda like a serious drug. Prices won't be a high priority, divorce is acceptable and being late on bills are side affects. ?
    7 points
  5. It's that time of the year again for my annual give back to the community with my personally mixed 2020 Griswold Dub Mix. As always, I custom mixed this which falls under fair use. I created the sequence. It is NOT to be shared outside of my posts or sold. Just because I shared it with you does not mean you can profit from it. Respect those who share their work. If not then all shares will be stopped. Any selling and that will be the end of the mixes. My display includes 5 ac controllers and rgb pixels, floods, and dumb rgb elements... ranging from 5 arch channels, 5 channer fire stick with 3 channel star top. 8 channel spiral tree with 3 solid colors and 5 up and down channels. Also 16 fence chase channels, 16 yard chase channels, 3 color channels for roof, 3 for walls, 3 for over driveway arches, as well as (4) pixel arches, 8 rgb flood channels, and more.. See preview below for an idea of how my display is set up..... The video is slightly lagged due to the screen recorder i used. This is for example only so it shouldn't matter... Download links are included. If you download, Simply show some appreciation. LMS FILE LINK----- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1okWjeSumdK3XENFV2y0PRKIkVzUJHAI8/view?usp=sharing AUDIO DOWNLOAD LINK ---- [Removed by Admin. Sharing audio is not permitted on the forums.] This does not include singing faces or pixel tree. If you create those elements, Please share back with me....
    6 points
  6. Well Merry Christmas to everyone and a special shout out to all the ones who keep this forum going and to those who help when trouble arrives man you guys are greatly appreciated i can't say enough other than thank you thank you keep on helping
    6 points
  7. Today I had lunch at a Chinese place a brought home a fortune cookie for later. A couple hours later while taking a break from working on my pixel tree, I ate that fortune cookie. The enclosed fortune seemed very appropriate. It read: YOUR FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT
    6 points
  8. It occurred to me that I should share this here. Everything is light O Rama. The pumpkin Arch, the floodlights, and both animatronic puppets. All runs from a mini MP3 director. this is a parody some friends and I did of a song from Frozen. Rewritten for Halloween. One of several songs we do for the folks waiting in line. Love is a Rotting Corpse
    6 points
  9. Here is one of 6 songs I mixed and then laid out in LOR to program, Enjoy! My first year on LOR, love it! already building for bigger and better next year
    6 points
  10. When I closed my show down last night I had a note left in my mailbox and this is the true Spirit of Christmas and why I do this: "I just wanted to honestly thank you and your family for this wonderful gift to the community! I recently had surgery and its killed my entire holiday spirit, including Thanksgiving. I brought my boys by this evening and ended up overwhelmed with the holiday spirit and even cried. It made me feel like a kid again, to the point that I was ashamed to have let my recovery ruin so much for me. Seeing my children's faces light up just filled me with so much joy that I'd lost this season. Thank you guys again! My boys want to come back so I'm sure we'll be camped out again later this week. Thank you and blessings to your family!"
    6 points
  11. I have this version if anyone is interested
    6 points
  12. Tonight I took my nine year old to her first concert. She may have high expectations for future stage shows after this one. There were several songs she recognized from our show and it managed to entertain her pretty well for her age. If I could have just one of the dozens of high power lights, spark machines, foggers, lasers I would be happy.
    6 points
  13. This is my first year decorating the house. I built the tree last year and decided to match the house with it this year. Hope you enjoy!
    6 points
  14. That lady better stay away from my house then. She'll be out numbered.
    6 points
  15. In 2011, I had The Demented Elf do a package of announcements. I heard his Halloween voice and just loved it. After I got my stuff, I contacted him and had him re-do a couple in that voice. I call it my Christmas monster. I use it for a headlight reminder and also for a keep out of the yard reminder. They're both very effective, and in each announcement he says please and thank you and even Merry Christmas. Since then, I've had maybe 4 people complain that their children were frightened when they heard that voice. (One lady even said I was intentionally being cruel.) It's always women - never had a guy complain. I basically tell them to get bent, and suggest that they shouldn't bring their children by until the kids are old enough to either enjoy the voice or not be frightened by something they hear on the radio. One lady left in a huff as I was laughing at her and said she was never coming back and was going to tell all her friends. I still chuckle when I think about that one. And I'm still waiting to see the drop off in traffic. If someone's going to "jump in and blast" what Ebuechner said, it won't be me. He's totally correct. If more parents did their job we wouldn't have the human snowflake problem we see today.
    6 points
  16. First a recap of how I saw it prior to the 5.6 update, pretty much back to S2 where I started. Being one who watches Task Manager frequently for the way programs use memory. I have always kept an eye on how the Sequence Editor uses memory. During a config update I would open a sequence, apply the config and close again. As each sequence was opened the memory usage would increase. And after closing, not all the memory would be released. After some number of sequences, probably depending on their sizes, the program would crash, possibly but not always requiring a reboot. This usually happened when the memory in use reached a little over 4 GB according to Windows. To preempt the crash I would shut down the program and restart when the memory got to about 4 GB. During the process of updating my 60 odd sequences, I would restart (or crash) perhaps 7 to 10 times. It almost became a game of chicken. How long could I go before it crashed? Maybe just ONE more…. Now we fast forward to S5 5.6 and the 64 bit upgrade, and doing much the same thing, opening and closing many sequences, the memory usage can go much higher. I have seen 8 GB in use so far and have not had a crash while opening and closing many sequences, one at a time. As an experiment, I also opened 20 sequences at the same time in tabs, consuming a reported 15GB of memory. Disk file sizes total about 4 GB. Still no sign of any instability. The sequences play fine and can be worked on.. This was not possible in the 32 bit versions. So, an upgrade which may have gone almost unnoticed, just may have been one of the most significant of all. A big thank you to all the developers. Phil
    5 points
  17. Just wanted to share with others my idea for mounting pixels to my house outline I purchased the Offset Pixel Mounting Strips from Boscoyo I purchased a Stainless Steel Marine Grade 3/8" Socket Canvas Snaps Kit from Amazon This pair of Heavy-Duty Snap Fastener Pliers made the installation of the Snaps easy.. I attached the Female Snap to the Mounting Strip and Screwed the Male Snap into the Frame around the opening Note: I used 1/2 Grommets to achieve fold-able corners and to connect the strips together - so as to be able to Roll Up my frames at end of season
    5 points
  18. Matt, Is there any plans to add functional moving heads to S5 so we can see them operate in the Preview? This would be great for those of us that have them or are adding them. Thank you JR
    5 points
  19. Here is another video from our Christmas show this year. The initial mouth sequence was supplied by BobO (Thank You!) and I modified it/added to it to meet the effects I was going for. I received a lot of positive feedback from people about the song selection, and the 2020 closure at the end. Hope you enjoy! Videos for all my post-Christmas light show can be found via the links in my signature block below.
    5 points
  20. We're talking Christmas lights here. There is no overkill!
    5 points
  21. A few years ago Doug “Wire Frame Delights” made me a 6’ singing bulb. I never got around to using it and converting my show to RGB so about a month ago a member stopped by my house to see my setup and get tips. I gave him that to get him started perhaps with singing faces but if not it is still a nice prop to light. My friend Orville helped me out a bunch and never asked for a dime even though he was going through tough times due to the hurricanes. Always much appreciative for all of the help and all of the friends I have made along the way. JR
    5 points
  22. Havent sequenced it yet... Just finished mixing the audio 5 minutes ago and sharing it for all of you who enjoyed last years mix I made. I will post a shared sequence in a month or so when I finish it... This is just for those who wish to download it and get started on the sequence. Fair warning it's a long mix but it's all over the place to help mix it up a bit. Do you have what it takes to light this one up? Show me what you got after you sequence it! Here is the audio download link for those who want to download it. As always, This is FREE USE for all Christmas decorating fanatics but do NOT sell the audio or sequence. This is custom mixed by me and I am doing it for the love of the holiday. Share as you wish, mix it, add to it, make faces, whatever you like... Just do NOT sell it! This is my yearly giving back to the community! Audio file download link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xf3e6Q7PIpfGZxrxv1J9KCnWFtVGcnei/view?usp=sharing Click here to download from google drive Hope to see you all in Daytona at the Christmas expo On July 20th at the vendor hall! I will be there wearing my GriswoldStyle shirt
    5 points
  23. Veterans Day is a time to honor American veterans of all wars. Each year we set aside this special day to remember those who have served in our armed forces. From those brave service members who fought and died in the trenches of World War I, to those who are fighting on the ground, at sea, and in the air today, we owe them our deepest respect and gratitude. To all of those that are serving or have served we salute you.Thanks,Wireframe D'Lites
    5 points
  24. Here's our show for 2018 Intro- 0:00 Greatest Show- 2:06 Holiday Mashup- IM5 - 5:42 Christmas Eve/Sarajevo- Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 7:49 Jingle Bells Techno- Master Tone - 11:10 Light of Christmas- Owl City (Feat. Toby Mac) - 12:53 Wizards in Winter- Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 16:40 Static Display - 19:52
    5 points
  25. You are very ambitious with this request. LOL JR
    5 points
  26. I am somewhat a grumpy guy. But Christmas brings it out of me. I like to be happy. So to have what happen tonight. Wow. I have had good feedback from neighbors. Tonight I received homemade cookies. You can’t put a dollar sign to that. Oh I am so going bigger next year. Those kids I saw tonight make it all worth it.
    5 points
  27. I would like to ask a favor of all my friends here. Halloween is my wife's favorite holiday. With be not being able to do her show this year, I would like to try and make her feel a little special. Would any of you be willing to send my wife a Halloween card? Thank you. Raenee Thompson Po box 568 Siletz OR 97380
    5 points
  28. Orville made a 'one word post' !!!
    5 points
  29. Tom- Thanks for the compliment. Trust me I understand your pov. As far as outline sequences other than James there may be less than 5 members I have asked for a sequence and I know each of them from memory. James sequences compliments my props and my singing faces. I also have either met in person, skype or over the phone each of them, well except for 75Redman who recently shared a work of art with me. I still haven't worked it into my show yet, I think it was a patriotic sequence so it will get there. IMO this is just a fun hobby, that's why I do what I do. If I wanted to get paid, and I have had offers, that would take the fun away. I like helping people either singing faces or setting up their pixies etc. and when my local publisher asked me why I do what I do for the holidays my comment was and will always be the same "because I can and there are others who simply cant for various reasons" and I left it at that. Its the same way in the forums. Happy Lighting and Merry Christmas everyone. JR
    5 points
  30. Remember, a significant percentage probably don't even tune in their radios, or even spend enough time to associate the music to the lights. I don't do social media, don't advertise or desire any media attention, The show is what it is, take it or leave it. The fact that the lights are perfectly timed makes me smile, that's enough for me.
    5 points
  31. So last night (the 9th) i was working on my setup and testing my lights. I sat my laptop on the back of my car in the garage and was testing my controllers and the lights. Everything was working great and i was thrilled. My wife called me in for dinner and i grabbed the laptop and ran in. Had dinner then got ready for work and left for work. As I'm backing out i feel this bump like I ran something over and to my dismay crushed on the floor of my garage is the USB 485 dongle. ? ::face palm:: so needless to say i ordered a new one from lor but oh crud i not only feel stupid now I cant finish my testing and I'm dying to know how the last 2 controllers look.
    5 points
  32. I'm just the opposite. Sequencing is about one step above torture. The hardware part is easy and fun for me.
    5 points
  33. If it makes you feel any better, it would still be 24 channels, even if you did it in a different color.
    5 points
  34. I am posting this because I see a couple of members have lost their Previews for reasons unknown. Whether due to a software issue, Windows, or something else, I can't say, but whatever the reason, you can protect yourself, (possibly from yourself), from losing your hard work with a few simple precautions. 1) In the Preview slideout window. Use the copy button to make a copy of your "good" Preview and give it a new name. I always make changes to the copy first to avoid making a mess of the original preview. If you apply the Preview copy to a copy of the sequence and it messes up you can go back to square one and start over. 2) Export the whole Preview to a dated filename using the Import/Export button. This creates a file in the ImportExport folder which you can backup elsewhere. 3) This one is only for those who are comfortable mucking around in folders and changing filenames. Caution. Go to the \commondata folder and make a copy of LORPreviews.xml and change the name of the copy to include the date, and a comment if you like. If something does happen to corrupt or remove your Preview you can now recover it from one of these backups. Also you may be able to get your Preview back by opening the last Sequence you worked on and letting it create a Preview from the sequence. Often this works fine and creates a Preview with “Imported from” (name of Sequence). If this Sequence and Preview are correct you can use that Preview for the rest of your sequences. I still maintain that all your sequences should match the same Preview and Grid View on the keep it simple principle, with a few exceptions.
    4 points
  35. JR and James I would like to thank you for all of the sequences that you share with me (and everyone else) Your kindness is just above and beyond what anyone should except of you. Without your help and kindness I would not be able to have a show like I do. Especially the big Boy Scout show in the middle of April. For the other people reading this, these two GENTLEMEN put in so many hours making these sequences then SHARE them, not sell them to you and me just out of the kindness of their hearts. Once I get some video of the show I will post the links to it Thank You, Again YIS Marc Gerner Gernergang@gmail.com
    4 points
  36. All of this IS GONE as of Monday February 17, 2020. It WAS NOT SOLD! I gave it all away to an LOR forum member in Florida that was able to come and pick it all up. I'm not going to say who got it, but they will let you know when they're ready to reveal who acquired everything. Why for free? Because it was just taking up space and collecting dust, I had an extra controller I no longer needed and had read about a person here on the forum saying they're going to need another controller to up their display. And I've had quite a few folks on this forum pass things on to me and help me out a lot as well, I can't name some of them, but they know who they are. And a few have posted who they are with what they've sent to me. So I'll leave any names to be posted or items I received completely up to their discretion. So, because of these generous and kind folks on the forum that have helped me, I just opted to PAY IT FORWARD by helping out another forum member with these items. I Pm'd them about the items and controller and offered everything up for free. I had tried to sell them at various times, but never got any takers, and I really, REALLY needed to get rid of this stuff. And since I don't drive or have a vehicle, shipping them was out of the question for me. So after the PM's, they were offered and accepted by a LOR Forum member who's only been in the hobby for a short, not all that short, time and could pick everything up from my location. I hope they enjoy the controller, it is a V2, pre-built by LOR CTB16PC and all the Halloween Decor they scored on Monday 02/27/2020. So this topic can now be closed if the moderators of the forums would want to do that. Thank you.
    4 points
  37. Thinking about coming back this year on a smaller scale - maybe only 1 SPIRAL TREE and some outer props. Earle
    4 points
  38. That’s a Homeowners Insurance Policy payment preparation. You just never know what may happen and then you will feel the wrath. I have spikes and all sorts of fun stuff to be driven into a skull that should fall on it. At Christmas most don’t get out so no worries. But in Halloween night , not gonna happen. I will be there to stop any child from getting hurt or worse. When you normally get and expect 300-400 and they come in trucks, cars , vans, busses and trailers and normally get out in 10's you just cant have that many at once running through a display, no matter how prepared it is. Heck I run cables through pvc conduit over my sidewalk that is secured by spikes in the ground and yet UPS, FEDEX, USPS and the latest even Amazon Prime drivers still trip over it. It is 3" diameter. And that is in the daylight. I love children that much that I will not allow them to risk injury or death in my yard. Not even my 2 boys go through the yard when I have a display. JR
    4 points
  39. HI Everyone, I'm sure most of us do our over the top displays and light shows because we enjoy seeing them and our family members do too but you never know who will stop by out front of your house to see your lights. My wife and I, unfortunately, recently were at our bosses mothers funeral. Her husband hired us over 20 years ago and he passed away in 2013. He was a great guy. The lovely lady that recently passed was one of the sweetest and kindest persons I have ever known. Anyway, while at the visitation before the service we were talking to our bosses wife, we have been friends with the family for many years. In passing she said they took her out to see our lights this past season. We weren't home otherwise they would have stopped in. She then thought about it for a second and told us she's pretty sure that was the last thing they did together as a family before she got sick (again). She battled cancer extremely bravely for about 8 years. She's with Jesus now because we learned she accepted him as her Lord and Savior more than 10 years ago! It really hit me latter that our Christmas light show was there so this family can have that as one of the last fond memories of her. True I love making the lights blink but I absolutely love knowing that people are enjoying our show. If Chuck Smith hasn't told you or you haven't read it in his magazine articles let me tell you this. What we do matters! Yes, have fun but it's also a bit serious. Remember you are making life long memories for the people and especially the kids watching your show. Know that 10, 15 even 20 years from now some person will ask their mother or father "Hey, remember that house you took us to back when we were kids?" "We loved doing that!" I don't mean to bring anyone down just wanted to share something that touched my heart and really made me feel good. Hope everyone has a blessed night/day Thanks, Al
    4 points
  40. Went a little happy on the pyro, the night I filmed this!! Those new cones were a little more potent than I thought!!
    4 points
  41. Just an update on placing orders for 2019. We are now booked up as of right now for 2019. We are stopping taking orders for 2019. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be saying this already.
    4 points
  42. My first Light-O-Rama youtube. Did displays for a few years but excited this year since neighbor wanted in on the action. While it only 5 channels versus 50+, a lot lot of fun for starters and sure it will grow next year. Good news neighbor set up his own house based on what I told him but I had to do the sequencing but very rewarding in the end - Enjoy! Feel free to comment/like on youtube please.
    4 points
  43. Hi All, Here is a link to my 2018 sequences. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mbp2py0map06edr/AAD_p4c8Ry-Cxd2KlofVcNgIa?dl=0 Feel free to download and use. All of the sequences are for S5. I upgraded to S5 earlier this year - It was a hard learning curve but well worth it. Enjoy! - Jade
    4 points
  44. ***WARNING*** For those of you who are running S4 and wanting to change to S5, do yourself a favor and wait until after this Holiday season. S5 has a large learning curve and most of you will have issues and many questions so why take the chance of screwing up this years show. Stick with something you know and when the Holidays are over you can switch and have a year to learn S5. It is three weeks until lights on and there are lots of posts starting "I just switched to S5," so you must ask yourself "why," why switch so late in the game? So do yourself, the Forums and the Help Desk a favor and stick with what you know until January. Remeber KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid and don't make it harder on yourself.
    4 points
  45. Have not compared side by side yet, but my 11 year old niece said “Uncle Daniel, those hurt my eyes!” I replied, “PERFECT!” ?
    4 points
  46. https://youtu.be/9tiR6wc0UtY Ive always wanted this!
    4 points
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