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Klayfish last won the day on January 7 2013

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    Dallas, GA
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    Christmas - naturally

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  1. Hey gang, hoping to update my Halloween display this year, but simply don't have the time to program from scratch...the very little free time I have for programming was spent updating Xmas. I'm only going to do a very modest show for Halloween. Nothing extravagant, but I figure some lights are better than none. I'm planning on doing 16 channels, but could probably make 32 work if necessary. Looking for full length versions of the following songs, if anyone is willing to share... Thriller Grim Grinning Ghosts Sandstorm Monster Mash Any other dark creepy song you want to share...thinking organ playing, creepy haunted mansion style. E-mail Klayfish@aol.com Thanks!!!
  2. The magical IT solution actually was the one that fixed it all. I thought I had already done that, but apparently I hadn't. I restarted the computer and all seems to be working now. Sigh.... k6ccc, I didn't realize you could control Visualizer from another computer. What would you typically use that feature for? Would it be for getting an idea of what is playing at your house? See, I'm stone age, even with Visualizer. I presume a lot of you use a picture of your house as the background. Frankly, I just have a black background screen with stick figure looking animations. I do know how to use the tree wizard and have done that. But basically, it's a lot of lines and cones on a black background. But the "layout" is correct for how it goes on my lawn, so I get the idea (I don't have any lights on my actual house...wife doesn't want me putting staples, nails, etc...into the window frames or on the roof (and I can't get on our roof anyway).
  3. Yep. I started doing my sequence revisions about two months ago. Visualizer was working then. But one day last week, nothing. It's possible I changed a setting by accident, but I don't think I did. Could it be a software issue? Should I just reinstall LOR on the computer?
  4. So any thoughts on why Visualizer suddenly stopped working for me?
  5. I just checked the computer (it's not the one I'm on right now). I have version 3.11.2.
  6. George, Thanks. I went into Visualizer and tab 6 and didn't see anything labeled "Advanced Rendering Engine". I think I have a fairly old version of all the software, probably 3 years old (could be 4). Could that be an issue?
  7. Tried that, still nothing. I tried closing out all LOR stuff and reopening, nada.
  8. I admit I'm a bit rusty, but I'm confused. I'm working on reprogramming my songs in SE. Have 48 channels, but just reprogramming the first 32...I programmed them back in 2011 or so and I was using incans, and was a total newbie. I don't like them, so I'm refining it. However, for some reason Visualizer has stopped working with SE. It was working for a while, I don't recall making any changes to Visualizer or SE, unless I did it by accident. I pull the Visualizer file up, hit "Play", then when I run SE, nothing. Just a blank screen in Visualizer. I have the box in SE for "control Visualizer" checked, still nothing. What could I be missing?
  9. Thanks all. Some follow up from my end. I guess I'll have to try to do some more testing into twinkle and shimmer. All I know is that when I programmed them for incans, I was fairly happy with the result. Now that they're LED, I don't like it. Too few lights are twinkling, it looks more like random spot lights flashing. All my lights are Wal-Mart bought, not sure if that makes a difference, and I don't know what half wave vs full wave even is. Which brings me to the biggest challenge, the same one I've always had. Time. I just don't have much of it. Like I said, my programming is done in 30 minute increments during lunch breaks at work. I have very little to no time to do this stuff at home. I realize that's a major hindrance in a hobby where many people invest countless hours. So with that, I have no goals of having a display as fancy as most of you do, unless I pay someone to do it for me, which I'm not going to do. My realistic goal is to do the best I can with what I have. I'm happy with them just going blinky blink, but of course I don't want it to induce a seizure, which is why I want to start over. So I'm happy to take any basic tips on LED sequencing, and appreciate all your feedback so far. For me, I think the biggest challenge is knowing how and when to use fades/twinkle/shimmer. I figured out early on in programming that simple on/off can look really bad if you do it too much. So I've got it in spots here and there...things where I fade to black, have a few pauses of darkness, then a big flash at a major point in the song. But I use that very sparingly.
  10. Thanks!! Can you give me an example of what you mean by "A color wash on the house or a certain lighting element that can be tied to a soft undertone in a song can really help keep the display from being too flashy."
  11. Most of my songs were programmed some time ago, when I was using incans. Over the years, after Christmas sales have allowed me to slowly convert the display to LED. At this point, I'm basically 100% completely converted. As you guys know, and I've found out through experience, LED doesn't respond to SE commands the same way incans do. Some of my songs now look really bad, like just random flashing that could rival a Japanese cartoon. So I plan to start over and redo the programming, especially now that I was able to score a bunch of single color LEDs in the after Christmas sales (I had mostly multicolors until now). So for those with a lot of experience programming in both incan and LED, what tips can you offer in the conversion? Doesn't seem to me that sparkle or twinkle work very well with LEDs, or is there a trick to it? I definitely plan to follow the K.I.S.S. philosophy, as I have very limited time to program...I do it for 30 minutes at a time while sitting in my car during lunch breaks at work. The plan is to get one song per month done. I have 32 channels, so it's not an overly complicated layout. I actually use a lot of "mirroring"...for example, I have a row of 8 mini mega tomato cage trees that are one channel each. I hook those channels into a grid that I lay out on the lawn (8 horizontal rows and 8 vertical rows). Thanks for any suggestions you can offer!
  12. I know, I need to get a photo. I will try to do so later today. For now, the best description I can give is this... Right where the number 15 is, on the little black thing between the prong for 15 and 14, there was a tiny bit of dust. I didn't see any physical damage to the board otherwise. Where I plug into the prong for 15, there was whatever it was (spider egg sac could definitely have been it, a small one) on the outside of the connection. In fact, I had to remove it (the sac or whatever) before I could unplug it because it was right where I would grip it to pull it off of the number 15 prong. When I look inside that connector, there is a small amount of black between the metal and the plastic covering. The board is 4 or 5 years old, so it's not new. How would I tell if a triac is bad?
  13. I'm sure this has been covered before, but I don't have a ton of time to research, so please forgive me. I set up my Halloween display over the weekend, which is a very meager one. Frankly, I kind of use it as a test session for Halloween to make sure my controllers, radio, etc...work. Well, one of my 16 channel LOR controllers has a channel out, specifically #15. When I opened the box and looked, it looked to me like a tiny ball of something was built around where the lead from the power supply for #15 plugs into the board (forgive me, I don't know the correct terminology). Almost like a very tiny cocoon or tightly packed web, I presume it was a tiny critter. Whatever it was, it was small, maybe 1/4 diameter. I cleaned it off, but there appears to be a tiny bit of black inside the connector (not on the board). Perhaps I cooked it, because in my haste to get it going (my kids were waiting and it was getting late last night) I forgot to open the box and look inside before I ran it. Though the amount of black is really quite tiny. The board around that area looks fine...a very tiny bit of dust/debris from whatever was there, but nothing horrible. How do I tell what's actually wrong, i.e. figure out if it's the computer board or the plug? I've got a spare plug I can use, but if it's the board I'm in trouble...I don't know how to repair those and wouldn't venture to try, I'm not that handy.
  14. Has anyone built a small replica of a Santa's Workshop? 3 or 4 years ago, when I lived in a different house, I tried to build one. I'm not very handy, and it was an extremely crude thing. I don't even remember exactly how I did it, but I remember it was basically a PVC box...so I had 4 sections about 6' tall each standing up making a roughly 5'x5' square outline, with PVC connecting it all on top. The "roof" was just more PVC attached (screws as I recall) at a 45" angle on top to make an arch. I then strung lights across the top to make it look like a "roof". I wanted to put sides up, but I was worried about wind knocking it down, as it wasn't really that secure...I could have used lights, but at the time it was all incan, and the roof alone took up a lot of power. I put a 5' blow up Santa inside and then got a free 6V Barbie Jeep that 4 year olds ride around in (found it on Craigslist without a battery, but I didn't care about that). Put a bow around the Jeep and put it next to Santa. As I said, it was hastily done and was quite shoddy by most decorators standards, but my kids thought it was the coolest thing ever. They keep bugging me to do another one. As I said, I don't even precisely remember how I did it, and if I do it again I'd want it to be somewhat better. Anyone have any ideas? Doesn't have to be that big again, it can be small. I don't care. Keep in mind, I'm not super handy, so the more basic, the better. I'm going with the "it's the thought that counts" motto. As long as it's standing, recognizable and safe for my kids to stand near, I'm happy no matter how basic it looks.
  15. I'd love to see what's out there. Klayfish@aol.com Thanks!!!!
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