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  1. I've been running into a similar issue. It seems to be triggered if I do a delete on the individual props and then try to add a motion effect to the group they are in (but I haven't been able to duplicate it on a consistent basis yet). Most of the time if I unload and reload the sequence that fixes the issue. Sometimes I need to unload/reload Sequencer itself.
  2. I rebuilt all of my cables last year using waterproof outdoor rated cable and keystone jacks (rather than crimping ends) and then short jumpers from the keystone to the controller. Made the show run sooo much better. The keystone jacks are easier to put on then crimped ends (IMHO) and can easily be removed/redone/replaced if needed. Here's a video I made of the construction:
  3. I decided to just create my S5 Preview from scratch. Yes, it was a little bit of work but it's made the process to import the sequences go much smoother (plus I was able to clean up some things from my old Viz files).
  4. 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.
  5. I agree 1000% with Mr. P. I made that same mistake (of buying extension cords) when I first started. Since I've switched to SPT I've now got a ton of cords that I don't use anymore, take up a bunch of storage space, and are heavy.
  6. Depending on your soldering skills, an opto coupler is only slightly harder to replace than a triac. Open a ticket with the help desk and they will usually send you a couple for free.
  7. Thanks both Phil and Aubrey! The curtain effect worked perfectly for what I wanted.
  8. Hi All, I'm in the process of converting all of my sequences to S5. I'm also replacing my current leaping arches with new pixel based leaping arches so at the same time I'm converting my sequences to S5, I'm also changing the leaping arch sequencing to utilize motion effects. However, I've got one effect that I can't seem to replicate as a Motion Effect. So the old leaping arches were divided into 4 segments per arch utilizing dumb RGB. So they looked something like this: A1S2 A1S3 A2S2 A2S3 A1S1 A1S4 A2S1 A2S4 ....... I was then able to program an effect across the arches where I was able to fade up and hold the channel on. So A1S1 would fade up and then hold on for the rest of the effect. A beat later A1S2 would fade up and hold on for the rest of the effect. Etc, etc, until all segments had faded up and were on. It looks something like this in the sequencer So at the end of the effect the entire arch was turned on. I've been trying to replicate this using the single block motion effect but haven't had any luck. I've tried turning the head/body/tail sliders all to 100 (in various combinations) but the single block effect always sweeps the pixels off at the end. I can't find a way to keep all of the pixels turned on at the end of the single block effect so that both arches are still lit up. Thoughts/suggestions on how I can do this? Thank you in advance!
  9. So the fact that you can run a successful ping shows that you can get an end-to-end connection. If you can connect to the controllers via your Tablet then it's a security setting in either your desktop/laptop and/or your router. It sounds like a port block issue to me. I would look for a security setting that's blocking port 80 and/or port 443. It wouldn't surprise me if this was on the router and tied specifically to the wired connections.
  10. Right now all of my cables are buried under a couple feet of snow & ice, so I think it will be awhile before I can bring anything in.
  11. Well, I finally managed to do something that I've tried to do every year but failed. This year I managed to get updated video of every song that I've got in both my Holiday and Post-Holiday rotations. Here are all of my Non-Holiday Songs: 30 Hit Songs from 2007 - 2014 Adventure Of a Lifetime Bugle Breaks Cups Don't Stop The Music DrumBone Get On the Good Foot Lily Was Here Love On Top Moves Like Jagger Push It Shake It Off So Yo Telephone Toner TV Song
  12. Well, I finally managed to do something that I've tried to do every year but failed. This year I managed to get updated video of every song that I've got in both my Holiday and Post-Holiday rotations. Here are all of my Holiday Songs: All I Want for Christmas is You Carol of the Bells / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Christmas Canon Christmas Eve Sarajevo Deck the Halls / Joy To the World Frosty The Snowman Hark the Herald Angels Sing Have A Merry Christmas Holly Jolly Christmas I Like A Sleigh Ride I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas Jingle Bell Rock Jingle Bells Jingle Jingle Jingle Russian Dance from the Nutcracker Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Santa Clause Is Coming To Town We Are Santa's Elves Welcome Christmas Wizards In Winter You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch
  13. I replaced all of my data cables this year with waterproof, direct burial cat 5. It's made a world of difference and I expect that they will last longer than standard cat 5. Here's a link to a video I made about the process:
  14. That is a great idea. I will have to incorporate that for next year (if I remember 😊)
  15. I have 11 in my show, all for dumb RGB. They drive my floodlights, leaping arches, a large star, and some other RGB props.
  16. I'm contemplating jumping into pixels in a big way. That will also probably mean a move to S5.😐
  17. On Dec 26 I change the music from holiday themed to more contemporary (60's through today) and will run until sometime in Jan. But I don't run anything else throughout the year.
  18. Remember he said he was running E1.31. Do the Directors have an Ethernet jack and E1.31 support? I don't know as I've never used a Director. I've only used a PC to run my show.
  19. I think your problems stem from the mini-computer. This year I 'upgraded' my show pc from an old HP Centrino laptop to a Core 2 Quad desktop. Ran it the same way (no monitor, keyboard, or mouse) and remoted into it with Teamviewer. It ran perfectly all season long with no hiccups. I would make sure you set all of the standard stuff in windows - defer windows updates as long as possible, set power management to not turn things off, etc. If you still have problems/issues, I would replace the mini with something Intel based. The show PC doesn't have to be all that powerful so you could easily get something off the used market for not much $$.
  20. Merry Christmas from Minneapolis MN where we ended up with a white Christmas after all (it was close, though).
  21. I got mine through Wired Watts and ended up with P5's (mostly because they were out of P10's). I do like the P5's although they do tend to burn up a lot of universes. High marks to Wired Watts, though. Good prices, super fast shipping, and great technical help (even when I was asking dumb questions).
  22. Wishing for a speedy recovery for everyone who catches this.
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