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  1. Is there a chart that shows which CTB16 gens can run the updated firmware for DMX? I know the Gen3 can run it out of the box, but can you put firmware on a gen2 or gen1 and do it as well?
  2. I just wanted to give an update that Judy Pancoast is fully setup and ready to customize her song “The House on Christmas Street” for each of our displays if you would like to incorporate it into your show. You are able to find more information and order on the following page: http://judypancoast.com/customized_christmas_street.htm If you interact with Judy (she is delightful), please let her know you heard about it here as I’m sure she will want to do more with the lighting community in the near future. I know we are getting late into the season, but this is such a great song for kids of all ages (even us big kids) that I wanted to share it with you. I just placed my order and sent her over a list of my show items and can not wait to sequence it to my display.
  3. What other songs do you use from her? She is doing very well. Had a recent move, but found her new house and is getting the last setup done on her studio and website so she can get back to work.
  4. In 1998, Grammy Award nominee Judy Pancoast wrote a wonderful Christmas song that many of us over the years have sequenced into our holiday light shows titled, “The House on Christmas Street”. A few years back Judy even did a tour where she sang live and was recorded at many houses of our fellow enthusiasts. A simple Vimeo or YouTube search will pull up many sequenced versions of this over the years. With that tour she had been offering to customize parts of the song, for a cost, to those of us wanting to sequence her song and include it in our shows. I have been in contact with Judy over the past few months to inquire if she was still offering these custom versions of her song, and I am happy to announce that she recently moved and just finished setting up her studio, and now she plans to have three separate packages to fit budgets and needs of all sizes for all of us. Prices are yet to come, but I do know the some of the package plans: Basic Replace “Christmas Street” with the name of your street in the last chorus Customize your family name in the second verse, “The Ewles family puts up its display” Custom spoken intro for your show Custom spoken tag for your show Deluxe All of Basic plus A complete re-write of the chorus with the elements in your show Super Deluxe All of Basic and Deluxe plus A complete customization of her second verse (making almost the entire song customized to your show) One free update to the song within five years of purchase if your show elements change All of these packages come with a certificate stating that you have the right to use the song at your discretion- in your display, in videos, etc., in any non-commercial way (meaning you are not making money from it) in perpetuity (yep, forever). BONUS: if you raise donations for charity, Judy will record two free announcements for your show promoting your charity--- free with any package! If you are interested in any of these packages, I’ll be sharing more information soon when she finishes the updates to her website, but please make a comment to me here in this post or send me a private message so that I may make sure you are updated as soon as she is ready to begin recording. I know we are getting late into the season, so let me know so I can give her an idea of interest in this great song. For full disclosure, I am not benefitting monetarily from this endeavor. I contacted Judy because I love her song, and wanted a custom version done for my show. She is doing a version for me, and I can’t wait to see it in my display. https://vimeo.com/search/sort:latest?q=Judy+Pancoast+The+House+on+Christmas+Street
  5. So, reading this... if in dmx wiring whiteorange is data +, orange is data - and whitebrown/brown is ground Does that translate to how my CTB16PC accepts the input to blue is data +, whiteblue is data - and green is common? If I put my CTB16PC's into DMX mode using the software setup does this change the pins to use whiteorange, orange and whitebrown/brown like native dmx devices?
  6. Many thanks to @debtoews as I received my 4 controllers I purchased. All were in great shape and I have already been able to switch the ID's on all of them to match mine and tested each port and all worked fantastic. I only have one complaint. I should have ordered more!
  7. Yeah, but I crossed my fingers every time my wife put something in the microwave during show hours, lol...
  8. I ran all 7 of my ac controllers and two 27 channel dumb rgb boxes off two circuits last year, and one was on my kitchen circuit, lol... But like Mr. P all are led lights, no incan. Unlike Mr. P I didn't test them, but no issues for the entire show. With jumping into smart rgb this year I am looking at running a couple outdoor outlets on their own circuits.
  9. Damn, how did I miss this... Mental note, check forums daily in off-season.
  10. I did my first dumb rgb lights this past Christmas, so I'll try and share what I learned to your questions. 1. I added a second USB485. So my LOR AC boxes where on one USB485 and the dumb RGB on another. 2. I live in Michigan and it got pretty cold this year and I had no issues with my strips. I even did tight bends as I was spelling out Merry Christmas in cursive. Maybe I got lucky, who knows, but what I did was put the strips through clear plastic tubing I ordered from Home Depot so that they wouldn't "kink" when I created the signs. 3. I did not mount them around any windows this past year, but easily could have using my plastic tubing method. 4. I did not do any power injection, so I am unable to assist here. My longest channel was a full 5m strip. 5. I used 4-wire security wire, again bought a box of it from Home Depot. There is a write-up on it somewhere here on the forum in the General Decorating area. 6. I use S4 pro level, I just added the rgb channels onto the end of one of my sequences, exported the layout and imported it into my other sequences as I added them. 7. This year I am going to smart rgb on the house. You can still light things up solid like you can with the dumb rgb, but it also gives you a lot of great alternative effects. The strips are almost the same price, but the controllers are a bit more expensive. 8. I bought all my strips off Amazon for this past year. I was dumb (pun intended) and bought one strip for each channel and cut them down to size. I did not have the soldering equipment I felt I needed, so if I do have to replace any elements next year I have plenty of extra strips, just have to buy a soldering iron which I am realizing I really need. Good luck! It was fun sequencing the many different colors once I got the hang of it.
  11. Well, I got the Pergola (almost) done for my wife so anyone that can see my backyard can enjoy the lights I guess. https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=BDE8477EA0CFF27B&resid=BDE8477EA0CFF27B!43494&authkey=ABtRcA2kdEAUvqI https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=BDE8477EA0CFF27B&resid=BDE8477EA0CFF27B!43495&authkey=ALb-Mbzk-TqZa9k
  12. Hahaha, but at least I finally found the closest person to me so far. 40 miles to Laingsburg, I'll have to come see your lights this holiday season.
  13. Luckily (or not so much) I gave the mouse all my money the last full week of February so we are good for a bit. I see you are in Bradenton. I lived half my life there as my grandparents moved there when I was 7 and my parents were school teachers so we were in Bradenton for Christmas break, spring break and all of summer. After college I lived in Sarasota for a few years before getting pulled back into the black hole that is Michigan. My grandparents lived just blocks from the high school.
  14. People Are Putting Their Christmas Lights Back Up as a Sign of Hope Amid Coronavirus Fears
  15. Why do I suddenly see everyone in Caniac's front yard wearing 3d glasses while watching the light show.
  16. They seem to take all the videos and put their opening/closing on them prior to putting them up. When you think about the thousands of videos they receive it takes quite awhile. I found it annoying that they did that as it took away my opening/closing sequencing, but c'est la vie, I did sign away my rights to it when I joined the contest. 🤣
  17. I just wanted to know if it was possible because I don't see it happening.
  18. Wow, thanks for finding that. I swear I watched a video from them, but didn't see the star. Old eyes I guess. Though not sure I'm impressed that much with it. I think I like the "spinning" stars that are wireframe with 3/4 stars grouped together. I knew I should have bookmarked that site, lol...
  19. Thanks, tried searching youtube, vimeo and google. Even tried staring at google images hoping I'd spot it, but no such luck. I guess I'll go with a different product. Pretty amazing I can't find a video of that, but don't feel like dropping $160 on something I hope will look good. I know I saw some "3-d" star toppers I could spin as well as change fancy colors. somewhere, probably go with those.
  20. Was really searching for video of their Icosa Star sequenced, but can't find it anywhere. Anyone on here have one of those as a topper will to show off their work?
  21. Now that I've got the 2 p5 panels all wired up and working, yes I agree it is pretty darn cool. Many thanks to @k6ccc who patiently helped me through my struggles (patiently). The only issue is now I want more... MORE I TELL YOU!
  22. Do you have a vimeo or youtube channel where I can see your evil angel in action? I haven't hooked up the projector yet, so everything I'm doing is watching what it looks like on the PC and me grinning wildly imagining what it'll look like in October.
  23. THIEF! 🤣 I use VideoPad video editor. It removes backgrounds and green screens in such almost faster than I can click the apply button on my new laptop. The only thing I've noticed about is that for some reason it gets really slow if I bring in a .mov from an iPhone, but convert that to mp4 and it zooms through it. I have an Android phone so no issues there. It's just my son-in-law and his stupid iPhone that gives me issues.
  24. Very nice, and don't worry about the raccoon. If you are watching my vids I know at least one Norman the cat decided to make his presence known to the world. That car at the 3:00 minute mark looked like it was breaking the legal speed limit. 🤣
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