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OzAz last won the day on July 20 2017

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  1. or buy speakers with built-in FM receiver
  2. 6. Yes, from places like holidaysequences, holidaycoro xtremesequences and others. Note: these are for 16 strand trees, but you should be able to scale them up to 32 strands 8. If just buying sequences you might not, BUT it may be beneficial as you'll be able to make your own sequences and maybe modify the ones you've bought.
  3. I sort of agree that 'smart' RGB Pixels on singing faces is a bit of a waste (mine are wire frames with M5 leds) but if using certain other sequencing software then its hardly any extra effort between leds, dumb RGB and 'smart' RGB pixels.
  4. @dibblejr As far as I know, you record the video using the drone, then use video editing software, to add the audio track (using the original mp3). I believe some people put some sort of timing mark in their light sequence so they can align the video and audio tracks more easily (don't ask me how).
  5. The ones you see that are so bright you can see them 'on their own' are usually an Arc lamp (not LED) of about 200W or more, like the Clay Paky Sharpy or Martin MACs You may want to be sitting down with a pace maker handy before looking at the prices on this site (for example) ? I use a couple of moving head lights in my display, but they are mounted on a balcony, and I use them to put moving circles of colour onto the house, and occasionally pointing towards the viewers (like they do at concerts sometimes). So once you've purchased a few Clay Paky's or similar for the roof
  6. I'd suggest you go for strip with 30 LEDs per metre, rather than the 60 as per original link. In fact you could buy two rolls of these LOR strips cut each in half (for 4 x 2.5m strips of 75 LEDS) and 1 Pixie4 (plus power supply, enclosure and cabling) and make 4 arches. Or, if you want to buy a ready-to-run controller with room for expansion then maybe the Pixcon16? Of course like anything in this hobby there's a heap of other products and methods of controlling lights and building props.
  7. if you want to make your own animated gifs https://www.piskelapp.com/ is a good program and free (use online or downloadable version) one of the handy features is that you can set the size of the work-space to the corresponding number of pixels in your matrix For editing existing videos ( to make them shorter or to clip particular sections out ) http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/ is a simple yet effect - free - tool forgot to add: I believe you can also do animated gifs in SuperStar, though I've not used it
  8. What @k6ccc said, it's the voltage drop in the wiring that will cause the issue. I generally go on the principle 5V = 50 pixels, 12v = 100 pixels before power injection is required. As others have said lowering intensity can extend these numbers, but gauge of cable (AWG), length of cable between pixels and length of cable between sets of pixels are factors that need to be considered. I have 2 lengths of (12V) 50 pixels that work if the pigtails are joined together, but if I put an extension cable between them, even only a 5ft one, then I get power and data related issues.
  9. The number of power supplies you will need depends on 1) wattage of each pixel 2) total number of pixels - the attached calculator shows several examples, and also allows you to enter your own. (make sure you hover your mouse of the row header to see the explanation comments.) Wattage of pixels is obtained from the vendor's website, pixels can range from .3 W to .8 W each, which is a big difference in total watts when using 1,000s of pixels Numbers of power supplies required is based on running the power supply at 85% of it's maximum rated output (this is a generalised recommended
  10. 1. mega tree - rgb smart/intelligent pixels this You can have any combination of LED's, AC lights, Dumb RGB, Smart RGB in your display; you just need the relevant controller for each type. Though less different types of lights = less different controllers = less headaches.
  11. @Tim Dorr for ventilation 1 or 2 (depending on how hot the climate is) of something like these vents (with a 12V fan) at the top of the box and 1or 2 vents (with insect screen to stop bugs getting in) at the bottom of the box should do the trick. If you put a shelf in the box make sure it has holes/slots in it so airflow can move from bottom to top. Those vents should be available on amazon or hardware stores
  12. If you are thinking going pixels, go 'smart' RGB pixels. Offers much more versatility. You can still treat them as 'dumb' pixels and light them all the same colour, or using the pixel editor make what ever colours and patterns you want. If you think 10 windows is too much this year, just do some of them, then next year add the rest, If you add a little bit each year, not only does it make it less daunting a task, but also gives visitors something new to see next year. Of course some people will tell you to do all 10 windows, doors, garages, eaves and roof outlines in one go, but each
  13. OzAz

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    Lights - low wattage LEDs Controller - one of the many pixel controllers on the market. Depending on number of lights you want you might be able to run them all off a few Pis Computer - consider a Rasberry Pi
  14. and search ebay for LM2596 LM2596HV LM2596HVS XL6009 Buck Step Up/ Down Power Converter Voltmeter
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