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  1. 2 hours ago, Protege94 said:

    Placed an order yesterday, got a confirm on the website but no confirm was sent to my email. My card was charged though. This happen to anyone else?

    For some reason my order confirmation email was marked as spam by gmail. You may want to check your spam folder if you haven't already.

  2. I have been thinking about how this whole Covid-19 situation has brought to light (pun intended) how incredible this crazy Christmas lighting hobby is. It is an amazing creative outlet and I'm sure it has kept many of us sane during these quarantine lockdowns, but more than that it has given us the ability to share the joy of Christmas with everyone who passes by our homes. This year more than ever people need something to lift their spirits. In a time that has been shrouded in uncertainty, we have an incredible opportunity to make amazing memories for so many families this Christmas season and close out the year on a high point. Our lights will be a bright spot (pun intended again) during dark times. 

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  3. I was just about to purchase a couple CCR controllers with the 100 pixel strands. I guess I had assumed there was not going to be a mad grab sale this year but thanks to my procrastination in ordering them I held off just long enough to see the sale announcement. That was pretty lucky... Now I just have to make sure I can click order fast enough lol.

  4. Thankfully I haven't caught the virus but since I'm a full time musician there will not be any gigs until the Nevada lockdown is lifted. Fortunately I am not in a dire financial situation and the government stimulus checks will certainly be nice. I wish everyone the best in recovering from this very unusual and crazy situation.

  5. Technically I'm not "adding" anything but I am installing my display on a friend's house who is out-of-state. Well I guess that means I'm adding 100% new sequencing and installation methods lol. She lives on the water in California and the setting is so incredible I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I actually already made the new preview for it and sequenced a couple songs so she could see what it will look like.

    Here's a youtube video of the preview: 


  6. I've been using s5 since beta, and I personally think it's a great piece of software. Contrary to many views here I actually found it much more intuitive than s4. The integration of the old "pixel editor" in to the new main sequencer alone was worth the switch. I also love how the new previews work. If anyone is new to this hobby I would always recommend starting with s5; especially if you use pixels.

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  7. 1 hour ago, k6ccc said:

    We had a extremely rare for us hail storm yesterday.  Came home and half of a CCP string is lit solid white, and one GECE bulb on the roof is solid white.  Didn't have ambition to do anything about either one last night, but two more issues to deal with  🤬 .  I suspect that the CCP was due to water getting into a pixel.


    We had hail here in Vegas yesterday as well. The storm that blew through our area ended up dropping a possible tornado about 50 miles away. Good thing I waited to set up the display...

  8. In regards to how you set the time that a show will run in the schedule editor, I think it might be pretty cool and intuitive to simply be able to click and drag between two points in time, and "paint" an event. Then you would right-click that event and choose which file / show would run within it. Those events could be color-coded and copy/pasted to other days of the week. I find that when I try to add a show to the schedule, being thrown into a separate window breaks up the work flow. Just an idea I had. Also, being able to clear multiple shows at a time would be amazing. It is very tedious to delete them one at a time. Thanks for taking input from us. I can't wait to see whatever it is you come up with.


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  9. I always worry about this happening.. This year I installed a wide angle camera that can see my entire display at the very least for some peace-of-mind. Fortunately I live in a gated community and haven't had any issues since I started a couple years ago. I'm sorry this happened to you. It's very unfortunate that there are people out there that have so little to do that they spend time destroying your hard work. 

  10. A new In-N-Out just opened about 15 minutes away from my house here in Las Vegas. After living a couple years in Hawaii I really missed these burgers... The Double-Double is definitely the way to go.

  11. Motivation comes in different forms for each individual person. To me the ability to express a form of art in a real, tangible display that people can actually experience out on the street is enough for me to sink massive amounts of time in to programming. Case and point - I just spent about 30 hours in the last 3 days programming a 2 and a half minute segment of Beethoven's 5th Symphony Allegro Con Bri'o. I have about 4,000 pixels and I do all custom sequencing (no motion effects or any auto generated stuff). When you realize that you have complete control over the experience that your audience will have outside your home it makes you want perfection. It's just about taking the initiative to fire up the computer and start. Once you get your mind working on new sequencing possibilities it's hard to stop! 

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  12. On 4/27/2018 at 10:39 AM, k6ccc said:

    I don't have floods, but I like your idea on slight color variations.

    Without much of a beat, that song was likely hard to sequence, and you did a really nice job with it.  You did a great job with the floods - so often they are glaring and kind of wash out the rest of the display.  Your subtle job was nice.  One of my favorites is an all instrumental version of "Hark! The Herald Angles Sing" that was done by my church orchestra and 7,100 pipe pipe organ.  It also has no strong beat and was a bitch to sequence (and I was new when I did it, to make it worse).


    Thanks Jim. That video was from my first year programming lights, so I definitely had my reservations about choosing a song that slow. This year I am sequencing an entire show of Opera and orchestral pieces with slow and variable tempos. It is definitely going to be a challenge. "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" is a song that slipped by my radar. I am definitely going to consider it for this year now. Thanks for the idea ;)

  13. On 4/27/2018 at 7:27 AM, TheDucks said:

    Do you use 'Barn Doors' on you flood in those narrow spaces?

    I actually don't. With enough experimentation I was able to mount them without any light bleed on unwanted areas.

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  14. My flood lights are set up as a wall wash, but the choreography can make them in to a very dynamic and dimensional effect even when installed in a seemingly basic application. Here is a video of my favorite song in my display which utilizes the floods. Note that I don't have them constantly on - there are periods with no floods - I just used them in areas where I want to create a little visual impact. One technique I use when lighting up the entire house is to have each flood a slightly different shade of the same color (for example one would be a light blue color and another would be more turquoise) so that way there's a little variation in the wall wash and it doesn't look as "flat." Gradients of color add a lot of depth and visual interest.


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