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GriswoldStyle

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GriswoldStyle last won the day on June 20 2020

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    Lecanto, Florida (Citrus County)
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    Online decal business owner

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    Holiday displays! It doesn't matter if it is Halloween, Christmas or Fourth of July. It's all about the smiles and happy faces. I am a self proclaimed holiday nerd :)
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas and Halloween but we light RGB floods up most major holidays #lightuptheholidays

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    4.4.6
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  1. I tried searching through the forum but could not find any posted answers. I know I've seen a couple sites mentioned in previous years in threads. What are some of the sites that you use for low pixel count images? Now that I'm into doing pixels, I want to find some clipart but so far I'm only finding ones that are way too big and they don't look good when they're downscaled to fit. Ideally these will be going on a 16x50 pixel tree. Just looking to see what sites others have used previously for their clipart needs. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Luckily I logged into my paypal prior to 9pm in another tab so luckily right at 9pm on the dot I clicked add to cart on the pixel tree 16x50 then clicked checkout, selected paypal and clicked pay now after selecting shipping option. Confirmation email hit at 9:01 timestamp. I knew it was going to sell out fast so I must have refreshed a hundred times starting at 8:55. They had a similar glitch last year so this year I wasnt taking any chances,
  3. Maybe I am just rusty from being off here a few months. But I can not seem to locate anything but pdf's on lor's site regarding learning superstar. Didn't there used to be tutorial videos? Anyone know where I can find them or have a link to them? I am still on S4 but finally upgraded my superstar license and need to start with the basics. Never tried it before. So want to find a few good tutorials to get a crash coarse start. Any help would be appreciated. Originally I used John Storms tutorials to learn SE. His were easy to follow but now I am venturing into superstar to program my pixel tree. So I need some easy to follow tutorials.
  4. Such as over here in Citrus County. Most Homes in my part of Lecanto (where I live) Have at least 1 acre of land. But they are filling up fast. Housing prices have doubled in the last 2 years around here.
  5. Happy Easter all... It's that time of year where I dust off the laptop and make my return to get started on sequencing this years show. Time to get back to work.
  6. 2020 The year lol... For me the biggest obstacle was health and depression which seemed to take its toll on everyone worldwide this year. Had a few setbacks this year between the job going bye bye in March, trying to get my decal business back up only to have 2 great months, then literally falling apart with the economy, getting rear ended in an accident that jacked up my neck and back but then had an mri done due to the accident which found a huge growth of about 2" in my throat. Possible cancel so yeah 2020 can g2h..... I'm learning I am not in my 20's anymore and need to take better care of myself. I have been using a heating pad at night for a month now as setting up halloween and Christmas did a number to my lower back this year combined with finding out the people who hit me did not have insurance so yeah... It's been fun.... My kids (well one did way more than the other) did a huge portion of set up for me this year. Normally it is me and they help. I have been fighting the great fight to pull through the year and am getting things in line for 2021. Time to lose the weight I gained in 2020 (50 lbs) and focus on getting healthy again. People both family and display related need me around for years to come and I have to get it all together again. My motivation was there this year for sure. Just 3 months later than expected. So the biggest obstacle is myself in a round a bout way.
  7. I ended up getting a Kingston React 32gb class 10 pro grade sd card. Seems all my problems are now solved. So very odd though as the other cards seemed to glitch up. One thing I did try differently is I used a different writer usb. Perhaps the one lor sent me was defective. Because now I am having no more problems. So Im not sure if it was the cards or the reader but there is no more lag in my show. I have ordered an additional React sd card as well as a backup. One thing I have learned is to buy directly from Kingston or through links on kingstons site. The ones are amazon are not always what they claim to be. Too many potential fakes even through prime sellers. Either way my problem has been solved. Thanks to everyone who offered help under both threads even though they were two different issues but now seem to be all related.
  8. What Mr P. said is 100% correct. You need a pro level license for a pixie 16... Your basic license only allows 4 ac controllers. Your pixie16 counts as technically 16 since it uses 16 unit id's (one for each port/strip) Upgrade the license then read the manual on the pixie. They recommend you give it a much higher unit id number. Do not start at unit id 1.
  9. By chance have you checked the se to see what unit id you have the cmb set at? Also have you checked the dip switches to ensure it is the correct unit id on the cmb board? I found that to be my issue as I forgot to change the dip switches to the proper unit id after my Halloween show. Just a thought maybe it is set incorrectly for the unit id in your actual channel config. Just curious if you can post a picture of the dip switches on your board.
  10. So I am using S4 software version 4.4.6 but I have noticed a bit of confusing details regarding sd cards. The manual as someone pointed out states up to 8gb sd card towards the end of the manual. However I have been using 16 gb cards for the last 3 years without issue including last year which was my first year using the g3 director. Before that was the mini director... . This year it seems to be hit or miss when I write an sd card and the same card will bring different results each time I write to sd card and the only thing that changed this year was I added a pixel tree. Every time I write a different sd card for the show, I get different results. Some are glitchy and some are great. Keep in mind I am using a kingston on every write session just different sizes. This year I added a 16x50 pixel tree. I have it on enhanced network 500k. That is running through aux A network. That is the only thing on that network due to previous issues with g3 controller not working well when I started testing and getting stuck on random shimmers to a channel (randomized not always the same channel) So needless to say after replacing all cat5e cables, nothing changed. Burned a new sd card and problem went away. So I started experimenting with different kingston sd cards and found almost every single one of them yielded different results. A couple leave pixels on during transitions like a lag behind when it should be off, some would glitch out regular network channels with a random shimmer and some leave a very mild but noticeable white haze of the tree when it should be black or off in the background coloring. By that I mean some effects when they come on such as an image will have pixels on very very mildly when they should be off completely. To me it is visible but to my guests they would think it is part of the show. It isnt always on. Some images it does it for a second or two and then goes away. Others it is like that until the image changes on the tree. This is all new to me but when I hook the computer up directly and play it, it does not do that. Only when running from the sd card. The pixel tree is new and was just purchased this year from LOR. The g3 was purchased last year from lor. Now back to the sd cards.... I noticed the 8gb sd simply can not keep up. It was the one that came with my lor system back in 2016. So scratch that card. I have a 16gb that works. Somewhere this year I heard the g3/g4 could handle a 32 gb card. So I tried it. Bought a 2 pack. One randomly goes bad and displays wingding folders that were not added to the card. Sometimes it reads error on the director screen. The other of the two 32 gb sd cards works perfectly but displays the mild white background (almost like if static on an old tv was peeking through. Maybe it is just a coincidence that the cards bring mixed results. Or maybe it is the reader/writer that came with the pixel tree kit or maybe it is the software itself. So I am reaching out to see if anyone has come across this or can offer a suggestion on how to overcome it. I tried to provide as much info as possible. Ultimately I am trying to see if anyone can suggest the perfect sd card. I have a Kingston canvas react coming in today that is class 10 and uhs 100mb/s. Hoping that will make a difference. Is there something I can do to maybe make the files cleaner or maybe I am missing something. When I make the sequence I simply save it. Should I be compressing it or anything? Is there a step I am overlooking? I jumped into lor with ac channels in 2016. Moved to pixel arches in 2018. I thought the pixel tree would be simple but this year it has been non stop something lol. I might be missing a step or not doing something properly. Can someone give me a step by step that they do for a successful show on sd card? Is there a setting I should look for in the software? I write all my cards directly through hardware utility. I have not messed with or changed any settings since I started using the software. I do not want to mess with something without guidance. I know this is a lot of info but wanted to explain everything in the hopes someone might better understand where I am screwing up or if I am at all... Thank you for taking the time to read all this.
  11. The 8gb are the ones that had serious lag. The 16 and 32 I bought seem to work great. But only on two songs the pixel tree lags. I'm going to try to look into the firmware and see what it shows that might very well be a problem. None of my controllers or anything has ever been updated on firmware. I was under the idea of if it ain't broke don't fix it. I will check back on that shortly.
  12. I have never run it from the actual computer. Other than to just test channels in the hardware utility. I do have the red dongle however. Do I need to change any settings in the computer to run a test of the pixel tree through the red dongle? I would assume I just have to adjust the network speed in the lor utility on the computer itself and run it directly from the sequence editor is that correct?
  13. A BUNCH of details here crammed into one post but all are related to the mp3 director... I have been searching this morning but have not been able to find anything regarding the actual read speeds for sd cards on the G3 mp3 director. Curious what the director is capable of for read speeds. I have 2 kingston select 32gb sd cards that just cant seem to keep up. I also had a Kingston 16gb from last year that I tried and it was worse! Songs are lagging at fast parts on the pixel tree. Now keep in mind I only have a 16x50 pixel tree and it is running on 500k aux A enhanced.. I have been having trouble with the network this year when I set everything up for Christmas. For starters, I had a g3 controller on the Aux A network with the pixie 16. The g3 kept having problems where things would get stuck shimmering or flashing on different channels. I changed out all the cat5e cables for brand new ones and it still had the same problem. So I figured it was the sd card. Still had problems. Although I eliminated them to a degree by removing the g3 controller from Aux A and running it back on regular lor network in my channel config with my other ac controllers, Now the pixel tree is lagging when words come on it. Like a motion lag where everything is a second or two behind then speeds up super fast to catch up. Highly visible and everyone noticed it last night. Not every song, but certainly a couple songs it does it to which are larger sequences. Then last night in middle of the show I just happened to be out there and the entire show froze out of nowhere. Lights got stuck on and the pixel tree froze mid sequence. In order to turn the lights off after several minutes of the freeze, I had to unplug the cat5 cable from the first controller to kill power to the mp3 director... So I'm trying to figure out the read speeds of the G3 director so I can purchase a better card. Also, How can I get rid of the lag? It doesn't seem like it should be an issue with only 800 pixels on one 500k network. But I want to get all these kinks worked out. I'm wondering if I should look into the firmware. Would that be a possible cause? 2020 Is for the birds. I got past a few issues only to have another. Everything seems to be a mess this year when it all worked fine for halloween. Go figure..
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