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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..
  14. By chance are you using spt wire? Just curious if a male or female plug was put on incorrectly (backwards). Not sure if that would do it but It's normally the first step in a process of elimination when I have any issues. But personally have not come across that before..
  15. Not to hijack this post but I've read up a little bit on snubbers and have a question. I just picked up two gin to controllers and have noticed six of the channels are not fading properly compared to my G3 controllers. Some people use old night lights for snubbers and some people say you can use a Glade plugin for the older controllers to help with the dimming of LED. but I haven't seen anything on where exactly to place it. do you place the Glade plugin or night light after the string of lights on the spot wire with a vampire plug or if you're using a Glade plugin do you use it at the end of the light string itself?. I read that the Glade plugins only used 2.1 Watts. Just curious where I should put the snubber.
  16. At Cracker Barrel now in Ocala. Will be there hopefully around 5pm today. Just spending time with the wife and M.I.L. Thanks
  17. Ok kool... I thought it was just me. It's been driving me nuts for the past month lol. Kind of hard to keep zooming in on the mobile but oh well. it'll get fixed eventually (I hope)
  18. I might be interested in one. I have a 16 channel g3 controller that has problems with a data port and it seems to be causing conflicts. I just got all set up last night over here in Lecanto and I'm running into problems with one of the controllers where channels are staying on when they shouldn't be. But then as soon as it comes on in another part of the sequence they turn back off. but then it happens again and it's not always the same channels where it turns on and freezes. This leads me to think it's a data problem. It's happening on multiple sequences and I've already checked everything in the sequence check the channel configuration the whole nine yards. I've already switched out the data cable so that's definitely not the issue. The ports themselves are loose so I definitely think it's a jack issue. I think when my son helped me take them down last year he pulled on the data cables that's the only thing I can think of. So I definitely will need to replace the controller for now.. I don't know the first thing about fixing data ports. after the holidays I will send my original one in and get it repaired through Lor. But in the meantime it looks like I'm going to have to buy a used controller.
  19. I have noticed I always have to click desktop view on google on my phone lately. When you try to tap the lines for tabs on the top right, it opens up with a white x and does not show any of the tab selections and no drop down menu. Just a white circle with an x in it. The only way around it is to click the three dots up top and select desktop view. Is anyone else experiencing the same problem? I'm on a Samsung note 9 but no other website seems to do this for me. I couldn't find a way to report a website error. I looked but the only option was to open a help desk ticket I figured maybe somebody else might know something is going on or having the same issue. This time of year the last thing they need to be worried about is dealing with a stupid question like mine LOL
  20. Know that area all too well. Used to go fishing on the skyway bridge fishing pier. St Pete floods in an afternoon thunderstorm. But the bay got flooded pretty good. Im an hour north of Tampa. Not too bad here. Wind and rain thankfully no damage at all.
  21. Very very true Keith. I am running 75 sets of 100 blue leds in a grid pattern across my yard so total 7,500 leds on one ac channel and it works GREAT! OP, Imagine this, Most incans say plug no more than 3-5 sets in a row... Well most leds allow anywhere from 25-40 (of the same type) sets back to back without popping the strands fuses. You can't go wrong with the power bill for led either. We have over 50,000 lights and our bill only goes up $40-50 a month. With incans we went up hundreds! Some prefer the look of incans but leds are the future and I said that back in 2012. Now look they have pretty much taken over. I replaced every light in my house with led and we cut our electric bill in half with the upgrade.
  22. Cough* Cough* Clears throat...Eh HEM.... I'm one of those few who share floods and pixel arches lol. BUT I have not done the song the op is looking for. Might have to check it out later and see. Have to put back up stuff I took down due to the storm. It literally fizzled out just before it hit shore this morning and hit just 30 minutes north of here instead. I will take a look at the song this weekend and see if it is something I can whip up in a day.. @dibblejr I just finished Into the unknown by Panic at the disco if you want it brother. I already have the faces and pixel but will edit them out before sharing. Couldn't beat holiday sequences combo sale price for the pixel and faces. If your interested I will forward the sharable version I made to you. It just doesn't have the pixel tree or faces. OP On a side note, Holiday sequences is running a sale of 45% off right now. They have the pixel tree and singing faces combo for only $32... That is way fair of a price for the quality of the tree.. It automatically adds the promo code in cart. Once you add it then view cart, it will discount it. Cant beat that price if you cant find a shared version. Check out his preview. https://www.holidaysequences.com/16-Combo-Sia-Candy-Cane-Lane-p/16pixc-sccl.htm
  23. Thanks man. I just saw the preview you texted me. That came out freaking AWESOME I just woke up at 1:45am so it was too late to text you back. Apparently putting in three 11 hour days working on the Christmas setup finally did a number to me. I came in, I ate dinner took a shower and I went to bed earlier than I have gone in many many years (before 9pm) I normally am up til midnight but my grandson was out with his mom so I had a break from grandpa daycare lol. I will forward you what I tweeked with the RGB elements as well later today. I already shared the normal version but I always go back and tweek my personal version to keep it slightly different. Thanks again man. I truly appreciate you doing this. Don't let a few bad apples ruin the joy you found in this hobby. Most of us do truly appreciate everything you do for the community. I know I wouldn't have gotten this far in the hobby had you not have been here to help guide me along the way.
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