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  1. I upgraded to a new computer, and I managed to lose the "Caffeine Medley" Superstar sequence for the arches. I have the Superstar sequence for the CCR/ribbon tree and the associated .mp3 file. Does anyone have the associated Superstar arches sequence to accompany the CCR/ribbon tree Superstar sequence? I agree to not sell or share this sequence with anyone. This request will be used for my private, personal use on my show only. I also understand the mere fact of making changes to the borrowed sequence and pasting it in to my sequence does not make it mine to share. Thank you!
  2. This is a more expensive option than perhaps most will want ($150 from Amazon), but I purchased this outdoor speaker 3 years ago. It has made it through 3 winter seasons. It is made specifically for outdoor usage so it is waterproof, has its own internal power (AC 120v required), but it is *powerful* and sounds great without any distortion. I have lots of volume to play with (viewed at 30 feet at about a 1/4 total volume). This could easily handle much greater distances and much higher volume. I mounted the speaker via the included speaker bracket which comes with this speaker kit on a 1-1/2" PVC length of pipe buried in the ground (no concrete --- just placed in the ground about 12-inches down). It was powered by my G3-MP3 Director and played the music really well with excellent fidelity. I intend to get a second one of these speakers when my show expands. The speaker design has a built-in daisy chain capability using standard 3.5mm cable/jacks. Excellent all weather self contained speaker system that is mountable to any surface. It can also sit on a flat surface if so desired. Yorkville C120P 5-inch Powered Install Speaker
  3. I did what you suggested and for the most part, all of the props do come over well now. The windows are a bit bizarre, but that I can handle. I did note two things: 1. When I save the latest updated SS sequencing, it saves correctly into the SE grid (e.g. the motion effect row that contains the "group of groups" for SS). However, it does NOT play correctly in SE. I have multiple rooflines with several morphs, and these play fine in SS, but only a very small section on the one specific section of the roofline plays in SE --- even though the full roofline sections are sequenced. 2. I noticed that if I open the SS sequence directly in SS, it contains all of my sequencing *but* it does not contain the props --- it defaults to a CCR Pixel tree with star. I noticed that opening the SS sequence defaults to CCR mode and when changing to Visualization mode, it wants a ".lee" file --- a remnant of S4. I suspect that opening SS from SE as a motion effect row opens SS in visualization mode. Sorry but this seems a bit clumsy to me --- I'm struggling with the "seamlessness" between SS and SE and thus far, SE is not accurately playing what I sequence in SS, yet reopening the SS sequence from SE plays just fine in the SS session. Am I continuing to misunderstand some portion of SE as a motion effect row to SS? One other question if I may. Can different effects be applied by SE as a motion effect row to a group defined just for SE vs. SS simultaneously? What takes precedence when playing on a string of pixels (e.g. if I have one roofline defined in SS, and the same roofline defined in SE, and I have SS effects *and* SE effects against the same roofline props but defined separately, will one effect take precendence over the other effect? I have been trying to understand where SE may offer something different/better than SS and vice versa. Note that the issue with SE is not properly playing an SS sequence section in the preview "prop" area was not overridden with a competing SE sequence. Thanks again --- trying to understand the two very different sequencing software paradigms.
  4. Thank you very much Brian. So I did what you said and had success --- but with a single row. So I can sequence with SS on each group prop. But even with a "group of groups", I remember others ("k6ccc") who had EVERY prop somehow added to the SS grid such that the entire display was represented inside of a single SS window. That is what I was trying to accomplish --- if I have 30 props, would I need to ultimately create a "group of groups" that contains all 30 props? Can SS support that? S5 SE will only allow a single row of "motion effects" to be highlighted at one time. Just wondering how a single SS window (file) can hold all props for sequencing --- then be "inserted" into S5 SE sequencing grid. Thanks again.
  5. It has been several years and I'm now getting back into lights and Superstar. I have a complex preview with many props all created and assigned network IDs with no errors. Now I would like to get all of these props into Superstar (SS). Back in early 2018 forum member "k6ccc" was doing this methodically and was detailing his experiences via this forum, switching from S4 and utilizing S5 with the new preview creation while "inserting" effects using SS for all sequencing. I have failed to find this thread on his experiences. Also, I am failing to understand how to "Insert Superstar Effects" into the same SS "file" and iteratively" build the entire preview into the same SS file to perform sequencing. One of the challenges was to have the various props insert into SS that actually represented the prop (e.g. it actually looked like a representation of a given prop versus some "blob" of SS cells). Could some guide me through the steps of getting about 30 props into SS such that the props can be sequenced as an entire display if you will? Thank you.
  6. To close this loop and share the solution, I submitted a ticket to the LOR Helpdesk and they provided the answer. That is, I had to go into each sequence that had the Motionpak applied; manually edit the preview to use AUX A; then save. Also, one must use the "Advanced" button when creating the SD card from the Hub function and specify the REG and AUX A networks. There is an option when applying the Motionpak to select a network besides REG --- which I chose when applying the Motionpak. This did not actually work and I never looked at the actual sequence preview (I did review the sequence but not the preview and review the network definition). I did know about and use the "Advanced" button when creating the SD card. So there you have it. Now I have to figure out why a previously working 5 minute full intensity animation no longer wishes to work for the first 2 minutes of the 5 minute animation. Go figure ... I custom sequenced (animation) the singing LOR Christmas tree perfectly, but the good old simple reliable AC lights on the REG LOR network mysteriously will not light for the initial ~2 minutes --- then bang they work. Then they go dark and repeat the cycle when I loop the show (Show #2 - just burn all lights at full intensity except for the singing Christmas tree which is on the AUX A network).
  7. I have purchased the Eldan singing LOR Christmas Tree with a LOR CCCII (Pixie II) controller, along with 3 Motionpak songs. I am using an up-to-date firmware G3-MP3 Director within an up-to-date firmware LOR1602Wg3 controller (2 network ports). I went through the same issues as others to obtain a proper .play.lms file by downrevving LOR software to 5.2.4, then successfully scanned the 3 Motionpak tracks and they installed successfully by the Hub software, then successfully creating .play.lms files with these 3 songs/Motionpaks. I have other .play.lms files I used last year in the show. I specified a Network Config of Regular (G3-MP3 as Network 1) as a LOR (not ELOR) 56K network, and Aux A (G3-MP3 as Network 2) as an ELOR 500K network. All good so far. By the way, the Eldan CCCII (Pixie II) controller tested out well at Unit ID 30 (the default set via DIP switches on the Pixie II controller). I needed to write to an SD card and I used last year's SD card (a Kingston), but could not create to shows on the SD card like I did last year using the Simple Show Builder in 5.2.4 (Show 1 is the AC lights/Eldan singing tree --- Show 2 a 5-minute animation to have all lights at full intensity for the remainder of the "overall show"). I had to upgrade back to 5.3.8 to use the Hub version to write these 2 shows to the SD card. When I tested out the SD card in the G3-MP3 Director, the AC lights play perfectly with sound through the powered speaker I use for the show. BUT --- no Eldan Christmas tree . I doublechecked that when I applied the Motionpaks using 5.2.4 I used the "Advanced" settings and matched (I believe) the same Network settings (e.g. Regular set to LOR at 56K, Aux A set to ELOR at 500K - where the Eldan tree should be). Remember with the G3-MP3 embedded in the LOR1602Wg3 controller, there is no network cable needed for the "Regular" LOR network as all 16 AC plugs are "enabled" via an internal ribbon cable to the internal controller. Issue: The AC lights play fine. The music plays fine. For all 10 sequences (all purchased from LOR --- no customizing by me) all played fine with AC lights and sound. For the 3 songs I added Motionpaks (again all purchased from LOR --- no customizing by me), the AC lights played fine and the music played fine --- just no Eldan tree. I have a brand new CAT6 Ethernet cable plugged into the second network port on the G3-MP3 Director, and the Pixie 2 controller shows a glowing red light (e.g. it has a connection to the network). For grins, I plugged the CAT6 cable into the first network port of the G3-MP3 Director --- still no Eldan. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
  8. Since I have put things away for awhile, I just picked them back up and I feel (quite a bit) like I am starting from scratch. I have a full preview in S5 containing all of my planned eventual props. I was reviewing where I left off (I actually had completed my preview), and it dawned on me that the physical attributes of the entire display is required to be figured out in advance to adequately map to a network. I still have my house pictures with Sharpie markers in various colors outlining areas with which I intend to outline (windows, roofline, column trim boards). It was meticulous and had all measurements in inches, and all ribbons down to the pixel, where they would be cut, etc. Example: I intend to outline my windows with pixel ribbons (CCR's). One of my windows will contain parts of two (2) ribbons ("CCR's") to maximize my ribbon usage, and I calculated every window dimension using "lines unconnected" to maximize CCR coverage and to calculate the exact pixel counts (e.g. divide each window or roof line length by 4 to calculate WS2811 CCR pixel counts). Then, I carefully mapped every single side of a window or section of a roofline to a given network (I have Aux A through Aux D), ensuring to stay around a 2400-pixel population for each LOR enhanced network. Then I created groups of each window side into a given window, or a given set of roofline. This times lots of windows and lots of rooflines (a total of 22 ribbons). What a pain! I relied on the "Channel Summary" function to tell me when I overlapped a previous circuit count, and it was very good at doing that - but it doesn't tell you if you skipped a set of circuit count. I mapped all planned props, but I will not have anywhere near the props be a physical reality this year. I guess if one grew slowly through the years, adding to a preview wouldn't be too bad, but if you have a lot of props that involve complex utilization of pixels (ribbons, bullets, nodes, whatever) that are cut and soldered for maximum efficiency, this is a tedious exercise which requires one to map the props to a physical network laboriously. Anyone safely use more than 2400-pixels in a LOR enhanced network? With the latest generation of Pixie 8, Pixie 16 and Pixcon16 boards, can one exceed the 2400-pixel "recommendation"? Also, with the latest LOR sale I purchased the plug-n-play LOR 10W Flood set. When you map dumb RGB's in S5 Preview, do you use circuit 1 thru 3 for the first flood; 4 thru 6 for the second flood, and so on until you reach the eighth and final flood using circuit 22 thru 24? Thanks.
  9. Brian, that is quite generous of you. However, while that will help me, it will only help me - and no one else. I would think a video or tutorial of the same topic be created such that the next person, or the next 10 people, or 100 people, etc. could benefit from the knowledge that would be gained. In no way do I not appreciate your gracious offer - but I would like to pay forward the assistance that I have received via other tutorials, or from members of this forum, so the experience gained benefits the community, and a video or tutorial of sorts will do just that. Kind Regards.
  10. Alan, Thank you for your thoughtful and well-intentioned reply. To be clear, I have licensed LOR S5 Pro level -and- have licensed SS 60_CCR count on top of that. I have the latest S5.0.18 beta, and I believe I may need a slightly higher CCR license count. I do understand the basics (and your explanation is a very nice summary), and speaking only for myself, I have no problem with buying additional CCR counts if need be. To baseline this discussion, after researching all of the market options I chose the LOR-based market for software sequencing/control and hardware (read controller boards), and intend to stay as I have made the investment in both dollars and time. You are correct, my use case is to take the entire S5 Preview (constructed under the S5 Preview use case rules), and import the entire preview containing props into SS and have the props look like what was created (visualized). Jim is spending lots of time performing trial-and-error to get a candy cane to look like a candy cane in SS (and the poor chap is losing his hair in the process - and again thank you for sharing your experiences). Each of us have a tolerance for the time and effort (and expense) one is willing to put into a hobby. I am willing to learn and spend time and money gaining knowledge, knowing that there is no "magic button" to make things work perfectly, but my personal line is drawn at what Jim is doing. I have no desire to disparage either S5 or SS, as I have licensed both and want to use both. However, the present state of the S5 and SS interface (they are not integrated) is that the "visual programming" capability of S5 is lost when utilizing an S5 prop within SS, which seems like a step backward from S4 functionality from my perspective and thus there is the root of my frustration. The reason for focusing on SS includes not only on what you identified in your post above, but it would appear that using SS to sequence props comes easier to some folks versus PE (or Motion Effects in S5 vernacular), and this is certainly true for me and is why I have opted to use SS for the majority of my effects. I have to get better at using S5 PE/Motion Effects, and this is on me. But as I stated earlier, I have reached a "decent" level of utility using SS in a 16-ribbon "CCR" tree for example, and would like to extend this SS knowledge to all of my props, as long as I can recognize them instead of some blobs on a grid - like with an SS "CCR" ribbon tree. And therein lies my frustration. Thank you for your assistance, and I myself am beginning to start my busy season in my other hobby, which prioritizes above Christmas light displays because it is "good weather" based. I'm not walking away from this hobby, as I have invested too much money at this point and frankly I don't wish to walk away because the end result is what I desire, but for my own sanity I have set my expectations very low and whatever I produce will be "good enough" for this year - even if only 1/4 of my investment makes it into the display for this year.
  11. I am SOOOOOO frustrated and not following this discussion. I am dense, because I am not following how to properly utilize S5 Preview props and sequence the entire display into SS. I spent quite a few hours drawing the props in S5 Preview, with properly counted and assigned networks, channels, and groups (grouping multiple CCR strings into windows frames, etc.). I see Jim pulling his hair out over many trial-and-error attempts to get props to "display" and "act visually" in SS. I have no desire to get that deep into trialing items, and appreciate the time and patience that other members have spent and have joined this forum to learn from members experiences (and thank you in advance!). I understand the concept of getting SS .sup files back into S5, but how about going the opposite way? I put things away for awhile to let my frustration subside. You know what would be grand? A video showing a sample house with a sample set of props, such as the following: Some RGB roof lines (ribbons or pixel nodes, doesn't matter) Some RGB window outlines Some number of RGB candy canes A 16 RGB ribbon (or pixel tree) with an RGB star of arbitrary pixel count (say 170 pixels of six nested stars) Some number of RGB arches (or circles, whatever) Some number of RGB mini trees Some number of dumb RGB floods (say 8 floods - I just bought the LOR 8 - 10W flood kit, so I'm a bit biased here ... ;-)) Take this sample S5 Preview and show how to import the entire display into SS so that it LOOKS like the props that were laboriously drawn visually with S5 Preview. I have read the S5 documentation several times, and have understood the concept of VISUALLY designing the "stage" which is the S5 Preview. I also have firmly understood the concept of using SS to sequence the entire show. But this is where I repeatedly get lost. I have done really well with SS in sequencing a 16-ribbon CCR tree ... but I am missing how Default's method (or any other method) gets the S5 entire Preview "visually" into SS - not just creating a prop within SS and sequence that single prop. I just am not getting it ... so a video of this entire process using a sample of the above suggested props, correctly created from S5 Preview, showing how to get into SS visually so it LOOKS like S5 Preview, showing some sample sequences, then getting the entire SS display sequence back into S5, would be grand. If the capabilities of the software do not allow for this at this point, I'll just put things away (again) for a future date when the capabilities of the software advance to a point where this task can be accomplished, because I simply don't have the time (and more importantly the patience) to do what Jim and others are doing. I do follow these forums and read them regularly, and I know Default, k6ccc, and many others have contributed regularly, and for those of us who follow their lead and experiences, thank you for your contributions. It is appreciated, and I hope my frustration with my own lack of understanding doesn't come across negatively and reflect on others. Thanks.
  12. Thank you for providing that information. I will have to study the method outlined by @default and become one with it.
  13. So where do we stand with creating a "visualizer like" file out of the S5 Preview, and then importing into Superstar like the S4 version? I was hoping the S5.0.18 release would enable this function, and perhaps I am missing that functionality, but a quick check this morning doesn't appear to include this feature. Somewhere along the line I thought the .18 release was to enlarge matrix size in Superstar beyond 64 rows; provide pre-define props for S5 preview and "share" with Superstar; and enable visualization files to be created from an S5 Preview and imported/consumed by Superstar like the S4 release. There are no release notes that I see with .18 at this time. It's a good thing I have cut my expectations of myself in half for this year, so I don't make myself go crazy.
  14. Good question, Jim. I plan to mount my ribbons using HolidayCoro's Pixel Strip Mounts with Diffuser Cover (I bought a zillion of these at their Pre-Sale price). I was intrigued with the mounting of strips to an aluminum channel, and also was intrigued by the diffuser cover - same concept as place ribbons/strips in opaque PEX or HDPE pipe that some member are doing (same as I am with my Johnson arches). I am still configuring the mounting method with which to mount the HC Pixel Strip Mounts to EMT conduit, but I plan to build my roof lines, window frames and column "runs" using 3/4-inch EMT conduit. I will permanently mount the HC Pixel Strip Mounts to the EMT. Where the Arlington quick latch is located on a given run, I plan on building a very small raised section with gentle "slopes" where the "open" position on the latch clip will slide easily under the raised section, then snap securely closed. I really like the full grip circle of the latch clip as it encompasses the entire diameter of the pipe it is gripping. RBG Strips (ribbons). This is the exact same concept with the Arlington quick latch clips. While they are not clear, they are UV rated and are intended for permanent installation. I plan to paint each clip to match my house color and permanent mount the clips. As others have pointed out, repeated installation and removal of clips can strip a given mounting hole over time - more so for wood installation in fascia, etc. Being UV rated and painted to match my fascia, window frame and columns, they should be relatively "invisible" at the street. Snaps in place easy peesy as caniac said. I sure hope these work. I want them to work.
  15. ^^^^ Price is ~$0.81/latch clip (only available in bags of 100 count). As I noted in my post, I did look at the HC clips but they are only available in 1/2-inch size for PVC. I was interested in EMT conduit and larger sizes, so I did not compare price points.
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