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Tim Dorr

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Tim Dorr last won the day on February 27 2020

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    Olathe, KS
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    Photography, videography, travel
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas, although I also have a Halloween Display

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  1. Well Freakshow007, I've run several tests and have yet to get the pixel spiderweb working with all smart pixels. When opening the controller box, it says all is well because the LED is a solid red, but no playback. And I've had the same issue with only the first video playing, in a loop, but the 2nd one doesn't. So I've made the decision to go back to S4 from S5 to see if there is any difference. I know that last year's show went well with the video, using S4, so I must be doing something wrong in S5, but can't figure out what it is. I'll know more tonight when it gets dark and the show starts. Hopefully I can get it up and running using the Show on Demand feature. Only time will tell.
  2. Why would you want to recover from this disease, MichRX7?😀
  3. I was going to share this feature of my projector but you've found it, so that's the good news. And since there is no bad news, you will be all set to go. I've seen several rear projection and they look great. Look forward to seeing a touch of your finished project.
  4. So glad you got the projector and show working together. I never noticed a lag in the first video projection, but if it works itself out for the remainder, good news. Not many people are going to see or notice the lag for only a few minutes at the very first projection. As far as a projector, I'm using a short throw Optoma DLP EH460ST projector that was purchased from Amazon. Bought it for the high lumen count, and it has worked well. Attached is a still of one of my projections. As for turning on the projector, and then off, and then on, all night long, mine is left on all the time. There is a black background when no projection is being shown, so I can turn on the lights on the garage without issue during those periods. When the video projection is being shown, all the lights on the garage are off and just the projection shown. You might want to check out the wear and tear on the bulb turning it on and off. Also, I'm not sure how much energy is being saved by turning it on and off, if that is your goal. I agree with JR about using a timer on just the projector and getting power to your projector early to let it warm up, if it is anything like my projector. Glad you are starting early to test all of the variables well before the Christmas season, assuming you aren't also doing a Halloween show.
  5. Bill, I just replied to your individual post. Hope that answers your questions.
  6. Bill, I spent a lot of 2019 "learning" about video projection mapping, looking at YouTube videos and checking out the forums, including this one. One of my sources was sasmuse. Sally has been a big help and I'd suggested checking her out. Another is default. But I digress from your question. I had the same problem you describe when I played the sequence from my laptop at a scheduled time. My solution was the first time it happened, the video was Restored Down. So I clicked on the box between the - and X in the upper right corner of the window, which then made the window full screen on both the laptop and the house. The other work around was to play all sequences by clicking on Show On Demand, typing in the name of the show file, and then clicking on OK, with the video opening full screen the first and every time after that. I had to lug my projector and other hardware to the same place in the driveway each night, so it was easier to click on Show On Demand to get the show going close to the time that was shown on the Schedule, and walk away, then to click on Enable Schedule. Hope that works for you too.
  7. Phil, I've got an issue using my show computer, which is a Dell laptop. I set up the sequence on the desktop, also a Dell, adding the mp4 file as the media file, and everything works well. When I go to play the sequence on the desktop with the SE showing, the video kicks in quickly as anticipated and plays through to the end. Then I place the sequence file from the desktop on a flash drive, along with the mp4 file, transfer both to the the show laptop. Once both files are transferred to the laptop, I re-establish a connection between the SE file and the mp4 file by selecting the mp4 file as the Media File. But when I go to play the sequence after the mp4 file has been shown as the Media File, the video doesn't open like it does when the same sequence plays on the desktop. I thought I checked all of the settings to ensure that the settings on the desktop match those on the laptop. Evidently I missed something, but not sure what. Any thoughts on why the video plays on the desktop, but doesn't on the laptop? Thanks for any thoughts you have on this issue.
  8. I'm switching out of my big display and putting on a smaller scaled display at my home. At the same time I'm switching away from LEDs to dumb and smart pixels, so I'm selling my LED strings. Some of my strings are new and never used, while others have been used in my display from one to many years. All M5/M6 strings have been purchased from CDI, and therefore the professional variety. 4" spacing, UL rated for indoors and outdoors, Energy Star qualified, lifespan of 50,000 hours when new, uses 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, one piece socket design increases weather resistance, if one light goes out the rest stay lit, flicker free, totally dimmable, full wave, end to end connectors, green wire. Here are the light strings being sold: Warm White M5/M6 50 count - new, $12.71 each, 1 available 50 count - used, $8.48 each, 1 available 70 count - used, $9.98 each, 27 available Pure (Cool) White M5/M6 50 count - used, $8.48 each, 6 available 70 count - new, $14.96 each, 1 available 70 count - used, $9.98 each, 15 available 100 count - used $13.98 each, 44 available Red M5/M6 35 count, new $6.15 each, 6 available 50 count - new $10.46 each, 4 available 50 count - used $6.98 each, 14 available 70 count - new $13.46 each, 2 available 70 count - used $8.98 each, 14 available 100 count - used $12.48 each, 33 available Green M5/M6 35 count - new $6.60 each, 7 available 35 count - used $4.40 each, 1 available 50 count - new $11.21 each, 3 available 50 count - used $7.48 each, 8 available 70 count - used $9.48 each, 8 available 100 count - used $12.98 each, 34 available 100 count - used $6.68 each 24 available (so-so, they all work but the dimming is slow to take place, so not quite up to the standards of the other used ones) Blue M5/M6 35 count - new $6.60 each, 3 available 35 count - used $4.40 each, 2 available 50 count - new $11.21 each, 1 available 50 count - used $7.48 each, 2 available 70 count - new $14.21 each, 3 available 100 count - new $19.46 each, 11 available 100 count, used $12.98 each, 30 available If you live in the KC area, or close by, we'll make arrangements to drop them off to you. But if you live out of town and require shipping, the cost of the shipping will be added to the cost and will be known to you before making the final purchase. Please send questions that includes lamp color and string length of interest. All lights have been tested and are working, but are sold AS-IS. No returns.
  9. Dennis, I'm not to the point of bringing in the media file into LOR, so I can't confirm nor deny what you've stated from practical experience. I'm only to the point of ensuring that my projector will be in the same spot, night after night. Now moving on to the next step, producing the video. I have done some research into this subject about which you ask, and have found the following information that might be helpful. Under Home>LOR Software>LOR S4 Software Suite there is a post with a title of LOR Video Projection Setup that you might find helpful. It is an old post, but appears to have good information. Check out the responses of default. But again, I haven't tried any of these so can't vouch for their accuracy in today's environment. Then under Home>LOR Hardware>LOR Hardware-General under the topic Pixie 16 Setup and Configuration step by step is a post by xrays911 which purports to outline the steps given to him/her by Drew Hickman. Again I haven't tried these so can't confirm that they work in real life. Good luck in your quest and if you find the answer that really works, it would be appreciated if you would post that fact. Thanks.
  10. Wow, 5 acres. That gives you a very big canvas. Look forward to seeing your 2019 4th of July display, including the Video Projection Mapping. (Looks like we have gotten off topic)
  11. I agree with your assessment Ionsenior. I haven't put the theory in practice yet, but everything I've read leads down the path you are going. I used a sequence last Halloween, Ghostbusters. Now this year I plan to add video projection mapping to this sequence in the manner you described. But I'm going to buy the video ready for my house, from digitalpressworks. I've done a test of the projection and mapping the house, with Matt approving the process so far. However, it appears that a critical aspect of the whole process is to ensure that the projector is in the exact same place, night after night. Since I plan to take everything inside each night, I've got to make sure that each night the projector in a box is in the exact same place as the night before. I've got a way that I'm going to try, other than paint on our driveway. Here's hoping.
  12. In all my testing to get the projector in the "right" place, it looks like the 4200 lumens will work out well with the real thing. Below is the projection on the house last night using the projection mapping software available through digitalpressworks.com. I also showed a copy of videos on the house and they appear to work well, but time will tell.
  13. Just purchased the Optoma EH460St based on the recommendation over on digitalpressworks.com. It has 4200 lumens so I'm hopeful that it will be bright enough for our situation. First time doing video projection mapping, so I'll be finding out what to do and what not to do Sally.
  14. What about using a Pi instead of a computer for the video output?
  15. That's a great question that I'm just now researching tfritz28. Hope to find an answer here, but if no one responds, I'll ask the LOR Help Desk. They are good at responding to all the questions I've posed so far. This should be any different. What did you find out?
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