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rick gurnee last won the day on November 17 2016

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  1. Alan, I'm ready to build a couple of blade spinners for next Christmas and have a question. I went to Home Depot and looked at the Coroplast. It doesn't look real sturdy so obviously the frame is important. Can you give a few more details on the frame and give your experience over the last few years as to how well it held up? Did you end up drilling some wholes so the wind could get through? If you had to do it over again would you change anything? Thanks for the great post.
  2. Never got an e-mail, again. Strange, I've gotten them for 10 years in a row and now nothing. Well, obviously I know about it so I'll be buying tomorrow assuming the pixel trees go on sale.
  3. So I was one of the people who did not get the e-mail about the Spring sale. I'm not sure if I believe LOR's explanation about spam filters because I have received notices for the last ten years, but that is water under the bridge. Now I want to make sure I don't miss the Summer sale. I have turned off all spam filters on my sever and boy do I get a lot of spam now. I would like to ask a favor of my fellow forum readers. When the e-mail about the Summer sale comes, could one (not everyone) post something indicating when it is. That way, people who fail to get the e-mail, for whatever reason, will know about it Thanks..
  4. thanks. that's what I thought but it nice to here from the expert.
  5. Brian (or anyone else who knows), I have a question about merging intensity files and I think an example of what I am doing will explain my question. I have a 12 string cosmic tree, a 16 string pixel tree and everything else. I program everything else in the Sequence Editor which creates an LMS file. I have two separate SuperStar sequences: one for the cosmic tree and one for the pixel tree. This creates two SUP files. I use SuperStar to export two intensity files selecting the option to Add Intensity Data to new sequence. This creates a LMS file (which I ignore) and an LID file. I then use SuperStar to merge the two intensity files and select Add Merged Intensity Data to existing sequence. This creates an LID file with the same name as my LMS file. At this point everything is fine and when I play the sequence all of the lights on the yard work as well as the Cosmic tree and the Pixel tree and I am a happy camper. Suppose I decide to make a change to the SUP file for the pixel tree. I go into SuperStar, make the changes and save the SUP file. I then export to Sequence Editor selecting the option to Add Intensity Data to new sequence. It warns me that the LMS file already exists but I tell it to replace it. Now I use SuperStar to merge the new pixel LID file with the old cosmic LID file and select Add Merged Intensity Data to existing sequence. This replaces the LID file with the same name as my LMS file. Now comes my question. Did this last step replace the old LID file or did it merge the old with the new? In other words, if I deleted morphs or images in the pixel SUP file will they show up again in the final LID file? Should I be deleting the old LID file before I merge the cosmic LID and pixel LID files?
  6. I bought several pixel trees and have been testing my sequences. These trees have 16 string of 25 pixels each. These trees are designed to be seen from 360 degrees and they do look great from any direction you are standing. However, in my case (as probably in most people's case), my audience will all be in the front of the trees. So I decided to try reversing the six strings in the back so they pointed to the front. This really worked nicely. I was afraid I might loose some of the 3D affect but that did not happen. Now when I have morphs that go around the tree you really see them go around. You might want to try this. It's pretty easy to turn the strings around, so if you don't like it just turn them back.
  7. As I stated earlier, I misstyped. The actual voltage was 120 not 102.
  8. sorry about my typing. the voltage is 120.8 not 102.8
  9. Jim, I thought about that and used a receptacle tester on the outlet and it said everything was fine. The voltage reads 102.8 but that is not to say that it can't have a spike. As far as rain is concerned, we did have a lot during one three week period but very little during the other (these tests occurred in April and May). No lighting in the area. The outdoor outlet has very seldom been used. I want to switch to the circuit that I normally use for my lights (I have a 50 amp subpanel in my garage) but I really don't look forward to blowing another one if that isn't the problem. I'm hoping the manufacturer would get back and say it was a $5.00 part that blew. Then I could try several things.
  10. During the winter sale I bought three of the pixel trees. I put one together and put it on a plywood base so I could test it inside my lanai which has pavers. During the Christmas season I plan to move them to the lawn and use the stakes that came with them. I created several sequences and began testing. After three weeks of testing the lights stopped working. I determined that the power supply was bad. It was not putting out 5.0 VDC but rather was oscillating between 0 and 0.3 VDC. I contacted LOR and they immediately sent a RMA so I could replace it. Not wanting to wait for the replacement, I just replaced the controller/power supply with one of the others that I had bought. I tested for another three weeks and this power supply went bad! Obviously, I am not putting in another power supply until we can figure this out. I have talked with LOR and they say no one else has had a power supply go bad. They have send one of the poer supplies back to the manufacturer to see if they can figure out what happened. I have sent LOR pictures of my setup and they do not see anything wrong with it. By the way, in both cases the power supply was plugged in 24 hours a day before it failed and it did not fail during the middle of my testing (when there would be a load on it). Each one took almost exactly three weeks of use before it failed. So my question is: Has anyone else testing a pixel tree bought during the winter sale? Has anyone had any problems with the power supplies? I can't see how building it on the plywood could cause this, but that seems to be the one thing that I have done differently. I would like to build another one and put it in the yard with the stakes but I really don't want to blow another power supply. At this point LOR is saying to wait to see what the manufacturer says, but they have not gotten back and it has been several weeks now.
  11. I currently have 14 CTB16PC controllers that I sequence using the sequence editor and a 12 ribbon CCR tree that I use Superstar to sequence. I plan on getting a pixel tree next year and wonder if I should use the pixel editor or Superstar to sequence it. What do most people use? I have watched Matt's videos on the introduction to PE and it was very useful. I have created some effects and am practicing with the PE. Are there any other videos tutorials that go a little deeper into creating effects? Does anyone have some sample effects for the pixel tree that they could share. Looking at how other people have created effects would help me get an idea how these things work. I've only been playing with the PE for a week so I'm very new at it, hopefully with some practice I'll feel as comfortable with it as I am with SE and SS, but right now I could use some help.
  12. If during your testing you downloaded a sequence to the second controller be sure to delete it. You want to download a sequence (that controls both controllers) to only one controller.
  13. This is the first year I have used Windows 10 for my show computer and I have an issue that others might also have. This forum has been so helpful over the years I thought I would give back with the solutions I have found. The problem is Windows 10 does automatic updates to its operating system when it wants to and this often results in a reboot of the system. Even if this reboot does not take place during the show, it leaves the PC waiting for the user to login. If you don't notice this when the next show is suppose to starts, it won't because you haven't logged in. I have three solutions for this. First, set your "active hours" to include your show times. Windows will not update your PC during your active hours. This can be done by going to Settings (right click on the task bar and select Settings) select Update and Security and select Change Active Hours. Note, you can have a maximum of 12 hours active. Second, if you want to stop Windows from doing any updates (and I don't necessarily recommend this) you can go into the network settings and set your WIFI connection to metered. If a WIFI connection is metered, Windows will not download any updates, instead it will notify you that updates are available and you can manually download them when you want. Do this by going into Settings and selecting Network and Internet, select Show Available Networks and select your network and select properties. The last property is Metered Connection. Set this to On. Finally, you can have Windows automatically log you in after a reboot so that the reboot can happen without your intervention. This can be done by holding down the Window key (the button that has the Windows logo on the bottom left corner of the keyboard) and typing R. In the window that pops up type: NETPLWIZ and select OK. At the top of this new window is a box that is checked that says "user must enter a user name and password". Uncheck this and select OK. it will prompt you for your user name and password that will be used to automatically login from now on. I am using the first and third solution and it seems to be working well.
  14. Thanks. I'll move them over and give it a test.
  15. This is the first year that I am using Intensity Data Files and have a question about moving files from on PC to another. I sequence on one PC and have a separate PC for my show. In the past I would move the sequence file (LMS) to the show computer and then using the sequence editor I would point to the audio file and save the sequence. This would create a new LMS file and the compressed file (LCS) which is actually the file used during the show. Now with Intensity Data files, Superstar creates an LID file that is separate from the LMS file, but somehow the sequences knows about this LID file. Do I copy over the LID file and put it in the same folder as the LMS file or do I copy over the SUP file and rerun the Superstar export to create a new LID file? I looked in the sequence editor to see if there was someplace you can specify where the LID file is located but I couldn't find anything.
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