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  1. When you open a sequence with an embedded image, it saves that image in a cache so that it sticks around even after you close the sequence. (You may need to keep the Sequencer open, however.) At this point, you can use that same image in another sequence, and it will be saved (embedded) in both sequences.
  2. I save my sequences to DropBox, and copy them to the Light-O-Rama Sequences directory on the show computer when they are ready. In S5, I am starting to use the ability to switch between Motion Effects and SuperStar Effects in the same sequence. The issue is that while the SuperStar data is stored in the .loredit file, it won't play unless the .AVI file is also present. Switching between Motion Effects and SuperStar multiple times produces multiple .AVI files per sequence. Also, it appears that when you edit one of the SuperStar Effects in a sequence, it generates a new .AVI file with a new name. This means I have a mix of old and current .AVI files in my Sequences directory. Since I'm cheap, and don't pay for my basic DropBox account, keeping all the old .AVI files will eventually fill up my DropBox quota, and I don't like to keep old things around if I don't need them. If I don't bother to put the .AVI files in the DropBox folder, I can recreate them on the show computer, but the only way I found to do this is to open each SuperStar Effect individually. Is there a way to run a command, or tell the show player to generate the .AVI files from the SuperStar Effects? Is there a way to scan my Sequences folder and separate the .AVI files into current and unused?
  3. While it may be overkill, I run my show from a computer, so I bought a PowerUSB, which is a power strip that can be controlled by running a command on the computer. I use empty sequences that run Windows commands: One sequence is named "radioon" and one is named "radio off". Those sequences are loaded from the Startup and Shutdown parts of my show.
  4. There is a possibility that the RS-485 driver chip is bad, in that it can receive, but not transmit. The solid light means that the controller is receiving the heartbeat signal from the computer. To make sure, exit the hardware utility while the light is on, and it should start flashing. If you have more than one controller, then swap the RS-485 driver chip if you have the version in which the chip is in a socket. It's an 8-pin chip. I had a RS-485 driver chip fail in this manner. We used the controller throughout the season, because it could still receive and control lights, and we replaced the chip afterwards.
  5. In the Sequencer, right-click on the prop name, and select "Add/Modify Motion Effect Rows". When the dialog appears, click on "+ Add", then "Save".
  6. There are many places in my display where the controller is mounted so close to the prop, that I can just plug it in without using an extension cord. For example, if you're building a 16-channel mega tree, put the controller in the middle of the tree and run 1 extension cord to the controller. Not only will you have less cords to route and trip over, you will probably end up saving money.
  7. If you purchase a SuperStar sequence from @BrianBruderer, it will come as a .SUP file, with instructions on how to insert it into your sequence. When you convert a .LMS or .LAS file, if there is also a .LPE file, it will be merged into the .LOREDIT file. The last time I looked, the show player will convert the .LOREDIT file into a stripped-down .LMS file, which is saved in an internal directory and used to play the sequence. It may also be further converted into a .LCS file. This makes your show run faster (after the 1st time, at least).
  8. We've gone through the same thing. At first, it seemed that S5 was too complicated and didn't fit my display, but after many months of using it, I finally started liking it more than S4. The biggest conversion issue for me was that I didn't use a visualization for S4, since I figured I knew where all the channels were in my head. S5 forces you to make a preview, so I figured I might as well do it right. Now that's done, it makes sequencing easier.
  9. In the Sequencer, when you double-click on the SS effect and it launches SuperStar, does it give you a warning that the audio file is too short for the effects and thus some effects won't be seen? If that is the case, then the effects are still there, you just need to lengthen the effect in the Sequencer. To do this, you can enable drag edges and drag the right edge from 2:20 to 3:40, or use the "Repeat" tool to lengthen the effect. A screenshot of your Sequencer, showing the SS effect at about 2:20 would help diagnose this. Edit: Just read what @k6ccc said above.
  10. I have not noticed any difference between 5.6.0 and 5.6.4. There is no reason not to do a minor upgrade like this, especially since most of it is bug fixes.
  11. In S4 each sequence had its own set of channels, which could be different for each sequence. In S5 the channels are not conceptually in the sequence, but are in the Preview, and each sequence points to the Preview that it's going to use. I assume your Preview includes the matrix and all the other channels. When you open your S4 sequence with S5, it will go through the import procedure where it asks you which preview you want to use. You will select your current preview. Now you will have 2 S5 sequences. Both will use the same preview, but one will have effects in the matrix, and the other will have effects in the other channels. Now you can simply copy and paste the effects from one sequence to the other, and end up with a sequence that has all the effects you want.
  12. Follow up question: My "Wizards in Winter" is 2:17 minutes long, because I edited out the (somewhat repetitive) section from 0:44 to 1:29.3. My plan was to create a full-length sequence with the SuperStar sequence in the Motion Effects row, then copy the section from 1:29.3 to the end and paste it into my shorter sequence at 0:44. The trouble is that the portion I copy starts from the beginning of the SuperStar sequence. How do I copy a portion of a SuperStar sequence that starts at an arbitrary point in time? Edit: Never mind. I figured it out. It seems that copying a SS effect in the Sequencer always copies all the SS effects, even if you copy only a portion of the row. The solution is to go back to the original SS sequence; delete the effects from the beginning; select the remaining effects; cut them; and paste them to the beginning. Then exit and they will appear at the correct time in the Sequencer.
  13. That was the solution. I completely missed that item from the Tools menu. I'll have to look closer next time.
  14. I have a 24x50 pixel tree (with a 6-RGB-channel star, but I end up sequencing that separately). I'm redoing Wizards in Winter, so I just purchased from @BrianBruderer (thank you very much), his sequence for a 24x50 tree. However, this sequence includes a globe on top. I attempted to insert this sequence into an S5 sequence by: Used the Sequencer create a new sequence with the appropriate music file, with my preview that includes my pixel tree. Went to the row for the pixel tree and selected the entire row (with 'r'). Right-clicked and selected "Insert SuperStar Effect..." (I could have typed Shift-S.) When SuperStar came up, opened the file "WizardsInWinter_24x50Tree_8RowGlobe_archive.sup". Closed SuperStar. When it asked if I wanted to save changes, I clicked "Yes". The SuperStar sequence now appeared in the S5 Sequencer, however... It appears the top 15 rows of my pixel tree are from the "Globe" section of the sequence, and the bottom 15 rows are lost. When SuperStar was up, I attempted to select all the effects and shift them up 15 rows, but this only works for the scenes. I can't figure out how to select all the morphs.
  15. That was the answer I was looking for. Thank you very much!
  16. I have a 360° pixel tree and a small (13x16 pixel) PNG file that I want to rotate around the tree. I tried the "Picture" motion effect, with "Movement" set to "right", but that makes the picture get cropped at the start and end of the rotation. How do I make it continuously rotate around while always showing the entire picture?
  17. I've already solved that problem. The LOR channel operates a relay that is wired to the "fog" button on the fog machine. I turn the fog machine's power on when Halloween starts. It's an inexpensive Gemmy fog machine. I already have a motion sensor connected to an LOR controller input that operates a magic toy sequence that operates the fog machine. I was asking specifically about using a subsequence in S5. The question is: When the running sequence turns the subsequence off, does that turn off all channels that the subsequence controls, or does it leave them at whatever level they were when the subsequence was interrupted by the main sequence? I'm going to test this, I just thought someone would know.
  18. My Halloween display includes a fog machine that is controlled by a relay connected to a channel in an interactive sequence triggered by a motion detector. This means the trick-or-treaters get fog when they come up the walkway. I've been doing this for years and the teenagers love it. Because I want to have a little smog even when no one shows up for a while, I have the fog machine also triggered briefly by one of the musical sequences. I only include the "fog" channel in the 1 sequence so that the other sequences don't turn it off whenever they start. In S4, I did this by adding a fog channel to just the one sequence. However, in S5, to do it that way, I would have to create a 2nd preview with the fog channel added, which means whenever I make a change to the preview, I would have to change both of them. I'm now experimenting with a new way. In the sequence that has fog, I include a sub-sequence that runs a "fog" sequence, which has a preview with a single "fog" channel. My question is: After I run the sub-sequence from the main sequence for 7 seconds, and the main sequence continues with the song for 2 minutes, does the "fog" channel get turned off when the main sequence turns the sub-sequence off? Or does the channel stay at whatever state it was when the sub-sequence stops?
  19. To rephrase, if you are connecting from a USB port to an ELL only, you must use a USB adapter with booster, such as the USB485B or the USB485-ISO. Neither the USB485 or the USB485-HS will power an ELL. To verify that your ELL is getting power, remove the cover, plug it in, and check the LED status lights on the ELL circuit board.
  20. When RGB channels were first introduced, many versions ago, I thought they were appropriate to use for my RGB and RGBW superstrings. Now that v5 has the ability to create a "Traditional" string, with a channel per color, I am switching to that, because it better reflects reality. However, something strange happens when I switch using "Assign Different Preview" with v5.5.16 and I don't know what I should do to fix it. Will someone else please try this to see if it just me? Open the following sequence: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tx9xkkr0dl2k5qy/White Christmas.loredit?dl=0 Note the color changes on channels like "Bush 1", "955 City Tree East", and other props with similar names. Now import this preview: https://www.dropbox.com/s/r9rmmw7k81nykfp/Christmas 2021.lorprev?dl=0 and assign it to the sequence. Use "Auto-match by Channel", because the channels are the same. After the assignment to the new preview, look at the "955 City Tree East" channels. The channels are the same as before, but the effects are completely different, and most are gone. Before assignment: After assignment: The channels have not changed (Aux A, controller 11, channels 7,8,9). Where did the effects go? My workaround is to make a copy of the sequence before the assignment, then change the assignment, then copy/paste between the old and new. But I have to copy/paste 10 different props, which is tedious. Isn't there an easier way?
  21. Thanks, that did work (after I closed and opened the sequence).
  22. I tried, but it copied as one single-color channel. I suspect this is a bug in the converter, which has trouble with many of my channels. Let me show you the problem: Using v5.5.16 (or something close), take this file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/35jrfnnc3tqum2o/Rockin Around the Christmas Tree Test.lms?dl=0 and open it, using this preview: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j1asoc6ouhsgjp7/Old Christmas.lorprev?dl=0 Then, switch to this preview: https://www.dropbox.com/s/r9rmmw7k81nykfp/Christmas 2021.lorprev?dl=0 Now, the channel in question "@ Bush 1" will be in this state, where you can see the individual colors, but you can't expand or copy them. I found a workaround: I renamed the original LMS sequence (as above), and opened it with the first ("Old Christmas") preview. Then I could expand the RGB channels, and was able to copy them and paste into the new ("Christmas 2021") sequence. It's tedious, but I figure I only have to do this once (for each sequence). If I had 50 sequences, I would keep working to find a better way to automate the conversion, but this will do for now.
  23. I have a sequence that was converted from a v4 LMS file saved 5 years ago. The conversion was done yesterday with v5.5.16. It produced this RGB Archived prop named "Bush 1" as seen in the attached screenshot. I'd like to be able to copy/paste from the individual red, green, and blue channels that make up "Bush 1", but I can't figure out how to expand it. Can someone help?
  24. I was looking for a way to transfer the saved zoom positions from one sequence to another.
  25. Have you considered saving the zoom level in the Grid Configuration Export file?
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