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Steven

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  1. That was the answer I was looking for. Thank you very much!
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. Thanks, that did work (after I closed and opened the sequence).
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. I was looking for a way to transfer the saved zoom positions from one sequence to another.
  11. Have you considered saving the zoom level in the Grid Configuration Export file?
  12. I'd like to point out that I was offering my opinion for the benefit of the OP, as an alternative approach.
  13. I just discovered a neat S5 feature: You can set a different Preview zoom and position for each different grid view. This is very nice for a display like mine that is composed of 5 different houses. I have a different grid view for each house, and just notice that if I zoom into that house while viewing its grid view, it automatically switches to the same zoom position when I go back to that grid view later. Neat! However, it doesn't seem to happen every time. Is this an intentional feature? Is this setting stored in the Grid Configuration (export), or is it internal to the machine I'm using when sequencing?
  14. I have a background sequence that keeps a channel on with inflatables and other stuff. If I update a sequence (or even worse, the Preview), the show player will stop everything while it converts and compresses that sequence. During this time, it seems to stop the background sequence, and even stops sending heartbeats on the network, meaning all the lights, inflatables, radio receiver, etc. shut down for a while. This is not a disaster, but it happens near the beginning of the show when we are most likely to be watching. I don't mind the show pausing for a bit, but it would be really nice to keep the static stuff on. This would mean the show player would still send heartbeats to keep the channels turned on. Is that possible?
  15. If you want both versions on one machine, your options are a container (like docker), or a VM.
  16. The best way to do it between different songs is to use a timing grid based on the beat, for both songs. Then copy and paste by cell.
  17. Get something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-ThinkCentre-Professional-Certified-Refurbished/dp/B075FHNZC8 for less than $200. Put it in your garage (with a UPS), and put in on your home LAN so you can transfer sequences to it. Do your sequencing on your laptop, and transfer the sequences to your mini computer over the network.
  18. Is this a 4-color super string? If so, I would recommend making a single prop of shape "Lines-Connected", 1 segment, "Traditional", type "Channel per color", then select the colors in that super string. If it's really 4 separate props, distinct from one another, you can select the prop from the list on the left, then move it either using the mouse, or by "nudging" it using the arrow keys.
  19. How do you do this when you sequence on a different computer from the show computer? If you copy 1 .loredit sequence to the show computer does it update the Preview for all the other sequences, or do you have to export and import the Preview on the show computer?
  20. If your new channels don't match exactly, I found a solution: I created my Preview from scratch, because I never did a Visualization. Make a copy of the Preview, named "Old..."; Change the channels to match the S4 sequence. Import the S4 sequence to the "Old..." sequence. Switch the Preview to the current.
  21. That's how I was doing it, but since I have over a dozen of these, that was a lot of copy and pasting. My new way seems to migrate all the channels at the same time.
  22. I hate to be difficult, but isn't this what timing marks are for?
  23. I found a solution. It appears that importing from an S4 RGB channel to a S5 multi-channel string just doesn't work. The solution is to do it in 2 steps: First, I created a copy of my Preview in which I changed the multi-channel RGBW strings to a dumb RGB string + a white string. Then I used this "Old Christmas" preview to convert the S4 sequence. Finally, I changed the preview to the "Christmas" preview, and the channels got migrated correctly.
  24. I use the shutdown sequence to play an announcement that says: "The show is finished for tonight. Come back tomorrow at 5:30 to see it play again." I also have a few channels (like the "Tune Radio to..." sign) that I want on for the entire show, but I want to flash on my "Christmas Dance Party" sequences. I do this by setting the show to leave channels on at the end of sequences, so the radio sign stays on while the next sequence is loaded. Because of this, like you, my shutdown sequence has to turn it off. It also runs a Windows command that sends a home automation signal to turn the outdoor security lights back on.
  25. Rainwater does not conduct electricity very well. It's when it gets dirty (such as a first rain) when it conducts and causes ground faults. If your props (and controller) are off the ground and can drain properly, they may stop tripping the GFCI after a heavy rain washes the dirt away. When you have a trip, shut down the show and reset the GFCI's. Then run the hardware utility and turn on the channels one at a time. This may help you find the problem channel. When it rains here, the problem channel is the string of candlesticks (probably because when I created it in 2007(!) I used crimp butt joints instead of solder and shrink tubing). So when it rains, I unplug that one prop (4 channels) and the rest of the show goes on. I use 4 GFCI outlets in my display. The more you can distribute the possible ground fault current, the better.
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