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Al Saunders

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  1. Hey Guys, Updating the firmware did the trick! Created a quick animation sequence of fading up and then down of red, then green and then blue. All colors worked perfect. Thank you so much for the quick help. Love our LOR forum community! Al
  2. Ok, I'm still up and looked at the ordering again and I think its correct but will get the instructions out and double check soon. The color is still BGR and not able to change it. :( Have a great day everyone and stay safe! Al
  3. Hi JR, Thanks for the reply. I checked it out this evening. So it looks like the order is Blue, Green, Red when I use the pixel console. I'm not able to make any changes save in the ordering of the color. The pixel strings I'm using are the 3 wire ws2811 12v 50 pixel strings from LOR. My pixie4 is version 1.04 and I'm using S4 4.4.6 Pro. One other thing that makes me think I have A LOT of work to do is parts of a chase aren't in the order they should be. I ran a sequence I used last Christmas and the all white older sequence looked fine. It was basically just expanding but also have some "exploding" effects that looked cool. I really don't want to open this RGB star back open and have to redo the pixels. I'm hoping that has something to do with a setting. I was very careful to place them properly to Brian Bruderer's instructions. Anyway, it's getting late here in MD so I'm done for the night. LOL Maybe we can talk/text some weekend earlier in the evening? I appreciate your reply and help. Thanks, Al
  4. Happy Memorial Day Everyone. Hope you all are well and staying safe. I am wondering of its normal to have to "set" the color order if using an LOR pixie 4 controller with LOR smart pixels? I'm almost certain I hooked the wires up correctly but will check soon. I used the 4 strings and the controller on my RGB star on top of my new CCR tree last year. Luckily the sequences I had are older ones from Holiday Sequences so they were all white and had the star expanding in just white so it worked. But for this year's show I will be doing some sequencing myself and using at least 1 Superstar sequence that will include RGB star sequences. I have 4 of the white 12v bullet pixels model #12V-WH-BULLET-50-EC from the LOR RGB page. I'll double check on the dip switch but I'm pretty sure I followed JR's instructions on this pixie as I did for the Pixie 16. I appreciate any input given. Have a great day and stay safe. Thanks, Al
  5. Hi Lightingnewb, Those look a lot like the LOR ones here: http://store.lightorama.com/rjwada.html . They work great for Cat 5 cables but the outdoor Cat5 or Cat6 cables that have the larger plugs and shields don't fit inside them as LOR states. I had two Cat6 cables I happened to be using and thought the cable cover would work and it really did. So I only used the actual connector that was inside the LOR plug. Thanks for the info and link though. Have a great day and stay safe. Al
  6. Hi Kurt, Thanks for the reply. After watching several videos one from the company that was about 45 minutes long I got what I was looking for. Not perfect or great but better than my previous videos. I like this software and will keep playing with it and am looking forward to videos next year. Here's a link to it on Vimeo. Again, nothing great but I'm pretty happy with it. Hope everyone had a great turnout and are well. Stay safe. Al
  7. A friend of mine (not an over the top decorator) posted a video he shot of short videos he took with his new drone a few months ago and added audio with the video. He mentioned he worked with Davinci Resolve 17 and that it had a "Learning curve" but was happy with it's results. His video was very cool. I downloaded the free version and have been watching YouTube instructional videos but it seems like it's hard to do multi camera shot videos synched to the song both videos are of. Anyone else use this software? It seems really nice but MAN does it have a bunch of tools! I would love any input on this software. Have a great day/evening and stay safe. Thanks, Al
  8. Congrats JR! Thank you for all your help. 😃 Al
  9. Here it is closed. Worked really well! 👍 Later, Al
  10. I thought I'd share an idea that worked for me this past season. I have a few of the LOR cat5 waterproof connectors and they work great for cat5 cables. But I also have some cat6 cables that have the large plug ends on them. The one I had that went from my red connector at my laptop in the house was too short to make it to my new CCR tree. I have several of these green extension cord covers that I got from Walmart. I only used the actual female to female connector of the whole LOR setup and put them together as shown in the picture. You will notice a tiny bit of water in it. I checked after seeing it and the connector itself was dry. We had some DOWNPOUR rains last month! So it looks like that tiny bit did get in. Plus I didn't do a very good job of making sure it stayed flat nd one end was pointed up a bit. Next year I will make sure to keep it level and may even put a small bag over it. But I wanted to let everyone else know this works for cat6 cables if you have those instead of cat5 cables. I'm going to try and comment and upload the other picture of it closed. Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe! 🙂 Al
  11. Sorry to hear of all of your positive tests. Putting you all in my prayers for a quick and easy recovery! Merry Christmas
  12. Hi Everyone. LOL we do have a large wide yard. I try to use most of it but more focused around the front of our house. We added a CCR tree this year that is at the corner of the sidewalk and driveway at about a 45. No I don't own the field across the road and don't know the owners too well yet. No hard feelings at all but their side gets a little torn up too so I'm trying to stay "under the radar" with them. LOL I did think of that for at least the 4 wheel drive trucks in the area but I'd hate it if they tore up the field. The county is pretty large but luckily the roads department is just outside our town so they are close. We do get snow but not usually until later in the winter, usually January. We do get plowed so I'm thinking the only thing that might work would be try and put some barrier partially in the drainage ditch and then backfill with gravel to try and level off. The other thing is many people realize if they go across the road it sits a bit higher and flatter. The more you pull off on our side, the more the vehicle leans toward the ditch so the driver and driver side passengers in the back can't see as much. Thanks for the feedback guys! Al
  13. Hi Everyone, This is more for us that have our shows/displays in rural settings that don't have full paving and curbs to keep our visitors cars/tires clean. We live along a street that uses tar and chip as pavement and then blends into grass that I maintain even though the county has the "right of way." With the rains we've had, and usually do in December, and the increased volume of visitors the side of our road is TORE UP! LOL I'm probably going to reach out to our county roads department and get some idea as to what we can do for next year. It's too late for this year. It's so bad cars and smaller/nicer SUV's are sitting mostly in the lane and not getting into the muddy area. I hate that the lane is partially blocked. If anyone has had this similar type of problem, what have you done to try and help out the situation? I have flags and some driveway reflector poles marking where the draining ditch is on the side as to prevent them from going too far over. If you Google Map our address of 636 Spaniard Neck Rd. Centreville, MD you'll see what I'm talking about. The image is old but you'll get the idea. I'd appreciate any ideas. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year! 😃 Al
  14. Thanks everyone. I like putting the controllers in bags just to keep them in good condition. I guess my only slight concern was the plastic enclosures for the pixie 4 and pixie 16 controllers. I just didn't know if restricting the airflow would affect them. My CCR tree and pixel star are working great and I have only heard once or twice the fan on the Pixie 16 controller. So I think I'm good to go. 😁 Again, thanks for everyone's input. Al
  15. Hey Everyone, Hope your shows are up and running well. Ours is and we have had a great response from the community! I was wondering if any of you cover your controllers with contractor bags like I do. I use the pro grade metal controllers and have either covered them or completely bagged them with a contractor bag after mounting to a wooden bracket I made. This year we added a CCR tree with the pixel star and I have the pixie 4 enclosure and pixie 16 enclosure mounted one under the other and inside a contractor bag. I do have bungee type cords holding the bag close in at the top and bottom of the bag. My question in regards to the pixie enclosures being bagged is, is it ok that not as much ventilation gets to the whole setup? I know all the controllers are weather tight and rather waterproof standing upright but i like to keep them in nice condition. We are in MD so heat this time of year isn't a concern. Thanks, Al
  16. Hi Rhonda, What are you looking for the CCR tree to be doing or how would you want the "Lights" to look after your show/songs are done? I may not be able to get to it for a few days but I may be able to help you out. Please let me know. Al
  17. Hi Dkoehler42, I recently installed gutter guards so my previous way of hanging lights with normal plastic clips won't work any more. I found some 'S' hooks at Lowe's. I'm sorry I don't remember the size and I've thrown away all the bags. They came in bags of 2 pieces and the color on the bags was purple if that helps. The gutter guards I used were the metal Amerimax ones. The S hooks are just small enough to fit in the openings of the gutter guards. I took pliers and channel locks and opened the S hooks a bit. A little more for the gutter end and closer on the light string side so the strings wouldn't blow out easily. Hopefully you have a similar guard and not the tight mesh kind. I hope this helps as it worked for me. Al
  18. Hi JR. Thanks for the reply and info. You've helped me before and I have your phone number. I'll text you sp you can send me that video when you get the chance. Thanks, Al
  19. Hi Everyone, This will be our first year with a CCR tree. I'm using the LOR CCR-II 16 tree kit. We got it up last night and i had the strips mounted to 1/2 PVC pipe, basically the same setup as Brian Bruderer has in his video on his Superstar lights website. Now that we have the center pole, mounting bracket and RGB star all attached I don't want to have to take it apart again. Other than for any pixel repairs. My brother in law and I had thought about coming up with a ceiling mounting system in my garage but the ceiling is at least 10' tall. Now that we know the weight of this thing all put together we realize trying to lift it up that high using ladders will be very difficult. So to everyone that has a CCR tree and uses a center post and PVC pipe to attach the ribbons to how do you store yours? My wife and I are planning a me getting/having a new shed built and I have told her I really need it to be about 16' wide by about 24' long. I am thinking of having one wall be pretty much dedicated to hanging this CCR tree on it's side. But I'd like to others ideas and thoughts. OK, gotta get back outside and get more things setup. 😄 Thanks everyone, Al
  20. Hey Everyone, Thanks for the comments. I talked it over with my wife and we are passing on handing out candy canes this year also. She was OK with me going out and saying Hi and thanking visitors for stopping by to see our lights from at least 6' away so I'll do that as much as I can. It is disappointing as since we moved here three years ago I've been able to interact with visitors and hand out some candy canes. Oh well, I'm praying things will be back to normal next year. Have a great evening/day. Thanks, Al
  21. To everyone who normally gives out candy canes or any other type of "treats" to visitors of your display, are you planning on giving them out this year as normal? Since moving into our new home 3 years ago I started interacting with visitors some evenings and giving out regular and mini candy canes. I want to do this again this year but with the whole Covid thing not sure it's the best idea. I can easily wipe each individually wrapped mini candy cane with a disinfecting wipe but not sure how it would be perceived. Anyone that normally gives out treats have any ideas? Hope everyone is well. 😄 Thanks, Al
  22. Welcome back Kevin! Glad to see this. Thanks, Al
  23. Great, thanks for this awesome discount. I got in on this yesterday. Cool idea for a discount percentage. 😃 Even though I'm on the East Coast, go Raiders! Thanks, Al
  24. Hi Holidaddict, Welcome to our addiction! 😁 I would suggest starting mostly the way I did. The best thing probably would be a starter package that the software, at least one controller, cables and connector are included. You'll end up wanting to upgrade later which is easy. Since you are using mostly regular incan lights a starter package is perfect. Once you have this setup all you'll need to do is buy some sequences from the LOR sequence store and you'll be up and running this year. Just remember if you do go this route to make sure you decorate the 4X4 method LOR sequences. This isn't for everyone and I didn't do it that way in the beginning but i do now and it makes pre-bought sequences look great. My first 2 years of having our show I used sequences I bought before i learned how to sequence myself. As Euro 92 mentioned it may be late in the year to try and learn sequencing and get several songs/sequences done by this Christmas. But using sequences you bought the first year would be the best way to go. IMHO. One thing I've learned over the years is that you'll be your own worst critic. As you learn the software and then get into the pixel world you'll definitely need to upgrade the software and use the red connector. Have fun and remember what the great Chuck Smith says: "We're making life long memories." Al
  25. I too am adding the LOR CCRII tree kit this year. I already have several superstar sequences for it. As for the RGB star I'd suggest buying the one from Brian Bruderer. Here is the link for it. www.superstarlights.com/SuperStarConstruction/RGBStarPurchase.php He also sells the mounting plate and drop down bracket to mount the CCR's to. I got it but haven't put it together yet. Looks to be very good quality and Brian packs it very well. Hope this helps. Have a great day and stay safe. Al
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