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Everything posted by caniac

  1. my stuff is in xLights so it might only confuse you. With FPP its just load and go, you don't need to learn Linux to work with it. you should have to mess with the GPIO connections, just add the PiHat and connect your panels (remember the panels are 5V so don't use a 12V power supply or you will see blue smoke). In FPP you just setup the static IP, then setup your output tab (how many panels you are using, how they are connected, etc.). There is an FPP Facebook group with tons of help.
  2. for the time being a P4 is overkill, the 3B+ will more than handle either the colorlight card or PiHat. Scrolling words can be done with a widget in xLights or I would think S5 has something similar (that's the easy part). If you just testing then the Pi and PiHat are the cheaper/easier route to go. I run a 4ft x 4ft and a 3ft x 6ft matrixes in my show and for my application the colorlight card gives me a richer color palette (based on my viewing distance).
  3. look to be a pixel grid with one inch spacing, there are several ways to build a matrix, one involves pushing pixels in a pixel mesh and the other using pixel panels (P10 and P5). Panels are a tighter grid (10mm and 5mm respectively). Decision comes down to viewing distance, if your audience is 10-20ft away then the panels are a better choice but at 50ft or more then the mesh has its merits.
  4. I went with a Digital Storm gaming PC mostly for multiple monitor support, 500mb SSD drive, and a 2TB secondary drive for my backups. i7 processor but might have been better off with an i9 though others say the AMD Ryzen chip is faster/better. Spent more than I would have had I gone to BestBuy/WalMart but am happy with my purchase.
  5. I've gone the P10 route, allows me to not only change station on a dime but add messages.
  6. yup "What does the fox say" by Yelvis. Had more than a few flaws in it but shared it none the less. It's funny to see some of those running it now and the flaws are still there!!
  7. Look around at glass/window companies, you can get lexan in any size you want. In my case I had to drive a couple of hours but I was able to get what I needed and they cut it for me (needed it 54" x 54"). you can find raspberry Pi's at Amazon for $35. FPP is a free download and there is no shortage of help configuring it.
  8. there is a Facebook group dedicated to all things P10 and P5
  9. WiredWatts is where I have gotten mine. Crocketts is currently out of stock. If your going big you might also want to check with RayWu.
  10. pixel matrix is something I am building this year for a different application. No real difference in sequencing, to the software its the same item (only difference is the spacing). Tighter the pixel spacing the better the video looks. All a tv really does is display a video on a much tighter pixel grid. Pixel matrix is currently put away. Video needs a device that supports its resolution, doing patterns and designs is low resolution graphics and plays well on pixel matrixes.
  11. at that distance I would stick with P10, no benefit to use P5.
  12. its not a tv but a P10 panel running 720p video. Big difference is the spacing, the hanging panels I posted are one inch spacing which is the tightest you will find with bullet pixels. P10 is 10mm spacing.
  13. somewhere I have pics of my P10 build. It was 8 panels high by 4 wide. Cost me $400 to build, a lot of bang for the buck.
  14. my show using a P10, located central in display
  15. should just use the video widget for that and tell it what video to play on S5 or use video for your audio on S4.
  16. two factors to consider when building a matrix, 1) viewing distance and 2) content resolution. you have two methods to use based on this. If your viewing distance is 100ft+ then you might look at the pixel "nets/panels" that are currently out there. I have used the Boscoyo products with great success. Only down side I see is pixel density, they are 1 inch spacing and depending on the size you have to push the pixels. First ten pixels are fun to push but when you get to pixel 10,000 your thumbs might hurt a bit. Because of the one inch spacing there are limits on the resolution of the content you send (might be ok with cartoons and standard definition). P5/P10 (the 5 and 10 signify the millimetres distance from one pixel to the next) panels offer another option if your viewing distance is less than 100ft. They are purchased by panel and start at $11 for one 6" x 12" panel. The beauty of this product is that you can clip 96 of these together and they can be controlled with a Raspberry Pi (costing $35) and running FPP) and a color light board ($25). P10 panels can handle 720p content and P5 panels can handle 1080p. Panels are cheaper than bullets and IMO easier to setup config. One strand of bullets (50 pixels) is around $19 of 38 cents a pixel and you have to push into a panel. One P10 panel is $11 and has 512 pixels (at a cost of around three cents per pixel), either plug into your colorlight board or into the next board depending on your configuration. One P5 panel is around $17 and has 2,048 pixels in them for a cost of around a penny per pixel. I currently run two P10's and a P5. They work great and are easy to setup. Only issue with any matrix IMO is how and where to mount, weather and your location can be a factor.
  17. images are drag and drop, tree is 16 x 150, will post video at Halloween. Have to figure out how to add this:
  18. I agree, Ray stands behind his product. I have never heard anything bad, I also use HLE and WiredWatts - they are top notch vendors. in my 13+ years in this hobby I have only had issues with maybe two vendors.
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