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  1. 2 minutes ago, Obejohnknobe said:

    Thank you Caniac!

    I had already purchased the Pi 4 last April and hopes of understanding the mini computer with Linux.  This project came along and seemed to make the most sense for the Pi use and have a pi hat with GPIO connections for the panels.  If you are saying the ColorLight will help with the color, then it is an option.  The matrix I will be running is 128 by 64 with four  P5 panels maybe a 2' X 1' size total and will be about 30' from the side of the road for easy viewing distance.  I do have S5 but run S4 for my display.  Tried S5 and have not transferred my show yet as this is also one of my learning projects for the year.

    Everyone is saying the scrolling words are the easy part but no one has shown or provided a link where I can see how it is accomplished so I can try it.  Do you have a way or link you could provide so I can learn, please?



    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. 9 hours ago, AZ Griswolds said:

    So are the screens with the pirates like a matrix display or pixel wall? I'm a newbie and am fascinated!!!!! What are the dimensions of these displays and what are you figuring rough cost in supplies to build these?

    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. 7 hours ago, rgardner518 said:

    With all your help I think I have decided to go with P5 if I do a matrix board.

    I'm thinking lexan comes in the biggest 48"x96". So I think I can do 7x7 and still have play for frame around it. But I think that number will not work out. So I may have to do 6x7...I fear I maybe stuck do 6x6. I want to go a big as possible. But it seams where I'm having issues is finding a clear piece of plexiglass product to cover the front to waterproof. Unless I do a seam down the middle, and that would look like [Foul Language Used]!

    Now...how do I control it? What Im seeing on YouTube is something about raspberry controller software that's NOT lor. Im sorry but I want to stay with lor! So i dont know what do do.

    Any opinions?

    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.

  6. 9 hours ago, rgardner518 said:

    I see some say indoor rated and some say outdoor rated. Does it "really" have to be outdoor rated? I say this because we all know not everything we use in our displays are outdoor rated...vampire plugs is just an example of something not outdoor rated and we ALL use them on our displays for years, lol.

    Saw this video that if I build something like that allows me to get indoor P10's.

    So now to find a P10 chat about how boards are made. Any advice?

    there is a Facebook group dedicated to all things P10 and P5

  7. 1 minute ago, rgardner518 said:

    So you have a pixel matrix seen the the one video and a p10 seen in the other.

    What's easier to build?

    What's easier to sequence?

    Do you by change have video of the Pixel Matrix displaying video? Most display patterns and designs. But would love to see how video looks on it.

    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.

  8. 2 minutes ago, rgardner518 said:

    How many p10 panels? See that looks like a TV.

    Anyone have the same thing, but done with pixels I can see difference?

    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.

  9. 13 hours ago, rgardner518 said:

    Just found this and I have an idea on what your all talking about but the terminology I'm lost on. Anyone willing to guide a newbie?

    I would love to build a matrix and display video.

    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.

  10. 1 hour ago, k6ccc said:

    So far in 9 years, I have never had a problem with anything from Ray, but you are right, there are advantages to getting locally.  I have gone with Ray Wu because of price - although some of the local sources have gotten close enough.  This year I have bought 3,300 pixels from Ray, but also 500 C9 pixels from Holiday Lights Express and some strips from Wired Watts.


    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.

  11. 10 minutes ago, PhilMassey said:

    One of the best Mythbusters I recall, was on debunking fake moonlanding claims. Well done and funny. Of course, the idiots that really believe it was a fake will never ever be convinced otherwise.

    And now, back to your regularly scheduled post.



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