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  1. Anyone using AlphaPix controllers should be aware that you cannot use null pixels and any Zig function simultaneously. I helped HolidayCoro identify and reproduce this bug last season, and I've not seen a firmware update to correct this.
  2. dougd, Boom! That worked . Thanks.
  3. I have two Facebook pages, my personal one and one for Rollie and Dan. When I'm surfing outside Facebook (say in Safari) and come across a news article that I think Rollie and Dan might want to share and comment on, I can't seem to do it. When I click to share on Facebook, it always tries to post to my personal feed with no choice of how to login to Facebook. Am I missing something?
  4. I believe I've encountered a serious bug in the AlphaPix firmware ZIG function. AlphaPix 4, of which I have two, will not work if you use the Zig function AND you have null pixels in line. Holiday Coro has suggested a workaround which I have not tried yet. But Holiday Coro didn't actually admit to testing the bug or confirming that an AlphaPix board will function properly with BOTH Zig and Nulls in use. They just said they hadn't heard of any issues. I find it unlikely that I got the only two boards that malfunction when both nulls and zig exist. What appears to happen is the zig will start counting at the first pixel in line, rather than the first ACTIVE pixel. So your matrix display will be off zig by the number of null pixels you declared, in my case 4 null pixels. Their workaround is to change the start address from channel 1 to channel 13 ( 3 RGB channels x 4 null pixels = 12 channels of null). My ultimate workaround will be to relocate the board and power supply so null pixels will not be needed. Anyone considering a Holiday Coro controller should get this clarified before committing to purchase. MOVED FROM INCORRECT FORUM 6NOV2017 UPDATE: Just informed by HC that this bug has been confirmed and firmware update is in the works. I can heartily recommend these boards if new firmware is provided, or if null and zig are NOT required simultaneously The output drivers on these boards are blazing! I've gone 30 feet from the board without null pixels! Of course, your results depend on the wire, routes, and area interference you may encounter. But way better than my Sandevices can do.
  5. I believe I've encountered a serious bug in the AlphaPix firmware ZIG function. AlphaPix 4, of which I have two, will not work if you use the Zig function AND you have null pixels in line. Holiday Coro has suggested a workaround which I have not tried yet. But Holiday Coro didn't actually admit to testing the bug or confirming that an AlphaPix board will function properly with BOTH Zig and Nulls in use. They just said they hadn't heard of any issues. I find it unlikely that I got the only two boards that malfunction when both nulls and zig exist. What appears to happen is the zig will start counting at the first pixel in line, rather than the first ACTIVE pixel. So your matrix display will be off zig by the number of null pixels you declared, in my case 4 null pixels. Their workaround is to change the start address from channel 1 to channel 13 ( 3 RGB channels x 4 null pixels = 12 channels of null). My ultimate workaround will be to relocate the board and power supply so null pixels will not be needed. Anyone considering a Holiday Coro controller should get this clarified before committing to purchase.
  6. I'm 69. I'm expecting a magic year.
  7. Paul O'Neil, founder of the Trans Siberian Orchestra, has passed away at age 61. Thought you should know.
  8. I'm thinking of wrapping some small tree shaped shrubs in smart pixels. What's the best choice? Up and down like a mega tree? Or spiral around like string lights? Or some other method? What do you think will give me the most flexibility. Keep in mind that these are too small, say 50 to 100 pixels on the shrub, to be effective as matrices.
  9. There seems to be a recurring impression that bacon is bad for you and your heart. Turns out, the deadliest thing in that BLT is the bread! I'm serious. Not only that, lard is actually not bad. Reference: "Why We Get Fat and What to do About It" by Gary Taubes. I lost 24 pounds by eating man food. Meat...good. Flour and sugar....bad.
  10. After the great response this year (everybody says Merry Christmas now instead of "Happy Holidays"), managed to take down all the pixicles from the roof. The ground props can be done anytime, even in bad weather. It was COLD on the roof! Should have made the penguins do that work. Winter depression setting in as snow is on the way and no lights or music anymore. Time to start bugging LOR for new software! Haha!
  11. Maybe he means Kopi Luwak coffee. Finest kind!
  12. if the fans are kicking in, it means the supply is reaching high enough temperatures to need them. I got a replacement for one of mine at Newegg.com. Lots of choices there.
  13. Windows 10 (Home edition) annoyingly downloads updates and reboots the computer when it thinks you're not looking. This is a well documented incurable hazard which leaves the show computer not running the show and the happy little message "Windows has updated your computer." If I shut off wifi and internet connections, it just locks up until internet is restored. Is there a way to build a task or batch that will load the LOR control panel/listener and start up my schedule automatically when the computer restarts?
  14. Whoa! I have to correct myself here! This is the first season running Win10 on the show computer. I noticed that every morning, it was totally locked up. Even though all sleep and power down modes were disabled and automatic updates were off, I suspected it was stalled waiting for internet access. When I say locked, I mean LOCKED. Not even ctrl-alt-del worked. No response from mouse or keyboard. It had to be unplugged to power it down and reboot. Turned on wifi, and thus internet access, and it hasn't stalled in several days. So maybe Win10 MUST have internet?
  15. How is the preview info saved in PE? I have Xmas eve sarajevo on my show computer and had to make a change to a prop. I saved that as a preview with a new name. Now I want to transfer that preview to my programming computer, so I copied every file of xmas eve sarajevo to a thumb drive and then onto the programming computer. When I load the sequence into PE on the programming computer, it comes up with the old preview file. Why didn't the new preview follow? Do I need to import it? How?
  16. Every year we go through this. If you want a tiny bit more range, just extend the antenna wire that came with your transmitter. In many cases the transmitter is overpowered but complies by shortening the antenna. There are NO empty bands in my area, so I just step on a very weak foreign language station. So far, no men in black have knocked on my door.
  17. Once the computer is up for the season, I turn off the wifi. I also tell it never to sleep. The only network windows sees is the LOR Ethernet with no internet connection. So it can't do any updates without me there.
  18. I have a Sandevices board, a Holidaycoro board, a Servodog board, and several LOR boards. Is it best to put a timer on them, or leave them powered 24-7 during the season? Is it potentially harmful to leave them powered when not in use? Discuss!
  19. There were hints earlier of a major update coming next year. Since LOR is usually closed mouthed about plans, I suspect this is pretty far along or they wouldn't hint. As for now, PE is a first pass by LOR at producing software for pixel programming. As such it is a bit light on effects and cumbersome to use. But there are quite a few choices already and you can overlay or mix them together. It takes a bit of thought, experimentation and perseverance, but I've been able to get a lot of what I envisioned using PE alone. For rooflines, I suspect the curtain and meteor effects will be your friend. I also wonder if you can declare your roofline string to be a matrix of one row and 900 columns (or however pixels long the whole thing is). That might open up some strange and wonderful effects. Try them all and have fun.
  20. Wow! You nailed it. That is exactly what's happening. You can only run more than one universe per output if the universe is completely populated. I switched to one universe per output and it worked fine. Ordered a second board so I should be running soon.
  21. I thought Sony Vegas was like $400? I use Cyberlink PowerDirector 14 for like under a hundred bucks. I haven't seen anything it couldn't do unless you're making a feature film for international release.
  22. I would actually love to set max channels per universe to 510, but I don't see anywhere that I can do that. Holidaycoro says I need to do it in my application. But I don't see any way to tell PE what to do with universe size. PE just talks to whatever channels I set up in my prop. Simplify this way: If I have a prop with just 3 pixels. PE will talk to 3 pixels. If I put a second prop of 3 pixels on the same output, PE will try and talk to 3 pixels in U1 and 3 pixels in U2. I can tell the controller there are only 3 pixels in U1 and 3 pixels in U2 and it will STILL pop two blank pixels into the start of U2. Everybody assumes universes are 512 pixels and I can't figure out how to change that.
  23. From the product description for the Alphapix 4 on Holidaycoro.com: Per Output - Up to 680 pixels / 4 DMX universes It may only do two correctly though. I'll be testing that tomorrow. My workaround will be to add two pixels to the display and leave them dangling blank behind the matrix.
  24. There may indeed be a problem with more than one universe per output on an Alphapix. I have four universes on output one on an Alphapix 4. At the transition between U1 and U2, the board is inserting two null pixels. These pixels light up in test mode, but never in a sequence. At the transition between U2 and U3, I now see 4 null pixels. The error seems cumulative. The error is consistent whether the sequence is from PE, SE, or Xlights. I have a ticket open with Holidaycoro, but so far I got a form letter showing me how to number universes. I wrote back and I'm waiting <crickets>
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