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Ron Boyd

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  1. This is for Brian,

    When double click on an older .sup  file to open, when Superstar is not open, it kills the program. (Screen Snip is attached. These are last year's files. It may be that I'm trying to open from Dropbox. However, when I open these from within the LOR folder, they open fine. 

    It may just be that the software is looking for the LOR folder. It did not do this last year when the same procedure was used.

    It's not a problem, I can open it fine from the SS menu, it's just annoying. 

    Just something to look at for next year.

    Yes, I'm still using 4.4. I might transfer over to S5 if time allows this year.

    SSS Bug.PNG

  2. Question, S5 related. I will have a minimum of 3 sup files to get into the S5 Sequencer for each 2018 sequence. Copy and paste did not work as expected. Have I missed something? When I create a blank sequence, I import the lms file from the SS export. How do I get the other data in the blank sequence?

  3. 25 minutes ago, Dennis Laff said:

    Ron you might want to look at Ron's Holiday Lighting he has a small controller for the p10 panels that connect to E-31 directly to the P10 panels  however he is out of stock till sometime In January  I'm going to try his board for small tune to sign 4 panels

    Thanks. My P10 Panels are complete except for the enclosure. I used Darrell Pelligrin's, CFOL P10 PiHat. I have one of Ron's for a backup.

  4. My SS is at 160 License. I can actually use SS, but mostly for Tune To info. I was thinking of doing a 2 panel x 2 sides using P5 panels for Tune To info and using the P10 for effects and maybe Video. All but the Tune To info will need to be done in the S5 sequencer though

  5. On 12/31/2017 at 11:39 AM, dougd said:

    Those of us who sequenced our whole display in SS and  tweaked our visualizer to get the grid exactly how we wanted it in SS are somewhat disappointed in S5. That being said the good far out weighs the bad.

    S5 needs and lite version of the visualizer so we can create our display for SS like we always did.

    I still have S4 installed in a vmware. I will create my 2018 display in S4's visualizer and tweak it like I always do. That is all I will use S4 for. I will then import that visualizer into SS and sequence just like I did last year. I will bring that sequence from SS into S5's sequence editor. Now is where the good stuff comes in. 

    You could import the S4 visualizer into S5. I am not going that route. I created my 2018 display using the preview. That way I can get my display for S5 exactly as I like it. Now I can add movies, pictures and any of the other motion effect to my sequence quite easily because they are all built into the grid. If I need to add any SS effects at this point it is quite easy to export to SS for those props or groups I want to make changes to.

    My sequences from this past year I will copy and paste into a new sequence for this year, Get rid of some of that legacy stuff that shows up when you convert S4 sequences.

    Anyways, that is my plan. S5 ran great this season.

    That's how I was planning on doing it Doug. Sequence in Superstar, Export to SE, then import to S5 Sequencer. Tweak, Save and Run. The P10 panels are going to be where I need either S5 or xLights. You know me though, LOR through and through. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

  6. On 12/29/2017 at 7:36 PM, dougd said:

    Ron, once I made the switch no regrets. Biggest problems I had conversion of sequences. This year starting from scratch with S5, I believe it will go real smooth. Come on down anytime or we can do a teamviewer, just let me know.

    Yeah, that seems to be where I'm going to be stuck. Since my display will change for 2018, either I can't figure out how to convert multiple files in one sequence, or the program just won't do it. Plus, I can't seem to get the effect I want on the ChromaFlake Tree/Pyramid. I will probably stay with S4 and go to the PE to do a few things that I, either can't accomplish in SS or want an element level effect.


    On 12/29/2017 at 9:11 PM, k6ccc said:

    Doug, has the SuperStar integration improved since I last played with S5 about 7 weeks ago?  Or do you not use SuperStar (in which case you likely would not know)?


    Jim, when I opened my ChromaFlake Tree/Pyramid in S5 and SS, it didn't look right. Maybe I was doing something wrong, I don't know.

  7. OK Doug, I'm installing S5 on the PCs. I may be giving you a call when we get our displays down. I might even make a road trip down on a Saturday to get some one on one help. We'll need to set something up. I'll have a few questions to start, then try to dig into it.

  8. When I installed 4.3.26, I cannot get the pixel editor to open. Is it still included with 4.3.26? My 2 other machines have 4.3.24 on them and the pixel editor opens just fine. Going to drop back down to .24 on this machine and see if I can open it then. I will report back here either way.

    Un-installed 4.3.26 and installed 4.3.24. PE will still not open on this machine. Everything else starts opens up fine.

    Any Ideas?

  9. OK the rows are across. Columns are up and down.

    This is actually my "Row" Visualization. You don't have to do this in the "Real" one. As long as the channels and Universes are exact, The real will play correctly. So you will Import a visualization pair, Row for one and real for the other. I do all of mine vertical when I import.

    For the elements, I do a vertical matrix but, if it is still the case, Superstar does not support a vertical matrix. The way around it is to, Open the Prop dialogue, delete the prop and then regroup it into another prop using the prop satellite button. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn't. You only have to do it once and it's done.

  10. When you open a prop in the visualizer, there is a radio button that is labeled Superstar. Open that and check the box that says "Force Superstar Row/Column" and just tell it where you want it.

    In the example above, the 2 elements at the top left are as follows

    Row 1, Column 1 (25 pixels)

    Row 1, Column 12 (25 pixels)

    Row 2 column 23 for the next one to the right. (24 pixels) Since these 4 arches only have 24 pixels each, I start them on row 2. This way I can get a morph across all 3 elements and the timing is exact.

  11. Tennessee Spring Mini


    All are invited, not just the folks from TN. 


    WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 2017


    WHERE: Cleveland, TN (Just north of Chattanooga off of I-75)

    3787 Blue Springs Road in Cleveland, TN  

    TIME: TBD (typically 9 am – 4 pm)


    We’ll take up $$ for lunch, usually pizza. 


    We're not sure what we will talk about yet, so, if there's anything you'd like to talk about, post about it here and we'll put it on the list. Controllers, software, networking, etc.

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  12. Ralph, check with Matt at Rainy Oregon Christmas. He designed several elements in aluminum and a Mega tree was one of the designs. Also here; http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo_v3.aspx?productid=4SECTREE

    and here; http://store.3glightingcreations.com/products/4-Section-Trees.html also; http://store.3glightingcreations.com/mega-tree-parts/

    Don't forget Darrell at Christmas Light show.

    With all of these vendors and their products, you should be able to easily create a tree frame.

  13. 1 hour ago, m8ac9q said:


    Thanks that is what I was looking for.  I was not planning on using the pixels, but today reading through several of the forums I am leaning towards them.



    Pixel arches are a lot less expensive to create. Plus you're not tied down to just a few colors, There are millions, technically, you can use with RGB. In reality you'll only use about 10 or 12 colors.

  14. 1 hour ago, Dcroc said:

    I have been keeping my lights going until 10pm on weekends, but usually cut them off at 9 on weekdays. I am always afraid the neighbors will start to complain if I am not careful about this.  Just wondering what everyone else does? 

    Same here.

  15. After extensive testing last year, I discovered the culprit. It's not the controllers, it's LEDs, particularly RGB LEDs. I unplugged one controller after another and nothing. When I unplugged the last one, Success. I ended up using a timer to turn on the power supplies 30 minutes prior to show-time and 30 minutes after, they turned off. Only problem I had was during showtime when everything was powered on.

    I read afterwards not to use a LED bulb in the garage door motor either.

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  16. 54 minutes ago, Brucey said:

    Dumb question about these, but doesn't it assume that the cut line falls right on the corner? What happens if it falls a few inches short (or over)? I was thinking of buying some but then that thought popped in my head and was wondering how you addressed it. Thanks.

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    The way I addressed this issue, was to use nodes zip tied to PVC. Too much can go wrong with strips. I've spent months on projects and just knew I had them water resistant enough. 2 weeks after putting them on the gutters, I had to replace them again, with nodes. Just sayin'.

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