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    5.6.6
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  1. When you assign a prop or string of lights to LOR, you need to understand that the software needs directions to the prop/string. This is done by first selecting the type of communication such as a regular LOR Buss, Enhanced LOR Buss, DMX and etc...Next, your controller needs to be identified. For the sake of keeping it simple, we'll talk about an AC controller only. Your computer will output from a USB to an LOR USB/Serial adapter. This changes the data into an RS485 protocol. On RS485, you could hang up to 64 devices out there on that same comm line/daisy chain. Next, the software needs a controller ID#. Typically the first one is ID# 01. That controller needs to be programed to ID# 01. Within that controller now are 16 channels, ID 01, Channels 1-16. Each one is a 120vac output. The controller not only turns on/off the 120vac but can vary the 120vac down to 0vac and anywhere between, therefore fades, twinkles, shimmers and so on. Lastly, there's a program in LOR that needs to be running in the background to handle all this communication. The control panel or tray. If you are testing with the HW(hardware Utility, then don't turn on the control panel/tray, but when ready to run a sequence or show, turn off the HW Utility, turn on the control panel/tray. Simply put, you can't run both at the same time. Another place to look is NP or Network Preferences. One of the tabs is LOR. You can easily see which controllers are assigned to which network therefore identifying what you might have done wrong.
  2. Don is very correct. You're mixing RGB and AC strings on a 16 channel AC controller. That doesn't work. RGB requires a different type of controller(s), depending on what type of RGB they are(dumb or intelligent). If you connect 120vac to an RGB string, its going to fry!
  3. Do yourself a favor, make a list of changes that you see out there, then during the day, edit each as needed. Then run the show once during the day(Show on Demand) so that the playback files(That Phil talks about), to get re-created. Then when the when the show runs that evening, no delays.
  4. Make sure the control panel is turned on, at the task bar
  5. Are you saying the actual lights or just the preview display are staying one color?
  6. Thank You, I'll certainly give this a try
  7. Same here and I've got three powerful machines. Two Dell T5500 Server types with dual Xeon, 6-core processors, 72Gb ram and more...neither qualify because of both the TPM(1.2) and the CPU's. I spent an easy $2K on a computer for VR only to have it also rejected...very fancy Asus MB, 64Gb ram, SSD, Core i7-6850K within, won't work because of the CPU. I do have 1 single laptop that does meet the requirements. So maybe I'll mess with it next year and see if LOR will come to life but I'm sure the programmers with LOR will have their hands full trying to fix this and that to get the software to work with Windows 11
  8. Check to see if you are using both Motion Effects AND color sequencing on the pixels themselves, separate of the motion effects
  9. Look under the pulldown "Tools" then "Sequencer Preferences" then "Video". In my case, I'm using 5.6.6
  10. In the preview configuration, look at the Network, Universe and channel configuration and see if it matches to what you expected. It sounds like you looked at that already but just in case, double check. Now in the Network Preferences, double check the settings for that universe, channel and so on. If you are chaining a second string to the first, remember that the total pixel count still increases as its not a duplicate of the first string. So example is, let's say 50 pixels(groups of 3) is 150 channels (3 x 50 = 150) but only 50 pixels. But when you add another string of "pixels" to the end of the first, now its adding channels 151-300. Plus you'll need to program those in your sequence and have the configuration match.
  11. My first thought is to see if something is slowing down the computer therefore taking up the CPU resources. How are you sending the audio, directly or via FM radio? If FM, you could be having interference from some other radio station on the same frequency.
  12. On the right side of the sequencer, did you turn on "Control Lights"? Do you have the associated props, showing up in the preview window? Do you have the control panel turned on and running on the task bar in the back ground? In the bottom right corner of the sequencer, there's a small light bulb. What color is it?
  13. For the Pixcon16, you'll need intelligent pixels, power supply and ideas.
  14. We've all added controllers and changed things to our displays/shows. Just decide what channels will be what on your props, then in the preview display, select them and change their unit id's and channel assignments. Make sure you change where they were previously assigned too. You can also copy and paste row/rows as you might wish to the new locations but doing so, make sure you've first made a copy of your original and either work on that copy or stash away the copy to make sure you don't trash something you can't get back too. The old saying here is "Backup, Backup Backup"!!!
  15. Thanks, I do appreciate your effort. Guess I need to experiment some more.
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