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Everything posted by dgrant

  1. 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.
  2. Make sure the control panel is turned on, at the task bar
  3. Are you saying the actual lights or just the preview display are staying one color?
  4. Thank You, I'll certainly give this a try
  5. 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
  6. Check to see if you are using both Motion Effects AND color sequencing on the pixels themselves, separate of the motion effects
  7. Look under the pulldown "Tools" then "Sequencer Preferences" then "Video". In my case, I'm using 5.6.6
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. For the Pixcon16, you'll need intelligent pixels, power supply and ideas.
  12. 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"!!!
  13. Thanks, I do appreciate your effort. Guess I need to experiment some more.
  14. First, you can add just about anything to your "system". When I say "system", that implies more than one controller. Depending on what you wish to see outside will determine what types of controllers and infrastructure you'll need to add. Your current controller will handle 120volt light strings. It will not work with pixels. For those, you'll need a pixel controller and the proper communications for it. There are two different types of pixels, dumb and smart. Each has its own type of controller and power supply requirements depending on the type of pixels you buy. There's a whole lot of things you can do, all depending on what you wish. Most of us suggest starting out slowly and learning before jumping off the deep end into this very addicting hobby. On the plus side, you are rewarded when your family, friends, neighbors and all the children get to see your show. You have become an artist in lights! Back to the hardware, your current controller is using RS485 communications via the USB adapter from your computer. Some pixel controllers can also use RS485 but most all use E1.31 ethernet or TCPIP. This means you have two possible communications out there and they ARE NOT COMPATIBLE. So, you'll need to identify which is which because they all use Cat5/6 cables. Normally RS485 uses a different cable but LOR has kept it simple and a lot cheaper for us by using Cat5/6 cables for RS485 communications. This means, if you add a E1.31 pixel controller, you MUST be careful not to plug in the wrong comm cable to the wrong controller. You will indeed FRY something if you do it wrong. For E1.31 controllers, you'll come out of your computer's ethernet/internet port and go to the controller or a "switch" type router and then out to your e1.31 controllers. The RS485, you'll plug your USB adapter into the computer and then out to the first controller such as the one you have. From there, you'll daisy-chain to the next controller. The red usb adapter mentioned just above, is a high-speed adapter which allows for "enhanced" networks and some pixel controllers that have RS485 and E1.31. There's a lot to learn and yes, we can help you.
  15. The codecs didn't seem to help me but using the WMV file instead and lowering the FPS to 20 as Matt suggested, works very nice!
  16. Do you a picture of your arch setup? I'd really like to see how you did the t-connector and 4-way.
  17. I don't think that "1 pvc will work or will be strong enough. You should consider "1.5 and use the gray kind as it bends easier. My driveway arch was done using "3/4 Pex with two 100 pixel strips inside. I quickly discovered it was way too weak to hold itself up. I ended up adding a "1 gray tube to it and even that wasn't enough, therefore a second one. Its a kludge for sure. I also discovered that rebar wasn't doing the trick either so had to use (each side) three larger steel rods for using steel wire with. I think they are used for concrete forms but truly not sure. Even after all of that, I had to use support rope to stabilize it due to wind. I had previously tried the bridge support type arrangement, only to have it sag due to the material I used. Another failure 😬
  18. I make my own cables as well but I find that I like the push-through connectors better. Yes, I bought the special crimper that nicely cuts off the end. Works really easy for me.
  19. I use LOR's RS485 Network Repeater. It allows me to send RS485 serial in two different directions. Works just fine for me.
  20. I tried that. It didn't work as they sagged. That's certainly a possibility and a good one. It would look better than what I currently have. Fortunately, at night, you don't need my conglomeration of tubes, only the illuminated pex. Now as for a lightning strike....hmmm.
  21. I have four pixel arches and four standard mini-light arches. Also, I have four pixel circles inside of pex plus a huge pixel driveway arch. Also, three other pixel based arches that are longer, 1 CCR, and 2 ws2811's. I find that the mini-lights, old and so on, do have their place and unique compared to all the RGB. The nice part about RGB arches as you can twinkle in any color, chase in any color or change colors as they chase, twinkle, shimmer and so on. Using pex is good for things that have supports such as cross supports for the circles. Now the driveway arch is a pain. I used 1 inch pex and simply put, its too soft to hold itself therefore several pieces of gray pvc attached to it plus ropes to keep it as straight as possible. I need to re-design it but strong and see-through don't go along very well.
  22. Oh come on...you are all newbies! My first computer wasn't mine rather the USAF's but it was analog and was embedded into an F4. I was working on Mainframes when the first TRS80 came out, then Commodore64's. I still didn't own one till I built my first 386. I had more mainframe power at my fingertips at work than most people ever saw in the lifetimes. First mainframe though was a SEL 840A along with a mag tape drive but used an ASR33 Teletype with a paper tape reader to load the bootstrap so the mag tape would run. My first code was machine code directly to the CPU which we use to be able to repair!. Tons of ECL logic cards and (4) 8K core memory modules, 24 bit machine. CPU was huge with four major double-sided backplanes that swung outward and this was just the actual processor(CPU). Nowadays the internal parts of a CPU are so small that you require a very high-powered microscope or more. Yeah, technology has changed a lot over a very amount of time. My watch has more computing power than the main CPU in the Apollo capsules. This laptop I'm on this second has more power than the original Univac computer that helped develop the atomic bomb.
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