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In the S5 Beta released June 29, 2019 there is a new "Auto Sequence Singing Faces" feature in SuperStar. To access the feature bring up the "Image" dialog box and click on the "Auto Sequence Singing Faces" button in the lower right of the Image dialog box. Here is a video tutorial on the "Auto Sequence Singing Faces" feature: Here also is some documentation: Auto Sequence Singing Faces This feature can automatically move the mouth of a singing face to match the singing in a song! To access this feature: Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Auto Sequencce Singing Faces…” or Click on the “Image Setup” button on the toolbar In the “Image Setup” dialog box click on the “Auto Sequence Singing Faces…” button in the lower right of the dialog box Singing Faces on Pixel Matrix In the “Singing Faces” dialog box there are settings for five mouth positions, closed, ¼ open, ½ open, ¾ open, and Full Open. The first time you launch the “Singing Face” dialog box default images will load and those images will appear in the mouth image settings. The images will default to a position at the top half of a 16x50 pixel matrix. There is a field that shows the “Audio File to Use to Auto Sequence the Singing Face.” This will default to the audio file that is loaded for the sequence you are making. If the words to the song are prominent then you can use this song. Merely click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” and it will create image effects at the top of the image layers for the singing face. Click on the “Play All” button in the toolbar to play the effects that were created But normally to get the best results you will want to record the words using your own voice. Recording your own voice For best results, make a recording of your own voice by doing the following: Plug in some earphones into your computer Plug in a microphone into your computer Click on “Start Voice Record” While listening to the song in the headphones sing or speak the words of the song into the microphone When the song reaches the end the recording will stop. The recording will automatically become the “Audio File to Use to Auto Sequence the Singing Face” Click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” Click on the “Play All” button in the toolbar to play the sequence More Singing Faces At the top of the “Singing Faces” dialog box is a setting labeled “Which Singing Face?” To sequence a second singing face set this setting to “2” The default images for face 2 will appear in the images for each mouth You can record your voice using words to a different singer in the song Click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” and effects will appear on the time layers. The effects for Face 2 will appear below the effects for Face 1. Click on the “Play All” button to play both faces To use the default images for more than two faces, click on the “Tools” button and select “Layout.” Set the number of ribbons to 32. You can now do sequencing for face 3 and face 4 If you want to use 6 singing faces using the default images then set the number of ribbons to 48 Standard Singing Faces Standard singing faces have a face with four channels for the mouth. One channel is for the closed mouth, another channel for the half open mouth, another channel for a full open mouth, and a channel for an “O” mouth. How to use the S5 Sequencer to set up an S5 Preview of one or more Standard Singing Faces In Preview Design, click on the “Add Item” button In the list of items, select “Light-O-Rama Props (online)” Select one or more of the singing trees and click on “Import Checked Items” There should be a group for each tree. For example, there should be an “Elden the Tree (RGB)” group Double click on “Elden the Tree (RGB)” make sure “Vertical Stack” is selected for the “Arrangement,” click on “Save” If you have more than one singing tree, you can make a group containg all the trees. Click on “Add Item” and select “Create a new GROUP from existing props and groups” In the “Preview Group Definition” dialog box select each tree group. Then set “Horizontal Stack Align Bottoms” for the “Arrangement,” name the group something like “Singing Trees,” click on “Save” In the “Preview Design” dialog box click on “Save” In the main screen of the “Sequencer” find the “Singing Trees” group, expand it so you can see the motion effects row. Right click on the motion effects row and click on “Select,” then click on “Row” Right click on the motion effects row again and select “Insert SuperStar Effect” SuperStar will launch Sequencing Standard Singing Faces in SuperStar After creating a Preview in the S5 Sequencer and you have launched SuperStar do the following: Bring up the “Image Setup” dialog box and click on “Auto Sequence Singing Faces” Click on the “Load Single Pixel Images for 4 Standard Singing Faces” button. Sixteen images will load and be placed at the bottom of the Image List. Scroll to the end of the Image List and the last four images should be: Mouth-4 Closed Mouth-4 1/2 Open Mouth-4 Full Open Mouth-4 O Scroll the list up until you see the four images that start with “Mouth-1” Select “Mouth-1 Closed” and then click on the top “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box Select “Mouth-1 1/2 Open” and then click on the second “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box Keep “Mouth-1 1/2 Open” selected and click on the third “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box Select “Mouth-1 Full Open” and click on the fourth “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box Keep “Mouth-1 Full Open” selected and click on the fourth “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box We will not be using “Mouth-1 O” because the O is intended for “oooo” sounds and the SuperStar code has nothing in it that detects “oooo” sounds. So it works best to not use it Your screen should look like this At this point if you want to see what is generated using the audio file you can click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” and effects will appear in the time layers. Click on the “Play All” button to play the sequence If the voices in the song are prominent you may be happy with using what you see. But for best results you should record only the words of the song using your own voice using these steps: Plug in some earphones into your computer Plug in a microphone into your computer Click on “Start Voice Record” While listening to the song in the headphones sing or speak the words of the song into the microphone When the song reaches the end the recording will stop. The recording will automatically become the “Audio File to Use to Auto Sequence the Singing Face” The Singing Faces dialog box should look like this: Click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” Effects should appear in the first 5 layers of the time layers Click on the “Play All” button in the toolbar to play the effects that have been created for the singing face If the mouth is not responding well to the voice, you can increase the sensitivity or increase the number of Freqs selected but normally you can leave Sensitivity set at 5, and Freqs 8-16 selected. Set Images for the next Singing Face In the Singing Faces dialog box set “Which Singing Face?” to “2” Using the same steps you used for Tree 1, you can add images to the image list for Tree 2 and set them into the “Singing Faces” dialog box. You can record your voice again and this time you can speak words that match a different singer in the song. Click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” and effects will appear on the time layers for Tree 2. The effects for Tree 2 will be below the effects for Tree 1 Click on the “Play All” button on the toolbar and both singing faces will play You can do the same for tree 3 and tree 4 Also, here is a zip file that contains the two default image files which are "SingingFacesImages.scb" and "SingingFacesSinglePixelImages.scb" Unzip the two files into c:/ (your lightorama folder) / SuperStar / Clipboards / System SingingFacesImageFiles.zip
In version 4.3.32 released June 29, 2018 SuperStar now has a new "Auto Sequence" Feature. Auto Sequence is a mixture of standard sequencing and "instant sequence." It allows you to create impressive sequences quickly while still allowing a lot of control and creativity in the creation of your sequence. Here is an "Introduction and Preview" video:
16 CCR, 160 CCR, and 320 CCR licenses have been added to the online store! The 16 CCR license makes it so you don't have to get the 24 CCR license to do sequencing for 12 and 16 CCRs The 160 CCR license allows for exporting sequences of up to 8,000 pixels or 24,000 channels The 320 CCR license allows for exporting sequences of up to 16,000 pixels or 48,000 channels Note that to be able you use the new licenses you will need to download the latest version of SuperStar which is version 4.3.24 If you are using an older version of SuperStar and you purchase the 16 CCR license, your software will show that you are using the 8 CCR license. And if you purchase the 160 CCR license or 320 CCR license using an older version of SuperStar, the software will show you using the 80 CCR license because that was the highest license the software was programmed for.
Many folks have asked for sequences for the 16x25 Tree that Light-O-Rama sells. It took me a while but I finally have 5 sequences for the 16x25 LOR Tree. The sequences are based on the 24x25 CCP Tree with Globe sequences. I used the "Move or Scale Selected Effects" feature to move and scale the sequencing and then did some manual modifications as well. I think the results turned out quite well. The sequences are available at the top of my sequence purchase page at www.superstarlights.com I have "Wizards in Winter", "Carol of the Bells (Christmas Eve Sarajevo)", "Christmas Canon", "A Mad Russian's Christmas", and "All I Want for Christmas Is You". Within the next week I hope to also have "Let It Go", "Feliz Navidad", "Rock Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Carol of the Bells by David Foster", and "Silent Night" Below are videos for the 5 sequences I currently have: