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How did your first full show go tonight? Mine came off beautifully. Saw one sequencing mistake, one small prop didn't light up but that's it. Lots of people stopping to watch and people came to see it light up the first time even though its down in the 30's out there! Family is happy!

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Awesome. Great to hear you guys are off to a good start. Less than 24 hours here until showtime. It's all been tested. Watched on the visualizer. Individual sequences watched. Snacks, hot cocoa, and all the party fixings are ready. About 40 people coming to the lights on party. Can't wait. Flipping the switch at 6:15pm tomorrow.

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Still making extension cords for my 4 new arches. Had to buy more spt cord from Lowes. They are a little pricey - but at least they had some. However, 2 Lowes locations are now outta stock... :D

 

The female vampires have slowed me down a little. They used to be notched for making pass-thru receptacles. I've bought from 2 different vendors and I guess they all come from same China plant. Not notched & I've cracked a half dozen or so snipping at them. Slowed way down and I'm now getting it done. You would think for $0.40 each, they would be a little better quality - just frustrating. .... ;)

 

Have 1 tree to finish hanging lights/strobes in. My Arch extension spikes still need to be set up (very cool prop stemming from the Mega Arch). The backyard Disney inflatables still need set up for my grand-daughters. (They love Minnie - I can't stand her voice..) :rolleyes:

 

Busy day planned - but the show will start tonight !

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Had to dig mini trees and assorted props out from under about 10" of fresh snow Thanksgiving morning.  Fired up the Holiday Coro mega tree for the first time after the feast and it performed flawlessly.  Found an error in a purchased sequence that I will fix over the weekend (I'll have to give Robert at HolidaySequences.com just a little bit of grief over it, but not too much...he has been awesome helping me get started with RGB this year).  Lost a half string of green LED's in one prop about half way through the evening, but spares are on hand and will be in place for tonight's show.  Traffic was pretty light for an opening night.  All in all, a decent "soft" opening to the season with just enough of a sampling of chaotic scrambling to keep me on top of my game.

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Everything working! On a side note, I am having difficulties taking a quality video of show. Using a Cannon HD camera and no luck as lights (RGB and LED) seem too bright and wash out color and detail. Any suggestions?

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..... I am having difficulties taking a quality video of show..... Any suggestions?

First off - use a tripod stand. Tripod equals clarity. (I hate shaky videos as well.)

Second - use your mp3 copy for the sound. Steady sound and no wind or car sounds.

To get a clear picture, the higher megapixel the camera has the better.

Here's one of mine from 2013. I don't have RGB, but 95% is LED.

It was shot with 18 megapixel, 24 frames per second at 1080 resolution.

Good luck.

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Still making extension cords for my 4 new arches. Had to buy more spt cord from Lowes. They are a little pricey - but at least they had some. However, 2 Lowes locations are now outta stock... :D

The female vampires have slowed me down a little. They used to be notched for making pass-thru receptacles. I've bought from 2 different vendors and I guess they all come from same China plant. Not notched & I've cracked a half dozen or so snipping at them. Slowed way down and I'm now getting it done. You would think for $0.40 each, they would be a little better quality - just frustrating. .... ;)

Have 1 tree to finish hanging lights/strobes in. My Arch extension spikes still need to be set up (very cool prop stemming from the Mega Arch). The backyard Disney inflatables still need set up for my grand-daughters. (They love Minnie - I can't stand her voice..) :rolleyes:

Busy day planned - but the show will start tonight !

The plugs i recently bought from homedepot.com have the score lines.
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Hey Daniel,

I noticed the light fixtures running next to the side walk. Nice touch. Are they all run on 10 channels?

That's pretty cool.

Tom

Yes, 10 channels - thanks for asking.

The luminaries are stars, trees, snowmen & crosses that I made from coffee cans in 1990. Getting a little rusty these says, but still look pretty good in the dark.

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Mine went off perfectly after a stressful week working out the kinks. Raised $3000 in gift cards, cash, and checks, not including toys galore, for a local family that lost their parents and left behind 3 kids. Local police blocked off our street and about 300 people showed up. Lights on Rosewood on Facebook. Amazing what a few lights can do :-)

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My opening night was last night (Friday after Thanksgiving). This is my first year as a musical after two years of animation only. Only had a couple friends and my parents come over for the grand opening. After watching the show twice we all cam inside for cookies and hot cocoa. A while later my friends and were out by the sidewalk when a car came and stopped. After watching for a couple minutes the driver rolled down his window and asked us if this was our house. I said it was and went over to talk to them for a few minutes. Turns out they lived a couple blocks away and had seen me setting up a couple weeks ago and drove by to see if I was operating yet. They said it looked and sounded good. Made the night for me. A little later someone else stopped by and watched for a while. I assume the number of people will increase as word spreads - however my location is not overly well suited for large crowds. The good part is that this is southern California and it's warm enough that getting out and watching from the sidewalks often works OK (or better).

No video from here yet either, but should be fairly soon...

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Well it's my first year/ first night. It's going well So far. just some minor sequence adjustments. But all in all I'm stoked. Just had a handful of family standing by. And the looks of amazement from them said a lot.

Some tears as this is the first christmas with out my father inlaw. So this was all for him this year.

Hopefully a video will follow soon. Thanks to all of those who have helped me along the way.

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