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I used led par cans and a pair of moving heads in my display this year. They were both focused on the house. I am wondering about using two or four scanners pointing from the house out into the yard next season...

Did anyone do anything like that this season? I would love to see some video if you did. What about lasers or other dmx fixtures other than par cans or moving heads?

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G'day,

I used 22 DMX channels this year. 4 sets of RGB Par Cans on individuals DMX channels (16 channels), 1 DMX channel for an Antari Snow Machine and 5 DMX channels for a pan / tilt spot.

The DMX RGB Par Cans and Snow machine worked flawlessly once I worked out that I shouldn't perform the Lock Step operation for the LOR MP3 Show Director.

Originally I planned to incorporate my red / green DMX laser and DMX Gobo but as I only received the iDMX1000 a few days before we went live, combined with a laser failure, these devices were put on hold for 2007.

The pan / tilt spot worked well, although it was a pain to sequence as it is mounted in the garage and the LOR computer is in another room. For 2007 I mainly used it to light specific objects, do pan / tilt movements up and down the driveway over visitors and create snowfield type effects reflecting light off a large mirror ball.

Given we have just over 300 days till the 2008 display goes live that will give me time to master sequencing of the existing DMX devices as well as persuade the Minister for Finance that we really do need a DMX RGB laser, with animation capabilities, from China ;)

Cheers,

davidt - Australia

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The pan / tilt spot worked well, although it was a pain to sequence as it is mounted in the garage and the LOR computer is in another room.


I had the same problem with my two moving heads. But with a wireless router in the house, a laptop and vnc...I should be able to use the lor console out by the light to figure out the various points I want the light to hit.

And I am ordering my rgb lasers from China on Monday :smile:
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bhays wrote:

And I am ordering my rgb lasers from China on Monday :smile:


Hmmm, now I'm getting DMX laser envy :P

I wonder what brand / model you are ordering.

The unit I was very interested in earlier this year was a Layu A300RGB (www.szlayu.com) which uses 12 DMX channels and can produce 128 types of beams and graphics.

I've also just been looking at a 9 channel NFI Super 7S (on ebay) and some of their You Tube videos which look like a lot of fun.

Cheers,

davidt - Australia
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Davidt wrote:

bhays wrote:
And I am ordering my rgb lasers from China on Monday :smile:


Hmmm, now I'm getting DMX laser envy :P

I wonder what brand / model you are ordering.

The unit I was very interested in earlier this year was a Layu A300RGB (http://www.szlayu.com) which uses 12 DMX channels and can produce 128 types of beams and graphics.

I've also just been looking at a 9 channel NFI Super 7S (on ebay) and some of their You Tube videos which look like a lot of fun.

Cheers,

davidt - Australia

Well, I was planning on ordering a pair of Big Dipper F-01's ... but that Layu unit looks really cool. Do you have a price on it? I couldn't find pricing on their web site...where do you order those?
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Davidt wrote:

The unit I was very interested in earlier this year was a Layu A300RGB (http://www.szlayu.com) which uses 12 DMX channels and can produce 128 types of beams and graphics.


WHOOPS!!!! Sorry everyone for that minor error with the web page link, but it sounds like it created some interest for a few of you (says he trying to back peddle...).

Unfortunately I didn't experience mountainwxman's problem, when I clicked it only redirected me to an ebay page... Due to the period of time elapsed since my first post the system won't let me edit the original message, so hopefully not too many will have a problem.

The proper link for the lasers should (hopefully) be www.szlayu.com/en/ This link works correctly on my system... honestly...

And Jeff, the only way I think we could achieve your idea would be to change the images projected by some Gobo's :cool: If anyone tries this let us know how the crowds react to the new show, assuming you can access this forum from your local police lockup.

Apologies again,

davidt - Australia
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Davidt wrote:

Davidt wrote:
The proper link for the lasers should (hopefully) be http://www.szlayu.com/en/ This link works correctly on my system... honestly...



Well, the first time I hit it I wound up on an Asian porno DVD Sales site.. The second time, I got the site you mentioned, but the pop ups were going crazy.
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I used DMX this year with 2 scanners. I have a Chauvet Intimidator 1.0 and a 1.2. The 1.0 I only ended up using on the light flurries, and the 1.2 I used, sparingly, for a MikeZ style scan across the house. I do have a video, although the quality isn't very good. Check it out here:
http://vimeo.com/445241
Skip to about 8:15 and watch the next 30 seconds or so to see the scan across the house. Even with the 250 watt light flurries, my camera will not pick them up from the distance I shot from, but they are very bright in person. The lights are very bright and I definitely will be using them more next year.

Greg

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Greg, I like that.
How do you think it would be if you turned it around and shined the light on the people? That is what I want to try to do is make the people part of the show. I want to shine lifhts and stuff at the people during certain times of the show. Everyone lights up their house but few light up their viewers.

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Greg, I like that.
How do you think it would be if you turned it around and shined the light on the people? That is what I want to try to do is make the people part of the show. I want to shine lifhts and stuff at the people during certain times of the show. Everyone lights up their house but few light up their viewers.

That's exactly my plan for '08!
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LightsByGreg

I found a display on youtube that had lights shining on the visitors. Check it out here:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4qaIjJ44tcg
My thoughts.
I definitely like the look of the lights shining at you.
Not sure if I would aim them directly at the street like this guy, you could scare drivers.
Maybe if you brought the beam in about 5 feet from the street and have a little walkway so you can actually shine the light directly at people without hitting drivers.
Moving heads might be better suited to the purpose because then you can make them hit the house and the people instead of just one thing.

One thing I did this year was put my perimeter lights about 3 feet in from the street so cars wouldn't hit them. Maybe if you created a path 6 feet or so from the street, and have the light come in there.

Maybe I'm over thinking this. Let me know what you think
Greg

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Greg,
That is exactly what I want to do but have several moving across the front yard. I do have concerns with rain and what happens if they get wet. I like the ones that look like they are shinning dots but not sure if I know exactly what they are called. Lare strobes seems like they would not need DMX but maybe I am wrong on that.

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LightsByGreg

This year I took rubbermaid boxed, turned them upside down and cut out an opening ...then each one went inside. This protected from direct rain exposure. Then I took each light inside every night. People have discussed using half spheres like the ones covering store security cameras to protect from rain. BHays also made an interesting cover for his light, as well as mikez. I can get you some links if you want....

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LightsByGreg wrote:

This year I took rubbermaid boxed, turned them upside down and cut out an opening ...then each one went inside. This protected from direct rain exposure. Then I took each light inside every night. People have discussed using half spheres like the ones covering store security cameras to protect from rain. BHays also made an interesting cover for his light, as well as mikez. I can get you some links if you want....

I liked bhays enclosures but I might change the design a little. Want to find a way to drive rebar in the ground to secure them so they don't grow legs and walk away.
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Please do.
I would think some of these items would lend themselves to being elevated throughout the yard. From what I have seen most seem to keep them pointed at their house or under eves to wash the wall in color. I think the possibilities would be endless out in the middle of a yard (if you have a big yard).

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I am going to add two more moving heads for this year, so I have to build two more of the enclosures. They worked great this year, no overheating problems at all and no moisture seemed to get inside through several hard downpours.

I am going to move my two current moving heads closer to the house to project gobos and sweep the house as well as the light flurries effect. The two new ones are going to shine into the viewers and sweep the lawn, etc. I plan to elevate them somehow, though...I also have three snow machines that need to get mounted up higher this season, too... so thinking about some sort of towers that could hold the snow machines and moving heads...

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