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Okay folks. I have been in this game a while but for the life of me my mind is drawing a blank. I am building a 32 x 64 pixel matrix. I currently have a 24 x 50 matrix. I plan to use 8 ports on one of my falcons for the matrix. The pixel strings I have are 100 pixels each. I can safely run 300 pixels per port without power injection at 50%. The matrix will have a total of 2048 pixels. 2048 pixels devided by 8 equals 256 pixels yet I plan to have 300 pixels per port since I do not want to be cutting up my strings. How would I configure this in S5 to work? I was going to configure the matrix to be 1 string of 2048 pixels with 31 folds and then I would just configure each port on the falcon manually. S5 will not allow 2048 pixels for 1 string. It will only allow 1000 pixels for 1 string.

As I said my mind seems to be drawing a blank on how this will or should work. Let me know your thoughts please. In my mind the setup just doesn't match the physical layout. Thanks..

 

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I don’t have a Falcon but can’t you internally set the pixels at the 256 and leave the 300. It should only light up 256.

 You should be able to create a custom prop using the custom grid as a work around.

Since it is a matrix it is straight lines so shouldn’t be to difficult.

I would think it would work.

JR

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There are a few things I can do to make it work but the easiest thing would be for me to wait when the new release comes out which I was told will be this month. I am in no hurry since the matrix will be for this coming Christmas. The matrix will go from 1.9" spacing to 1.5" and adds 848 more pixels. I am just curious to see how it will look.

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I think the biggest question is how are you actually going to wire your 300 pixel strings that are only using 256 pixels.  In other words, what are you doing with the extra 44 pixels?  Personally I don't see that wasting 352 pixels that you pay for is worth it to avoid cutting and soldering some strings.

Or am I totally not understanding what you are planning to do?

 

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I am curious how a 32 x 64 pixel matrix will look like. I made a few 32 x 50 Matrix sequences for my 32 x 50 Matrix but I ran out of time completing the Matrix. Adding lights etc. Maybe I will  use it for the 2021 season.

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8 hours ago, k6ccc said:

And 300 pixels at 50% is likely pushing it without PI.

 

That's how I've had it set up for the last 3 years with no injection and no issues 

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4 hours ago, ebrown1972 said:

That's how I've had it set up for the last 3 years with no injection and no issues 

Bet you that if you went full white for more than a dozen seconds or so and you would start blowing fuses.  That would be 9 - 10 amps.

Granted, especially on a matrix, you are not likely going to blast full white for a dozen seconds, but designing should assume that you will.  Also remember that if you have a pixel fail in the mode where it turns on the rest of the string full white, that is 100% white, NOT your controller reduced level.

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52 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

Bet you that if you went full white for more than a dozen seconds or so and you would start blowing fuses.  That would be 9 - 10 amps.

Granted, especially on a matrix, you are not likely going to blast full white for a dozen seconds, but designing should assume that you will.  Also remember that if you have a pixel fail in the mode where it turns on the rest of the string full white, that is 100% white, NOT your controller reduced level.

 I have never had issues at 50% power with 300 pixels per port. 3 years running and no issues and I will continue to run my matrix this way.

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ebrown  did you run your dmx moveable floodlights  this year, where you happy with the light output ?  Dennis L

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2 hours ago, Dennis Laff said:

ebrown  did you run your dmx moveable floodlights  this year, where you happy with the light output ?  Dennis L

I did not. I never got around to getting them sequenced. That is on the agenda this year for sure!!!

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