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PlanetChristmas Magazine July 2012

SuperStar Sequencer A brave new world. By Brian Bruderer For Christmas of 2008 I spent untold hours I am a computer programmer and have building my first SuperStar display using worked with computers over 30 years, but I’m 288 segments of green and white rope lights. as fearful as anyone when it comes to learning Controlled by 48 multiplexed channels it was new software. If offered the choice between a true example of Light-O-Rama’s motto of water boarding and learning new software I “imagine it, then do it.” Traditional mega-trees think I’d try the water boarding. Like when can spin, but my SuperStar could do patterns in I got that new version of Microsoft Office, I all directions. Most importantly it could shoot had an older version I had grown to know and beams downward from the star to the ground. love and it did everything I needed, and then I The next summer I got an email from Light- was forced to jump into this strange new inter- O-Rama announcing a device called a Cosmic face that apparently made sense to someone at Color Ribbon. I thought, well they did it, they Microsoft but made no sense to me. I expected made my SuperStar display obsolete. With 12 the menus to be different, but I didn’t expect Cosmic Color Ribbons you could not only do the menus to be missing! For 30 years all soft- patterns in all directions but also do them with ware had menus and now they decide to remove any color and it would be way easier to set up them? and take down, and much lighter in weight The first launch of SuperStar can be a similar than rope lights. experience. You knew what to do with all those But 50 pixels per Cosmic Color Ribbon, and squares in the other sequence editors, but what three channels per pixel means 12 CCRs use are you supposed to do with these green squares 1800 channels to control all those colors in all and the ruler at the top? And after adding an those pixels. No way could you do patterns in all effect, instead of a bunch squares being filled directions with all those pixels using traditional in, all you get is a bar underneath the ruler. It sequence editors. So I set out to develop some may be intimidating at first, but trust me, the software that could, and that’s how SuperStar new features are worth learning. was born. Once you take the plunge into SuperStar, To control all those pixels required a new what do you do first? SuperStar is a part of the approach to sequencing. Instead of seeing each Light-O-Rama S3 software suite so the first channel that was being controlled, everything thing is to download S3. Go to the Light-O- needed to be an “effect” with attributes like a Rama web site, find the software download start and end point, and a start and end color. page and click on “Download Latest Version It makes for a very different user interface than Now.” Once S3 is on your computer, find the traditional sequence editors. list of Light-O-Rama programs and click on 18 PlanetChristmas | July 2012


PlanetChristmas Magazine July 2012
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