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Custom pixel sequencing software question

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I'm new here.  Other than several hundred strings of static LEDs, I have nothing.  I'd like to dive into a computerized display this year.  I'm pretty techy in general and I have a vision that I'd like to accomplish, but don't know how to do it, or which software might be the easiest way to do it.  I'd like to start by outlining every line of the face of my house with RGB smart pixels.  Then I'd like to define each pixel as a coordinate in space.  Then I'd like to create objects (to start lets just say simple lines or circles) and move them across across the space.  Whatever pixels these objects "touch" need to light up appropriately.  I'm fine doing the programming and math to create the numbers (pixel positions and intensities for each color), but I don't know how to transfer this information into any sequencing software because I don't know how any of them work.  If necessary, maybe the values could end up in an Excel spreadsheet and hopefully sequencing software could import this somehow?

I think I'm in a good place because I'm starting from scratch (in regards to pixels and controllers), but of course I have a ton more questions.  I'm reading tons and soaking in as much as I can.  I need to decide on pixels, hardware controllers, and software too.  Hopefully I'm starting early enough to figure out what I'm doing before Thanksgiving.  Even though I'm techy and very capable of DIY, I have too many other hobbies that take way too much time, so I'm not looking to assemble boards from scratch or mount them in enclosures.  I'd like to buy stuff plug and play.  Making custom cords is enough!  Loved reading tips like J-channel to mount pixels to gutters and vampire plugs for custom cords.  That's the kind of stuff I'm absorbing right now too.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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It appears as if my vision is already realized in xlights.  It seems that its object oriented sequences are exactly what I want with way less work than I thought was going to be necessary.

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