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Pre-show Immersion Workshops - LOR, RGB, xLights

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Expo is 3 days of non-stop classes, presented in easy 1-hour sessions. But if you're looking for more in-depth instruction, consider attending our 1 and 2-full day pre-show workshops.

Light-O-Rama (LOR) Immersion (2-day)
July 16-17, 2019
Learn how to use Light-O-Rama software and equipment to animate your display from hardware to show design, software and programming design and techniques. Drew Hickman from Holiday Technologies presents this workshop.  
https://www.christmasexpo.com/light-o-rama-2-day-workshop/

Spotlight on RGB (1-day)
July 15, 2019
Are you new to RGB lighting or confused about all the options, configurations and terminology? Drew Hickman from Holiday Technologies is teaching this popular workshop that will provide a balanced approach to the wide range of available RGB technologies (independent of brand or manufacturer).
https://www.christmasexpo.com/spotlight-rgb-1-day-workshop/

xLights Immersion (2-day)
July 16-17, 2019
Join in this unique and exclusive opportunity to spend 2 uninterrupted days learning xLights from the ground up from developers, Sean Meighan and Keith Westley.
https://www.christmasexpo.com/xlights-2-day-pre-show-works…/

See you at the Expo!
Janice

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"Attendees will vote prior to class whether to work with S4 or S5" - the entire point of me going would be to crash course on the latest software. Not going to roll the dice that I *might* be able to learn on the latest software.... 

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Didn't think that through enough, sure hope it's not S5. Not a big fan of it.  S5  seemed geared mostly to pixel folks, when I tried it out. 

 

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1 hour ago, Shawn M. said:

Didn't think that through enough, sure hope it's not S5. Not a big fan of it.  S5  seemed geared mostly to pixel folks, when I tried it out. 

 

See, I'm the exact opposite, our concern is identical while opposite. I'm integrating pixels in 2019, and want to learn this new software and how to mesh my AC elements with pixels in the sequencer. Frankly, I've been on 2.9.4 forever and am just finding myself overwhelmed by s5, and was considering Florida to get the crash course. But if there's no guarantee S5 is going to be taught, why chance a week vacation + travel cost on it?

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@Shawn M.@Stephen Blue- we are still finalizing some class topics and information; however, I believe you will both find your topics well covered. As far as the pre-show workshops, Drew takes everyone's needs in to account and the vote " before" class happens well before Expo even occurs. And LOR developers will also be teaching during Expo itself so you will have options. However, give me a few more days  and we'll have more information that should help you a bit more with decisions. :)

Janice

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16 hours ago, ChristmasExpo said:

@Shawn M.@Stephen Blue- we are still finalizing some class topics and information; however, I believe you will both find your topics well covered. As far as the pre-show workshops, Drew takes everyone's needs in to account and the vote " before" class happens well before Expo even occurs. And LOR developers will also be teaching during Expo itself so you will have options. However, give me a few more days  and we'll have more information that should help you a bit more with decisions. :)

Janice

Thanks, I had already  registered to take this class with my nephew when I saw the post and started thinking about it. 

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