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  1. Moving! Any tips?

    We are moving into a new house next week! Yay and YIKES! Any advice from my fellow smart light guys?? Should I get to work rebuilding my smart light strings first or re-programming? I think us synchronized Christmas Lights people should stick to moving in the early spring so Thanksgiving isn't looming over us Here is my display from last year. Smart lights are all green. Some static lights are off. Here is our new house. I'm really bumming that the garage sticks out so much. We almost didn't get the home because of the impact on my Christmas lights hobby. The positives out weighed the negatives though. Plus, the view in this pic is mostly visible for a few blocks because of the location.
  2. PAY FOR HELP!!!!!

    WILLING TO PAY FOR HELP I am looking to get into RGB Pixels this year after using LOR last season. My plan is to outline my house, windows, mega tree, and 3-4 arches. I want to use the ribbon lights for the outline. I know the sequencing is going to be very time consuming so learning the startup and basics of Xlights is where I need help so I can focus most of my time on sequencing. I know there is a lot of videos on youtube, which I found a lot are tutorials from older software versions which leaves me a bit lost at times. Digging through the forum can be a bit time consuming as well and info is all over the place. I am willing to pay an experienced person to help me get going on Xlights. I would be willing to pay an hourly rate or a flat rate. Name your price if you are willing to help for some cash.
  3. More Moving Head Help

    Hey all! Im new to this site but it looks like a great place to get information about christmas light help. First, I would like to purchase some moving head lights. The only thing is that 1, I do not know what brand is best, what brand is the cheapest, and what wattage would be good to set a decent beam into the air. Now, I live in san leandro, Ca so i have a few airports around me but if i manage to keep them out of the paths of the planes or possibly the wattage low enough, then I should be fine. But overall i just dont know where i can buy very very chep heads along with domes for them to keep them safe. Any answers will help. Thanks! (If the orders can possibly come in bulk like 4 or 5 lights in one shipment that that would be great too) Thanks all again! -Gordon
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F3394LkuJA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrKsSzO89bg Includes: - xml (2 versions: Non-Blur and Blur) - artwork - xTimings - layout of my show with naming conventions to help you map to your props - Configuration excel sheet showing my layout for Halloween and Christmas - mp3 not included For Mega Tree, Gifs and xTimings only $45 Private Message me if interested to make PayPal arrangement.
  5. This will be my final tutorial for this sequence. I hope you have enjoyed the sessions. I should have this sequence available for purchase by the weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k85doSC5JjE
  6. http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF64qGwDacw
  7. First and foremost I am blown away by all the great comments and purchases from the amazing communities I belong to. I really didn't expect that. I have three sequences I am selling at the moment. These purchases will include the .xml, configuration layout and artwork. I am working on "Don't Stop the Santa Man". I will also be finishing up Thriller and beginning Ghost Busters for Halloween. PM me if you are interested in the below sequences. I will accept PayPal. This may be the only way I can afford to buy the pixels I need for my mega tree and I'm running out of time!!! Let It Go $45 (MP4 Video not included)http://www.screencast.com/t/NEEFCu5xwCurse of the Ice Queen $ 45https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GWQdMmg-qUCarol of the Bells (D Foster version) $25https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVdSrciSCP8
  8. I have received numerous requests to purchase my Let It Go sequence so I wanted to offer the same price for all. I will accept payment via PayPal. This is a great way to see how layering effects can be used and make them your own. I will also include a diagram of the layout to make importing the files much easier. See video below: All proceeds will go towards more lights! ;-) http://screencast.com/t/NEEFCu5xw Ron
  9. video of RGB set up

    Just though this may be helpful for those wanting to get into RGB lights
  10. 24ft RGB Matrix 21x100

    12v 30/10 strips, sw2811 using an Alphapix controller from Holidaycoro.com . Xlights to run it
  11. My brothers, a short story. I have built a matrix using strips of 12v 30/10 ws2811 and one alphapix 16. The matrix is 21x100 or about 7 ft tall and 24 ft long. There are 9 universes all have 252 pixels in them except the last one which only has 84. for a total of 2100 pixels or 6300 RGB. I am using a 1500 watt gold rated computer power supply that has 6 PCI express outputs. Each outputs has a rating of 30amps continuous. I have injected power on every 3rd strip. the number 1,13,25,37,49,61,73,85,97 universes power and data cable go back to the controller. When I power everything up and use the test built into the controller every light, strip and pixel works great. When I test in xlights I get some universes that don't come on, some pixels are slow even colors that are not part of the test pattern. The Alphapix is version 1.03. I will include pictures of the controller setup the xlights setup and one of the power distribution panel I have created. Also the longest cable used to inject power is no more them 30ft and I am using 16/2 for everything going out to the controller.