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How Long Should A Show Be?

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I just got a 16 controller this year and am new to it all - how long should a show be? Roughly?

I was planning on using a couple of pre-sequenced songs, and then sequencing two myself but I'm not sure how long I should aim for it to be - ten minutes? 15?

Am loving the software so far :D

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Well, last year 6 songs and this year 14. But, my songs are 2 to 3 minutes tops. I have found that variety is good for local folks. It really depends on your viewers and YOUR likes. You have to do the sequencing in the future and listen/change effects. MUCH Easier if you like/love the songs.

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I've learned that people will usually stay to see every song at least once. If you end up getting a lot of traffic, that means less than 10 minutes so cars can cycle through. If you have more songs than that you can play a different set of songs every night. Then again, if you don't have traffic problems, make it as long as you want.

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It really depends on your situation. If being your first year then you can get away with putting lots of sequences on, but if your display become popular then you may have to reconsider the show length

For me I started off with a 15 minute sequence in 2009 and then 10 minutes for 2010 and then 6.20 for 2011 this year will be 4.20 long and is made up of a mix of different songs. The reasoning for this is that the show has grown considerably over the years to the point where there is a 50 car cue and nearly an hour wait, so i have reduced the sequence further this year in the hope of keeping traffic flowing better and keeping the traffic jam under control.

So there is no rules for how long or short a show should be because its all relative to the situation your display produces.

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It depends on your situation. If you are on a busy street and need to cycle cars through, shorter is better. If it is a rural neighborhood and you have pedestrian traffic, your show can be longer. I have a large field across the street from my house where people park and watch, but I still limit each show to about 1/2 hour to cycle new cars in and because even light shows will get old if played too long.

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150 :o :o

Thanks for the replies!

Our street isn't usually busy, but I suspect this will make it moreso because I don't know of anyone else in a near vicinity who's ever done a compurised show!

Think will stick with 3 songs perhaps; make it worth people's while if they do come down to see it but not cause massive traffic issues!

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OK, first thanks to the OP for the question as this being my 1st year animated I was wondering the same thing. After 6 months I now have 14 sequences that last about 35 minutes. As I live on a very wide street (was supposed to be 4 lanes but was re-zoned as a 2 lane.) so there is lots of room for double parking (like I am going to have that many people...not) plus I am on a corner lot, so traffic won't be an issue. I am thinking most of my traffic this year will be neighborhood foot traffic, coming over to see if my house is on fire. I think I will do 2 shows of 7 sequences and alternate nights. Darn I love this forum, so much good info.

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We live on a narrow street and I run two different shows on alternating days. I target each show to last about 15 minutes in order to cycle through the traffic and not have folks sitting for very long. I find that some people watch the show 2 and 3 times from various vantage points. The attention span of most people is so short that I think a variety of songs and keeping the things I do unique to each song limits how many songs I will have, but makes sure that each song is unique and different.

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Having thought it through we have received the final decision.

We are going to run a show each night that will last approximately 16 minutes - and only run it once a night.

If it comes to it that popularity works, we will shorten the show (cut a song or two) and do two shows a night.

Think that seems best for gauging how to go about it. Plus will be a bit more flexible for us over the Christmas season as we are not using even half our lights in the automated display, and thus will have to go around turning off / turning on lights before and after each display.

Thanks again for all the advice!

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