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Visualizer Background not showing in play mode?

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Hey al! Long (long) time lurker (think, 10 or so years...) ...finally am at a point in my life where we can do LOR-controlled Christmas lights...

Anyway, I've been working on the light design in Visualizer, and I have a photo of our house in the background just fine. 

However, when the Visualizer is in "demo" mode, the background goes black, and there's no background image anymore. I can't seem to find any discussions on this, or any settings about it in the software. 

 

Help?

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My first initial thought that came to mind is maybe your channel configuration is not setup correctly? Also, what I would try is going to the sequence editor, click "play" (not the triangle but the actual drop down menu that says play) and make sure the option to "control visualizer" is checked.  I just found this out myself today, because I couldn't get the visualizer to work either, as this was my first time playing around with it. If neither of those work, I would watch this video to see if you can find the root cause of the issue. Maybe watching someone do it step by step it will help you locate the problem, or show you may have missed!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sorry for the delayed response, I somehow overlooked the reply. 

 

Full disclosure: I haven't fully watched the linked video (yet) but I have skimmed through it, and it appears they do not use the feature I have an "issue" with.

 

That being said, the visualizer does play the light show correctly, and everything goes/went off pretty flawlessly. To be honest, the show turned out great for a rush job. (I started sequencing the first week of December...) (here's the link to the 3-song show: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBLCFwhE3Ns4YWszO2P-8Tk3JxtBQadw_ ) 

I digress...the point is, the channels were configured correctly, and showed up correctly on the visualizer.

My issue is that the photo of my house that shows up in the "design" mode of the visualizer disappears when I switch the visualizer to "play" mode....hope that clarifies things...

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I had trouble with my new RGBs not showing up in visualizer.  I found out I have to have LOR Control Panel loaded  in order for the Pixel Strings to show up when running visualizer and sequence editor.  I spent a lot of time messing with that situation.

I have never had it drop my background image.  Try File...Options...and click load defaults.  Then see what it does.

 

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I figured out my issue. *technically* everything was setup correctly, but I'm using an OLD WinXP computer with only 2GB RAM...once I went into the options and disabled the advanced rendering engine, the background loaded just fine. 

I just -knew- I needed to upgrade that computer...now I have an excuse! "It doesn't simulate the shows right!" hehe

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Glad to hear you got it fixed!!! A long with an excuse to upgrade the computer lol. 

I had to do that with my computer I choose to use just for running the show. I  have an old Pentium 4 HP PC from liked the 1800's lol, that had 2 gigs of ram, to which I upgraded to 4. Found a great deal on amazon, 2 2 gig sticks for 8 bucks. Which is about all that computer is worth in upgrading lol. 

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