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Mike H

LOR and Video Sequence Questions

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Just for a little history about my system.  I have a full LOR system which has 19 controllers consisting of CCR's, LOR1602W's, CTB16PC's, CMB16D, CMB24D.  I currently run about 13 songs throughout the entire Christmas show.  It runs on a single standard network running off of a serial RS485 adapter.  (I did recently purchase the USB-RS485 adapter but didn't get it utilized last year).  I also purchased a PixCon16 card which I hope to move into pixels next year which is another issue (#3 below).  I understand (I think) the video mapping technique itself so I really don't need help there on that.

Any way, I'm interested in including a video in my next years show sequences so I have the following questions:

  1. Is it possible to incorporate a video within existing sequences (meaning I would still have my 13 songs and then also the video synced to the lights as an additional sequence).
  2. What or how can I incorporate this video into the shows:
    1. I mean, how would I trigger the video to the projector for the sequence to play?
    2. What kind of hardware would I need to do this (other than the projector which I've been reading up on recommended projectors for this).  So how do I trigger the start of the video, what is needed to hold the video to send to projector.
    3. And if needed, how do I wire this up to make it work?
  3. Any recommendations on how to get my network signals from inside my house to outside to the shows?  The base LOR network I planned on leaving as it is (I do have one network cable running outside but really can't add any more the same way so if there are other means of doing it that would work I would appreciate hearing them.  The PixCon16 card I had planned on running on a single E1.31 network cable but I'm looking for ideas on trying to figure out how to get the signal outside.

I'm sorry there are a lot of questions here but I figured I should start out early to get my learning curve down before next year.

I appreciate any information I can get.

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Have you thought about or looked into the LOR wireless linkers at all? See if those could be of any use to you. 

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18 hours ago, drkness said:

Have you thought about or looked into the LOR wireless linkers at all? See if those could be of any use to you. 

I'm actually using them on my main LOR network to incorporate some of my lights on my neighbors house.  But I believe if I'm right that they can't be used on the E1.31 network, if that's correct.

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You can sequence your shows to music or video (wmv) files in Sequence editor.  When you set up a video, it plays on your screen over the desktop.  To hook up I simply have a video cable from my show laptop to the projector.  The only problem is if you have a song with a music file it will show the desktop.  I simply used a cheap video editing software to lay in virtual Santa or a black screen so the desktop is never seen on the projector during the show.

 

The advantage to laying the video onto the song files you already have sequenced is that you don't have to resequence them...all the timings will match the music.

 

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How long of a video cable do you run?  My computer is inside of my basement and trying to figure out how I can run a cable out long enough to a projector sitting at my driveway would be pretty far.  I wasn't sure if that was the only way to do it or not.

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Mmmm. My video cable is something like 50ft or so. Works great. I use the RS232 cable to the projector to cut it on. Use a dos command and tell LOR to trigger it. Like was mentioned before, I just laid my mp3's on top of video and made them into .avi's and mp4's. I made some of my own videos and worked just fine.

 

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Man that is great.  If you don't mine me picking your brain a little more and I really appreciate the information.  I'm currently using the RS232 dongle on my computer but I did recently purchase the USB dongle so I can move over to it to free up the serial port. 

  • How are you triggering the projector with the serial RS232 cable?
  • Can you give me what DOS command you are using to trigger your projector or how it's doing it?
  • What projector model are you using just to see if that might help me in knowing what you might be using or how you are using it.  I need to shop for a projector also.
  • For the video cable, are you just using the basic 'yellow' RCA cable for the video for that length or vga or some other format from your computer (wondering where to get a long cable from)?

Thanks for all the information.

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59 minutes ago, Mike H said:

 

Man that is great.  If you don't mine me picking your brain a little more and I really appreciate the information.  I'm currently using the RS232 dongle on my computer but I did recently purchase the USB dongle so I can move over to it to free up the serial port. 

  • How are you triggering the projector with the serial RS232 cable?
  • >>>>>>>>>>>
  • >>>>>>>>>> I am using some dos commands to do this. I'm using one of the advanced LOR license so I can send a windows command. So I have a sequence that starts up before my show starts. There is a rs232 port on the back of the DELL 2400mp
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  • Can you give me what DOS command you are using to trigger your projector or how it's doing it?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Including that here. Hopefully it let's me send a zip file

  • What projector model are you using just to see if that might help me in knowing what you might be using or how you are using it.  I need to shop for a projector also.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>I see everyone spend hundreds on 3000 lumens projector. Why???  Paid under $90.00 on eBay. Worked great all season long.

  • For the video cable, are you just using the basic 'yellow' RCA cable for the video for that length or vga or some other format from your computer (wondering where to get a long cable from)?

>>>>>>>>>>>>No man. Just a regular vga cable. I also use a dual monitor and a vga cable splitter on the 2nd monitor. That way I can see inside the house what is being projected outside as well.

 

59 minutes ago, Mike H said:

Thanks for all the information.

 

Dell-2400mp.zip

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Thanks Robert.  That all helps tremendously.  Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

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