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    Wake Forest, NC
  • Biography
    I am a novice at Christmas displays.
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    Motorhoming, Disney World
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    Home Remodeler
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    Very basic.

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  1. Thanks for the help, but these are "the size of a large pea" and the ones in my globe are more the size of a BB. I'm afraid they may not work, though the larger size would sure make them a lot more visible. Anybody know if it would work for sure? I'd hate to clog up the works.
  2. Does anybody know where I can get more styrofoam "snow" pellets for inside my snow-globes? I need much more SNOW!
  3. Just found this incredible animation package that takes a still image, maps control points to facial features, and then allows you to easily create lip-sync animations. It looks like it would be perfect for creating projected-video faces for pumpkins or singing busts (or a thousand other things). For the time being it is Mac-only, but if you have access to one and Its available for both Mac and PC, so if you need to animate faces, this looks like a great solution. http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/crazytalk.aspx See the demo video here: http://youtu.be/LLyYxuvc54E EDITS shown in
  4. Just looked a bit closer at the product photos and it looks like the LEDs are in groups of 9 (!) so the strip would only be 36 channels. Pretty coarse, but might still be worth a look for eaves and window outlines.
  5. Has anybody taken a look at the new Gemmy FlexTech rgb strips being sold at Lowes and Sears this year? Looking at the box there are 108 pixels (probably in groups of 3, so 108 channels) and the controller box connects via what looks like a 4-wire waterproof connector. They also say multiple strips can be daisy-chained. Has anyone played with these, any idea what the protocol is? I think the strip was 12' for about $55. Worth looking into further?
  6. I just want to reiterate that despite Darrens problems, I am running S2 under VMWare Fusion without any problems, even driving my lights via USB. I have a 2.4ghz MacBook running Snow Leopard and run a very small install of XP called TinyXP. I can also run LightshowPro and Holiday Lights Designer with all the same problems folks on a PC have!
  7. I don't have any personal experience, but I know some guys who were part of a group buy from CLS and have had horrendous failure rates (like 70-80%), so I'd look more toward CDI.
  8. I was curious as to the pricing. I found a used AF1000 for $350... for a single strobe! And the Colorblasts are about $1200 new. That's a whole other world for me!
  9. No, in the US anyhow, landscape lighting is almost exclusively 12v DC since the '80s. Sorry, I should have specified that the transformers I have are DC, I thought it was a given. But anyhow, I think 3000w of 12v (DC) should give me ample power to play with. I am wondering though if the AC flicker will still be apparent? As far as I know these power supplies are not rectified. I wonder if putting an RV battery in series would eliminate the flicker... I know certain appliances in my RV will not run off of the AC/DC transformer alone and require the pure DC from having a battery in series. Anyb
  10. I am considering experimenting with RGB strands and pixels and am wondering if landscape lighting transformers are a good choice for power supplies? I have two heavy duty 12v transformers, one 2-channel and one 3-channel, each 600w per channel. Would they be good choices?
  11. I just wanted to chime back in now that I am running a licensed version of LOR Basic Plus and have received my first controller. LOR runs like a champ and drives the controller without issue under VMWare Fusion on my MacBook. I am using the USB with booster to make the connection and had no problems loading the driver or getting LOR to access the controller. Im very pleased that I won't have to spend much time at all chained to a PC.
  12. Really appreciate the series, it's been most helpful. I am a little confused about the macro part of the discussion, not so much the capabilities, but how the macros are executed. Are they run once to assign the way pixels are mapped (like setting a unit ID for LOR), or downloaded to the controller, or run on the show host computer to alter the way the data stream goes out, or what?
  13. Shanta

    Renard help?

    Unless you are sending personal information, can I beg of you not to use PMs? Other newbies would like to know the answers and opinions n this matter as well. Thanks.
  14. I'm not sure why you distrust that number, if you are building a 12' tree with a 7' base (diameter) and have 14 strands, the spacing is about 20" (note that the spacing at the base is unaffected by turns of the spiral). A 7' base means about a 22' circumfrence, divided by 14 increments is 1' 6-7/8" or about 19". The real tricky calculation is how long the string length needs to be, and note that that field is a calculation, not one where you can enter your desired values. You can only enter: Height, Base Diameter, Revolutions, Channels, Strings per Channel, Viewing Rotation, and Direction... a
  15. I'm interested too! I want to not just refit my inflatables to be more energy efficient, but hopefully brighter. I also want to separate the light circuit from the blower, allowing LOR to turn the lights off while they stay inflated. I'd be very interested in hearing others' experience.
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