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  1. Running my first show off a PC. Previous years I have used a mini director. 

     

    My background sequence is not running continuously, it comes on and off at different points throughout the show. I have run the verifier and corrected all the issues. Problem still persists. 

     

    I then rebuilt the show and ran the verifier again. No issues. 

     

    When I run the show, problem still exists. 

     

    Any ideas? I must be missing a step somewhere. 

  2. I have 4 - 8 channel arches in my display that I built a few years ago. I think this is the 3rd season. They are controlled by two controllers. I bought the lights from Target. 

     

    When I tested my display this year I ran into an issue, a couple of the segments remain on when they are not supposed to and some come off before they are supposed to. 

     

    I do not know if this is a light problem or a controller problem. 

     

    Any ideas?

  3. Thanks everyone for the advice. Seems like three options:

     

    1. Rent a lift - thought about that, but its expensive, then I have rent it again to take it down, and again every season. 

    2. Extension ladder - seems like a reasonable option, but terrified to climb the height carrying the lights and everything else needed. 

    3. Two shorter ladders, one to get to the lower roof, then a step ladder or multi-position ladder on the apex of the lower roof to reach the upper roof. This seems like a better option, but I am concerned that I cannot tie off the ladder, might be difficult to get down...

     

    Any other ideas, comments or suggestions welcome. Thanks again everyone!

  4. I am looking to expand the number of lights on our roof this year and am curious how to do it. I know how I am going to attach the lights to the roof. My question is more basic. How do I get up there? I have posted a picture of my house below. Its the second level I am concerned about. How do I get up there safely? Any advice?

     

     

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  5. For the last few years I have used a Light O Rama mini director to run my show. This year I am going to use my PC in order have more flexibility. 

     

    My question is what happens when the screen saver kicks in or the computer goes to sleep? Will that even happen or does the control panel override that? If it does, will the show shut down?

     

    I could just try it I suppose but thought I would ask here in case I can get the answer quicker. 

     

    Thanks in advance. 

  6. I appreciate the replies. I have no doubt that with 16 channels and multiple colors they can look good. I was asking more about the density of lights per channel. I assume with 6 strands of lights per channel the tree will look full. But do I need that many?

     

    urthegman - with only 16 strands per color, does your tree look full?

  7. This year I am adding my first Mega Tree. Here are the stats:

     

    20' Tall 

    10' Diameter Base 

    12 Channels

    All Green (for 2013)

     

    Currently I am thinking about running six strands per channel, for a total of 72 strands, each with 70ct lights. 

     

    When I first calculated it, it seemed like the appropriate number, but as I look at what others have done, it seems like this is more than is necessary. 

     

    I know that the general rule is: Q "are there too many lights?" A - "Never!"

     

    But budget is an issue this year.

     

    Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks! 

  8. My old laptop, where I have been using LOR is getting close to dying. I have a new ASUS Netbook that I wanted to install the software on and am having a lot of problems.  

     

    I downloaded the latest version from LOR. When I open Sequence Editor it asks me to register. I enter the License Key and it tells me this license doesn't cover this version, purchase license or install earlier version. 

     

    So I install v3.1.4, which is the version on my old laptop. When I open Sequence Editor it says Failed to load control. Version may be outdated. When I open the control panel it says failed to activate control VB.UserControl. This control may be incompatible with your application. Make sure you are using the version of the control that was provided with your application. 

     

    I have been a Mac person for the last 4 years. So I am not as familiar with PCs as I used to be. I only use a PC for LOR. It now appears that whenever I open LOR on my old laptop it freezes and tells me something about an incorrect Serial Port.

     

    Please help if you can, I beg of you. At the moment nothing works! 

  9. I am sorry for your loss.

     

    On my Facebook or website you will see links to video of the Tribute I did for my mom in last years show. I had a special vignette set up for her, and a dedicated part of our show that had a special announcement I recorded (I use Kevin Dunn for voiceovers, but I also am part of the dialog in my show and synthesize my voice), then her Memorial song, Angels Among Us, and her favorite song in my show, Stille Nacht. Send me a PM with your email address and I can forward my announcement MP3.

     

    Thank you. Here is my email: [email protected]

  10. Hey everyone.

     

    Like most of you I am beginning to plan our 2013 display. Unfortunately, earlier this month, my wife's grandfather passed away. She was very close to him, he was her rock and her inspiration. She is quite distraught over his passing. He was also a VERY big fan of our light display, even talking about it in his final days. He lived about a 1,000 miles away from us and was never able to see the display in person. 

     

    I would like to add a special tribute to him as part of our display for 2013 and beyond. I want to do this as a small way to honor him and his support for my wife. I am having some trouble coming up with ideas though, so I thought I would reach out here. I am considering doing a special voiceover and maybe a special song. 

     

    Anyone have any other ideas? Any help would be appreciated. 

     

    Thanks in advance. 

  11. Very nice, I really like the box snowman in the background. Would you post a clear picture of it for me please. I would like to build one and add a motor to make his arms move or tip is hat or maybe both.

    Chris in CT - One issue I am having with this snowman is lighting it so people can see it. I have the eyes, mouth and buttons lit, but it looks strange at night since you cannot see the outline. I tried using a flood but that washes out the other lights. Any thoughts?

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