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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Jesus’ birth.
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    Harvest, AL
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    Electronics engineer...’sparky’
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    From the ground up.

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  1. First light on my first Renard SS24 was very successful. Now I’m looking at getting the remainder of the kits for a summer show. The plans include 70 outputs and 120 strings.
  2. I ordered a Renard SS24. I also found some fused SPT-1 male vampire plugs at SPT1 / SPT2 Fused Male Vampire Zip Plugs (actionlighting.com). Took me a long time to find them...
  3. The video I mentioned was just of my light previews in Vixen; intended for sharing sequence progress, that's all. I'm running an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20GHz with 4 processors and 16 Gb RAM. I have no idea how it will perform... Are you still using the Pi? I haven't looked at that aspect, yet. I've been planning to get the Starter Set that is offered with the Renards. The Starter Set includes an FM radio. Having done a little ham radio I plan to build a dipole antenna for the radio. I was reading about copyright stuff. I've been thinking about talking with a copyright lawyer here in town. The music I've picked so far is stuff I got off iTunes which is no issue but I'm curious about the broadcasting aspect. For amateur radio, the FCC is very specific about music not being transmitted. Also, I'm really curious to see how much lag there is between controller #1 and controller #4. I'm hoping to take the plunge on controllers soon. I have some lights with more coming next week.
  4. I have not bought controllers yet. I’m wanting to build them. Looking at the Renard SS24 kit on DIYC. I tried the Windows indigenous video capture last night. Worked great. But 30 seconds resulted in a 40 Mb mp4 file.
  5. Great advice. I’m two weeks into this and already wondering how it’s going to come together. Time to step back. When I get the video capture setup on my pc I’ll post a short clip. I had this idea of doing a show this summer so I started a second sequence and put the Christmas sequence aside for a few days. It’s interesting to see the differences in sequencing a fast song versus a slower song.
  6. Found a post that pointed me to doityourselfchristmas.com. The Renard SS series look like solid controllers. After a number of hours using the Vixen software I'm thinking it produces nice sequences. However, having not purchased the controllers yet, I don't have any experience with the setup and timing. I want to work warm white incandescents with warm white LEDs. I think I need the LEDs for the quicker response times; I want to have the lights respond to the quickly moving music so the lights are on-off-on more than a couple times a second. Maybe that is too fast. Trying to work cost and function between the incandescents/LEDs and the cadence of the music. We got snow today (it's already gone) but our Christmas was brown. Working white lights is one way to have a white Christmas. I may end up with color in the display but I want to give "all white lights" a chance. One thing in my plans that has changed with going to the Renard approach is increasing the number of outputs/channels and reducing the number of strings per output. Provides lots of movement. Takes longer to sequence. One time estimate I saw for sequencing was four hours per one minute of music. I far surpass that in hours spent...maybe my sequencing skills will improve.
  7. Good morning and Happy New Year. I've started the planning for this year's yard display during Christmas and want to present my thoughts to you for your comment and suggestion. I'm an engineer (electrical at that) so I'm at a disadvantage in some respects. Among other things, my wife says that I think too much. So, this hobby, for me, is now about thinking AND doing. I've bought my first set of 88 mini warm white incandescents. Here is my wish list: One - LOR CTB16PC Kit (plan to start with 8 channels on one side so one supply extension cord at 15A) LOR Starter Pack with ShowTime Basic Plus Software LOR FM Transmitter We are putting the finishing tweaks on the computer setup so it will be ready for the Starter Kit when it arrives. I want to get to testing the timing on the incondescents the soonest I can but I've heard that LOR has sales on occasion. I may go ahead and purchase now, regardless. I plan to work to the music of Handel's Messiah. I've not seen a display of that nature in our area so am thinking it will be a nice addition. I've attached a picture of our front yard for your consideration. My first thoughts are that we have four trees along the front just behind a fence that needs mending. Perhaps the trees could represent the four vocal parts of the composure and in general, the trees behind represent the orchestration. I had also thought of adding some welded frames but for eight channels, there are plenty of trees for the lights. So, off we go with the planning.
  8. Chuck, Thank you for admitting me to the group. Being my first post I want to thank you for making available what sounds like a treasure trove of information and experience from a large group of folks. I really look forward to diving in here in the coming months. I’ve wanted to do a front yard light display for a long time; to include an fm transmitter and music synchronized light strings. I want to start with white lights synced to an orchestration of a portion(s) of Handel’s Messiah. Not having yet looked, but just imagining from a few things I’ve read in this post, I will find many ideas and suggestions within this forum to assist in this project. I hope, as well, that I may have some things to share with the group as this project develops. For your information, I don’t do Facebook; not my style. A forum style is much more conducive to sharing of ideas and information. I’m so looking forward to getting started. Again, thank you, Chuck, for making this website available. Best regards.
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