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  1. I have not done any animation sequences but I think you need to start by opening the show editor & click on the animation tab. Then add the animation to the editor. Click save as & give it a name. Then you go to the schedule editor & at the top there is a tab that says Add click it find your animation that you saved in the show editor & set the start & end time & set the days click add & then save in the upper left corner & you should be good to go. You then connect your computer to the controller & turn everything on & at the selected time your show should start. Some place on the LOR site there is a video that explains all of this I can not find it right now. Mike
  2. here is a Dongle you can make it will run about $60 for parts & case. http://www.diylightanimation.com/wiki/index.php?title=Dongle_Manual_v2 The only problem I see with Ray's controller it does not look to be a straight CAT 5 connection on the board. Mike
  3. One thing I would add to this is have the strobes come on when nothing around them is on. I have them in my mega tree this year & programmed them to come on when the tree is lite & it takes away from the effect. Mike
  4. When you bought these off ebay how many actual modular's did you get for your $13? It says 225 but was that the total number or was that the number of LED so you really only get 75? Thanks Mike
  5. First of all if you have a house that has been built in the last 10-15 maybe more ALL outside plugs are GFI & they will trip if it rains. Next I had the same problem with only 2 outside plugs my first year ended up running extension cords under doors into the house to help split the load. Remember most 100 ct strings of mini bulbs are .2 amp so the best you could do is about 6000 maybe a few more lights on each 15 amp circuit. Hope this helps a little, I would suggest adding a few more circuit breakers next year. Mike
  6. I would try xLights to run the program. That is what I use & I am running LOR, Lynx & Rainbow Brain with no problems. Mike http://sourceforge.net/projects/xlights/
  7. Here are a few: You will notice in these that they have also used static display mixed in to make the show appear larger. I still do that & I am up to 128 CH. You can do a lot with 16Ch if you plan correctly & if you use ALL LED then you could put together a fantastic show. Hope this helps & remember ther are other controllers then just LOR. Mike
  8. I found this site back during the summer but they were out of stock at that time. Received an email from them today controller is back in stock. I am considering using for landscape lighting after Christmas. Take a look & see what you think. Mike http://www.c-inspirations.com/Store/catalog/
  9. I think strobe lights need to be on ONLY for the WOWWWWWWWW factor. If they are on all the time they lose the effect. Just my thoughts. Mike
  10. Here is a problem using LOR for programing RGB. LOR uses % on there intensity so you will have to convert the color number to % for i to work. Example Orange: Red 100% Green 50% Blue 0% Purple: Red 50% Green 0% Blue 50% You will have to make a chart converting the numbers into % with 255 being 100%, 128 being 50% & so on. The problem with this is you can not get true colors. (this is what I have found) You would be better using Vixen or LSP I DO NOT HAVE & HAVE NOT tried LOR 3 this program may solve the above statements. Nike
  11. I have gone the other way LOR to Vixen. There is a conversion program that works good for this. Mike
  12. Does anyone know who bought these snow flakes: http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=85&acctid=992 I would like to buy a few of them. Thanks Mike
  13. I have a set I will give you if you want to pay the postage from FL. Mike
  14. My same question what do I need to buy or where is the link to the COOP. Maybe this is a CAUTION WARNING Mike
  15. I run in the 15- 20 Min. area, song then a voice over song voice over & so on. I find most people do not even stay the full time. Mike
  16. If you want to create the spiral of the blue lights that starts at about the 16 sec. mark you will need to wrap the whole tree in blue lights not just 4 strands. This will require a channel per string. Mike
  17. Darlene In your pictures #7 this booth has snow flakes do you know who it is? Thanks Mike
  18. I need a good Thunder & Lighting MP3 Or a program to download a good one I found. Thanks Mike
  19. This maybe new to you & some of the other young members, but back in the 50's-60's there was one similar on the market.I do not have one but have seen pictures posted here. Mike
  20. If I read your question correctly. You want to plug in 6Amp strips & use those so you can have more total Amp? If that is so you can plug in all the strips you want but you can not draw anymore then your 12AMP total on a breaker & it will pop. Mike
  21. I have this model & have used it 2 years with no problems. As far as stereo They average person that uses the car radio does not even knoe if it is stereo or not. I highly recommend it. Mike Here is a link to my video the audio was recorded from the car radio can you tell it is not stereo.
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