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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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    engineer working with several friends to put together a fairly large display in McLean, VA
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  1. I purchased some 4 pin Tee's similar to that from Ray and the pinout was incorrect. The pigtails matched, but the Tee connection had pin's swapped. When I asked about it, he said that was all that was available. That said, mine looked different than this, so ask for a wiring diagram/pinout from him. dave
  2. gmac, each dongle(USB-RS485, etc) that you connect will get it's own comm port #, even if they are on a USB hub. Plug them in one at a time, let the PC detect it, then plug in the next one.
  3. Tim, the programming is exactly the same. You assign each controller to a network in the Sequencing software. Start with the user manual: http://www.lightorama.com/downloads/3.0.2/LORHelp.pdf On page 62 it introduces multiple networks and shows how for each channel the network can be selected (regular, aux a, etc) (note you can now do 16 networks i think) In your S3 software go to the Tools > Channel Configuration menu and you will see a column called NETWORK. This column will show (and let you change) the network that each controller is set to. Also, you manage the which network is on which dongle in the Edit > Preferences > Network Prefences menu. There is a video posted by LOR on multiple networks that help with CCR's.. i have not watched it but it looks to cover the basics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XTiLH3J2Ss&feature=youtu.be (found this on the LOR video tutorial list (http://www.lightorama.com/S3TutorialLinks.html) dave
  4. Tim, you still wire up your controllers the same way. You can daisy chain them just like before, the only two things that really change are: 1. your show is run from the PC instead of your MP3 player 2. each network will run back to the pc (a network can be many daisy chained controllers/CCR's) You would plug the 3 dongles into 3 USB ports on the computer. For example Network 1 = PC USB port 1 -> Dongle 1 -> CTB16PC -> LOR1602W -> LOR1602W... etc Network 2 = PC USB port 2 -> Dongle 2 -> LOR1602W ->CCR - > CCR... etc Network 3 = PC USB port 3 -> Dongle 2 -> CCR -> CCR -> CCR... etc
  5. Tim, with 7 CCR's you'll probably want to use two (or maybe 3) LOR networks depending on how many other controllers you have. To do this you will do the following: - PC with LOR software acting as the show player - One LOR USB RS485 dongle per network (there are 3 flavors availabe) - run the CAT5 from the dongles to your controllers - use the LOR Control Panel and Schedule editor to run the show. hope that helps, dave
  6. i used a Chauvet Hurricane 1800 in my Christmas display last year. it put out a tremendous amounts of fog.. but despite different fluid types I experimented with, I was unable to get it to hang/linger outdoors to be much use for my purpose. (used with several moving head lights). http://www.chauvetlighting.com/hurricane-1800-flex.html
  7. The DMX driven pixel controllers will generally be one universe worth of pixels. Each node is 3 channels. So you get max 170 nodes per controller. When E1.31 comes along then you can get to controllers that handle more than one universe from a single board. Power is generally provided to the controller (external power supply), then passed through to the pixels via the output. However this is where you can get into re-injecting power downstream if you need to.
  8. I personally use the Stellascapes T3 DMX to SPI controller for 2801 based pixels. I know there are others out there including some of the ones from china and some in the DIY community. The planned support of E1.31 into S3 will open up the possibilities for pixels greatly as you'll suddenly be able to use other controllers such as those from Sandevices.
  9. updated video posted with much better quality footage.. http://www.rockyrunchristmas.com/2011video.html
  10. Finally mostly done with editing. Fairly happy with the outcome. I wish I had spent some more time experimenting with white balance. Overall happy though. Video at: http://www.rockyrunchristmas.com/2011video.html
  11. Re-post of same show, but with much better video footage captured with a Nikon D7000. Facts about the show: ~500+ channels of traditional LOR control ~5000+ channels of RGB pixels controlled by DMX using 12 Enttec Pro adapters - all lights are LED with exception of the rope lights around the windows on the house - we estimate that it's 150,000 plus lights.. but we actually have no idea of the exact count. we know it's at least that. - there are 12 DMX universes controlling the RGB pixels that are used in the fireworks, spiral trees, and light sabers - the RGB lights are ws2801 based pixels from Stellascapes - the 12 DMX universes are run using Enttec Pro's (see this LOR thread for more info on the connection http://forums.lighto...um76/29031.html) - there are 3 traditional LOR networks driving the LED lights - two zipline santa sleighs that fly during the show (had one for the last 3 years.. added the second one this year) - the lights on the flying sleighs are powered by a battery pack with solar panel. If you look close in the Medley when Santa's sleigh takes off.. you'll see the battery pack/solar panel following behind him. - the characters on the roof are about 10' tall and are made with rope light over a mesh frame. - the dripping icicle tubes were my first attempt to buy anything straight from China. Went well after some back and forth.
  12. Robert, the SuperStar add-on is there to help you sequence. It helps with pre-built effects etc. You can absolutely program in S3 for RGB pixels/strips without the SuperStar add-on. Actually the superstar add-on is currently limited in it's support of non-CCR based (ie DMX) strips/pixels. I've done all of my RGB work without superstar.. although I would like to play with it once it supports straight DMX. That said, I don't do any scrolling text or super choreography like superstar is intended to do for you. dave
  13. so.. i rented a D7000 for the weekend.. so far fairly happy with it.. much better video performance than my D90 (which i flat out couldn't use for night time videos). so far my best settings that i've found are f4, iso1000, shutterspeed 30. I'm using it with my Tokina 12-24mm f4 lens
  14. have not come across any RGB net lights.. not controllable for sure..
  15. Thank You! Now I have to come up with a way to re-use the light sabers in a new theme for next year
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