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Everything posted by jerrymac

  1. As usual GREAT job. LOVE it. soon you will have an entire Entourage.
  2. Best Software? Like anything else personal prefrence comes to play. LOR solid long standing and very capabable add SuperStar and very capable software. Large pixel counts beyond their CC line is currently bogging down the software. Dan indicates they are working on the issue and will have it upgraded (no time or date porjections or specifics. SuperStar supports RGB (in a round a bout way) and great with CCR.s LSP now very stable and fully supports RGB pixels in large numbers, Very capable for big setups. (new owner since the last year and growing). many features and with it a bit more of a learning curve (as you should expect). HLS Free program built from the ground up as RGB aware. Very capable and a different style of programming. This is one is not worth what you pay it is worth MUCH more. Nutcracker (X-Lights). Sean has done and continues to do a GREAT job and also worth much more the the free price. capable of very large count displays and if run in x-lights very small program foot and fast. Madrix. Expensive very capable stable professional program (not time sequenced like the other programs mentioned in these forums. Ford / Chevy or Dodge Ram which is the best depends on your outlook and specific needs. Realize this is a down and dirty short recap. Of course above is personal opinion only.
  3. There can even be differences when you order from the same source at the same time. Not long ago there were some differences even with CCR's. I have purchased from different people at different time and found the difference to be visible if you look for it but not signifigant. Purchasing one string for a sample then ordering more later is no assurance the the second order will exactly match the one you used for a sample.
  4. If you are just getting started you will likely find that there are more ways to sequence than there are people sequencing. Here is a turorial done by John (actully part 1 of 4) that is VERY well done and a great place to start. Just one great way to get going. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf9O-KiysA0&feature=c4-overview&list=UU0dnf9FV18XPhcV-BQNXckw Start off small and simple, it is easy to get over your head very quickly. My seggestion is to let your lights interpret the music not just flash on and off to the beat.
  5. Check out Papagyo and Bob's converter software. Including tutorials. www.itmebobo.com /SD.html Works great.
  6. I use AVS4you ( www.avs4you.com ) . cheap and very easy to learn. One trick I use is to insert a very High tone (or you could use a very very low tone_) at the very beginning of the audio with Audiocity. The tone is so high (or so low) that the speakers can not reproduce it, but shows in the sequence editor wave form. I key a couple of key lights to respond to the tone during seqencing. After video is taken I use AVS4you to overlay the original audio file used for sequencing (remove the recored audio) and line up the key light(s) to the inserted tone as seen in the wave form in AVS4you. This makes the new audio EXACTLY the same as the one in the sequence. Works for me and is very fast and neat. Same idea would work in any other audio dub software that has a wave form. No my idea but one I got from one of the boards a few years ago. (reprinted from another forum)
  7. Love it. Looking forward to video's of the rest of your show. Love the entire group together.
  8. Darlene: Don't forget these are Gemmi. (flip a switch and all come on at the same time?), lucky if you flip and switch they all come on at all, more than twice in a row. hope all is well at your place.
  9. PM sent re: the two rolls of 4 core wire.
  10. McKinney has complete pixel trees from $2,000 to $3,000. and software to match. Pretty close to an out of the box setup. Here is a link http://www.holidaylightdesigns.com/index.php/products/pixel-trees you can check out some of his video's
  11. Seasonal Entertainment makes a great breakout board for PC power suipply's. They have an On and Off switch as well as seperate 5v and 12 volt outputs, and best of all you do not have to cut off the original plugs or sweat color codes on the wires. Here is the link http://www.seasonalentertainmentllc.com/store/en/breakout-boards/144-24-pin-atx-power-supply-breakout-board.html very easy to solder up I have half a dozen of them I use. New ATX power supply's go for around $25.00 for 600 watt on Ebay.
  12. the one near me had them all on sale at 40% off (large were 29.95 efore sale). On the web site (hobby lobby) was a coupon for 25% off on your entire purchase including sale items for 8/11 only. Plan on cashing in on some additional ones on Sunday, don;t see the coupon on the web site today.
  13. Sorry didn't keep the boxs Not sure how many although there are a lot of them. The trees are very full.
  14. Best is the combination that works for your vision, ability, time and budget. Plug and Play = LOR CCP, CCR, CCB Plug and Play with some level of adjustment = Seasonal Entertainment Lots of choices with a minimal amount of work or learning = Holiday Coro Value and options with a fair amout of experiance (techno geek) = DYI
  15. I have used products from all three of those you listed. Holliday Coro: BEST IN CLASS, you cannot underrate the assistance David has been and continues to be. This is one of those Over the top in product and service you generally only hear about every once in a while. Seasonal Entertainment: Also SUPERIOR QUALITY products and Superior serve as well as reasonable prices. Quick response to questions, rapid solution to issues (even when it is not a result of their doing). Reasonable prices for quality products. DIY Light Entertainment: RJ is way ahead of the curve. These products are well designed but do require some electronic knowledge, as they are TRULEY “DIY”. DIY has a big community of folks ready and willing to help. CAVIOT: these are NOT plug and play as a rule. If you are willing to do the work and put in some time you can save a big chunk of cash with RJ’s stuff, and he has some really cool stuff, but you need to time your needs with the group buys and documentation tends to be more at a technical level. In short these are three of the movers and shakers in this blinky light community, and thanks to them we have some great products and great service (YES service is not just a 7 letter word to be thrown out for marketing purposes, these folk actuall live it. )
  16. This would be a perfect use of ribbons, this way you will get even light all along the back side of the frame, If you mount on the back of the picture shinning at the wall you shoud get a good reflection off the wall. You will need to cut and insert connector wires to make the 90 degree turns at each corner (may, although I have not have very good luck use the 90 degree connectors). 600 led stips are very available, these are very bright (I recevied some strips with 144 per meter I am using for wall wash's).
  17. Short demo of 2 foot mini RGB tree's these are 2 foot white PVC trees with 25 basic (dumb) rgb modules each with an individual 3 channel controller for each tree. Power by 12 volt supply. All items available from Holliday coro except the tree's. (see above post) for post of where the trees are available.
  18. I got these on sale for $9.99 and they matched the ones I got from the dollar store (think it was family dollar). Thet are shapped like a real tree and look like a flocked tree even fairly closely. The branchs fill out very well. You can not see the trunk through the branchs they are so full. while writing this I Found the original invoice they are SKU #23842284 (not listed now), they are 2 foot verisions of this one (http://shop.christmascentral.com/Items/vickerman%20a104030?sck=5877163&caSKU=vickerman%20a104030&caTitle=2.5%27%20White%20Sparkle%20Spruce%20Pencil%20Artificial%20Christmas%20Tree%20-%20Unlit ) I'll have some quick video sunday. they are actually made from PVC but look pretty good and fold up fairly small when not in use. But HORID stand system.
  19. David at Holiday Coro has a pic of what mine look like ( http://www.holidaycoro.com/product-p/384.htm ). Here is a site I also got a couple from, they have sales all the time. ( http://shop.christmascentral.com/Store/Search.aspx?&Page=1&Sort=5&key=white&scat=23284 ) The stand on them and the others I got really really suck, I mount them in a piece of 1X12 with a hole drilled in the center to give them some stability, the clip on 3 leg style is not at all stable. will get video of sequenced song with a few of them in the next couple of days.
  20. Thought I had some video's. but have not been able to find. They are strill strung up in storage. I'll pull a few of them out and take some picks. Give me a couple of days. At the end of last season I got six 6' white pvc tree's that I hope to add this comming year. I'll post some video on you tube with a link.
  21. Simple way is rgb dumb pixels and small 3 channel controllers (David at Holiday Coro has both). I made Eight two foot white trees (cost about $5.00 each for the trees from Big Lots) and wraped them with 25 dump pixels and one of the 3 channel controllers for each tree. Shared one 30 amp power supply for all each set of 4 trees (due to spacing not power consumption). Each of the 8 trees were a stand alone setup (except combined power and dmx signal cable) worked very well and cost was minimal ($40.00 per tree total). and each tree was comletely controllable as a single unit with any of the 16mil colors.
  22. For some great tutorials on Tombstones (and other halloween projects) check out scareylady on You Tube. Very well done tutorials and very inventive. Here is a link to one of her tombstones.
  23. Lots of views. Folks, why contribute to a free program? This is a tool many of folks can or do use that could be much better for use as a group. Spend your time on creatativity rather than repetative programming. Every couple of bucks helps.
  24. Bob (ItsMeBobO) is spearheading an upgrade program written for Papagayo. Cost is projected to be $500.00 to $1000.00. We need some help with the finance from some of you folks that us or have used or even will use this program. If you are not aware of Papagayo, it is a neat program that helps match song lyrics to mouth movements (singing pumpkins, tree;s etc.). The program has not been worked on for quite a while and although it works there are a lot of other things that it could do better. If you would be willing to chip in a couple of bucks a donation link has been set up on his site. Here is a link. I have added a paypal Donate button to my download site. Please consider a donation before the end of March 2013 Sooner would be better than later. Every little bit will help.
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