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Show Assets / Re: Dabil's 2017 Christmas Show Community WIP Thread
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:54:43 PM »
Pretty much I stopped sequencing in July when I received all my hardware I had ordered in January. From then on it was just building the elements and finalizing my xlights set-up. Then the fall soccer season hit. I am my sons U8 coach. They ended up making it to the state championships so the season went extra long. The week of the final game my 6th child was born. (Samantha Elaine 6lbs 11 oz.). Then thanksgiving...

So as you can see a bit of a while wind finish. I am currently in the final stages of actually putting my light display, well, on display lol.

I am sure once I get all this up and working I will start sequencing again. Not sure what direction I will go in. I generally just work on whatever I am feeling inspired to do. I actually have a lot more I worked on that I haven't put in this thread yet, so I will have to get caught up with that at some point to.

Anyway, happy holidays to all! Looking forward to continuing this work in the near future.

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My Show Setup / Re: Late start setting up
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:23:52 PM »
I think I am down to the last hurtle, and that is the FM Transmitter.

I know everyone seems to like the EDM transmitters. However, I don't think I have time at this point to purchase one and assemble it before Christmas is here. So I am looking for something that might do the trick that I can just pick up on Amazon and was wondering if anyone could recommend something. Or at least tell me what not to get.

Here is the list of what I am considering...

Whole House FM Transmitter 3.0: Has stereo output, but the range seems kind of low at only 150 ft. It's only about 35' though to the street, but it has to go through a wall. Would this be strong enough?

Fail-Safe Long Range FM Transmitter - FS CZH-05B

TIVDIO 5W / 15W Wireless FM Transmitter: seems extremely powerful with a range of 1 to 2.5 miles? should I be concerned?

Any help would be appreciated.



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My Show Setup / Re: Late start setting up
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:43:43 PM »
Thanks for the reply. And yeah looks like the way you describe is the way I ended up doing it. Was just hoping someone had a slicker way to do it.

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My Show Setup / Late start setting up
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:03:24 AM »
My newest daughter was born in November, I had surgery shortly after, My dad and 2 brothers came to visit...

so after all that I am getting a little late start setting up all the hardware for my first Christmas show. The one thing that is hindering my progress right now is how to mount a CG1500 case to my mega-tree. I am in north west ohio where we can get some snow so I can't leave it on the ground other wise the little foam lined holes at the bottom will let snow in and short out the controller (or so I fear). If anyone has any good ideas or can show a photo or good description for how to safely secure the controller box would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

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Show Assets / Re: Dabil's 2017 Christmas Show Community WIP Thread
« on: October 23, 2017, 06:36:00 PM »
You are welcome. I am but one person in a sea of very talented and creative people. I have been inspired by too many people to list.  I recently received all my physical lights so I have been busy building the elements but hope to get back to this and do more sequencing soon.

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General hardware / Re: Anyone running Ryzen system yet?
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:44:04 AM »
Excellent news. Glad to hear things have improved for you. Rendering in about an eighth of the time is pretty good increase. Saves you over a minute each time!

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My Show Setup / Re: How My Show is Shaping Up This Year
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:01:56 AM »
Just keep moving forward. You'll get there. This is my first year, I am feeling pretty overwhelmed at the moment trying to put the finishing touches on my sequences, plus trying to build and power all the lighting elements. I am really thankful there are so many helpful people on here, Auschristmas lighting,  and the falcon Christmas forums.

And I can't say enough about the people who have made and given out so many excellent free sequences. Even with all that help I like you feel like I have a very modest Christmas show.

But here is a revelation I had the other day. My modest show is better than anything I ever saw as a kid. And I have very happy memories about going out to see the lights as a kid. So I am sure the kids will still love it.

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Show Assets / Re: Dabil's 2017 Christmas Show Community WIP Thread
« on: July 11, 2017, 10:54:48 PM »
QldKing, what are the dimensions on that Matrix you are using to display those images?

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Show Assets / Re: Dabil's 2017 Christmas Show Community WIP Thread
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:05:41 PM »
Sorry Mackdave for not answering your question. You asked:

"How do you make the eyes blink the 16x 50 face matrix? I put them in the sequence as a picture under the model. I think i'm missing something."

You simply place the images of the eyes moving over top of the still eyes in the mouth positions. To do this you create an additional layer above the faces effect on your megatree (or matrix, or whatever other model you are using), and place the image of the eye you want on the new layer. If you are using a 16x50 Matrix or MegaTree, the eyes should line up perfect when you have scaling off and the X,Y position of the image set to 0,0.

Let me know if you have any other issues. The sequences I have above have examples of this in action that you can view to verify your understanding.

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Show Assets / Re: Dabil's 2017 Christmas Show Community WIP Thread
« on: July 11, 2017, 08:48:54 PM »
So I played with this animated gif in xlights and I was getting the same clipping problems you are. Where parts were missing from some frames. I remembered that I had that problem with another animated gif where I had used color #000000 while drawing the image, and xlights seems to recognize #000000 as an off state. And years ago in game development color #000000 was frequently used to mark pixels in an image as being transparent, and Xlights seems to follow that convention. So I found anything I layered behind that image would show through just like it would on a 1980's early 1990's graphic engine (showing my age here? lol). I changed the color to #0a0a0a and the problem went away, even though it is a very similar color. I bring this up only as a reference in case the issue has something to do with it, although I could not fix the issues with the Luke animation by changing the color #000000 to #0a0a0a in this case.

I use Photoshop CC 2015.1.2 to make all my animated gifs. I switched these images to Piskel and recreated the animated gif and that fixed the issue on my machine. So the issue seems to be with Photoshop CC and Xlights. Xlights is the only program I checked that animation on that seems to have a problem with it. Firefox, Internet Explorer, and the windows 10 photos app run the animated gif just fine.

I will attach the piskel version of the gif here for comparison if someone on the Xlights team wants to compare it to the previous photoshop version earlier in this thread. I will also check my version of Photoshop to see if there are any updates for it in case it is a known issue. Although that wouldn't explain why the animation works in all the above named programs correctly and not Xlights. It could just very well be a bug or incompatibility with Xlights.

In the meantime while we wait to see if the xlights team can sort this out, if anyone finds any issues with any of my animted gifs I have already posted, please let me know and I will rebuild them in piskel.

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Show Assets / Re: Thanks for sharing your sequences
« on: July 07, 2017, 08:01:51 PM »
Hey Joe I am assuming work a name like buckeyelights you are in Ohio? I live in Oregon, OH.

Also, I would love to see some videos of what you have done. If you have anything on Vimeo or YouTube don't be afraid to post it. I am always I the look out for new ideas.

Cheers!

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Show Assets / Re: Dabil's 2017 Christmas Show Community WIP Thread
« on: July 07, 2017, 07:56:46 PM »
It should work just as it does above. If you want to package your sequence and post it here, I will take a look at what you are doing and maybe I can give you some advice or fix whatever the problem is.

Maybe that will even motivate me to create more of those images.

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Wow, excellent work Xlights team. That's a heavy list to complete in such a short time.

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Show Assets / Re: Dabil's 2017 Christmas Show Community WIP Thread
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:10:18 PM »
New post, new video.... Steelers - Here We GO!
                           
I do realize that this one has a limited audience (Us Steeler fans), however I think it shows the versatility of the lights that they can be extended outside of just a Christmas setting. And since the football playoffs go through January, why not support your team?!

I got this sequence from the creator of Leechburg Lights in Pennsylvania, Clyde Lindsey when we met at Light Up Ohio. I have been busy adapting it to my set-up, which is very different from Clyde's who has a lot of dumb RBG's. This is a Leechburg lights original, so I will have to ask Clyde if he minds if I release his sequence on here, but if not, I am already doing a complete resequence of this one myself, so it will get released in some form or other. I redid about half of the images and animations on this sequence as usual, so I will include those that I did here. Like a lot of xlight sequencers, Clyde utilized the internet to find and use some of the gif animations in his sequence. You can always tell because gif's for the web are generally given a matte (Usually white) to help them blend into the web pages they are displayed on. So on those images, I removed the matte and gave it a purely transparent background. I also added some custom graphics and animations for the field goal. If anyone would like me to create similar animations for their favorite team, just ask.

Edit on 06/12/17:redid the arches and arch fans this past week. Still have some work on them to get them just the way I want them though. But very close to where I want them.

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Bugs in xLights/Nutcracker / Re: Bug on import
« on: June 02, 2017, 07:13:52 PM »
Okay ignore this. It is not a bug, it's a feature. I just remembered from a video that Keith Wesley put out on importing that there was a new setting that you should use on older sequences when importing them. The setting is a check box on the settings->sequence settings dialog. Simply uncheck the "Allow blending between models" and this problem goes away. Either that or you could go one by one to each effect and change it to "Normal" on the layer blending which is probably the correct thing to do to modernize the sequence since I am betting it was purely accidental on Logan's part that these effects were given the "Effect 2" property. He just never noticed because before Layer blending between models it didn't cause an issue.

So this was a feature, not a bug.

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