Christmas Light Sequencing

Report
Christmas
Light
Sequencing
Kevin Thomas
Christmas in Kent
Software and Hardware available:
Light-O-Rama - LOR & LOR II
D-Light – Controllers, Lights
Animated Lighting – Animation Director
Aurora (Replaced Spectrum)
Light Show Pro
Vixen (DIY)
Light-O-Rama –
www.lightorama.com
Software LOR & LORII
Showtime products
Prewired ready to go
Showtime MP3 Director
Component products
8 and 16 channel controllers
MP3 director and mini director
Smart DMX controller
DC controller
DIY Products
16 channel controllers as kits or
fully assembled
Accessories
Cat5 cables
Power cords
Controller cord sets for
deluxe or PC controllers
Easy Light Linker
USB to 485 adapters
D-Light Designs –
www.d-light.us
Silver Products
8 and 16 channel Kits
Gold Products
16 channel AC and DC controllers
Platinum Products
16 channel AC fully assembled
WiLink wireless add-on
FireFly
16 channel RGB LED string (8”)
Soft Panel
4’ X 4’ panel with 64 (256) RGB LED’s
Requires
Panel ($500 for 6” pitch)
(or $1,500 for 3” pitch)
Sub Controller ($200)
Main Controller ($800)
Power Supply ($300)
Various cords ($150)
Animated Lighting –
www.animatedlighting.com
Software – Animation Director
Monster Brain Animation Processor
Boom MP3 Controller
PowerPrism Controller
Party in a box
Light show in a box
Haunted house in a box
Led light strings – mini trees, LLA…
DMX fixtures
Speakers, FM transmitters,
Wireless, repeaters
Aurora - http://www.aurorashow.com/
Software only
Created as a less resource
intense sequencing alternative
Special functions for Fire Fly’s
Galaxia
- http://www.galaxialighting.com/
Intelligent lights
Light strands – one strand 99 white LED’s $175
Controller/Power supply - $800
Light Show Pro
– www.lightshowpro.com
Converts LOR & Aurora
Basic, Advanced & Pro versions
Vixen
Software for the Do It Yourselfer - http://www.vixenlights.com/
Documentation at: http://christmasinshirley.com/wiki/index.php
DIY Hardware available
DIY Light Animation: http://diylightanimation.com/index.php
Many Coops for most kits
Lynx Express - wireless
Lynx Freestyle – with Wireless now
MR16 controller
Lynx – 16 channel DMX
Grinch – on/off control
Renard - dimmable
Do It Yourself Christmas: http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/
Ledtriks – LED 16 X 48 matrix display
Olsen 595 –
Christmas Card SSR –
Grinch –
Countdown clock –
Computer Christmas: http://computerchristmas.com/
Olsen 595
Pre-made light and music
synchronization:
Light-O-Rama –
http://store.lightorama.com/sequences.html
Wow Lights – LOR dealer $ cost
http://www.wowlights.com/ProductListSub.asp?Category=20
LOR Sequences - http://lightoramasequences.com/
free to registered members
Many how-to’s and examples
LOR Wiki 2.0 - http://www.lorwiki.com/
Many resources and FAQ’s
Christmas Utah – Marty shares
Just Ask?
http://www.christmasutah.com/lor.html
A checklist
Design
Christmas Lights Planner –
http://www.amazon.com/Summitsoft-00141-0-Christmas-Lights-Planner/dp/B000WML3B6
Holiday Lights Designer Animated Lighting -
http://www.holidaysoft.com/
http://www.animatedlighting.com/pdf/musicSynch_110804_FINAL.pdf
PC – Chuck Smith presentation –
http://www.christmasinkent.com/PLUS2007CS.pdf
Light count and Channel count
Excel
R Williams (PC) – (enable Macros)
http://www.christmasinkent.com/Light+Controller+Calculator.zip
Chuck’s LOR Utility
Voiceovers – The Demented Elf – www.thedementedelf.com
Mark Z ?
Frosty Player – playlist while show is not running
Zara Radio – DTMF http://lightoramasequences.com/content/view/59/82/
Sequencing Tips
Edit Songs down to 3 minutes or less
Create or Purchase Voice Overs
Display Layout
Theme
House, Roof, Yard
Color Themes
Movement and Focus
Lights and Characters
Channel Configuration
Diagram (AutoCAD, photos)
Controller placement (wired/wireless)
Cord routing (power/control)
Spreadsheet
Channel names, Controller placement, Power draw
Sequencing Channel Setup (LOR – v2.1.6)
Setup Screen
Right Click – Insert Channel(s)
Channel Property Grid
Edit – Import Channel Configuration
Graphic setup (animation)
200 X 200 dot grid overlay on image
Song Sequencing –
Beat Wizard
Timing is everything!
Use 2X/4X/8X to double/quadruple events
Tapper Wizard
Song Sequencing –
Timing is everything!
Skew Track
– Use even with Beat Wizard
You want your lights “on top of” the beat
Tracks
Used to organize elements
Used for different timings
Master Track (holds all channels)
Sub-Tracks (mini trees, mega, LLA)
Create Master then copy to sub-tracks
Use beat Wizard on sub-tracks
Setup beat tracks – (Marty tracks)
Beat
Melody 1
Melody 2
Rhythm A
Rhythm B
Percussion 1
Percussion 2
Change
Timing is everything
Setup 1/20 second standard (.05 sec.)
Run Beat Wizard
Beat
Run Tapper Wizard for each:
Melody
Rhythm
Percussion
Manually insert
Change
Skew
Test timing with a controller and lights!!!
Fading the perfect timing
Fading in and out smoothes the timing
Fading Chase (Holdman Fade/chase)
Music rarely stops abruptly
Samples from a master
Thank You!
www.ChristmasinKent.com/MiniPLUS2010.htm

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