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Good way to start animating?

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Hey everyone i was wondering if this is a good way to start getting animated?

http://store.animatedlighting.com/store/p/638-Christmas-In-A-Box-All-In-One.aspx

It looks easy and simple and tell you where to plug things in at and also has music included? I was thinking about getting it sometime this year, also if i got the 15 amp one would that be fine because i'm switching to leds anyways or should i go with the 30 amp? Also if i got the 30 amp would it have 2 seperate plugs on it to plug into 2 different outlets?

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having used the "animated lighting" software.. I think you would get frustrated with it down the line:

what I would do is this:

I would by a LOR setup similar... ger the LOR S2 software, a 16 channel controller, the MP3 board, and then go download some sequences from say lorsequences.com and start that way...

this way you get online, also have the top quality sequence editing software, are greatly expandable for the future, and ready to rock...

I will say that animated lighting does have a top quality product and it will work...

it really all depends on whether you are looking to start out and dabble in animated displays with the ambitions and hopes of going bigger down the line and building your own sequences.. if so i would get an LOR setup...

if you just want something you can plug it in, turn it on, andkeep it the same except for a song change here and there.. then christmas in a box is a good solution..

-Christopher

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Thats looks like something I like lights in a box for a dummy. Dont need a PC just plug in.I would like to upgrade to something but I have enought problem just being on facebook and sites like that.

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Whatever you do, do not get that box. It's an epic waste of money. Do what eldorado said and get the LoR software (~100$) and a 16 channel controller (250$ assembled). Buy some sequences or find someone on here who will share. Or just try making your own, you'll find out that sequencing isn't that bad. You'll find that a crappy sequence that is made by you just for your display will look better than a really good one made by someone else that will look horrible with your display.

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That seems incredibly expensive. For the first time this year, I bought 32 channels of LOR for a lot less. For me, this is my hobby. I'd rather say that I programmed it myself than I unpacked the box. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of store-bought decorations that I'm sure others here on PC have made from scratch. You need the balance that is right for you and why you do this.

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Or you could go DIY and get a controller for around a $100 and the software (Vixen) is free... just saying...

I use both LOR and DIY - the end result is exactly the same...

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