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Everything posted by budude

  1. You will find that the boards are quite easy to build/solder and the build instructions are very clear. You would not be the first to say they think it's too complicated/hard to build these yet 99% of the time things go without a hitch. There are many variations of the Renard boards as well with different channel counts, AC or DC control and wireless as well. A decent soldering iron and small diameter 60/40 or 63/37 leaded solder will get you good results.
  2. I don't have the EP model but I think they are the same as mine. It has L/R RCA/phono jacks for the audio out. This will get you from your PC to the transmitter (you can find longer ones as well): 6-Inch Gold-Plated Y-Adapter Cable, 1/8" Plug to Phono Plugs I also suggest you get the headphone control - it allows fine control of the audio into the transmitter since the PC control can be a bit coarse: Gold-Plated Volume Control Cable for Stereo Headphones Lastly, you may want to look into an isolation transformer if you have any hum which can happen: Ground Loop Isolator You'll need adaptors for these to go from male to female phono jacks. This is what I use for my setup and it's crystal clear.
  3. I do - - but only if they blink!
  4. Anyone using red LEDs for arches ?

    I have separate Red, Green and White CDI LED arches this year - I'd say they are equal brightness and look great!
  5. Credit where credit is due...

    I hear ya brother! I went from 32 channels (2x1602W) to 224 channels (2x1602W, 1xLynxFreeStyle, 4xRenard16) this year and added several new elements, not just additional colors so it's been... fun... But the end result will hopefully be worth it!
  6. can l.e.d.s be cut?

    You could cut strands down and control them via a DC controller with the appropriate voltage. Or you could cut portions out but wire them back in the same position via some zip cord back to the "mother" cord with the rectifier "blobs". I'm guessing though that neither are the option you were looking for...
  7. How do I add a transmittor?

    Instead of running a "Y" from my music source (the PC) I bought a cheap clock radio and hide that in a tree protected from the elements. This serves a couple purposes - first - it allows folks walking by to hear your show (whole point of the "Y" concept) but it also verifies that your transmitter is running! Unless you have a separate radio somewhere you might not have any idea that your transmitter blew up or the output is bad in other ways.
  8. Good way to start animating?

    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...
  9. Chocolate Butter

    AH HAHAHHAHAH - yeah right...
  10. Quad city area anyone?

    My folks still live in Moline - we hit Frank's every time we come out to visit - good stuff! I used to get the Strombolli sandwiches a lot too. I was born in Silvis so we hit that a lot when I was a small one...
  11. I was thinking the same thing - these cameras use IR LEDs to bathe the area with invisible light - why not just find some compatible wave length LEDs to turn on after the show so that it essentially looks like daylight to the camera? Nobody would even see them on and it would be enough for the motion sensing to pick things up better (maybe?).
  12. We CA folks need to stick together - gave your video a boost. Even if someone felt it wasn't the correct theme - at a minimum you get an A for effort and execution - awesome stuff!
  13. I did it!

    Hee Hee - Welcome to the "Heroin Club"! Let me guess - - in less than a week you'll be wishing you had just a few more channels......like 64 or no - maybe 128 - no wait......... Another one hooked - - reel him in!
  14. Snowflakes in Motion.....

    I PM'd for the same thing - I have a case of them sitting in my garage and did not want to just hang them from the eaves of the house but I only have a single-story stucco ranch style house so I can't rely on the house to support them...
  15. Oh Man, I'm one light short!

    Strictly speaking, your controllers have an opto-isolator for each channel which contains an internal IR LED - so you can count those too. How about your transmitter, computer, monitor, etc - - they all have LEDs too... We'll get you to 7000 before too long...:santasmileyitty:
  16. For some reason the best part of that pathetic string is that there's a bulb missing - not sure why that makes it worse - too funny...
  17. Olsen 595's... Dumb question.

    Here is a chart of cost comparisons. Note that there are other costs such as enclosures, power cables, Cat5 cable, etc that is not listed there. http://www.christmasinshirley.com/wiki/index.php?title=Comparison_of_DIY_Boards Most of the Renard controllers have the SSRs installed on the board and come in 8, 16 and 24 channel variatons. This saves some costs since you don't need a separate enclosure (or enclosures) for the SSRs but other than that the costs are about the same. I will be using a combination of LOR (DMX), Renard and Lynx controllers in my setup this year and all can be run from Vixen.
  18. *Now* you tell me - no wonder the owner was so ticked off at me when I drove through it!!
  19. Is this a desktop or laptop? Sometimes laptops have lower signal voltages on their outputs than a desktop. And if a laptop - is it USB based or built-in to the computer itself? You may want to also check the mode of the parallel port in your BIOS and try EPP mode (or other modes if already EPP mode).
  20. New RGB Wall Washes

    Nice even spread there! What type of floods do you have?
  21. Really Discouraged

    From the all-knowing Wikipedia: Halloween (also written Hallowe'en, literally "holy evening"), also known as All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve, is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and gets its name from being the evening (e'en) before the Western Christian holy day of All Saints (the Eastern Orthodox celebrate All Saints' Day in June). It is largely a secular celebration but some have expressed strong feelings about perceived religious overtones Nothing at all to do with devils/satan... I do agree with the second part of your statement though...:santasmileyitty:
  22. Do it yourself wireless

    I've used my LOR dongle for Renards - the only change is you have swap pins 4 & 5 around (the Data +/- lines) so your wireless modules should work the other way too as long as you swap those pins around. I've tested my LOR 1602W boxes using RJ's Rx/Tx adapters from diylightanimation.com running in DMX mode through a DMX dongle under Vixen but it may work in plain 'ol LOR mode also. I have not done any distance testing with it but you can play around with different antenna options as it uses standard WiFi 2.4Ghz frequencies.
  23. Remember making these little trees?

    WOW - flashback time - we used to use Reader's Digest for whatever reason - maybe because they stood up better than taller mags...
  24. I need help making a pattern for a ropelight sign

    If you can lay your hands on a projector you could display it on top of the wire fencing - maybe with a paper backing and lay out the reference points.
  25. Don't make a scene...

    Another - The Shawshank Redemption when the warden finds the hole in the wall that "Andy" has been digging over the years. And of course - Blazing Saddles - a twofer - when the Sheriff says 'Let me whip this out...' and the "Bean Scene"...