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Offline tbone321

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #135 on: November 11, 2010, »
I don't think that I fully understand what you are saying.  It sounds like you are saying that the controller works in pixel mode unless any of these first three fantom channels are set and then the controller switches into string mode and sets the string to whatever the three fantom channels are set to.  If this is the case, then I don't see how it would work the way that you wanted.  How would you be able to create any special effects that way if setting any of the three fantom channels locks the controller into string mode?  

What I would suggest and what you may have meant and I just didn't understand would be as follows:
Set up your fantom channels as you said and make them the default string mode channels.  Whatever they are set to becomes the "default" color and intensity of the entire string.  Then if you set any of the node channels to anything other than zero, that node drops out of the string default and does whatever you told it to do.  When all of the channels for that node are set back to zero, that node returns to the string default.  This would let you do what you wanted to do.  You could copy your existing commands from the old tree to the fantom channels of your new one and it would behave exactly like the old one did but you could add your special effects simply by controlling the nodes that you want to use to create the special effect while the rest of the nodes follow along with the string default pattern.  

I don't know if this is what you meant but it would definitely be a true hybrid mode as both string and pixel modes would be active at the same time giving you the ability to create effets such as twinkeling or snowfall even as the tree is spinning or color shifting without having to program every node seperatly on the tree to do it
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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #136 on: November 11, 2010, »

It is simply guys but some of you are saying it backwards.

The unit works like individual pixel mode all the time in Hybird mode and a 50 node string would have 153 channels assigned to it instead of 150 channels. The first three would be assigned to 1 - Full string red, 2 - Full string blue, 3 - Full String Green.

The next 150 channels would control the 50 nodes individually as pixels.

If you set the first three to anything but zero the string reacts in String mode and turns all the nodes on to match.

If you leave the first three zero then it operates as a 150 channel pixel string. This means once programmed in Hybird you can do it all, swap back and forth live time.

Turn all blue on 50% with one channel and then turn on every other channels red by setting each channel you want on you get it?

So if the start channel for the string in HyBird was #100 then this is what its like :

Channel      

100 - controls all Red on the string
101 - controls all Green on the string
102 - controls all Blue on the string
103 - controls the red of the first node
104 - controls the green of the first node
105 - controls the blue of node one
106 - controls the red of node two
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Offline tbone321

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #137 on: November 11, 2010, »
Yep... I get it now and it's close to what I suggested and much more clear now.  My question would be if you set channel 100 in your example to full on but you wanted node 2 to be all blue and no red could you do it and how?
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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #138 on: November 11, 2010, »
This has now become the Weber mega tree with a very minimum number of strings of lights. I think it is a great idea. And the new version of LSP cut sequencing 5000 channels to minutes not years.
RJ where is the end???????

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #139 on: November 11, 2010, »
The mention of Galaxia made me wonder. What I remember about Galaxia's "calibration" mode made it look like your display needed to be fairly flat (2 dimensional, otherwise known as a plane).

Spiral trees rely on being 3 dimensional (otherwise known as a cone).

So I'm not sure that the Galaxia method would help. (but, I'm not a Galaxia owner, so I'm speculating)

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #140 on: November 11, 2010, »
RJ I like the idea of the 3 Hybrid channels.  Also makes it easier to do whole colors instead of turning on 150 grids you just turn on 1.

Work smarter not harder  ;D.



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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #141 on: November 11, 2010, »
I think it is a great option to have the hybrid capability. Great idea RJ.

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #142 on: November 11, 2010, »
 >.d9  ;D ;D  <pop..
What can I say  <res. to RJ


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RJ I like the idea of the 3 Hybrid channels.  Also makes it easier to do whole colors instead of turning on 150 grids you just turn on 1.

Work smarter not harder  ;D.



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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #143 on: November 11, 2010, »
Hybrid mode seems like a workaround until software can make it easier.  I just wonder if a few years down the road we'll be looking back at the 24 extra bits being sent with each frame remembering how it used to be necessary.

Not saying that it won't simplify things right now, but in the spirit of simplification, it might make sense to be able to remove this functionality somewhere down the road (read: jumper on the board?).

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #144 on: November 11, 2010, »
RJ. could the mega tree your planning be powered by a 12 battery with a solar charger?
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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #145 on: November 11, 2010, »
I really like the hybrid mode idea. Don't stop now RJ what else do you have for us?  <pop..  <;d

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #146 on: November 11, 2010, »
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Hybrid mode seems like a workaround until software can make it easier.  I just wonder if a few years down the road we'll be looking back at the 24 extra bits being sent with each frame remembering how it used to be necessary.

Not saying that it won't simplify things right now, but in the spirit of simplification, it might make sense to be able to remove this functionality somewhere down the road (read: jumper on the board?).

No Jumper, your not understanding.

In the video you see me pick the mode with the utility and program the SSC. The choices were
Individual Pixels           
and           
3 Channel String

Now we would have a third choice
Hybird mode.

If you do not need it then you simply do set the SSC for it there is no permanant impact of having it avaliable as a choice.

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #147 on: November 11, 2010, »
I'll throw my 2 cents in here.  To me it sounds like the point RJ is trying to make is not that a change to the SSC is in the works but to the SCC programming application he developed.  Instead of the two options to select 3 channels for the entire string or 3 channels for each node you would have a third option called "Hybrid" which would program the SSC with all the individual node channels plus the 3 additional phantom channels on the front end. 

It would be the user getting to choose String Mode, Node Mode, or Hybrid Mode.

If I've got this wrong my apologies but that's how it sounds like this would work to me.

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #148 on: November 11, 2010, »
I think Alan has it and that is very cool RJ.  Nice innovation and the strings aren't even out yet.

As far as Galaxia, I do not think they needed to be in a plain.  If I remember correctly one of their videos they showed a pile of Galaxia strings on the floor that they calibrated and sequenced.

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Re: What is a Lynx Smart String?
« Reply #149 on: November 11, 2010, »
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If the intention is to put the "smarts" in the string and not in the sequencer, then it makes more sense to do what LOR has done - a whole group of macros instead of one simple macro that just turns on each color.  Fades, jumps, chases, etc.  Then you just pull up the macros from channels 128+ (since it seems they don't support above 128 per SSC).



Thats not the intent to the level you are talking of I just think it will help until the software catches up and then you do not use Hybird mode any longer.

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