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Offline SwinBro

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Newbie working on first layout
« on: January 19, 2019, 05:05:36 PM »
I'm just starting on my first layout. Ordered a PiHat for my RPi 3 and started a basic design on xLights.

Doing pixels on roof outline and a few props.(star, snowflake,  mini tree, and face ornament.) So far only about 1000 pixels.

Any suggestions on simple items to add? 

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Re: Newbie working on first layout
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 07:58:16 PM »
Megatree

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Re: Newbie working on first layout
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 08:21:36 PM »
Megatree is Simple? The Megatrees I've seen are 800+ Pixels.


I figured playing with a mini tree would give me the basic, but without the ability to show images.




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Re: Newbie working on first layout
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2019, 12:49:39 PM »
Just continue as you are until after you get some things running.  You only have 2 ports to use with the PiCap and although you can do 1000 pixels on each port I would not recommend trying to put a bunch of different props on each port.  You will have enough to learn without trying to figure out how to address multiple props.  Use the KISS principle (Keep It Simple & Stupid) for now.  You will get the bug and want a bigger controller in the future, but you have what you need to learn now.  If you bite off to much from the get go you will probably get overly frustrated, so just get started and then grow.
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Re: Newbie working on first layout
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2019, 08:35:48 PM »
Megatree is Simple? The Megatrees I've seen are 800+ Pixels.


I figured playing with a mini tree would give me the basic, but without the ability to show images.

I think it is biggest bang for buck. Does not have to be huge to start and can be 180 rather tha. 360.

With a megatree you can experiment with all of the options. It can be a matrix, a singing face, a spiral, you can make snowflakes on it.

I've seen displays that are just a pxiel mega tree and some static lights on the house. Guessing they will grow from there but that was pretty cool by itself.

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Re: Newbie working on first layout
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2019, 12:46:54 AM »
You dont need to start with a mega tree. Theres plenty you can do with the elements you have.

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Re: Newbie working on first layout
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2019, 06:07:11 AM »
Thanks for the feed back. I understand each suggestion.

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Re: Newbie working on first layout
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2019, 05:02:59 PM »
Follow Jim's advice....KISS. Then work up from there as you figure it out even though my first prop was a 20'  2,000+- pixel mega tree.
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