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First Year with Falcon and FPP
« on: December 31, 2017, 12:06:37 PM »
Hello everyone!


I wanted to share my display with you all, this is the first year I've used Falcon controllers and Pi's, and I am excited that everything worked as well I expected; very few issues I had to deal with (versus using LOR pixel controllers). The videos below show what I was able to do with 6 Pi's, 4x F16V3, 1x F4V3, and 4xPiCaps. Everything works awesome together, couldn't be happier. Keep in mind, the display is a public display, not my personal display, so expectations are high and with Falcon I was able to pull it off.


Because It's Christmas- https://youtu.be/nYn6C11VPe0
Fireflies- https://youtu.be/1tmG8fbQt18
Havana- https://youtu.be/T8oeSoNw_JY
Jingo Jango- https://youtu.be/7DvWExE3rgY
Jingle Bells- https://youtu.be/kUvM1DM62Bc
Skrillex- https://youtu.be/xbyqTLg--8M
Star Spangled Banner- https://youtu.be/PvWp3uzI3G4
Sugar Plum Grove- https://youtu.be/s6lViYpPAbo
The Polar Express- https://youtu.be/YYHmVic9ndo
This is Halloween- https://youtu.be/9Q4Gbnw0uW8
We Need A Little Christmas- https://youtu.be/mfhsCIc6eAY
Wizards in Winter- https://youtu.be/weFoLFfLDoA




Few fun facts:
  • 10,000 RGB lights on the tree itself
  • The star is almost 6ft tall
  • Tree stands about 30ft tall
  • Each Pole has 480 RGB lights each ran with a PiCap
  • Tree only runs at 80% brightness, not enough power to run at 100% (looking to fix this next season)
  • The tree sits over a water fountain (that's what the green tarp is covering)

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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 11:34:09 PM »
Really nice.  Thanks for posting the videos and your hardware list.  It's nice to hear reports of the software and hardware working so well.
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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 12:06:05 AM »
Fantastic job!! I have a couple questions...
Do you have a local WiFi network?
How many pixels are in each run up the tree?


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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 01:20:42 AM »
Very nice job.
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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 07:39:22 AM »
Thanks for all the complements!


Fantastic job!! I have a couple questions...
Do you have a local WiFi network?
How many pixels are in each run up the tree?


Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk


I actually just used a router without any internet connection for the network. I have a network switch as well, and between the two they do a great job. Though there are a ton of Wifi networks where the tree is at (from all the local business and apartments), it didn't seem to affect the display network at all. Everything is hardwired, but I was able to connect my laptop for testing/setup wirelessly without any issues.


The tree has a total of 10,000 pixels, 120 strings of 80 pixels running up the tree, and then 4 strings of 100 pixels to make up the star.

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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 08:48:55 AM »
pretty stout tree construction:  http://visithuntington.org/event/christmas-in-the-city-on-friday-night-this-year/

Did the city do most/some/none of the construction?

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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 09:46:52 AM »
very nice! what program did you use to run it?

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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2018, 03:31:10 PM »
pretty stout tree construction:  http://visithuntington.org/event/christmas-in-the-city-on-friday-night-this-year/

Did the city do most/some/none of the construction?


The tree structure was designed and donated by a local business, Huntington Sheet Metal, they've helped design a lot of our props in the past, and they did an amazing job on this tree! They designed and built the tree, and the Huntington County Parks Department (who I work with) assembles the tree over the fountain. We have to use 2 bucket trucks to assemble the tree. I have some photos of the assembly, I'll try to find and post them.


As far as the rest of the display, I'm in charge of. Controllers, Pi's, lights are all on me (the Parks department hangs the lights on the tree with the bucket trucks). I work all year on this getting everything ready for the display. I get a lot of help from the Huntington North Robotics team soldering and readying the lights.



very nice! what program did you use to run it?


I used xLights to program everything, I sequenced everything except for Polar Express, one of the guys I work with at the Parks Department wanted to try sequencing (I think he did a great job!). During show time, I use 6 Pi's: 2 to run the tree, and 1 for each pole. Everything seemed to work really well this year, it was 100x better than trying to use LOR equipment that we used last year (which was a huge failure).

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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 03:53:44 PM »
The tree in early stages of construction.

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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2018, 03:55:45 PM »
Assembly from last year (didn't get many pictures of this year's assembly but it's basically the same)

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Re: First Year with Falcon and FPP
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2018, 03:58:00 PM »
How I wired the star (which I am changing next season because all the lights are facing the same direction and it makes it look like half the star isn't lit). The last picture is me stringing the lights out before zip-tied to the tree.

 

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