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Offline sklankowski

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Something new for 2019
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:17:55 PM »
Already thinking for 2019.  I volunteer with rotatylights.org, and I am looking for the next great display to add to their show.  As a group, not really interested in flat matrixs or p10 displays but displays with character. Something with RGB technology.  Do not know really much about the fan blade displays.

 

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3D cube matrixSnowflake wall,
RGB lights in deciduous trees

Offline Emuney18

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Re: Something new for 2019
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 05:46:42 PM »
Check out showstopper sequences. They have a big tree that they put lights in that is like a 3D globe.  On the previews it looks flat but a real video looks really cool and I suspect in person would be awesome. 


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Re: Something new for 2019
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2018, 09:01:31 PM »
I am looking to build a forest (~8) of RGB trees with 600 to 800 pixels per tree.  since the F48 controller-to-receiver connection is RS485, and could handle the distances greater than 250', it comes down to cost versus using F4V3 boards.  weighing pro and cons, other than cost difference.  Thoughts?

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Re: Something new for 2019
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2018, 03:42:20 PM »
The 4-port differential boards can connect to an F48, F16v3 or F4v3 so you're going to get the 250' distances from anything connected to the board.  I currently am running 2-14' 1200 pixel, 1-10' 630 pixel and 2-5' 240 pixel trees.  I use a single F16v3 without expansion or  differential boards.
The bigger question would be the locations of the pixel elements.  All my trees are within 50ft of each other.  If they were more spread out, I'd go with an F48.
 
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Re: Something new for 2019
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2018, 08:33:13 PM »
The F4 and F16 boards are intended for props that are close to the controller.  There is an add on remote capability (2 remotes on the F4 and 4 remotes on the F16) which gives you the freedom to put props farther out using the 4 port remotes.  You can even run a single remote off of the F16 without the remote transmitter board.


What makes the F48 really worth the look is that ALL the outputs are remote, so you can design a whole forest and string them around in groups of 4. 


The flip side of this is you are putting your forest under one controller.  If it has a problem, your forest goes dark.  With multiple F4V3s, you only lose those that are connected to the malfunctioning board. The rest stay up.  With that said, I have many F4s and have only had one malfunction.  Not a bad record considering how many there are out here, and how long I have had them.  :)



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Re: Something new for 2019
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 07:26:48 AM »
The flip side of this is you are putting your forest under one controller.  If it has a problem, your forest goes dark.  With multiple F4V3s, you only lose those that are connected to the malfunctioning board. The rest stay up.  With that said, I have many F4s and have only had one malfunction.  Not a bad record considering how many there are out here, and how long I have had them.  :)


This is one reason I us a Hubs and SSCs is that it is cheaper to replace a $10/$40 item then a whole Fx item. I cannot justify having an $200+ backup item.

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Re: Something new for 2019
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2018, 02:56:21 PM »
But SSCs are limited to controlling a max of 128 pixels.  Not so with the Falcon controllers.  Even the PiCap can control 800 pixels.  I still have some SSCs and they still work good, but newer stuff has lots more functionality and controllability not to mention more user friendly.  Either way it is nice to have choices.
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Re: Something new for 2019
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2018, 07:22:49 PM »
Sscs you can do 150...but yes setup I can do my f16 stuff much fast than all my sscs I have...

 

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