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Need some expert advice to see if this is possible....

Started by Atljim965, August 26, 2022, 05:38:08 PM

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Atljim965

Soooooo, I'm a complete newbee when it comes to pixels and using xlights and sequencing but I'm learning fast, thanks to all the messages and replies and trials and errors that everyone posts!
I've ordered, and it just shipped today, a Falcon F16v4.  I already received an expansion board, several differential receivers (I'm planning ahead and will probably get either an F48 or another F16 when they become available) and a differential expansion board.
I've been setting up a plan on my lights, but one of the things I would REALLY like to put together is a matrix display to include:
 - Current Date
 - Countdown days to Christmas (or whatever holiday I want to countdown to)
 - Current outside temperature (taken from a sensor on the property that I'd have to set up)
 - Tune to information
 - Happy Holiday message
 - An additional message to say something to the effect of "Press the button to start the show" (or something similiar).  Once the button is pressed, the current light show continues for a few moments, then a stored sequence with music and lights begins and plays.
Can someone tell me if this type of matrix display is possible, and, if so, what do I need to do to build it, or where I could find information on such a beast??
Thank you!!
Jimbo

jnealand

Everything is possible, but not necessarily easy.  There are some FPP plugins that might help you.

Does your handle indicate you are in the Atlanta area?
Jim Nealand
Kennesaw, GA all Falcon controllers, all 12v Master Remote Multisync with Pi and BBB P10 and P5

Atljim965


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Quote from: Atljim965 on August 26, 2022, 05:38:08 PMI've been setting up a plan on my lights, but one of the things I would REALLY like to put together is a matrix display to include:
Here are some options that might work.

Quote from: Atljim965 on August 26, 2022, 05:38:08 PMCountdown days to Christmas (or whatever holiday I want to countdown to)
There are 2 plugins in FPP that will do this exact thing- Event Date and Simple Countdown. Event date is a little more difficult to configure but they both do what you are looking for.

Quote from: Atljim965 on August 26, 2022, 05:38:08 PMCurrent outside temperature (taken from a sensor on the property that I'd have to set up)
There is a Weather Plugin that will get your local weather, but if you want from a sensor, that would require something to be created.

Quote from: Atljim965 on August 26, 2022, 05:38:08 PMCurrent Date
You could modify the code in either of the mentioned plugins to display the current date.

Quote from: Atljim965 on August 26, 2022, 05:38:08 PMTune to information
 - Happy Holiday message
 - An additional message to say something to the effect of "Press the button to start the show" (or something similiar).  Once the button is pressed, the current light show continues for a few moments, then a stored sequence with music and lights begins and plays.
All aof thes can be done by creating a sequence and then playing it.
If to err is human, I am more human than most people.

Atljim965

This is going to be a stupid question, but what is the link to the plugin section for fpp?
Thanks! 

darylc

go to your fpp, then content setup -> plugin manager

Atljim965

Is that where I download the plugins at?
Sorry for all the questions....I'm VERY new to all this!!
Thanks for all the help!
Jimbo

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