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Maximum Number of Schedules

Started by Mike M, September 17, 2023, 03:57:02 PM

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Mike M

Is there a maximum number of schedules you can have on the F16v4 in Player mode? I'm setting up my first show and I want shows every 30 minutes with filler in between. However, when I got to 16 total schedules, the "Add" button on the schedule page became greyed out. Any idea why or suggestions on how to coordinate my schedule better?

JonB256

Best guess is - that's the limit. Unlike creating schedules in FPP or xSchedule, the F16v4 has limited memory for storage.
Long time Falcon, FPP and xLights user

tbone321

If you want to use large and somewhat complicated schedules, I would go with FPP as your show player and either set the F16 as a remote or as a controller.  The PI is becoming much more available and returning to more normal pricing and FPP has far more abilities than the F48 has as far as a player goes.  

darylc

Quote from: Mike M on September 17, 2023, 03:57:02 PMIs there a maximum number of schedules you can have on the F16v4 in Player mode? I'm setting up my first show and I want shows every 30 minutes with filler in between. However, when I got to 16 total schedules, the "Add" button on the schedule page became greyed out. Any idea why or suggestions on how to coordinate my schedule better?
contact support@pixelcontroller.com, they might be able to increase it in the next software version.

JonD

Using the Falcon as a player does technically work, but there are several limitations, and it can be time consuming to setup.  I am with @tbone321, you would be happier setting up a FPP or using xscheduler to run the display.  

It seems like most shows that have been running several years end up going to a repeatable loop.  Cars tend to show up when they show up, and they don't usually want to wait around for the next show.  A repeatable loop keeps the traffic flowing. 

Mike M

I appreciate all the guidance! I was trying to avoid setting up FPP the first year just to avoid any complexities, but I'll give it a try. 

@JonD Good point. Once I get more sequences made up, I'll likely switch to a repeatable loop.

MikeKrebs

I would bet that if you rethink how you setup your playlist, you can figure out a less intensive schedule. Especially for your smaller show, just link a few sequences into your playlist and schedule that from 5 - 9 or whatever time you want to run it. It's pretty easy to make the filler sequences be "exact" so that the "show" can still run on the half hour. For example:
song 1 - 2:30
filler1 is 27:30
song 2 - 3:45
filler2 is 26:15
etc

Poporacer

Quote from: Mike M on September 17, 2023, 03:57:02 PMI'm setting up my first show and I want shows every 30 minutes with filler in between
I am not sure what you mean by filler, but people don't typically plan arrival times to come see light displays and if your show is playing a filler when they arrive, they will likely leave to go see a display that they can actually watch....Unless you have a good reason to make people leave, I would reconsider this option.

I am not sure what this filler is, but if it is a sequence, then just include it in your playlist and you would only need one playlist for the night.

Quote from: Mike M on September 18, 2023, 09:26:50 AMI was trying to avoid setting up FPP the first year just to avoid any complexities
Using the Falcon as a show player is probably more complex than setting up FPP!
If to err is human, I am more human than most people.

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