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 Post subject: Christmas Light Show
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:20 pm 
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Think your blinking Christmas lights are cool?
Think again! [5 MB WMV]

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Light Show
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:25 am 
Yes, my christmas lights can beat that. (The link is dead.)

Edit: Is [url=file:///private/var/tmp/folders.501/TemporaryItems/AOLTemp.html]this[/url] what you were wanting to post?

If so, that is indeed cool but it would be easy to fake.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:09 am 
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BBlalock wrote:
Yes, my christmas lights can beat that. (The link is dead.)

Dammit! It was working when I posted it.

BBlalock wrote:
Edit: Is [url=file:///private/var/tmp/folders.501/TemporaryItems/AOLTemp.html]this[/url] what you were wanting to post?

Hard to say, since that's a local file. :)

This was what I wanted to post. Cool and not that feasible to fake (look at all the radiosity). And the TSO tune is catchy. :)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:46 pm 
They must've got a lot of time in their hands.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:47 pm 
What's the tune? I don't recognize it.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 6:13 pm 
gnolam wrote:
BBlalock wrote:
Yes, my christmas lights can beat that. (The link is dead.)

Dammit! It was working when I posted it.

BBlalock wrote:
Edit: Is [url=file:///private/var/tmp/folders.501/TemporaryItems/AOLTemp.html]this[/url] what you were wanting to post?

Hard to say, since that's a local file. :)


Well crud. I thought that was the link that opened the video. It worked when I tried it.

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This was what I wanted to post. Cool and not that feasible to fake (look at all the radiosity). And the TSO tune is catchy. :)


Faking this is as easy as taking photographs of every desired state of the lights (not trivial but perhaps a bit easier than doing the real thing) and then stitching the frames together to match the music. A real photo editing wizard might be able to get away with photographing each lighted section individually and then building the composite images from that smaller base image set.

Of course all you save is the expense of the hardware to control the lights if we assume that the setup times for the hardware and the time spent photographing all of the desired combinations are the same.

Real or fake it's quite nice.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:33 am 
There (potentially) is a fairly simple way to do this or something like it.

The X10 home automation protocol allows for up to 256 addresses which should easily handle every individual zone they're using.

The downside is that you lose absolute syncronization as only sixty IIRC control signals can be sent per second.

At points they're flashing every light in the display and any sync loss would be easily visible if they were using X10.

Of course it's not terribly hard to control a bank of relays with a PC.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:34 am 
BBlalock wrote:
Of course it's not terribly hard to control a bank of relays with a PC.

Oh com port... will your wonders never cease?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:57 am 
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More inphomation.

http://www.mypartypost.com/watchvideo/1033/Best_Christmas_Lights_Display_Ever

This display was the work of Carson Williams of Mason, Ohio, who spent
about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that control
the 16,000 Christmas lights in his 2004 holiday lighting spectacular.
The musical accompaniment is broadcast over a low-power radio station
so that it is only audible to visitors tuned in to the correct frquency
and doesn't disturb the neighbors.

link to another version of the video. If it's exactly the same, tough tukus. I'm on dialup and didn't wait around for it to fully download before posting. :P

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How to build your own light show.

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