After a breif conversation with Tuppetsdad this week, and in the absence of any better plans, Here is a plan for the Mini, which will take a somewhat differnet format from previous but should be absolutely awesome. Lots of doing, and not so many power point slides! Over the two days, we'll go from just having a bunch of "stuff" ( decorations, trees, lights, pixels, controllers, computers, network stuff ) to having a functioning and sequenced show. By building the show in pieces we'll be able to cover a whole bunch of different topics, get some hands on experience, try some new things and this will be good for newbies to old hands... It won't be brand specific, but it will stick to some standards. We'll need lots of participation and there will be the opportunity for you to bring your favourite thigns and plug them in. Yes what we are going to is a PLUG-FEST! ( thats a festival of plugging ).. Seriously we want Lots of different stuff! There will be plenty of time for you to do what you do best. ( talk amongst yourself ). we'll no doubt have "issues" along the way and we'll have to troubleshoot them. To make this work, we will need a little bit of pre-preperation, and some people will have to help bring some bits along.. Each session will be about 90 minutes. Sat Morning.. Session1: So we have got some lights. We need a plan of what we are going to build. [ part of the plan will be pre-built, but we'll fill in some details as well ].. This will be a session on planning what you need.. Power requirements, cables, where stuff will be, Ip numbering.. Tuppetsdad is the guru on planning and loves spreadsheets. Session 2: How does this stuff talk together.. So, we need to plug it in.. We'll cover off DMX, E1.31 in both unicast and multicast and see what differneces it makes.. In the practical side, we'll configured some devies and for the uber geeks we'll capture some packets and look at wireshark. At the end of the morning, we should have some things lit up and under control.. You guessed it, this will be multicast's session. Lunch. Session 3. So, we have our devices out there, but its not much fun just turning them on and off. Welcome to the wonderful world of sequecing.. Potnetially we'd like to break this into two streams. the first session will be a broader session comparing the highlights and lowlights of various control software. We need a session leader for session 3 QuickTalk A: We'll have a few of these 15 minutes spots to fill in.. Session 4, potentially we can break up into a couple of streams and look at a specific bit of software, and atually do some real sequencing... Xlights likely will be one, are there others. Put your hands up if you want to take a workshop on this. What you'll want to do, is get your controller set up talking to the devices that we have set up earlier.. So you'll have to work to the plan. Also if there is anyone that want to do a deep dive into network protocols for lighting, then I'll happily bore you to tears.. Quick Talk B: Show and tell! Sunday Morning: Quick talk C: Whats new in lighting control Protocols... e1.31 enhancements, e1.33.. ( what the heck is that ) and E1.40.. ( positioning data for show control ).. From your freindly CPWG member. thats me Session 5 Advanced Bits and Peices.. Falcon Pi Player Led Panels ( the thigns you call P10' ) FM transmitters.. and anything else that you want.. Quick Talk C: TBA Morning Tea Session 6: Sequencing Part 2.. Following on from your Session 4.. We want to see a finished show! BBQ Lunch. Quick Talk D: TBA Session 7: SHOW TIME!!! We get to see your shows! This is where it all comes together. Coffee, Questions/ Answers, Tall Story telling and Wrap Up.. SO WE NEED SOME PEOPLE TO RAISE THEIR HANDS TO TAKE SOME SESSIONS!! Theres 4 15 minute spots to fill in with a quick Blinky related topic. Pick something, it might be technical, artistics, talking about your shows, or some project you are working on. Nothign is really off the list of possiblitys! We need session leaders for: SESSION 3: Overview of Sequencing, the various software types etc. We need team leaders for SESSION 4 and 6.. This is specific to a particular control software.. ( eg Xlights, LOR, Vixen ).. You may want to team up with someone.. Session 5: Other cool stuff - I will be your friendly network administrator for the weekend.. What that means, is that I will be the evil-geek who will assign you universe numbers, Ip address's and other stuff.. This isn't too make life boring for you, but we just will need to keep things just a little co-ordinated!