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Candy Cane effect issue

Discussion in 'xLights (Nutcracker)' started by OzAz, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. OzAz

    OzAz Full Time Elf Generous Elf

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    I'm sure there's some simple reason, just can't put my finger on it

    testing a boscoyo type candy cane custom model in xLights, trying to do effects but they're not working as I thought/expected/hoped they would.
    lights change colour up the cane "line by line", but when they get to the curved part both sides change.
    would have expected the way the lights are configured they should still change "line by line" around the curve, ie 3 pixels at a time

    attached video shows a bars effect and how lights are wired and laid out. all effects do the same - light both sides of curve.

    how do I get it to stop lighting up both sides of the curve and actually go around the curve?

    https://vimeo.com/209892893

    If I use the actual candy cane model the effect works as expected, however then I can't get the 3 pixels wide, which the actual prop is (or will be if I get them).

    https://vimeo.com/209894789


    signed
    still a noob
     
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    Its all about which render buffer type you use. Did you try changing the render style to "Single Line"?
     
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    OzAz

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    I had already tried Single Line, but didn't have any luck.


    Following your suggestion Gil, tried it again but with Transformation set to Rotate CW 90 and a few other changes and sort of get the effect I was after. Though this is more of a rotate than straight up.


    I'll keep trying options unless anyone has any other suggestions or wants to provide exact effects settings to get this to work the way I'm trying to do it (as per second video with 4 candy canes).


    cheers
     
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    I'd use Marquee effect with Single Line render style.
     
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    You could try creating a submodel that includes all the nodes but in a more useful grid. I'm not sure if it would be:


    row1: 1-3
    row2: 4-6
    row3: 7-9
    etc...


    or:


    row1: 1,4,7,10,etc....
    row2: 2,5,8,11,etc...
    row3: 3,6,9,12,etc...


    experiment with both and see what works best.
     
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    How did you go with your candy canes? During the week I made a test cane, with 54 nodes (3 on each line, 18 rows), but it drove me crazy that the effect followed one node after the other, and not line by line. Using Dan's settings of the sub model I was able to group each line and the effects now go line by line up, and follow around to the end of the cane. I'm now going to start on another 9 canes.
    Let me know if you are sill having problems and I'll post some pics of my settings.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/q2dndhcpu33u4y6/MOV_1326.mp4?dl=0

    Thanks
    Shane
     
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    Binny Apprentice Elf

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    Hello

    This is how I was advised to wire mine.

    cane.png
     
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    OzAz Full Time Elf Generous Elf

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    That looks good Shane. Still waiting delivery from boscoyo but wouldn't mind details of the sub models.
     
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    G'day
    I wired mine line by line, similar to Ozaz's and then created the sub model as Dan suggested.

    They below saves creating custom models.

    upload_2017-5-7_10-44-29.png

    On the sequencer tab, expand the Candy cane Element and it will show the sub model group. Put your effects on that to show the output in my video.

    upload_2017-5-7_10-46-5.png

    You can then use either row depending on the effect you want.

    Shane
     
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