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Discussion in 'HLS (Hinkle's Lighting Sequencer)' started by angus40, Jul 1, 2014.

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    angus40 Senior Elf

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    It took me awhile to figure this in Ae .
    I used ramps rather than solid colors to give the 3d effect and also
    to tame down the brightness of the pixels .
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    Looks great Angus. Have been putting off asking as I didn't want to appear silly but curiosity has got the better of me. What is Ae.
     
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    Ae = After effects from Adobe .
    This is one of the best applications I have had the pleasure to use for creating effects and syncronizing to audio .
     
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    So you use Ae to get the effect/pattern you want and then somehow take this into HLS to control the actual lights. How do you get from Ae to HLS.
     
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    You are correct , I create the effect in Ae at per/ frame level or beat frequency then export the render as a .png sequence with the desired aspect ratio to suit the element it will be placed on in the sequencer.
    Hls and Xlight/nutcracker have import features for this , in Hls under the pixel plane tab you select " convert folder of png images to effect "
    this will generate a external pp effect that will be saved to the hls\nutcracker folder by default.
    in Xlights\nutcracker using the "picture " function , the process is similar in that you direct nutcracker to the folder where you exported your .png sequence .
     
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    Thanks for explaining it. It makes a lot more sense now.

    So is a .png file a single image or can it be animated to show multiple images following each other. I hope this makes sense. I guess what I'm asking is do you have to import a new .png file for each beat in the pattern or does the one .png file cover the lot.
     
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    Sorry , I was not very clear on the .png file.
    When in Ae I set the effect duration using start and stop markers
    Once ready to render . I set the render output to png sequence thus creating a series of images that comprise the entire effect/duration .
    this can be done in photoshop also < actually nutcracker /pictures prefers the output of Ps compared to Ae .
     
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    Thanks again Angus.

    So when I'm in HLS/Nutcracker do I have to load a .png file for every beat in the effect/pattern or does the one file hold all the images for the whole effect pattern. I guess I'm trying to work out how labour intensive the process is.

    It certainly seems like a good way to set up almost any pattern/image you could think of.

    What sort of cost is it to get Ae.
     
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    I will do a short how to tut .
     
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    Excellent. I (and I'm sure others) would really appreciate that. Please don't feel obliged to give this priority over other things you have going on though. I am in no rush, just interested in all the options available out there.

    Thanks again for your help.
     

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