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New Guy - DeSoto Missouri- USA

Discussion in 'New Members Say Hello' started by Mark-H, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. Mark-H

    Mark-H New Elf

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    Another new guy here with the same enthusiasm and excitement exploring this hobby as most others just getting started. I read the 101 manual and have been absorbing as much as possible to avoid the same old questions us newbies always have.

    My plans, Christmas 2018, XLights, 12vdc, RGB nodes primarily, FM broadcast with sign, maybe some floods on the house to cover area the first year, maybe one singing tree/bulb. So here is what I am thinking: single strands across the garage peak and the front gutter (I would like to eventually have icicles here). Vertical single strands at the corners of the garage and right corner of house. Framing the windows and entry. 4 snow flakes on right corner of house, Snow flakes either side of garage, Star in garage peak, 8 foot mega tree ( I assume this is close to standard height with the strips and tree kit), about 4 mini trees and 4-6 arches near the street. So at this point I am weighing some options and not fully committed to any model elements or layout. My house is a Ranch style White Brick with the front of the house at 81 feet across and a 25 foot wide garage on the left sticking out about 6 feet with a peak roof. I tried to provide picture but I do not have anything off the computer so no URL

    I over analyze everything I do trying to be respectable out of the box and then progress from there. I am looking at what would provide the most bang on coverage of my area and welcome your learned opinions. Are my tentative plans too ambitious? If so, where is the best place to cut back and save for the following year? Skills: I can fab anything, decent at computer basics, networking computers- just enough to fowl things up.


    Thanks a bunch, looking forward to sharing.
     
  2. keithsw1111

    keithsw1111 Full Time Elf

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    I suggest you put a photo in the sequencer and start laying out some models to see what it will look like. You can even throw some effects on them and see if you like it.
     
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    Mark-H New Elf

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    Yes Siir, I have been working on that. Watching nearly every video you have posted over the past few weeks has giving me some good insight.
    Is there a way to export the preview playback from xlights? I am thinking of building a small library of effects and setting I like.
     
  4. uncledan

    uncledan Apprentice Elf Generous Elf

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    Welcome to ACL. That sounds like some pretty big plans for first year. I went pretty big my first year with pixels/rgb and it was a bit overwhelming.. You have plenty of time and there are plenty of people willing to help and answer questions. Drop by chat and ask away if you have questions. Start with Xlights NOW!
     
  5. keithsw1111

    keithsw1111 Full Time Elf

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    A few options for export. Presets lets you save an effect and use it later. Check out pixel pros who just posted a how to video on that. In .2 due any day now you will be able to export your preview as a video as well but I am not sure that helps.
     
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    Mark-H New Elf

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    Excellent. Thanks, I will go to chat for further help.
     
  7. Benschristmaslights

    Benschristmaslights Dedicated Elf Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    hi mark welcome to ACL
     
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    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    Welcome to ACL, you will find all you need here to create the masterpiece of your dreams
     
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    Neato!
     
  10. kinglights

    kinglights New Elf

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    Well G'day from Australia ACL.. and Welcome.
    I was very luck to have spent two week last November in Las Vegas and Florida just before your big Cold.. Loved it over there..
     

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