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Nutcracker: future timing input

Discussion in 'xLights (Nutcracker)' started by smeighan, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. smeighan

    smeighan Dedicated Elf

    Jan 19, 2012
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    4217 Greenfinch Dr CO 80126

    That is a great question! I have been waiting for the user base to get past the how to create a target rgb device, attach an effect and get an output.

    If you look at most megatrees, they do not sync the effect to the music. The run 10-15 seconds of a pattern while the rest of the show syncs the other devices. There are some shows that do things like have the meteors fall in sync with the music.

    So , here are the choices:
    1) Load one of my effects and then cut and past things like the flashing, meteors and move it to align to the music
    2) Load one of my effects and paste over it with a highlight. Find the pulse and make streaks of color matching the beat on top of a spiral effect,.
    3) Use a new feature, not yet released, of a timing file.

    In my show (yet too be created), i do plan on having effects synced to the music. This is the way i plan on doing that.

    Besides an effect, i am going to prompt for a timing file.

    In audacity , you can highlight the music and then type Ctl-B. This allows you to label the highlighted section

    Here is a label export from a TSO Carol of the Bells from Audacity.

    0.618008 8.196737 intro
    8.196737 9.107485 p1
    9.107485 10.050761 p2
    10.050761 10.994036 p3
    10.994036 11.953574 p4
    11.953574 12.880586 p5

    I will have a prompt ,in Nutcracker, where i can do things like

    intro FLY_0
    P1 SPIRAL_1
    P2 SPIRAL_2

    I will need to figure out how to prompt for transitions, and how to highlight an existing effect. I expect this will be done with layers

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