About

Canispater

 

It’s Latin for “Dog Father” (kinda).

I like dogs and technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Barry Edwards

    I truly love that wreath Can you get a close up shot of it??? maybe with some measurements, or even better a how to video. Live in SE Oklahoma — I truly get a kick out of your youtube’s!

  2. Dog Father Post author

    Thanks Barry! Yeah, that was an interesting build I did before I started making the videos. It’s a piece of 3/16″ acrylic I bought from a local plastic supplier measuring 4x4ft. Pretty expensive and I broke one of the corners off so I sawed two of them off to make it look like I knew what I was doing. Haha

    It’s 288 pixels total, 4 rings of 72. I had a friend make an Adobe Illustrator file for me as a guide for the holes and had it printed at a local print shop that had large formate printers (about $20 for a 4ft square sheet of paper). I put everything on top of a 3/4″ piece of MDF and just drilled 1/8″ holes through the paper, acrylic and MDF. That way, if any of the holes were off, I could make a small adjustment. Then back through the acrylic with a graduated 1/2″ bit (for drilling through plastic) and wired it up. I do want to re-wire it after this year with different pixels to see if I can get the mounting any better, but I’m pretty happy with it. With the rings symmetrical, it’s very easy to do nice looking patterns. The other wreath is LED strip inside PEX tubing, but it isn’t an equal number of nodes per ring so I’m more limited in the patterns I can generate.

    I have straight on shot of it in “Injecting Power For RGB Pixels” at 0:43.
    Jeff

  3. Benjamin Smith

    Jeff,
    Thanks for the link! Hey, my work has a huge plotter, any chance you can send me the file of the wreath hole spacing (pitch chords) I can probably get a piece of scrap Lexan for my project here at work as well 😉
    Thanks again!
    Ben Smith

  4. Bill Brothers

    I was laughing so hard at the snowmageden video I almost fell out of my chair. I am up in Georgetown, TX and the way people talked up here about the “MASSIVE STORM” was a hoot. We recently moved from Colorado where is does snow occasionally. Good thing we left the snow tires on the car! 2018 will be my first computer-controlled lighting event. Thanks for your vids, they help a lot. I do technology for a living and have been wanting to do this for a while.

    Bill Brothers
    P.S. we are dog lovers too. Good to know about the dog event in Austin. Will try to get to the next one.

  5. Dog Father Post author

    Bill,

    Welcome to the hobby!

    Yeah, I’ve lived in Texas for most of my life and I’ve noticed the reporting seems to get worse each year. It’s rare when we get snow, but ice IS A huge problem. They try spreading sand or chemicals, but really don’t deal with it well because it doesn’t happen often either. I’ve been caught trying to drive over an overpass on solid ice and I just stay home now. 🙂

    I started the channel because I had a few people ask me how I do it, it’s more than a 60-second conversation and I wanted to be able to say “go here” so I hope it’s helpful. It is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it and it does help if you are a techie – shorter learning curve at least. I’ll do my best to help out when you get stuck, but there are also a lot of forums and Facebook groups with people I learned from. There’s a great beginner guide on auschristmaslighting.com (the Aussies are really into this too).

    There’s actually a lot of dog-related events in Austin throughout the year. This one is close and we’ve gone every year.

    Welcome to Texas!

    Jeff

  6. Paul North

    Good Afternoon, I am new to the RGB pixels. For the past year I have been learning and acquiring the hardware, as well as building elements. My questions are:
    1. I want to put (8) spinners atop of 20 foot poles the poles will be spaced about 20 feet from each other, what type of controller(s) should I get from the falcon christmas store?
    2. I been reading about people putting fuses between the power supply and controller. Is this correct and if so where would I get such fuses?
    When all said and done my display will have (2) 20 foot 16-100 lights each strip mega trees, (8) 4′ trees 100 lights, (8) 6′ trees 168 lights, (4) 8′ trees 168 lights., 8 spinners, 8 arches.
    I’ve acquired (1) f16v3 controller with (2) expansion boards., I think I will need to get another f16v3, 12 distro boards for power injection on the 6 and 8 foot trees.
    Remaining items I need are the lights. And anything else you might suggest Sir. Thank You for Your Time and Help.

  7. Dog Father Post author

    Wow. Well, with the distances involved, you might look at the F48 & differential receivers. I’m waiting on one myself, but that would handle the distance easily. You may be wasting some ports with that setup unless you need 4 per spinner (maybe kick those up a notch). 🙂

    You only need fuses if you aren’t using the built-in power distribution from the F16 (or differential receiver). I’ll bypass that sometimes if I have really long strings or on my wreath that has 288 pixels (which exceeds the 5-amp fuse on the F16). Also, if you power inject directly from the power supply, use a fuse. There are several options. Amazon has some automotive inline fuse-holders and Hanson Electronics (Australia) has the hex fuse board. I also use Hella fuse holders in my distribution box. All that depends on your brightness setting. I run 30% brightness so the display uses 1/3rd the power – any higher and I’d probably start getting complaints from neighbors because pixels are bright.

    That all sounds like a nice display! It sounds like you have everything covered.

  8. stephen gill

    Hi, first my condolences on our loss and best wishes to the other half aka the boss.
    Have watch with great interest all your vids. can you help, (i know you DONT usually answer queeries.
    My hope is being from the other side of the planet you may take pity on me.
    I am looking at going to pixels for my display that at the moment is basic and static none coordinated units (stuff you buy and put up), usual case of money no time, time no money!!! Question is i would like to use the Falcon system but cannot obtain the parts here (nz) Aus person used to be David Pitt web site now closed.
    Tried Falcon direct no help there, is it a conspiracy against us nuc free people!!!! Do you have a contact/web site/ anything that could help. Looked at Light o Rama too restricted, vixen is a maybe, xlights looking favourite for software. reason to do this i am retiring this year 68 yrs younge
    Any help would be most gratefully received Please keep up the great work and slow and easy. look after all around you, more so those you love.

  9. Dog Father Post author

    Stephen,
    Thanks! I do answer queries, but mostly on YouTube as I get notified quicker. As for getting you a Falcon controller, David WILL ship one internationally, but I forget what the requirements are. He had a problem once and is more cautious now. You can email him directly at david@pixelcontroller.com. I’m not sure what you mean by the website being closed. https://www.pixelcontroller.com seems to work fine for me – unless you mean the checkout won’t let you enter an international address. xLights is my sequencing software of choice. The developers are always adding new stuff and fixing bugs. It is being updated constantly by guys that run light shows. 🙂
    Thanks again!
    Jeff

  10. Larry

    Jeff, Great video on the F48 as usual. I have created an excel template I am using as I convert over to F48 and xLights. May be good content for a video especially for folks like me who are taking the plunge. If you send me your email, I will send you the excel template and instructions if you think it would be useful for some. I’m sure you can describe it better than I.

    By the by, thanks for the shoutout about setting up the pixel poles as trees with no offset. Hope that works for you.

  11. Dog Father Post author

    Larry, Great and Thanks! You can get my email on the YouTube channel in the about section. I don’t post it here due to spam although I doubt that really helps much. LOL! So what is the Excel sheet for? Just keeping track of which strings go to which receiver port?

  12. John lubenow

    This will be my first year trying pixels. I found your YouTube channel and love the videos. I live out in Round Rock.

    I would like to see your lights when the show goes live this year. Will you post the address?

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