Tag Archives: pixel christmas lights

🎄5V RGB Pixel Power Injection & Prop Build (2019) 🎄

I built a large 4’x16′ pixel matrix using Chroma Mesh from Boscoyo and 1,024 5V pixels. I show how to model this in xLights to get the wiring plan and I built is as a single string of lights using one controller connection. This requires a lot of power injection. but it’s pretty easy to do on a matrix.

🎄P10 Panel to P5 Panel Conversion (2019)🎄

I noticed problems with the P10 panels at the end of last year and decided to upgrade to P5 panels. Simple swap of the hardware, but the software on the BeagleBone Black gave me some trouble.

🎄Staff of Zarton Redux (2019) 🎄

Well, I finally got around to dealing with this prop that was still hanging around. I changed the design a little.

Some Good, Some Bad, Some Ugly (2018)

I had some time this past weekend to work on one of the props bothering me a little. The new frame did what I wanted. After reaching a stopping point, I noticed something really bad.

AWESOME CHROMA-MESH CLEAR Matrix – Prop Build (2018)

Should I start selling this jig? I think it’s pretty awesome! I built it to help me assemble a 512-pixel, ChromaMesh 3″ CLEAR matrix from Boscoyo Studio.

Falcon Port Sharing & Bypassing Controller Power Distribution

This episode is a bit of a poo-poo platter of updates, but includes a demo of bypassing a controller’s power distribution and why you might want to plus an explanation of Falcon Port Sharing on both the F16V3 and F48.

xLights around the world video: https://bit.ly/2CexFCF

My online course for RGB Pixel beginners: https://bit.ly/2NgNJFm

New Amazon Links page: https://amzn.to/2PJoNY5

Table of Contents:
01:51 – outage update
02:20 – new video editing tools
02:47 – ChromaTrim V3 update
03:25 – Amazon Influencer Program
04:47 – xLights Around the World
06:57 – controller power distribution bypass demo
11:43 – Falcon port sharing

xLights Value Curves Example (2018)

Happy Father’s Day! This is a short tutorial about a powerful feature in xLights called Value Curves. It extends what you can do with normal effects. I used them a lot last year.

Gil’s original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0DJfTV0l4

My online course for RGB Pixel beginners: http://bit.ly/udemy-basics-coupon-16

IT’S A COURSE, OF COURSE! AN ONLINE COURSE (2018)

I’ve been working on an online course for RGB pixels and it’s finally out! Here’s what it’s about and why I did it.

The course is hosted on Udemy.  http://bit.ly/udemy-basics-coupon

The course is designed to take someone new to pixels through everything they need to know to get a show up and running.  It covers both hardware and software.  There’s even a section on sequencing using xLights that even people running shows might want to check out.  If you take the course and like it, please leave a good review with a couple of sentences about how it helped you or why you liked it.  Reviews really help a new course get noticed.  If you see something that needs changing, please let me know that too.

ESPixelstick RGB Controller Setup (2018)

Pixelsticks are small, WiFi RGB Pixel controllers. YOU MUST FLASH THEM YOURSELF TO USE THEM. There are two ways to flash or program a Pixelstick. This video covers using the java tool (TLDR) as well as flashing from the Arduino IDE.

Renard Plus ESP WiFi Pixel Controller Kit: http://renard-shop.com/home/37-es-wifi-pixel-controller.html

Arduino IDE: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

Board Manager Link: http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json

ESPixelStick GitHub Repo: https://github.com/forkineye/ESPixelStick

Amazon Links: https://wp.me/P3deDh-fN