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How to do it yourself DMX
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
7/19/2011 5:42:09 AM
would like some help on how dmx works.. and what I can do with it
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
7/19/2011 2:12:24 PM
Well, with a vague question, you will get a vague answer. The short answer is everything. Much more control over the lights.

Try this.


Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
7/19/2011 7:00:01 PM
wow thank you.. I would imagine the tree would be out of my budget.. but WOW O WOW is that awesome.. I had no idea.. thanks!
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
7/20/2011 8:35:26 AM
yeah, that tree is awesome. DMX however isn't out of anyone's budget, you just have to spend a lot of time doing research. A LOT.

Happy hunting.
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
7/20/2011 10:10:12 AM
yes I guess so ... since I had no idea things like that were in our reach.. thanks again
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
7/20/2011 1:45:41 PM
Allison Alerine wrote:
yes I guess so ... since I had no idea things like that were in our reach.. thanks again


I had the same problem, I was dictating my ideas based on what I had seen... I now come up with the idea, and then find a way to make it happen. The "solution" always starts with someone telling me that is not possible. SO many great ideas out there, some just need a little nudge.
Gage
Gage
Posts: 12
9/11/2011 5:00:50 AM
It looks very interesting but it would be hard for me to do.
Gage
Gage
Posts: 12
9/11/2011 5:01:27 AM
but i think i would need more equitment and different works
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
9/11/2011 7:44:35 PM
Yes DMX is not something to jump into blind. Each year it is getting much easier than the last. I haven't made the plunge yet, but I will be jumping on the pre-sales that come out in February time line. Next year I plan on having several DMX items.

I think you have to look at your display... where are you at, and where do you want it to be at in 1 year, and in 3 years. Don't jump from static display to 300 channels in 1 year. Each year add something. At some point down the road DMX may be that step for you.
Zachary Stoltenberg
Zachary Stoltenberg
Posts: 21
10/5/2011 8:25:03 AM
We are taking the plunge this season with some very simple DMX fixtures. Kent is right, possibilities are ENDLESS but it doesn't have to be hard or complicated. It's almost a necessity with anything RGB. I have a few quick "how-To's" on our website of what we are doing for this next season. Check it out and send me a message with any questions!

http://sites.google.com/site/njstreetchristmas/Home/how-to-1
Tacky Light Tour
Tacky Light Tour
Posts: 38
10/5/2011 8:48:37 AM
Zachary Stoltenberg wrote:
We are taking the plunge this season with some very simple DMX fixtures. Kent is right, possibilities are ENDLESS but it doesn't have to be hard or complicated. It's almost a necessity with anything RGB. I have a few quick "how-To's" on our website of what we are doing for this next season. Check it out and send me a message with any questions!

http://sites.google.com/site/njstreetchristmas/Home/how-to-1


Wow! Your website has several great tutorials that would be a great addition to our "How To Do It Yourself" forums. Please consider posting them there. You could simply link to each article, or even better copy-and-paste the contents with a link back to your site. Plus, each new post before November 4 is an entry to our "Ask. Share. Like. Follow. Giveaway"
Zachary Stoltenberg
Zachary Stoltenberg
Posts: 21
10/5/2011 11:51:54 AM
Tacky Light Tour wrote:

Wow! Your website has several great tutorials that would be a great addition to our "How To Do It Yourself" forums. Please consider posting them there. You could simply link to each article, or even better copy-and-paste the contents with a link back to your site. Plus, each new post before November 4 is an entry to our "Ask. Share. Like. Follow. Giveaway"


Got a few of them up, let me know what you think!
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
10/5/2011 3:58:34 PM
nice stuff on your website Zack... very cool.. thanks!!
Zachary Stoltenberg
Zachary Stoltenberg
Posts: 21
10/6/2011 6:45:21 AM
Thanks Allison! I plan on adding a few more things throughout this season. I know I really need to do a basic How-To on the software side as well. What I'm doing with DMX is VERY basic and simple, you wouldn't believe what else is possible. Think 8,000 channels on ONE TREE!
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
10/6/2011 6:51:16 AM
pretty amazing
Zachary Stoltenberg
Zachary Stoltenberg
Posts: 21
10/6/2011 6:56:13 AM


This is one of my Australian friends, make sure you check the date. ;)
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
10/6/2011 7:13:17 AM
I Just don't understand how you get every light to do that. (IN Patterns) My god this hobby gets very difficult specially if you want to grow bigger and better every yr. I believe the bigger part I can handle it's just the better I am unsure of.
Zachary Stoltenberg
Zachary Stoltenberg
Posts: 21
10/6/2011 7:30:37 AM
Erin Spindler wrote:
I Just don't understand how you get every light to do that. (IN Patterns) My god this hobby gets very difficult specially if you want to grow bigger and better every yr. I believe the bigger part I can handle it's just the better I am unsure of.


http://www.madrix.com/

This is the computer program that drives this, you could never sequence 6000+ channels. The hardware, because it started out DIY, is getting better and more streamlined. Basically, each bulb is three channels, RGB. This tree runs 12 DMX universes using E1.31 (DMX over Ethernet) and like I said, this was in 2009! Two years ago now. Here's his 2010.



Kind of makes a cosmic color ribbon look like tinker toys...
edited by Zachary Stoltenberg on 10/6/2011
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
10/6/2011 11:08:31 AM
just mind blowing
Zachary Stoltenberg
Zachary Stoltenberg
Posts: 21
11/2/2011 7:27:10 AM
OK, so I finally got s3 up and running nicely with my hardware. I've been a bit busy over the last week ( I think Kent has seen the pics) but I'm trying to get the video edited and uploaded today to show how everything works.

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