Select Sequences and Show Options for SD cards
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At this point going forward there is no difference between creating a new show or editing an existing show. For new shows, defaults are provided that should work in almost all cases. If you are editing a show, all of your previous selections and choices will be filled in.
If you previously used the 'Simple Show Builder' to create SD cards:
There are several sections to this form that allow for very complex shows to be created and scheduled. You can ignore most of them as they are options that were never available in the Simple Show Builder. The only additional section you may need to be concerned with is the 'This show plays...'
All of the options for a new show have been made to create a 'runs anytime powered' show. All you need to do is add/arrange your sequences into the right side of the screen and when ready press the 'Create SD Card - Simple Mode' button.
•For MP3 Directors with real time clock (allows for scheduling):
All of the options for a new show have been set to default to a show that will run whenever the director has power. If you would like to instead run on a schedule, simply select the option that says 'During the scheduled times on the days shown'. From there, follow the instructions to update the days/times you would like your show to run. When complete, press the 'Create SD Card - Simple Mode' button. Please remember that not all directors can run on a schedule.
On the left side are all of the sequences that are available on your computer in the specified directory. If your sequences are not located in your Light-O-Rama data directory, you can press the 'Change Directory' button to move to another folder on your computer.
Sequences are displayed with either [anim], [music], or [S5]. Anim are S1-S4 ANIMATION (.las) sequences. Music are of course S1-S4 MUSICAL (.lms) sequences, and S5 are sequences created in the LOR S5 sequencer. Animation sequences are sorted to the top, followed by Musical sequences, and then S5 sequences.
Select one or more sequences on the left and press the "+" button. The sequences will then be added to the show you are creating on the right side. You can duplicate a sequence onto the SD card as many times as you like (up to 99)
To remove a sequence from the show, select it on the right side and press the "X" button. This removes the sequence from the show, but does not delete the sequence from your computer.
To change the order of sequences that are played in your show, select a sequence on the right and use the UP or DOWN arrow buttons.
There are several important things you need to be aware of when selecting/deleting sequences from a show:
1.When editing an existing SD card show, a * in front of a sequence name on the SD card side means the sequence cannot be found in the folder on your computer where it was originally created from. You may have deleted the sequence on your computer.
2.When editing an existing SD card show, for each sequence on the SD card, Hub will verify that sequence still exists in the same folder as it did when the SD card was created. The * in front of a sequence name on the SD card side means the sequence can not be found. If you move that sequence, even to a folder that is currently displayed on the right, hub will not be able to update the sequence when you write the SD card. You should always keep your sequences in the Light-O-Rama Sequences directory.
3.For any sequence with a * on the SD card side, if you remove that sequence from the SD it is lost. In order to re-create that sequence you MUST have the original sequence. You can still move the sequence in the show, or duplicate it on the SD card, but once removed it is gone. Before removing, you will be warned and asked if you really want to remove the sequence or not..
4.For multi-director shows, all sequences in the show must be present on the computer and must be in the same directory. If they are not, you'll receive a warning. If you continue that sequence will be removed from the SD card show.
5.Once an SD card is created, there is no indicator on the card if it is for a Deluxe MP3 director, or a Mini Director. Even if you edit an SD card and turn ON scheduling, the Mini director will run the show whenever there is power. Mini Directors ALWAYS ignore a schedule
More Complex Shows:
There are multiple sections available which allow you to tailor this show to your liking. Those options are broken down into 3 sections that allow you to change when the show plays ("This Show Plays...."), if there are any special options when the show first starts ("When this show starts..."), and how the show will behave while running ("When this show plays it will..."). Each section can be expanded and collapsed by clicking on it's title or the small double arrow located on the right side. If you are ever confused as to what will and wont happen with your show, check in the 'Tip' section. That section will in plain words tell you exactly how the show will run.
•This Show Plays....
Options in this section control how the show actually starts up:
•Whenever the Show Director has power
•During the scheduled times on the days shown
To change the scheduled start/stop time, or to skip a day completely, click on the times under the day you wish to change. The change time dialog will then be shown:
There are two options here, and the default is 'Show runs on these days...'. If you do NOT want this show to run on a specific day (or days), change the option to 'DOES NOT RUN'.
For those days you do wish the show to run, select the start and end time you desire.
If you would also like to quickly set other days to the same schedule, click the boxes at the bottom (the day you initially clicked is always selected and can not be un-selected).
•When the shown trigger is activated
•When this show starts...
•When this show plays it will...
•Play once from Start to End, then stop
•Repeat Every (10/15/30/60 minutes)
•Play the next song in the list (Round Robin).
Depending on your selection above, you may also be able to control what happens with your lights while the show is not playing. For every option except 'Loop Continuously' you can select if you lights are ON, OFF, or Running a filler sequence. If you use a filler sequence, the sequence that you select will loop continuously until the next event occurs. That could be a trigger, a repeat of the show at X minutes, etc.
Once you have completed the selection of the sequences you want to use in the show, as well as the options for that show, move on to creating the SD card by pressing one of the 'Create/Update SD Card' buttons on the right.
While writing the SD card, you will see the SD Card status screen:
It may take several minutes per sequence to create your SD card. Once complete, you will see this message:
▪You are using Pixels or a large number of channels and need to increase the speed of the network
▪You are using intensity files, and/or want to use LOR Enhanced networking protocol (if your license supports it)
▪You are using multiple generations of LOR controllers some of which support enhanced mode or high speed.
▪You have a G3 or higher multi-port director and wish to use more than the first port
▪You have a G4 Director and want to use 'director link'
▪You need to change any of the Misc options as shown in Step 5 (not common)
▪You need to change any of the advanced throttling options (not recommended)