Last year, I got a ton of questions about the various techniques used on my Megatree and Arches. While they aren't that different from others, I decided to video some sample sequences that focus on the main techniques I use. The video examples and the Vixen 2.1 sequences will be attached here. I also realize that for those moving to 3.0, these are not as valuable. If I ever figure it out, I may learn to create effects for Vixen 3 and the post those along with the videos.
Other Lessons can be found here:
Chase Techniques (Candy Canes)
On with the lesson...
This example is for Megatree Spirals. Adding Spirals to my Megatree was something I decided to do the first time I saw them. 2011 was the first year that I had spirals functioning. I had sequenced them in 2010, but unfortunately, my attempt to actually get them on the tree was a failure. My have 16 Multicolor strands of lights for my spirals. Although I would have like solid colors, I just didn't see being able to get that done. The effects that I show in here are the ones I use. These I developed completely on my own. They could probably benefit from some better use of dimming, but I was very happy with how they looked. The "Inverted Helix" is something I sorta borrowed from a technique that Holdman used on vertical strand of his Megatree. When I ran my test, it just blew me and my son away. I could believe how great the effect was. Another great feature is the Helix Twist (Can also do Spiral) The twist effect is essentially switching the direction of the turn, but it's done slowly so it's not a sharp switch in direction. It's a great effect for songs that rise and fall or have distinct transitions.
The attached zip file contains a Vixen 2.1 sequence with my profile flattened into it. I've tried to keep it small, but it's still a 900K sequence. Eventually I will try to upload each technique as a seperate Vixen Routine files. The techniques in the video match the order in the sequence. The names are mostly my own names.