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    Default How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    Hi all,
    new to all this but learning fast, I hope.
    I've started to look at using an Arduino Uno to help improve my display. I've also started using Vixen 3 and seem to have figured that out ok. I have created a new sequence and set the general serial controller. I only plan on running one small mega tree through the uno.
    my question is how do you put the sequence onto the arduino uno ?
    I've read alot about codes on the Uno as well as using fastled but so far I havent found anything that explains the process of moving a vixen 3 sequence onto the arduino so the sequence will then run on the pixels.
    Any help would be great or even tutorials which are recommended to watch .
    thanks all

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    Default Re: How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    Simple answer: You dont.

    You need to understand the concept of a show player. Vixen has a play mode, I use an FPP to ply my show. The player sends data to pixel controllers (your uno) at the right time to coordinate your show. So the correct question is: How do I get Vixen show player to send data to my uno.


    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show.
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    Default Re: How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    A little searching on youtube I found this gem

    Martin a lecture on etiquette ? really ! I had expected to learn how I was going to output from Vixen to an Uno in your reply and was sadly disappointed

    As your replies are usually detailed and on the $$$$$ .

    Are you feeling ok Sir ? ( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡)

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    Default Re: How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    Wife was rushing me out to go grocery shopping


    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show.
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    Default Re: How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    I hope you are having a Sunday Chuckle at my reply I always appreciate your thread replies >I learn lots mostly .

    The honey_do can be trying at times I know !
    Now to purchase an Uno. lol

    Cheers
    Last edited by angus40; 09-08-2019 at 04:44 PM.

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    I did have a Sunday chuckle and did tell my wife it was all her fault.


    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyX...ttrsZNARkUce0Q

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    Default Re: How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    Quote Originally Posted by angus40 View Post
    As your replies are usually detailed
    Is this a polite way of saying I am usually "Long Winded". If so, my wife heartily agrees with you.


    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyX...ttrsZNARkUce0Q

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    Default Re: How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    The OP looks to have been at it for over 1 year and I expect he really wants to see some blinky output .
    Your detailed replies generally yield results , however I though this one lead to more questions than answers lol

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    Default Re: How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    If you look at File/Export in Vixen, you will see various formats you can use. Pick one that you might understand the format (CSV?). But the file will almost surely be too large to include in the Arduino program. So, an SDCard can be added to your Uno and you could read data from the card and output to your pixels. I did not read the entire thread but page four has a simple example of reading hex values from a card and outputting to pixels. Notice there is no timing in that code other than a half second delay between reading the data.

    https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=473476.0

    A lot of the early discussion was about how to get from ascii (ints) to true hex values and you would probably want to do that with the csv although not technically required.

    In reality, 99.999% (maybe even another 9 on the end of that) of the manually sequenced arduinos are using Vixen or xLights or FPP to send serial data to the arduino as described in the video angus40 linked to.

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    Default Re: How to put vixen sequence onto Arduino uno

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinMueller2003 View Post
    Simple answer: You dont.

    You need to understand the concept of a show player. Vixen has a play mode, I use an FPP to ply my show. The player sends data to pixel controllers (your uno) at the right time to coordinate your show. So the correct question is: How do I get Vixen show player to send data to my uno.

    hi thanks for the reply.
    your right that is exactly what I should of asked. I started last year using the basic t1000s controller which is great for a beginner but this year I wanted to up my game and move into vixen and arduino. I've got a good understanding of how vixen works and should now be asking how do I get vixen show player to send data to my Uno. also what FPP do you use?
    thanks
    Paul
    Last edited by paultintin; 09-09-2019 at 02:27 PM.

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