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    Default Combining shows from different years, different setups.

    I am gathering different shows from different years. Each was done in xLights, and we had different setups each year. The goal is to bring all the sequences into one setup and location.

    Somewhere I have seen where you can "export" your sequence, then bring it back into another setup. There was a chart of "what is on the old system" and corresponding "what is on the new system" that had to be filled out to tell the process where different props were in the new setup.

    I've looked through all of xLights menus (2020.19), have tried several different "Rudolph Searches", and finally have browsed through the DIYC sites manually. (Skimmed would probably been a better definition.) Still have come up empty.

    Can someone point me to directions on how to export and then import?

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Combining shows from different years, different setups.

    Update (5/11/2020 @ 1405) -
    Found the "package sequence" routine. So I now have the sequence, along with the old xlights_networks.xml and xlights_rgbeffects.xml as well as the media needed for the sequence all within a .zip file.

    So far no luck in finding a routine for bringing this into the new setup. The search continues.
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    Update (5/11/2020 @ 1439)
    Found a couple of videos from 3 years ago about this. Will see how it goes.
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    Default Re: Combining shows from different years, different setups.

    OK. Found what I need.
    Keith's video from 3 years ago seems to be very relevant.
    http://videos.xlights.org/importing-...5989f0fdb.html
    Thanks Keith.
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    Default Re: Combining shows from different years, different setups.

    I was going to post something at work today when I saw your initial post but got caught up in something...
    Glad to see you are on right track.
    It really is very simple, but you have to look at the imported sequence as it was created by the user (easy since this was you). The key to making imported sequences look good is to create the groups that were used by the creator.
    To do this, you just change the show directory to where the packaged sequence was stored. Then open the .xml file of the sequence and render. Once it has completed rendering then you can watch the sequence and make notes of the groups used and how they would map to your own.
    After you get a feel for the sequence, change the show directory back to yours.
    Now, create groups so layouts are somewhat similar.
    Then create a new sequence and point to .mp3 file used and click import and then import effects.
    Here you can map your models and groups to the creator's groups and models. Also make sure you select any timing tracks they may have..
    Once that is done, click render and have a play to see how it looks
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    Default Re: Combining shows from different years, different setups.

    Thanks.
    The biggest thing that threw me off was the different terminology used.

    To create the .zip (export) use "tools -> package sequence".
    To bring the data into the new sequence (import) use "import -> Import Effects".
    I know that there is a reason for the difference. Just not apparent at this time.

    Keith's video is most informative. Others out there as well, but Keith's looks to explain it in a way even I can understand.
    Perhaps after I've done a couple, I'll write it up. (Not everyone has the time or the inclination to watch a video each and every time they are looking for information.)
    [No guarantees here. Just thinking that I should.]

    Edit:
    After I did a couple, I remember doing one a long time ago. Amazing the things you do and do not remember.
    Last edited by algerdes; 05-11-2020 at 10:57 PM.
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    Default Re: Combining shows from different years, different setups.

    Once you do it, you'll see just how easy it is.
    I can copy/import/render/save a shared sequence in less than 5 minutes.
    The biggest thing is to create various groups that are similar to what others are using.
    Phil

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