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    Announcing Beta1: MegaTreeMaker

    Just in time for last minute vixen sequencing!

    Purpose of this application:
    This application will generate multi-channel, multi-color pattern sequences for use in MegaTree (and other) sequencing, and paste them to the clipboard for insertion into your Vixen 2.5+ sequence.

    The primary objective in creating these sequences was to make them highly “musical”. There’s nothing (ok, almost nothing) cooler than a megatree that sequences exactly to the beat of the music. With current cut/paste operations, it’s difficult to re-use existing sequences as every song has a different BPM (Beat per Minute) This app solves that problem!

    Beta1 Limitations: (what?, it’s not perfect?)
    1. There is no error checking on values entered, or on configuration file reading…don’t be surprised by exception errors!
    2. There's a limit to the number of channels...if it crashes, you've probably entered too many...try doing fewer colors...
    3. The patterns output are dependant on the color choices entered in the config program
    4. The transitions between iterations are not perfect at this time, you may need to do a bit of clean up...


    Features:
    1. Patterns are defined in an XML configuration file. Feel free to add more and send them to me!
    2. Patterns are graphically illustrated and also include a text description. (Note: the "Multi" color is not illustrated at this time, but it is output if you've got them)
    3. “Beat” measurement can be input in either ticks (if you’ve calculated yourself), or by a direct BPM measurement. If you know the BPM of a song, use that for a more accurate representation…or run your audio file through software to determine it’s BPM (There’s several FREE options for this).
    4. Inverted patterns are as simple as one click!
    5. Able to specify what value to use for “full on” or “full Off” to create interesting effects.
    6. Use the "iterations" field to define how many times you'd like a given pattern to repeat.

    To use:
    Simply copy the application and the MT.XML file to the same folder on your machine, and run!...it runs independently of Vixen at this time, but you can paste it’s output into Vixen very easily.

    This app is written using .NET 3.5. You must have this installed prior to running this app.

    Special thanks to Mike over at landolights.com for letting me use his pattern layouts, names and descriptions to get started!

    Fire it up and let me know what you think!!!

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    Last edited by dgirard; 12-02-2009 at 06:22 AM. Reason: Added most recent update
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    Default Re: ANNOUNCING: MegaTreeMaker

    I've created a survey to understand how everyone has built their configuration...

    If you don't mind, can you please take 2 minutes for me????

    http://surveys.polldaddy.com/s/3C013962013E3BE4/
    Last edited by dgirard; 10-29-2009 at 11:35 PM.
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    Default Re: ANNOUNCING: MegaTreeMaker

    Sounds very cool!

    I'll definitely be playing with it tonight.
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    Default Re: ANNOUNCING: MegaTreeMaker

    When David eMailed me a few days ago, I said COOL!

    Like he said, Vixen is a bit tricky to align beats to, since the grid spacing is 'fixed length' (ie, if you pick .05 second spacing [20 frames per second], EVERY column is .05 later than the last).

    So with a song that is say 120BPM, every change of your tree is going to be 10 columns.

    While it's a pain to remember that, what happens if the next song you want to use the same pattern on is only 90 BPM? Now your 10 column grids have to be 15 columns. No Cut and Paste for you!

    When I get the chance, I'll update my Megatree DIY articles with a reference to this neat tool!
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    Default Re: ANNOUNCING: MegaTreeMaker

    Looking real good!!!! Thanks a million for taking the time to create this.

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    Sounds very interesting and could be used for other things.

    Why the "holding first reply"?
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    You know.... I just realized thatI posted that comment here at DIY, but I thought I was at PC.

    Of course we all know how Vix works.

    Senior Moment.... 8-)
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    Default Re: ANNOUNCING: MegaTreeMaker

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne J View Post
    Sounds very interesting and could be used for other things.

    Why the "holding first reply"?
    The cool kidz hold the first reply so that if the following discussion produces meaningful documentation/ideas/etc, then there's space for me to edit at the start of the thread and summarize the details there....

    Regarding other things...I'm considering what to do with leaping arches....while this can help with them, I think there's more we can do...

    I'll be back and hop into flash chat later tonight if anyone has any questions...proably between 10 and 12 Eastern Time....

    Enjoy!
    Need help with your MegaTree sequencing? Try my MegaTreeSequencer! http://doityourselfchristmas.com/for...ead.php?t=8667
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    Default Re: ANNOUNCING: MegaTreeMaker

    I see some very good potential here, once some of the limitations mentioned in the original posting are addressed (slices/colors/etc).
    Last edited by tlorek; 10-28-2009 at 09:59 PM.
    Tom
    Facebook - Christmas on Victory Celebration of Lights
    2009 - 328 channels, 48,500 lights
    2010 - 448 channels, 61,100 lights
    2011 - 480 channels, 68,000 lights
    2012 - 480 channels, 68,000 lights <---- same as 2011

    5 x Ren-SS8 --- 12 x Ren-SS16 --- 4 x Ren-SS24 --- 5 x Ren-24
    3 x Ren-24LV --- 4 x Ren-48LSD --- 2 x Ren-64XC --- 1 x Helix
    50 x SSR (mix of oz and ez and soon to be neon)

    Yes, I have excess capacity!!!

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    Default Re: ANNOUNCING: MegaTreeMaker

    Quote Originally Posted by tlorek View Post
    I see some very good potential here, once some of the limitations mentioned in the original posting are addressed (slices/colors/etc).
    Thanks...I knew those were going to be issues...but with the sequencing season high upon everyone, I wanted to get it out there in case there were other comments....I also figured there must be plenty of folks with 8 slice one color trees... ;-}

    I'm hoping my tree will be 8/8/8 this year...thus that's where I started...it's also matches illustrations from Mike at landolights.

    It's actually not hard to edit the xml to change the slices (the graphic illustration only accounts for 8 right now though)...the code will output the correct patterns I think...
    Need help with your MegaTree sequencing? Try my MegaTreeSequencer! http://doityourselfchristmas.com/for...ead.php?t=8667
    Help me make it better!..tell me about your setup in this very brief survey: http://surveys.polldaddy.com/s/3C013962013E3BE4/

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