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  • C++ version of Nutcracker. No more WAMP

    2 50.00%
  • Exchange Nutcracker effects with other sequencers

    0 0%
  • Add beat tracks, notes to music phrases

    2 50.00%
  • Modify nutcracker effects to be beat aware

    2 50.00%
  • Be able to play movies in nutcracker. Start with avi files.

    1 25.00%
  • Use avi files to create layers over top of your existing effects

    1 25.00%
  • Expand targets: Marty fans, horiz matrix, snowflakes, stars

    3 75.00%
  • Create a msq, asq file export for LSP

    1 25.00%
  • Expand single strand effects. Model arches, eaves better.

    3 75.00%
  • software that can locate every rgb pixel in your display

    3 75.00%
  • Expand effect classes: Today 20, double to 40

    2 50.00%
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    Default Nutcracker in 2013

    Well it is time for 2013 planning for Nutcracker

    I am open to any suggestions you would like to see.

    This is my current short list
    1) Explore making Nutcracker C++. This will give real time feedback while creating effects. Still to be worked out as how these standalone programs can talk to a central database so that we still get the gallery. If Nutcracker can talk to a remote database this will reduce the Nutcracker foot print from 1 gigbyte to < 20mbytes. Today Mysql+Apache=970mbytes + 10mbytes of php Nutcracker code. Future could be just 20mbytes of C++ code. The code would be C++ plus wxWidgets. There would be a Windows, Linux and Mac version available.

    This option would eliminate the need for wamp or xampp to be installed on your machine.

    2) I want, in the future , new effects that can be easily shared by other sequencers. For example the new fireworks effects (with physics, particles fall), should just be able to be dropped into xLights. I want to see if Vixen 3 and HLS could use effect generation modules in their sequencers.
    3) New expansion of Music phrases. Beat tracks, Notes, individual instruments. Once a song has been marked up, everyone could use it. Each person would decide what effects to attach to the new meta data.
    4) Speaking of #3 , enhance current effects to be beat aware. Example: While a spiral is turning, have beat track effects that can highlight that effect. Maybe flash white on spiral on down beat of each beat.
    5) Be able to play movies in nutcracker. Start with avi files.
    6) Use avi files to create layers open top of your existing effects or have them be effects by themselves
    7) Expand targets
    a) all targets can start at the left,right,top,bottom corners.
    b) Horizontal matrix
    c) Marty Fans
    d) Spinners
    e) Snowflakes. You will be able to design how many arms
    f) Stars. 5 point, 6 point, n point. Have effects specific to stars
    g) Each string in your target can be given a starting channel #.
    8) Create a msq, asq file export for LSP
    9) Expand single strand effects. Model arches, eaves better.
    10) Write software that can locate every rgb pixel in your display by capturing a video of your show and mapping each rgb node to x,y,z space. Think cover a tree with strings and then map all the pixels. Now the tree is a "matrix" that we can project all our effects on to. This is a big , fun target
    11) Increase effect classes
    a) plasma balls
    b) fireworks
    c) process a mp3 and great equalizer effects
    d) general sound to effects
    e) general video to effects


    So what would you all like to see this year?

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    Default Re: Nutcracker in 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by smeighan View Post
    Well it is time for 2013 planning for Nutcracker

    I am open to any suggestions you would like to see.

    .....................................

    So what would you all like to see this year?
    This is good stuff ! I would like to see a rock solid interface with LOR 3 and beyond. Your solution is likely more powerful than anything LOR will develop, so this would be a great win over LOR. Also the biggest number of users are likely with LOR. People are leaving LOR in growing numbers, but your solution could help keep on top.

    I am very glad to see more possibilities for single strand effects. More shows are adding RGB spot lights. And single strand effects are perfect for them.
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    Default Re: Nutcracker in 2013

    sean maybe its just me but id like to see it made so a user (me) does not have to have a phd to use it thanks for all you do
    are you sure we checked every pixel?The Home of North Carolina's Largest tomato cage pixel tree.

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    Default Re: Nutcracker in 2013

    Here are some the new stars that will be available as targets soon


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    Default Nutcracker in 2013

    Ability to join multiple physical strings as a single logical strand target would be my ask. (Assuming I got the two terms right).One of my 2013 goals this year is to create a (15-20 Meter or 3-5 strings) wide, 8+ strand tall matrix.

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    Default Re: Nutcracker in 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by smeighan View Post
    Here are some the new stars that will be available as targets soon

    I have a pixel star that looks just like the one on the right. I didn't get a chance to do much with it this year because it's not a standard matrix. Something like that would ROCK!!!! I'm assuming we would be able to declare how many pixel nodes are on each leg?

    Before you posted that picture, I was going to suggest something along the lines of a custom "matrix". The ability to give the x,y coordanates of every pixel so that effects would come out great.
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    Default Re: Nutcracker in 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by David Stafford View Post
    Ability to join multiple physical strings as a single logical strand target would be my ask. (Assuming I got the two terms right).One of my 2013 goals this year is to create a (15-20 Meter or 3-5 strings) wide, 8+ strand tall matrix.
    Unless I missed something (or you chose the wrong terms), you can already do that, at least with some of the pixel controllers.
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    Default Re: Nutcracker in 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by David Stafford View Post
    Ability to join multiple physical strings as a single logical strand target would be my ask. (Assuming I got the two terms right).One of my 2013 goals this year is to create a (15-20 Meter or 3-5 strings) wide, 8+ strand tall matrix.
    I have this already, i call it the single strand effect.

    Example you have 3 physical strings
    1st string 100 pixels
    2nd string 50 pixels
    3rd string 30 pixels

    The target generator stitches these together to say you have a single 180 pixel mega string. Now you can divide this mega string into segments. say 3, now each segment is 60 pixels and you can apply effects to each segment. The segments will cross string boundaries but you wont know (or care).

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpurser View Post
    sean maybe its just me but id like to see it made so a user (me) does not have to have a phd to use it thanks for all you do
    I agree with you, Nutcracker is more complicated that it has to be. It is my goal to make it faster, simpler, documented this year.

    just takes time.

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    Default Re: Nutcracker in 2013

    i was thinking of having kids along the sidewalk, so maybe 10'. I want to make it so that they kids who have blue batons, will draw with blue. If they weave among themselves, the colors on my display match their movements.

    With Nutcracker maybe going to a C++ program, xlights already is real time. It handled my 12,100 channels with no lag.

    I would start with what they do would only show up on the megatree. take it from there.

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