Jay Gladwell wrote on 11/22/2005, 3:33 PM

Looked live to me, based upon the light reflections. But I could be wrong.

Cool, but the music wasn't very Christmasy, though. <shrug>

Chienworks wrote on 11/22/2005, 3:42 PM
With a standard issue theatrical lighting controller that would be pretty easy to do live. Time consuming yes, but not difficult. Certainly easier to do live than to animate.
mjroddy wrote on 11/22/2005, 5:36 PM
Yeah, with some midi controled lights, that could be done.
A kick to watch. Thanks for the link.
djcc wrote on 11/22/2005, 9:05 PM
Thought it was a kick as well. Not sure, but it sounds like Trans Siberian Orchestra (might have that name wrong). Anyway, beats Clark Griswald!!!!
riredale wrote on 11/22/2005, 9:23 PM
Wouldn't you love to be the neighbor living across the street!
Yoyodyne wrote on 11/22/2005, 11:02 PM
Very cool - someone has an enourmous amount of free time. My only tip for next year - end with Santa exploding!
AlanC wrote on 11/23/2005, 6:02 AM
Beats the heck out of the Epcot laser show.

PierreB wrote on 11/23/2005, 7:47 AM
That was way cool!

Concerned that somebody around here will pick up on it, though. Really.


PS. Actually, that would be a very interesting documentary... what some people do for xmas decorations. Hmmmm.
BarbOrdell wrote on 11/23/2005, 6:25 PM
My guess is that the lights are actually real (except maybe the blue/white border lights looked tinted in post). I'd say he/she took stills of each string lit alone or in various patterns he thought he would need, and later sequenced/layered them to the music in the editor. No way it was done live - too much work.
Chienworks wrote on 11/23/2005, 6:40 PM
Not really too much work at all. I've set up live light shows on stage that were that complex. Each light or group of lights is assigned to a fader. Adjust the faders for the look you want for each step and assign that look to the next scene in the sequencer software. Most lighting software has timing built in. After setting up all the scenes (and many of those are repeats so there aren't that many different scenes to create), play the whole sequence back along to the music with manual advancing. The sequencing software can remember your manual timing and play it back again automatically.

I was hanging out with the tech guys for News Boys at one of their concerts. The lighing guy was grumbing because he had to load a new lighting sequence for act 2 because the software he was using could only handle up to 9999 cues per show. Act 1 had over 7000 lighing cues! I asked him how long it took to set up the program and he said it only took about 6 hours for each act.
Stonefield wrote on 11/23/2005, 6:46 PM
Clark Griswald would be proud.
ibliss wrote on 11/23/2005, 6:50 PM
"Clark Griswald would be proud.

:-) oh yes!
audiofx wrote on 11/23/2005, 7:49 PM
Song Title:Wizards In Winter
Artist:Trans-Siberian Orchestra
CD:The Lost Christmas Eve

My Christmas lights are lame now !
DGates wrote on 11/23/2005, 9:35 PM
Certainly takes christmas lights to a whole new level. I think he/she should run it once every 30 minutes so the neighbors don't get pissed. There would be a nice crowd waiting for each show.
BarbOrdell wrote on 11/23/2005, 10:42 PM
Chienworks will you come to my house and set up my Christmas lights? I can't get my boyfriend to to hang a single string let alone something like that! ;)
DrLumen wrote on 11/23/2005, 11:04 PM
That is too cool. <evil grin> I may have to try that!.

Like was said, it wouldn't be that hard or take that long to set-up and program but the amount of dimmers/relay packs needed would not be cheap; if just for Christmas decorations anyway. It looks to be about 32 control channels. Either a DMX512 interface or standalone controller could be used for the controller.

It looks real anyway...

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Chienworks wrote on 11/24/2005, 3:47 AM
Barb, actually i think even simple blinking Christmas lights are way beyond tacky. ;)
I usually just put up a simple string of white lights on the big pine tree out front and i'm satisfied. I never saw the point in putting lights on the house. I suppose one thing i would find interesting is a string of lights in which each bulb blinks with it's own indepedant cycle. At any given time at least half of the lights would be on. That way instead of the whole thing blinking on and off the effect would be more like a sparkle. That would be a lot less garish than blinking.

Remember, Christmas isn't about decoration; it's about celebrating Him who came for all of us. :)

Oh, and since it's getting to be that winter season again, remember to adopt your snowflake!
Jim H wrote on 12/6/2005, 6:59 PM
I just saw this guy on one of the morning news shows. He's been doing these light shows for a few years now. Sounds like he has more than one song programed and broadcasts the music on a low power FM transmitter so drivers can listen to the music without disturbing the neighors.
goshep wrote on 12/6/2005, 8:16 PM
Awesome. I want very much to believe it is live but I think Barb is right. Watch the grass in the foreground. It could be artifacts but it looks like footprints, wind sway, etc. that appear and disappear as if in an old stop-motion Christmas animation. It could also pass for artifacts but that was my first thought when I saw it.
Either way it was alot of work!
Liam_Vegas wrote on 12/6/2005, 10:43 PM
It's a totally live presentation... here is the interview with the "Williams Family" .. on The Today Show a few days ago.

The interview shows the actual lights doing their stuff while they are having the interview.

*note... the video will likely start with an advertisement... wait for that to complete and the video will start playing.
PierreB wrote on 12/7/2005, 6:18 AM
Wow, thanks for that link. I wouldn't have believed it!

Should we start another thread on the copyright issues involved here?

Nah, never mind.

smhontz wrote on 12/7/2005, 10:50 AM
Ok, I'll bite on the copyright issues. Isn't this guy going to get in a lot of trouble? First, using a TSO song in a public performance, second, broadcasting it over low-power FM radio, third, being seen on national TV using the song... wouldn't you think that some copyright lawyer somewhere would be at this guy's door?
Chienworks wrote on 12/7/2005, 11:00 AM
They'll sue him later ... after they've gotten sufficient free publicity out of the affair.
mjroddy wrote on 12/7/2005, 11:59 AM
Y'all assume he didn't get permission.
If I was the artist, I'd have gladdly granted it.