We use a program called Xlights (www.xlights.org) to program each of the songs. The software is completely free and only asks for donations to help the developers as they spend a lot of time evolving the software. Each song takes 40+ hours to program and our whole family is involved. Even our son who is 7 has taken an interest in the programming and has put together a song for this year.
This is a preview of our layout in Xlights - we have to generate the model, make sure they are connected to the right output and tell the software how many "pixels" are in each prop/how its wired. It is even in 3D so that you can place all your props in the right spot
Props are usually purchased from a company called Boscoyo. They specialize in corrugated plastic and have a CNC machine that cuts the specific prop out and the holes for the pixels. We also have a 3D printer where we design and print some of the props in our display. The snowflake was purchased and I designed and 3D printed the middle clip to attach to PVC
We run the entire show off 1 Raspberry Pi - there is specific software designed for this and it sends all the packets out to the controllers to tell each of the outputs what color, what pixel, and how it should function.
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We use 12V WS2811 RGB bullet pixels for everything. We currently have over 35,000 pixels in our show (105,000 channels). You can create any color you want and can control each individual pixel. Each pixel has a power, ground and data cable.
We 3D print a lot of our clips, mounts for props and some of the entire props are 3D printed among other things used in the display. This has become a really valuable tool to make setup and take down a lot easier
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