I am working on a pixel map setup with LED Tape and have successfully patched and set up the layout. I am mostly using it to make gradients using the effect layers with a movement of 0. I then record each gradient to a cue in order to fade smoothly between them - and that is where my problem starts. The lights seem very choppy when fading between the different gradients I have recorded. It’s almost like the content is grainy or something. My pixel map is a large L shape - a single line of 200 pixels x 50 pixels, and I up the content to almost 400 pixels wide to be able to move it across my pixel map with pan/tilt.
- I’m thinking I may have made the content too large and it can’t be this many pixels, but it doesn’t seem very grainy on the preview, so I’m not sure.
Sounds to me more like a driver resolution problem. Are the LED 8 or 16 Bit drivers?
If you fade fast, is it as choppy or does it seem to be a little better?
The Pixel Tape and Drivers are both from environmental lights - the DMX 512 Pixel Control Decoder - bu I’m not sure if it’s 8 or 16 bits. I currently have it patched to 8 bits in order to save on Universes.
When I fade fast it is even more noticeably choppy than when slow.
Almost all LED tape (and your media) is 8 bit, so 16bit probably isn't even an option anyway.
It sounds more like a refresh rate problem. How many RGB chips are on each 'run' of LED tape?
Most types of LED tape can only update a fixed number of "pixels per second" on a given decoder output.- So a run of 200 LEDs refreshes at half the rate of a run of 100.
I have a run of 150 pixels on one decoder and a run of 50 pixels on another. I figured it wouldn’t be an issue since each decoder can do up to 170 pixels - but maybe that’s the problem?
You can check by running less pixels through it and see. Or if you do a normal effect chase through the whole thing is it smooth and clean? It could be the issue but I'd test out the server layer's blend feature and see if that smooths it out for you at all.
After some more tests it seems to be a problem with the Tape/Decoder. Even in a static color it sometimes is choppy/ flickers. I'll have to check with the LED tape company - Thank you all!
are you sure your power supply is sufficient and the distance from feeding point to the LED isn't too long?