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This page gives an overview of the Light-O-Rama SuperStar Sequencer:


A new approach
Exporting a sequence
Playing an exported sequence as a standalone sequence
Playing an exported sequence as a subsequence
Placing an exported sequence into a main sequence using "Paint Sequence"
Things to note
The Demo version
Default layout
PowerPoint presentations


A New Approach


The SuperStar Sequencer is a new approach to light sequencing.  Think of the SuperStar Sequencer as a "front end" to the Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor.  A series of effects are created and can be played to the computer screen, but to play the sequence to your Cosmic Color Ribbons or other lights, you export the SuperStar sequence to a file that the Sequence Editor can play.


If the exported file is from a Visualization Sequence and the SuperStar sequence contains all you lights, then you can play the file as a standalone sequence, simply by opening the exported file in the Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor and playing it.


If the exported file only contains the CCRs of the sequence, then the exported file can be played in one of three ways:


As a standalone sequence (just load the file into the Sequence Editor and play it).
As a subsequence in your main sequence.
Place the sequence into your main sequence using the "Paint Sequence" tool in the Sequence Editor.


Exporting a Sequence


To export a sequence, click on the File menu and select "Export".  The "Save as Light-O-Rama Sequence" dialog box will open.  The default location will be the Light-O-Rama "Sequences" directory.


The default name of your Light-O-Rama sequence file will depend upon the name of your SuperStar sequence file.  For example if the name of your SuperStar sequence file is "MyAwesomeSequence.sup", then the default name of your Light-O-Rama sequence file will be "MyAwesomeSequence.sup.lms".  You can change the name if you wish.


Click on the "Save" button to save the file.


Playing an Exported Sequence as a Standalone Sequence


Launch the Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor.  In the New and Open dialog, click on the "Existing Sequence" tab.  Select the file that you exported from the SuperStar Sequencer (in the example given above, the exported file name was "MyAwesomeSequence.sup.lms").  Click on the "OK" button, and then click on the Sequence Editor's "Play" button.


Playing an Exported Sequence as a Subsequence


To use an exported SuperStar sequence as a subsequence, launch the Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor.  Open your sequence that you want to put the exported sequence into as a subsequence.  Insert a new channel into the sequence, and click on that channel's button to open up its Channel Settings dialog.


Change the channel's device type to "Sequence", and then click on the "..." button (near the bottom, on the "Sequence" line) to select the file that you exported from SuperStar (in the example above, "MyAwesomeSequence.sup.lms").  Also change the channel's name and color if you wish.


The subsequence will be played only while the grid boxes for this channel are on, so use the Sequence Editor's On tool to turn them on for the time range (or ranges) that you want.  For example, to play the subsequence throughout the entire sequence, select the entire row, and apply the On tool to it.


The main sequence and the subsequence should not both try to control the same lights; it is recommended that any circuits referred to in the subsequence are removed from and kept out of the main sequence.  Doing otherwise may cause unpredictable results.


Placing an Exported Sequence into a Main Sequence using "Paint Sequence"


To place an exported SuperStar sequence into a main sequence using the Paint Sequence tool, launch the Sequence Editor and open your main sequence.  Define the CCR channels in it.  If you are using a sequence that has the 6 star channels in it, you will also need to define your star channels to be in a 16 channel controller that is above the CCR channels.


Select the Paint Sequence tool on the toolbar.  It looks like a paintbrush on a rectangle.  This will open the Paint Sequence dialog.


In the Paint Sequence dialog, make sure that the Mode is set to "Repeat", and click on the "Add New Sequence" button.  Select the exported file (in the example above, "MyAwesomeSequence.sup.lms").


Scroll to the top left of the area where you are going to paint the sequence.  The Paint Sequence dialog should still be visible; keep it visible while doing the next step.  Start at the left end and select the entire top row of the region where you are going to paint the sequence.  What happens is that all rows of the exported sequence get painted into the main sequence, starting at the row you selected.  Because the exported sequences are usually very large, the painting of the sequence could take as much as a minute or more.


Things To Note


The Demo version
Default Layout
PowerPoint Presentations


The Demo Version


The Demo version of the SuperStar Sequencer will not export sequences.  However, all other functionality is the same as the paid verisons.   You can sequence to any number of ribbons and save the sequence in the SuperStar format; you just can't export those SuperStar sequences to the Sequence Editor.


Default Layout


The default layout is 12 Cosmic Color Ribbons (CCRs) with a star at the top.  The star is optional, and the number of ribbons is configurable from 1 to 24.  To change the configuration, click on the Tools menu and select "Configuration".


PowerPoint Presentations


There are PowerPoint presentations related to SuperStar which you can download from the Light-O-Rama website.