Simple Show Builder

Top  Previous  Next

The Light-O-Rama Simple Show Builder is an alternative to the Show Editor and the Schedule Editor, allowing you to create shows and to schedule them to be played at certain times.  While the Simple Show Builder is easier to use, the Show Editor and the Schedule Editor are more flexible and powerful.

 

The Simple Show Builder progresses, step by step, through a few screens:

 

First, a "Welcome" screen is displayed, giving some brief instructions on what you will need to have ready in order to use the Simple Show Builder.

 

Next, you are given a choice of what type of device type you want to use for your show.

 

Then, you can select the sequences that you want to use for the show.

 

Next, you can pick the time or times that the show should run at.

 

If you chose to use an MP3 device, you will then be asked to insert your SD card into your SD card reader/writer, and to tell the Simple Show Builder when you have done so.  Your show will then be downloaded to your SD card.

 

Otherwise, you will be presented with a final screen, showing some directions on how to enable the Show Player to run the show that you have just scheduled.

 

Welcome

 

The first screen in the Simple Show Builder shows a list of things that it would help to have ready before you use it.  After you have these things ready, simply click "Next".

 

SimpleShowBuilderWelcome

The Simple Show Builder's welcome screen

 

Choose the Device Type

 

The next screen in the Simple Show Builder allows you to select the type of device that you want to control your show.  You can run it from your PC (using the Light-O-Rama Show Player), or any of a few types of Light-O-Rama MP3 devices.  Choose the device you wish to use, and click "Next".

 

SimpleShowBuilderSelectDevice

Select the device type that will control your show

 

Select Sequences

 

The Simple Show Builder will next ask you which sequences you wish to use in the show.  On the left is a list of your existing musical sequences (either those with 16 channels, those with 32 channels, or all of your musical sequences, based on your choice of the radio buttons at the bottom).

 

Add a sequence to the show by highlighting it and then clicking the "Add" button; this will move the show from the left pane to the right pane, which is the list of sequences in your show.  Similarly, remove one from your show by highlighting it and clicking "Remove".

 

The sequences will be played in the order that you list them, but you can change the order simply by clicking on the "Up" or "Down" arrow (on the right-hand side).

 

When you are satisfied with the sequences in your show and their order, continue by pressing the "Next" button.

 

Note that if any other than "Use a PC" is selected, only effects on channels that are set up to use the Regular Light-O-Rama network will be downloaded.

 

Note that only musical sequences can be scheduled using the Simple Show Builder.  If you wish your show to have animation sequences, you must instead use the Show Editor and the Schedule Editor.

 

SimpleShowBuilderSelectSequences

Select the sequences to be played in your show, and the order they will be played in

 

Choose the Times

 

The Simple Show Builder will then ask you to select the times at which you want your show to run.  You can have different times for up to two different sets of days of the week.  You can select any days you want to be in either set, but typically this is used to have your show played during different times on weekdays and weekends.  Note that "weekends" here might mean "Friday and Saturday", rather than "Saturday and Sunday", since your show will probably be playing while it's dark out, and so "weekend" is really "the night before a weekend day".  In fact, this is how the Simple Show Builder operates by default, but again, you can change this however you want.

 

After selecting the days of the week, select the start and end times for each.

 

Next, choose whether you want the show to run continuously, or once every hour or every half hour.  If you select "continuously", then after all of its sequences have been played, the show will automatically start over with the first sequence; this will continue until the end time is reached.  If, instead, you select "once every hour" or "once every half hour", the show will stop after its last sequence, and start again once every hour (or half hour), until its end time is reached.

 

When you are satisfied with the scheduled times, click "Next".

 

SimpleShowBuilderSelectTimes

Select the times that you want the show to run at

 

Download to the SD Card

 

If you had asked the Simple Show Builder to control your show via a Light-O-Rama MP3 device, rather than via the Show Player on your computer, you will then be prompted to insert your SD card in your SD reader/writer.  When you have done so, click the large "CLICK HERE to write the SD card" button, and wait for confirmation that your show has been written to the SD card.

 

The Simple Show Builder is then complete; simply move your SD card to the Light-O-Rama MP3 device, and the sequences that you selected will play at the times that you selected.

 

SimpleShowBuilderDownloadSD

Download the show to your SD card

 

Finished

 

If you had asked the Simple Show Builder to control your show via the Show Player on your computer, rather than via a Light-O-Rama MP3 device, you will be presented with a final screen giving directions on how to enable the Show Player.  After you have read and understood them, simply click "Finish", and your show will be scheduled.

 

SimpleShowBuilderFinished

Final directions from the Simple Show Builder