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JayTeeDee
09-03-2008, 03:16 PM
Has anyone any experience with either the FireFly Lightning Controller or the Haunted House in A Box setups from Lights Alive?

It looks like the Firefly is comparble to the I-Zombie lightning controllers. The Haunted House in a Box supposedly controls lights, sounds etc. Their descriptions and write up make them look awfully good.

However, I was wondering if anyone has had any practical experience?

GraveStalker
09-04-2008, 04:55 AM
From what I have seen, Animated Lighting's Haunted House in a Box is very similar to Light-O-Rama (LOR) which I have used extensively. I use them to synchronize a soundtrack to lights. They have ability to switch, fade, and set intensity of attached lighting. Also, have cool effects like twinkle and shimmer.

We have an intro room where we perform a skit that turns into a musical performance. Everything is run off of the light controller. The overhead dialog, electrical flickers, lighting synchronized to actor's actions and music

I think they are a great purchase - 16 channels, 30A controller with MP3 player for around $500. I had trouble finding a DMX controller that could fade four channels for that price. Relatively simple to program. LOR has a tutorial on their site.

I even automated a small museum using the lighting control with a PLC.

campdoc
09-04-2008, 01:56 PM
I've got the Animated Lighting 16 channel W/the monster brain.
It's Ok , For a yard haunt, The factory soundtrack is not that good,
" if we could get Virgil to do the sound track,! " I'll be the first to order one. lol

GraveStalker
09-04-2008, 08:12 PM
Doc,

You can't load your own audio track on those controllers? I thought they were similar to LOR.

LightsAlive
09-04-2008, 08:48 PM
FireFly has features not available on other controllers. All controls are accessable on the outside... you don't have to open the case and flip switches, such as accessing dimming mode. And the FireFly FF-501 is the only 5-channel microprocessor-controlled lightning simulator.

Funny you mentioned Virgil, Doc. He just shipped us the finished version of the thunder CD to accompany FireFly.

You can make your own shows for Haunted House in a Box, but you need the Animation Director software to do it.

We believe HHIAB is the best, that's why we sell it, and why it's used at DisneyWorld to light Cinderella's castle.

Nightgore
09-04-2008, 08:53 PM
Do you have proof that Disney uses this? I don't believe that for one minute because 99.9% of the software/hardware used at Disney is ALL made in house... they have programmers, writers, etc. etc.

Just saying. -Tyler

LightsAlive
09-04-2008, 09:05 PM
Do you have proof that Disney uses this? I don't believe that for one minute because 99.9% of the software/hardware used at Disney is ALL made in house... they have programmers, writers, etc. etc.

Just saying. -Tyler

Just answering: http://www.animatedlighting.com/Disney/Castle2007.asp

I think we can believe a principal lighting designer for Walt Disney Entertainment.

Nightgore
09-05-2008, 06:30 AM
Nice! Well then, that's awesome! lol... I'm going to have to see if this is as easy to work with as people claim. I have a friend (Joe Thomas) how the lights are set up. That's pretty damn cool! -Tyler

JayTeeDee
09-05-2008, 07:26 AM
FireFly has features not available on other controllers. All controls are accessable on the outside... you don't have to open the case and flip switches, such as accessing dimming mode. And the FireFly FF-501 is the only 5-channel microprocessor-controlled lightning simulator.

Funny you mentioned Virgil, Doc. He just shipped us the finished version of the thunder CD to accompany FireFly.

You can make your own shows for Haunted House in a Box, but you need the Animation Director software to do it.

We believe HHIAB is the best, that's why we sell it, and why it's used at DisneyWorld to light Cinderella's castle.

Are you going to be updating your website regarding the Virgil Audio? If I was to order a FireFly Unit, would I be able to get the "Virgil" thunder CD?

Lastly, are there any issues Animation Director software and Microsoft Vista?

Thanks,

JayTeeDee

campdoc
09-05-2008, 08:08 AM
Doc,

You can't load your own audio track on those controllers? I thought they were similar to LOR.

I wish I had the time,to learn "Animation Director software"
I just don't have the time,. I need a simple plug and play system for now,

LightsAlive
09-05-2008, 08:44 AM
Are you going to be updating your website regarding the Virgil Audio? If I was to order a FireFly Unit, would I be able to get the "Virgil" thunder CD?

Lastly, are there any issues Animation Director software and Microsoft Vista?

Thanks,

JayTeeDee

I didn't realize until yesterday that we don't say on the site that a CD comes with FireFly. That's corrected now.

You absolutely would get the "Virgil" thunder CD with FireFly. We shipped initial units with our own CD, and we will be shipping current FireFly owners the new CD at no extra cost. (Just waiting for the CD/DVD duplicator to arrive!)

As far as AD/Vista, we haven't used Vista. We will check with the manufacturer, and advise.

virgil
09-05-2008, 10:31 AM
I figured since my name was dropped I might chime in here! :)

The thunder tracks that I compiled, edited, mixed for Lights Alive
involved hours of collaboration, work and tweaking so as to show the true
potential of the Firefly.

I am so proud of my affiliation with Lights Alive and, yes, we are
working on several new projects involving the Haunted House In A Box
product.

More exciting news to come!!

poison
09-05-2008, 12:16 PM
FRIGHTPROPS.COM has built a great STEREO LIGHTNING controller with Left & Right Lightning control with a GREAT soundtrack as a bonus!

http://www.frightprops.com/frightprops/props/Product.asp?ID=0796

virgil
09-07-2008, 01:56 PM
Let me reiterate:
I have personally not seen a lightening emulator that
can hold a candle to the Firefly in design and functionality.
I didn't just fall off the pumpkin wagon when it comes to
electronic engineering. Being an amateur techno geek
who designs and builds sound modules and having a
degree in technology from Indiana University I can tell you
this is no under-engineered device.
It's built like a tank inside and out with a level of
flexibility that is only topped by its user friendly interface.
I have spent hours with the Firefly and can tell you, in my
humble opinion, this device is a Cadillac!!
As I've said, I am so proud (and humbled) to be working
with Lights Alive on this unit and The Haunted House In A Box
designing custom soundtracks for both.
If you haven't seen the Firefly up-close and personal
the guys at Lights Alive will be putting a demo online soon.
Hang onto your hats folks; you ain't seen, or heard, nothing
yet!! :)