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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by jeffre on Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:34 pm

I ask because I am mostly curious if it will all work as i planned. I have not yet ordered a second strand of lights
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by MudHolland on Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:06 pm

haven't received my strands yet, so i can't be 100% sure... And when i do i ordered just one...
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by MudHolland on Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:42 am

Got my strand the day before yesterday, hooked it up and got it working.

25 LEDs is not enough for a 55" tv, it is however for a spare 32" tv I had lying around. I got it working, and the latency is not visible at all! Very cool! Also, i got a few clips that worked great with the set up, so I will be uploading a couple of clips tonight when it's dark. (2 hours or so)

I'll be ordering a second strand when they become available. I'll connect it up to my 55" tv, so there's a lot to look out for :D
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by sacredgaming on Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:15 pm

sweet did you have to make any real change to the code? looking forward to the pics thanks for all the help.
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by MudHolland on Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:09 pm

Image Image Image Image

Pictures really don't do it justice, it's the fact that your wall color is changing with what's on screen is what really sells the effect! The videos are uploading, but i could take a few hours to complete. Even then, the videos don't really do it justice, seeing it live is really mind blowing. Video makes the white look to blue and yellow too white :S Spots are better visible on video than watching it in person.

After watching the videos I noticed some lag, but it not really noticeable when watching a video. I'll post a link when the video's done.
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by MudHolland on Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:15 pm

Scott Pilgrim intro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AhUajvnOHw

Terminator Salvation Sewer Scene http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9No3_8-nxHs

Star Wars Lightsaber Fight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-qkW7K_CZ0

Colorswirl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjcaWuM1RO0

Metallic Wall paint behind monitor, still there's more light IRL than how it looks from the videos...
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by sacredgaming on Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:21 pm

you answered my questions about the whites looking blue but, they do look white? The lightsaber fight was really cool its almost like they were coming off the screen. Common ada get some leds :)
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by MudHolland on Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:24 pm

Yes, in real life they do look white. I've got my whole house filled with led spots, strips and gadget, but these LEDs have got the best color accuracy and saturation I've seen. The colorswirl looks really cool.

One thing I miss though: no way to turn the LEDs off. When communication stops, the LEDs stay the color they were last...
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by sacredgaming on Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:43 pm

put a switch on the 12v to the led's would stop them correct?
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by MudHolland on Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:54 pm

Of course
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by sacredgaming on Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:03 pm

woo hoo! finally ordered 2 strands.
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by pburgess on Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:23 pm

Dude. Duuude! I'm blown away. Especially the light saber battle...when the tips go right off the edges of the screen...that was unexpected, to say the least.

I'm really pleased to see folks' enthusiasm for this stuff...and a little embarrassed now to have used cardboard and tape when putting together the demo rig. Had thought it was going to be a quick-and-dirty little project idea and not on permanent display. :) That's awesome!
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by sacredgaming on Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:41 pm

thank you for your effort pburgess i am really excited about completing this project i think it will make all the difference in my htpc setup.
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by MudHolland on Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:58 pm

Thanks, Phil! And thank you, once again for making this possible! I would have never had such a set up if it wasn't for you.

Next step is ordering 25 more and realizing 'on the big screen' ;)

Also, the lights really have a distinct spot, which isn't really what i was looking for. I think this has mostly to do with the fact that the monitor was placed in front of a metallic paint wall. At first i thought it would help with the brightness, but the spots are really too distinguishable...

Also I think i'm going to program a 'start up sequence', wehere the LED's turn red one by one, then green, then blue, white, and then fade out and the ADAlight magic begins :D

If you guys want i can upload more. Just let me know if you have a good scene that will show the colors even better ;)
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Re: Ambilight Project needs some assistance.

by adafruit on Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:12 pm

That's a good idea, we will add a little 'test startup' to help people verify wiring!
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