Ho Ho Ho

No word as to what the neighbours think ...

This video has been circulating around the 'net ... posted on web sites everywhere, but usually lacking in details and (thanks to that mope last year in Colorado) often dismissed as a hoax or a fake.

Luckily, you have have shown some obvious taste in your browsing habits and have come to a site where we take these things a little more seriously. To wit:

1: This is not a hoax. This display is run by Carson Williams, is no hoax, and is run by off-the-shelf light sequencing software and hardware.

2: The details are definitely impressive. The display has 16,000 lights, and draws a stunning fifteen amps of power when all of the channels are triggered. While the "Showtime" software and controller modules make the wiring easy, the programming of the sequences took about 700 hours of creation and tweaking time. Carson was kind enough to share the programming with the world, and you can download the load files for this entire display if you want to play with them yourself. Finally, the song is Wizards of Winter by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, not Mannheim Steamroller. If you want this particular version, you need to rip it from the Lost Christmas Eve CD - the version that is commonly available via Gnutella is from a different CD and has a slightly different timing so it will not work with this sequencing file.

NOTE: The video above is a Quicktime file, and you need DivX/3ivX to view it - if you have the latest version of Quicktime, then you should already have these. I converted it to allow for easy embedded browsing on handheld devices like Blackberries. If you prefer the original Windoze Media file, you can check it out here.

Posted: Thu - December 1, 2005 at 11:17 AM