Training and Support

"First Year - Start Here" Online Course

Your first year with a light show can be overwhelming, especially if it's already later in the fall. There are so many different types of hardware to research and software terms and tools to learn, that it can seem like an impossible feat to create a light show in time for this year.

The "First Year - Start Here" course (created in collaboration with Synchronized Christmas, Inc.), turns all of those options and information into a step-by-step guide for your first year with a Light-O-Rama powered show. In our seven main Modules, we'll walk through the process of creating a light show from "Those light show videos online are cool, I want to do that" to "There's a light show playing outside on my house right now." No more need to sort through all of the information the internet has to offer - we've condensed everything you need to know into video content and optional "test your knowledge" quizzes created exclusively for this course.


To begin, you'll learn common terms and definitions used in the light show industry, as well as information about the Light-O-Rama system as a whole that will be explained in further detail throughout the Modules in this course. You can watch this module for free!

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Before you ever open the software or purchase a controller, you need to make some decisions about your display. This Module will help you make four major decisions:

  • What is your budget and what size display can you create for that amount?
  • How are you going to acquire sequences and how does that affect your options for layout?
  • How are you going to control your show?
  • How are you going to control your show?

Don't forget to look at our Create Your Own Harmony Sequence series before starting this Module.

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Based on your decisions in Module 2, we'll build a preview in a follow-along format, meaning you'll pause the video in this Module multiple times to work on your own display. By the end of this Module, you'll have a completed Preview (the visualization of your display) built in the demo version of the Light-O-Rama software.

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Building off of Module 3, you'll learn about the different hardware and components you'll need to purchase in order to make your virtual layout come to life.

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In addition to purchasing hardware, you'll also need to purchase a software license. This Module will help you understand which software license is right for you.

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Once all of your equipment has arrived and your lights are installed, Module 6 will guide you through setting the Unit IDs on your AC channel controllers and connecting your entire system together in preparation for your show.

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In the final Module of the course, we'll teach you how to schedule your shows using a computer or a Showtime Director, whichever you're using for your show. Once you complete this Module, you'll be ready for opening night!

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If you decide to create your own sequences instead of ordering custom sequences or pre-programmed sequences from a vendor, this Module will give you an overview of the AC channel effects and toolbars in the Light-O-Rama Sequencer. Once you have an understanding of all of the options, it's up to you to add in your creativity to create sequences unique to your display!

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Luminous Harmony "How To" Tutorials

Category Tutorial Title Description Keywords / Topics
Beginner S5 Software Overview This video walks through the high level uses of each of the main programs in Light-O-Rama S5 suite and how to get started in general. Beginner, Overview, Software
Beginner Versions & License Levels This video discusses the versions and license levels of Light-O-Rama to help you purchase software if you're just getting started. Beginner, License Level
Beginner Comm Ports & Network Preferences This video walks through initially connecting your USB adapters to your comm ports, then assigning the appropriate networks in the Hardware Utility. Set Up, USB Adapter, Serial Port Error (8002), Networks, Aux A
Beginner Create New Preview, Import & Export This video discusses the icons in the preview tab of the S5 Sequencer, including options to create a new preview, copy a preview, and to import/ export. New Preview, Export, Import
S4 Upgrade S4 to S5 Comparison This video provides an overview of the differences between Light-O-Rama S4 and S5 and suggestions / tips for the upgrade process. S4 to S5, Upgrade
S4 Upgrade Importing S4 Sequences This video covers the process to upgrade your personal S4 (.lms) sequence files to S5 format (.loredit) in Light-O-Rama version S5.5.0 and above. S4 to S5, Sequence Import
S4 Upgrade Archived Props This video explains the basics of archived props in Light-O-Rama S5, including ways they could be created and what to do with them once they appear. S4 Upgrade, @ symbol, Lights in preview but not real life
S4 Upgrade Grid Configurations This video covers how to create a grid configuration after you've completed your Preview and arrange your props so that they work best for sequencing. Rearrange Props, Show All Items, Grid View Group, Export Layout
Preview Create New Preview, Import & Export This video discusses the icons in the preview tab of the S5 Sequencer, including options to create a new preview, copy a preview, and to import/ export. New Preview, Export, Import
Preview Add AC Channel Props This video covers the basic process for creating AC channel props in a Preview, including how to share channels between props. Add Prop, Prop Definition Window, Share Channels
Preview Creating Basic Groups This video explains the basics of creating preview groups, then sorting elements within groups later in the grid view of a sequence. Groups, Grid View, Sort by Color
Preview Channel Conflicts & Bulk Changes This video walks through the solution to four common channel assignment errors and also covers how to make bulk edits to the names of props. Overlapping Channels, Share Channels, Change Prop Names
Preview Format & Resize Props This video covers how to format, resize, and align props in the Light-O-Rama S5 Preview Editor either during or after preview creation. Bulb Shape, Bulb Type, Align Props, Prop Spacing
Preview Add Dumb RGB Props This video covers how to add dumb RGB props in the Preview Editor, like the Light-O-Rama 10 Watt Dumb RGB Flood Light Kit. Add Device, RGB Order, Floods
Preview Add Smart RGB Props This video covers how to create smart RGB props in your preview, and the differences between Unit ID /channels assignments for AC Channel vs RGB props. Draw String (Roof), RGB Unit IDs, Start in Middle of Strand
Preview Strobes & Icicles This video covers how create strobes light and icicle light props in the Preview Editor, and how to find the layout and wiring views of pixel props. Strobe, Icicle, Pixel Wiring View, Layout View
Preview RGB Dimming Curves This video explains how to set the dimming curves for pixel props in Light-O-Rama S5, and therefore reduce overall brightness (and voltage drop). Dimming Curve, RGB
Preview Smart RGB Preview Groups This video shows examples of the three most common smart RGB group arrangements using the Preview Editor. Groups, Horizontal Stack, Vertical Stack, Use Preview
Preview Resizing Pixel Trees This video covers how to resize pixel trees in Light-O-Rama S5 and copy the motion effect rows from the original sequence into yours. Resize LOR Tree in Store Sequences, Copy Motion Effects
Preview Print Channel Configuration This video covers how to print your channel configuration from the in Light-O-Rama S5 Preview Editor, found within the Sequencer. Frint, Channel Configuration, String Summary
Preview Assign Different Preview To Sequence This video covers how to assign your own custom preview to a Purchased or Shared sequence in Light-O-Rama S5. Different Preview, Modify Sequence Layout, Match Props
Sequencer Customizing Sequencer Layout This video covers how to customize and dock the windows in the Sequencer of Light-O-Rama S5 and how to view sequences side by side for easier copy & paste. Missing Preview Tab, Playback Window, Copy & Paste Effects
Sequencer Archived Props This video explains the basics of archived props in Light-O-Rama S5, including ways they could be created and what to do with them once they appear. S4 Upgrade, @ symbol, Lights in preview but not real life
Sequencer Add Media File This video covers how to add a media file to a purchased sequence in Light-O-Rama S5, which will correct the missing Media file error in the Control Panel. Add Media, Missing Music, Playback Error Media File
Sequencer Timing Tracks & Audio Wizards This video covers timing grid basics in Light-O-Rama S5, including fixed timing grids, as well as the the Beat, VU, and Tapper Wizards. Create Timings, Beat Wizard, Locked Grid, Subdivide Timings
Sequencer Beat Channels This video covers how to create beat channels and the practical use applications (like marking what you hear in the music so you can sequence). Beat Channel, Music
Sequencer Grid Configurations This video covers how to create a grid configuration after you've completed your Preview and arrange your props so that they work best for sequencing. Rearrange Props, Show All Items, Grid View Group, Export Layout
Sequencer Top Toolbar This video gives an introduction to the basic toolbar options in Light-O-Rama S5, like cut/copy/paste commands, and different ways to view and play your sequence. Paste Options, Playback Speed, Zoom, Drag Edges, Toggle Preview
Sequencer Basic AC Channel Commands This video covers the basic AC channel command options and focuses on how the Range and Slope sections are used at a beginner's level to create effects. Fade Up/Down, On, Shimmer, Twinkle, Modify Existing, Keyboard Shortcuts
Sequencer Advanced AC Channel Commands This video covers advanced AC channel command options, including Toggle, Fill, Chase, Intensity, as well as Foreground and Background Effects. Toggle, Fill, Chase, Intensity, Foreground, Background
Sequencer Color Fade Effects This video covers RGB color fade effects for dumb and smart pixels, and how to modify existing color effects. Solid Color, Color Transition, Favorites, Modify Existing
Sequencer Motion Effect Rows (1) This video walks through the options for creating motion effect rows in Light-O-Rama S5, required for pixel sequencing. White XXXs, custom Motion Effect Rows, Merge Defaults
Sequencer Motion Effect Rows (2) This video expands on the basic concepts in the first Motion Effect Row tutorial and discusses reasons WHY you may want to create ME rows in your sequence. White XXXs, Effect Tricks, American Flag
Sequencer The Motion Effect Generator This video goes one by one through all of the base motion effects available as of Light-O-Rama S5.6.4, and discusses recommendations for using effects. Pixel Sequencing, Walkthrough
Sequencer Motion Effect Basics This video walks through the basic process to place an RGB "Motion Effect" using the Motion Effects Generator after creating Motion Effect Rows. Built In Effect, Select Colors, Parameter Sliders, Favorites
Sequencer Effects Samples Tab & Preset Effects This video explains how to use the three different types of preset motion effects in the Effects Samples tab and save your own favorites. My Favorites, LOR Shared Favorites, Use In Sequence Effects
Sequencer Mixing Two Motion Effects This video covers how to mix two motion effects together (one on the left and one on the right of the Motion Effects Generator) to create unique effects. Pixel Sequencing, Mix Effects, Change Parameters
Sequencer Layering Motion Effects This video covers the logic of overlaying and blending motion effects within a single pixel prop on multiple Motion Effect Rows. Overlay, Blend, Motion Effect Rows, Render Order
Sequencer Modify Existing Effects This video explains how to change the intensity or type of AC channel effects, modify the colors of dumb RGB effects, and change motion effects in bulk. Modify Fades in Bulk, Change Colors in Bulk
Sequencer Leaping Pixel Arch Effect This video explains how to use the "SingleBlock" motion effect in Light-O-Rama S5 to create "leaping" or "bouncing" effects on pixel arches or rooflines. Pixel Arch, Leaping Arch, Bouncing Arch
Sequencer Create "All On" Sequence This video covers how to create a sequence with all of your lights steady "on" in the Light-O-Rama S5 Sequencer. All On, Filler Sequence, Keyboard Shortcuts
RGB Add Dumb RGB Props This video covers how to add dumb RGB props in the Preview Editor, like the Light-O-Rama 10 Watt Dumb RGB Flood Light Kit. Add Device, RGB Order, Floods
RGB Add Smart RGB Props This video covers how to create smart RGB props in your preview, and the differences between Unit ID /channels assignments for AC Channel vs RGB props. Draw String (Roof), RGB Unit IDs, Start in Middle of Strand
RGB Strobes & Icicles This video covers how create strobes light and icicle light props in the Preview Editor, and how to find the layout and wiring views of pixel props. Strobe, Icicle, Pixel Wiring View, Layout View
RGB RGB Dimming Curves This video explains how to set the dimming curves for pixel props in Light-O-Rama S5, and therefore reduce overall brightness (and voltage drop). Dimming Curve, RGB
RGB Smart RGB Preview Groups This video shows examples of the three most common smart RGB group arrangements using the Preview Editor. Groups, Horizontal Stack, Vertical Stack, Use Preview
RGB Resizing Pixel Trees This video covers how to resize pixel trees in Light-O-Rama S5 and copy the motion effect rows from the original sequence into yours. Resize LOR Tree in Store Sequences, Copy Motion Effects
RGB Color Fade Effects This video covers RGB color fade effects for dumb and smart pixels, and how to modify existing color effects. Solid Color, Color Transition, Favorites, Modify Existing
RGB Motion Effect Rows (1) This video walks through the options for creating motion effect rows in Light-O-Rama S5, required for pixel sequencing. White XXXs, custom Motion Effect Rows, Merge Defaults
RGB Motion Effect Rows (2) This video expands on the basic concepts in the first Motion Effect Row tutorial and discusses reasons WHY you may want to create ME rows in your sequence. White XXXs, Effect Tricks, American Flag
RGB The Motion Effect Generator This video goes one by one through all of the base motion effects available as of Light-O-Rama S5.6.4, and discusses recommendations for using effects. Pixel Sequencing, Walkthrough
RGB Motion Effect Basics This video walks through the basic process to place an RGB "Motion Effect" using the Motion Effects Generator after creating Motion Effect Rows. Built In Effect, Select Colors, Parameter Sliders, Favorites
RGB Effects Samples Tab & Preset Effects This video explains how to use the three different types of preset motion effects in the Effects Samples tab and save your own favorites. My Favorites, LOR Shared Favorites, Use In Sequence Effects
RGB Mixing Two Motion Effects This video covers how to mix two motion effects together (one on the left and one on the right of the Motion Effects Generator) to create unique effects. Pixel Sequencing, Mix Effects, Change Parameters
RGB Layering Motion Effects This video covers the logic of overlaying and blending motion effects within a single pixel prop on multiple Motion Effect Rows. Overlay, Blend, Motion Effect Rows, Render Order
RGB Modify Existing Effects This video explains how to change the intensity or type of AC channel effects, modify the colors of dumb RGB effects, and change motion effects in bulk. Modify Fades in Bulk, Change Colors in Bulk
RGB Leaping Pixel Arch Effect This video explains how to use the "SingleBlock" motion effect in Light-O-Rama S5 to create "leaping" or "bouncing" effects on pixel arches or rooflines. Pixel Arch, Leaping Arch, Bouncing Arch
RGB SD Card Troubleshooting (Pixel Effects) This video explains the solution if you've build a playlist on your SD card and everything but your pixel (motion effects) are working. Showtime Director, SD Card, RGB, ELOR, Step 4, G1/G2/G3
Hardware Utility Comm Ports & Network Preferences This video walks through initially connecting your USB adapters to your comm ports, then assigning the appropriate networks in the Hardware Utility. Set Up, USB Adapter, Serial Port Error (8002), Networks, Aux A
Hardware Utility AC Controller Configuration This video covers how to connect your 16 channel AC controllers to your computer via the Hardware Utility and set/change Unit IDs. 16 Channels, Unit ID, Test Lights
Show Scheduling Show Editor (Create Playlist) This video covers how to create a show playlist for use with a COMPUTER, and how to set the options to reduce the loading time of your sequences. Computer Show, Startup, Shutdown, Sequence Load Delay
Show Scheduling Schedule Editor (Schedule Playlist) This video covers how to schedule nightly shows for use with a COMPUTER and how to enable your schedule. Computer Show, Enable Schedule, Control Panel Log
Show Scheduling SD Card Creation (Simple Mode - No RGB) This video covers how to create an SD card in Simple Mode in Light-O-Rama S5 so that it will be ready to use with your LOR Showtime Director. Showtime Director, SD Card, No RGB, Create Playlist, Directory
Show Scheduling SD Card Creation (Advanced Mode - RGB) This video covers how to use the Advanced SD Card builder in Light-O-Rama S5 Hub - required when using pixels on an enhanced Light-O-Rama network. Showtime Director, SD Card, RGB, ELOR, Enhanced, Step 4
Show Scheduling SD Card Troubleshooting (Pixel Effects) This video explains the solution if you've build a playlist on your SD card and everything but your pixel (motion effects) are working. Showtime Director, SD Card, RGB, ELOR, Step 4, G1/G2/G3
Tips Channel Conflicts & Bulk Changes This video walks through the solution to four common channel assignment errors and also covers how to make bulk edits to the names of props. Overlapping Channels, Share Channels, Change Prop Names
Tips Format & Resize Props This video covers how to format, resize, and align props in the Light-O-Rama S5 Preview Editor either during or after preview creation. Bulb Shape, Bulb Type, Align Props, Prop Spacing
Tips RGB Dimming Curves This video explains how to set the dimming curves for pixel props in Light-O-Rama S5, and therefore reduce overall brightness (and voltage drop). Dimming Curve, RGB
Tips Resizing Pixel Trees This video covers how to resize pixel trees in Light-O-Rama S5 and copy the motion effect rows from the original sequence into yours. Resize LOR Tree in Store Sequences, Copy Motion Effects
Tips Print Channel Configuration This video covers how to print your channel configuration from the in Light-O-Rama S5 Preview Editor, found within the Sequencer. Frint, Channel Configuration, String Summary
Tips Assign Different Preview To Sequence This video covers how to assign your own custom preview to a Purchased or Shared sequence in Light-O-Rama S5. Different Preview, Modify Sequence Layout, Match Props
Tips Customizing Sequencer Layout This video covers how to customize and dock the windows in the Sequencer of Light-O-Rama S5 and how to view sequences side by side for easier copy & paste. Missing Preview Tab, Playback Window, Copy & Paste Effects
Tips Add Media File This video covers how to add a media file to a purchased sequence in Light-O-Rama S5, which will correct the missing Media file error in the Control Panel. Add Media, Missing Music, Playback Error Media File
Tips Modify Existing Effects This video explains how to change the intensity or type of AC channel effects, modify the colors of dumb RGB effects, and change motion effects in bulk. Modify Fades in Bulk, Change Colors in Bulk
Tips Leaping Pixel Arch Effect This video explains how to use the "SingleBlock" motion effect in Light-O-Rama S5 to create "leaping" or "bouncing" effects on pixel arches or rooflines. Pixel Arch, Leaping Arch, Bouncing Arch
Tips SD Card Troubleshooting (Pixel Effects) This video explains the solution if you've build a playlist on your SD card and everything but your pixel (motion effects) are working. Showtime Director, SD Card, RGB, ELOR, Step 4, G1/G2/G3
Tips Create "All On" Sequence This video covers how to create a sequence with all of your lights steady "on" in the Light-O-Rama S5 Sequencer. All On, Filler Sequence, Keyboard Shortcuts

Personal Technical Support and Training

All Luminous Harmony Custom Sequencing clients are provided with free technical support for the duration of the season within the scope of their project agreement. Create Your Own Harmony Sequencing clients are provided with free technical support specifically related to importing C.Y.O.H. sequences.

We do not offer individual training sessions for initial setup or creating equipment purchase lists (unless you have a layout design contract). If you need assistance getting started, please sign up for our First Year, Start Here course. For additional video content support relating to software and basic set up, please visit our channel on YouTube.

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