Want to make a sequence available to the community? Excellent!
PlanetChristmas is THE place for finding or contributing show sequences to use with your animated display. Many are free while the rest are at a reasonable price.
Sequences can be very customized depending on the venue. Although not a requirement, we suggest using the Light-O-Rama sequencing standards found at http://www.lightorama.com/SequencesStandards.html. It looks confusing at first but is really quite generic. Writing to these standards means your sequence will work in many different settings. User's can mix/match sequences and feel confident they'll have a good looking show.
Ready to contribute a show sequence?
Make sure your sequence is complete and you're proud of the work. We suggest the sequence filename be something normal humans can understand. WizardsInWinter-16Channels.lms is much better that WizRev12Jul9th4thTry.lms
Grab some screen shots of your sequence. Someone said a picture is worth a thousand words and they're right. Start the sequence on your computer and press the 'PrintScreen' button while it's playing. Open up a graphics program, start a new graphic, enter 'Ctrl-V' or 'Paste' and theres the screen capture. Save the file in a .gif, .jpg or .png format. It's a good idea to create several screen shots. Save the screenshot files in a place you can easily find them. We also recommend Greenshot at http://getgreenshot.org/ as a screen shot taker because it simplifies the multiple steps above.
About those audio files: You're providing the sequence which happens to be timed with a specific audio file but you're not supplying the audio file. Rather than take a chance of irritating an artist it's better for everyone if the person using your sequence has their own purchased and properly licensed copy of the audio. When submitting a sequence we provide a place to insert a link to tell the downloader where they can legally purchase the music. Please take the time to find the link at Amazon.com or similar. It's best to provide the link to a generic .mp3 file since that's what sequencing programs prefer to use. Be careful of using native songs forum the Apple iTunes store because many users will struggle getting anything converted to the .mp3 format.
Look for the 'UPLOAD' button near the top of the Sequences section of the PlanetChristmas forums and follow your nose. Pick the sequencing engine (Light-O-Rama, etc) and the appropriate sub-category. The system will ask you some detailed questions about your sequence. You're already prepared because you've read the above.
When describing the sequence, don't be bashful. Provide plenty of text so people know what they're buying. Put yourself in their shoes. The more they know upfront about your product, the better the chances they'll want to download it.
You have the option of making your sequence free or charging anything you want. When charging for your sequence, set ther price knowing the store works just like the Apple Apps storefront. It takes out a percentage to cover overhead, credit card processing, etc. Once you have collected $10 or more, you can request the money be transferred directly into your PayPal account. Just check your profile in the PlanetChristmas forums and again, follow your nose. If you charge for your sequence, how much should it be? We're no help at all on that question. Just remember the old adage: you get what you pay for. If you have put a lot of time and effort in your sequence, charge what you think is fair.
When your sequence is uploaded and available in the store, a topic is created in the PlanetChristmas forums to handle any support issues your sequence might have. See the link once the sequence has been posted and be sure to follow that topic. This is your chance to show great customer service. The system is smart enough to generate support tickets and email notices to you if someone has a problem.
The system will keep track of any revisions you need to make to the sequence in the future. Just look for links at the bottom of the page where your product is described. Should there be a problem, you can delete your sequence.
Totally confused? Don't be. Start small and soon you'll be sharing your sequencing passion with everyone.