Laser Control from Lighting Console

A growing number of lighting designers are entering the laser show industry, looking to control lasers from their preferred lighting console. Being the world leader in laser show control, we felt the time was right to begin creating a variety of tutorial videos showing you how to control laser shows from a lighting console, together with our professional BEYOND laser show and multimedia software.

In this first series of videos, we show you how to control lasers from the Grand MA Lighting Console, as well as from the ChamSys Lighting Console. More tutorials are coming, with additional information on control setups of this nature.

Questions? We’re here to help. Email us, and we will be there to provide the support and service you need.

Laser Show Systems – Dance Valley Festival

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The Dance Valley Festival in the Netherlands, is one of the area’s hottest, and most exciting events. And this year, the event held true to it’s reputation, boating a sensational lineup including headliners like Carnage, Cedric Gervais, Dannic, Headhunters, and more.

Putting together a festival of this magnitude is no small feet, and a wide variety of entertainment technology comes into play, when designing the events various stages. Laser shows play an integral part in creating the ‘electronic climate’, that attendees have come to love.

This year, the team at Laser Dream NL was contracted to perform all laser shows and related effects, for the event. And they came out guns blazing, creating a sensational laser display, that still has people talking.

strongCheck out the video below/strong, to see some clips of the stunning laser show effects, created by Laser Dream NL, at this year’s 2016 Dance Valley Music Festival.

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8 x 14W Laser Show Projectors were used to decorate the main stage for the event.

Pangolin’s BEYOND software was used exclusively for laser and multimedia show control.

Timecode Laser Shows using BEYOND software

Running laser shows using SMPTE timecode is quite common, especially when working at large scale festivals, and permanent installations.

Often the timecode will be recorded on one audio track. Then at playback time, the timecode audio is read and decoded by a SMPTE timecode reader device.

In this short tutorial we show you the basics of setting up SMPTE timecode together with BEYOND laser show software.

Pangolin also offers a convenient and easy to use SMPTE Timecode device, called the TC2000. You can see this by >a href=http://pangolin.com/shop/smpte-timecode-reader-writer-tc2000/>clicking here.

QuickShow 3.0 – The World’s Easiest Laser Show Software

QuickShowa has been the world’s leading laser show software for several years, providing thousands of clients around the world with extremely powerful, yet easy to use laser control.

With the release of QuickShow 3.0 (which is a FREE update for all Pangolin clients), we have further expanded the program’s functionality, while still retaining the software’s ease of use, which clients have come to know and love.

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strongIncreased MIDI Support/strong – QuickShow 3.0 now includes a powerful MIDI engine, with a custom map available for the popular AKAI APC Mini. This is great if you prefer running your laser shows live, from a console, to the beat of the music. Our map for the APC Mini conveniently maps the device out with all the features you need to run live laser shows, including color control, size, position and rotation control, zone control, brightness / effect sliders, and a whole lot more. And this is incredibly easy to setup. Simply connect the APC MINI to QuickShow, and it is automatically mapped out. No need to program anything as it is truly plug and play. Check out the image below, which provides an overview of our new map for the device.

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strongNew Virtual DJ Plugin /strong – For our friends who run music and lasers, or who work in the DJ field, you will love our new plugin for the Virtual DJ software. This allows you to perfectly sync your laser shows with your DJ music set, so that they run in complete harmony. And best of all, the plugin is FREE.

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strongFaster Scan Speed Support/strong – QuickShow 3.0 now supports faster scan speeds as well, making it compatible with all types of laser show projectors – Ranging from low-cost introductory based units, all the way up to the highest professional level systems. strong* NOTE – if you are looking for quality lasers, at affordable price points, be sure to check out Pangolin’s line of laser show projectors as well. You can see these online, at/strong a href=http:www.GETLASER.comhttp:www.GETLASER.com/a.

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strongPangolin Cloud – It’s like iTunes for laser shows/strong – Everyone wants more FREE laser shows, content and cues and the Pangolin Cloud provides just that! strongThe Pangolin Cloud is like an iTunes for laser shows, providing you with a nearly invite stream of fresh laser content to download (including shows, cues, workspaces and more)/strong. Just browse our library of content, pick the items you like, and download them directly to your QuickShow workspace – Its so easy to work with, and makes acquiring new content for your laser shows simpler than ever. Pangolin Cloud also allows you as a laser artist, to design and share content with others. In the Pangolin Cloud you can create your own user profile (similar to Facebook) and then feature your laser artwork, shows and content, for others to download. This is a great way to share your artistry and passion for lasers, with thousands of people all around the world.

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If you work with QuickShow and are interested in obtaining a new link for the 3.0 version, contact us. We’ll get you setup with a copy right away.

World’s largest laser show (Samsung Galaxy S7) – ER Productions

Laser specialists, ER Productions, collaborated with Italian agencies Eventually and Giò Forma, to stage one of the biggest laser displays the world has ever seen, in Milan, Italy.

Based on the concept of connectivity, the event celebrated the launch of thew new Samsung Galaxy S7, and saw some of the most iconic buildings in Milan’s Porta Nuova business district, connected using lasers in an elaborate display that took the city by storm.

Emerging from a giant multimedia cube formed of video, laser and light, which was located in Gae Aulenti Square, lasers were mapped across the highest skyscrapers in the city. Buildings featured in the impressive show included the Bosco Verticale, Palazzo Lombardia, Solaris, Samsung and UniCredit buildings, eventually returning to a purpose built music stage in the square where Fatboy Slim played a headline set. Designed to excite the audience at every stage, the lasers show peaked during Fatboy Slim’s performance.

Over 10 tonnes of laser fixtures and an incredible 32 smoke machines were placed at various locations around the site including parks, balconies and skyscraper rooftops. Created for Samsung by the agency Eventually, under the creative direction of Anghela Alò and Claudio Santucci of Giò Forma, this massive laser display is potentially the world’s largest light show ever performed, and it was by far the largest laser show ever to be staged in Milan.

  • Guinness World Records is currently reviewing the project, to see if it indeed qualifies as the world’s largest laser display ever performed

Ryan Hagan of ER Productions, said: “Installing 222 laser fixtures in just three days and two nights over a square kilometre of Milan was extremely challenging but thanks to a great team we were able to achieve the impossible. Guinness World Records are currently checking to see if it is indeed the biggest laser display the world has ever seen but it certainly looks that way.”

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With an unparalleled beam profile that’s extremely tight and bright even at a distance, Coherent OPS laser units were selected from ER’s stock, to use in the skyscraper sequence. In terms of the colour palette, ER used blues and green with bursts of white laser, to achieve a futuristic, electronic look that ran through the video content, to form the giant multimedia cube. During Fatboy Slim’s set the colour range exploded to reflect the party vibe.  Because of the distances between city buildings and main stage, which could be up to a kilometre, ER used Pangolin’s BEYOND software, configured with a wireless ArtNET solution, and fibre optics to connect the effects at each location during the 12-minute show.

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New “Live Control” Tutorials for BEYOND Software

Live laser shows are a standard in our industry. To help you get the most out of the BEYOND software when performing live laser shows, we’ve partner with renowned laser operator Anthony Garcia, to create a 5-part tutorial series.

You can access the complete tutorial video series on YouTube, by Clicking Here.

This tutorial series begins by covers begins by covering the basics of setting up and controlling live laser shows with BEYOND, and then it progresses further, showing more advanced concepts such as using PangoScript and creating custom BEYOND Universe workspaces.

  • All features shown are available in the latest version of BEYOND 2.1, and subsequent 3.0 and higher updates.

QuickShow and BEYOND 3.0

To commemorate 30 years in business, we are releasing brand new versions of our most popular software programs.

Check out the new QuickShow 3.0 and BEYOND 3.0!

We will be showcasing these updates at the upcoming Prolight+Sound Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. And both updates will be available for FREE download, following the exhibition (in mid-April). You will be able to download and access directly from the Software Update section of our website, which you can access by Clicking Here.

You can find detailed information about the new features in QuickShow 3.0, by Clicking Here.

You can find detailed information about the new features in BEYOND 3.0, by Clicking Here.

Lasers Text, Laser Logos, Laser Graphics – How Lasers can be used for Corporate Events and Advertising

Laser is a wonderful effect, and thanks to new laser control technology from Pangolin, it is now easier than ever to create custom laser text, laser logos, and laser graphics, that can be used for promotional and advertising applications.

Check out this short video from our friends at LPS Laser in Germany, which demonstrates how lasers can be used at tradeshows, corporate events, and marketing launches, to draw potential clients and prospects in, and ensure they see your message in a prominent way.

Just imagine seeing your company logo or message, displayed in beautiful laser light, across a tradeshow or exhibition hall. Think about all the normal signage that you commonly see – how much of that, do you really remember? However with laser, you can rest assured your message will stand out in the crowd, and that people will candidly recall the pitch you were trying to make.

Another great benefit, is that setting up such equipment is now truly “plug and play”. Simply use a professional laser projector (such as those found here: http://lasershowprojector.com/product-category/full-color-lasers-projectors/low-power/)  and use the Pangolin QuickShow or BEYOND control systems. These easily connect to a standard laptop or PC via USB, and then just run a cable from QuickShow or BEYOND to the laser projector, and you are setup and done. No complex programming or installation required.

For questions on how you can incorporate lasers into your next corporate event or marketing promotion, email us (contact@pangolin.com) or call +407-299-2088.

FB4 – Integrated Network Hardware, for your laser shows

A revolution is taking place in the laser entertainment industry, as more and more clients begin to shift to complete network setups, using Pangolin’s proprietary FB4 Network-based Laser Control Hardware, which acts as a media server for laser and multimedia shows.

For many years, the laser industry has used the common “ILDA” cable, as the standard connection for setting up and controlling laser shows. In reality, an “ILDA cable” is nothing more than a DB-25 male to female cable, featuring a 25-pin connection (commonly used in the printing industry). While this means for sending a signal from control software and hardware to a laser has sufficed, it has also presented substantial limiting factors for many clients, making it harder and harder to do larger scale, more sophisticated laser displays.

Some of the challenges when working with ILDA cables include:

  • Short cable runs – When using ILDA cable, you are generally limited to a  maximum run of around 150ft (50M). When extending the cables further, you may notice a loss in the signal or quality of output. And for large scale productions, stadium shows, and festival shows, this has proven to be a severe limiting factor.
  • ILDA cables are a nightmare to run, especially through trussing. The bulky “heads” on ILDA cables easily get tangled, and make it quite challenging to work with.
  • ILDA cables are very sensitive, and the pins on them can easily bend and break. When this occurs, you have a loss in signal running to the laser, that can lead to distortion in the laser effects and shows that are being displayed, or, in even worse case situations, it can impede the safety of the laser projector as a whole.
  • When using ILDA cables, you can only drive some many lasers from a single control position. Making it it hard to drive large scale shows, where multiple projectors are used.

A better approach – The Advantages of using Lasers with FB4

FB4 is a new network control hardware from Pangolin, that acts as a media server for laser and multimedia shows. FB4 can be integrated directly inside of a laser projector, so that you no longer have to use the outdated ILDA cable. Instead, all of your laser shows and displays, can be controlled entirely in a network setup.

When working with FB4, you have a variety of control solutions to choose from, allowing you as the artist to decide what control configuration is best for your needs. Common control configurations include:

Streaming Mode – Where you simply run a network cable from your PC running Pangolin software (QuickShow or BEYOND) to the projector, and you are setup and done.

Lighting Console Mode – Just program the desired laser effects and shows you want in Pangolin software, and save this to FB4’s memory. Then, run DMX or ArtNet from your console to the back of the laser, and you are setup and done. No PC is required, when actually running the shows (unless you want to use one).

Auto-Mode – With our auto-mode feature, you can design any laser effects or shows you want in Pangolin software, and save them to the proprietary memory on FB4. FB4 has a built in clock, which you can then set to a specified date and time, and this will then run your content back automatically, without the need for a PC in the show setup, or at the control station. And, if you need to change or update content,  you can do this over a network cable, without having to physically “go to” the laser.

FB4 is currently available in four different versions, including FB4 Standard, FB4 ILDA, FB4 DMX and FB4 MAX. A detailed page discussing FB4, and the various configurations and control setups that are possible, can be found by Clicking Here.

We also have a full line of lasers available, featuring integrated FB4 hardware standard. And these are available at great rates, through the Pangolin Projector Referral Network. Find out more, see pricing, and place an order, by Clicking Here.