Laser Show Projectors for Aurelium Centre of Science

Science and laser show projectors are always a magnificent combination. And recently the team at KVANT performed a stunning laser light and multimedia show, for the iconic Aurelium Centre of Science, in Bratislava. This show really magnified what a “multimedia” is all about. It combined lasers, video, DMX lighting and more, to create a stunning visual experience for guests to enjoy.

For starters, the venue was rigged with 4 x KVANT ClubMAX 3000 laser show projectors all equipped with Pangolin’s new FB4 laser control hardware, which acts as a complete media server, for laser show. These four units provided some beautiful arial laser beam effects, creating a nice ambiance for the science center.

To further highlight the show, 2 x KVANT ClubMAX 3000 laser show projectors (also equipped with Pangolin FB4 laser show hardware), we used to perform custom laser graphics and laser mapping effects, across a strategically placed AUDI automobile.

What made this show truly unique, was the innovative way in which all multimedia elements (lasers, DMX lighting, and video) were controlled from Pangolin’s award winning BEYOND laser show, and FB4 media server. The powerful new DMX engine inside of BEYOND made this possible, as it now offers complete control and design capabilities, for all types of multimedia shows and events.

Check out a clip from this recent laser show here: 

Show Tec:

Beam show: 4x KVANT Clubmax 3000 + 4 x FB4
Laser mapping: 2 x KVANT Clubmax 3000 +2 x FB4
DMX, lights, and video controlled from Beyond laser show software, with 4 x video projectors

Learn how to use laser show software and laser control hardware to run laser shows in auto mode.

In this blog post, we are going to show you how to use Pangolin laser show software, and laser control hardware, to run laser shows in true “auto mode” with no PC or console, connected in the setup.

To begin, you need to choose the laser show content you want to display, from laser show software like Pangolin QuickShow or BEYOND. Inside of QuickShow and BEYOND laser show software, there are nearly 2,000 pre-programmed cues to choose from, and you can use any of these and run them in auto mode. In addition, you have access to the Pangolin Cloud which is like the “iTunes of laser shows”. And inside the Pangolin Cloud, you can download hundreds of FREE laser shows and thousand of pieces of FREE laser clipart. All of the content in the Pangolin Cloud can also then be run in auto mode. And finally, both QuickShow and BEYOND provide a tone of friendly design tools that allow you to make your own laser shows, cues, and content. So begin by defining the laser show content you want to use (again this can be pre-made cues, complete shows, or custom designed content) and then proceed from here.

Once you have decided upon the laser show content you want to use, the next step is uploading it our new laser control hardware, called FB4. FB4 laser control hardware acts like a complete media server for laser shows, and supports all major laser and lighting protocols (including network, DMX, ArtNet, auto mode and ILDA). This hardware also has onboard SD card memory, and uses an innovative protocol called RTC or real time clock. Using this technology, you can take your desired laser show content (again, this can be a cue, complete laser show, or custom designed content) and then you can upload this to the FB4 memory system.

Once the content is uploaded to FB4, you can then set the real time clock on FB4, to play that content back automatically, at a specified date, and time. And when doing so, the FB4 only needs to have power running to it… No triggering is required. Which means your shows can actually run, with no PC, console or anything else connected!

Check out the tutorials below, that show you how to upload content to FB4 from both QuickShow and BEYOND, for automatic show playback.

QuickShow Laser Show Software Auto Mode Tutorial

BEYOND Laser Show Software Auto Mode Tutorial

Learn more about Pangolin FB4 hardware here

Learn more about QuickShow software here 

Learn more about BEYOND software here

Learn more about Pangolin Laser Show Projectors here 

Learn how to use laser show software and laser control hardware to run laser shows in auto mode.

In this blog post, we are going to show you how to use Pangolin laser show software, and laser control hardware, to run laser shows in true “auto mode” with no PC or console, connected in the setup.

To begin, you need to choose the laser show content you want to display, from laser show software like Pangolin QuickShow or BEYOND. Inside of QuickShow and BEYOND laser show software, there are nearly 2,000 pre-programmed cues to choose from, and you can use any of these and run them in auto mode. In addition, you have access to the Pangolin Cloud which is like the “iTunes of laser shows”. And inside the Pangolin Cloud, you can download hundreds of FREE laser shows and thousand of pieces of FREE laser clipart. All of the content in the Pangolin Cloud can also then be run in auto mode. And finally, both QuickShow and BEYOND provide a tone of friendly design tools that allow you to make your own laser shows, cues, and content. So begin by defining the laser show content you want to use (again this can be pre-made cues, complete shows, or custom designed content) and then proceed from here.

Once you have decided upon the laser show content you want to use, the next step is uploading it our new laser control hardware, called FB4. FB4 laser control hardware acts like a complete media server for laser shows, and supports all major laser and lighting protocols (including network, DMX, ArtNet, auto mode and ILDA). This hardware also has onboard SD card memory, and uses an innovative protocol called RTC or real time clock. Using this technology, you can take your desired laser show content (again, this can be a cue, complete laser show, or custom designed content) and then you can upload this to the FB4 memory system.

Once the content is uploaded to FB4, you can then set the real time clock on FB4, to play that content back automatically, at a specified date, and time. And when doing so, the FB4 only needs to have power running to it… No triggering is required. Which means your shows can actually run, with no PC, console or anything else connected!

Check out the tutorials below, that show you how to upload content to FB4 from both QuickShow and BEYOND, for automatic show playback.

QuickShow Laser Show Software Auto Mode Tutorial

 

 

NOBEL Prize 2016

The Nobel Peace Prize is considered one of the world’s highest honors. And to commemorate this noteworthy event, an amazing laser show was performed during the Nobel Peace Price Concert in Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway, to add to the reflective mood and atmosphere surrounding the award ceremony.

Laserteknikk AS (www.laserutleie.no), one of Norway’s premier laser, lighting, and special effects companies were brought in to assist with the lighting related aspects of the concert, alongside Joacim Faxvaag and his incredible team. It was the second year in a row Laserteknikk AS assisted with the production.

This event was no small task, as it is broadcast live on television in Norway, and also available worldwide. The concert was also available in 360 degrees VR as well as on various social media outlets. The concert itself consisted of world class Norwegian and international artists, and the audience was around 9000 people.

This venue for this year’s performance was quite big, so to ensure the lasers punched through the open space, Laserteknikk AS utilized the new Kvant Spectrum 20W RGB laser systems, that are proven to work well during live television performances, where the use of smoke and fog needs to be reduced, to allow for balance with the overall television broadcast. The show was pre-programmed by Laserteknikk AS using the Pangolin’s BEYOND Advanced software, and Wysiwyg visualization software. And each KVANT Spectrum 20W RGB laser show projector had the inbuilt Pangolin FB4 media server, allowing for a complete ArtNet setup of the laser systems, with control from a GrandMA lighting console via SMPTE timecode. Laserteknikk is the largest supplier of laser systems in Norway, and recently invested in over 100 watts of laser systems, while at the same time converting all of their control over to Pangolin’s FB4 media server, for a more versatile and powerful laser and lighting setup.
On the creative side, Laserteknikk AS programmed the show in a specific way, so that each different act performing had a unique lighting and laser look.
Jan Martin Vågen of Laserteknikk AS was quoted after the event stating… “We are very pleased with Pangolin’s Beyond Advanced software, when it comes to the flexibility it provides for creating laser shows. This software has very powerful zone setting features, as well as safety projection tools (beam attenuation maps) that make it easy for us to set up an elegant show while keeping safety as our number one priority at all times… This time we had 68 watts of laser power and 14 x Barco HDX 20 projectors, 4 follow-spot operators and several TV cranes in our path, so we really had to pay attention when setting zones and safety zones (BAMS), but Beyond does this very well!…
And the flexibility of being able to work in a realistic manner in Wysiwyg during the pre programming process saved us a lot of time on site… We also really enjoy working with time-coded shows on productions like this and BEYOND makes that incredibly easy to do. The control we get for the cues in the timeline makes us able to create very elegant details in our shows.”
Show Tec:
The lighting design was done by Joakim Faxvaag, scenography by Peter Bingemann. Video content was made by
Arminas Kazlauskas and Jan Martin Vågen. LSO was Aage Bergmann.Control: 
4 x active grandMA2 in the same session with 10961 parameters
1 x Pangolin Beyond  Advanced Control Software with FB4 media server
3 x d3 4×2 servers, 24 layers via sockpuppet dmx
1 x MacPro with VDMX video input i d3
Lasers:
Pangolin Beyond Advanced controlled by FB4 media server
Pangolin TC2000 SMPTE timecode hardware
3 x 14w custom lasers
2 x 20w Kvant Spectrum RGB Laser Projectors
4 x bounce mirrors
Lights/Video:
16 x Atomic Strobes
14 x Barco HDX 20
137 x Mac Aura
10 x Mac III AirFx
19 x Mac Viper Performance
46 x Mac Viper Profile
95 x Rush MH7
132 x VDO Sceptron 10
26 x 2lites
10 x 4lites
6 x 8lites
4 x strip lights
36 x VL3500 Wash FX
178 x Bright XLED

Burning Man 2016

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis for the Burning Man Festival, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. The Burning Man Festival is well known for bringing out some of the most creative lighting minds across the United States, to help power the event. And lasers have always been at the forefront of lighting for the Burning Man Festival, adding that special “WOW” factor to the scene.

And at this year’s 2016 Burning Man Festival, the team at Mayan Warrior Productions led by Mr. Pablo Vargas went all out, brining in state of the art laser technology that amplified the energetic feeling washing over those in attendance. This monumental laser display was no easy task though. Performing laser shows in desert conditions is never easy, and generally takes it’s toll on most production and lighting equipment due to the dusty and dry environment.

So to ensure the event went well, the team at Mayan Warrior used brought out their new fleet of Spectrum 30 Laser Projectors with the integrated Pangolin FB4 media server. These state-of-the-art laser show projectors are made for life of the road, and built to work in even the most harsh conditions. The innovative combination of OPSL and diode laser sources inside these laser show projectors also ensured that the units had the brightness needed, so that those attending the festival could see the beautiful laser beams across the desert sky.

The built-in FB4 media server also made laser show control for the event a lot easier. Mayan Warrior was able to run the lasers in a complete network setup, all from a single control station. In addition, they were also able to have the lasers run themselves (in true auto-mode) using the new real time clock feature on FB4. This allowed the team to program their laser show effects and content in Pangolin’s laser show software, and save this to the memory system on FB4. Then the lasers were able to play that content back automatically, with out any PC or console required to trigger the content. The projectors were truly able to run custom content automatically. All they required was power. This innovative feature on the FB4 helped Mayan Warrior run the show without a hitch, even in this barren area of Nevada.

Show Tec: 

Kvant Spectrum 30 Laser Show Projectors
FB4 Media Server (built into KVANT Spectrum Laser Show Projector)
BEYOND Laser Show Software

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Chemical Brothers “Born in the Echoes Tour” – By ER Productions

With the release of their first studio album in five years, Born in the Echoes, The Chemical Brothers are back with their trademark laser show and heavy dance beat. The use of lasers has been a predominant force at Chemical Brothers shows. In fact the duo still utilize two 10-watt lasers they have personally owned for years. The production also carries 3 x 30-watt lasers and 2 x 21w All Taipan from E R Productions (www.er-productions.com), which they stagger across the stage for a huge display of stunning laser effects.

Two large robots stand upstage on each side. Each robot was outfitted with ER Productions Beamburst Laser unit to emit laser beams from the robots eyes. Because of the many shows scheduled for the tour, most of the lights and lasers were designed to be layered on the floor, as a unique package that can be easily rolled on and off stage with minimum setup time. Pangolin’s BEYOND software configured with SMPTE Timecode runs everything that they carry, from lights to lasers and video.

Show Tech

Two ARCTOS 10w 15 years old laser projectors owned by the Chemical Brothers were accompanied by ER Production’s 4 x BeamBurst lasers and 5 scanning laser heads.

Timecode synchronized with Pangolin’s industry leading BEYOND software and FB4 network hardware control all of the lasers on this tour.

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Ariana Grande

The Honeymoon Tour is the second concert tour and first international tour by American recording artist Ariana Grande in support of her second studio album, My Everything (2014). The tour, which was officially announced on September 10, 2014, will travel across North AmericaEurope, and Asia. It began on February 25, 2015 in Independence, Missouri and will conclude on October 15, 2015 in El Paso, Texas.

Along with the lighting and video, there was enough room in the budget for special effects including seven custom high power laser projectors provided and operated by Strictly FX.

Timothy Finn of The Kansas City Star gave Grande praise for her energy and enthusiasm when singing and dancing along with her crew. Finn described the show as an “extravagant mix of music, dance, lasers, videos, pyrotechnics, and costume changes, akin to the kinds of audio-visual spectacles delivered by fellow pop-divas like Katy Perry and Britney Spears.” 

Show tech

Strictly FX, using Pangolin Beyond controlled seven custom high power RGB Coral ARC series lasers developed by Arctos. Four 36W laser and three30W laser projectors.

The four 36W were spread out on the stage and the three 30W were mounted in the truss, where they aimed for mirrors for bounce cues.

Microsoft Windows 10 Logo

The creation of the new Windows 10 Hero Desktop Image incorporated blasting lasers, billowing fog, and falling crystal dust to develop the stunning look that you will see rolling out soon, with all new Windows 10 based PC’s that are sold.

When Microsoft decided they needed a radical new desktop image for the Windows 10 operating system they enlisted design director GMUNK and laser specialists Future Weapons (www.futureweapons.com) to create an exciting new logo made entirely out of laser light.

Microsoft released a YouTube video detailing the methodology used in the creation of the hero image. Laser projections were mapped to a 2D surface of the Windows logo while atmospheric beams created a 3D volumetric effect which gave the logo depth and movement. This took the traditional flat logo and transformed it into a luminous portal filled with lasers.

Microsoft has made it their goal to convert one billion users to Windows 10 over the next two to three years. This will make the Windows 10 hero desktop image one of the most recognizable laser images ever created!

You can see a behind the scenes video below: 

Future Weapons is a visual design company based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. They specialize in tour design and special effects for film:  http://FutureWeaponsLighting.com/

GMUNK is a design director from San Francisco. He’s known for his cutting edge motion graphics work on feature movies like Oblivion and Tron: http://work.gmunk.com/

Show Tech: 

Pangolin’s new Beyond laser control software was used to create the laser projection mapping effects seen in the logo. The artists choose BEYOND due to it’s precise control capabilities. The laser control hardware used for the creation and playback of the content included Pangolin’s QM2000.NET, FB3 & APC40. The lasers used for the creation of the logo included Two KVANT ClubMAX 6000 projectors, purchased through the Pangolin Projector Referral Network. These specific units were chosen for their fast scanning capabilities (using the state-of-the-art Compact-506 Optical Scanning System) and because of their fantastic color balance. 

Pangolin Systems take Laser Shows to a New Level, at LDI 2014

The 2014 LDI Conference and Tradeshow witnessed a massive increase in the number of laser equipment manufacturers and show companies exhibiting this year, further providing evidence that the laser entertainment industry as a whole is growing at an exponential pace. 

 

For a long time, lasers have been looked at only as a special effect, rather than a mainstream lighting element. But, with new technological advancements being made by companies like Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc. we’re now seeing lasers everywhere… From festivals and tours, sporting events, nightclubs and bars, live television events, corporate events and even in display advertising and marketing. 

 

In speaking with Justin Perry, Chief Operating Officer at Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc., he explains the growth of the laser industry, from an artistic standpoint… “When you think about lasers as an artistic tool – A paintbrush for example, you soon begin to realize that when using laser as a lighting medium you have a much greater and wider degree of flexibility in your artistic expression… Simply put, lasers are a better paintbrush when compared to traditional lighting sources such as LEDs”. 

 

Perry goes on to discuss how Pangolin has had a leading role in the continued growth of the laser industry…

“Here at Pangolin, we’re committed to growing the laser industry as a whole, by developing laser control and safety products that make the technology easier and more accessible to the lighting community… 

“Some of these new technologies include our BEYOND software, which puts full artistic control of lasers into the hands of the lighting designer or laser technician. BEYOND gives operators the ability to create stunning “live” laser performances (with control via DMX, MIDI, OSC, and ArtNet) as well as entirely pre-programmed timeline based laser shows. BEYOND also has profiles for today’s leading lighting consoles, such as the GrandMA. Our goal with BEYOND, is to give lighting designerS and laser technicians control over lasers, the way they envision it. 

On the consumer side of things, our QuickShow software has changed the game in terms of laser control, allowing newcomers to lasers, mobile DJs and the like, to have an easy-to-use laser control software right out of the box. With QuickShow, client’s can start creating beautiful laser light shows with just a few mouse clicks. Through the QuickShow product, we’re helping to create an entirely new generation of laser operators and technicians, who can then grow into our more professional level BEYOND software. 

Another area where we’re pushing the envelope, is laser safety. Pangolin developed the world’s first safety platform (called PASS), to get approval from the US CDRH and FDA, allowing companies to perform what is called “audience scanning” (whereby you intentionally project laser effects, into an audience area, or onto a performer). 

To compliment PASS, we also create our patented Safety Scan Lenses, which further ensure that laser effects projected into an audience area, are safe for public viewing. And on the software side of things, we incorporate a feature called a “Beam Attenuation Map” whereby a lighting designer or laser technician, can purposely reduce laser output, in a specified area. These technologies combined together, have helped make laser effects much safer for public audiences. 

In a recent studies done by Laser Focus World and Electro Optics Magazine (two world-leading industrial laser publications) statistics show that the laser entertainment industry is growing at a rapid pace. In 2012, Pangolin worked with Laser Focus World on a study to estimate the total size of this industry. It was estimated that at this time, the laser entertainment industry was valued at around a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in annual revenues. In 2014, a similar study was done, and that number came closer to around a half-a-billion in annual sales (this takes into account laser light show companies, distribution companies, and laser equipment manufacturers). 

In simply looking at the number of laser companies exhibiting at LDI, from 2012 to 2014, as well as taking into account the number of people attending the exhibition to learn about lasers, it becomes very clear that lasers are no longer the “small lights” on the block, and that they are becoming a mainstream lighting fixture, in today’s entertainment scene.

 

Assemblance by Umbrellium – Powered by Pangolin

Assemblance - Powered by Pangolin

 

Interactive Entertainment Displays are becoming increasingly popular across a wide-variety applications, and a large number of lighting designers, artists, and project managers are turning to lasers as the light-source of choice, to bring their creative ideas to life. 

 

One note-worthy Interactive Entertainment Display that has drawn a lot of media attention, is Assemblance; an immersive laser experience by artists Usman Haque and Dot Samsen who are known for their large-scale mass participatory interactive events.

 

This immersive experience takes over “The Pit”, a blackened room filled with three-dimensional laser-light fields inside of the Barbican Centre (London, UK). Here, visitors are able to shape, manipulate, and walk through these laser-light fields, wrapping themselves in blankets of light creating delicate 3D luminous forms in space, accompanied and encouraged by sound, which follows each gentle move.  

 

Like building sand castles on the beach, Assemblance explores how to structure participation in order to build trust between people, who must sometimes suspend disbelief in order to cooperate and co-exist. The space, at times magical, at times slightly sinister, creates deep emotional engagement by blurring arbitrary distinctions between physical and virtual.

“At Umbrellium we have become known for our large outdoor interactive installations which engage the public in unusual ways in urban spaces,” says Usman Haque, Umbrellium, “so it has been a fascinating and new challenge for us to design similarly engaging experiences indoors, at a finer scale. We are excited by Assemblance, our installation for the Barbican’s Digital Revolution exhibition, and look forward to witnessing how people manipulate and shape the light around them and to seeing how they collaborate with one another or otherwise in the depths of the Barbican's Pit Theatre.

What makes this art installation so incredible for those in the lighting and entertainment industry, is that it is the first time audience scanning (an effect where laser beams are intentionally projected at those in an audience area, or onto a performer themselves) has been used in a public art installation, allowing for people to actually interact with, touch, and experience the effect first hand. The technologies used to create a laser display of this caliber, and to ensure it’s safety, are also cutting-edge, and laser-entertainment industry leaders Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc. and KVANT s.r.o. were proud to have been sponsors of of the installation. 

Pangolin worked hand-in-hand with KVANT, to integrate their patented, award-winning PASS hardware (Professional Audience Safety System) into KVANT’s new ATOM “pure-diode” laser projection systems, for use at Assemblance. Pangolin’s PASS hardware is an all-encompassing laser safety system, that can ensure audience scanning effects are safe for those viewing. It’s received several international patents and awards, and is currently the standard in the United States and UK (where audience scanning is heavily regulated by government safety agencies), for those who wish to perform audience scanning laser effects. KVANT is one of the only companies in the world, certified to integrate PASS hardware into their laser projectors. For laser control, Pangolin’s LD2000/BEYOND software and QM2000.NET hardware was utilized, providing the artists with complete creative reign, in programming the desired laser effects.

William R. Benner Jr.; President and CTO of Pangolin, and developer of the PASS hardware was quoted saying “We are honored to be participating in such a ground-breaking project. This is the first laser display ever to incorporates audience scanning in an artistic premise, allowing those in attendance to interact, manipulate, and control the laser. It amazes us to see the creative and novel ways the artists at Umbrellium are utilizing Pangolin technology, to create a safe laser display of this nature”… Justin Perry, Chief Operating Officer for Pangolin, goes on to add “Interactive Entertainment Displays present great opportunities, especially for those of us in the laser and lighting industries. With lasers being such a versatile and flexible lighting medium to work with, and with new advancements being made in laser safety and control technology, we can see the segment of the market continuing to grow at a rapid pace.”

Umbrellium’s Assemblance forms part of the Barbican’s Digital Revolution, an immersive and interactive exhibition, which brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, all pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks at the dynamic developments in the areas of creative coding and DIY culture and the exciting creative possibilities offered by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies, laser displays, and 3-D printing.
 
Assemblance will sit alongside new commissions including Google's DevArt, an installation by global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and artist Yuri Suzuki and works by Universal Everything, Seeper and Susan Kare (Mac Paint designer). Visitors will also see work by Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film Inception; artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Fred Deakin & Company, Amon Tobin and Philip Glass and game developers such as Harmonix Music Systems (Dance Central).