Electronic Zoo – Snakes with Lasers!

2016 marked the 17th year of the famous Electric Zoo here in the United States.

Approximately 100,000 fans gathered together on the ‘Wild Island’, aka Randall’s Island Park, to experience the electric urban jungle that overtakes New York City.

The festival rang true to its promise of “new stage designs inspired by larger-than-life animals and the thrill of exploring new worlds…”, eliciting excitement from zoo-goers with an insane white and black cobra that was the main stage.

Approximately 70’ high, the cobra seemingly lurked until it came alive with lighting, video walls, and Pyrotecnico’s close proximity pyrotechnics, flames, confetti, and lasers. One of the most captivating moments was when the cobra beamed its bright green laser eyes out across the Wild Island, while lasers hovered just above the audience.

“Pyrotecnico FX is proud to have been part of Electric Zoo for a third year. Each year we strive to do something different and even more creative for our client and the audience. When we saw the stage design this year, our laser lead, Jesse Parker, saw the opportunity to bring the cobra “alive” in laser. Along with ten FX Series 20w RGB, and two FX Series 24w green lasers (for the cobra’s eyes), he used Pangolin’s Beyond software with FB3 hardware to design the effects and control the lasers to make this awesome effect.”, Pyrotecnico Creative Director Rocco Vitale.

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SHOW TEC:

FX Series KVANT Spectrum 20W Lasers
Pangolin BEYOND Laser Show Software
FB3QS Laser Control Hardware

BEYOND Laser Show Software – Advanced PangoScript and Universe Features

BEYOND laser show software is revolutionizing laser control, for thousands of people around the world. The advanced PangoScript and Universe tools inside the program allow you as a client to customize BEYOND, to meet your own specific show needs and requirements.

In this latest tutorial from Nathan Miller, you can learn some advanced programming and setup techniques, that can be used when working with BEYOND PangoScript and the BEYOND Universe. These features can be implemented to create your own custom commands, for protocols like DMX, ArtNet, OSC and SMPTE timecode.

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With many of these advanced tools, we are now also seeing clients using BEYOND for more than just laser show control and the software is evolving into a true multimedia control platform in that regard. For control of lasers, video, lighting and more.

If you have any specific tutorial requests, we also invite your feedback. Shoot us a message using our contact form, and let us know more about your requests for future tutorial videos.

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.

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 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.

Marriott World Center

A recent high-profile multimedia installation at the iconic Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL, called ‘Light up the Night’ further illustrates how lasers are taking multimedia shows to the next level. This installation broke new ground, as the whole production was sold to the Marriott as a revenue-generating model, which is a bit different from the general notion of selling special FX and multimedia installations, as “entertainment packages”. Mitchell Piper, owner at K-Systems AV, and award winning Creative Designer Gabe Letourneau led the project, showing the Marriott how such an installation could be used to further increase revenues at the property.

Before the project was sold, K-Systems actually setup a demonstration for the Marriott so that they could calculate the real return on investment that would be garnered by proceeding with the concept. And what the Marriott found was that by installing this sort of multimedia setup, they were able to increase client bookings, food and beverage sales, as well as the sale of corporate event packages, by huge margins.

The installation was done at the Marriott World Center’s beautiful resort pool area, which overlooks the hotel property. Lasers serve as the main element in this multimedia setup, and are used to project beautiful beam affects over the pool, bar and lounge area. The lasers are also used to project logos for corporate clients the Marriott hosts, which come for various tradeshows and events taking place at the property.

What made this installation so interesting from a design and technology standpoint, was the use of new laser control and laser projector technology, from industry experts Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc. and KVANT s.r.o.

Since 1986, Pangolin has been the world’s leading provider of laser entertainment technology. The company has received 28 international patents, and products made by Pangolin Systems have also contributed to more than 400 artistic awards for their clients. And for over 20 years, KVANT has been a highly respected manufacturer of laser projectors for entertainment applications. And they readily integrate Pangolin technology into their systems, ensuring that they remain on the cutting-edge of the laser projector market.

In 2015, Pangolin started a new division of the company called the Pangolin Projector Referral Network, which was founded to provide clients with professional quality laser projectors that are the best choice for a given application. Considering that Pangolin developed and pioneered the laser show control and safety technology used for the large majority of laser performances worldwide, they felt there were in a good position to begin assisting clients with the purchase of laser projection systems as well.

Pangolin’s Chief Operating Officer Justin Perry, comments on the start of this new division… “Pangolin is one of the most trusted brands in the laser entertainment industry. And for many years, clients have contacted us asking for information and advise on which laser systems they should use for different shows and applications they have taking place. Considering that we developed much of the laser control technology powering the industry, and that we understand the differences between various laser projectors on the market today – as well as how these lasers fit into the diverse types of shows and projects taking place, we felt we were in a great position to serve the industry as a whole – helping clients obtain professional laser projectors, that are right for their desired application. And with our great relationships in the market, we are able to provide our clients with aggressive price points on these laser projectors, as well as back them up with the first class support and service customers have come to love from Pangolin. Our new division ensures that clients have a seamless experience when integrating lasers into a project or show.”

So for the Marriott World Center multimedia project, K-Systems turned to Pangolin for assistance with all laser related aspects of the show – including the installation of five high power KVANT laser projectors, driven with Pangolin’s new FB4 hardware, and all controlled using Pangolin’s BEYOND software.

From a technical perspective, this installation was quite innovative in nature, as several new laser and multimedia technologies were combined together, to leave the Marriott with a self-running and self-sufficient installation, which in many ways is entirely “maintenance free”.

One of the exciting technologies being utilized at the Marriott installation is Pangolin’s new laser control hardware platform, called FB4. This state-of-the-art laser control hardware is entirely network based, and gets built directly inside of a laser projector, acting as a sort of “media server” for laser shows.

FB4 hardware supports all major show protocols, including DMX, ArtNet, Network, OSC, SMPTE, and ILDA… And will also have support for CITP in the near future. FB4 allows lighting professionals to control lasers in complete harmony with other multimedia show elements, seamlessly integrating lasers into any show, installation, production, or event.

Most lasers on the market today utilize the older “ILDA” protocol for control. Where an “ILDA cable” (which is really a DB-25 male to female connection) is run from a control station to a laser projector. While the ILDA protocol has served the laser show industry well for many years, with the growth in popularity of multimedia show productions, the need for more advanced laser control has grown.

Pangolin’s new FB4 hardware is revolutionizing the industry in that regard, providing full network control of laser shows, without the need to use the outdated ILDA cable. And now designers can control lasers entirely from a lighting console (via ArtNet or DMX), from a PC (via a CAT5 cable), or in auto-mode, using FB4’s proprietary memory system. And all effects for the laser can easily be programmed in Pangolin software, and then saved to the FB4 hardware, inside the laser. Making it very simple to create complex laser shows, which can be controlled in a variety of different ways. FB4 hardware has also been used on a variety of tours and events, including the recent Metallica World Tour, TomorrowLand festival in Belgium, as well as the recent Pretty Lights performance at the Serpent Festival in Australia.

KVANT’s new line professional laser projectors also integrate Pangolin’s FB4 hardware, providing complete network control for any of their systems. And KVANT is leading the industry in that respect, being the first laser projector manufacturer to have systems with integrated FB4 control hardware available.

This is why KVANT lasers were chosen for the project, as K-Systems and their constituents at the Marriott demanded technology that would be self sufficient, and easily interface with other multimedia show elements.

In addition to lasers, high resolution video screens, G-Spot moving head lights from well known manufacturer SGM, and a series of haze machines from MDG surround the resort area, providing a nice backdrop to the powerful lasers, which entertain guests and clients from around the world.

Pangolin’s BEYOND software is being used to control nearly all aspects of the show, including the lasers, video and even some of the DMX lighting.

The BEYOND software is very powerful, and has a lot of options for compatibility with other media, including Timecode. Because of this, the team at K-Systems (led by Creative Designer Gabe Letourneau) were able to do things like take in LTC and OSC commands, and send things like midi triggers to other consoles (including the GrandMA) and equipment that could be added in the future.

In a recent interview, Letourneau notes… “In order to control as many elements as possible from one single point of access, we had BEYOND control the lasers, video, and audio, all on a single timeline.

This is really helpful if you need to make a quick change, or add or remove any elements. This also allows us to easily change and edit content on the fly, when the show needs to be customized. Given that the Marriott requested the ability to customize content quickly for various clients, events, or promotions they have taking place, we felt that BEYOND’s versatility made it an excellent control platform in that regard. Having everything in BEYOND also allows us to avoid any timecode delays or complications, and keeps everything on the exact same clock. Because all of the content on BEYOND’s timeline is within a few frames, nothing will ever be off. And we can organize different parts of the show’s timing very easily, just buy selecting all of the content in one area, and sliding it into place…

… All of this flows nicely as we have BEYOND controlling the GrandMA as well. The Pharos software oversees the day elements of the show (such as property lighting) and then triggers the LTC to start BEYOND, which is controlling the GrandMA. We also send audio to a Rane HAL, and a Control 4 video system. The setup works really well, and makes it very easy to make changes or customize content when required. And because of this, the installation can essentially run itself. “

The whole Marriott Light up the Night project further illustrates how lasers are being used as the centerpiece at a wide variety of events, installations and shows. As well as how new laser technology from companies like Pangolin and KVANT, are helping lasers more easily interface with other multimedia show elements, making it easier for designers to create, control and run synchronized large scale events.

Due to the success of the installation and it’s ability to generate revenue for the establishment, Marriott is already is already exploring the idea of installing this same concept at a variety of other hotel and property locations. And because of the high profile nature of the project, K-Systems has also received a variety of inquiries from other hotel and event establishments. The owner of K-Systems Mitchell Piper goes on to note… “We are extremely proud of the Marriott installation, and it’s notability for being one of the more technically sophisticated multimedia installations taking place at a hotel property. The install serves as a great model for future projects of this kind, and we at K-Systems are extremely excited to bring the concept to more establishments around the world.”

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Show Tech 

5 x KVANT Spectrum 20W OPSL/DIODE Lasers with Integrated FB4 Network Hardware

1 x BEYOND Essentials Software License

1 x GrandMA Control Wing