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.

**Photo credit must read “Photo Credit: aLIVE Coverage”

SHOW TEC:

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

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.

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. 

We've received a lot of questions from clients, asking for more informaiton about ZONES inside of Pangolin software, and how to use zones to create better laser shows.

A zone is (essentialy) a tool inside of all Pangolin software, that allows you to output laser content to different projection areas, from a single or multiple laser projectors.

For example, if you have one laser, and you wanted to project an atomospheric effect over people's heads, and at the same time project a graphic/logo in another area, you could use our zones tool to help configure this. Zones go much deeper, but this provides a basic idea of what a zone is, and how it might be used in a real world scenario. 

Another example of using a zone, is if you wanted multiple types of atomostpheric laser effects to be projected (perhaps a wave in one area, and hot beams in another area), you can use the zones settings to configure this in Pangolin laser software. 

We've created the following Pangolin Tutorial video, to help address the commonly asked questions "what is a zone", "how do I use zones to create better laser shows", "how do I setup a zone", etc. 

We hope you find this informational. More tutorials are coming, and if you have a request for future tutorials, share it with us!

We’re Excited to Introduce the All-New Pangolin Laser Media Dock (5.5)

During a professional show, we realize that cables for your FB3QS hardware, Enttec, TC2000 and other devices can tend to get out of control. That is why we've partnered with our good friend Holger Walter (a longtime, and well-respected laser show designer) to create the Pangolin Laser Media Dock (5.5). 

This is a great way to house up to 5 x FB3QS devices, an Enttec and TC2000 for professional show control. It also featuers MIDI ports, so that you can connect an APC40 or other MIDI device, for external control. All inside of a wonderful 19-inch rack mount. It also features high-quallity USB ports and Neutrik connectors. We're taking orders now, but a limited quantity are in supply. Email us (contact@pangolin.com) for details.

 

The 2014 Pangolin Tour Makes Headlines

 

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The Pangolin Team is currently traveling across Europe, meeting with distribution partners across the area to conduct in-depth training seminars on their new BEYOND software, as well as on their award-winning QuickShow and LD2000 software programs. This year's tour takes the Pangolin team to Rome, Milan, Madrid and Moscow, which are all very large emerging markets for laser displays. The event has been gaining a lot of media attention following the recent Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany and as a result, TPI Magazine has even featured the tour in the latest edition of their online newsletter. Additional information about the tour, and the full TPI article can be found online by clicking here.

The Pangolin Team has additional tour dates being planned for the United States, Asia and possibly Brazil. For more information on Pangolin, and their award-winning lineup of laser control software, and laser show hardware visit www.pangolin.com.

Laser Projectors need LASORB

Ever wonder why your laser projector or modules fail short of their estimated lifespan? One of the main causes of premature death of your laser equipment is likely electrostatic discharge (ESD) or a power surge. Check out this video, which discusses LASORB – a very small, affordable component, that your laser projector manufacturer can build into the products they sell you, which will help to ensure your valuable laser products, don't die from ESD or power surges. So, be sure to ask the question before you buy… "Is my projector protected by LASORB"? — And save yourself a headache down the road.

LaserX honors the memory of Nelson Mandela, with beautiful laser display

Nelson Mandela

 

In recognition of the recent passing of former President Nelson Mandela, LaserX (for their client The Western Cape Government), paid tribute to the great man by choreographing a laser light show to display Nelson Mandela’s face, name, and messages onto the side of beautiful Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. 

 

To perform such a stunning laser display, the team at LaserX used Pangolin’s new BEYOND laser control software and FB3QS hardware. The new features inside of Pangolin’s BEYOND software (including the advanced drawing program and geometric correction features), allowed for LaserX to create these custom animations, and display them onto the side of Table Mountain in Cape Town. 

 

Check out the full press release discusing this notable event, by clicking here