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 FB4 can be integrated directly inside of a laser projector, so that you no longer have to use the outdated ILDA cable.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.

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

Laser Show Projectors – The ClubMAX Line of Professional Laser Projectors

Buying a laser projector can be a difficult process these days, with so many sellers and manufacturers out there. And event though the cost of laser projectors has come down dramatically in recent years, at the end of the day, the old adage still stands true – You get, what you pay for.

Since Pangolin is a laser entertainment technology company at heart, we understand the pain clients like you have when trying to find a professional laser projetor on the market these days…

  • You want something quality built, that allows you to create those stunning laser beam effects, as well as laser text, laser graphics, and laser logos – Providing you the technology you need, to bring your creativity to life.
  • You want a unit from a reliable manufacturer, who stands behind their products, and who will support you when you need assistance.
  • You want something produced using quality components and technology, but at an affordable price point.
  • And perhaps most importantly, you want something safe, that is compliant with all US CDRH/FDA regulations, as well as international rules and regulations.

When you look hard at various laser projectors on the market today, and really work with these systems on a daily basis, and put them side by side (as we have), you begin to notice stark differences in the types of effects they can produce, and the quality and overall performance these different laser projectors can offer.

To help make the purchase of a laser system easier, and to ensure you as the client get the quality, support, and service  you are looking for, Pangolin has teamed up with a select group of manufacturers, to bring you new lines of laser show projectors, that meet our stringent quality standards. And we are able to get you these laser projectors at an incredibly reduced price points.

One of the lines of laser projectors that we feel has “hit the nail on the head”, in terms of quality, reliability, performance and price, is the all new ClubMAX line of professional laser projectors, from KVANT.

Check out this video, which shows these laser projectors in action. Explaining how they are engineered, and hand-crafted piece by piece, to ensure optical quality, performance and reliability.

The laser  projectors are all custom fabricated in Europe, with NO OEM manufacturing! Everything is truly hand crafted piece by piece, to ensure the highest quality and performance. And, all systems are complaint with US CDRH / FDA regulations, as well as with European and International regulations.

This is why today’s leading professionals trust the ClubMAX line of laser show projectors, for high profile events, tours and venues. These lasers work – period. And they allow you to create the type of stunning laser content, you have been hoping for.

Here are a few things that make the ClubMAX line of lasers, so special…

These systems use all pure diode lasers sources, with custom optics, and they are protected by LASORB. Our unique process for creating laser modules ensures a tighter and brighter beam profile, with a stunning white balance. And our pure diode sources allow you to create millions of different color combinations, with linear fade-ins, and fade-outs. We also incorporate the LASORB protection device onto every diode inside of these units, so you can be assured that your lasers are protected from both ESD and power surges – two of the biggest proponents of premature laser failure in the field. The ClubMAX systems are one of the only lasers in the world, to feature LASORB on every diode used!

These laser also feature the new ScannerMAX Compact-506 optical scanning system, that allows you to produce incredibly wide-angle beam effects, as well as stunning text, graphics, and logos. When you see these lasers in action, you will definitely be impressed by the incredible width of the projection area you can achieve. And the graphics, text and logos from them, are second to none. Crisp, clean, beautiful looking images, that are sure to impress your audience.

Our ClubMAX laser projectors can also be entirely network controlled, with the optional new FB4 hardware system. Simply run network and power to the back of our laser projectors, and you are setup and done. This allows you to also control our lasers easily, from any lighting or DMX console (with no PC in the setup). In addition, with the FB4 system, you can run your shows in “auto-play” mode, so that the lasers will automatically run laser shows at a specified date, and time, without a PC in the setup. And, content can be updated via the network as well, so that there is no need to use small “memory chips” like many others. Just send content to the laser via a standard CAT 5 cable, and you’re all done.

Also note, that all of these lasers are also certified and compliant, with all US CDRH/FDA regulations, as well as with European standards. And, we can assist you with the proper filing of your laser show variance, to ensure you are operating correctly.

The new ClubMAX line of laser projectors, is available in the following models (click on each unit, to see pricing information and detailed specifications): 

ClubMAX 800

ClubMAX 1800

ClubMAX 3000

ClubMAX 6000

You can also see the ClubMAX FB4 versions, below: 

ClubMAX 800 with FB4

ClubMAX 1800 with FB4

ClubMAX 3000 with FB4

ClubMAX 6000 with FB4

If you have any questions about these lasers, need more information, or just have want to “talk lasers” with our team, feel free to contact us at anytime. You can reach us by phone, at +(407) 299-2088, and or by email (Contact@Pangolin.com).

A note about specifications: 

All specifications have also been independently tested and certified. You will not have to worry about exaggerated specifications, minimum/maximum output powers, or any confusing means of listing laser specifications. All units perform exactly as listed, and you are guaranteed to get the output power specified, as well as the true scan speeds listed.

Pangolin partners with Capture Sweden, for visualization of laser shows

Time and time again we hear clients asking, "how can I show my client my show, without having to setup my rig"… Well, we took this statement to heart, and as such, we've parterned with the great team at Capture Sweden, to incoroprate full-scal laser show visualization inside of BEYOND, using the Capture Polar software. 

Now you can use Capture Polar together with BEYOND, for visualization of your complete laser show. The Capture Polar software is incredibly easy to use and allows you to import rederings of your show setup, and place your laser projectors and other lighting and fixtures inside of the redering, for visualization. Capture Polar work together with BEYOND, taking commands from the BEYOND software, and then ouputing them inside of Capture. Using this setup, you can visualize complete laser show, inclduing beam shows, graphic shows, and laser mapping effects.

To show clients how this works, and to illustrate the possiblities of this software combination, we've partnered with the team at Capture, to create the following tutorial video. 

In this tutorial, Lars from Capture Sweden shows you the basics of using lasers inside of Capture Polar, and Aaron McDonald from Pangolin shows you how to visualize a complete show, using BEYOND. 

For quesiton on using Capture Polar together with BEYOND, email us (contact@pangolin.com) for more information. 

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.

Pangolin Releases 2013 Holiday Special Offers

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We've just released our 2013 Holiday Special Offers, with HUGE discounts on your favorite Pangolin products. These offers are valid now through January 15, 2014. Don't miss your chance to get that new Pangolin System you have been waiting for. Stock is limited, so act now!

A complete listing of all our holiday special offers can be found online here: http://newsletter.pangolin.com/t/ViewEmail/r/CFEA66C2E7728A7A2540EF23F30FEDED 

LaserNet and Pangolin Take the Show at LDI 2013

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At the 2013 LDI show in Las Vegas, Nevada; Pangolin Laser Systems and Laser Production Network (LaserNet) put together a laser show display, that was second to none, With a total of 18 ILDA compatible laser projectors being controlled, and with "live" laser show performances from DJ Mobius8 (sponsored by LaserNet), the join booth was teeming with energy, as pepole flocked to see the show, and amazing display of laser light. 

Check out the official press release online, by clicking here

And watch the official video from the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK-yjwR8K18

 

Pangolin clients dominate at the 2013 ILDA Awards Ceremony

The 2013 International Laser Display Association Awards Ceremony has finally come to a close. Pangolin clients dominated this year, taking home awards across a wide vareity of categories including beam and atmospheric laser shows, live laser shows, multimedia laser shows, laser shows for festivals, atomostpheric laser shows, laser shows for television, planetarium laser shows and many more. 

We at Pangolin are incredibly proud of this year's awards winners, and are amazed to see the work they are creating in the field, using Pangolin products. 

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