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.

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

Laser Show Control – BEYOND, GrandMAX, FB4 and ClubMAX Laser Projector

Laser show control from a lighting console is a popular topic right now as more and more lighting designers are entering the laser scene. At the recent Serpent Festival in Australia, Lighting Designer Greg Ellis of Pretty Lights performed a stunning laser light show, controlling the new ClubMAX 3000 lasers with FB4, from a GrandMA 2 console. Effect programming was done entirely using the Pangolin BEYOND software, and then run from the GrandMA 2 console. The team at Lumina Visual Production (Australia) provided the ClubMAX-FB4 3000 laser systems, for the event.

 


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The new Pangolin FB4 hardware makes control of lasers from a lighting console easier than ever, with advanced support for all major lighting protocols, including DMX, ArtNET, Network and OSC, as well as common laser protocols including the standard “ILDA” connection.

Creating and controlling content for use with a lighting console, is very easy to do. Simply design your desired effects (using our popular QuickShow or BEYOND laser show software programs) and then save that content to the on-board memory, that comes standard with all FB4 hardware. Install one of our profiles for the lighting console of your choice (we support all major consoles) and then you can control the content you create in real-time. And this can also be done, with NO PC used, during the show performance.

On the laser projector side of things, all you will need a laser show system with Pangolin’s FB4 Network Hardware integrated. We at Pangolin provide a wide-variety of FB4 compatible lasers, that work in perfect harmony with both BEYOND or QuickShow laser show software, as well as with popular lighting consoles. You can see our lineup of FB4 compatible laser systems online, by Clicking Here.

When you use a laser with FB4, you also open up a lot more control possibilities as well. As these new lasers can be entirely controlled via DMX, ArtNet or Network. They also support the ILDA connection, if desired or required for your show. You can learn more about FB4, and see the various control possibilities available with this hardware, by Clicking Here.

Laser Show Projectors – How to make them last longer

Have you ever wondered…

Why did my laser projector fail?
Why is my laser projector less bright?
Why are my laser projector’s colors different? 

If you have asked yourself questions like these, don’t feel bad – You are not alone! Every day people around the world experience this very same issue, and have the unpleasant experience of having to deal with a broken or unusable laser show projector, that is the result of premature laser diode failure. And premature laser diode failure is caused in many cases, by electro-static discharge (ESD) and power surges. Thankfully, there is a solution, and it’s called LASORB!

THE PROBLEM WITH LASER DIODES
Nearly all laser show projectors, have laser modules inside. And inside most laser modules, are laser diodes. A laser diode is a small semiconductor device that produces coherent radiation. A diagram is shown below, illustrating what a standard professional laser show projector looks like. The picture next to this, shows you inside of the laser projector, so you can see what a typical laser module looks like. And next to that, you see inside the laser module, where the sensitive laser diodes live.

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Laser diodes are very fast devices that react rapidly to changing voltage and current. And scientific evidence suggests that many laser diodes fail long before their life expectancy, in many cases, because of ESD and power surges that are generated during power on/off cycles. Voltage spikes are often produced at these times, and their cumulative effect on laser diodes is highly detrimental. Even a small ESD event or power surge, can substantially harm a laser diode to the point where it is noticeably less powerful, or in a worse case scenario, entirely unusable.  So if you have ever wondered “Why did my laser projector fail?, Why is my laser projector less bright?  or Why are my laser projector’s colors different? …  Chances are, an ESD related event or power surge, was the culprit.

WHAT IS NEEDED TO PROTECT A LASER DIODE
Based on our extensive testing and evaluation, we developed and patented a new method of protecting laser diodes — a hybrid component called LASORB, that keeps ESD and power surge spikes from exceeding the diode’s normal operating voltage. LASORB also absorbs high energy in the circuit until ESD and power surges subside, as current is shunted away from the diode. Thus, protecting your sensitive laser diodes, and ultimately, your valuable laser show projector.

HOW LASORB PROECTS LASER DIODES
LASORB’s primary means of protection is a slew-rate detector that monitors the voltage across the pins of the laser diode. If there is a fast change-of-voltage condition detected, this triggers LASORB to aggressively conduct the voltage (and thus current) away from the laser diode. The conduction is initiated very rapidly – in some cases less than one nanosecond. The conduction can last from several microseconds, to tens of microseconds.

THE SOLUTION

Next time you go to purchase a laser show projector, make sure to ask the manufacturer if LASORB is installed, on the laser diodes used within the unit. This is a sure-fire way, to get an idea of the quality of the system. LASORB is very inexpensive, and can cost as little as $2 for manufacturers to integrate. So if your provider is not using LASORB, ask them why! Think of it as an insurance policy for your laser projector, which will protect it from ESD and power surges. You can also integrate LASORB into your existing system, or you can browse Pangolin’s line of professional laser projectors, all of which feature the LASORB component, on each and every singe laser diode used. You can see our complete lineup of systems, at http://www.getalaser.com.

SEEING IS BELIEVING
Below you can watch a live video (shot with an iPhone, and not fancy editing) that shows LASORB in action, protecting the popular 520nm GREEN laser diodes, so commonly used across the laser show industry.


 

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.

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!

Zurich Street Parade – Powered by Laserworld and Pangolin

The 2013 Zurich Street Parade in Zurich, Switzerland has grown to be one of the largest outdoor festivals in the country. This year, an estimated 950,000 people attended the event, and lined the streets to see the amazing laser show performance given by Laserworld AG. On Saturday August 10, 2013, top name performers like Bob Sinclair, Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, Westbarn, and NERVO entertained and excited the crowds on the parade's eight large outdoor stages. 

Nicky Romero and NERVO performed their acts on the main stage next to the Mythenquai, which were accompanied by a large laser light spectacle and live laser show. On the other stages (the Burkliplatz and concert hall) laser shows were also performed by Laserworld. All together, over 200watts of laser power was used for this event. 

Laserworld used their professional RTI Nano series of laser projectors for the event. 

2 x RTI NANO 6 RYGCB 35
5 x RTI PIKO RGB 14.0
2 x RTI PIKO RGB 8.0
2 x RTI PIKO G10
2 x RTI PIKO Y13

Control for the event was done using the all-new Pangolin BEYOND laser control software, and the Phoenix Showcontroller laser control software

A brief video showing the event can be found online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=224Ow9hEIYE

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Powered by Pangolin Highlights the Amazing Work Being Done in the Laser Entertainment Industry

We've just released our most recent update to the Powered by Pangolin platform, showcasing the amazing work being done in the laser light show industry using Pangolin Laser Control Software and Hardware. 

Check out our latest press release, discussing the recent Powered by Pangolin release, by clicking here

Or read the full article online here

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