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.

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 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.

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.

 


Show Tech

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 – 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.

What is the Pangolin Projector Referral Network?

The laser show industry is growing at a rapid pace, with more people performing laser shows than ever before. As such, the demand for laser projectors, laser show systems, and laser control products has also grown. This trend has led to more companies producing and advertising laser projectors and laser show gear, than ever before.

Laser is a unique technology, and different in many ways to traditional light sources, such as LED. And buying a laser projector can sometimes be confusing process, with so many suppliers and vendors out there offering product.

In addition, the lack of “standardized specifications” of laser projectors (such as output powers, scan speeds, modulation, beam diameters, etc.), can make it very confusing at times, to find the best laser for your specific needs.

To help address this growing issue in the marketplace, Pangolin has started a service called the Pangolin Projector Referral Network, whereby we help you as a client find a quality laser projector, at an affordable price, and we ensure you receive first-class support and service on your equipment all along the way.

Pangolin pioneered much of the technology used to power the laser industry. Everything from laser control systems (including laser show software and hardware), to safety products, to optical scanning systems and laser diode protection. And from our work in the field, we’re proud to say that our developments have received 28 international patents, and contributed to over 400 international awards for our clients. In addition to our vast experience with laser technology, we have also visited nearly every single factory (in the US, EU and Asia) making laser systems. As such, we have great insight into who is making quality laser projectors, and how those units will perform in the field. And from this experience, we help you as a client find the best laser projector for your specific needs.

We take the guess work out of buying a laser! And when purchasing through the Pangolin Projector Network, we help you understand the differences between all of the laser systems on the market today, as well as how to interpret their specifications. And we educate you, so that you understand how those specifications relate to the type of shows you wish to perform. We then work to find you the best laser projector for your needs, and at a great price, backed up with the outstanding service and support the industry has come to love from Pangolin.

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.

 

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