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Laser Show Hardware

What laser control hardware is right for you To create and run a laser show, you need a laser control system. A laser control system is a combination of laser control hardware and software. The software allows you to design and create your desired laser shows and effects, and the hardware plays that content back across the laser projector. In order to create laser shows like the ones shown...

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Live Laser Show

How to make live laser shows

HOW TO CONTROL LASER SHOWS Live laser shows Live laser shows are perhaps the most popular way of controlling a laser show. You see these often at festivals, nightclubs, and similar events and they are mostly “laser beam and aerial shows” but may at times, also include various laser graphics and in rare cases, laser mapping and interactive effects. When performing a live laser show, you are...

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How to make preprogrammed laser shows

Pre-programmed laser shows Pre-programmed laser shows are perhaps the second most popular type of laser show you will see. These are common on large scale musical tours, and corporate events (where the exact music that will play is known ahead of time) as well as at permanent installations (theme parks, hotels, etc.). Pre-programmed shows may consist of laser beam and aerial shows, as well as...

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How to draw in laser

Laser graphics, logos, text and abstracts (as shown below) are some of the nicest things that can be projected when running a laser light show. They have also become an essential part of many laser displays, and you see these types of projections at corporate events, trade shows, festivals, arena shows and more. Pangolin laser show software already includes a wide variety of laser content and...

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How to make standalone laser shows

Stand-Alone laser shows A stand-alone laser show, is one where the show “runs itself”. Stand alone laser shows can consist of laser beam and aerial effects, laser graphics, and laser mapping effects. Stand-alone laser shows are accomplished using a laser projector or laser setup with FB4 hardware. In such shows, the show content is created in software (QuickShow or BEYOND), and then saved to the...

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Multiple lasers – shared and independent control

In this post, we’re going to answer two of the  most common questions client’s have, about controlling multiple laser projectors… How do I control multiple laser projectors at the same time? How do I make my lasers do something different, at the same time? The principles described here apply to all means of controlling a laser show live, controlling a laser show pre-programed...

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Understanding zones and working with multiple lasers

When ever we are talking about laser output with Pangolin software, we are also talking about Pangolin’s exclusive ILDA-Award-winning Projection Zones technology, which allows to use separate projection areas (zones) either from a single laser projector, or up to many laser projectors / multiple lasers. Projection Zones combine a scanner (laser) selection with Geometric Correction for that...

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Creating safe laser shows

Introduction to laser safety The popularity of laser light shows has risen exponentially over the past few years. Many experts now believe that the laser light show industry is on the verge of becoming a billion dollar industry. In today’s entertainment scene, we see laser projectors being used just about everywhere. From concerts and tours, sporting events, live television and corporate...

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Laser Classes

Laser classifications There are different classes of laser projectors, and those classes have different rules and regulations associated with them in different parts of the world. In the laser light show and laser entertainment industry, we generally deal with “Class 4” laser projectors, which are the most powerful type of system available. A general breakdown of laser classifications is...

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Audience Scanning Safety

Audience Scanning – Considered by many to be the “holy grail” of laser effects, audience scanning is where laser light is intentionally projected directly into an audience area, allowing people to interact and actually reach out and touch the light. While this effect is perhaps the most beautiful that can be produced with a laser, it is carries the greatest risk of an unsafe light level,...

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Laser Show Compliance

Laser regulations (mostly relating to the USA) In the United States, as well as many other countries (including Germany, the UK, Australia, France and Singapore), regulations are in place to ensure the safe operation of laser shows and those viewing them. We’ll focus mostly on US regulations here, as they tend to be the most stringent. We also notice that some other countries follow the United...

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Audience Scanning safety

Making shows safe and enjoyable By William R. Benner, Jr. (An earlier version of this article originally appeared in the fall 1997 edition of The Laserist Magazine.) Successfully determining the safety level of an Audience Scanning show requires not only the proper tools, but also an understanding of the theory behind safety exposure limits and the ability to correctly interpret measurement...

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