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Pangolin

Pangolin Beyond

Pangolin LD2000 (Lasershow designer 2000)

Pangolin Quick Show

To make a great laser show, you need great laser software. Pangolin has two main programs that create and display shows. Quick Show gives you the basics, while Beyond has all the features and power you will ever need. Both programs come from Pangolin, the industry’s leader for over 25 years. This experience has culminated in the all-new Beyond. If you want the ultimate lasershow software, there is only one choice: Beyond!

Pangolin Beyond

A Beyond system consists of software and hardware for PC computers. The two components work together to get the best possible performance from laser projectors.
Beyond’s software lets you create, edit and present laser graphics and beam effects.
Beyond’s hardware (a QM2000 board or FB3 box) converts software commands into signals to control an ILDA-compatible laser projector.

The first thing you will notice is that Beyond looks a lot like QuickShow. This is because it is built on the user interface philosophies of QuickShow – that is, a single, unified program that has live, timeline, frame editing, bitmap tracing, and other features all in one program.

In Beyond, there is a brand new frame editor code-named “Mega Draw”, which is a full object- oriented drawing program supporting multiple layers and a wide variety of drawing tools, including splines.

In Mega Draw, you can have four views (any four) or a single view and toggle between these with the click of a button. A background bitmap can be loaded into any view individually. The zoom, rotation and position controls work with the loaded background in the same way as it does with the normal drawing tools. The Spline feature makes it very easy to draw on top of a background image.

Beyond features many more beams than QuickShow (up to 100 beams). In fact, Beyond also has the ability to use “Images” for beam positions. In Beyond, an “image” is anything that can create an image – not only a single frame, but even animations, abstracts, etc.

The top level Beyond Ultimate features a unique 3D modeling and animation module. It is similar to CAD programs such as Autodesk 3ds MAX and Maxon Cinema 4D, but it is totally optimized for laser output. You can create 3D objects and worlds, and make 3D animations. It takes care of hidden lines, coloring, point count, and all the tedious details.

If you are familiar with our previous LD MAX and LD 4D converter software, Beyond gives even better output.

Plus, now you don’t have to buy 3ds MAX, which has a retail price of $3495. Right there, you save 2/3 the price of Beyond Ultimate.

Beyond technical details and requirements

There are two parts to Beyond: The software, and a hardware output device. Both are included in the cost of a Beyond system.

Computer

Beyond software runs on any modern Windows PC. Beyond Essentials and Beyond Advanced can run under Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. For Beyond Ultimate, you must use Vista or Windows 7.

Hardware output device (QM2000, FB3 or FB4)

To control a laser projector, you must have a QM2000 or FB3. When you order Beyond, you get to choose which one will come with your system.FB4-MAX-with-QuickShow-510x341[1]


The QM2000 board fits into a PCI slot. This slot can be inside your desktop-type computer, or can be external in a QM2000.net box.

The FB3 is an external box that has a USB connection on one side, and an ILDA-compatible connector output on the other side. The USB plugs into your computer while the ILDA connector plugs into your laser projector.

The FB4  is a new network interface from Pangolin that opens up a world of possibilities for professional laser show control. The FB4 allows you to run your laser shows over any network using stand Network connections and cables .  It can also be controlled using DMX or Artnet . It featured an Oled Screen with a menu to give you various playback options including SD card playback, geometric adjustments, colour and orientation control.  The FB4′s also comes with quick show as free software.

Laser projector
The laser projector should have an ILDA connector that is truly compatible with the ILDA laser show control standard. Some less-expensive projectors may have ILDA-style connectors, but the wiring or voltages differ from the standard. Check with Pangolin if you are not sure about your projector.

For the best laser graphics, we highly recommend using “30K” scanners or better. These scanners can draw the ILDA Test Pattern correctly at a speed of 30,000 points per second.

It is possible to use slower scanners, but graphics may appear distorted. Usually, for beam effects and shapes (cones, planes of laser light, etc.) slower scanners down to about 12K are acceptable.

Using multiple laser projectors
One of the great features of Beyond is that it can control a virtually unlimited number of laser projectors simultaneously. Each projector will need its own QM2000 or FB3. You can buy these separately. To do so, purchase an LD2000 Intro system (QM2000) or a QuickShow system (FB3). Then, use just the hardware. (Of course, you can also use the software that came with LD2000 Intro or QuickShow. This is handy to run additional, totally separate, installations.)

A Beyond multi-projector system can use any combination of hardware — all QM2000s, all FB3s, or mixed.

Note that there are some key differences in QM2000s and FB3s when running long distances.

Since the FB3 uses a USB 2.0 interface, it is limited to the maximum length of a USB cable — about 5 meters (16 feet). If you are using FB3s at a greater distance, you will need a FB.net extension box. This is currently in development at Pangolin; we expect it to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011. Up to four FB3scan be put in one extension box. Communication between your Beyond computer and the FB.net extension box is done over standard TCP/IP networking, either wired or wireless. We recommend wired networking due to its higher reliability in critical applications such as concerts and stadium shows.

QM2000 boards can be put into an enclosure we call QM2000.net. You can buy either the enclosure itself if you already have a QM2000 board, or you can buy a complete QM2000.net system which includes a board. This lets you use standard TCP/IP networking, either wired or wireless, to communicate between your computer and the QM2000.net.

The maximum cable length from a QM2000 or FB3 to your laser projector is roughly 100 meters (about 325 feet) when using high quality cable.

Using Beyond without its associated hardware (no dongle needed!)
When you first run Beyond, it looks for your hardware (QM2000 or FB3). It then authorizes the computer. You can later disconnect the hardware, and still continue to create, edit and even run shows on the computer. Beyond includes an output “Preview Window” to give you an idea of what the laser output should look like.

For example, this allows you to use Beyond on a notebook while on an airline flight, or otherwise away from your laser equipment.

It is possible to authorize multiple computers. In this way, you have additional workstations. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes laser projector output looks different from what you see in Beyond’s Preview Window. Only by actually attaching the hardware and seeing your output on a laser projector, will you know exactly how it will look.

 

Pangolin QuickShow

QuickShow features

What you get
QuickShow software on DVD-ROM
Nearly 2000 pre-loaded cues
Instruction manual
Flashback 3 USB to ILDA adapter
USB cable
No dongles!
Never worry about forgetting or losing a dongle. You can work on, and display, shows without needing a dongle.

Cues
Nearly 2000 graphics, animations, beam effects and abstracts are included.

Abstract frames
Make planetarium-style abstract shapes, such as flowers or spirograph geometric figures.

Live controls
For a cue or the entire display, adjust size, position, rotation angle, rotation speed, color, color cycling, scan speed and animation rate.

QuickTools for creation and editing
QuickText, QuickShape, QuickTrace, QuickTargets, QuickTimeline, QuickDMX

Display methods
Single cue, multi-track cue, sequence cues, timeline show programming.

Display timing
Manual (mouse/keyboard), automatic to beat (BPM), autorun for sequences and timeline.

The price of QuickShow is US$595.00 + shipping

BPM methods
Timed, manual, or automatically triggers cues and effects to the beat of the music.

Preview
On-screen preview of all graphics and beams using Windows OpenGL.

Background work mode
Create/edit cues on-screen without affecting laser output. Only show your cues when you are done. The audience never sees your background work.

Autotrace bitmaps
Import GIF, JPG, BMP files and convert instantly to laser. Outline and centerline tracing modes.

Control DMX devices
Set up to 512 DMX channels per cue. Unlimited number of cues or “looks”.

Custom effects
Apply one or more effects to a cue, a sequence or a timeline event. Effects include colors (preset and changing), pulse/flash/strobe, trace, chop, ripple, mirror, double, scroll, rock, throb, zoom and bounce.

Projector correction and zones
Full geometric correction for off-axis scanning. HIt multiple screens from one projector, using projection zones (cues are positioned and scaled to appear in part of the scan area).

Pangolin LD2000 (Lasershow designer 2000)

 


Pangolins lasershow designer is the most popular laser lightshow package used by the majority of lasersits worldwide.

The reason for this success is a continually evolving package which incorporates the latest advancements in laser projection technology.
Pangolin comes in three options.
All options include a dedicated laser controller which fits into a standard PCI slot in your PC.

Differences in Packages :

INTRO

  • Number of tracks 8
  • 1 oscillator bank
  • Colours or shades 24
  • 2D frame creation
  • limited recolour tools
  • parameters that can be controlled Size, rotation, position, 3D perspective, scan speed, window-wipe, brightness, color cycling, draw-out, erase-in, master screen size and position.

BASIC

  • Number of tracks 16
  • 2 oscillator bank
  • Colours or shades 48
  • 2D frame creation
  • limited recolour tools
  • 2D warping
  • Real-time morphing
  • parameters that can be controlled Size, rotation, position, 3D perspective, viewing distance, scan speed, window-wipe, brightness, color cycling, draw-out, erase-in, depth cueing, master screen size and position.
  • Output show (or parts of show) as a sequence of ILDA frames
  • Output show (or parts of show) as a Windows AVI file

PRO

  • Number of tracks 32
  • 3 oscillator bank
  • Colours or shades 16.7 M
  • 3D frame creation
  • full list of recolour tools
  • 2D warping
  • 3D tools
  • 3D warping and surface mapping
  • Real-time morphing
  • parameters that can be controlled Size, rotation, position, 3D perspective, viewing distance, scan speed, window-wipe, brightness, color cycling, draw-out, erase-in, depth cueing, master screen size and position.
  • Output show (or parts of show) as a sequence of ILDA frames
  • Output show (or parts of show) as a Windows AVI file

All three versions can playback any LD2000 show, with full effects.

Laser show designer: Used to create and edit animations, images, text and logos.

Showtime: Used to create timeline animations and laser
shows, with the ability of countless effects, audio, dmx
and time code synchronization.

VST: photorealistic raster frames, VST simply uses a standard capture card and gives you the ability to produce photorealistic raster frames with standard laser galvos. You can even trace an object real-time allowing you to produce fascinating laser shows.

Auto play: Basically plays desired shows at designated times.

Pangolin also includes various free applications with their continual updates.

Add On programs:
Pangolin has also produced a variety of add on programs and plug-ins that basically make life allot easier when it comes to creating shows or even performing live.

Live pro:
Live pro is in our eyes the most effective live laser show controller ever produced. This package is based on a real time system which provides the user with full control of animations, effects and beam shows.

The best part is the ability to manipulate beam show real time so that you never have the same show twice. Live pro can be networked so you can have two system operating two or more different lasers producing different effects all from the one controller. Live pro can also be controlled via DMX512 giving lighting operators control over live pro and all they need to know is how to control their DMX lighting desk.

All of the little well though out features in Live pro are what make it the best package for live work.

We have simply never seen a better live package available for the laser entertainment market.

Genius laser technology Highly recommends Live pro.
If your doing live work with your lasers then live pro is what you need.

Laser show converter Max:
Pangolin’s have produced a plug-in for 3D Studio MAX. The plug-in enables computer graphic artists to convert 3D objects and scenes into laser outlines. The result can be as simple as a single-frame logo, or as complex as an animated fly-through of a city.

Laser show converter Flash:
Lasershow Converter flash program enables computer graphic artists to convert 2D objects and scenes into laser outlines. The result can be as simple as a single-frame logo, or as complex a complete laser show.

For more information on any of the above products please visit www.pangolin.com
For pricing on any of the above products please email arthur@geniuslaser.com