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February and March 1999
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DMX light is designed for the light jockey, who has a
computer, and wishes to use a parallel port DMX interface to control his
show. The program allows you to pre-program your scenes and chases and then
play them back at the press of a button. It is really easy to use, and
within ten minutes you can create a small show. The more advanced user will
be able to create a very sophisticated show.
Once the show has been created on the computer screen, DMX commands are
generated by an external box that plugs into the parallel port. The software
is free while the DMX hardware boxes are moderately priced.
One of the main features is each lighting fixture has a
template (control panel). When a fixture is selected the template panel
changes to reflect the fixtures attributes such as colours and gobos which
are all shown graphically.
While the system is designed primarily for use with DMX controller lighting
fixtures, it is possible to create a template to control laser projectors in
accordance with the ILDA DMX standard as well as lighting fixtures.
With the new product line MODULA-5 LOBO introduces a
digital and modular expandable laser storage for up to two laser projectors.
It combines easy handling, a maximum of operation security and breathtaking
new features at an unexpected low price.
MODULA-C5 is a high-performance laser controller, in a price segment which
offered so far only common modified multitrack tape recorders. In contrast
to conventional solutions the shows for up to two laser projectors are
stored with the sound in CD quality on a magneto-optical disk. In
combination with an advanced locator concept any desired point of the show
is at your fingertips without any search time. As the MO technology is the
most reliable data storage medium on the market, eliminating the problems of
The basic version is able to play laser shows with over 16
Million colours. Up to four pre-definable show frames and up to 32
adjustable positions of external effect mirrors are automatically integrated
in any show. As known from all other LOBO systems, the MODULA-C5 certainly
does not need the easily wearing- out mechanics of beam tables. So the
system can be combined with any desired LOBO projector.
Thanks to its modular concept, MODULA-C5 can adapt to new tasks by various
expansion modules. This makes MODULA-C5 not only extremely flexible, it also
guarantees its users a high value for the future. In addition to an
expansion module for a second projector, a live operation module with MIDI
control and sound-to-light system is at your disposal. A recorder module
allows to store own shows on disk. The editing module even allows to create
your own laser graphics and to integrate it in any show. For more
sophisticated applications a DDL-module, a DMX-module, a SMPTE-module and
modules for the control of peripheral equipment are available.
The new MODULA-C5 is reasonably priced, which makes this device the only
real alternative for the professional user. The basic version will cost less
than DEM 20.000 (about $12.000 US$) and will be available at the end of
April this year.
For more information contact:
LOBO electronic GmbH
Phone (++49) (0) 7361 96 87-0 Fax (++49) (0) 7361 96 87-99
announces Lasershow Performer Console
Now any Pangolin user can play laser show cues live, using a
professional-grade console: Lasershow Performer. LP is designed and
manufactured by Lasscan, and is available exclusively from Pangolin dealers
It works with the Lasershow Designer software, to extend the software-only
Live! controller. The LP console is perfect for clients such as discos, who
prefer playing from a dedicated "button box" rather than a
Lasershow Performer has nine banks of 48 cue buttons, for a total of 432
cues. The cues themselves are set up in advance using the Live! program.
Cues are highly flexible. Each cue can be a frame or animation, still or
scrolling text, or any part of a Showtime show. The cues also can trigger
for control of beams or other external devices.
For more information about the Lasershow Performer CLICK
LC II Released
The award-winning CATWEAZLE LC II scanning systems are
available now! Beginning Monday 15 March 1999, MediaLas (Germany) will begin
shipping these units. Here are the new features of the scanning systems:
- Increased speed. Now up to 30k ILDA at 10 degrees
- Increased linearity
- Much more accurate
- Driver has switch for 115/230VAC on board
- All inputs/outputs are on a single 10pin connector
- Every axis has inverting jumpers on board
- Driver size is the same as before
- Mounting holes are the same as before
- Weight is the same as before
Thanks to Bill Benner of Pangolin Laser Systems, there are
only two pots for adjusting the galvos. It is very simple to find the best
settings. MediaLas also solved a problem with the mirrors inside the galvos.
The thermal stability is much better now thus laser divergence is decreased.
You can place your orders directly from MediaLas
Germany (Europe) or from our distributors in the US
Cameron Garbos, a bouncing baby boy, was born to Derek and Martine
of New Wave Productions - at 04:25 on Wednesday the 10th Feb., at
St-Justines hospital in Montreal weighing in at a healthy 7.5 lbs.
Congratulations to the Garbos family!
Rockwell Laser Industries Calendar
||The 1999 Rockwell Laser Industries course calendar is now
available. Laserists may be interested in the L-110, L-120, L-220
courses but most especially A-220 the
Safety of Lasers Outdoors. This course is offered once a
year. This year it will be offered October 20-22 in Orlando,
Florida. Hopefully the ANSI Z136.6 will be complete at this time.
Lasers and Optics
Ottawa, Ontario, CA
San Antonio (Espanol)
Ottawa, Ontario, CA
San Antonio (Espanol)
|Advanced Laser Safety
|Laser Machine Tool Design
Fall '99 TBA
(SAVE! Take in conjunction with L-120 Mar. 25-26 for $1195)
|Fundamentals of Medica
|Medical Laser Safety
|Medical Laser Safety
Refresher and Z136.3 Update
|Medical Laser Maintenance
and Safety Workshop
Sept. 30, Oct 1-2
* Includes LAZAN for Dos
** Sponsored by Director Land Equipment Manager, Canadian Dept. National
*** Save!! Take the M-110 and the M-132 for $795
# $50.00 charge for the ANSI Z136.3 Standard
INFO: For more info and on-line registration, call 1-800-94-LASER, visit http://www.rli.com/rli_inst.html
or send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Laser display happenings from around the world. If you
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Schawlow dead at 77
Schawlow, co-inventor of the laser
and a Nobel Prize winner, died Wednesday in Stanford,
California from pneumonia and congestive heart failure after
a long battle with leukaemia. He was 77 years of age.
Schawlow was born in Mount Vernon, New York, and went on to
attend the University of Toronto, graduating with a
bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics in 1941. During
the W.W.II, while teaching physics to military personnel at
the U of T, he earned his master's degree. In 1949, Schawlow
received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of
Toronto. While doing postdoctoral research at Columbia
University he met Charles Townes, and their long
collaboration on microwave spectroscopy and masers, the
forunner of the laser, began.
Schawlow and Townes were
seeking ways to extend the maser principle of amplifying
electromagnetic waves into the shorter wavelengths of
infrared and visible light. They published a proposal for
the laser in a 1958 issue of Physical Review and received a
patent for it in 1960.
In 1961, Schawlow became professor of physics at Stanford
University. It was in 1981 that Schawlow received the Nobel
Prize in physics for his work in laser spectroscopy.
Illuminate Future Cars
L. Michael Roberts
Toronto - The Canadian Auto Show in Toronto is
the largest in Canada attracting an estimated audience of 2.5 million people
over it’s 10 day run. This year’s edition, the last in the 20th century,
was billed as "The Show Of The Century". In keeping with this
theme, organisers mounted a large display of futuristic and concept cars
from solar powered cars to electric, alternate fuel and plastic vehicles.
To add to the futuristic atmosphere of this display, FFP
Laser Systems of Mississauga was contracted to provide a laser and
multi-media show. The large display hall was the last area for
visitors to pass through before exiting the Auto Show. FFP provided a
European style laser show with beams and graphics, DMX controlled moving
lights and traditional lights along with sound and video enhancements (see
technical sidebar below).
The show ran whenever a number of visitors had congregated in the hall to
see the exhibit. This meant running and average of 6 shows per hour,
twelve hours per day for the 10 day exhibition. Prior to the show, a
laser graphic flashed onto the overhead projection screen advising visitors
that the best vantage point was in the centre of the hall. This was
followed by a superbly choreographed beam and graphic show set to the song
"Children" by Robert Miles.
The show incorporated dual scanner heads with 16.7 million colour audience
scanned beam effects, a single 30k head for graphics, and another pair of
scan heads for monochromatic-blue audience scan effects. After the
laser show, a short video on the automotive industry in Ontario was
projected onto the screen before the lights came up again so visitors could
admire the cars.
Gobos from intelligent light fixtures were used creatively
as "screen filler" between shows, and as background effects with
laser graphics projections. Between shows, intense dark blue
beams were projected from the laser position onto slowly rotating mirrored
cylinders at the back of the hall to produce a "searchlight"
effect. The unique blue was produced by placing a dicro in front of
the output of a 171 argon laser and rotating it to "tune" for the
desired shade of blue.
Forty Eight watts of lasers were used to generate the
photons for the show. The system configuration used as the Auto Show was as
- 1 - Cambridge Laser Labs 171 Argon laser with blue dichro and FFP
custom rail type beam table projector - for laser
"searchlights" and static beam effects bounced from an
extensive mirror array, and complementary audience scanning from two 12k
- 2 - Cambridge Laser Labs 171 lasers, one argon and one krypton,
feeding an FFP custom rail projector with 2 NEOS eight-channel PCAOMs. A
TurboTrack scan system tuned to 30K with UGC was used for laser graphics
onto the main screen, while the 8-turret/16-beam projector provided a
rich, colourful static beam array.
- The tandem pair also fed two MediaLas fibre optic remote projectors
with CTI 6800 30k scanners for the scanned beam effects.
- Laser show control was from two Pangolin LD Pro graphics systems via
two FFP custom control consoles to the MediaLas scan heads, main
graphics head and beam table controllers.
- Graphics and beam programming by Dave Nash involved 750 frames and
over 1000 cues in the 4 minute presentation.
- An MDG MAX3000 provided a light haze to enhance the beam effects.
- Additional equipment included 56 bounce mirrors and 16 mirror balls to
create the beam arrays; CD player, mixer, equaliser, amp racks and
speakers; A Spark DMX lighting console controlling dimmer racks for the
traditional "Par Can" type spotlight banks on each car, as
well as 16 Cyberlight intelligent lighting fixtures mounted at various
locations for "screen filler" and lighting effects.
- An additional bank of 8 Mac600 and 12 Cyberlight intelligent lighting
fixtures were floor mounted around the edge of the room and programmed
to display custom gobos with manufacturers and sponsors logos on the
ceiling of the room between shows.
FFP Laser Systems on the web: www.ffplasers.com
MacroMedia International Business Asia Award Finalists for the Third Year!
Laservision Macro~Media, current holder of the 1998
International Business Asia Award for the "Best Use of Australian
Technology in Asia" has made the finals of this prestigious
international business award for the third consecutive year.
The Sydney based event and attraction developer internationally recognised
for their 2000 Olympic Bid laser display on the sails of the Sydney Opera
House, and many of Australasia's most high profile Macro~Media
presentations. This creative and innovative Australian enterprise
co-ordinates ''Macro~Media'' high impact attractions and events, integrating
lighting, fountains, pyrotechnics, Aqua-Screens, audio, and motion pictures
in addition to 3D-laser animation and dazzling special effects with their
proprietary performance technology.
The diversity of creative applications or the companies technology is
reflected in their recent "Arabian Christmas" performance in Hong
Kong comprised of laser graphics, effects and animation synchronised to a
powerful contemporary sound track and projected on the large exterior walls
of "The Whampoa", a landmark retail and restaurant complex built
in the form of a large ocean liner. This followed a series of High
profile Hong Kong concerts featuring international recording stars Julian
Lennon, Boys to Men and 'Canto-Pop' Diva Sammie.
The Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer commenting on the company's
accomplishments said, "It's hard to imagine a better advertisement for
Australia's ability to supply innovative and complex technological
Laservision Macro~Media has extended their international marketing effort to
the Internet, their extensive web site can be found at www.laservision.com.au
airs "laser weapons" segment
On Wednesday, 10 February 1999, the ABC News program
"20/20" aired a report entitled "Weapons of the Future".
One part of this segment was an interview with an intelligence officer, Jack
Daly, who says he was injured by a laser projected from the Russian ship
"Kapitan Man" into the helicopter he was photographing from on
April 4 1997.
A transcript from the 20/20 show is available from the ABC news shows web
site at http://www.abcnews.go.com/onair/2020/transcripts/2020_990210weapons_trans.html
Image of alleged laser (red dot
For the Pentagon report on the "Kapitan Man"
incident, including the photo of the freighter showing the alleged laser
beam, visit the DefenceLINK site at http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/Jun1997/970404-N-0000N-001.html
Ties the knot
Miss Michele Lee Sivertson
Mr. Robert John Mudryk
Will celebrate their Wedding on the eighth of January,
nineteen hundred and ninety-nine at seven o’clock in the Evening at The
Holiday Inn, 1100 Crocker Road, Westlake, Ohio. The reception will be held
at The Westlake Holiday Inn from 7pm to midnight. There will be an open bar
in that time period. They will have a DJ for entertainment, and maybe even
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