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Laser Show Systems - Scanning Systems

    The scanners are where the 'rubber meets the road' in laser projection systems.  Scanners are one of the most often discussed components in laser shows systems.  This section contains articles, papers and links that provide information on scanning systems.

Cambridge Technology 6800HP scanners mounted on CTI heatsink
Cambridge Technology 6800HP scanners mounted on CTI heatsink - The most popular scanners in professional applications - Photo by Laser F/X


  • How To Tune To The ILDA Test Pattern - By Bill Benner and Patrick Murphy.
    This paper, reproduced from Volume 1, Number 2 of Laser Effects, covers the details of how to tune your scanners to the ILDA 12K or 30K scan speed standards.
  • ILDA Test Pattern - A copy of the information provided by ILDA on how to tune scanners to the ILDA test pattern with diagrams.
  • Scanning Basics - The Scanners page from the "How Laser Shows Work" section of our site gives a good overview of the basics of scanning systems.


Off-site Links

Here are some selected links to other articles and papers on scanning systems that may be of interest.

  • MediaLas - Makers of the CatWeazle scanners and drive amplifiers for Cambridge Technology scanners.

  • Inside a Scanner - This page shows the dissection of the older General Scanning G100PD scanner with lots of photos of the 'guts'.

  • Theory Of Operation - This page, from the same site as the page above, has a discussion and diagrams of how a scanner works.

  • New VM2000 scanners - A brief report on General Scanning's VM2000 scanners, which are designed for large-beam applications.

  • Scanner tests - Five different scanning systems compared in over 50 photographs. The photos are in two general categories: test patterns and sample frames from Lightspeed's "Creation" show.

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