Laser Show Software – How to control multiple laser projectors using Pangolin

Laser Show Software – How to control multiple laser projectors using Pangolin


Hi everyone and welcome into the Pangolin
studio. My Name is Justin Perry and today I’m going to be providing you with a brief
tutorial video which helps to address one of the most common questions we get from our
clients especially newcomers to the laser industry. And the question is: How do you
control multiple projectors using Pangolin software and hardware?! So in the todays tutorial
we are going to address this question providing you some real-world examples you can use at
home. So let’s get started. Alright, as you guys can see here we have two laser projectors
and we have one Flashback. So what we’re gonna do in this example is run the ILDA signal
from this Flashback into our first projector and then we are gonna take a second ILDA cable
and run it from the ILDA out on this projector and into our second projector. And now this
is possible because this laser projector here has an ILDA input and an ILDA output and so
this configuration we’ve set up here, is commonly referred to as daisy chaining the laser projectors
together. And basically again you have 1 FB3 sending a signal to 2 laser projectors. And
that signal first comes here and then you are connecting a second ILDA cable and sending
that signal here. So in a setup like this what will happen, is that sense both projectors
are receiving the same signal. They’re gonna produce the same effect. So let’s go inside
of the QuickShow software and illustrate this, with some actual Laser output. As we explained
earlier we have two laser projectors both tight to one FB3 QS and those projectors are
Daisy chained together. So the first thing I am gonna do with this examples is to go
up here to settings,, projector settings. And you’ll notice that our projector settings
is only seeing one projector, tight to the Flashback 61191. So if we go to project our
simple test pattern. You will notice that outputs across both laser projectors. Any
adjustments I make in here, such as adjusting size and position, is gonna happen across
both projectors. So if we for example click a Cue, you notice that that same Cue displays
across both projectors and any adjustments we make in our live control area are gonna
take place across both projectors. And once again this is because both laser projectors
are daisy chained together and they’re both receiving one signal from one FB3. So in the
first example we showed you earlier, we had both these projectors daisy chain together.
But let’s say for example your laser projector only has an ILDA input and no ILDA output
as this projector does. And in such a scenario, if you want to control both projectors from
a single Flashback, what you’re gonna need is an ILDA splitter cable. You can find these
online from many lasers show part shop store. They are relatively inexpensive. So in this
example, what we have is once again a single Flashback with that signal running into our
ILDA splitter cable. We have our first ILDA cable Running to projector one and a second
ILDA cable running to projector two. And once again this example both projectors are receiving
the same signal. We’re going to produce the same effect. And we will illustrate that for
you really quickly inside of QuickShow. Okay guys, once again the first thing I am going
to do is go to settings projector settings. Once again quick show is seeing one projector,
tighter to our single Flashback 61191. And when we click that test pattern it is going
to produce the same test pattern across both projectors, and any just as we make Are gonna
be applied across projectors. Now once again this is because we have two lasers tied to
a single Flashback receiving the same signal. Thus they’re going to perform the same effect.
Alright guys in this example we have two laser projectors and now we have two Flashbacks.
And so what we’re going to illustrate is independent control. Basically where each laser projector
is being controlled by its own FB3. So I am gonna connect projector number one to Flashback
61191. And then we’ll connect projector number two to Flashback 53911. So here we have two
laser projectors, each being controlled by their own FB3. So let’s go inside of QuickShow
and see what we are able to do with this sort of a setup. Once again we have two Laser projectors
here each being independently controlled by its own Flashback. So the first thing we want
to do in this example is go to Settings. And we select laser controller hardware and the
purpose of this is, just to make sure that QuickShow is seeing we have two projectors
each tight to its own Flashback. And everything was good, so we click okay. Next thing we
want to do is go back to settings, select projector settings. And then you’ll notice
that in this menu right here, QuickShow recognize that we have two projectors and two Flashbacks.
So we will adjust the projector settings for projector number one. You can see we adjust
the size and position. That looks pretty good right about there. And then we will select
projector number two. And that looks okay right about where it is. So we select okay.
Next thing we do is to go back to settings one more time and we will select our projection
zones. And the purpose of this is to tell QuickShow which content we want to display
across which projector. So I am gonna select Zone one, scanner one main. And I project
a quick test pattern. And you will notice by default that it is going to projector one
Flashback 6119. If we want to change that, we can simply pull this drop down menu and
select the other projector. And it will route that zone to the other projector. For the
purpose of this example I am gonna select zone eight here, atmospherics. So I can show
you an example where we are using graphics and atmospheres at the same time. So select
zone eight, project a simple test pattern and you’ll see now that we have a two zone
set up. One for graphics and one for atmospherics. And we have both projectors doing something
different independently control from an individual Flashback. So we click OK. So now if we go
into our gratin we select a Graphic, you notice that it will go to projector one. And if we
select an atmospherics effect. You will notice that it goes to projector two. Now let’s say
what to have both projectors doing something different at the same time. We you will select
our multi-cue up here, we get that graphic going that atmosphere. And we will also get
A graphic going here, perhaps the motorcycle. So now you can see we have A graphical image
coming from projector one and atmosphere projector two. Both projectors are doing something different
at the same time. So let’s say we want to individually control each projector. And have
applied some effects to each of these. No problem we can come over here into our live
control area, and you notice by default we have master selected. So any adjustments I
make, are gonna be applied to all projectors. But if I select a cue, which you’ll notice
is that now we have the motorcycle cue selected. And the adjustment that I make will only be
done to that specific zone. So we can independently control it. And the same for our others zone.
The atmospheric. Any adjustments we making there will only be done to that specific zone.
So this is example provide you with an illustration what we mean by independent control. And there’s
a lot more things that you can do. I was just trying to provide a quick rough example, of
what independent control means. But essentially when each projector is tied to its own Flashback,
you’re gonna be able to make these projectors do different things at the same time. This
is what most professionals do. Because it allows you to create much more complex and
creative laser light shows. Where you have each projector doing different things simultaneously.
And these same principles that we just demonstrate shown here with QuickShow, also apply to other
Pangolin software such as LD2000, and BEYOND. So I hope that you guys enjoyed this tutorial
and found it interesting. We are gonna have more tutorial videos like this happen coming
soon. And if you have any questions you’d like us to make the tutorial video on, Please
send those requests to [email protected] One of our goals this year is gonna be to
create tutorial videos, around peoples most commonly asked questions. So once again I
hope you enjoyed the tutorial and we see you next time.

10 thoughts to “Laser Show Software – How to control multiple laser projectors using Pangolin”

  1. could i use a powered usb hub to control six lasers individually,,, using six seperate fb3s then ?????   i have recently purchased pangolin qs and six lasers hoping to have individual control of all lasers somehow

  2. Justin, 2 questions?
    1. Is the software compatible with Apple laptops? (OS X)
    2. Do I need two laptops in order to run two flash backs (to do independent projection?) Will it be once instance of the program running or two instances?

  3. I want to buy fb3 & quickshow for my 3 lasers. But i want to use 2 lasers toghether & 1 laser alone. Is there a special deal somewhere for 2 fb3 boxes & pangolin quickshow?

  4. If in some scene, I want it play same Graphic, some scene play different. What should I do? And Can I do quick timeline for both of them?

  5. Hello,
    Is there a way to control each laser separately when the lasers are daisy chained? I mean giving each laser an address like DMX interface.
    Thanks.

  6. I see You can connect 2 projects, I would like to use it for my show. Do you think I can use this for liser mean. Please help me out I will be very grateful do you know where I can buy it.

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