More and more stage lighting fixtures are controllable by Art Net and Streaming ACN than ever before. This connectivity can provide for faster load ins, simpler cabling and faster programming, all you need is to understand a bit of basic networking. We've created a three part series to introduce the essentials of networking with a focus on the elements relevant to stage lighting networks. In this first part of the series we cover the fundamentals of networking in general, covering the layers of a network, basic architecture and the components of a network. In parts two and three we'll cover how to specify and setup a stage lighting network as well as how to troubleshoot common networking issues.
After nearly two years in the making, X-Laser debuted its Mercury control system at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas. Read more to learn about the new way to control lasers from a lighting console in the same workflow as moving lights!
Many of those who are interested in laser lighting end up staying away from laser systems because they are intimidated by what they have heard about laser or simply don’t understand the basics laser lighting. Our free, detailed FAQ will help clear up just about any question you may have – check it out!
Laser projectors contain advanced optical components and sensitive electronics. Taking proper care of your laser projector can help it perform better and last longer. Check out this detailed writeup (and video) including some simple steps you can take to keep your laser performing so your lighting rig keeps impressing audiences.
We get asked all the time from people who are getting into custom laser shows and programming, “How can I run Pangolin software on my Mac if the programs are meant for PC?”