Part one of our stage lighting networking miniseries is out!

Part one of our stage lighting networking miniseries is out!
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.

Laser reflection with Smarter Every Day

If you're into lasers, you should already be following Smarter Every Day. He's got a ton of incredibly cool and educational videos and his latest is no exception. Destin does a great job of explaining internal reflection and it's relationship with angle of incidence.

How bright is a 20 watt laser?

How bright is a 20 watt laser?
How bright is a 20 watt laser on the wall? The answer as always is "it depends" but instead of just explaining it, here's a quick video to show you how much the ambient light level affects laser brightness.

GrandMA Mercury Profile Update

GrandMA Mercury Profile Update
The builders of Mercury grant lighting designers unparalleled control of lasers by direct DMX, but like any toolbox proper organization is key to efficiency and speed. We've worked with several lighting designers to make our MA profiles more intuitive and powerful! These videos will show you the changes we made.

How a laser projector works

How a laser projector works
One of the questions we get all the time at X-Laser is “How do laser projectors actually work?” so we made a short video explaining how scanning and color mixing work together to create the shapes we all love. We go through the layout and basic components common in most modern semiconductor laser light show projectors, then talk a bit about the specific signals used to control galvanometer scanners and laser diodes while showing you exactly how a circle is made.

Download our FREE e-book on holiday laser displays!

Download our FREE e-book on holiday laser displays!
With the holiday season already here and decorating in full swing, we produced an e-book detailing the best ways to integrate laser projectors into holiday lighting displays. “Fundamentals of Laser Display for Holiday Decor” includes a basic overview of lasers and how they work, along with ways to maximize your ROI on a laser system used for holiday lighting. Read more to see a preview and download the full e-book, all FREE!

Lasers and pyro: tips for the “PB & J” of special FX

Lasers and pyro: tips for the “PB & J” of special FX
This Fourth of July, fireworks and smoke will fill the air across the U.S. That means that where there’s smoke, there can (technically) be lasers! Read on to find out how to create a safe and stunning Independence Day show that incorporates these two intense special effect elements.

Freebie Friday laser show: the hottest 90s track!

Freebie Friday laser show: the hottest 90s track!
For those of you who don’t remember the 1990s, the music scene back then was one to remember. Electronic music really started to take off, so we decided to create a laser show to the hottest digital track of the decade, to help people remember some of what the 90s gave to us all. See what we came up with here!  

10 Quick Tips: Quickshow Quicktrace

10 Quick Tips: Quickshow Quicktrace
Pangolin’s Quickshow is one of the most popular laser control software systems in the world, and its Quicktrace feature is a favorite tool for help creating custom graphics displays. Continue reading for 10 quick tips for using Quicktrace in Quickshow, and for projecting graphics in general