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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Smooth, ethereal, otherworldly looking aurora effects are rarely seen, but can be incredibly moving. We go a little into the history of these “Lumia” effects, how they’re made and how you can create your own with a laser and a trip to the hardware store.
We’ve added a new miniseries to our Mercury tutorials playlist on our YouTube page – “2 Billion Ways to Screw up a Circle.” What starts with a simple circle gobo becomes an assortment of intricate and easy-to-create laser effects – and it’s all done using our Mercury laser control system.
For anyone seeking how to easily, quickly and reliably patch and program laser fixtures within their lighting console workflow, our tutorial video series is here! From basic setup to advanced effects, these short, focused videos will help you get the job done safely, reliably and efficiently using Mercury in conjunction with your pro lighting console.
Two months after its debut at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas, X-Laser’s Mercury laser control system continues to alter preconceived notions about laser control. With beta testing complete, X-Laser Mercury now includes firmware updates and fixture profiles supporting major lighting control platforms such as Avolites, ChamSys, grandMA, Martin (M-Series and LightJockey), Jands Vista, Elation, and more. X-Laser’s Mercury laser control interface is also now available in X-Laser’s 5W, 10W, 20W, 30W and 50W Skywriter fixtures. Read more to get the full details!