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Sample 3DSM laser animation
This scene from Pangolin's show demonstrates how Lasershow Converter MAX turns 3D Studio MAX frames into laser animations.
     To save download time on the web, we removed half the frames -- the actual laser show movement is twice as smooth as what you see above.
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Lasershow Designer 2000 and Lasershow Converter MAX are trademarks of Pangolin Laser Systems Inc. Lasershow Converter MAX includes David Gould Rendering Technology. Copyright ©2000 David Gould.
Click here to see a video of LC-MAX in action

Now you can make sophisticated laser images by working directly with standard 3D computer graphics. This autodigitizing magic is accomplished by Lasershow Converter MAX, Pangolin's new plug-in for the program 3D Studio MAX.   This product is available and shipping. There is also a LITE version of this product.  Click here for pricing and ordering information. 
        The plug-in enables computer graphic artists to convert 3D objects and scenes into laser outlines. The result can be as simple as a single-frame logo, or as complex as an animated fly-through of a city.
        This page gives a general overview of Lasershow Converter MAX. There are other pages that show how it works, the advanced featuresdownloadable videos and the LITE version.

Award-winning technology

Lasershow Converter MAX is an amazing advance in software for use with laser displays. It is so advanced, it has received a First Place ILDA 2001 Fenning Award for Technical Achievement.

How to see finished 3DSM-created laser shows

To demonstrate the amazing capabilities of Lasershow Converter MAX, Pangolin provides "Revelation", a complete laser show done exclusively with 3D Studio MAX.
        Another demonstration is Pangolin's 15-second "ID" spot, also done exclusively with 3D Studio MAX. You can see a Flash animation, an AVI-format video, and even download the LD2000-compatible show.
        Additional downloadable demos are on the Lasershow Converter MAX FAQ (frequently asked questions) page.

Why use computer graphics

Click to see full-size pictureThe pictures at right show 3D Studio Max (3DSM) scenes, and then the laser version of those scenes. (Click on the picture for a full-size view.) Using 3DSM will save you time and help you create better shows. Here's why:

  • Features such as accurate perspective and true hidden-line removal are perfectly realized. No additional work is necessary by the artist. All that is required, is that the artist 1) know 3DSM and 2) have a basic understanding of laser requirements, such as a low object count and relatively simple objects.

  • There are thousands of pre-built objects available. For example, the dinosaur in our demo was a public domain 3DSM model which was downloaded from a website. The artist did not have to create the dinosaur; only the simple landscape in which the dinosaur exists.

  • It is easier to do character animation, inverse kinematics, true morphs, etc. in 3DSM.

  • You can create multimedia shows with video and laser-overlaid highlights or characters, from the same 3DSM file. For example, if we wanted the dinosaur to be in laser and the background to be detailed terrain, we would first conventionally render the terrain, with the dinosaur specified as a traveling black matte. Then we would use Lasershow Converter MAX to render only the dinosaur in laser. The result is a video with a hole where the laser exactly fits.

  • Scenes created in 3DSM can be re-purposed for other media, such as video, slides, printed material, etc.

  • Many more animators know 3D Studio MAX, than know specialized laser software. It is used by over 85,000 computer animators. Plus, there is a wide variety of books, tutorials, websites, etc. available for 3DSM.

Quick conversion from computer to laser

Working with lasers within 3D Studio MAX is fast and natural. It typically takes far less than one second to convert a computer graphics frame into laser graphics. Hidden line removal and object occlusion (“masking”) is automatic. An entire laser animation can be quickly stored, and then played back in realtime to check object motion.
        Once laser frames are rendered in 3D Studio MAX, they can be saved to LD2000 or ILDA format. For performance playback, LD2000’s “Showtime” program is ideal. It can add more graphics, beams, abstracts, and other events such as DMX lighting cues. It also allows use of Showtime’s unique video sync capability, so laser overlays will always be exactly synchronized with their corresponding video frame.

Quick multimedia presentations

Using 3D Studio MAX is also the easiest way to develop multimedia-enhanced presentations. By superimposing the laser projector over a video-projected image, the result is solid-filled scenes with bright laser outlines. This can give detail impossible in a laser-only presentation.
        For even more sophistication, particular objects can be restricted to render only on the computer screen, or only on the laser. This allows laser overlays or highlights to be incorporated into other media such as slides or video, with perfect registration and timing.

How to order

You can order your Lasershow Converter MAX system today. Just let us know the serial number of the LD2000 system you'll be using.
        With your Lasershow Converter MAX software, you'll also receive the original 3D Studio MAX scenes from Pangolin's "Revelation" demo created by Dave Oxenreider of Singularity Arts. This 3 1/2 minute Showtime show contains over 6000 frames rendered from Lasershow Converter MAX, as well as original music by Andy Hagerman.

What is required

Lasershow Converter MAX requires Lasershow Designer 2000 and 3D Studio MAX to operate. This is because the software is a 3D Studio MAX plug-in that communicates directly with LD2000’s laser hardware board.

  • Lasershow Designer 2000 and Lasershow Converter MAX can be purchased through any Pangolin dealer or this website.

  • 3D Studio MAX release 3 or later. This can be purchased through resellers listed on the Discreet website:

  This page last updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 09:30 PM

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