This scene from Pangolin's show demonstrates how Lasershow
Converter MAX turns 3D Studio MAX frames into laser
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.
3D Studio MAX is a registered
trademark of Autodesk Inc.
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.
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
Studio MAX. This
product is available and shipping.
There is also a LITE version of this
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 features, downloadable videos
and the LITE version.
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
How to see finished 3DSM-created laser
To demonstrate the amazing capabilities of Lasershow Converter MAX, Pangolin provides
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.
demos are on the Lasershow Converter MAX
FAQ (frequently asked questions) page.
Why use computer graphics
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:
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
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, LD2000s Showtime program
is ideal. It can add more graphics, beams, abstracts, and other
events such as DMX lighting cues. It also allows use of Showtimes
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
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