Definitions & Glossary

  • Analog Modulation

    What is Analog Modulation?

    In the show laser industry 'analog modulation' defines the ability of a laser source to "dim" the output power of the laser beam, which means that the output power can be adjusted without stepping. Thus, it is possible to display up to 16,7 million different shades of color with multi-color laser systems (systems with more than one laser source color). Depending on the technology of the laser source, brightness can be controlled linearly to a great extent.For professional laser shows, only laser systems with full analog color modulation are used.

    What is TTL Modulation?

    Counterpart of analog modulation is TTL-modulation (abbreviation for Transistor-Transistor Logic -> this means: on/off only).

    Can I use TTL Modulation with an analog system?

    It does not damage an analog laser device if it is triggered by a TTL signal (or the other way round).A TTL RGB laser can only display 7 colors and no fading effects via analog signal are possible.

  • Animation Laser

    What is an Animation Laser?

    The term "animation laser" denotes a show laser system which is able to create animated effects, graphics, and texts. To create non-flickering, vivid animations it is important to have a fast scanner systems width good angle stability. Besides that, it is helpful to have analog modulated laser sources to create a wide variety of colors. Good beam specifications help to create crisp projections and reduced blur around the beam

    .The very software used is the essential core factor for creating nice shows with an animation laser: Depending on the resolution and the capabilities of the hardware output interface, the animation laser projection can look nice - or not. There are some software solutions in the market, that are not that suitable for animation laser projections. 

    ILDA or DMX for Animation Lasers? 

    The best control option for an animation laser is via software. The ILDA protocol is used for such control and is possible to create own animations and logos for laser light shows. 

    For beam shows nice, for animation laser projections not that suitable is integrated DMX: Some animation lasers come with several pre-programmed animated effects, which may be selected through DMX. The display options are very limited in terms of animation projections.

  • Beam Show

    What is a beam show?

    A laser show may be designed as beam or graphics show. Whereas a graphics show displays graphics, patterns, animations, etc. on a projection surface, for example, a gauze or water screen or the like, in a beam show the laser beams are projected into the room. By means of fog or haze, it is possible to create fascinating effects, like tunnels and spacious patterns. A beam show "integrates" the spectator and makes him feel being a part of the show.

  • Club Laser

    What is a club laser?

    A club laser is a show laser light system for entertainment purposes especially used in clubs, discotheques, pubs, and bars. These laser systems create focused laser beams as well as effects such as animated images and patterns on walls, ceilings, or other surfaces without refocusing even over a long distance. Producing laser effects set to music, club lasers are usually used in combination with fog or haze systems to top off the audio-visual effects. These club laser systems are either single or multi-color laser lights and are sometimes combined with accessories such as mirrors, projection screens, remote projector heads, and other devices, to display different kinds of beam effects.

    Which club laser for my venue?

    Nightclubs usually don't like to spend much money on lighting effects - which is a mistake. But there are already very affordable club laser light solutions provided by MotionLasers, that fit tighter budgets too.To reduce maintenance efforts it makes sense to choose dust proof club lasers, where the optics and electronics compartments of the system are dust proof sealed. Those systems are usually marked with "Sealed Housing Technology" or rated to IP54+.

  • Daisy Chain

    The term "Daisy Chain" describes the connection of a signal cable to several devices in a ring or sequence structure. An example is a DMX512 network, where a single DMX controller is linked with several laser projectors. The controller is called the "master", whereas the projectors are called "slaves". Each DMX-capable projector has got a DMX "In" and a "Through" (often called "Out") connector. Devices which are able to emit control signals themselves are equippend with an "Out" connector.The "Out" connector of the controller is wired with the "In" connector of the following projector in line. The "Through/Out" connector of this projector is connected to the "In" connector of another device. This is how the chain is continued with.

    Daisy chained systems get one signal and share the information provided by this signal. In most cases the systems in this chain have their individual address, so they can extract their individual control information out of the common signal for all systems in line.

    See also DMX512.

  • Disco Laser

    Why are show lasers popular in discos?

    Discos are popular places for show laser systems. As most rooms of discotheques are located in darker surroundings, laser beams are particularly visible and ensure atmospheric lighting effects. Whether a band on stage wants to be put in perspective, or the audience needs an additional incentive to dance on the dance floor, disco lasers are the appropriate instrument to light up the mood in a club.

    Which show laser is the best disco laser?

    In general, most MotionLaser projectors can be used as disco lasers. Depending on the size of the nightclub, it must be ensured however that the laser projector comes with enough power to illuminate the entire disco with its laser show. Disco lasers are particularly popular as projection source of beam shows. If all safety standards are respected, the beam show can also be projected directly into the audience - the so-called audience scanning. Everybody who dances in the middle of the beams feels like they are dancing amidst a sea of light. For disco lasers, beam shows are more popular than graphics projections. With graphics projections, it is possible to display logos or animations on screens and solid surfaces. Laser beams become especially visible when the air is filled with fog or haze as a projection surface. A very special attraction for discos with disco lasers.

    Pre-programmed show vs. live show with disco lasers?

    Disco lasers can be used with any kind of music genre. Laser shows can be programmed to slow and fast music and can also be created by a light jockey to live music. These so-called music synchronous laser shows don't need to be created in advance. Pre-programmed laser shows, on the contrary, don't need to be operated during the laser show. Turn the disco laser on, start the show and enjoy the laser show in your venue.

  • DJ Laser

    What is a DJ laser?

    A DJ Laser is not a specific type of laser light, but it more describes the field of use of the laser. DJ Lasers usually are in the semi-professional range and most of them come with sound to light and stand alone mode. In most cases, DJ Lasers also have a DMX control option.

    As it is not a clear definition, sometimes more and sometimes less professional solutions are used as DJ lasers.

    Which laser projector suits best for DJs?

    A DJ Laser is a perfect lighting device for the entertainer on the go. DJ show laser systems are compact, light in weight, easy to use and therefore the ideal lighting equipment for mobile DJs, entertainers, and musicians. DJ lasers can project single or multi-color beams and room-filling effects to impress audiences at clubs, bars, pubs and private parties. Creating focused laser beams and animated effects and patterns on walls and ceilings, DJ laser light systems may be used with or without fog systems as well as bounce mirrors, projection screens, and other equipment.

  • DMX

    What does DMX stand for?

    The abbreviation DMX stands for Digital Multiplex and denotes a serial signal, which carries a special protocol from a controller to a DMX receiving device (the laser projector) in order to display pre-set effects. Through solely one cable it is possible to manage 512 different channels (therefore also called DMX512). A certain address (within the channel spectrum 1-512) can be assigned to every system connected laser unit.

    How do I choose effects with DMX?

    Also every effect has an address. By entering the address the selected laser is going to display the chosen effect. The addresses also may be entered via the dip switches on the back side of the laser projector.

  • DMX512

    Why is it called DMX512?

    The abbreviation DMX stands for Digital Multiplex and denotes a serial signal, which carries a special protocol from a controller to a DMX receiving device (the laser projector) in order to display pre-set effects. Through solely one cable it is possible to manage 512 different channels. Every system connected laser system has got a certain start address (within the spectrum 1-512). Each signal can process 256 single signal steps - i.e. values from 0-256. Normally the value 0 stands for "OFF", the value 255 for "ON". Depending on the processing control signal, also effects, movements or simple signalings, etc. may be controlled. The DMX512 protocol simply provides the trigger signal - then action to be preformed will be implemented by the control board of the controlled device, according to the programming.

    How do I select effects with DMX?

    Also every effect has an address. By entering the address the selected laser is going to display the chosen effect. The addresses also may be entered via the dip switches on the back side of the laser projector.

  • DPSS

    What does DPSS stand for?

    DPSS is an abbreviation for "Diode Pumped Solid State Laser"

    How do DPPS lasers work?

    This way of generating laser light bases on the resonator principle in combination with pump energy.
    The general working principle is rather complex and requires an explanation on the atomic level. These detailed explanations can be found on Wikipedia:http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/DPSS
    Different colored DPSS sources (red, blue and others) were used in the show laser light industry by 2010, but nowadays DPSS sources are usually used for creating the green laser color (532nm wavelength). This results from the red and blue DPSS lasers having had either bad beam specifications, incontrast to the modern Diode Laser solutions, or a short lifetime.

    What laser systems are equipped with DPSS sources?

    There is a huge difference in quality of nowaday's DPSS sources: The lower priced sources are usually used in affordable, entry-level laser systems, whereas high precision an high end DPSS sources are used for high power and high precision applications.

  • Entertainment Laser

    What is an entertainment laser?

    An entertainment laser is a laser light for entertainment instead of medical or cosmetic purposes. More common is the term show laser, as entertainment lasers are often used for small and big stage shows. Whenever an audience wants to be entertained, a laser show is a good recommandation. You can highlight any kind of presentation, product or band with an entertainment laser. But it is also possible to use entertainment lasers on their own to fascinate people, e.g. on weddings, birthdays, company events, anniversaries, parties, ceremonies.

    What entertainment laser is recommended for my venue?

    MotionLasers specializes in distributing entertainment lasers and offering budget laser displays for beginners as well as high-end Laser projectors for most professional events. Depending on the size of your venue, you must consider the power of your laser light. High-performance entertainment lasers also suit better for outdoor activities and events in daylight. When you consider to do graphics projections and demanding animations, fast scanning systems are suggested.

    What are popular events for entertainment lasers?

    Whenever there is an audience, laser light is the right choice to set the right mood. On big festivals show lasers are used to emphasize the playing band or projecting laser beams into the audience for the special kind of feeling. But consider: local safety instructions must always be followed and observed.

    In nightclubs, discos and bars people are encouraged to dance on illuminated dance floors. For company and product presentations, logos and animations can be projected to tell whole stories about your business. High-powered Laser projectors are also favored in sport stadiums for lighting and amusement purposes.

    What do I need for an entertaining laser show?

    Of course you'll need a laser projector to display the show. Then a software like Pangolin's Quickshow or Beyond is required to pre-program the laser show or run it live. Budget projectors often come with automatic modes to play a laser show by themselves, but for big shows they are not recommended. Without programming skills you can use one of the many free shows coming with Quickshow or you can hire a laser operator who will do the job.

  • Festival Laser

    What laser projectors are suitable for festivals?

    Festivals usually require strong laser light power for long distance projection, but they should also be able to cover the crowd in the nearer area. To be able to do both things with show laser light systems it is necessary to have a proper laser control software to set safety zones and beam zones.
    For Festivals, MotionLasers recommends to go for waterproof (IP65) or at least rain proof laser equipment, as there may be rain during the Festival. As the systems are usually used overnight as well, the high humidity and damp in the air in the early mornings may also damage the laser light systems.

    What show lasers do you recommend for festivals?

    That's why we recommend our high-end laser systems of the Spectrum, Piko, Nano, and Lightcube 851 Series for events such as festivals.

    Where can I find help with selecting the right festival laser?

    MotionLasers offers special solutions for Festivals, Contact us today for your professional solution.

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  • Gauze Screen

    The term "gauze" denotes a thin textile material which has got many very small holes similar to a fishnet. A gauze screen is used to project laser graphics, texts, etc. on it in order to make them visible. It is suitable for projections beamed at the forefront of the screen, so called "front projections", but also for projections on its rear side, "rear projections". 

    The term "mesh screen" is used as a synonym for "gauze screen".

  • Graphics Show

    What is a Graphics Show?

    Laser shows may either be designed as graphics or as beam shows. Beam shows project the laser beams into the room, while graphics shows use projection surfaces in order to display laser graphics, patterns, animations, etc. Such projection surfaces may be gauze, water or fog screens, hydro shields, frosted glass, walls, buildings and natural surfaces, as rocks, mountains, etc.

    Which show laser is the best for graphics shows?

    For displaying a graphics show, you'll need a show laser with scanning system fast enough for your animations. The fast the scanner, the clearer and more detailed the picture, graphic or animation gets.

    If you want to create and project your very own graphics show, a show laser light with ILDA connection is needed. Furthermore, you'll need a professional show laser programming software. Laser displays with just a DMX connection are only able to display graphics that were pre-programmed on the laser projector.

    When planning an outdoor graphics show, a particularly powerful laser system with low divergence will suit best. With this setup, a precise beam over long distances is guaranteed.

    MotionLasers offers high-end solutions as well as more budget Lasers for text and graphics creation.

  • Hydro Shield

    As well as water screens hydro shields are projection surfaces made of water used to make visible laser graphics and effects. But contrary to water screens, where water drops fall down from above, hydro shields emerge semicircular from the bottom upwards. They consist of a special 180° flat nozzle together with a very strong pump system. It is essential to have a permanent water source, therefore the nozzle may be placed in a lake or the like. Hydro shields are often used for rear projections and are able to disappear within seconds - an advantage over other kinds of screens.

  • ILDA Laser

    What does ILDA stand for?

    ILDA is the abbreviation of "International Laser Display Association" and thus the name of an association of laserists. It also describes a signal transmission protocol for the computer control of show laser light systems.

    How is a Laser System with ILDA connection controlled?

    The ILDA laser control signal uses a parallel transmission whereas the computer control signal is serial. That's why the computer control signal has to be convertered to ILDA by a Digital Analogue Converter (DAC), also called "ILDA Interface", combined with laser software. For individual control of multiple laser systems it is necessary ton use several DACs (one per individually controlled laser). The ILDA control signal uses a very dense transmission structure, as it has to control every single color change and every re-positioning of the scanners, that it has a 1:1 relation to the laser system. There is no "addressing" possible, like with DMX512 (which works completely different, as the DMX protocol only transmits low-level information).
    The creation of logos, texts and animations is only possible due to the complex control structure of a laser. DMX requires the intelligence to be built-in to the DMX fixture - the ILDA signal is capable to real-time transmit the "intelligence" to the laser system.

    ILDA control over long distances

    Modern show laser light software uses LAN transmission of the ILDA control signal and only converts the serial LAN signal to the analogue ILDA signal directly at the laser projector. The limitations of analogue transmission technology can be overcome with this and very long transmission distances become possible.

    What is the best ILDA laser?

    There is no such thing like the best show laser system. There is only the best laser display for your purpose. And this depends on many factors: How big is your venue? Do you need graphics projections? Is it a multimedia show with water involved? Is it an outdoor show or in broad daylight?
    MotionLasers offers many laser lights and only the smallest budget ones don't have an ILDA connection but DMX or automatic modes.

  • Landmark Laser

    What is a landmark laser?

    Landmark lasers are show laser systems used outdoor to make a certain point visible and exposed from a long distance. The term "landmark laser" is mainly used in Asian countries whereas in Europe and America the terms "Sky Laser", "Skylaser" or "Sky beam laser" are more common.

    Which show laser is the best landmark laser?

    Regarding the far beam distance which can add up to several kilometers and taking into account the absence of fog and haze, high laser power of several Watts as well as very low divergence is essential. Thus the laser beam will be bright and sharp. This is the reason why OPSL modules suit best for this purpose as they have a better beam divergence in comparison to diode sources.
      Furthermore you'll have to consider the beam color. Green laser sources are more visible than others.

    For what purpose do I need a landmark laser?

    Any venue where visibility over long distances is needed. E.g. discos in rural areas or hidden in plain sight between scyscrapers get high attention thanks to high visible showlaser beams in the sky.

  • Laser Animation

    What is a Laser Animation?

    A laser animation is an animated effect created by a show laser systems, for example a graphic, logo or text. For laser animations it is essential to have fast scanner systems, sharp beams, bright colors, good beam specifications and the appropriate software. Via ILDA it is possible to create own customized animations and logos for laser light shows. Some laser projectors come with several pre-programmed animated effects, which may be displayed through DMX. Single or multicolor animations can be a special highlight at a laser show.

  • Laser Display

    What is a laser display?

    Laser display is a term used to describe the application of laser light for entertainment purposes. Show laser light systems are ideal for big shows and events because they create focused laser beams and effects such as animated images and patterns on walls, ceilings, or other surfaces over a long distance. Combining laser light systems with music emotionalizes people through a multitude of audio-visual impacts where rhythmic beats are accompanied by different illumination effects that harmonize to the music and underline the mood of the music. By additionally using smoke, fog, video projections, and large water screens huge and impressive laser shows can be created.

    What are other terms for laser display?

    The term "Laser Display" is synonymously used for "Show laser", "Laser light" or even "Laser show" (meaning the laser projector unit here).
    Sometimes they are also called "Entertainment laser".

  • Laser Effect

    What is a laser effect?

    Most laser projectors come with integrated lighting effects which are displayed automatically or manually. Such laser effects are generated through scanning systems, stepping motors, grating grids, mirrors or glass gobos.
     

    What is a common laser effect?

    Popular effects of a laser projector are e.g. stars, 3D, patterns, twists, tubes, grids, waves, duplication, and graphics.
     

    How are laser effects displayed?

    Especially budget show laser systems provide an automatic mode to play laser effects without further control need. In this mode, the laser light changes the patterns and effects itself. Particularly suited for beginners without any knowledge in laser show software. 
    Other lasers have a music mode available and display laser effects synchronously to sound and noise, such as music, clapping, cheering.
    Professional laser lights come with interfaces and laser show software support for the individual choice of laser effects.
     

    Where are laser effects integrated?

    Favored venues for lasers with lighting effects are e.g. mobile use, parties, clubs, discos and the private use.
     

     

  • Laser Light

    What is laser light?

    A laser light defines a laser beam in the visible spectrum (between 400 and 700nm wavelength). Often the term is used to describe a projection system emitting laser beams in the visible laser spectrum.  Laser (“Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”) creates and amplifies electromagnetic radiation of a specific frequency through the process of stimulated emission. Laser light systems create sharp light beams, highly focused over long distances. Like laser lighting displays, laser lights are used as an entertainment medium. Single and multi-color laser lights allow for effects such as animated images and patterns. Impressive laser shows can be produced by adding more different media, such as smoke, fog, video projections or water screens.

    Other terms for laser light

    The term "Laser light" is synonymously used for "Show laser", "Laser display" or even "Laser show" (meaning the laser projector unit here).
    Sometimes they are also called "Entertainment laser".

    What makes laser light particularly good for show purposes?

    Laser shows utilize the visibility of laser light. Most show lasers with different colored laser sources come with the colors red, green and blue which make them to so-called RGB lasers. Laser projectors with OPSL modules often provide cyan and orange, rarely lime for a bigger color gamut.
    Thanks to laser light impressive laser effects are possible. Depending on the scanning system demanding animations and graphics projections are able to tell whole stories with impressive pictures. Most popular is the so-called audience scanning with laser beams projected directly into the audience. Important: local safety insctructions must be consideres and observed.

    Popular locations for laser light

    Despite laser shows on e.g. festivals, discos, bars, clubs, wedding ceremonies, birthdays, etc., laser light is nowadays more and more used as car headlights.

  • Laser Light Show

    What is a laser light show?

    A laser light show can mean two different things: Primary meaning is the "Laser show", emphasing here that it's a show in the visible color spectrum. The other meaning of "laser light show" sepcifies the actual projection unit. In this case the term defines the medium and the effect at the same time.

    Other terms for laser light show

    This terminology is not too common, usually "laser light", "show laser" or "laser display" are used for defining the actual hardware projection system instead of laser light show.
    The "result", meaning the effects in a certain context, are commonly defined as "laser show".

  • Laser Projection

    What is a Laser Projection?

    Laser projection means animations and graphics that are displayed on projection surfaces with a laser display. For displaying such laser projections a show laser system needs galvanometer scanners that move the laser beam so fast that the eyes of an observer see an animated laser picture.

    What do I need for a proper Laser Projection?

    That depends strongly on the size of your location. The bigger the more output power your laser projector should provide. If you consider to use your laser outoors you should either look for a show laser with a wheather housing or a laser light with a housing that is wheatherproof according to its IP class. For displaying quickly changing animations and demanding graphics, the laser display needs fast scanning systems with quality drivers. For projecting laser animations you'll need a projection surface like walls, ceilings, fog, haze, water screen or with a powerful laser device even mountains can be a proper projection surface for displaying graphics, logos, texts, etc.

  • Laser Projector

    What is a Laser Projector?

    A laser projector is a device for displaying animations and graphics with laser beams onto a screen. Besides laser sources like diodes, DPSS, OPSL or gas lasers in earlier times, a laser projector must contain galavanometer scanners. Therefore the laser projector is able to move its laser light beam to create laser images on projection surfaces like walls, ceilings, fog or haze. 
    Laser projector is also used as synonym for the laser light itself. Other terms are e.g. laser display, show laser and even laser show is used to describe a laser device.

    What is the best Laser Projector for my venue?

    That depends strongly on the size of your location. The bigger the more output power your laser projector should provide. If you consider to use your laser outoors you should either look for a show laser with a wheather housing or a laser light with a housing that is wheatherproof according to its IP class. For displaying quickly changing animations and demanding graphics, the laser display needs fast scanning systems with quality drivers. 

    What else do I need for my Laser Projector?

    For projecting laser animations you'll need a projection surface like walls, ceilings, fog, haze, water screen or with a powerful laser device even mountains can be a proper projection surface for displaying graphics, logos, texts, etc.

  • Laser Show

    What does Laser Show mean?

    The term "Laser show" can define two different things: In most cases it means an entertainment event where the laser effects provide a show (music synchronous or without music). Sometimes the term is also used to define the actual laser projection system.

    What are different types of Laser Shows?

    Laser shows are usually defines as laser projection with choreography. There are two different types: Pre-programmed laser shows and live laser shows.
    Both are completely different approaches of working with lasers and the right solution always depends on the customer's requirements. In nightclubs the laser systems are run as live laser show, whereas corporate events usually rely on pre-programmed, music and/or video synchronous  laser shows.
    You can also distinguish beam shows from graphics shows. A beam shows projects laser beams into the room. With additional fog or haze the beams become more visible and create fascinating effects, like tunnels and 3D-effects.
    A graphics show displays patterns, animations and graphics on a projection surface like walls, ceilings, water screens or even mountains.

  • Laserlight

    What is laserlight?

    Laserlight is another spelling for laser light. See the definition of laser light.

  • Mesh Screen

    The term "mesh screen" is used synonymously for "gauze screen".

  • Multimedia Show

    What is a multimedia show?

    A multimedia show is an entertainment event where several forms of media, such as audio, video, light etc. are included. Show laser projections, as beams, graphics and texts, are combined with effects like fire, pyrotechnics, water, video projections, music and the like. All these effects create impressive multimedia shows together with the right music, especially highlighted and underlined by the laser effects.

    Which show laser suits best for a multimedia show?

    Depending on the scale of your multimedia show, it is strongly recommended to use professional to high-end show laser systems. The bigger your venue, the more power should your laser light offer. When you decide to use show laser devices in combination with water effects, then you should consider laser displays with water proof housings. For graphics projections fast scanning systems are needed.

  • Nightclub Laser

    What is a nightclub laser?

    A nightclub laser is a laser system for entertainment purposes especially used in clubs and discotheques. These single or multi-color laser systems are usually accompanied by music and sound effects as well as fog machines, video projections, etc. Combining laser light systems with melodies emotionalizes people through a multitude of audio-visual impacts. Rhythmic beats are accompanied by different illumination effects that harmonize to the lyrics and underline the mood of the sound.
     

    How do nightclub lasers work?

    These laser projectors display focused laser beams and effects such as animated images and patterns on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces without refocusing even over a long distance. Laser systems exist as single or multi-color show lasers and are sometimes combined with accessories such as mirrors, projection screens, remote projector heads, and other devices, to display different kinds of beam effects.
     

    Which nightclub laser do you recommend?

    That depends strongly on your venue. The bigger your location, the more power your show laser should provide. To reduce maintenance efforts you should consider buying a laser light with a dustproof housing - look for laser systems with Sealed Housing Technology.  If you want to show own graphics and animations, a show laser system with ILDA connection and fast scanning system will suit best for your purpose. 
    MotionLasers offers many laser lights from budget version to high-end professional system, there is no limit. But also small laser systems for beginners can fit in your club. With their music and automatic modes, there is no need in training show laser software programming. Just start the laser and enjoy pre-programmed patterns like tubes, waves, circles, etc. Bring back the nightlife to your club.

  • OPSL

    What is OPSL?

    OPSL is an abbreviation for optically pumped semiconductor laser which describes a technology that is used by Coherent for their special show laser modules.
    The construction principle of OPSL sources is complicated, but in general, the benefits from the resonator principle (DPSS and gas lasers) and the semiconductor principle (Diodes) are combined. Due to this, a comparatively compact module design with high performance and excellent beam parameters is possible. However, these OPSL components are relatively expensive.

  • Outdoor Laser

    What is an outdoor laser?

    An outdoor laser is a show laser system especially suited for open-air events. Outdoor lasers are being used for festivals, street parades, concerts, on cruise ships, in amusement parks, for displaying graphics on mountains, as sky laser systems, etc. Outdoor lasers can display large beam shows for big audiences as well as demanding graphics and animation laser shows. Outdoor lasers exist as single-color solution and as multi-color systems that are capable of displaying laser rainbows into the sky. They suit very well for multimedia shows by combining the powerful laser beams with sound, conventional light, fire, water and other effects.

    What are the best show lasers for an outdoor laser show?

    Our high-end laser systems of the Spectrum, Atom, Maxim, Piko, Nano, Ango, Logolas, Lightcube 851, Tarm G and the Tarm HD Series are particularly suitable for such events.
     

  • Outdoor Laser Lighting

    What is outdoor laser lighting?

    Outdoor laser lighting means ambient lighting in gardens, parks or other outdoor locations displayed by laser lights. It can be a permanent laser installation e.g. onto trees in nature or on walls in amusement parks, but also seasonal lighting effects with Christmas lasers or small garden laser systems to impress your neighbors.
    Outdoor laser lighting needs laser systems that are water and weatherproof or come in a special outdoor housing. Depending on your purpose even small lighting effects like the Garden Series will suit your preferences. They create moving laser dots in different colors and come with a remote.

  • Outdoor Laser Show

    What is an outdoor laser show?

    An outdoor laser show is an open-air event for entertainment purposes, consisting of displays of constantly moving laser lights. You may see outdoor laser shows at festivals, concerts, street parades, in amusement parks, on cruise ships and the like. Outdoor show laser light systems project effects such as animated images and patterns on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces using single and multi-colored laser lights. Usually, laser beams and effects are accompanied by music and sound effects as well as video projections and water screens creating huge and impressive show laser events. Outdoor laser shows are mainly multimedia events, where laser beams are combined with sound, light and video projections, but also sky or landmark laser shows where laser beams are shot into the sky over a particular area are common outdoor laser shows.
     

    What are the best laser projectors for an outdoor laser show?

    Our high-end laser systems of the Spectrum, Atom, Maxim, Piko, Nano, Ango, Logolas, Lightcube 851, Tarm G and the Tarm HD Series are particularly suitable for such events.

  • Party Laser

    What is a party laser?

    A party laser is a show laser light system for smaller entertainment events, for example in clubs, discotheques, pubs, and bars or for private use. Party lasers are able to create laser beams as well as effects, such as animated images and patterns, that may be projected on different kind of surfaces. Producing laser effects set to music party lasers may additionally be used with smoke and fog systems to top off the audio-visual effects. These party laser systems are either single or full color systems and are usually combined with optical equipment such as mirror balls, projection screens, remote projector heads, and other devices, to display different kinds of beam effects.

     

     

  • Rainbow Laser

    What is a Rainbow Laser?

    A rainbow laser is a show laser light system that is capable of multi colored beams that look like a rainbow. For that special kind of effect the show laser needs at least the three color sources red, green, and blue as well as analog modulation to be able to display the color hues in between. There are also laser devices that offer addiotional OPSL colors like cyan, orange or lime for an even better color graduation effect. This kind of projection is usually done outdoor and can reach for many kilometers. Laser rainbows are a nice and attractive effect and are widely visible.
     

    What laser projector is the best Rainbow Laser?

    All of the high power multi-color laser systems that MotionLasers offers are capable of doing this kind of effect (reach depends on laser power, beam specifications and software settings).
     

  • Rear Projection Screen

    Laser effects, graphics, texts, etc. need projection surfaces to become visible, for example screens. Rear projection screens are made of semi-transluminescent material, often of a gauze / mesh material, which has got many small holes. Such screens do not really reflect the laser light but create kind of a glow or let a certain amount of laser light pass through the material. As one might expect, the graphics, effects or texts are projected on the rear side of the screen.

  • RGB Laser

    What is an RGB Laser?

    RGB lasers are show laser systems with exactly three color modules: red, green and blue. It doesn't matter if the color sources are DPSS, OPSL oder Diode laser modules. By combining the three colors, whitelight laser effects are possible.

    What is the best RGB Laser?

    It depends on your venue, which RGB laser suits best for your purposes. The bigger the location, the more output power you will need. If you want to display demanding graphics projections, you'll need RGB lasers with fast scanning systems. For long distance projections, high power and low divergence are required. If you want a good white balance, then a laser projector with nearly equal power distribution will be the best choice .

    Are there show lasers with more colors?

    Basically, you can display the most colors with an RGB laser system that allows for analog modulation by mixing red, green and blue tones. A typical Full Spectrum analog-modulated RGB projector has 256 brightness levels for each laser. This gives (256 x 256 x 256) 16,777,216 different available colors. 
    An RGB laser with TTL modulation - color on or off - can display seven colors: red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, white.

    Do I need an RGB Laser?

    That depends on what you want to do with the laser display. MotionLasers offers single green, single blue and single red laser systems, but for the most spectacular laser lighting effects, more colors are recommended.

  • Safety

    Laser safety is an important issue while dealing with laser systems. Laser radiation can cause damage on eyes, skin, and textiles. Therefore it is important to regard the safety instructions on the laser devices and in our laser manuals. MotionLasers offers different laser safety equipment, for example, safety buttons, units, cables and goggles and also arranges Laser Safety Courses. Many of our devices are equipped with an "Advanced Scan Fail Safety" system to prevent the emergence of a single beam, which would be extremely dangerous. Laser systems are classified into different "laser classes" according to the IEC 60825 standard. Their classification depends on the laser's power and wavelength and also determines the required safety measures (warning labels, safety precautions and so on).

  • Safety Button

    A laser safety button serves to interrupt the current supply manually in case of emergency. Safety buttons are mainly used in cases where there is no seperate interlock interface available at the laser projector. As laser radiation can cause bad demages on eyes, skin and textiles it is important to take certain safety precautions.

  • Scanner

    What is a scanner?

    A scanner is a device that scans and measures objects systematically to generate an overall image. Laser systems use scanners to position or steer the laser beam. Show laser systems use galvanometer scanners (galvo systems). Galvanometer scanners are rotary drives consisting of a motor (moving magnet technology) combined with a position detector. The galvanometer principle is used for the fast positioning of laser mirrors in order to diffract the laser beam in a certain direction.
    Scanners consist of two of these galvos: one for the horizontal, on for the vertical deflection of the laser beam.

  • Screen

    Laser effects, graphics, texts, etc. must be displayed on different kinds of projection surfaces. Also screens may serve as projection surface. Screens may be distinguished into front projection screens and rear projection screens. Such screens are made of reflecting textiles (for front projections), semi-transluminescent material (for rear projections) or gauze / mesh (for both kind of projections). Front projections are displayed on the forefront of the screen, while rear projections are displayed on the screen's rear side. Besides screens one is able to use different other surfaces for laser projections, for example frosted glass, hydro shields, waterscreens as well as already existing objects and phenomenons, as buildings, walls, rocks or mountains.

  • Water Curtain

    The term "water curtain" is used synonymously for "water screen".

  • Water Screen

    Laser graphics projections need a surface to make visible the graphics, texts and effects the laser draws. Also water may function as projection surface. These water screens are built by waterdrops falling down from a nozzle element equipped with numerous nozzles in several rows, that is mounted to the ceiling, truss or the like. The water ist pumped to the element from a water source. Because of the falling water drops water screens are also called "water curtains". Water screens are suitable for different kinds of applications, from laser to multimedia shows and are mainly used indoor. Laser combined with water creates amazing three-dimensional effects.

  • Water Shield

    "Water Shield" is a corresponding term to "Hydro Shield".