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Laser F/X On-line Newsletter - Digest

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April, May and June 1999

Items removed from the on-line Newsletter pages during the second quarter of 1999.

NOTE: Links on destination sites are often changed.  We provide the digest pages for archival purposes and the links to external sites were working when the material was originally published but may no longer be working.

What's New

New products and services of interest to laserists. Submit your new product information and images in .gif or .jpg format to our E-mail or contact us.

LOBO MODULA-5 available at a lower price than originally announced

The presentation of LOBO’s new dual-scanner laser show controller MODULA-C5 attracted a lot of attention among the visitors of this year‘s Musikmesse in Frankfurt. MODULA has been announced to be out in May for $12.000. Due to the actual dollar exchange rate and basing on the final calculations, the basic version of MODULA-C5 is now available for less than $ 9.200. In combination with the basic software package SM-5 a complete control unit will cost $10.080 only.

This entry-level version supports one scanner, all important features known by the ADAT and in addition a lot of advanced laser-specific functions (such as the control of multiple projection areas or the menu-guided adjustment of beam positions for external effect mirrors).

MODULA-5 not only works with LOBO projectors. It can be combined with almost any conventional laser projectors using a X-Y(±10V) RGB(0-10V) signal. The open system architecture allows the user to expand the basic system by any available expansion module in the future.

For more details and prices refer to http://www.lobo.de/html/modula5.htm

For questions contact hennig@lobo.de

Laser Art Studio Presents Laser Art Package 1.0.

Laser Art Package 1.0 is a 32-bit software developed for creating and controlling laser shows with a PC. The special hardware (LPT DAC 8-bit board, ISA DAC 12-bit boards and Atmel 90s8515 based MCU ) is included with the package. LAP 1.0 allows drawing, editing and animating both 2D and 3D frames. It works with all frame types: point, vector, raster and abstract.
The quantity of simultaneously used effects (such as spinning, motion, scaling, real-time morphing, following the specified trajectory, all those functions applied on the trajectory itself, and many more) is unlimited.

The package allows importing true type fonts. HPGL and ILDA formats are supported.
More detailed information on the software is available at LAStudio Homepage. The demo version of the software is also available for downloading at the site.

Web: http://laser.freelsd.net/

World Scan

Laser display happenings from around the world. If you would like your show or installation information here, please E-mail  or contact us

Laservision Macro-Media scoops International Business Asia Award For The 2nd Successive Year!

Laservision Macro-Media has been awarded the Prestigious Business Asia Award for the "Best Use of Australian Technology in Asia" for the second successive year.  The award was presented by the Hon. Alexander Downer, MP., Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs at presentation ceremony in Sydney.

The winning Australian based themed attractions developer and special events management company is well known for their inspirational high profile international projects.  Examples include the Olympic Celebration laser display on the sails of the Sydney Opera House, Singapore's landmark Merlion attraction on Sentosa island, Everland theme park in South Korea, the floating "Aqua-Magic" theatre on Sydney Harbour, and the recent spectacular opening of Stadium Australia, venue for the 2000 Olympic games.

Accepting the Award General Manager Brett Starkey stressed that "The innovative and creative application of our proprietary technology has driven Laservision's export successes.  Despite the economic downturn we continue to direct much of our attention on Asia. The results of this confident and sustained push have continued paid dividends in 1999."
For further information please contact- John Eustace via Phone +61 2 9658 1000. Fax +61 2 9651 3217 or e-mail to 
johneu@laservision.com.au Web: http://www.laservision.com.au

LOBO builds sophisticated revolving multimedia theatre for leading German theme park.

The Europapark Rust, situated near the German city Freiburg, not far from the Swiss and French border, is Germany's largest theme park. The park has been built by Mack KG, one of the world's major players in the development of new leisure facilities and mindblasting roller coasters. The park is famous for the unique and authentic style of its theme areas, which consist mostly of reconstruction of original buildings.
Right in the middle of the park, a 40m-high glass cone houses a new attraction called "E-Motional".
E-Motional is a cylindrical multimedia theatre with a diameter of approx. 30 meters divided into 6 sectors. The spectators are seated on a movable ring, looking towards 6 fixed stages in the centre of the theatre. It is possible to transport the whole audience within seconds into totally new technical set-ups. The capacity of the E-Motional is 2000 spectators per hour - the highest capacity attraction in the park.
The overall technical concept implementation and programming of the show was provided by LOBO electronic. In addition to 6 video projectors, 40 slide projectors, 6 stage lifts, 8 Water Screens, 40 conventional screens and various special effects; the installation includes 5 adjustment and maintenance free fibre projectors fed by one central laser system. One laser projector is installed on the arm of an industrial robot, another projector makes use of LOBO's Grating Box option and is mounted on a pneumatic lift. The sophisticated layout of the equipment makes it possible to re-arrange the content of the show simply by changing the software.

After turning the key-switch at the control console, LOBO's LACON automatically starts the and initialises all peripheral components like lasers, video projectors, projection robots, slide projectors and the transport mechanism of the theatre. During the show, the status of the system, for example defective lamps of slide projectors, is permanently monitored by the LOBO workstation. All scenes using laser are under permanent surveillance by infrared video cameras.
Additionally, they are all equipped with a mechanical safety system and with several emergency-off. In case of interruption by an emergency off, the system automatically re-starts the lasers and continues the show as soon as the operator has re-set the emergency button.
The concept of the show was developed in tight co-operation between LOBO and the agency Young & Rubicam who are responsible for the communication policy of the sponsor Kraft Jakobs Suchard.
LOBO's Art-Director Alex Hennig "e-Motional reflects mankind in the gap between nature and technology. This is a subject which has been determined by many trend scouts to become one of the central questions of our society in the near future. The field of technology is mainly represented by laser and visual special effects, while conventional media, stage sets and physical experiences like wind, rain, mist and heat form the appearance of nature. As the sponsor KJS wanted to promote Europe's leading chocolate-brand "Milka", which uses the environment of the Swiss Alps as a visual metaphor for the taste experience, we decided to reduce nature to Alps scenery. As anyone in Europe identifies "Milka" with the Alps the brand itself does not appear during the whole show."

The visitor enters the facility through a mystical tunnel and finally finds himself in the control room of an alien spaceship approaching the planet earth to observe man and its technology. In an computer-animated flight through space the ever-pulsating technology world, where man is only a gear wheel to keep the machinery of our modern society alive. Two minutes later he is shown how technology accompanies everybody inevitably from birth to death and how technology also forms the central building block of our culture. Leaving the technology world through a subway tunnel, the spectator suddenly finds himself is in the Alps and can experience how technology helped us to use natural resources and to fight against the threats of natural forces.
Alex Hennig "In this scene we played a lot with physical effects. First nature shows her sunny and beautiful face, supported by a 60 kW heat-curtain which lets the audience feel the strength of the sun. Suddenly dark clouds appear, the room becomes dark, massive mountains grow on the stage, strong wind generators blow cold air into the faces and water dispensers in the ceiling create rain. Finally a set of over 20 strobes in the ceiling takes the audience right in the middle of a raging thunderstorm." After the storm the audience moves directly into a rising laser sun and nature shows all her beauty. In the last scene fireworks and a laser spectacle over the impressive skyline of a big city form the finale of the show.
Alex Hennig "It has been our central intention to handle this complex subject value-free. Every visitor should be inspired by the show to find his own opinion, how positive or negative technology influences his relation to nature."

The  production team was confronted with various problems in the design process of the show. Alex Hennig "We not only had to equip six different theatres with a harmonious mix of media technology, we also had to find ways to make use the 25 seconds, when the audience was moving from one scene to another. Here we found ways to combine the physical movement of the audience with laser and video projections seemingly accelerating or slowing down the speed of movement only by visual impression."

As the production was done parallel to the installation of the theatre, it was not easy to develop and to demonstrate the combination of the different media with all the special effects and stage sets. Major parts of the show design were done on AVID, resulting in a preview tape which also served as basis for the final programming of the show. Nevertheless everybody was surprised how different the spatial impression of the show was in contrast to the video.
Another problem was the fact that the sound tracks of all scenes were running in six separate theatres simultaneously. This not only limited the duration of every scene to the same time, it also was not possible to mix extremely loud sounds in one theatre with a low sound level in the neighbouring theatre. All scenes were mixed in parallel on a hard disk recording system and the composer had to continuously interact with the system to find a way how to express the desired emotions with a synchronised sound level in all scenes.
After four weeks of adaptation on-site and long-term tests, the attraction opened officially in March.

Info: hennig@lobo.de Web: http://www.Lobo.de

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