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My Laser House Christmas 2012

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We added a laser or two this year. The most significant one is the 500mw RGB animated laser using Pangolin Software. Other equipment is:

300mw blue motor laser

5 assorted star laser projectors one with cross effect. The animation laser is connected to a laptop in the house using 50 ft of DB52 cable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdoimvwwNaY

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I'll be honest, I'm EXTREMELY jealous!

I have been contemplating adding an animation laser to my show for at least a year or more. It would just be so cool to have Santa fly across my house or something animated happening along with all the lights dancing to music. However, I live in the midwest where weather is unpredictable. I don't know that much about lasers, but in the research I have done, I do not have enough cash for the quality I would like which doesn't bother me too much, even a cheaper model would still be extremely cool! Second, I haven't found a weatherproof laser yet, so I would have to build an enclosure (as I'm too lazy and never home in time to set the laser out in the yard each night). Finally, most I have come across have a minimum operating temperature above freezing (which most of the time it's below here), and I have seen a few which go into the 20s and possibly teens, but it can still easily get below that here.

Anyways, enough of my woes! Very cool! Thanks for sharing the video!

I'm assuming the animated laser with Pangolin was the one up in the tree? Did you make any of the animations yourself, or did you use preloaded sequences/animations?

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I'll be honest, I'm EXTREMELY jealous!

I have been contemplating adding an animation laser to my show for at least a year or more. It would just be so cool to have Santa fly across my house or something animated happening along with all the lights dancing to music. However, I live in the midwest where weather is unpredictable. I don't know that much about lasers, but in the research I have done, I do not have enough cash for the quality I would like which doesn't bother me too much, even a cheaper model would still be extremely cool! Second, I haven't found a weatherproof laser yet, so I would have to build an enclosure (as I'm too lazy and never home in time to set the laser out in the yard each night). Finally, most I have come across have a minimum operating temperature above freezing (which most of the time it's below here), and I have seen a few which go into the 20s and possibly teens, but it can still easily get below that here.

Anyways, enough of my woes! Very cool! Thanks for sharing the video!

I'm assuming the animated laser with Pangolin was the one up in the tree? Did you make any of the animations yourself, or did you use preloaded sequences/animations?

The video showed very little of what I'm doing with the animation laser. The entire animation sequence is a few minutes long with scenes such as Rudolf chasing a snowflake. The Quickshow software comes with a pretty good variety of holday themed animations which I pieced together in a timeline and made my own cue. I think I used a couple that I found online from folks exchanging .ILD files. There is a whole community of people that are animation laser enthusiasts, but most are in Europe.

The laser I am using is a cheap chinese laser. It's the REKE RGB 500. I paid under 300.00 for it when I purchased it. The big investment was Pangolin Quickshow which I found on E-bay new for under 600.00. The software comes with the ILDA hardware interface and it seemed I just had to bite the bullet if I wanted this laser to do what I wanted to. So yes, that laser investment just under 1k of investment. To get a better laser with faster scanners the price would be 3 times as much as I paid. However, the laser is somewhat getting some rewards. I was in a contest for a Halloween decorating at an RV resort. I incorporated the animation laser with the Halloween decorations by shining scary animations in some very bushy trees and had images such as a witch flying across the trees (such as your santa idea) and won first place and some money. The community where I live is also having a Christmas decorating contest and many are saying I'm a shoe in for 1st place. Prize money was never what this was about to begin with, but hey, I take some return on my investment.

You're right about the inclement weather. I'm here in Southern California so I'm not going to have the issues you may run into. But we do get rain. I only pull out the lasers on weekends, and weather permitting. I can't run this thing all the time. That is a draw back, but it is definately an eye turner. Frankly, the video just doesn't do it justice, and the laser animations just doesn't translate well in video.

With so many people using computerized lights blinking to music which all seemed to start with the "Wizards of Winter" video that went viral.. I wanted to look for something differant. However, many of my lasers have DMX capability. The Pangolin software also has the ability for DMX control and adding music to the timeline and make DMX commands. My next investment will probably be a DMX interface and somehow tie in the audio from the window video projection and have everything tie in together. Too bad the snow machine and the fog machine I bought don't have a DMX interface.

The only other thing I worry about is safety. I bought the light tree to make sure the projectors are high enough to shine over anybody's head, and made sure that there was no bleed of laser through the tree. I also stay outside with my decorations during the show, and keep curious people off my porch where the 300mw Blue could be dangerous to someones eyes. Especially little ones. I bring the projectors in every night after the show. It's about an 8 minute process to tear down.

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Where are you in So Cal? THIS I want to see in person!

I'm in San Jacinto California next to Soboba Golf Course and Casino.  Private Message me and I'll give you precise directions.  It will be in full force again this weekend barring weather issues. 

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