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Lasershow Designer 2000 Pro

$3,675.00

 

 

LD2000 is a professional level software, used for creating the highest quality laser shows. Over the last decade, LD2000 has become the “industry standard” for professional laser show control.

It is a complete system, and comes with the LD2000 software and QM2000 hardware. It is available in three levels (Intro, Basic, and Pro) and we also offer you a convenient upgrade path between these versions. Just about anything you want to do with laser graphics and beams, you can do with LD2000. It also comes with 150 pre-programed laser shows, and over 300,000 laser clip art frames. LD2000 has won more awards for clients than any other laser controller on the market today!

 

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Product Overview

Lasershow Designer (LD2000 for short) is one of the most popular professional-level laser show creation programs on earth. There are three versions of LD2000 called Intro, Basic and PRO. Each includes the QM2000 hardware board, a 50-page illustrated manual, and an Installation CD/DVD with programs, help files, clipart frames, free shows and even royalty-free music.

LD2000 Professional is the highest version, for those doing laser shows full-time. It includes all features, including the ability to create 3D objects. When making a show, you can have up to 32 objects (tracks) simultaneously.

  • An LD2000 Pro system can create or edit a show with up to 30 projectors, in the same computer or over an Ethernet network, provided that you have a QM2000 for each projector.

LD2000 Basic is mid-level. You can make flat, 2D drawings but not 3D objects. The abstract generator has two oscillators, instead of Pro’s three. When making a show, there are 16 tracks available.

LD2000 Intro is the lowest-cost, yet it still has a lot of power. You can create a variety of frames and shows with the Intro version. However, the frames will be flat (2D), and the Abstract Generator has only one oscillator. When making a show, you can only work with 8 tracks, and there are fewer effects such as morphing. Still, for many simple uses, Intro is more than capable of doing high-quality shows.

Intro systems are often used as “slaves” for running multiple laser projectors and scanner heads. Intro systems are also ideal for playback-only applications, since they can play back any show created on any version of LD2000.

Detailed comparison between Pro, Basic and Intro

Yellow highlights indicate where there are differences between LD2000 Pro, and the lower-cost Basic and Intro versions

Frame creation

LD2000 Pro

LD2000 Basic

LD2000 Intro

Drawing coordinates (resolution)  16000 x 16000 16000 x 16000 16000 x 16000
Draw true 3D frames  Yes No No
Auto-trace (convert simple bitmaps to laser outlines)  Yes Yes Yes
Digitizing tablet input High-resolution (tablet direct), screen resolution (tablet as mouse) High-resolution (tablet direct), screen resolution (tablet as mouse) High-resolution (tablet direct), screen resolution (tablet as mouse)
MicroScribe 3D digitizing arm input  Yes No No
See laser output while drawing/editing  Yes Yes Yes
Number of drawing colors 16.7 million:
16million_colors_LDPro
48 fixed shades: 48_colors_LDBasic 24 fixed shades: 24_colors_LDIntro
Number of possible output colors  Over 1 trillion Over 1 trillion Over 1 trillion
Create raster (TV-type) picture frames  Yes Yes No
Create vector (European-style) frames  Yes Yes Yes
Create abstract (classic planetarium) frames 3 oscillator banks, color modulator, 4 fixed waveforms plus ability to make any frame an abstract. 2 oscillator banks, color modulator, 4 fixed waveforms 1 oscillator bank, color modulator, 4 fixed waveforms
Number of TrueType fonts Unlimited (whatever is on host Windows computer) Unlimited (whatever is on host Windows computer) Unlimited (whatever is on host Windows computer)
Alphabets supported Most alphabets, including Chinese, and other Eastern Most alphabets, including Chinese, and other Eastern Most alphabets, including Chinese, and other Eastern
Number of special laser fonts 26, plus ability to create and use custom laser fonts 26. No ability to create or use custom laser fonts 26. No ability to create or use custom laser fonts
Pre-computed morphing between frames  Yes Yes Yes
Real-time morphing between frames (no need to store in-between frames)  Yes Yes No
Recolor tools Paint roller, paint brush, rainbow line and point, smooth colors, feathered lines Paint roller, paint brush, rainbow line and point, smooth colors, feathered lines Paint roller, paint brush, rainbow line and point
Movement tools  Manual, quick, numeric Manual, quick, numeric Manual, quick
2D tools Mirror horizontal and vertical Mirror horizontal and vertical Mirror horizontal and vertical
2D warping 180 & 360 degree curve. Fisheye lens. Spiral. 180 & 360 degree curve. Fisheye lens. Spiral. None
3D tools  Extrude, spin (lathe) None None
3D warping and surface mapping Cube, sphere, hemisphere. Cylinder, hemicylinder. Cone, hourglass, black hole. Bump map from bitmap. Stretch Z. None None

Show creation

LD2000 Pro

LD2000 Basic

LD2000 Intro

Timeline-based motion (stretch or shrink to change effect timing)  Yes Yes Yes
Playback shows with how many  X-Y scanner pairs controlled  30 30 30
Number of tracks (simultaneous frames doing different things)  32 16 8
On-screen preview  Yes Yes Yes
View preview as graphics or beams  Yes Yes Yes
Realtime (not pre-computed) animation capabilities Time-based (animate for X seconds), refresh-based (draw frame X times) Time-based (animate for X seconds), refresh-based (draw frame X times) Time-based (animate for X seconds)
Realtime (not pre-computed) morphing between frames Morph between any two frames; sequential morph between any number of frames Morph between any two frames; sequential morph between any number of frames None — can create pre-computed morphs but not realtime
Rate-of-change for animations and effects Linear (smooth), accelerate, decelerate, accelerate then decelerate, ping-pong, oscillate, random Linear (smooth), accelerate, decelerate, accelerate then decelerate, ping-pong, oscillate, random Linear
Parameters that can be controlled Size, rotation, position, 3D perspective, viewing distance, scan speed, window-wipe, brightness, color cycling, draw-out, erase-in, depth cueing, master screen size and position. Size, rotation, position, 3D perspective, viewing distance, scan speed, window-wipe, brightness, color cycling, draw-out, erase-in, depth cueing, master screen size and position. Size, rotation, position, 3D perspective, scan speed, window-wipe, brightness, color cycling, draw-out, erase-in, master screen size and position.
Automatically synchronize to audio CD in computer  Yes Yes Yes
Automatically synchronize to sound files (WAV, MIDI, MP3, AU formats)  Yes Yes Yes
Automatically synchronize to audio/video files (AVI, MPEG, MOV, QT formats)  Yes Yes Yes
Automatically synchronize to SMPTE timecode  Yes Yes Yes
Automatically synchronize laser frames to video frames (video sync)  Yes Yes Yes
Mark music beats and see visual marks  Yes Yes Yes
Output show (or parts of show) as a sequence of ILDA frames Yes Yes Yes
Output show (or parts of show) as a Windows AVI file Yes Yes No

Output capabilities

LD2000 Pro

LD2000 Basic

LD2000 Intro

Playback any show created on Pro, Basic or Intro versions  Yes Yes Yes
Create shows that can be viewed on Lasershow Player model CD2000  Yes Yes Yes
Hardware output board QM2000 dedicated laser computer QM2000 dedicated laser computer QM2000 dedicated laser computer
Scan speed remains the same, no matter how fast or slow the PC computer  Yes Yes Yes
Show continues even if PC crashes or freezes  Yes Yes Yes
DMX input  Yes Yes Yes
DMX output  Up to 512 channels Up to 512 channels Up to 512 channels
Z-axis signal, for stereoscopic output (requires additional hardware) Yes Yes Yes

Included extra programs

LD2000 Pro

LD2000 Basic

LD2000 Intro

AVS/Laser plug-in for Winamp Yes Yes Yes
AutoPlay — automated show playback program  Yes Yes Yes
Asteroids Laser Game  Yes Yes Yes
TraceIT bitmap tracing program  Yes Yes Yes
Lasershow Video – VST  Yes Yes Yes
Lasershow Converter ADAT  Yes Yes Yes
Lasershow Converter FLASH  Yes Yes No
Lasershow Converter 4D Yes Yes No
LivePRO Yes No No

Miscellaneous

LD2000 Pro

LD2000 Basic

LD2000 Intro

Import file formats for laser frames LD2000, LD (QM32), LD Amiga, Aura/Laser Fantasy, ILDA LD2000, LD (QM32), LD Amiga, Aura/Laser Fantasy, ILDA LD2000, LD (QM32), LD Amiga, Aura/Laser Fantasy, ILDA
Export file formats for laser frames  LD2000, ILDA LD2000, ILDA LD2000, ILDA
Ability to write custom programs using C, Visual Basic or other languages  Yes Yes Yes
Includes program, for tracing live video to make raster or outlines  Yes Yes Yes
Help file(s) size, bytes  8 files, 4.5 MB 8 files, 4.5 MB 8 files, 4.5 MB
Approximate number of shows (songs) included  Over 120, including shows from International Laser Productions Over 120, including shows from International Laser Productions Over 120, including shows from International Laser Productions
Money-back trial period (satisfaction guarantee)  90 days 90 days 90 days
U.S. Suggested List price  $3675 $1945 $1195
Features and prices are subject to change without notice,
due to continual product improvement. 

Lasershow Designer 2000 – features

Lasershow Designer is one of the most popular professional-level laser show software on Earth. This page gives you a brief overview of the features in an LD2000 system.

QM2000 laser computer card

A PCI-based computer card, that can be installed directly into a PC, or integrated into one of our .NET network hardware configurations. The QM2000 is a sophisticated laser-computer-on-a-board; it handles all laser signal processing so output quality does not depend on the Windows PC’s microprocessor. (Note: Because it handles all laser signal processing, the QM2000 must be installed in the computer or in a .NET configuration, in order for LD2000 to run.)

Lasershow Designer 2000 frame creator

A program for creating, editing and animating frames. This was the first software component written for LD2000, so it is also called Lasershow Designer 2000 (or the “frame editor”).

Showtime show creation software

A program for making the laser show. You create effects, and sequencing those effects with frames and music. This is called Showtime; it uses a timeline editing system similar to standard multimedia programs (Adobe Premiere, Macromedia Director).

Live! cue-playing software

A program for setting up and playing cues live. This is called Live! (It runs as part of Showtime but functionally can be considered a separate program.)

AutoPlay 2000

Useful for standalone situations where one or more shows must play over and over.

TraceIT

Bitmap graphic tracing utility to automatically turn pictures into laser outlines.

Lasershow Video VST

Real-time video to laser converter.

Over 100 shows and demos

Totaling over three hours of laser graphic and beam shows, plus over 300,000 clip art frames.

Extensive online help

Via the five help files with over 750 pages of topics covering LD (frame editor), Showtime/Live!/Lasershow Performer, the QM2000 board, fundamentals of laser graphics, and the ILDA laser glossary.

And Best of all!

Free lifetime updates.

Documents

Downloads


Hardware requirements

• The minimum computer requirement is any PC (IBM-compatible) with at least one PCI slot, and which can run Windows 95/98/ME or Windows 2000. If you have a choice, we currently recommend Windows 98 Second Edition. Because LD2000 comes with its own computer, the QM2000 board, your Lasershow Designer 2000 system will run at the same speed no matter how fast or slow your computer runs. For example, we have run LD2000 on a 90 MHz 386 computer. You might want to use such a slower or older computer when LD2000 is used to merely playback a show.

• However, for creating shows we highly recommend a fast computer with multimedia (CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, sound card), extra memory, and 800 x 600 or higher-resolution video. This is because Windows itself can be slow; the extra speed will make windows and graphics draw much faster.

• LD2000 will fit onto a VGA (640 x 400) screen. This works fine for playback. However, it is much easier to create frames and shows when running in SVGA (800 x 600) or XVGA (1024 x 768) resolutions. If you use SVGA or XVGA, be sure to select your video driver’s “Small fonts” option. Using large fonts changes the text spacing in LD’s windows.

• The computer must have at least one PCI slot available, for the QM2000 master card. If you will be running additional slave cards (to drive multiple scanner pairs), you will need one additional slot per slave card.

Projector requirements

• A lasershow projector with ILDA-standard input connector
• Any speed scanners, from 10K to 60K+
• Any color, from single-color to full-color RGB
• Compatible with Analog or TTL color systems

Optional devices

MIDI

Trigger cues using MIDI devices such as keyboards. A MIDI interface may be required to connect to computer’s USB port.

SMPTE

If you must synchronize to SMPTE or MIDI timecode, you can use any standard board that plugs into a computer. For professional use, we highly recommend the Aquila SMPTE reader/writer from East Coast Control Systems. It is more expensive than board-only products, but it also is more robust for demanding applications.

Other hardware

Because LD2000 can autotrace and rasterize bitmaps (pictures), you may want to purchase hardware to get pictures onto your computer. This includes flatbed scanners such as the Hewlett-Packard ScanJet, video digitizers such as the Minolta Snappy, or one of the many video input boards available.