2000 is by far the world's best-selling and most-used system for
creating and displaying laser shows. It is simple enough that
first-time users can play shows "out of the box" within minutes.
Yet, it has an incredible amount of depth -- just about anything you
want to do with laser graphics and beams, you can do with LD 2000.
Plus, while playing the laser show, the LD2000 software suite can
also control other types of media, such as audio, video, DMX-controlled
moving lights and pyro.
This page gives you a good overview of all the products within the
LD2000 family. Click on links to find out much more about the
products you're interested in.
This is the heart of the family. For many users, an LD2000 system
is all they need to produce high-quality, client-pleasing shows.
LD2000 comes with the following software and hardware:
A Lasershow Designer 2000 system
software: A suite of programs and utilities that
work together to create and sequence images into
animated laser shows and beam effects, all played back
with audio, video, DMX-controlled lights and pyro. The software runs
on Windows computers (2000, ME, XP, Vista). LD2000
drawing and graphics program
timeline-based show creation& playback program
simple, automatic show playback program, with included
scrolling text capability
- Live! cue
triggering utility. Designed for
performing at live events such as corporate theater
bitmap graphic tracing utility to automatically turn
pictures into laser outlines
- Lasershow Video VST -- real-time video to laser converter
a laser version of the classic video game
music visualization plug-in for the popular Windows
Media Player called Winamp
- Over 120 free shows and
demos -- get started right away! Fifteen of these shows
include royalty-free music.
- Over 300,000 laser
frames and animations --
including the complete Lightspeed
- A tutorial DVD
showing how to use the main
features of LD2000 and
QM2000 hardware board: This goes in a slot in a
desktop computer, or in a QM2000.NET box on your
laptop's network. The QM2000 board does all of the crucial
calculations, and it holds all of the
laser frames and show content.
The LD2000 software and hardware is available in three levels,
depending on how many features you need:
LD2000 Professional, $4995. Our top-level laser software.
This version includes the greatest number of
features, and also includes LivePRO, Lasershow
Converter FLASH and Lasershow Converter 4D.
LD2000 Basic, $2495. Most of the power of
LD2000 Pro, but with reduced 3D frame creation capabilities and
reduced colors. Also includes Lasershow
Converter FLASH and Lasershow Converter 4D.
LD2000 Intro, $1495. Most economical choice, but
still retaining a lot of capability from its
subject to change without
notice. See price list page for
Pangolin sells other lasershow products. Some require LD2000 to
work; others are standalone products such as the Flashback 3
embedded laser projector controller card. Each of our products is
designed to help laserists produce the best and most advanced shows.
Software to convert computer graphics to laser
Laser show graphics are usually outline drawings -- also called
"vector images". These are eye-catching, as they are very different
from standard raster computer graphics. The four programs below let
you convert computer graphics into laser vector images. This can
save time, improve quality, and allow a non-laser artist to create
Play laser shows live
As mentioned above, the main LD2000 software suite includes cue-triggering software
called Live!. This lets you use the computer keyboard to play back
effects, scenes, songs and complete shows. If you need more power,
Pangolin has two add-on products designed specifically for
nightclubs, raves and other intensive live performance venues.
LivePRO software: An advanced visual
synthesizer with 1700 cues that can be changed, layered and
played live, in realtime. LivePRO is included free with LD2000 Professional.
Users of LD2000 Basic and LD2000 Intro can purchase LivePRO as
an extra add-on.
Lasershow Performer hardware console: A
button box with programmable knob. Its easier and more fun
to use Lasershow Performer to control Live! or LivePRO,
instead of using a standard computer keyboard.
Preview the entire show
LIGHT CONVERSE is a
program that does real time photorealistic rendering of
lights, trusses, staging, and now lasers. Professional users
will enjoy the ability to show clients mock stages of how
their laser shows will look along with other multimedia
Now you can visualize the
output of all LD2000 programs (including customer-written
programs that use the LD2000 SDK) through the third-party
visualization program LIGHT
Operate with other equipment
Lasershow Timecode TC2000 SMPTE controller: Read and
write SMPTE timecode, for use with other AV and production
DMX controller boards: As mentioned above, the LD2000
software suite can
control lighting and theatrical equipment using DMX-512
devices, including decoder
and controller boards to output DMX512 signals.
Laser-projected SMS messaging
Interactive Messaging Unlimited software and cellular
modem: Get incoming SMS messages into your computer, and
see them projected live. This highly sophisticated system
filters and processes messages, and outputs approved messages
through either laser or video output.
Although IMU is most popular for video applications,
the laser output is still available for projects such as
writing SMS messages at a trade show or on the side of a
Hardware for playing back shows
An LD2000 system can be used to create and playback shows.
However, many users only need playback capability. These hardware
devices can be put near or in a laser projector. Unskilled operators
can easily play shows in this way.
Flashback 3 OEM laser
controller: A credit-card sized board using a Compact
Flash card to store lasershow data and music files. Designed
primarily to be built into projectors.
QM2000.NET laser controller:
Need to control many projectors at once? Or want to run
Lasershow Designer 2000 software on your notebook? The
QM2000.NET box includes a QM2000 playback board and an
interface to standard computer networks.
You can place laser projectors far away from a central LD2000
controller, and send signals down the network to QM2000.NET
boxes. Some clients have remotely controlled over a dozen
remote projectors in this way.
You can also create and play back LD2000 shows using
notebook computers (since they dont have slots for the QM2000
board, but they do have network connectors).
Advanced programming, and custom projects
Lasershow Designer 2000 software has been in continuous
development since 1986. There are a lot of specialized routines we
have created, to control laser beams and graphics. This highly
optimized code is at the heart of all Pangolin laser programs.
The LD2000 Software
Development Kit (SDK)
gives you access to
laser-specific routines. This lets you create your own custom
Some example uses include industrial laser systems for
alignment, scientific systems for 3D visualization using
vector graphics, and even gaming. (At
SIGGRAPH 2007, Pangolin
software was used to project laser versions of classic vector
videogames such as Asteroids, Battlezone and Tempest.)
Wide-angle scanning solutions for projectors
Use this to
project laser beams in a circle or anywhere in a sphere (like
a laser disco mirror ball). Best used for nightclubs and
similar venues outside the U.S. where audience scanning is