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Comparing LD2000
Pro, Basic and Intro

 

  Differences between Pro, Basic and Intro
  DETAILED COMPARISON TABLE:
     Frame creation
     Show creation
     Output capabilities
     Included extra programs
     Miscellaneous
   

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The CD/DVD set is packed with programs, help files, frames, shows and music.
 

There are three versions of Lasershow Designer 2000. Each includes a 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.
        Here are brief descriptions of the three levels:

  • LD2000 Professional is the top 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 frames and shows with Intro. 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 scanner heads. Intro systems also are ideal for playback-only applications, since they can play back any show created on any version: Pro, Basic or Intro.

Differences between Pro, Basic and Intro

All three versions can playback any LD2000 show, with full effects. This means that even LD2000 Intro can play an LD2000 Pro show, with all of its advanced features. Thus, if you just want to play back shows, your best buy is LD2000 Intro.
        Not only can you play back shows, but you can edit them. For example, you could replace the show's logo with your own. However, you can only use the editing features available in the particular program. This means that in Intro, you can edit just the first eight tracks of a show. In Intro and Basic, you can edit a frame's X and Y coordinates, but not the Z coordinates (since these programs are 2D only). So if you need extensive editing of a show, consider Pro or Basic instead of Intro.
        All three versions act as "slaves" for each other, in a multi-scanner projector. For example, you can put a Pro and Intro into a computer; the Intro will act as a slave to the Pro (including all Pro tracks and features) so you can run a two-scanner-head show.
        The table below gives more details about the differences between the three versions, as of LD2000 release 5.0.
   

    
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:
Draw with any of 16.7 million different colors
   
48 fixed shades:
Draw with 48 pre-selected colors
24 fixed shades:
Draw with 24 pre-selected colors
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
   
$4995 $2495 $1495
   
Features and prices are subject to change without notice, due to continual product improvement.
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