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Some installations require coordination with music and (time) control signals. This is most often done using SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) timecode. The timecode will be recorded on one audio track. Then, at playback time, the timecode audio is read and decoded by a SMPTE timecode reader device.
Pangolin systems cannot read SMPTE directly. This is because QM boards used with Laser Show Designer 2000 do not have SMPTE reading circuits. Instead, you need SMPTE readers designed to connect to computers. These are common in the audio-visual and electronic music field. The SMPTE reader will connect to the computer's via a port (parallel, serial, USB) or internal card.
For using the SMPTE timecode with LD2000 Pangolin recommend the Laser Show Timecode Controller TC2000:
Dimensions approx. 4.4" * 3.3" * 1.3"How the TC2000 works :
Software to control the TC2000 is built right into Pangolin's Lasershow Designer 2000 system. In the LD2000 program "Showtime", you can set playback to be controlled by SMPTE. You'll see the incoming SMPTE timecode, and the laser show will follow the timecode exactly.
Pangolin laser shows can be synced internally (to a clock on the QM2000 board) or externally (to various devices running their own timecode). If you're using a TC2000, just click the second button - your show will automatically be synced to incoming SMPTE timecode.