Vol. 16, No. 3, Oct-December 2005
ILDA's 2004 Fenning Award
honored an innovative software program designed to help laserists
quickly analyze safety factors associatied with their shows and
design shows that are enjoyable for audeinces while staying within
international safety exposure limits.
ILDA's 2004 Fenning Awards
for Technical Achievement was judged by a three person during the Advanced Technology
Workshop held at the ILDA Conference in Las Vegas. The Fenning award
is named after the late Fred Fenning, who pioneered many laser display developments
during his 21-year career in the laser field. Past recipients of the award are
2nd Place: The LPV File Format and Tools, LaserAnimation Sollinger
The LPV File Format and Associated Tools offer a realistic preview of laser shows on a standard PC without any specific laser hardware. The LPV file format allows realistic simulation of both laser graphics and atmospherics, while reducing file size and securing content for easy distribution across the Internet.
Honorable Mention: LCC Avatar, MediaLas
The MediaLas LCC Avatar is an updated laser control center console with CompactFlash memory that offers many real-time functions for laser output. The console has a crash-immune OS and offers a wide range of features tailored for live performance.
Honorable Mention: Optical Showlink Transcoder, Raven Systems Design, LLC
The second generation Optical Showlink Transcoder
allows seamless connection of ADAT to ILDA/DMX/MIDI connections, offers
additional signal processing/subencoding, a 1U box for three universes, and
supports long-distance optical links via standard telco-fiber.
2nd Place: Projection Zones, Pangolin Laser Systems
"The Projection Zones
feature of LD2000 software combines the benefits of scanner selection, geometric
correction, enhanced laser preview, enhanced scanner safety and additional
projector controls into a powerful yet easy to use software feature.
"This software, especially
designed for Pangolin's QM 2000 board,consists of two sections, UTOPIA 3D
Animator and UTOPIA Cell Editor. They will expand every Pangolin based system to
a powerful laser frame creation environment with strong and professional
features. Utopia software works with the Pangolin settings and is also able to
load Pangolin color palettes."
3rd Place (tie): Dazzler, Pangolin Laser Systems
"The Dazzler is a patented,
custom lens/reflector assembly which, when combined with standard X-Y scanners
and lasers, creates a Wide Angle, Versatile Laser Projector ... The Dazzler
reduces the need for large beam/effects projectors by allowing graphics, effects
and beams to be projected anywhere in a 360 degree area ...
Honorable Mention: CineLase, Lightspeed Design Group
"CineLase software renders
digitally sampled laser data (usually from ADAT but it could be any playback
source) into a sequence of bitmap frames which are then re-output to video or
film with a 'laser look and feel.' The process eliminates the artifacts
associated with videotaping or filming laser shows - namely the abnormal flicker
due to competing refresh rates, the improper capture of color data (noise and
colors bleached to white, etc.), and the lack of perfect blacks"
Pangolin Laser Systems for its Lasershow Converter Max program,
and to a joint entry by Audio Visual Imagineering (AVI) and Schneider Laser Technologies for the Schneider Showlaser.
2nd Place: Dirk Aptiz received 2nd place for his ScanMaster2 controller hardware
3rd Place: , while LOBO electronic was awarded 3rd place for its second-generation Lacon-5 multimedia workstation.
1st Place (tie): AVI's Omnistar. Omnistar is a laser projection system and screen all-in-one. The screen is an inflatable sphere up to 30 feet in diameter that floats above crowds and incorporates AVI's patented 360-degree laser projector. Full-color laser graphics are projected on the inside of the balloon's surface, offering a projection system that can be easily and safely rigged in a wide variety of venues.
1st Place (tie): Pangolin's QM2000 Processor Board
Pangolin wanted laserists to
have a choice of recording or playing back using the same device (computer
board). The company also sought the best balance of features that laserists
asked for: power (DSP-type processor, large memory), fast speed (over 100,000
pts/sec output), small size (small enough to fit in a PCI slot), meeting all
major industry standards (compatible with ILDA, DMX, Windows and PC computers),
having backwards compatibility with older systems, and perhaps most important
for laserists: being affordable.
Laservision's motivation to develop Dot.Monkey was born out of
necessity and a desire to liberate Laserists (Dot.Monkeys) from the repetitious
non-creative process of image digitizing, coloring and editing. Alternatives
failed to meet standards sought by Laservision's artists and those demanded by
clients. Without a viable quality alternative hand finished frames remain costly
and time consuming. Put simply, Laservision decided to automate the digitizing
process so that creative energies can be dedicated to producing better, cost
efficient shows. Dot.Monkey has increased studio productivity by as much as
600%. The software batch processes images (from a variety of sources) and formats
them instantaneously to provide truly presentation-perfect