F4M – Live laser shows, part 1

There are lot of ways, how you can improve your live laser shows.

Switch between the scenes

Although it’s easy to switch between the scenes using mouse, probably keyboard is a better choice. You can see every letter of the key in the top left corner of every Fiesta scene. This way you can identify, what next scene you want to switch to. You can of course use Midi or ArtNet in Fiesta, but we’ll talk about it in the future.

Banks in Fiesta for Mac

Mouse is fine, but using keyboard is better

Live settings

All the basic properties of the output can be changed in Live settings. You can change Brightness, Speed, Size, or Scan rate in the Live settings. You can also control Fade time (duration of crossfader between two scenes), direction of animation or color in Live settings too. In case you don’t see Live settings window in your Fiesta workspace, you can go to View menu and check Live settings.

Live Laser Settings

Live settings controls

My favorite controls are definitely Brightness and Speed. They’re just great when used properly in silent parts of the music.

Drawing position

You can also control live position. But since we don’t think it’s used that much in shows, it’s in separate window (to save space on your screen). You can again display it in menu View->Live position.

Live laser position

Live position

Anyway as we told you in the video, it doesn’t really look good, if you play with the position in your live show.

Scan rate and audience scanning

Playing with scan rate is probably one of the greatest effects you can use in your live laser show. There is one problem though – it can be quite dangerous. The reason is, by lowering the scanning speed of your laser you also increase power of the single beam. So please, don’t use scan rate in case you use audience scanning – it’s dangerous and I don’t think, you want to blind someone of your audience.

My personal recommendation – don’t even use audience scanning. I know it looks great if your audience suddenly appears in the middle of laser cone. But it’s not worth the risk. Not to mention, is never pleasant, if the beam hits your eye – no matter about how powerful it is. Try to project beams always over the audience (or below, but that’s not typical).

In the next part, we’ll talk about rest of the “stuff” you can use to improve your live laser shows.