LaserCube: Quick Start guide

Quick Start Guide

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  • PC & Mac


    Getting Started

    Controls

    1. Tap to change app.
    2. Select previous effect.
    3. Go to visual effect filter list.
    4. Select next effect.
    5. Go to settings.
    6. Tap to select / Double tap to enter simulator mode.

    Autoplay

    Available only for Abstracts, Visualizers, Dancers, Animations, Beam
    Show, Images, Oscope, Games and Clock apps.

    1. Tap to select / Double tap to view list.
    2. Tap to enable Autoplay mode.

    Options

    1. Tap for simulator mode.
    2. Select previous content.
    3. Turn on/Pause laser output.
    4. Select next content.
    5. Quick tap to cycle through autoplay options: Sequential, Shuffle, Off.
      Long tap to show duration menu.

    Apps

    Abstracts app

    1. Select from 3 abstract types.
    2. Locked sections will not be randomized.
    3. Change slider drawer.
    4. Experiment by dragging some sliders.
    5. Save custom settings.

    Draw app

    1. Change brush mode or view saved drawings.
    2. Pick a color or rainbow brush.
    3. Draw here! Stylus input recommended.
    4. Select a specific layer.
    5. Projection mapping mode.

    Projection Mapping

    Experiment with various drawing, blinking, and color styles for each
    individual element.

    Burn app

    1. Burn raster lines or dots instead of vector.
    2. Burn any 'screenshot' from other apps.
    3. Select from a list of complex detailed images for engraving.
    4. Import a SVG, PNG, JPG, BMP file.
    5. Used to calibrate laser speed.
    6. Burn speed is how fast the laser engraves. Use a slower speed for thicker materials. If you are unsure, start by trying a higher burn speed. Optional accessory Engraving Lens is recommended. Use 15cm distance if using the lens.
    7. Shows the progress of the engraving process.

    Midi app

    1. Select appearance of Midi mode
    2. Tap keys to play notes.

    Cast app

    1. Cast settings.
    2. Toggle between casting from front or back camera.
    3. Enable simulator mode.
    4. Adjust image detail.
    5. Enable casting from device camera.

    Text app

    1. Go to Text app settings.
    2. Type in desired text.
    3. Select text font.
    4. Select text color style.
    5. Adjust speed/size/spacing parameters.

    Settings

    Image

    1. Choose square to calibrate your laser.
    2. Adjust Swivel, Tilt until square accurately matches desired projection area.

    Color

    1. Choose your laser model here. Choose manual if using a 3rd
      party laser.
    2. Choose balanced for more accurate whites, or max power for
      maximum brightness.
    3. Select if your 3rd party laser only supports TTL.

    Zones

    Pro-tip: Add a safety zone to protect your camera sensor from the laser.

    1. Enable safety zones.
    2. Projecting an outline of the safety zones.
    3. 100% means all laser output is blocked in the safety zone.
    4. Adjust the area of the safety zone.

    Audio

    1. Sets minimum level for audio input.
    2. Laser is off when sound is below threshold.
    3. Adds latency to sync laser to wireless speakers.
      Pro tip: Useful when using higher-latency
      Bluetooth speakers.
  • Android


    Getting Started

    Autoplay

    Animations, Beam Show, Images, Visualizers, and Clock apps use the same interface.

    1. Click to turn the laser on and off. ESQ-key will disable laser.
    2. Choose an app.
    3. Scroll or use up/down keys to change selection.
    4. Scroll or use left/right keys to select visual effect filter. Multiple effects can be layered.

    Control Panel

    Pro-tip: Hold Shift to add sliders from other apps to this area.

    1. Audio input is used to generate musically reactive visuals. Use digital system audio source
      (bypass audio) for best results.
    2. Show levels when audio input is detected.
    3. Auto detects BPM, double-click for more options.
    4. Adjusts the laser output power of the LaserCube.
    5. Adjust color theme of laser. Disable slider by dragging slider all the way left.
      Pro Tip: Double-click to sync to BPM.
    6. Adjusts the color balance of the laser. Enable checkbox for monochrome color. Disable slider
      by dragging slider all the way left.
    7. Adjusts the angle of the laser projection.
      Pro Tip: To cover a wide area, use max zoom. For best image quality, use mid zoom or less.
    8. Rotates the laser projection.

    Options

    1. Click to cycle through autoplay options:
      Sequential, Shuffle, Off.
    2. Set autoplay duration in seconds or beats.
    3. Toggle to enable Effects autoplay.
    4. Adjust effect intensity.
      Pro-tip: Double-click slider to link with the BPM.
    5. Assign a keyboard/midi hotkey.
    6. Add your favorites to a playlist.
    7. Open laser settings menu.

    Apps

    Abstracts app

    1. Select from 3 abstract types.
    2. Locked sections will not be randomized.
    3. Change slider drawer.
    4. Experiment by dragging some sliders. Double-click to lock slider from randomization.
    5. Randomizes all values, use up/down arrows or autoplay. Save your favorites.
    6. Goto Saved to access saved abstracts.

    Draw app

    1. Change brush mode or view saved drawings.
    2. Pick a color or rainbow brush.
    3. Draw here! Stylus input recommended.
    4. Select a specific layer.
    5. Projection mapping mode.

    Projection Mapping

    Experiment with various drawing, blinking, and color styles for each individual element.

    Youtube, Twitter, Gmail

    Login to your Youtube, Twitter, and Gmail accounts to display subscriber/view counts, tweets, and new email messages.

    Burn app

    1. Burn raster lines or dots instead of vector.
    2. Use Ctrl-B hotkey to Burn any 'screenshot' from other apps.
    3. Import a SVG, PNG, JPG, BMP file.
    4. Used to calibrate laser speed.
    5. Select from a list of complex detailed images for engraving.
    6. Burn speed is how fast the laser engraves. Use a slower speed for thicker materials. If you are unsure, start by trying a higher burn speed. Optional accessory Engraving Lens is recommended. Use 15cm distance if using the lens.
    7. Shows the progress of the engraving process.

    Harp app

    1. Choose a visual style for the LaserHarp.
    2. Connect a midi output to use LaserHarp as a midi controller.
    3. Turn on preview to display the 13 dots.
    4. Point your camera at the 13 dots, click to enable.
    5. Adjust gamma threshold to help camera recognize the 13 dots.

    Midi app

    1. Select appearance of Midi mode.
    2. Connect a midi instrument, MiGic app can be used with electric guitars.
    3. Play using your keyboard or mouse.

    Cast App

    1. Toggle between casting webcam or desktop.
    2. Enable casting of desktop.
    3. Use these sliders to specify the area of desktop to cast.
    4. Cast entire desktop.

    Text app

    1. Select Text mode.
    2. Select text font and color style.
    3. Adjust speed/size/spacing parameters.

    Settings

    Image

    Pro-tip: Lower zoom = better graphic quality. Reduce zoom to enable X/Y position adjustment.

    1. Choose square to calibrate your laser.
    2. Adjust Swivel, Tilt until square accurately matches desired projection area.

    Color

    1. Choose Color Circle test
    2. Choose your laser model here. Choose manual if using a 3rd party laser.
    3. Choose balanced for more accurate whites, or max power for maximum brightness.
    4. Select if your 3rd party laser only supports TTL.

    Zones

    Pro-tip: Add a safety zone to protect your camera sensor from the laser.

    1. Enable safety zones.
    2. Projecting an outline of the safety zones.
    3. 100% means all laser output is blocked in the safety zone.
    4. Adjust the area of the safety zone.
    5. More than one safety zone can be added.

    Audio

    1. Sets minimum level for audio input.
    2. Laser is off when sound is below threshold.
    3. Adds latency to sync laser to wireless speakers.
      Pro tip: Useful when using higher-latency
      Bluetooth speakers.
    4. Experimental utility to calculate speaker latency.

    Advanced

    Sound Siphon

    (MacOS only) Install Sound Siphon (no need to purchase after free trial). Select 'Sound Siphon' as your Mac's audio output. Select 'Sound Siphon' as your sound input in LaserOS. Recommended if you are streaming or playing music while running LaserOS. Works great with Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music etc...

    Hotkey options

    1. Assign the duration in seconds or beats.
    2. Assign an effect to trigger with the hotkey.
    3. Connect a Midi controller, assign midi button color, and blinking status.

    Adding sliders

    Hold keyboard Shift-key to drag and drop sliders from any app onto your control panel.

    Duration options

    1. Makes the selected duration apply for all apps.
    2. Only Effects autoplay with this enabled.

    Custom effects

    Drag & drop to the right side in order to create a custom effect. Order is important, effects are layered sequentially from the top. Once saved, your custom effect will be added to the bottom of the effects list.

    Slider options

    Double-click any slider to open slider options.

    1. Links the value of the slider to the BPM value in real time. Useful for adding more audio
      reactivity to your visuals.
    2. Sets the amount of beats it takes to go from the min and max values of the slider.
    3. Sets the direction of movement for the BPM-linked slider movement.
    4. Links slider to a midi knob or fader.

    BPM options

    1. Tap to sync. Manual BPM must be enabled.
    2. Restarts the beat.
    3. Clears the BPM link on all sliders.

PC & Mac

Android

Getting Started

Autoplay

Animations, Beam Show, Images, Visualizers, and Clock apps use the same interface.

  1. Click to turn the laser on and off. ESQ-key will disable laser.
  2. Choose an app.
  3. Scroll or use up/down keys to change selection.
  4. Scroll or use left/right keys to select visual effect filter. Multiple effects can be layered.

Control Panel

Pro-tip: Hold Shift to add sliders from other apps to this area.

  1. Audio input is used to generate musically reactive visuals. Use digital system audio source
    (bypass audio) for best results.
  2. Show levels when audio input is detected.
  3. Auto detects BPM, double-click for more options.
  4. Adjusts the laser output power of the LaserCube.
  5. Adjust color theme of laser. Disable slider by dragging slider all the way left.
    Pro Tip: Double-click to sync to BPM.
  6. Adjusts the color balance of the laser. Enable checkbox for monochrome color. Disable slider
    by dragging slider all the way left.
  7. Adjusts the angle of the laser projection.
    Pro Tip: To cover a wide area, use max zoom. For best image quality, use mid zoom or less.
  8. Rotates the laser projection.

Options

  1. Click to cycle through autoplay options:
    Sequential, Shuffle, Off.
  2. Set autoplay duration in seconds or beats.
  3. Toggle to enable Effects autoplay.
  4. Adjust effect intensity.
    Pro-tip: Double-click slider to link with the BPM.
  5. Assign a keyboard/midi hotkey.
  6. Add your favorites to a playlist.
  7. Open laser settings menu.

Apps

Abstracts app

  1. Select from 3 abstract types.
  2. Locked sections will not be randomized.
  3. Change slider drawer.
  4. Experiment by dragging some sliders. Double-click to lock slider from randomization.
  5. Randomizes all values, use up/down arrows or autoplay. Save your favorites.
  6. Goto Saved to access saved abstracts.

Draw app

  1. Change brush mode or view saved drawings.
  2. Pick a color or rainbow brush.
  3. Draw here! Stylus input recommended.
  4. Select a specific layer.
  5. Projection mapping mode.

Projection Mapping

Experiment with various drawing, blinking, and color styles for each individual element.

Youtube, Twitter, Gmail

Login to your Youtube, Twitter, and Gmail accounts to display subscriber/view counts, tweets, and new email messages.

Burn app

  1. Burn raster lines or dots instead of vector.
  2. Use Ctrl-B hotkey to Burn any 'screenshot' from other apps.
  3. Import a SVG, PNG, JPG, BMP file.
  4. Used to calibrate laser speed.
  5. Select from a list of complex detailed images for engraving.
  6. Burn speed is how fast the laser engraves. Use a slower speed for thicker materials. If you are unsure, start by trying a higher burn speed. Optional accessory Engraving Lens is recommended. Use 15cm distance if using the lens.
  7. Shows the progress of the engraving process.

Harp app

  1. Choose a visual style for the LaserHarp.
  2. Connect a midi output to use LaserHarp as a midi controller.
  3. Turn on preview to display the 13 dots.
  4. Point your camera at the 13 dots, click to enable.
  5. Adjust gamma threshold to help camera recognize the 13 dots.

Midi app

  1. Select appearance of Midi mode.
  2. Connect a midi instrument, MiGic app can be used with electric guitars.
  3. Play using your keyboard or mouse.

Cast App

  1. Toggle between casting webcam or desktop.
  2. Enable casting of desktop.
  3. Use these sliders to specify the area of desktop to cast.
  4. Cast entire desktop.

Text app

  1. Select Text mode.
  2. Select text font and color style.
  3. Adjust speed/size/spacing parameters.

Settings

Image

Pro-tip: Lower zoom = better graphic quality. Reduce zoom to enable X/Y position adjustment.

  1. Choose square to calibrate your laser.
  2. Adjust Swivel, Tilt until square accurately matches desired projection area.

Color

  1. Choose Color Circle test
  2. Choose your laser model here. Choose manual if using a 3rd party laser.
  3. Choose balanced for more accurate whites, or max power for maximum brightness.
  4. Select if your 3rd party laser only supports TTL.

Zones

Pro-tip: Add a safety zone to protect your camera sensor from the laser.

  1. Enable safety zones.
  2. Projecting an outline of the safety zones.
  3. 100% means all laser output is blocked in the safety zone.
  4. Adjust the area of the safety zone.
  5. More than one safety zone can be added.

Audio

  1. Sets minimum level for audio input.
  2. Laser is off when sound is below threshold.
  3. Adds latency to sync laser to wireless speakers.
    Pro tip: Useful when using higher-latency
    Bluetooth speakers.
  4. Experimental utility to calculate speaker latency.

Advanced

Sound Siphon

(MacOS only) Install Sound Siphon (no need to purchase after free trial). Select 'Sound Siphon' as your Mac's audio output. Select 'Sound Siphon' as your sound input in LaserOS. Recommended if you are streaming or playing music while running LaserOS. Works great with Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music etc...

Hotkey options

  1. Assign the duration in seconds or beats.
  2. Assign an effect to trigger with the hotkey.
  3. Connect a Midi controller, assign midi button color, and blinking status.

Adding sliders

Hold keyboard Shift-key to drag and drop sliders from any app onto your control panel.

Duration options

  1. Makes the selected duration apply for all apps.
  2. Only Effects autoplay with this enabled.

Custom effects

Drag & drop to the right side in order to create a custom effect. Order is important, effects are layered sequentially from the top. Once saved, your custom effect will be added to the bottom of the effects list.

Slider options

Double-click any slider to open slider options.

  1. Links the value of the slider to the BPM value in real time. Useful for adding more audio
    reactivity to your visuals.
  2. Sets the amount of beats it takes to go from the min and max values of the slider.
  3. Sets the direction of movement for the BPM-linked slider movement.
  4. Links slider to a midi knob or fader.

BPM options

  1. Tap to sync. Manual BPM must be enabled.
  2. Restarts the beat.
  3. Clears the BPM link on all sliders.