Showcontroller Software License Dongle

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Full-feature laser show control software with LIVE and Timeline control. Powerful and easy drag&drop programming as well as import of custom logos and creation of text.
  • Live laser control
  • Timeline-based laser show programming
  • 250+ free shows included
  • Drag-and-drop operation, intuitive handling
  • Logo and graphics import
  • MIDI, Timecode and DMX support
  • No additional hardware required if used with any laser with ShowNET mainboard
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USB Dongl
Laser show creation made easy: No matter if a professional music synchronous timeline laser show is required or live laser show control to a DJ set - Showcontroller has all the necessary features to create overwhelming laser shows.

Showcontroller LIVE allows for direct, live laser control. It comes with a large set of preset frames and animations and can be extended with own frames or animations, like patterns, logos, texts or other graphics. Many effects can be live applied to the patterns, e.g. color, speed, rotation, size, etc.. It is possible to live control the lasers only through computer, but also by using MIDI controllers or DMX consoles: The live laser control with Showcontroller is extremely versatile! 


Key Features:

- Live Laser control

- Timeline-based laser show programming

- 250+ free shows included

- Drag-and-drop operation, intuitive handling

- Logo and graphics import

- MIDI and DMX support

- Realizzer 3D and Depence2 visualizer support (Showcontroller PLUS Update required)

- Video event support (Showcontroller PLUS Update required)

- Up to 20 ShowNET LAN output interfaces are supported


Reliable: No forced updates - the user decides when it's time to update

Discrete: No forced registration to access software updates

Compatible: ILDA file standard is supported for import and export


New features and fixes are released on a regular basis, but it is not mandatory to install an update, so the user can decide when it's best to try new features.


Showcontroller LIVE:

Showcontroller LIVE is the software part of the Showcontroller Suite that is especially designed for live laser show control. No matter if it's used to accompany a DJ set with lasers, to play lasers at a festival or to support a musical or artistic performance - Showcontroller LIVE is the tool for every laser show application that cannot be pre-produced or pre-programmed or has no common time base.

Showcontroller LIVE is an extremely mighty tool: 40 scenes can be preset per bank and 10 banks can be used for this. Also, Showcontroller LIVE already comes with a large selection of already preset scenes, so it's very easy to get going with a laser show:

1. Connect the hardware interface and the laser system

2. Open Showcontroller LIVE

3. Click START and select a scene


That's it!


Showcontroller RealTime:

Showcontroller RealTime can be used for creating timline-based laser shows. Laser frames and animations can be placed on a timeline and synchronized to music. A multitude of customizable effects can be added to those frames then. It is possible to create many tracks in parallel.

Showcontroller RealTime comes with all the features that are required for high professional laser show programming.

The main window shows the timeline, where all programming elements can be assigned to a general time-base, e.g. an audio file or just a simple lapse of time.

The preview window allows for watching a preview of the programmed elements in real time, but also the laser output happens in real time.

Due to the versatile Dongle-Licensing it is possible to program in Showcontroller RealTime without having to have an interface connected. This eases pre-production processes and allows for laser show programming even on a plane.

The Showcontroller RealTime laser show timeline has been designed to be very intuitive - even beginners can quickly and easily create their own, first laser shows. Drag-and-drop programming is one of the key features of the Showcontroller timeline, but also the versatile use of effects that can be applied to laser frames and animations make Showcontroller the right choice for any kind of laser show design.


Showcontroller PicEdit:

Showcontroller PicEdit is the program part that is used for creating 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional laser graphics. It is a very powerful tool that not only allows for creating vector based frames but also for laser animations.

PicEdit closely works together with other software parts of the Showcontroller software suite, like Showcontroller Trace and Showcontroller SVG-Tool:

Import custom logos from JPG files or get static or animated vectors from Blender (or from other 3D software, with using Blender as export tool).


Showcontroller Tracer:

The Showcontroller Tracer program part is specifically designed for re-tracing pixel-based pictures, like JPG files, to a laser-compatible, vector based format. Simply select a picture, e.g. a logo, and get it traced. Various options for optimization are provided to make the laser projection of the very frame as smooth as possible.


Showcontroller SVG Tool:

The Showcontroller SVG Tool allows for importing frames or animations in the SVG file format to Showcontroller. This can be files from the free 3D-Animator Blender (or from other 3D programs by using Blender as converter) or just SVG files from a standard Vector editing software, like Adobe Illustrator.



Showcontroller is available with two different Licensing models:


1. Showcontroller:

Supports up to 3 Laserworld ShowNet hardware interfaces (DAC)


2. Showcontroller PLUS:

Supports more than 3 hardware interfaces (DAC), different hardware interfaces are supported (more details)

- Shownet

- Netlase

- Netlase LC

- Easylase II

- Phoenix Micro USB V1


This covers the complete range of basic USB to high end LAN output interfaces. All Interfaces support DMX in/out.

Showcontroller PLUS also supports the Realizzer 3D and Depence2 implementation and the use of Video-Events.

Showcontroller PLUS license allows for ILDA file export as well.



Hardware requirements for the Showcontroller laser show software:


Minimum requirements for running the Showcontroller laser show software are

- Dual Core PC

- Windows 7 / 8 / 10 operating system, 32bit or 64bit

- min. 4 GB RAM

- OpenGL capable graphics board


If the Video-Event shall be used, it is recommended to at least use a gaming-grade graphics board, like GeForce 960 or higher (or similar)



Further details, a product demo and additional files can be accessed on

Showcontroller Software Feature Comparison Chart

HardwareShowcontrollerShowcontroller PLUS
Hardware integrationUp to 3 ShowNET LAN InterfacesUp to 20 various Interfaces (LAN / USB)
Max. ScanspeedUp to 150KppsUp to 150Kpps, depending on Interface
DMX In/outAll Interfaces with integrated DMX 512 in/outAll Interfaces with integrated DMX 512 in/out
Operation SystemsWindows 7 or higher, 32/64 BitWindows 7 or higher, 32/64 Bit
Multi Screen Supportyes, but only one screen necessaryyes, but only one screen necessary
Hotplug Capableyesyes
ILDA Axis ResolutionDepending on hardware, up to 16 BitDepending on hardware, up to 16 Bit
ILDA Color ResolutionDepending on hardware, up to 12 BitDepending on hardware, up to 12 Bit
Multi Color supportvia IMC, realtime output of RGB shows to multicolor systemsvia IMC, realtime output of RGB shows to multicolor systems
Projector Routingyesyes
External ControlMidi, DMX, ArtnetMidi, DMX, Artnet
Safety ZonesSeveral options, incl. horizontal zone and soft borderSeveral options, incl. horizontal zone and soft border
Live OperationShowcontrollerShowcontroller PLUS
ControlMouse, keyboard, touchscreen, Midi, DMX, ArtnetMouse, keyboard, toucscreen, Midi, DMX, Artnet
Preset Scenes10 banks, each 40 scenes10 banks, each 40 scenes
Multi Cue Selectionyesyes
Scanner Groupsyesyes
Live Recoloringyes, RGB fader or HUEyes, RGB fader or HUE
BPM Syncyes, manual or Midi clock (e.g. Virtual DJ)yes, manual or Midi clock (e.g. Virtual DJ)
Random Playyesyes
Geometric Correctionsyes, many different optionsyes, many different options
Color & Picture Morphing, Soft Coloryesyes
Projection Layersup to 32, auto blending / coveringup to 32, auto blending / covering
Crossover Effectsyes, preprogrammed and free definableyes, preprogrammed and free definable
Previewyes, max 3 scanner, fixed in GUIyes, additional OpenGL preview as dockable window
Scene PlaymodesProgrammable, flash / loopProgrammable, flash / loop
Fog Controlyesyes
Static Beamtableyes, 40 beam(s) per projectoryes, 40 beam(s) per projector
PicEditShowcontrollerShowcontroller PLUS
2D / 3D Drawingsyesyes
Drawing ToolsSeveral standard and laser optimized toolsSeveral standard and laser optimized tools
Internal Resolution32 Bit32 Bit
Auto Optimizeyesyes
Importable FormatsILDA, PLT, external tracer & SVG converterILDA, PLT, external tracer & SVG converter
TextTTF, laser optimized fontsTTF, laser optimized fonts
ColorColor table, RGBColor table, RGB
3D Transformationsyesyes
Manual Interpolationyesyes
RealTime TimelineShowcontrollerShowcontroller PLUS
Max Timelines1616
Max Tracks per Timeline128128
FramesourcePic, ILDA, Animation, Lissajous, RasterscanningPic, ILDA, Animation, Lissajous, Rasterscanning
TimingAudio, internal clock, MTC, SMPTE via external hardwareAudio, internal clock, MTC, SMPTE via external hardware
Animation EffectsMultiple effects with multiple setting optionsMultiple effects with multiple setting options
Effect ParametersFixed, animated, ext. source (DMX, Midi,... )Fixed, animated, ext. source (DMX, Midi,... )
Projection Zonesup to 32 worldsup to 32 worlds
Scan Parametersup to 32 for each projectorup to 32 for each projector
Projection Layersup to 32, auto blending / coveringup to 32, auto blending / covering
Geometric Correctionsyes, many different optionsyes, many different options
Color & Picture Morphing, Soft Coloryesyes
Audio Visualisationyesyes
Unicode Textyesyes
Show ProtectionEditing, dongle numberEditing, dongle number
Control External Devicesvia DMX, Artnet, Midi-Outvia DMX, Artnet, Midi-Out
3D Lissajus Generatoryesyes
Net Transformationsyesyes
Color Morphingyesyes
Soft Blanking, Hidden Lineyesyes
Video and Media Integrationyes, limitedyes
Preview in RealtimeShowcontrollerShowcontroller PLUS
Dockable Previewyesyes
Projector PositionsFree definable in X/Y and ZFree definable in X/Y and Z
Projector RotationX/Y AxisX/Y Axis
Axis InversionAutomatic depending on interface settingsAutomatic depending on interface settings
Fog Simulationyesyes
Preview as Videoyes, up to 4Kyes, up to 4K
Video Watermarkyesyes
External software interfaces for previewRealizzer 3D, Depence2, CaptureRealizzer 3D, Depence2, Capture
Additional FeaturesShowcontrollerShowcontroller PLUS
Software UpdateFree for Lifetime, no forced updatesFree for Lifetime, no forced updates
Preset Shows>250, mixed single and multiprojector>250, mixed single and multiprojector
More Program PartsHardwarecheck, Tracer, SVG Converter, PlayerHardwarecheck, Tracer, SVG Converter, Player


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Showcontroller Select Library SFX 001 Detail
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Showcontroller Live 001 Detail
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Showcontroller License Dongle
*Due to Advanced Optical Correction technology used in our laser systems the optical power of each colour within installed laser module(s) may slightly differ from the specification of respective laser module(s). Divergence FWHM average depending on model.


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