When performing an event, multiple sub-systems are involved. Audio systems to reproduce music, lights to make things visible, lasers to do visual effects, etc. All these systems need to be connected and supplied with synchronized data. The data can either be produced in realtime or be played back from storage media. CSoft's EventBone product line is the backstage-backbone, connecting and controlling all involved systems. Beyond this, the EventBone product line offers an editor framework to create multimedia films. These films can then be played back with the production system.
Multimedia systems and their featuresets (in particular laser animation systems) can be broken down into three main parts. First there's the hardware (like a TV-Set or Audio D/A + amp + speakers) which is used to reproduce stored material in realtime - and it's interface (like FBAS or SPDIF). Then there's the playback control system (like a VCR or a CD-Player), able to read and decode stored formats (like a mpeg2 movie on a DVD-Disk) which is used as a feed for the hardware. And there is an editor system which is used to produce the 'software' for the playback system (like a Video tape, DVD or CD).
Working out this separation CSoft's products evolved since 1995. To get a picture of how the subsystems and interfaces are related to each other an overview has been provided. For more detailed information follow the links below.
HardwareOur 4-layered MultiLink board features 100MBit ethernet, serial ports and analog signals through a high power DSP and a PowerPC on a 160 x 100 mm form factor size. The DSP can be used for data processing (streaming, encoding, decoding, encryption, decryption) and the PowerPC is used to serve the communication ports. The analog interface is connected to its own bus which makes it easy to use the board in different environments such as laser animation, web terminals, ISDN router, remote serial line servers.
SoftwareThe Klingon OS is a very fast and small footprint real time operating system for embedded devices such as MultiLink or ScanMaster series. The base system (including TCP/IP, device architecture, threads, semaphores, processes, exception management, etc.) fits in less than 80 KBytes ! Additional modules include telnet daemon, http daemon, command dispatcher, tftp daemon, ...
The award winning ScanMaster2 laser projector control board is the motherboard for your laser projector. It connects projection hardware to high level interfaces such as 10/100 MBit Ethernet and DMX512. ScanMaster2 uses the open StageNet protocols for data exchange with its client(s). It improves the great performance of the ScanMaster1 board by use of a powerful DSP coprocessor.
Need to control a DMX512 segment - or wanna be controlled by a DMX512 device ? Or like to control your laser through your pen-PC ? Mr.Data bridges serial ports and DMX512 ports into ethernet through the open StageNet protocols.
See the ScanMaster1 controller, if you like to connect your laser-projector to an ethernet segment and build one of the first fully digital, autonomous projectors. ScanMaster1 uses the open StageNet protocols for data exchange with its client.