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Display ILDA test images with laser shark?
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:07:42 AM »
Hello macpod forum users,

I have some galvos which I am driving using a custom python script via a microprocessor, DAC chip and some OpAmps. All working as expected but I can't use this to tune my galvos.

Therefore I wanted to swap to using a laser shark. Before I purchase one I wanted to check, how to display the ilda test images using macpod? I feel like this should be quite easy but somehow I couldn't find a definitive answer.

Any help would be much appreciated,



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Re: Display ILDA test images with laser shark?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2019, 09:34:23 PM »
Hi Simon,

The dearth of information likely stems from the fact people either use the LaserShark with OpenLase for dynamic output, for 3d printers, or for other scientific/telecommunication/industrial purposes.

OpenLase does have a very basic ilda file player. it talks directly with jack so you will need to add connection in patchbay to use it. I've attached a screenshot of my patchbay. If you set this up you can test it out with the simulator without needing to buy/make a LaserShark first. I would recommend this so there aren't any unexpected surprises

playilda <ilda file>
playilda -s <ildafile> <rate>