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Software Makes Fireworks’ Booms Beautiful July 3, 2006

Posted by tkcollier in cool stuff, Science & Technology.
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Software Makes Fireworks’ Booms Beautiful
Most of the major fireworks shows will be choreographed with a program called Show Director by Infinity Visions. The firing machinery for a show can cost between $30,000 and $50,000 while the software costs between $2,000 and $8,000

The software allows firing cues to be placed at certain times, superimposed against the waveform of the music that will be played. Once the show is choreographed, the instructional files are uploaded into the firing machines, and the programmers can step back and simply push “play”. The computer sends the appropriate signals down a web of cables to the firing modules, which in turn are connected to the shells.

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