Pandoras Box Version 5.3

NEW Features

MATRIX PATCHER UPDATE

We developed a new interplay of Pandoras Box and our tool "Matrix Patcher" that is more time-saving and opens up new possibilities when working with Art-Net LED walls. Create a patch in the Matrix Patcher and export (or update) it in real-time to your Pandoras Box project with one click. Drag the new format ".pbx file" on any(!) output and save it onto the timeline. The preview can be toggled between the visualisation of the DVI output and the Art-Net patch.

The maximum number of controlable panels has increased enormously as it is now possible to save a specific network card and target IP address within a fixture. This allows as well to separate the Art-Net data from the Pandoras Box show data. In addition to these improvements, the Matrix Patcher offers an array tool, a great time-saver when working with several tiles from the same type.

From now on, Art-Net data for matrix patches can be sent within any IP range, it is not tied to the Art-net specifi- cation to be sent over a 2.x.x.x network anymore! As well, Pandoras Box accepts incoming Art-Net from outside the 2 IP range.

 

WIDGET DESIGNER DEVICE

The new device type „Widget Designer“ allows to execute commands directly from the timeline in a very convenient workflow. The commands can be now stored within keys.

Primarily, Widget Designer has a built-in script language allowing you to create customized routines of commands that control specific features of Pandoras Box, Widget Designer or other 3rd party products and protocols but it was only possible to call these commands from Widget Designer itself. Currently there are over 800 commands available.

Now it is possible to execute commands as soon as Pandoras Box‘ timeline calls them up, that means at a defined time in the show. This topic explains in detail how to program Widget Designer commands directly into the timeline and how to get trigger values from it. 

 

NEW 3D WARPER

Users can now animate and control the Warper via keys in the timeline. This new development is perfect for realising projects that involve the tracking of moving head projectors and moving sets, where the warping has to change in a seamless way according to the different positions.

3ds Max files can now be directly imported and used for warping. In addition to this, the Warper mesh points can be moved and worked with along the Z axis as well. Global planar textures can as of now be applied to multiple meshes as well.

 

CONTENT AS INTERFACE: LAYER PICKING

With the feature „Layer Picking“ in version 5.3, content interaction has gone one step further. It is now possible to recalculate the mouse position within the preview or even the client ́s fullscreen window and thus recognize what layer is touched and where exactly on the layer the mouse is located. A layer has become a true interface. This chapter explains „Layer Picking“ in more detail.

NETWORK CARD SELECTION

The Configuration tab offers per each protocol a drop-down lists with all network cards installed on the system. Select one and restart the application. Now the entire Pandoras Box communication of master and clients will be transfered by this defined adapter and its IP address. You may choose a different network adapter for the Pandoras Box show data, DMX / Art-Net Mode, CITP Thumbnail Exchange and Streaming ACN. Thus you can for example separate the show data generated by the video / graphic containers and their keys in the timeline from all Art-Net data.