If you have only one Pandoras Box system, you start the Master mode. This configuration is also called "stand-alone mode".
When multiple Pandoras Box systems need to be linked, e.g. for synchronized video playback, they need to be set up in a Master/Client configuration. A Master system may connect to multiple Client systems whilst a Client may only connect to one single Master system. Pandoras Box Playback systems (PB Players and PB Servers) may be started in either Master or Client mode. The PB Manager has only a Master mode.
You run one Pandoras Box Manager or Player or Server as a Master and start the Client mode on all other machines.
The Master acts in general as the main controller for all attached devices, whilst a Client system is "only" receiving commands and media to playback in fullscreen.
On the Master, you create a project which holds all information about the resource media files and connected Clients (and other devices). The Master takes care of the remote file management, meaning the media upload called "spreading" to all Clients; and of course the video synchronization throughout the entire network. In addition the Master send all control parameters to the Clients and organizes the protocol patch and routing, e.g. it sends all incoming control-data like DMX or Art-Net in sync to the Clients.
In order to connect Master and Client systems, please make sure that the identical software revision is used and that both Master and Client use the same domain channel for communication.
The revision number is displayed in the bottom right corner of the Master interface. In the Client GUI the revision number is displayed next to the Preview window when the fullscreen mode is off.
The domain channel can be found in the Configuration tab > Network in the Master system and in the main window of the Client. Per default, the domain channel is set to 0 and is only changed when multiple Masters or multiple PB networks need to be set up.
So if multiple Masters exist within the same network, assign different domain channels to them. Two Masters may not share the same domain channel. Choose the domain channels for your Clients according to the Master it should connect to. For the other Master, this Client is invisible.
When the network, the revision and the domain are set up correctly, all Clients appear in the Assets tab of the Master. The Clients in return display the Master's IP instead of “not connected”.
To start controlling the Client, for instance assigning media files to it, drag the unit from the Assets tab into the Device Tree tab. Now the Client is in the project and files can be transferred across the network.
To include media files to your project, drag the file from the Assets tab to the Project tab. Per default, all added media files are auto-spread to the available Clients (that are part of the Device Tree). To share files or entire folders manually, you right-click on the entry in the Project tab and choose the according ‘Spread’ command.
Now you can start assigning the sources (media files) to the outputs (Layers on the Clients). This is explained in the chapter Media Files.
When re-starting the project on the Master with unconnected Clients, they will show up with a red“!”. Once the Clients are started, they will automatically reconnect to the Master
If you want to assign a Client that is not connected to the network yet, you can also choose the Pandoras Box Client type from the Device Types tab and drag it into the project from there. Once the unit will be present on the network, make sure that you set the correct IP address in the Client's Inspector in order to be connected to the Master.