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Introducing the Manager, Player and Server

The Pandoras Box product family consists of software and hardware based solutions. In short:

The "Manager" product range is a software solution. Hardware can be custom hardware or Pandoras Box hardware. Mainly, the Manager functions as a Master system used for show control. There is also a special Manager Offline solution that is used for show pre-programming and video editing. Other differences are listed in the product structure table at the end of this chapter.

The Pandoras Box Player product range is divided in two groups of upgradeable models featuring a real-time 2D compositing engine for image and video playback.
A "Software Player" can be purchased as a software solution to be free to run it on custom hardware or Pandoras Box hardware. The "Player" and "Compact Player" solutions are bound to Pandoras Box hardware. As shown in the product structure table, the product defines, among others, the number of available layers and sequences.
Any Player can run in Master mode for show control to control other Clients, in Master mode as stand-alone to combine show control and video playback on one output in one machine, or as a third solution, in Client mode for video playback on one or multiple outputs.

The Pandoras Box "Server" product range features a real-time 3D compositing engine for image and video playback at any size.
A Server is always bound to Pandoras  Box hardware. Depending on the product, the number of available output viewpoints (cameras) for individual output setup differs. A Servers includes all different layer types.
A Server can run in Master mode for show control to control other Clients, in Master mode as stand-alone to combine show control and video playback on one output in one machine, or as a third solution, in Client mode for video playback on one or multiple outputs.

Show Control

We offer the Pandoras Box Manager for interactive media control. It is a timeline based show control solution, allowing fast and easy on the fly programming and show setup. A Manager is always the so called Master system, to which one or several Clients connect to. The Master administrates Client(s), media file(s) and timeline(s) whilst the Client renders and plays back what the Master commands. A Client can be either a Player or Server.
Note that a Player or a Server can be used as a Master software as well, e.g. if used stand-alone.

Please refer to the chapter User Interface > Master to learn more about the elements of the Master’s user interface.
As additional interactive media control device we offer the Widget Designer.

Video Processing / Playback

Pandoras Box Servers and Players make the scalable Pandoras Box playback system. They communicate directly via TCP/IP with any Pandoras Box Master control system. A synchronization process takes care of all connected Client devices to be controlled in sync. Read more about the Master / Client remote setup. In difference to a Manager, a Player or Server can toggle into full screen.

Please refer to the chapter User Interface > Master to get more information about the elements of the Server’s / Player’s user interface if they are started in the Master mode. The chapter User Interface > Client explains the Client's user interface. Device Control describes the different device types, i.e. layers.

For hardware settings regarding the included input and graphic cards, please read the topic about Hardware and Accessories.

Accessories

All Pandoras Box Systems are designed to interact with multiple protocols and output devices. Beside the Pandoras Box product range other SMPTE, DMX, RS232 / 422 or any TCP/IP devices might be remote controlled from any timeline as well. This allows perfectly synchronized show control.
We offer specialized interfaces for SMPTE I/O, DMX, serial and sensor control.

All accessories and optional features are described in Hardware and Accessories whilst the programming is detailed in Device Control and External Control.

Additional Tools

There is software pre-installed on Pandoras Box hardware called the PB Menu. It starts automatically when booting. It covers the Windows desktop and consists of a few buttons that give access to the most needed actions, e.g. starting the Master or Client software, opening the Windows Explorer (File Browser).
The PB Menu includes another software called the VNC Remote, or simply Remote. With that software you can establish a VNC connection to another computer that is in your network. The other computer needs to have a VNC client running to pick up the connection. If PB Menu is installed and running on the remote computer, you do not need an additional VNC client. You enter the according IP address and see the desktop of that computer. Now you can click your local mouse and use the local keyboard to interact with the remote desktop.

Product Structure

The following product structure was introduced in May 2016 with version 5.10.
Pandoras Box Server and Software Player Version 5.x "LT" and "STD" as well as the "Manager LT" purchased earlier are supported and provided with free software updates for one year. Existing features or software restrictions are not altered. Please contact your distributor in case you are interested in upgrading your products to the new product structure.
In case you purchased a "PRO" version or "Manager STD" you might notice that some features were upgraded to meet the figures listed below.

The products "Server", "Player" and "Compact Player" include hardware. We offer three to four editions (Light to Ultimate) defining the size of memory and in case of Servers the CPU and RAM. The number of physical outputs is defined through the graphics card, for the time being that is four Display Port outputs. The number of Output layers is defined with the software, e.g. with a Server Single Output you will have access to the parameters of one Output layer.
Below, you see that all hardware models can be purchased with zero (software) outputs, this is of interest for applications with backup systems or in case you like to use them for Pandoras Box software products. In other words, for the software products EDU Server (Educational version), Software Player, Manager, Manager Offline and Widget Designer you have the choice of using your own custom hardware or purchasing additional hardware from us.

The Software Player is a Multi-License product, meaning that multiple licenses multiply some features, e.g. the number of Layers or Sequences. When you start the software, it will automatically recognize how many licenses are available on your hardware and start in the according Multi-License mode. This applies in case you use multiple dongles or in case you purchased one single dongle with multiple licenses.

 

 

Show Control and Playback Solution

Server

Player

Server

EDU Server 6*

Player

Compact Player 4*

Software Player

Hardware /
Software

Hardware + Software

Software

Hardware + Software

Hardware + Software

Software

Software Model - Output Layers

Zero - 0
Single - 1
Dual - 2
Quad - 4

 
Dual - 2

Zero - 0
Single - 1
Dual - 2
Quad - 4

Zero - 0
Single - 1
Dual - 2

Single - 1 3*

Base Parameters

3D

3D

2D

2D

2D

Video Playback

max. 16k

max. 16k

max. 4k

max. 4k

max. 4k

Video Layer

Unlimited

Unlimited

8

4

4 3*

Graphic Layer

Unlimited

Audio Tracks

Unlimited

Unlimited

8

4

4

Effects / Layer

Unlimited

Unlimited

8

4

4 3*

Particle Sys. / Layer

Unlimited

Unlimited

8

4

4 3*

Warping, Keystone, Softedge, Matrix

Yes

Network Sync

Yes

Sequences 5*

Unlimited

Unlimited

4

2

1 3*

Mpeg2 Encoder 5*

Included

Included

Optional

Optional

Optional

StreamiX Inputs 5*

32

32

8

4

4

Input Recording 5*

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Media Encryption 5*

Decryption

De- and Encryption

Decryption

Decryption

Decryption

Playlists 5*

Yes

Web Browser 5*

Yes

 

Hardware Model - Redundant SSD
(in GB)

LT    - 480
STD - 1440
PRO - 2880
ULT - 5700

 

LT - 480
STD - 1440
PRO - 2880
ULT - 5700

LT - 480
STD - 1440
PRO - 1900
7*

 

Form Factor

4U
19" Rack

 

4U
19" Rack

1U ½
19" Rack

 

Video Input

None, DVI, HD/3G SDI *

 

None, DVI, HD/3G SDI 2*

 

DirectShow only

Audio Output

None, 1x/4x ADAT or MADI

 

None, 1x/4x ADAT or MADI

 

 

Framelock / Sync

Optional

 

Optional

 

 

10Gb Ethernet

Optional

 

Optional

 

 

Optional Accessories

DVI Processor
SDI Processor

 

DVI Processor
SDI Processor

 

 


Show Control Solution

 

 

Interactivity Solution

Manager

 

Manager

Offline Manager

Widget Designer

Hardware / Software

Software

Software

Unlimited

Web Clients

Optional

Audio Tracks

16, optional unlimited

Unlimited

 

 

Network Sync

Yes

No

 

 

Sequences

8, optional unlimited

Unlimited

 

 

Mpeg2 Encoder

Yes

Optional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Input Recording

Yes

No

 

 

Media Encryption

De- and Encryption

Decryption

 

 

Playlists

Yes

Yes

 

 

Optional Accessories

Jog Shuttle
Fader Board
SMPTE Link
DMX Link

 

Optional Accessories

Jog Shuttle
Fader Board
SMPTE Link
DMX Link

*        A maximum of 2 input boards can be configured
2*        Only 1 input board can be configured
3*        Count multiplies with number of Multi-Licenses
4*        Expected 2016 Q4
5*        Available in show control mode
6*        The Education edition is available only to universities and schools with an approved education contract
7*        The Compact Player has no redundant storage

Date: May, 2016. All information contained in this document is subject to change without prior notice.