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The Compact Player is a software and hardware based solution for show control and video processing.

When looking at the Pandoras Box product family, the Compact Player can be found in the Pandoras Box Player product range. Like all Players, the Compact Player is an upgradeable model featuring a real-time 2D compositing engine for image and video playback. The playback performance depends on the content format, its resolution and framerate. The Download-Center includes a performance sheet listing many examples.
Its distinctive hardware feature is its size: the Compact Player is only one rack unit high and roughly half 19" wide. The Compact Player software variations define the number of outputs. The option of zero outputs is of interest when you require hardware for backup scenarios or for software products like the Manager or Widget Designer or others.

For more information regarding the Pandoras Box product structure, please see the chapter "Product Overview" in the Pandoras Box manual. It also includes links to chapters that explain the different software solutions and possible hardware accessories. We offer specialized interfaces for SMPTE I/O, DMX, serial and sensor control.

Drivers

All drivers are pre-installed on the system. Also, software like the PB Menu is pre-installed. Please check the Download-Center for drivers, software updates and more documentation.

PB Menu

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 or 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.
For more information see the according topics in the main Pandoras Box manual.

Product Specifications

Operating system: Windows 8.1

Microprocessor: Intel i5 processor

RAM: 4GB

SSD drives: depends on hardware edition, i.e. PK1 - 480GB, PK2 - 960GB, PK3 - 1920GB

USB ports: 4x USB 3.0 ports (1x internal, 3x front and rear panel)

LAN: 2x 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports

Audio*: Optical S/PDIF output; stereo analog audio output and microphone input

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti

Product Size (WxHxD): 210mm x 42mm x 172mm (roughly half 19" wide and 1U high)

Power: DC 19.5V/120W with an external power supply unit

*        Regarding audio support, the Compact Player license includes ASIO Tracks. Even though the hardware does not natively support ASIO, it is possible to install the ASIO4ALL driver. When using this driver, we cannot guarantee perfect synchronization. Audio playback on Video Layer (with MP3, WMA, WAV format and embedded sound) is supported.

Compact Player Hardware

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Front view, connections from left to right

Power switch

The power switch allows powering on and off the system.
Press the power button after connecting the supplied PSU to the power jack on the system rear panel. Note that the button's back light LED lights up when the system is on.

USB 3.0 port

 

Connect USB devices such as external hard drives, SSDs and flash drives to this port. The USB 3.0 port supports SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 devices.

Memory card slot

The built-in memory card reader reads SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC cards.

Microphone jack

Connect a microphone to the microphone jack (3.5mm).

Headphone/
Audio Out jack

Connect amplified speakers or headphones to the stereo headphone jack (3.5mm) and receive the system’s audio output signal.

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Rear view, connections from left to right

Power input
DC 19.5V/120W

Connect the supplied power adapter to this jack. Then press the power switch on the front panel to turn on the system.

Please note: To prevent damage to the PC, always use the supplied power adapter. The power adapter may become warm to hot when in use. Do not cover the adapter and keep it away from your body.

HDMI port

Connect a digital display device to the HDMI 1.4a port (max. resolution: 4096x2160 @24Hz).

DVI-I port

Connect a digital display device to the DVI-I Dual Link port (max. resolution: 2560×1600 @60Hz).

2x USB 3.0 ports

Connect USB devices such as external hard drives, SSDs and flash drives to this port. The USB 3.0 port supports SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 devices.

2x Ethernet ports

Connect a network router, hub or switch or another computer to this port. The eight-pin RJ-45 LAN port supports standard Ethernet cable for connections to local area networks (LAN) with speeds of 10/100/1000Mbps.

Optical (S/PDIF out) jack

Connect digital audio receivers and speakers to the optical S/PDIF output.