Device Tree

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Device Tree

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Device Tree

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The Devices tab (or Device Tree) in Pandoras Box is the main place to browse and edit all available Sites and Devices (i.e. Layers) in the project.

The Device Tree...
- is always linked to the Sequence Tab in order to browse and edit keys stored to the sequence (both tabs cannot be closed!)
- allows a Site to be included in / excluded from the Preview (see below)
- allows you to sort and (un-)hide Sites, Layers, parameters and effects, see next chapter
- offers distinct columns for different information: parameter names, values and various (clickable) icons, see next chapter

If you are rather interested in the devices itself, e.g what is the meaning of a parameter in a Video Layer, how to add an effect to a layer or how to use a DMX device (DMX fixture) please refer to the topic about "Devices and Layer Parameters".

Adding Clients to the Device Tree

If you are working with a Pandoras Box Player or Server system in stand-alone mode the "local" Site lists all layers that are part of your system. If you are not working in stand-alone mode but with a Master and Client system(s) you need to add these Clients to the Device Tree as well, which automatically includes their layers. Before adding Clients, please make sure that they are already connected, i.e.:
- started (in the same Revision as the Master system) and showing the Pandoras Box Client window and
- set to the correct IP address and Pandoras Box domain.

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Since version 6.0.3, PB will offer to add Clients to the Project automatically when starting a new project on your Master software. All existing Clients are visible in the dialog "Add Clients to Project". The list can be reloaded with the "Reload Clients" button. You can select or unselect individual Clients or all of them by pressing the according button. Press "Ok" to add all selected Clients to the Device Tree. The next chapter describes how to reorder the Sites.


To manually add Clients, please go to the Assets tab and drag them from there to the Devices tab. You can also multi-select them by holding the [Ctrl] key.


If your Clients are not connected yet, e.g. if you like to pre-program a show, you may drag an according system from the Device Types tab into the Device Tree. So, if you will work with Dual Servers, you should add exactly this system. Otherwise, you need to copy pre-programmed containers.

Later on, when the real systems are connected, you can simply select the pre-programmed Client and enter the IP address in the Device Inspector.


After adding a system to the Devices tab, it is shown with collapsed layers. To unfold/fold a site or device tree double-click on it.
The right-click menu offers a rename command [F2] in case you like to work with more descriptive names.


Per default, a Site is not included in the Preview when added to the project. Note that its icon is not highlighted. To add a Site to the Preview rendering, right-click it to open the context menu and choose "Toggle Preview". Now, the icon is highlighted in blue.

See the following sites for more information:
Site, Layer and Parameter Structure
Changing Parameter Values (Device Tree)
Context Menus - Device Tree
Device Selection