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Pandora’s Box Update to 5.3

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Pandora’s Box is updated to 5.3 with Widget Designer to 4.0! What are you waiting for? Go HERE and get it!

Useful information about the new Pandoras Box Version 5.3:
- Please notice that the new handling of stock assets will create a folder “c:\coolux\content\stock assets” on your system. The Stock Assets installer file itself can be found right underneath the Pandoras Box Rev7832 file in the appropriate section in the download sector.
- Breakout panes
Right click on panes/tabs for possibility to breakout separate panes out of the main frame
- Matrix Patcher brushes
Create patch in new matrix patcher and save, drag .pbx file as asset and drop it on any(!) output, real time update via “update patch” in matrix patcher.
Select an output as preview and choose “select matrix mask” for matrix preview
- Image sequences
Right click on project, choose “create image sequence” and then attach or right click on folder in asset tree and choose “import as image sequence”
- Image converter, Transparency in mpeg-videos
The Image Converter is able to render a mpeg video from an image sequence. In version 5.3 it includes the feature to generate a black-and-white mask in addition to the main video. You may choose to include the b/w information side-by-side like, resulting in one video. In Pandoras Box, the Masking effect “Alpha Left Right” (respectively “Alpha Top Bottom”) separates the two videos again and renders them while applying a keying effect to the main video.This workflow leads to transparency (alpha channel) in mpg-videos and saves far more performance than other codec solutions.
- Widget device
Choose from “device types” and set the key for commands which are sent to the Widget Designer
- 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.
- Network card selection
Select a defined network card in “configuration” for communication of master and clients (restart the application after selection).
In the matrix patcher you can choose another network card to send Art-Net data
- “Layer routing to render passes”
Lets you route layers to only specific outputs and gives you the possibility to reorder the “Video Processing Pipeline”
“Black level compensation”
Enables you to adjust the black level within softedge projections. From now on, layers can explicitly be set to be included or excluded by the first Pandoras Box render pass and thus be placed outside from the warp / keystone / softedge structure. This setting is available in the layer’s Inspector.
- Software Development Kit
There are new functions within the Pandoras Box SDK (PB Automation). Please refer to the help file chapter SDK that has been revised and now offers many examples and detailed description.
- Unlimited ASIO Tracks
The number of available ASIO Tracks has been increased. Unlimited audio tracks for synchronized audio playback, are available for:
- all Pandoras Box Server PRO versions
- Pandoras Box Manager PRO
- Pandoras Box Editor and
- Pandoras Box Offline Manager

Widget Designer 4.0 main changes:
- Web Server Integration
Pages can be published and can be controlled by all HTML-capable devices
STD: one page – one session
PRO: multiple pages – multiple sessions but all synchronized
ULT: multiple pages – multiple sessions
- Redesign GUI
- ActionScripts
A type of script that helps to directly execute certain types of commands.
- ScriptAssist
A script auto-completion feature that saves time during programming.
- Several new controls, commands, nodes and features
The Online User Manual on the coolux website has been updated to include the latest help file, which can be downloaded as a CHM file in the documentation section of the download center.

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Friday Projection Pr0n 11/12


A little projection pr0n from a recent gig. It was for Intergalactic Nemesis, a ‘live’ comic book, where the action gets played out by performers in front of the screen. In this case, a Da-lite 28′ RP surface, with two Digital Projection Lightning 35hd’s. I also used a Barco ImagePro for processing and a shameless plug for Coolux test patterns. Happy Friday!

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Corporate Staging Resources Projectionmaps USANA

Corporate Staging Resources recently staged a huge projectionmapped stage for the USANA International Sales Convention in Downtown Salt Lake City. The event at Energy Solutions Arena spanned 3 days with 12 hours of content and 11,00 in attendance. The stage and set elements were 100% projection using pre-produced animations, live action video, motion graphics, integration with live performance, video rolls, powerpoint files, and live IMAG. All the content was developed by USANA Studios. The custom scenic 44′h x 88′w x 40′deep finished wood and muslin panels were underlayed with steel/aluminum structure and the deck was 40′d x 88′w which included hydraulic doors and an elevator.
Stage Design: Jeffrey Berke and Michael Dolan
Projection and Pandora’s courtesy DWPLive!
For projection, they used 15 (fifteen) Barco HD18X in 5 (five) zones and 8 (eight) Pandora’s Box Servers plus a Manager. It’s pretty evident where the zones were if you look at the model ( around :27 in the video). I love seeing stuff like this because it makes me believe that the one-off gigs are coming back- that the ‘corporate staging’ market is coming around again…..remember when we all did HUGE corporate gigs that really needed technology like this? A great job by CSR and I hope to see more of it!

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LDI Week

It’s LDI Week! I am supremely bummed out that I won’t be attending this year. All indicators pointed towards going, but alas, the vagaries of life intervened (money, kids, kids….did I mention kids?). While not projection oriented, LDI has morphed into the largest show of it’s kind and projection is quite dominant nowadays. It seems the lampies have ‘seen the light’- way back when someone suggested ‘it’ll all be video one day’…..well, the rest is history. Every major manufacturer has a presence and there are a TON of projection-related classes, seminars, certification trainings, and general jaw-dropping displays of projection wonder……plus it’s in Vegas! Since it’s LDI week, that means the LD will be away and guess who gets to play squint for the next week-and-a-half? You guessed it. Me. Projectionfreak will be ‘EverythingElectricFreak’. Having been in the ranks for quite a few years before jumping ship to video, I actually kind of like being an LD (if only for a little while). You really do have to think a LOT about a LOT. Projection has almost become too easy in some respects and having to wrangle a piece-meal, older lighting rig in a 50-year-old theatre has it’s challenges!

-Look for new products from Analog Way- the Pulse PLS300, Pulse is a 10-input multi-layer hi-resolution mixer/seamless switcher and dual scaler that is suitable for large-screen applications. The unit is capable of displaying up to two live sources, with many live effects including keying and PIP animation. Inputs include two DVI, six universal analog, and two 3G/HD/SD-SDI for SDTV, EDTV, HDTV, and computer formats up to 2K, with full digital in/out processing. Outputs include two analog and digital (main and preview) for computer formats up to 2K, RGBHV, DVI, and HDTV. Having just reviewed an Analog Way switcher, this looks promising! My review of the Eikos will be up on the site this week! Keep an eye out for it…..

-From our good friends at d3 Technologies, The d3 technologies’ d3 integrated production toolkit for video production professionals is now available in a new version, R10. This new release contains all-new projection simulation tools. Auto-calibration headlines these with reduction (up to 75%) in projection setup time and higher accuracy. Keystoning and manual warping are eliminated, allowing much larger projection setups in shorter time frames. Other new features include: Luma and Chroma Key, 8K content, 1080p capture, OSC/DMX/Art-Net input, new visual effects, KiNet support, and increased third party equipment support. I have d3 Designer and as soon as I can fully grasp it’s ridiculous power, I might do a write-up on it……

-From Green Hippo, Version 3.2 of Geen Hippo’s Hippotizer brings improvement to the functionality and user-interface of the media servers. A new Interlayer Crossfade Engine allows for timed or auto crossfading between media or parameters on any layer. Preview of “next media clip” simplifies cueing. The Region Mapper enhances point-and-click functionality, with the ability to create 3D objects without point dragging. Additional features include MA Net2 implementation, Genlock HD with monitor preview, timecode control of media layers without timelines, WatchFolders, direct peer-to-peer uploading, and simultaneous syntax creation and media labeling while copying directly into Media Bank and position. The Advanced Preset Manager allows creation of presets internally and recall without external control source, while MultiSelect allows control of any number of layers at once.

-From coolux, Pandoras Box Version 5.3 media system from coolux delivers media control, playback, warping, blending, show control, interaction, broadcast multi-track audio, and media storage across a wide range of solutions. The ability to absolutely synchronize and composite in realtime large numbers of video, live inputs, and media assets onto any shape screen or surface, with complete control of all parameters from almost any interface allows for screens and surfaces of any size, stationary or moving. This show control solution interfaces to almost any external system via coolux Widget Designer PRO, DMX, SMPTE, TCP/UDP, MIDI Show, WiFi, iPad, iPhone, Web Control, MIDI, projectors, or LED. The latest Pandoras Box version also features the new uncompressed playback SSD Editions.

-From Gerriets, XL Front is a front-projection surface from Gerriets available in extremely large dimensions with no seams. It would be possible to have a seamless screen 328′ wide by 14’8″ high. An opaque backing makes the projection screen suitable for situations where it is essential to have no light bleed-through. Designed for video and HDTV format applications, it is also appropriate for theatre, studio, trade shows, and events. It is also available as XL Rear projection screen.

-From Arkaos, The ArKaos Stage Server, distributed by A.C. Lighting, offers two full HD outputs combined with the ArKaos engine to produce smooth visuals that can be programmed and played from any DMX lighting console. Engineered to ensure rugged reliability and designed for quick setup, the server ships with MediaMaster Express and a library of high-quality digital media from some of the world’s best visual content providers. The fast recovery system by Acronis allows for reset of the server from the boot menu.

-Tait Technologies, Tait developed the Pixel Tablet to form the backbone of landscape video. It is a 3″x3″ RGB unit (135mmx135mm) weighing less than 1.1 lb (.5 kg), and each unit can be handheld by members of the audience, placed in holders adaptable to any environment, or mounted on a netting system to allow coverage of any landscape or architectural façade. Tait recently manufactured 70,500 Pixel Tablets for London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, where the tablets were placed in holders on every seat in the Olympic stadium, allowing the entire stadium to become the world’s largest video screen to date, while incorporating the audience into the screen and the show itself. The units are CE- and EMC-compliant and IP65-rated.

And there’s a boatload more…..make sure to visit LDIShow.com to see the craziness….there’s going to be a lot of info coming out of this show so stay tuned!

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Run Rabbit Run!

Rabbit Hole Creative Runs a Mean Projectionmapping for Saucony’s Kinvara 3

Jake Jorgovan and the team from Rabbit Hole Creative partnered with DWP Live and Graystone Media to produce a really cool projectionmapping for the launch of the Saucony Kinvara 3 running shoe. We’ve seen projectionmapping on just about everything by now, so why not shoes? In fact, shoes make a great surface (more…)

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Telemundo in The Rabbit Hole

Jake Jorgovan and the Rabbit Hole Creative crew have outdone themselves with a well done projection-mapped set for Telemundo’s Upfront 2012 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York. They had a handful with their last big outing, the touring set for Mute Math, but it looks like this one was every bit as challenging and delivered a great result. Using 10 of the Barco HD20′s (supplied by CT Video), they were able to map the set and deliver content using 4 Pandora’s boxes (supplied by DWP Live). The set from Onset Design was painted with Screen Goo, a technique Rabbit Hole Creative has used with success in the past. Dig it!

Telemundo Upfront 2012 - Projection Mapping from Rabbit Hole Creative on Vimeo.

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Coolux Pandora’s Box Tutorials

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I wasn’t sure if I had ever posted a link to these before, but Coolux has a bunch of great tutorials on using Pandora’s Box on their website. There’s a link on our Tutorials page along with a lot of other great tutorials on everything from ISadora to Madmapper……They’ve also issued an update to Pandora’s Box, to 5.1 so make sure to head over and grab it if you’re a user. Features of the update are:
- NEW MATRIX PATCHER
The Pandoras Box Matrix Patcher introduces a new Map-View making it possible to re-locate individual pixels for creative setups when working with conventional LED processors such as Barco, Daktronics, Galaxia/Winvision, etc. When working with uncommon LED-fixture shapes, this new feature will be a time saver when it comes to repositioning pixels to fit the actual LED design.

- TIMELINE KEY PRESETS
Another major new workflow feature is the update-preset function. Pandoras Box users can now store and recall any amount of timeline keys as presets and update their data to all instances. This feature will significantly reduce the time needed to program the timelines for complex shows.

- LIGHTS & SHADOWS
The Aeon FX Engine now supports multiple lights as well as real-time shadow projection onto 3D object layers. This is yet another step toward making it easier for users to realize larger parts of the content creation and compositing process in the Pandoras Box itself. This new feature makes it easy to add a beautiful sense of spatial depth to 3D objects.

- MEDIA ENCRYPTION
coolux’s new media encryption technology will allow customers to protect exclusive content from being copied or misused, using AES 256-bit encryption algorithms. Users will have the choice between code based encryption generated within the Pandoras Box interface, or dongle-based encryption that would allow content to be played only during certain pre-defined times or on certain machines.

- DYNAMIC and 3D WARPING
The Pandoras Box’s Warper has become more flexible. The Version 5.1 continues coolux’s quest for warping excellence through allowing users to animate and control the Warper via keys in the timeline. This new development is perfect for realizing 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. Warping specialists will be able to apply global planar textures to multiple meshes.

-StreamiX
With this flexible desktop streaming and capturing tool, Pandoras Box users are able to easily stream content from one computer to another. For example: During a presentation, the presenter’s computer could be connected to a Pandoras Box system, which would get the presenter’s slide show presentation on to a big screen/projection etc. without the need for an additional capture card.

- ASIO audio tracks
All Pandoras Box 5.1 playback products will support ASIO audio tracks. The number of ASIO tracks available to each playback product will depend on the number of video layers.

- CURVE EDITOR
The Curve Editor includes improved value references, different mouse modes and an improved zoom function. The value references create a more comfortable overview for the users, who can now choose between a select, a move and a zoom tool when working with the curve editor.

And a quick video from our friends at PLSN- Coolux at InfoComm2012!

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Moment Factory In-Depth with Super Bowl XLVI

Can’t get enough of the Super Bowl Halftime show? Thought so. Here’s a vid from media magnates Moment Factory going in-depth on the production behind the production. Incredible amount of detail and work! For other posts on this crazy event, check HERE.

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Coolux Pandora’s Box 5.1 Released

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Pandora’s Box Version 5.1 has been released and is available at their DOWNLOAD SITE. This latest release offers a range of new features including AES 256-bit Media Encryption. To protect exclusive content from being copied or misused, users can choose between code based encryption generated within the Pandoras Box interface, or dongle-based encryption that would allow content to be played only during certain pre-defined times or on certain machines.

The new version 5.1 features are:
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