Coolux Pandora’s Box Tutorials

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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