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
A type of script that helps to directly execute certain types of commands.
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.
Corporate Staging Resources recently did the Fusion-IO ION launch with non other than the Woz himself throwing the ‘Wozinator’ switch. The event was at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the gear list is as follows:
6 Barco HD20
3 Coolux Pandoras Box Media Servers
Animations created in AfterEffects with a special guest appearance by Photoshop
Projection surface integrates existing architectural details with built scenic elements
Creative Director/Producer: Jeffrey Berke, Corporate Staging
Pandora Programming: Ben Ryle, DWP Live
Animation/FX: Doug Stringham, MediaGrabbers
Projection: Jerry “Yellow Fever” Popescu, Corporate Staging
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…)
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!
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:
The latest Pandoras Box V5 REV 6799 is now available for download on the Coolux webpage
Please do not forget to log on to our download section before trying to download the file.
This version will fix the ASIO bug found in REV 6700.
- fixed color fringe around text assets
- fixed ASIO transport controls
- fixed incorrect removal of effects and particle systems in virtual devices
- fixed possible crash on startup when using a ASIO card with more than 24 channels
- fixed effect crash for certain effect combinations
- fixed incorrect video export for quicktimes and avis
- fixed possible wrong colorspace for images
- added possibility to load objects with more than 65000 vertices
- enhanced project saving (about 20 times faster)
- new MatrixPatcher Rev 24
The new Matrix Patcher introduces a new Map-View in order to make it possible to re-locate individual pixels for creative setups, when working with conventional LED processors like e.g. Barco, Daktronics, Galaxia/Winvision etc.