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coolux New Pandoras Box Version 5.7, and New QUAD ID Tags at LDI

coolux presented their new Pandoras Box Software at this year’s LDI in Las Vegas, in addition to showing their new QUAD ID Tags for the first time.

coolux presented their new Pandoras Box Software Version 5.7 at this year’s LDI in Las Vegas, in addition to showing their new QUAD ID Tags for the first time.

QUAD ID Tags are the latest coolux product development focussing on cutting edge tracking scenarios. The actual QUAD ID Tag is encased in a robust black belt pack, that also includes batteries. Up to four small tracking LED connector cables can be attached to the pack, that can either all share the same ID or can have different IDs. Having four LEDs refer to the same ID can be an advantage when creating double and triple backup solutions to make sure that a person or object being tracked will be visible to motion tracking cameras at all times, not depending on the objects’ rotation/orientation.

One of the most impressive new Pandoras Box Version 5.7 features is the “Venue Sites” feature. “Venue Sites” are used for visualising complete stage-, installation- and show-setups in real-time, using 3D models. Media content can be pre-programmed per output and can then be routed to different 3D models this way. What is special about “Venue Sites” is that instead of just offering a standard 3D mapping approach for pre-visualisation, one can now use a real-time compositing environment as a complete whole to simulate video projectors virtually, using a light projection approach. Media content and content compositing can be used completely independently from the visualised 3D scenes. The ability to seamlessly switch from one Venue Site to another makes comparing different design scenarios very easy and helps to save valuable time and costs. Another important aspect of “Venue Sites” relates to being able to test and play around with the simulations of complex media installations. This way, one can for example train oneself to set up a spherical projection or a softedge projection without having to use real projectors in the process.

New Text Input: Version 5.7 includes a completely re-designed text editor. Different font styles can now be used within a single text asset. An automatic horizontal and vertical scrolling capability is also part of this crucial tool’s latest development. When working with the new text editor, one can even use and add an unlimited amount of text to a continuous text stream.

Advanced ASIO and HD-SDI Audio Routing: The latest Pandoras Box audio feature development makes it possible to input ASIO sound as well as HD-SDI embedded audio, opening up a whole new world of real-time media compositing. Users can route, delay and record ASIO inputs. Sound data can be used on ASIO tracks and programmed to the timeline, including different delays for different output signal chains. Audio inputs can now be arranged on any Pandoras Box timeline, or can alternatively be triggered via external commands. In addition to these major features, a whole range of helpful improvements for a “Pixel-Oriented Workflow” were integrated as well, in order to reflect the Pandoras Box’s true pixel accuracy even more.

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