Mbox Media Server

**Mbox Media Server and Media Playback**

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The Mbox family of media server and media playback software gives users powerful and flexible control by working seamlessly with media playback, composition, effects, and transitions.  Mbox offers more power through modernized API’s, a fully 64-bit code-base, and better utilization of modern operating systems and hardware.  The UI allows for faster, more-flexible, and intuitive setup for outputs and content positioning.  The core concepts of the Mbox software are ease of use, speed of programming, and flexibility.

Mbox Player

A new version of Mbox called Mbox Player was released in early 2018. Mbox Player is a media playback application intended for use as single-source playback for video, still image, and text content, with support for audio playback in movies. Media clips are selected for playback using a streamlined user interface that allows clips to be sequentially linked with cuts, crossfades, and delays. Mbox Player can be used with content and outputs up to and including 4K, and allows for synchronized triggering across a network.

Mbox Player Feature Highlights

  • Simple user interface with immediate feedback
  • Flexible content and output resolution
  • Fast programming with drag and drop
  • Preview bus for lookahead, Program bus for playback
  • Remote event triggering using Mbox Player Sync

 

Mbox Media Server Software

The Mbox media server software provides great flexibility in video output quantity, size, and layout with up to 32 independently mastered outputs.  Outputs can be independent or part of a system (with blend and overlap), can be duplicated or resized easily, and can be flipped and rotated.

Mbox Media Server Feature Highlights

Three versions of the Mbox media server software are available for purchase.  Mbox Designer v4 includes every 2D and 3D feature for ultimate power and flexibility.  Mbox Studio v4 scales back on the number of playback layers, pixel mapping limits, and 3D capabilities but still has every feature that most users will ever need.  And starting in September 2018, the Studio+ upgrade allows existing Studio v4 users to expand on the capabilities of the Studio software.  Mbox Mini v4 retains the core feature set for 2D content playback and manipulation, but reduces complexity by limiting features and eliminating most 3D elements.  All three versions can be freely downloaded for testing (with only minor limitations) before purchasing a license.

 

Mbox v4 Version Comparison 9-10-18

 

Mbox Designer v4 now supports up to twenty-four layers for playback, Mbox Studio v4 supports up to twelve, and Mbox Mini v4 supports up to six.  All layers can be displayed simultaneously and can be any combination of 2D textures and 3D objects.  Mbox v4 has the ability to transition content on the same layer; the 12 layers that Mbox Studio v4 provides are like having 24 layers!  Mbox v4 has the power to handle 4K playback and output and continues to provide a substantial array of play modes and effects.  Pixel mapping and image remapping tools are included.  Built-in keystone, warp, and projection mapping allow for complex projection setups on both standard screens and 3D scenic elements.

The other applications in the Mbox media server family – Mbox Director and Mbox Remote – have been enhanced to allow them to work seamlessly with the Mbox v4 media server software. 

Used together, Mbox Director and Mbox Remote can configure and control all aspects of the Mbox server - configuration, media content synchronization, monitoring, and playback - thereby eliminating the need for a lighting console.  And as ever, Mbox continues to be one of the easiest and best media servers to use when controlled by any lighting console, either in a live or cued environment.

USB license keys for Mbox Player, Designer v4, Studio v4, or Mini v4 can be purchased from any PRG office.  A soft-license for Mbox Player, Studio, or Mini can be purchased online or directly through the application.  Upgrades for existing Mbox v3 licenses are also available.  Visit the individual product pages (Player - Designer - Studio - Mini - Director) to download the latest software revisions or click on the Software and Software Release Notes link to download older versions.

 

Have any questions about Mbox?  Contact MboxSupport@prg.com

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