Mbox® Family of Products

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® Player is a media playback application intended for use as single-source playback for video, still image, and text content, including support for audio playback. 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 output up to and including 4K,and allows for synchronized triggering across a network.

Three versions of the Mbox media server software are available.  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.  The Studio+ license upgrade allows existing Studio v4 users to expand several core 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 Designer v4 supports 24 layers for playback, Mbox Studio/Studio+ v4 supports 12, and Mbox Mini v4 supports 6.  All layers can be displayed simultaneously and can be any combination of 2D textures and 3D objects.  Mbox v4 has the ability to transition between different content on the same layer; making the 12 layers that Mbox Studio provides 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. 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.

Mbox offers more power through modernized API’s, a fully 64-bit codebase, 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.

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