coolux IBC2008 Preview

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IBC2008 Preview coolux GmbH Stand 11.E80

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coolux(R) is a world-leading provider of award-winning solutions for real-time, on-location media control, compositing, editing, and 3D image processing. Based in Köln, Germany, with its international office in Agoura, Calif., coolux is preferred by customers around the globe in television/broadcast, touring/concert, performing arts, and architectural markets. Additional information is available at


coolux at IBC2008:

Pandoras Box Media System 4.1 Software

At IBC2008, coolux will present the new release of the award-winning Pandoras Box (PB) Media Server software, version 4.1. New and enhanced features include the latest Pandoras Box Warp Engine, video processing capability with field and frame blending, and new HD and SD de-interlacing options on the ultra-low latency HD/SD-SDI input cards. All add to the Pandoras Box system's robust feature set for live video playback.

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Pandoras Box Warp Engine

The PB Warp Engine is a unique image-shaping tool that enables quick and accurate projection of complex objects to almost any shape and surface. The output from multiple PB servers can be adjusted for real-time compositing and reproduction onto any curved or non-planar screen. The simple adjustment of complex shapes via Bézier curves allows parallel curves and single-point editing. The various curves and editing points, as well as resolution, are easily modifiable to match even the most demanding structures, setting new industry standards in video playback capability.

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Pandoras Box Frame-Blending

PB Frame-Blending allows for the speed of video playback to be continuously adjusted in real-time. To process slow-motion playback, new frames are calculated in real-time to match the actual framerate. This function is vital when playback speed must be matched to music or to track the motion of dynamic video scenery. Until now frame-blending had been restricted to videos with non-embedded audio. With PB Frame-Blending, this is no longer the case as audio is now handled in real-time as well.

Pandoras Box De-Interlacing Options

The new HD and SD field-based de-interlacing function provides maximum resolution through computing and recalculating of all available fields. Unlike the conventional top and bottom field de-interlacing methods, all fields are recalculated and blended in real-time without losing resolution and preserving all fields and frames. This function allows for advanced and smooth video playback on progressive displays. All Pandoras Box Media System products now include the de-interlacing options for top-field, bottom-field, and field-blending, giving users the right tools to react to various video needs on the fly.

Pandoras Box Widgets and Versatile Tools

With PB Widgets, a whole new set of control and connection possibilities is now a reality for coolux clients. The free downloadable widgets offer application-based tools for the integration of customized interfaces catering to client specific needs. The PB Widget Designer allows users to customize control panels for Pandoras Box products. Buttons, faders, and more are created to control any function including cues and sequences. Various designs and layouts can be saved and retrieved at any time. Additionally, via the Pandoras Box Media Net network, multiple control panels can be implemented and accessed. The PB Widget Designer can be used as either a controller extension or as an optional input device for multimedia applications. It is a simple and effective tool for designing interfaces according to the specific need of the customer — from simple presets to fully interactive touchscreen control of Pandoras Box devices — minimizing development and eliminating complex programming. The Pandoras Box Switcher is a preset-based playback interface for live shows and events. With eight submasters, each featuring eight individual presets and a fader, as well as go-buttons and programmable fade duration, the switcher allows for cues and presets to be recalled at any time. The switcher can be controlled via mouse or touch-screen, and can be installed on any number of PC systems running Windows(R) XP over the Pandoras Box Media Net network. The PB Widget Designer and Switcher along with the SPARK and PB Automation tools are available for download at


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Be sure to check out the unique geometric projection display in the main lobby of IBC2008 to see the Pandoras Box Media System live in action. ENDS