Connection to Media Servers
MagicQ is ideally suited to controlling media servers through its powerful Cue Engine and its large colour touch screen. The eight separate encoder wheels enable quick and easy access to the large numbers of control parameters.
MagicQ has extremely powerful support for media servers. It is possible to connect to up to 50 different media servers or intelligent media yokes each with different media content. MagicQ downloads and stores thumbnail previews for the media content from each media server independently. Thumbnails can be downloaded in real time, or once at the start of a programming session.
MagicQ has integration for many different media servers including ArKoas Media Master, Hippotizer, Hippo Critter, Catalyst, Coolux Pandoras Box, Mbox, Maxcedia, Pictural, Robe Digital Spots and many others.
MagicQ supports a special window, the Media Window, solely for controlling media servers, which is opened with the dedicated Media button. This window makes it much easier to control many different media servers. You can select media server, media layer, attributes and media content all from the same window. You can also see what content is selected on each of the layers of the selected media server.
In addition, there is a Live Preview window, which shows the output of the media server, or the output of each of the layers. This is transferred is real time from the media server - so that you can see exactly what the media server is playing. This is particularly useful in situations with many media servers, or media servers that are remote from the control position.
The MagicQ Media Window makes programming of complex media scenes very easy - layer contents can easily be moved or copied between layers. MagicQ supports 16bit values on all attributes and allows 16bit values to be viewd and modifed in full without the user having to perform difficult mental calculations.