Audio Formats

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To playback audio with Pandoras Box, you have two options.

ASIO Audio Device

Firstly, you may use dedicated ASIO devices or native Dante to play audio files from Audio Tracks.

Pandoras Box supports all common ASIO sound cards. The chapter "Input and Output Cards" lists all boards we offer. Additionally, PB supports Dante natively since version 8. Pandoras Box Licenses are natively supporting 32 input and 32 output channels without the need of any hardware, driver configuration or licensing.
PB offers audio and video playback synchronization to the audio clock via dedicated Audio Tracks. The Pandoras Box Software License offers unlimited Audio Tracks.

Audio tracks can play and synchronize:
- PCM Wave files
   16, 24 or 32bit
   mono and stereo
   sample rate should be supported by sound card
 
- audio channels from input cards
   embedded audio channels from HDMI 2.0 input cards or 12G-SDI Input Cards or dedicated audio channels from audio inputs cards
   in- and output sample rate should match

More details regarding the setup and use of ASIO or Dante in Pandoras Box can be found in the chapters "Audio Tracks" and "Configuration tab > ASIO Audio".

Audio delay settings are available in the Inspector per Resource, Layer or on Clip Level. That enables you to set up different delays for different output signal chains.

Next to the feature to input, route and delay audio inputs, it is possible to record ASIO inputs via the Audio and Video Recording tab.

Windows Audio Device

Secondly, you may use Video Layers to playback:
- video files with an embedded audio stream (such as MPEG2 or MP4 but also some MOV or AVI files (depending on the codec used inside))
- audio without a video part (WAV, MP3, WMA).

The audio device from which you will hear sound depends on your Windows settings where you can define the default audio device. Note that you can also "preview" sound with your Master if you enable to "Preview" the respective Client.

Important: Please be aware that audio files and videos with embedded audio playing on a Video Layer cannot be synchronized as with the ASIO option mentioned above, simply due to the used technology. For applications where video and audio files need to perfectly synchronized at any time of the show it is mandatory to use proper video formats and the ASIO option. However, Video Layers still provide a decent alternative for all other applications.

 
To convert audio formats or transcode video files with embedded audio, there are a numerous of converter tools available. It is also worth to check out the optional Encoder Extension for Pandoras Box.

The next topics describe other content formats, such as single images, image sequences and videos.