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Please note that this device is neither available nor supported since Widget Designer version 6 and Pandoras Box version 6.4.


The Playback Extension enables a Pandoras Box Manager PRO to control up to 8 individual sequences directly, plus giving access to the command line architecture via the numeric keypad and dedicated command buttons.

Depending on the desired operation, any command line input must be started with a mode button:

"VIEW", "GROUP", "DEVICE", "SEQUENCE", "PRESET" and ends with pressing the "ENTER" key.


Within the device tree, all items are organized in nodes that the devices belong to. In the properties you can assign a unique ID for both nodes and devices. For example if you have a Pandoras Box Server in the device tree, its node ID might be set to 1 and the individual layer ID count from 1 to 10.

DEV 1.5 Enter
to select layer 5 of node 1.

Once a device is selected, you may use the encoders to adjust the parameters values.
To select multiple devices you can keep adding devices to you current selection by simply selecting another one.
To clear your current selection press "CLEAR" once.
You may also use the "+" or "THRU" key to select multiple devices at once. For example: DEV 1.1 thru 1.10 Enter or DEV 1.1 + 1.3 Enter.

Once you start changing values with the encoders, wiper or joystick, all changed values will turn red and get indicated as active values. Active values will be processed during a store-operation. If a parameter is inactive it will not be stored at any time.
To de-activate and reset individual values to default, hold down the "RELEASE" key and turn the desired parameter encoder. In the device tree, the same operation can be achieved by right-clicking on the individual parameter and choosing "CLEAR ACTIVE". If you want to clear all active values you may also double click the "CLEAR" button. To reset all parameters back to default you may click the "CLEAR" button three times.

The same commands are also available from the right-click menus in the user-interface in the device tree or by right-clicking in the time-bar of a sequence.

Device Command Overview

[Preview DEV 1 Enter]
switches the Preview window to display the selected device

[Dev 1.1 Enter]
selects device 1.1 and allows access to encoders and parameters

[Dev1.1 + 1.2 Enter]
selects device 1.1 and 1.2

[Dev1.1 thru 1.11 Enter]
selects all devices from ID 1.1 to 1.11

Based on the align setting <, >, <> or >< when multiple devices are selected you may align the parameters according to the align setting.

[Clear 1x]
Clear Selection

[Clear 2x]
Clear Active

[Clear 3x]
Reset All

[Release + Encoder]
de-activates and resets parameters to default of current selection

[Dev 1.1 Enter Enter]
sets all parameters of selected devices to active

[ @@ ]
sets opacity value to 255 (100%)


If you need to control a single layer on multiple machines or to add the same values to multiple layers at once, the device tree control tab allows you to select multiple devices at the same time by clicking and holding the [Ctrl] key.
All selected device icons will turn white, showing that they are selection members.

To release the current selection press [Esc] or [Clear] once.

Please note:
When multiple devices are selected, all changes of parameter values will apply to all members of the selection.

Creating & Editing Groups

Once a single or multiple devices is/are selected, you can store this specific selection as a group in the group bin of the project tab.

To create a group, please select the desired devices, then right-click on the group bin in the project folder and choose ‘create group' or type "Store GRP 5 Enter" to create a new group of the current selection with the ID 5.

To delete a group, right-click on the group element in the project and choose "REMOVE" or type "Delete GRP 5 Enter".

HINT: When working in device tree editing, you may also use the right-click menu on groups to determine if the members of the group should be activated, de-activated or reset.


Individual preset banks can be created by right-clicking on the preset folder in the project tab.
For each folder you may open a designated browser as a tab to be stored in views.
The presets are designed to hold a snap shot of active values, to be reused for later programming.

Presets apply to all selected devices. As source, the first stored values for each individual type of parameter are taken. When creating a preset with two layers that have different opacity values only the opacity value for the first selected layer will be applied when assigning the preset on a selected device. Applying a preset always causes setting relevant parameters to active.

The preset folder contains default preset banks for active value filtering during store operation.

This means that by right-clicking on any of these categories only the parameters that match the category group will be stored there as a new preset.


All Parameters


Opacity, Transition FX


Position, Rotation, Scale


File Selection, Playback Controls


Object Selection


Colour FX




Video FX


Camera Control Settings

Preset Commands

[Store|ID.ID|Enter ]
stores a new preset with specified ID.

deletes selected preset.

if no device is selected, the preset will recall the value to the stored selection
If devices are selected, the selected preset will be assigned to the entire selection.


To create a new timeline, enter the following on the console:
"Store SEQ 1 Enter" or simply right-click on the sequences folder in the project tab.

Once the timeline is created, you will have access to it in the sequence tab by selecting it in the project bin.

Similar to the device control, all sequences can have a unique ID within the project. The ID can be set during the store operation from the console or via the properties of the sequence itself.

To load a SEQ into the Jog/Shuttle controller type "SEQ 1 Enter"

To load the SEQ into the sequence tab type "Edit SEQ 1 Enter"

To go to a specific timecode in the selected sequence type "Goto Time hhmmssff Enter"

Time-format is interpreted like this: Hours minutes seconds frames.

You can also type in "1000" => timecode 00:00:10:00.

To generate these new keys in the timeline, you will then have to right-click on the time-bar and choose "Store active" or type "Store Enter" to store all active values at the current time in the selected sequence.


Store|Enter – stores all active values at current time of selected sequence.

Store|Seq|X|Enter – stores new sequence with ID X.

Store|Cue – stores new cue at current time of selected sequence.

Delete|Seq|X|Enter – deletes specific sequence.

Seq|X|Enter – selects Seq X and loads to Jog/Shuttle Controller.

Goto|Time|XX|Enter – jumps to Timecode XX. Use syntax HMSF or e.g. "105" for Timecode 00:00:01:05

Goto|Cue|XX|Enter or Goto|XX|Enter  – jumps to Cue XX

Goto|Time|+/-|HMSF|Enter  – relative movement in the current sequence with the time value HMSF.

Store|Time|HMSF|Playback button  – stores active values to the sequence controlled by playback button.

Store|Cue|XX|Enter  – stores active values at time of cue XX in selected sequence.

Store|Cue|XX|Time|HMSF|Enter  – creates cue with ID xx at time HMSF in selected sequence.

Store|@|Cue|XX|Enter  – stores active values and creates cue XX in selected sequence.

Store|@|Cue|XX|Time|HMSF|Enter  – stores active values and creates cue with ID XX at time HMSF in selected sequence.

Delete|Cue|ID|Enter  – deletes selected cue.

Delete|Cue|ID|Thru|ID|Enter  – deletes cues within selected ID range.

Delete|Time|HMSF|Enter  – deletes all keys at selected time.

Delete|Time|HMSF|Thru|HMSF|Enter  – deletes all keys in selected time range, independent of activation of selection of devices.

Delete|@|Cue|ID|Enter  – deletes all keys at time of the selected cue ID.

Delete|@|Cue|ID|Thru|ID|Enter  – deletes all keys in selected sequence which are between the entered Cue IDs.

Delete|TYP|...|Enter, with TYP @, Cue, or Time  – can now be applied to another sequence than the selected sequence, if directly after "DELETE" follows the number of the sequence.

View Commands

Store|ID|Enter  – stores the current view-layout as a new view with specified ID.

Delete|ID|Enter  – deletes selected view ID.