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1. What is the main difference between FXServer and Stage Designer?

The FXServer is hardware and software, the Stage Designer is software only. Both are called Mediaservers.

2. Why do you offer systems with hardware?

Our mediaserver software performs very well with carefully chosen hardware. Some features require special hardware. It takes a lot of experience and time to test and combine available computer hardware into a good system that ensures full power, reliability, silence and extensibility.

3. Does my system run the software? Does my Mac run the software?

Technically speaking so-called GPUs are needed to run the software. Today almost all dedicated and integrated graphic boards offer this. But the performance differences are huge. If you are not sure, do not hesitate to ask at the forum.

4. How many frames latency do i get when i use live cameras?

This greatly depends on the capture devices. DV cameras are the worst, they bring up to half a second delay. Best are PCIe framegrabbers. Using some time oversampling techniques you can achieve a delay of less than 120ms, which is less than 3 frames.

5. Where do i place the server hardwar? I have 50/70/120 metres from my studio to the stage.

The FXServer offers DVI or VGA output. You can extend them both easily using modern extension techniques: either use VGA-over-Ethernet extenders or DVI-over-Optical extenders.

6. Which video format/codec do you recommend?

There are virtually thousands of different formats and codecs out there. Generally speaking, a good compromise between quality and bitrate is still MPEG 2. Modern MPEG 4 (h264) codecs are less usable in an event world. Since out servers operate on screen sizes up to 8000 pixels in width, we offer image sequences as a media format, the professionals choice in the compositing and postproduction area. Please see Video Codecs for further details.

7. Are the Mac and the Windows versions exactly the same?

There are differences: some functionality is included by third parties as binary plugins ( .dll ) - they do not work under osx. Examples are Soundlight DMX devices, native Adobe Flash and e:cue butler connectivity.