Theatrixx xPressPlay Instant Media Player

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When it comes to media playback, most professional solutions available today are either laptop-based, or media-server based. This often comes with a steep learning curve and a range of reliability issues. The Instant Media Player is a hardware device that addresses the playback needs of the video, lighting and audio professionals and has currently no equivalent on the market. 

The media player has a large onboard, flash-based, storage capacity, and is capable of recognising and playing most known video, audio and image files with a minimal loading delay. The device is equipped with the necessary hardware and software to make switching between two clips instant and seamless. Failure is not an option in the pro-AV and broadcast markets and so every precaution is taken on the hardware and software side to guarantee a continued smooth operation.

The device is capable of playing back nearly any multimedia file. It is a professional device aimed at the pro-AV and broadcast markets and therefore is housed in a durable rack mount 1U enclosure and equipped with professional, locking connectors.

The device can be controlled in several ways, including its on-board OLED display and encoder, web-based interface, DMX and more. External devices such as Elgato Stream Decks can also be connected directly to the media player for increased possibilities.

Fast

  • From unboxing to playback in less than 10 minutes.
  • Instant playback, no waiting for files to load.
  • Next-generation SSD drive for quick loading.
  • High-speed USB 3.0 port for fast file transfer.

Dependable

  • Dedicated hardware for seamless 4K playback.
  • Unique “Instant Copy” button solves last minute panic situations.
  • Supports nearly all common video, picture and audio formats.
  • All solid state, no moving parts.
  • Professional, locking connectors.
  • Rugged 1U rack mount enclosure.
  • Built-in power supply.
  • Safe firmware upgrade with roll-back option.
  • Battle-proven embedded Linux operating system.

                                                       

Easy

  • No computer required for setup or operation.
  • User-friendly, web-based application for full featured control.
  • Unique model, no need to choose between several options.
  • Configurable front panel with backlit keys.
  • Native integration with Elgato StreamDeck controllers.
  • Choose between 3 modes of operation to suit your workflow.
  • Well-documented REST API for external control integration.
  • DMX, ArtNet and sACN control.
  • Files are always accessible, regardless of folder structure, thanks to the virtual file system.

For the first time, users will be able to playback content without relying either on consumer-grade computers and third-party software or media servers that may be overkill for simple playback applications. Everything, including a built-in power supply, is embedded into the device’s sturdy 1U enclosure, and all the details have been meticulously designed to make it a piece of equipment professionals can rely on. It is the first hardware-based, complete playback solution that features 4 operation different modes (Playlist, Direct, A/B Playback and the upcoming Schedule mode.) Most of the device’s functions are which can be triggered through various methods and protocols such as: 

  • Programmable, RGB backlit buttons on the front panel.
  • Elgato StreamDeck thru native support (no computer or third-party application needed)
  • Web-based interface.
  • REST API for integration with existing systems.
  • DMX, including ArtNet and sACN, allowing control of most parameters from a lighting desk
  • Support for other USB HID devices such as wireless clickers will be added shortly

By using a dedicated device instead of a laptop with multiple paths of failures, with the xPressPlay media player technicians on the job can now sure they are using something specifically built for their playback needs. It can very easily be integrated into existing workflows thanks to its flexible approach. 

For example:

  • The DMX control allows a lighting operator to synchronise its lighting and video cues seamlessly. 
  • The native StreamDeck integration allows a video operator to directly access several clips in an intuitive and graphical way, all without relying on a computer.
  • The REST API makes integrating the xPressPlay to almost any A/V system a breeze, as the device can then be controlled by other devices.
  • The network capabilities of the xPressPlay allow several devices to be linked together for multi-screen or backup purposes.
  • The device can also easily be controlled on its own, thanks to the built-in interactive front panel interface and RGB buttons.
  • The advanced onboard processing system can handle any video, picture or audio file and play it back seamlessly, in a completely transparent and intuitive manner to the user. Content can also be loaded and edited on the fly directly on the unit in last-minute scenarios, such as a presenter handing a technician a new version of his content on a USB stick minutes before going live (an all-too common occurrence in this industry). 

Inputs/Outputs

Video Output

2 x 12G/6G/3G/HD SDI BNC

HDMI 2.0 type A with locking system

DisplayPort 1.4

Audio Output

2 x Analog audio XLR (+4 dBu) with LED level meters

Multi-channel audio embedded on all video outputs

External Sync

Tri-level sync (BNC) with loop-thru (optional)

DMX input

DMX-512 input and loop-thru on XLR5 with LED indicator

Ethernet

2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports on Neutrik EtherCON locking connectors

USB

1 x USB 3.0 at front of device

1 x USB 2.0 at rear of device

Control

Local User Interface

20 user-programmable, RGB-backlit, broadcast grade buttons

Full-color graphical OLED display with pushbutton encoder navigation

Web interface

Cross-platform, cross-browser web interface

External Controller Support

Native support for Elgato StreamDeck (all models)

DMX Control

Native DMX-512 input

DMX-over-IP inputs in sACN and ArtNet

Multi-Device Sync

UDP-based synchronisation across devices

Advanced Protocols

Self-documented HTTP REST API

Video Output

Output Resolutions

3840x2160P60, 3840x2160P50, 3840x2160P30, 3840x2160P29, 3840x2160P25, 3840x2160P24, 3840x2160P23, 1920x1080P60, 1920x1080P59,

1920x1080P50,1920x1080P30, 1920x1080P29, 1920x1080P25, 1920x1080P24, 1920x1080P23, 1920x1080I60, 1920x1080I59, 1920x1080I50,

1280x720P60, 1280x720P59, 1280x720P50

Output Processing

Built-in scaling engine, adjustable AOI (Area of Interest)

Full-range colorimetry adjustments (R, G, B and Saturation)

Full-range brightness adjustment

Output Colour Space

HDMI: YUV 4:2:0 (8 bpc), YUV 4:2:2 (8 bpc), YUV 4:4:4 (8, 10, 12 bpc), RGB 4:4:4 (8, 10, 12 bpc)

DisplayPort: YUV 4:2:0 (8 bpc), YUV 4:2:2 (8 bpc), YUV 4:4:4 (8 bpc), RGB 4:4:4 (8 bpc)

12G-SDI: YUV 4:2:2 (10 bpc)

Audio Output

Audio Sample Rate

48KHz, 16 bit

Output Processing

Full-range audio volume adjustment 

Media Storage

Storage Media

Professional M.2 solid-state drive (SSD)

Storage Capacity

1 TB

File Transfer

Via web interface or directly using the USB connectors

Media File Support

Media Types

Video, still image, audio

Decoding Engine

FFmpeg

Video Codecs

Apple MJPEG-B, Apple ProRes, DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 part 2, H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10, HEVC, QuickTime (v210 / v308 / v408 / v410), WMV, FLV1/Sorenson

Audio Codecs

AAC, AAC+, AC-3, Apple lossless audio, MP1, MP2, MP3, MPEG-4 ALS, PCM, WMA,

Still Image Formats

JPEG, JPEG-2000, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF

Physical Specifications

Height 43.43 mm (1.7 in) -1 RU

Depth 178 mm (7 in)

Width 482.6 mm (19 in)

Weight 3.75 kg (8.25 lbs)

Environmental Specifications

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing

Operating Temperature

0-40 °C

Power requirements

Power Supply

Built-in power supply

PowerCON True1 in / loop-thru

Power Consumption 80W max

Voltage Range 100-240V, 50-60Hz

In the Box Theatrixx Instant Media Player

AC Mains to PowerCON True1 cable (1.5m, specify plug type at ordering, extra power cable on request)

Call DigiBox on 01582 469555 to arrange a one to one demonstration.