d3 2U v1.0

The power of d3 in a small 2U form factor.
Your choice for fixed installations and smaller events and productions.


Industrial ruggedised components

d3 systems are built on industrial components with a chassis that is among the most rugged on the market. Designed for touring with customisations to make sure the internal components stay where they should, even if you bounce it around the country on the back of a truck.

Professional components are used in the d3 product range, developed over years of touring experience by people like you. We are committed to continuing to offer the right product for the job.

Integrate with devices

The d3 2U is packed with input/output capabilities. With 2 x Gigabit ethernet ports, you can have one Art-Net or KiNET output and one device network simultaneously. The 4 x USB 2.0 slots give you the external device or backup hard-drive access at super quick speeds, plus 2 x COM ports for those who prefer analogue.

Graphics power

The professional graphics card in the d3 2U packs a huge punch for its size, making it the perfect solution for smaller video applications and installation environments. The GPU features 2GB of blazing-fast GDDR5 memory, 512 stream processors, and support for three simultaneous monitor outputs from a single slot card.


Latest i7 processor

The latest 2U v1 System comes equipped with the very latest Intel Core i7, featuring 4 cores with 8 concurrent threads when using Hyper-Threading, it operates at 2.88GHz. The system can drive .dxv, animation and photo jpg content at up to 4K resolution and is ideal for fixed lighting installations and touring LED shows.


Flexible video input

The d3 2U offers video capture from uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit HD-SDI and standard definition SDI cameras. The single card gives 1 x HD-SDI or 2 x SD-SDI, as the multi-channel capability. Supports 525 NTSC, 625 PAL, 720p and 1080i; SMTPE 292M, SMPTE 344M and SMPTE 259M. This powerhouse can map live 1080p HD-SDI input at 60fps with less than 3 frames of latency.


Solid State Media Storage

Built with the quality, reliability, and durability that lives up to the OCZ name, the Vector Series easily integrates into the d3 System and features TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive’s lifespan as the ultimate Windows 7 companion.
With read rates of up to 550Mb/s this device will give you the ability to store more, play more and deliver more.


Removable Media Drives

Featuring a 4 bay removable Media Drive array, meaning you can swap your drives around at will. Coming as standard with a single 512Gb SSD, but with three expansion bays, there is plenty of room for all that high-res content. When you want to back up, quickly swap out a show, duplicate or copy, just add another drive to the media drive bay for instant access to complete peace of mind.


Tech Specs 2U 1.0

Bundled Software
d3 Proprietary Full d3 Production Suite
3rd Party Quicktime Pro, GoToAssist, MacDrive 9, DMX Workshop
Media File Specifications
Video Playback .mov (anim, pjpg, dxv)
Still image formats .png, .jpeg, .bmp, .tif
Audio file formats .mp3, .wav, .aiff
3d mesh format .obj
Physical Specifications
Unit dimensions W: 484mm (19.0'') H: 89mm (3.5'') D: 465mm (18.3'')
Unit weight     11.35kg (25.0lb)
Packed dimensions W: 700mm (27.6'') H: 330mm (13.0'') D: 630mm (24.8'')
Packed unit weight     17.65kg (38.9lb)
Mounting system     2U 19” rack mount
Hardware Specifications
Voltage 100-240V,50-60Hz, 5-8 amps
Power Consumption 400W (max)
Operating System Windows 7 Professional
CPU Intel i7 2.88Ghz Quad Core
Memory 4GB DDR3 RAM
Environmental Tolerances Temperature: 5-35°C (40°-95°F)
Humidity: 5%-95% (non-condensing)
Altitude: 0-8850 ft (0-2700m)
Audio Asus MO Audio 888
DVD+-RW Dual Layer Drive
Storage 1 x 80GB SSD (Internal System Drive)
1 x 480GB SSD (Removable Media Drive)
System Connectivity - Outputs
Video 1 x DVI (DualLink)
2 x DisplayPort (2560 x 1600 Max)
Analogue audio 3.5mm stereo audio jack
MIDI Via optional external USB interface
Artnet via Gigabit ethernet
System Connectivity - Inputs
Video 2 x SD-SDI / 1 x HD-SDI
Analogue audio 3.5mm stereo audio jack
MIDI Via optional external USB interface
Artnet via Gigabit ethernet
System Connectivity - General
Data/Peripherals 4 x USB 2.0
Network Dual Gigabit ethernet
Bundled accessories
Bundled accessories Keyboard, Mouse, Power Cable, Mouse Mat, Getting Started Guide, Manual, DisplayPort to DVI Adapters, 500GB USB External Backup Drive, Warranty Information
Support, Updates and Warranties
License subscription package includes 3yrs hardware warranty
(Return To Base)

* Based on Major Release 11, Revision 10039. Hardware shipped prior to July 2013. Vertex 2 Media drive.

2U Perfomance data*

Video outputs only 1 (.mov) 2  
DXV with Alpha-Channel 2
Photo-JPEG 2
Animation with Alpha 2
Video output & HD-SDI input 3 (.mov)  
HAP/DXV Coming soon
HAP-Q Coming soon
DXV with Alpha-Channel Coming soon
Photo-JPEG Coming soon
Animation with Alpha Coming soon
Video output, HD-SDI input & DMX output 4 (.mov)  
DXV with Alpha-Channel 1
Photo-JPEG 1
Animation with Alpha 1

* Based on Major Release 11.2 All tests carried out with gen-locked output heads with the same resolutions

** These figures are based on an average video bitrate of 19MB/s. Performance may vary depending on specific project setup. (live video input, Bitmaps, screen resolutions, etc.)

*** Based on 8 layers of 4K (3840x2160) playing simultaneously

1 3 x 1920x1080 @ 60Hz

2 Quicktime Codecs

3 As above, with the addition of 1 x 1080i live video input. d3 running in Full Speed Mode.

4 As above, with the addition of 10 universes of DMX output.


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Pre-Vis in 3d
Simulate projectors
Sequence to the beat
Configure multiple outputs feeds
Render stage movies
Render feed movies
Render feed max size 2048 2048 8192 16384 16384
Set-up device integration
Act as session editor
Live camera input Hardware Specific
Act as Master/Slave
Receive device signals Hardware Specific
Output to screens Watermarked
Output DMX Watermarked
Chassis Not Applicable 2U Std Rackmount case 4U Industrial Rackmount Case d3 designed rugged chassis d3 designed rugged chassis
Digital Outputs Not Applicable 2x DL-DVI 4x DP1.1 4x DL-DVI Varied by output card
Illuminated rear panel Not Applicable
PCI-E expansion connector Not Applicable
10Gbit media network ports Not Applicable 1 2
1Gbit network ports Not Applicable 2 2 2 2
Rear mounting brackets Not Applicable
Neutrik rugged connectors Not Applicable
Replaceable rear connector plates Not Applicable
OLED text status display Not Applicable
USB speed Not Applicable 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0
FW 800 Not Applicable
CPU Not Applicable i7 Quad Core i7 Quad Core E5 2.6Ghz Hexa Core E5 3.5Ghz Hexa Core
GPU memory Not Applicable W5000 DVI v8800 W8000 W9100
GPU memory Not Applicable 2GB 2GB 4GB 16GB
Max texture size px Not Applicable 8192 8192 16384 16384
Replaceable media drive caddies Not Applicable SSD Tray SSD Tray Ruggedised 2x SSD caddy Ruggedised 2x SSD caddy
Media drives shipped Not Applicable 1x 480GB 1x 480GB 2x 512GB 4x 512GB
Media drive capacity (high speed) Not Applicable 2x 1TB 2x 1TB 2x 1TB 8x 1TB
Max 3G-SDI inputs Not Applicable 2 2
Max HD-SDI inputs Not Applicable 1 2 4 4
Max SD-SDI inputs Not Applicable 2 4 4 4
Genlock in Not Applicable
Genlock thru Not Applicable
Balanced audio in/out Not Applicable
Locking power connector & pass thru Not Applicable
MIDI in/outputs Not Applicable
ADAT I/O Not Applicable
DMX (via Artnet) in/out Not Applicable


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