Design. Pitch. Win.
d3 Designer is the software only version of our d3 production suite, which enables designers, project managers and technicians to work on a unified communication and collaboration platform.
From conceptual pre-visualisation through technical specification, sequencing and content compositing all the way to technical set-up, d3 Designer is the flexible but powerful solution.
d3 supports the MultiEdit feature from r11 onwards, whereby multiple laptops with d3 Designer can join a session hosted on a d3 rackmount server and continue to work on the show.
This means production times are dramatically reduced, as teams can split up and simultaneously work on projection calibration and soft edge blending, while the front of house team can work together to sequence and manipulate content tracks. In the meantime, the production team can review sequences in real-time over a network. Now that’s dividing and conquering.
See Networking features
Pre-visualise your design
Navigate through your project in real-time and in 3D in d3’s stage simulator. Add screens, lights, and projectors; including their lenses. Pick the perfect camera angles and render fly-through movies to present to your client and win that pitch.
d3’s advanced 3D stage simulator gives you a pixel-perfect view of your stage & screens, allowing for excellent communication between technical and creative teams.
See real-time simulation features
Design and test your content
Use d3’s advanced content mapping features to easily map content onto multiple LED, projection and DMX-based screens of any shape and form, whether static or moving.
Because d3 knows the exact position of every pixel, you can now throw content into the stage from any angle, even onto the most complex group of surfaces. With the right type of content mapping you’ll have your content up on the screens in no time.
See content mapping features
Simulate projector placements and lens options
Project content onto the most complex three-dimensional projection objects using d3’s Projector Simulation toolkit.
Fully understand the technical limitations of your show by modelling it up-front; projector resolution, lens type, throw distance can all be worked out in advance.
With the new d3 R11 MultiEdit feature, multiple operators with d3 Designers can collaborate in real time to line-up the projector outputs.
see projector simulation features
Sequence the show in the office
Use d3’s intuitive timeline and layer tools including powerful 3D content mapping for easy control of unlimited layers of media.
Easily beat-map audio, sequence to the beat or to the frame, and sync the timeline using a range of industry standard protocols.
Pass content layers into effect layers to make your own creations, while controlling moving lights, tracking moving scenery, and controlling any device.
See sequencing features
Prepare your outputs
d3’s unique feed scene editor allows for real-time control of any output, including those of virtual displays from within a master/slave network.
For your LED outputs, move, scale, rotate, mirror, crop, duplicate and mask out an unlimited amount of content rectangles across all outputs.
Use the QuickCal line-up feature to line up your projector outputs, and add additional feedwarp if needed, as well as adding your dynamic blending textures.
See output configuration features
Tech Specs d3 Designer
|Bundled software||d3 Production Suite|
|Design and Pre-visualise||
Build and save projects
Render visualiser movies to file
Make screen grab files
Transfer project to d3 system
Output video with watermark
Output DMX with watermark
Render feed outputs movies to file
|3rd party software||Quicktime Pro|
|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|
|Minimum Hardware Specifications|
Windows 7 Professional & Ultimate, Windows 8 Professional.
32bit & 64bit supported.
|CPU||Intel i5 2.3Ghz Quad Core or above|
1GB Video RAM
Please note: Virtual Machines (like Parallels) do not support running d3
|Support, Updates and Warranties|
|Annual license subscription package includes||
1 years free software upgrades
1 years support (via phone or email)
Unlimited knowledge base access
Performance data d3 Designer*
Layers of HD**
|Video outputs only 1 (.mov) 2|
|DXV with Alpha-Channel||7|
|Animation with Alpha||3|
|Video output & HD-SDI input|
|DXV with Alpha-Channel||N/A|
|Animation with Alpha||N/A|
|Video output, HD-SDI input & DMX output|
|DXV with Alpha-Channel||N/A|
|Animation with Alpha||N/A|
*Based on Major Release 11, Revision 10039
MacbookPro Spec: Mid 2012 Retina, Bootcamped Windows 32Bit OS, 2GHz I7 CPU, 8GB RAM, G-force GT 650M 1024MB GPU, Apple 500GB SSD Media Drive
** 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.)
1 GUI only, not outputting on any other output heads
2 Quicktime Codecs
|d3 Designer||2x2plus||2x4pro (NEW)||4x4pro||4x2pro (discontinued)|
|Pre-Vis in 3d|
|Sequence to the beat|
|Configure multiple outputs feeds|
|Render stage movies|
|Render feed movies|
|Render feed max size||2048||8192||16384||16384||16384|
|Set-up device integration|
|Act as session editor|
|Live camera input||Hardware Specific||Hardware Specific|
|Act as Master|
|Act as Slave|
|Act as Understudy|
|Receive device signals||Hardware Specific|
|Output to screens||Watermarked|
|VFC card support||Not Applicable|
|Chassis||Not Applicable||2U Industrial Rackmount Case / Custom face||d3 designed rugged chassis||d3 designed rugged chassis||d3 designed rugged chassis|
|Digital Outputs||Not Applicable||2x DL-DVI + 1x DVI||Varied by output card||Varied by output card||4x DL-DVI|
|Illuminated rear panel||Not Applicable|
|PCI-E expansion connector||Not Applicable|
|10Gbit media network ports||Not Applicable||2||2||1|
|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||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0|
|FW 800||Not Applicable|
|CPU||Not Applicable||3.7Ghz Xeon Quad Core||3.7Ghz Xeon Quad Core||E5 3.5Ghz Xeon Hexa Core||E5 2.6Ghz Xeon Hexa Core|
|Max texture size px||Not Applicable||8192||16384||16384||16384|
|Replaceable media drive caddies||Not Applicable||4x Ruggedised SSD caddy||2x Ruggedised SSD caddy|
|Media drives capacity (shipped)||Not Applicable||1x 512GB||1x 2TB||2x 1TB||1x 1TB|
|Max SSD drive allowed||Not Applicable||1||8||4|
|Max 3G-SDI inputs||Not Applicable||Hardware Specific||2||2||2|
|Max HD-SDI inputs||Not Applicable||Hardware Specific||4||4||4|
|Max SD-SDI inputs||Not Applicable||Hardware Specific||4||4||4|
|Genlock in||Not Applicable|
|Balanced audio in/out||Not Applicable||Hardware Specific|
|Locking power connector & pass thru||Not Applicable|
|MIDI in/outputs||Not Applicable||Hardware Specific|
|ADAT I/O||Not Applicable||Hardware Specific|
|Art-Net (via ethernet) In/Out||Not Applicable|
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Get into d3 with our free downloadable trial. Use it for training and evaluation and test out features by building your stage and screens and bringing in content. You cannot save your project with d3 Trial, but we do have a range of ready projects for you to play around with if you don’t want to start from scratch. Simply fill in our enquiry form to receive our d3 Trial email for download.
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