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PIXERA vs disguise

© disguise

Media server systems -
a product comparison

PIXERA used at One FM Starnight. Copyright: REC Tec AG
disguise used at AACHEN LEUCHTET

Both PIXERA and disguise (formerly known as d3) are state-of-the-art media server systems used in the live event, theatre and film industries. Both systems offer a wide range of features, but also vary in a number of ways. In order to elaborate on these and help you choose the right system for you, here is a short product comparison: PIXERA vs disguise.

User interface and handling

PIXERA has an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to navigate and create projects. It uses a 2D and 3D workspace concept that makes project creation and modification much easier. The disguise user interface, on the other hand, while equally functional, is also known for having a somewhat steeper learning curve. But once you have mastered it, it offers you enormous flexibility.

Real-time visualization

disguise products definitely score in the area of real-time visualisation and preview. With the “notch” integration, you can render and adjust 3D content in real time. PIXERA is also capable of real-time rendering and previewing, but disguise may be superior in this area due to its advanced features.

Integration and compatibility

Both systems are well integrated and compatible with a wide range of media formats and protocols. Which system is the right one here is decided solely by the specific application.


Costs can vary depending on specific requirements and the licensing model. Usually, disguise servers are not configurable and thus overqualified for some projects. This also leads to a corresponding price. PIXERA, on the other hand, is much more scalable and can be adapted more easily to your project and needs. This means that you only pay for the hardware and software you really need.

Scalability and performance

Both systems are capable of handling projects on a large scale. disguise is known for its ability to manage complex and large projects, while PIXERA stands out for its optimised performance and scalability.


Both PIXERA and disguise are powerful media server systems that have their own advantages and disadvantages depending on your specific needs and resources. If usability and price are important to you, PIXERA might be the more fitting choice. If real-time visualisation and integration with other systems are your top priorities, disguise might be the more suitable option.

It is important to consider the specific requirements of your project before making a decision. If you are still uncertain, feel free to contact us. Our product manager Andre Groß will help you personally.

disguise media server system

high compatibility
Notch integration
many functions

PIXERA media server system

very intuitive
optimal performance
particularly low cost

The publitec media server solution

In order for you to be able to make the most flexible decision when choosing the right technology for your next project, we have supplemented our rental offer with our self-designed high-performance workstation publitec X4000. This hardware solution is perfectly tailored for use with professional media server software. In combination with, for example, the PIXERA software, it is a promising package for many applications.