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Martin ShowDesigner 6 is the best real-time 3D visualizer on the market. Its newly designed 3D engine provides photorealistic rendering in real-time using the latest DirectX technology. 
On MSD 6’s user-friendly timeline control you can create complex presentations including lighting, video, animated scenery, camera motion and animated smoke effects.
The user interface has been completely redesigned with a modern look, offering you a rapid workflow to quickly drag and drop fixtures, objects and textures as well as instant access to any object’s properties. 
MSD 6™ is Vectorworks-friendly and through a Windows-based plug-in, Vectorworks files can be exported and imported into MSD 6. 
The intelligent system learns from previous conversions to choose the right MSD fixture type to replace Vectorworks fixtures. 
MSD 6 also comes with its own 3D modeling app to quickly build objects and materials or import DXF, DWG and native SketchUp formats along with all textures and UV maps. 

MSD 6 is available in two versions: MSD 6 Pro™ and MSD 6 Lite™. 
Whilst the Pro version has every possible feature to pre-visualize lighting and video in 3D, integrate moving scenery, create video animation and paper presentation, the MSD 6 Lite version offers essential features to do 3D pre-visualization. 
Working closely with an array of lighting professionals from both the entertainment and architectural worlds, Martin has condensed the key elements in the MSD software into MSD 6 Lite, while the more advanced features such as static rendering, video rendering, dynamic objects and paperwork module are found in the Pro version. 
MSD 6 Lite will appeal to users who simply need to program or visualize shows dynamically. 

By separating MSD 6 into two different packages, Martin gives you a choice that will let you select exactly what you need.
If your needs change, you can upgrade your version via the online store at 

  • Real-time 3D visualization of the scene from multiple viewports simultaneously
  • 3D Virtual Reality video rendering
  • Import of 2D and 3D AutoCAD DXF, DWG, SketchUp and Vectorworks for PC to MSD exported files


  • Real-time 3D visualization of the scene from multiple viewports simultaneously
  • Fixture beams show true-life light distribution
  • Import of 2D and 3D AutoCAD DXF, DWG, SketchUp and Vectorworks for PC to MSD exported files
  • Fixture library covers most manufacturers and fixtures


Control and ProgrammingControl of all fixture parametersProgramming and storage of cuesFixture libraries (complete range of Martin™ and other fixture definitions included)User-customizable object librariesDrag-and-drop objects, fixtures and textures directly in the sceneFixtures automatically patched to free DMX addressPaperwork utility prints plot and equipment listSolid rendering of scenesPan/tilt of beams, indexed/rotating gobos, iris effects, color wheels, CMY mixing, shutter/dimmer/strobe, zoom, color scrolling, framingFeatures below available in Pro version onlyLive video input for screen, static and moving video projector simulationCuelist for direct playbackDMX viewer monitors inbound and outbound dataPhoto-realistic renderingLight meter tool calculates light level on surfaceDynamic objects controlled by DMX include motor, track, elevator and multi-hoist platform
Minimum System RequirementsWindows 7, 8.1 or 10 (32-bit)Intel Core i54 GB RAM500 MB available hard disk spaceGraphics card 1024x768, HW support for DirectX 9 incl.HW support for Transform & Lighting (T&L), vertex & pixel shaders v.2USB port for Martin One-Key™ software protection dongleUSB port if using Martin™ M-DMX USB InterfaceNetwork connection required for communication with other controller or Ethernet box via LAN (Art-Net, sACN, Compulite, Avolites, MA1, HOG)Full administrator rights on PC
RecommendedWindows 10 (64-bit)Quad core processor8+ GB RAM2 GB available hard disk spaceGraphics card min. 1024x768, hardware accelerated, 2048 MB VRAM, DirectX 11 support (ATI and NVIDIA recommended)
ConnectionsConnects to any controller that has DMX output (Martin M-DMX™ DMX Interface required), Art-Net or sACNConnects to other controller or Ethernet box via LAN (Martin M-Series™ via Art-Net, sACN, Compulite, Avolites, MA1, HOG)Connects to various applications using internal driver (Martin M-PC™, Martin LightJockey™)Fast Net Render (MSD Pro™ only) allows networked rendering across multiple Windows-based PCs
Ordering InformationCan be ordered from Martin™Martin ShowDesigner 6 Pro™, 5-year license only: P/N 39808040Martin ShowDesigner 6 Pro Lite™, 5-year license only:P/N 39808041Also available from www.martinshowdesigner.comMartin ShowDesigner 6 Pro™ for StudentsOne-year license plan


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file type icon Martin ShowDesigner Spec Sheet-English
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Service Notes
file type icon Martin One-Key License request and installation procedure
en version F, updated: Oct 2020
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Tech Notes
file type icon Martin One-key Online Backup
updated: Dec 2017
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Hints And Tips
Martin One-Key online backup
en version A, updated: May 2018
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