Maxedia runs up to a maximum of 20 layers simultaneously, depending on the type of layer. It also offers 3D effects with unique real-time manipulation features. Programming is done on the Maxedia system itself, making it much easier to program than by using DMX alone. Playback is then completed via DMX for maximum ease of use. If desired, programming and playback can be done without the use of a DMX lighting console. Maxedia uses no more than 25 DMX channels; competitor systems can use more than 120 channels.