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ArKaos / High End Systems Collaboration Delivers Fast-Access Video Control

 

   
 
 

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ArKaos PRO and High End Systems announce an exciting new software collaboration which delivers simple, seamless, fast integration of video and lighting control. The two companies have worked in close cooperation to create a new auto patch feature which enables any Hoglighting console to take control of an Arkaos media server, quickly and easily, at the press of a single button.

The new auto patch feature allows any Hog lighting console to automatically detect and configure itself to any ArKaos media server and its MediaMaster software, so the lighting designer/programmer can patch the media server with just a simple button-press. This means lighting designers can skip the time-consuming configuration of DMX channels and universes, and focus instantly on the creative part of their job.

"High End Systems is the first console manufacturer to forge such an association with ArKaos, and we are very proud to say ArKaos is the only media server that requires zero configuration to be operated through a Hog console," says ArKaos PRO CEO and software architect, Marco Hinic.

"We are very happy to be working with High End Systems because there is a great synchronicity between our two companies' ethos," says Agnes Wojewoda, ArKaos' managing director. "Arkaos works continually to develop products based on operational simplicity and accessibility for users of all levels. This latest development is no exception as it guarantees better integration of our media servers with the Hog consoles and opens up a new, faster and more flexible way of working for all lighting designers."

"The Arkaos and High End collaboration sends out a strong message to the lighting industry that there is no longer any need to use complex and complicated tools to create spectacular shows. This new technology has brought those days to an end. Now is the time for accessibility and simplicity, and ArKaos is proud to be at the forefront of these innovations."

"The auto patch feature further improves productivity and ease of use across the entire Hog family of controllers," adds Jonathan Kemble, control systems software manager at High End Systems. "Both novice and experienced users will greatly benefit from auto patch through decreased complexity and time spent on setup. High End Systems is excited to be working with ArKaos to provide tools that integrate seamlessly and maximize designer's creativity."

The new auto patch feature will be incorporated as standard into ArKaos MediaMaster PRO software and all Hog consoles including the Hog 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, HedgeHog 4, and the Hog 4PC software. To see it in action for the very first time, visit the ArKaos stand (Hall 3, stand C67) at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt, April 5 - 8, 2016, where Arkaos servers will be shown in tandem with a number of High End System Hog consoles. The new auto patch feature will also be shown on the High End Systems/AED stand (Hall 4, stand D59).

Arkaos Stage Server

When performance matters

The ideal combination of scalability and creativity at an unbeatable price.

The Stage Server is a perfect solution for live entertainment, theatre, educational, audio-visual and worship applications.

The two Full HD outputs combined with the powerful ArKaos engine from MediaMaster Express will produce smooth visuals that can be easily triggered using a few DMX channels on your lighting desk or notes on a MIDI controller.

Simple and reliable

The Stage Server comes shipped with a vast library of high quality digital media from the world’s best visual content providers and a fast recovery system by Acronis which allows extremely simple reset of the server from the boot menu. It is pre-configured to work directly with all market leading DMX lighting desks.

Everything has been done so you just have to plug and play.

Cost-effective

Engineered to ensure rugged reliability and designed for quick and easy set-up, the Stage server is the ideal combination of scalability and creativity at an unbeatable price.

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New MediaMaster Pro 4!

 

 

 

Professional media server software

MediaMaster Pro will turn any powerful computer into a full fledged professional media server capable of running live or programmed HD video shows in sync with music and light.

Theater Mode

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The theater mode interface of MediaMaster marks a new phase in software development allowing you to make use of the latest dynamic visual effects combined with an efficient and intuitive library management system and with simple front end control via DMX, MIDI or even a computer keyboard.

MediaMaster’ Theater Mode interface allows you to prepare your visual show in the software itself and then simply take control of your visual presets using a few channels on your lighting desk or notes on a MIDI controller.

Fixture mode

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On top of the Theater Mode, MediaMaster Pro adds a fixture-based operation mode and support for MSEX allowing thumbnails preview and live output to the console screens.

The fixture profiles allows total control of every MediaMaster parameter straight from the DMX console and turns any powerful computer into a traditional Media Server for professional lighting consoles such as ChamSys, Avolites, LSC, ETC, GrandMA, Martin, Compulite, etc..

Geometry Correction

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MediaMaster Pro makes it incredibly easy to project video on non-planar surfaces; wether you need to correct a single projector mounted in those difficult places where standard keystone correction is not effective or wether you need to harmonize the output from several projectors which cannot be installed at the same distance or angle to a curved screen, you can do it all from the Geometric Correction tab in the application preference window.

The geometry correction operates directly by transforming the output of MediaMaster and so works on top of both Theater and Fixture modes. A test pattern is available to help precisely align the real-time video content over non-planar or curved screens. Edge blending can even be edited globally, or individually for either side of each projector.

Video Mapper Extension

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MediaMaster Pro ships with the new Video Mapper extension which allows easy mapping of video onto irregularly shaped surfaces and through multiple outputs.

Designed to let you setup mapping projects in very short times, it makes it incredibly simple to flow visuals around complex objects with just a few clicks.

LED Mapper Extension

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MediaMaster currently includes the intuitive LED Mapper extension, the flexible software solution from ArKaos to drive LED panels.

The Mapping Editor lets you pick devices from an extensive library and place them interactively on the screen. While editing the mapping configuration, you can view the result of your configuration in real time as it is sent over ArtNet to your LCD panels (supports still pictures only).

Once happy with your mapping, you can save it to a file and import it into MediaMaster which will broadcast its output according to your specific configuration.

Multi-threaded Engine
Built on ArKaos’ latest generation of technology, MediaMaster’s multi-threaded engine delivers blistering performance, by taking advantage of multi-core machines.
MediaMaster comes with improved frame blending support allowing extremely smooth video playback even at slow speeds and software genlock making it possible to play several HD movies at up to 60 fps without dropping a single frame.

Practical interface
A straightforward interface displaying all layer’s parameters simultaneously, as well as all layers preview, gives lighting designers improved visibility of their shows and the best ergonomics possible, you can even generate a preview visual of your Soft Edge setup so you can’t go wrong!

Never re-encode your media

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All popular video file formats supported, and with MediaMaster’s very efficient media management system, you can store up to 60,000 visuals in more than 200 folders, delete and move files at your convenience without having to re-stack a programmed show.

Mix audio from your video
MediaMaster can also play and mix the audio track from your movies. This feature, which comes with global audio volume control through DMX, turns any lighting desk into a professional A/V mixer.

Infinite creative possibilities
Video files are not interactive enough? Do you need more effects?
MediaMaster supports Actionscript3 in Flash animations as well as Quartz Composer .qtz files as Sources and as Effects (Mac OS X only) so you can create your own unique interactive animations, music visualizers and effects.

Guaranteed quality
MediaMaster’s powerful video engine and integrated native decoders of MPEG 2/4, QuickTime photo JPEG and Adobe Flash (among other formats) guarantee a smooth and reliable playback of full HD media on all layers.

Audio Visualizers
MediaMaster’s audio visualizers are powerful visual animations that react to the audio input to create nice ambient visuals. Audio visualizers are perfect for clubs, live DJ performances and LED outputs.

Total control
Take total control of your media: position, scale, rotate, adjust transparency, alpha, colors, compose with other layers etc. MediaMaster supports major media formats, multiple video inputs, and provides more than 60 effects with controllable parameters.

Need some footage?
The software installer that you can download from this web site already comes with some video loops to get you started.. Okay you need high quality? The boxed version comes shipped with an additional DVD-Rom containing 4.1 GB of exclusive video footage in High Definition and Standard Definition.

This additional footage is exclusively available with the box and can’t be obtained separately, it has been provided by selected sources offering professional quality footage for video mixing software, check out the MediaMaster Content page for more info.

MediaMaster Express

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Your easy video playback solution

MediaMaster Express is your perfect affordable partner to program and run your live video show for clubs, church, theater, corporate… All controlled from your keyboard, DMX or MIDI controller.

Intuitive and easy to use
Designed to be fast and easy, MediaMaster Express is a unique solution for video control on the market. This intuitive software allows you to program and run full visual shows in just a few clicks, without the need of training and practicing!

Once you’re ready, go live and take control of your show using only a few channels on your lighting desk, notes on a MIDI controller or just your computer keyboard..

Program your own show
MediaMaster Express’ simple interface lets you apply the latest dynamic effects to your videos and easily program a whole show with visual presets and transitions.

Take total control of your media: position, scale, rotate, adjust transparency, alpha, colors, etc. MediaMaster supports all major media formats, multiple video inputs, and provides more than 60 effects with controllable parameters.

MediaMaster’s efficient media library management can store up to 60,000 visuals in more than 200 folders and lets you delete and move files at your convenience without having to re-stack a programmed show.

Compose on up to 8 layers
Mix visuals and effects on up to 8 layers, compose them together with transparency and masking modes – or send each layer to a different output to create a large scale projection.

Industry standard
MediaMaster Express has proven to be an ideal solution for small to medium sized video installations in various venues such as Theatres, Clubs, Bars, Shopping Centres, Advertising displays, Sports Stadiums, Shops and even Fitness clubs..

You’re in control
From a small DMX fader control to a full size lighting desk, with a MIDI controller or just your computer’s keyboard, MediaMaster’s flexible interface will let you setup the software the way it best fits your controller.

From there, you can simply play / stop your videos or take control of every parameters.

Video welcomes audio
MediaMaster can play and mix the audio track from your movie files. This feature, which comes with global audio volume control through DMX or MIDI, turns your controller into a professional A/V mixer.

MediaMaster also comes with audio reactive visualizers as powerful visual animations creating nice ambient visuals, perfect for clubs, live DJ performances or LED installations.

GrandVJ XT

GrandVJ XT – XTend your creativity!
GrandVJ XT is an “extended” version of GrandVJ 2 which adds expert features such as the Video Mapper extension, allowing projection mapping and advanced management of multiple displays.

Video Mapping and multiple outputs
GrandVJ XT can send layer or cells output to virtual “surfaces” in the VideoMapper extension. These surfaces can be scaled, deformed, and assigned to any physical output.

One output can display a full screen visual or a composition of several mapped visuals, so you can easily create complex visual compositions on a set of LED screens – even with different resolutions – or just output to a video projector and deform the surfaces to flow them across any physical volume (like objects, or buildings..).

Play. Mix. Perform.
Manipulate, trigger and mix video clips with sound, animated text strings or live cameras in much the same way as mixing music to create a spectacular audiovisual show. GrandVJ XT can mix up to 8 layers with a vast library of video effects, transitions and sound driven visual generators.

The A/B crossfading mode with independent preview makes it incredibly flexible to perform live, and the Browser Preview feature lets you preview visuals, effects, transitions and sources before sending them to the output, just like a DJ previews his next track in his headphones.

Works with all setups
GrandVJ XT runs on both PC and Mac and accepts all common video and image formats. Its intuitive interface lets you turn your keyboard into a super controller for zipping through the functions. Need more? GrandVJ XT’s learn mode makes it a breeze to set up any MIDI controller and with support for the network based OSC protocol you can even control GrandVJ XT with an iPhone or an iPad. Hook it up and start the show!

VJs & Musicians reunited
The ArKaosConnect plug-in allows GrandVJ XT to receive sound and MIDI from any audio sequencer compatible with VST plug-ins, running on the same machine or on another machine on the network. Incredibly easy to setup, the plug-in configures itself automatically!

For VJs, ArKaosConnect enables a new level of interaction with Musicians.
For Musicians, ArKaosConnect makes it fun and easy to add a video track to compositions during live performance.