2 ABOUT ARKAOS ArKaos is a leading provider of technology for live visual performances The Killers Battle Born Tour LD: Steven Douglas Photo Torey Mundkowsky The company develops visual synthesizers that trigger and manipulate graphic content for display on large screens at events, concerts, clubs and much more. Founded in 1996, ArKaos started as a software company but today it also develops unique hardware media servers that delivers an unrivalled performance in speed, effects and manipulation of simultaneous high-definition videostreams. Lately, ArKaos engineers have also invented Kling-Net, a revolutionary protocol allowing the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices, such as LEDs or LED panels, over Ethernet.. A few references.. Concerts, Tours and Festivals Tiësto Kaleïdoscope Tour and Club Life Tour, Ferry Corsten, Chayanne No Hay Imposibles Tour, Night of The Proms, Milk Inc Blackout, The Killers Battle Born Tour, Jane s Addiction (Lollapalooza Festival), Neon Judgement, Cradle Of Filth, Archive, Mayday, United Against Malaria, Rosenstolz, Herbert Gro nemeyer Tour, Tokio Hotel, AHA Frogenpark, Robin Gibb, Dieter Thomas Kuhn & Band, Seal Copenhagen, Live 8 London, Pukkelpop, Stereosonic, De Phazz Natural-Fake Tour, Glastonbury Festival, Youssou N Dour & Guests, Wang Lee Hom, DJ Bobo Pirates of Dance Tour, Voltt Loves Summer, Reverze, Hennesy Artistry KL,.. Television China INMTV (King Bonn) Awards, Australian Idol, Australia s Got Talent, Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Benissimo, NRL Footy Show Finale, Big Brother Australia, MTV European Music Awards, The Brit Awards, STC Television Studios in Abu Dhabi, Manchester United Stadium Television Studios, Channel4 Paralympics TV Studio, ITV BTCC Final Opener, Euro 2012 ITV Poland,.. Clubs World of Nightlife (Graz), Zouk Club (Kuala Lumpur), Club Transmediale (Berlin), Belly Up (Aspen), Mix Club (Paris), V.I.P. Room (St. Tropez), NOXX Antwerp.. Multinational Clients Dubai International Film Festival, Shanghai 14th FINA World Championships Opening Ceremony, Aria Resort New Year Party (Las Vegas), Shenzhen City New Year s Eve Celebration 2011, Games of the Small States of Europe opening ceremony, Wankdorf Stadium opening ceremony, Scout Jamboree, Cullberg Ballet World Tour, Ball der Künste, Art On Ice, Beijing Tsinghua University Centenary Celebration,...
3 MediaMaster Product Range MediaMaster is a software solution for professional control of real-time video and effects that has been specifically developed for desk operators and lighting designers. It is also probably the most affordable media server software on the market thanks to its upgradable license system: start with MediaMaster Express for simple control of your show through DMX or MIDI and later when you need it, upgrade to MediaMaster Pro for the difference and get access to full fixture control mode and advanced compatibility with professional lighting desks. But no matter what your choice is, there is no compromise on the quality. Both versions are built around ArKaos latest generation of technology, embarking our multi-threaded graphics engine which delivers blistering performance by taking advantage of multi-core machines. David Garrett Rock Anthems Tour LD: Geert Van Hout Simple Mode MediaMaster Simple Mode interface allows you to prepare your visual show in the software itself. You have access to all the parameters with your mouse and keyboard and you can easily preprogram your visuals and effects. The easy playback of these pre programmed visual can be triggered by DMX, MIDI or your computer keyboard. Because of the flexible control settings you can make the software fit to the lighting desk or MIDI controller of your choice. The more options your controller has, the more parameters or visuals you can control. Fixture Mode In Fixture Mode, you get full parameter control for each layer, directly from your lighting desk. The support for MSEX, that allows you to preview your thumbnails on your console screen only makes it easier. No fiddling around with the mouse anymore.. The Fixture Mode, combined with the other great features from MediaMaster Pro, turns any powerful computer into a professional Media Server that will let you program the most advanced shows in a really easy way, directly from your lighting desk. Working with Alpha Channels and the impressive audio-generated content that reacts exactly with the music is a real improvement to our show. The real-time effects give some very dynamic and exciting new ways to play back live cameras on the screens. But most importantly, MediaMaster is rock stable; at this point we have done about 50 shows and it has never failed on us. Koen De Puysseleir, LD - Tiësto Tour
4 Big Brother Australia 2012 LD: Francesco Calvi Common features Independent video layers (8 in Express, 12 in Pro) Advanced Graphic engine: Fully hardware accelerated and Multi-threaded on multi-core CPUs Optimized for HD movies, HD output support Internal MPEG2-MPEG4 codec for enhanced reliability Intuitive user interface 60+ effects 50+ text animations Audio Visualization Generators Media library of 255 folders and 255 visuals Multiple video inputs (PCI card, FireWire DV / HDV, USB, etc.) Total control of your media: 3D position/ rotation, movie speed, color levels, etc. Master brightness-contrast, keystone, volume, Soft Edge Multi-Screen and Wide-Screen with soft-edge Support of all common media formats (AVI, MPEG, QuickTime MOV, Flash, WMV, picture files etc) Supports mixing audio from your video loops Global audio volume control through DMX Support for Quartz Composer.qtz files as Sources and Effects (Mac OS X only) Support for Actionscript3 in Flash animations and Flash Texts Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OSX compatible Version Comparison Express Pro Layers 8 12 Simple Mode Yes Yes Fixture Mode No Yes LED Mapper Yes Yes Kling-Net Mapper Yes Yes Video Mapper No Yes ArKaos Hub No Yes Geometrical Correction Basic Advanced Soft Edge Basic Advanced
5 MEDIAMASTER PRODUCT RANGE MediaMaster Express Stereosonic Festival Photo Dean Hammer MediaMaster Express is all you need to quickly setup a show that includes video. If you have basic needs of DMX or MIDI synchronization but still want to benefit from the powerful media management and efficient media playback of MediaMaster, the Express edition is your best choice. Prepare your visual show in the software itself simply by dragging and dropping visuals and effects on the interface, then take control of your visual presets with a few channels on your lighting desk or notes on a MIDI controller. Simply put, it s the easiest media server software that ever existed. Main features Control video layers with a few DMX dimmers or MIDI notes Work on a single DMX universe or MIDI channel Drag & Drop visuals directly on the main interface Organize your shows with up to 64 patches of 64 cells Control up to 3 parameters per cell via DMX or MIDI Optional fade time on trigger LED Mapper and Kling-Net Mapper included Control interface Computer keyboard Any MIDI controller compatible with your system Any DMX lighting desk System requirements (PC) OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7 Processor: Pentium IV 2Ghz, Core Duo 1.83Ghz recommended RAM: 1GB, 2GB recommended Media Player: QuickTime 7 (and up), Adobe FlashPlayer 9 (and up), DirectX 9.0c (and up) System requirements (Mac) OS: Processor: RAM: Media Player: Mac OS X 10.5 (and up) Any Intel Mac, Core Duo 1.83Ghz (and up) 1GB, 2GB recommended QuickTime 7 (and up), Adobe FlashPlayer 9 (and up)
6 MEDIAMASTER PRODUCT RANGE MediaMaster Pro Tiësto at Stereosonic LD: Koen De Puysseleir Photo Dean Hammer MediaMaster Pro will turn any powerful computer into a fullfledged professional media server capable of running live or programmed video shows in sync with music and light. It comes with all the features from MediaMaster Express but adds DMX fixtures management, advanced geometry correction, video mapping through multiple outputs, support for MSEX allowing thumbnails preview and live output to the console screens.. All you need to program and control large shows from any popular lighting desk. Easily create a huge projection seamlessly spanning across several screens, setup a pixel precise display with any configuration of LED panels in just a few clicks, modify effect parameters live from your console or setup a complete preprogrammed visual show; you can do it all with MediaMaster Pro, it s the Swiss Knife of media server software! Main features Includes all the features from MediaMaster Express MSEX Compatible: thumbnails preview and live output on your MSEX compatible lighting desk 3 available fixtures: micro, tiny and full Geometric Correction & Soft Edge Settings per Output Supports fixtures customization to add new effects Video Mapper, LED Mapper and Kling-Net Mapper included Control interface Computer keyboard Any MIDI controller compatible with your system Any DMX lighting desk System requirements (PC) OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7 Processor: Pentium IV 2Ghz, Core Duo 1.83Ghz recommended RAM: 1GB, 2GB recommended Media Player: QuickTime 7 (and up), Adobe FlashPlayer 9 (and up), DirectX 9.0c (and up) System requirements (Mac) OS: Processor: RAM: Media Player: Mac OS X 10.5 (and up) Any Intel Mac, Core Duo 1.83Ghz (and up) 1GB, 2GB recommended QuickTime 7 (and up), Adobe FlashPlayer 9 (and up)
7 70m x 12m projection (12x Barco 40K projectors) Symphonica in Rosso Design by Arf & Yes Ignace D Haese Geometrical Correction & Soft Edge MediaMaster Pro makes it incredibly easy to project video on nonplanar surfaces; whether you need to correct a single projector mounted in those difficult places where standard keystone correction is not effective or whether 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 Geometrical Correction tab in the application s Preference window. The geometrical correction operates directly by transforming the output of MediaMaster, and so works on top of both Simple and Fixture mode. Several test patterns and grids are available to help precisely align your visuals or real-time video content over nonplanar or curved screens. Soft Edging can be edited globally, or individually for either side of each projector, so you can seamlessly blend large visuals across several projectors in any configuration. You can even generate a visual preview of your Soft Edge setup, so you can t go wrong! MediaMaster Pro s advanced geometrical correction, combined with pixel-precise edge blending per output will let you easily achieve even the most complex screen setups. LED Mapper The LED Mapper extension for MediaMaster allows mapping of the server s video output directly to any configuration of LED panels, without the need of using expensive hardware to convert video signal (VGA or DVI) into DMX signal. Pixel colors or intensity are sent directly from the media server to the panels through the ArtNet protocol (DMX over Ethernet) which, if needed, can easily be converted into a standard DMX signal using simple Ethernet-DMX node. The LED Mapper extension can import your own mapping of LED devices into MediaMaster, making it possible to control many of them from a single MediaMaster server (the only limitation being the 256 DMX universes). Mapping Editor 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. Main features Fast and intuitive user interface Personalities for most common LED fixtures on the market Easy custom fixture design window Drive RGB, RGBl (level/intensity) and level only fixtures like bulbs and dimmers Extremely flexible and efficient programming Mac and PC compatible
8 Hairspray: The Musical LD: BAAC Light Video Mapper The ArKaos Video Mapper is an extension for MediaMaster Pro 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. Once you launch the extension, MediaMaster Pro will send the output from each layer to virtual surfaces that 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; output to a video projector and you can map the surfaces to any physical volume (like objects or building). Mapping Editor The mapping editor is where you edit and manage the surfaces and any connected output. It is a very easy tool which integrates tightly with MediaMaster Pro: it will show your layer from MediaMaster Pro playing on the surface you have defined and it will also immediately send any surface you create to MediaMaster Pro, ready to be used for display! Main features MediaMaster combines greatly with professional lighting desks such as the ChamSys MQ200: since they both support MSEx, I can see the thumbnails from MediaMaster directly on the console and even get live feedback of the servers output. When there s 15,000 people in front of the stage, it s good to know that you can t go wrong displaying your visuals! Olivier Demoustier, LD - Milk Inc Blackout Fast and intuitive user interface Full management of display specifications (resolution / frequency) Supports output to multiple video cards Easy to use deformable surfaces (rectangles, grids, triangles) Each surface can have an optional mask Surface cropping, allows to select a part of the layer output Surface grouping, to send one layer to many surfaces Full undo / redo implementation Import and export your mapping Works with MediaMaster Pro (Simple Mode or Fixture Mode) Mac and PC compatible
9 Media Servers Family The ArKaos Media Servers are designed for those looking for a high performance turnkey solution to seamlessly run real-time video shows. They are the result of the latest research made by ArKaos in terms of raw performance but also structural strength, vibration and heat tolerance. The ArKaos Media Servers are built to deliver outstanding performance, stability and durability. These powerful systems embark 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. They are pre-configured to work directly with all market leading DMX lighting desks. Everything has been done so you just have to plug and play. Euro ITV Poland LD: Shock Solutions Stage Server The Stage Server is a perfect solution for live entertainment, theatre, educational, audio-visual and worship applications. Available with MediaMaster Express or MediaMaster Pro and two full HD outputs, it s your perfect partner to produce smooth visuals that can be controlled over MIDI / DMX or just your keyboard. Studio Server The Studio Server runs Full HD video on up to four EDID managed outputs and comes standard with one HD-SDI input and fast SSD drives. The custom made case features a very convenient display on the front which allows using the server without having to connect any additional screen. A large LED strip conveniently provides a quick visual feedback on the server s state of operation at any time. Shock-resistant up to 2G. Heat tested. Providing easy access to fans and dust filters. It s totally road ready. Stadium Server The Stadium server is an incredibly powerful system designed as a top of the line solution for professional Lighting Designers. It offers six EDID managed outputs, two HD-SDI inputs and doubles the amount of storage space.
10 MEDIA SERVERS Server Comparison Table Beijing University Centenary Celebration LD: ShowPower I/O Specifications Stage Server Studio Server Stadium Server Interface output 1 (VGA/DVI/HDMI) 1 (VGA/DVI/HDMI) 1 (VGA/DVI/HDMI) Output type 2 (VGA/DVI/HDMI) 4 (DVI/HDMI) 6 (DVI/HDMI) EDID Management No Yes Yes Input (Standard) No 1 x HD-SDI 2 x HD-SDI Input (Upgrade) SDI / DVI / VGA / Analog Up to 4 x HD-SDI & 2 x DVI Up to 4 x HD-SDI & 2 x DVI Output resolution 2 x Full HD 4 x Full HD 6 x Full HD DMX- 5- pin connectors Yes Yes Yes Firewire 400/800/e-sata No Yes Yes USB Yes Yes Yes Balanced audio in/out (XLR) No Yes Yes Network Storage System Drive HDD 500 Gb SSD 128 Gb SSD 128 Gb Separate Data Drive No SSD 256 Gb SSD 480 Gb Software MediaMaster Express / Pro Pro Pro LED Mapper Yes Yes Yes Kling-Net Mapper Yes Yes Yes Video Mapper No Yes Yes Acronis Backup System Yes Yes Yes Layers Full HD 3 Up to 12 Up to 12 Layers HD Soft-Edge / Geometrical Correction Yes (Pro version only) Yes Yes Control Control Display (front panel) No Yes Yes LED Strip (front panel) No Yes Yes DMX / MIDI / Keyboard Yes Yes Yes ArtNet / MA-Net Yes Yes Yes Hardware Voltage V auto switching V auto switching V auto switching Professional Connectors No Yes Yes
11 Kling-Net A revolutionary plug-and-play protocol for LED devices ArKaos has designed the Kling-Net protocol to allow the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices, such as LEDs or LED panels, over Ethernet. Stereosonic Festival Photo Dean Hammer LED lighting for everyone! Many basic and first time users are afraid of using LED lighting because of the complexity of networking and control issues. Using and networking LED lighting has required a high level of technical knowledge which has been a deterent for many. We wanted to remove all this complexity and replace it with an easy protocol which automatically takes care of the magic numbers for the user! The purpose of Kling-Net is: To allow the automatic configuration and connection of display devices to a computer To add some intelligence into display devices, which enables auto configuration To ensure a perfect time synchronization of multiple display devices To avoid using expensive hardware video converters to send video to display devices To allow the creation of an heterogenic network of display devices from different manufacturers, which can all be controlled from one computer Simpler than ever Kling-Net uses a Media Server to do all the work, making operation simpler than ever. It adds a layer of intelligence to even the most simple LED device, enabling it to talk directly to the Media Server. This then enables the LED devices to configure themselves automatically, removing the need for complicated setup processes. Auto Configuration Kling-Net s auto configuration capabilities allow a large range of devices to be controlled by the same Media Server, thus avoiding the painful process of creating and matching profiles between the Media Server and each individual device. Because the Media Server performs the image clipping and transformation then outputs the correct pixel format, the work to be done by the display device is minimal. And since the Media Server does all the work, your video can play at a smooth 60 FPS. Universal Application Kling-Net has been designed to work with mostly any manufacturers LED products. It relies on a source code which is capable of transforming even the most simple LED device into an intelligent Kling-Net device. Licencing Kling-Net Kling-Net can be embedded in any manufacturer s product under licence from ArKaos. Since it was launched at PLASA 2011, the Kling-Net protocol has been adopted by major brands from the Show & Lighting market such as Chauvet, Elation or Highlite. If you are manufacturing LED devices and would like to add Kling-Net support to your products, contact us and let us know about your project! Added Intelligence = Simplicity = Economy Kling-Net brings LED lighting within reach of the smallest clubs and venues by making it less technical and less expensive. LED lighting is now easy to use and cost effective; thanks to the Kling-Net protocol you no longer have to use expensive devices to obtain sophisticated control.
12 Ch. de Waterloo Rhode-Saint-Genèse - Belgium P F Cover photo: NOXX Antwerp - Visuals by Konstruktiv