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ArKaos releases New Version of MediaMaster 5 with Performance Boost

ArKaos, the leading real-time visual processing technology provider for live performance and spectacular displays of all types, releases a performance boost to its flagship MediaMaster 5 real-time video control software platform.

The new software version (v5.4) will boost rendering and performance of this powerful and flexible control system by 33% utilising the same hardware. This had been extensively tested on ArKaos’ current media server range.

Part of this boost will be delivered by the utilization of a GPU accelerated codec, HAP, which dramatically speeds up the decoding elements of the process.

This technology is in line with the latest existing 4K media servers, including those coming to the market.

The new MediaMaster 5 with optimised decoding also offers enhanced surface control and superior rendering, which was recently demonstrated working in conjunction with nine ArKaos 4K media servers on the latest series of Dancing on Ice in Germany.

The ‘plug-and-play’ philosophy behind all ArKaos’ control solutions focus on making video surfaces, screens, etc., work just like moving lights. The goal is to empower lighting designers, programmers and operators and help make the integration of video and pixel lightsources seamless with lighting in their visual designs, utilising DMX control and without the need for a separate video controller.

ArKaos CEO Marco Hinic stated: “At ArKaos, we are focused on further blurring the boundaries between lighting and video control and giving live visual designers more opportunities to be creative and imaginative using one control platform, allowing them to program any number of diverse lightsources that they might have in a show”.

This opens up the revolutionary use of the lighting console’s effects engine to drive video sources. Whatever the size and scale of the show – from the smallest and most intricate to the largest and most complex – the principle is the same. The person operating the lighting console can have the capacity to run all visual elements together.

The MediaMaster 5 upgrade is fixture based and introduces fixture personalities for the various video entities to the lighting console – just as if they were moving lights. There will no longer be a need to build special personalities for these video elements, giving MediaMaster even more flexibility as a visual control system.

MediaMaster has been designed by ArKaos to enhance the creative design experience in any show, event or display scenario.

Other features include timecode support through Art-Net, RGB colour correction per display and transparency and blending modes controlled per surface by DMX.

MediaMaster 5 is arguably the most powerful, adaptable and easy-to-use video and visual control platform for live performance and events.

MediaMaster 5.4 Key Features

  • Improved support and performance for 4K outputs. [Windows]
  •  New DirectX 11 optimized render pipeline. [Windows]
  • Global optimization of rendering performances. [Windows]
  • Hardware accelerated HAP decoder. [Windows]
  • Timecode support through Art-Net.
  • Surface and Output control by DMX.
  • Per display RGB colour correction in VideoMapper and by DMX.
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