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If NAMM 2010 had nothing new for the control and integration of music and video it looks like innovation was in Frankfurt, at the MusikMesse. Yes, the old continent brings a new and very innovative controller to the market: the Karlax. And one of you lucky guys will be one of the first to perform with it! (More info at the end of this post).
By ArKaos Team
on 28 Apr 2010 12:00 AM
  • artist
  • audio
  • controller
  • grandvj
  • midi
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On the support, we sometimes have to answer questions about the latency between the live input and output on computers running MediaMaster. We know this a concern for most users but actually, there’s no straight answer since the amount of latency you will get will depend on a lot of different hardware and software parameters and therefore will vary depending on your own setup.
By ArKaos Team
on 02 Apr 2010 12:00 AM
  • mediamaster
  • optimization
  • synchronization
  • troubleshooting
  • video
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At ArKaos, it’s now many years we’re developing software that drives LEDs in a way or another: our media server software MediaMaster and our VJ software GrandVJ are used every day to drive LED fixtures or LED walls, and of course we have the LED Mapper extension which, combined with MediaMaster, creates a very easy solution to map visuals on complex setups of DMX driven LED walls. However there is still something that makes it too complicated and / or too expensive for anyone to display visuals on LED devices: setup… Simple LED fixtures rely on the DMX or ArtNet protocol to work, which means many magic numbers to type, multiplying chances that something goes wrong and prevents your little pixels to blink.. On the other hand, big LED wall components come with hardware interfaces facilitating the setup but they are most of the time so expensive that they’re not an option for most performers and clubs.
By ArKaos Team
on 24 Mar 2010 12:00 AM
  • development
  • dmx
  • kling-net
  • led
  • mediamaster
  • network
  • prototype
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Here’s the first beta version of MediaMaster 1.2. It comes with support for audio and a few other new features.. more will come in further betas. Update: The beta went fine, thanks for your feedback: we have made available the RC1 on the forums  
By ArKaos Team
on 29 Jan 2010 12:00 AM
  • development
  • dmx
  • mediamaster
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First let me start by wishing you all a happy new year and a lot of success for 2010, on behalf of the whole ArKaos team! Now why not start this brand new year by looking at what were the most popular articles from this blog in 2009 (second half of 2009 that is, since we started this Blog in May..). This way we can better understand what kind of posts our dear readers like the most… 1 >> How To: Create audio-reactive Flash for GrandVJ (1,221 unique visitors) Here’s the first in a series of tutorials showing how to take advantage of the Flash capabilities within ArKaos GrandVJ. Note that it will also work for NuVJ and MediaMaster since the variables are the same. In this tutorial Ben Guerrette explains how to tap into the EQ data to create some simple audio-reactive animations..  
By ArKaos Team
on 07 Jan 2010 12:00 AM
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One thing that appears obvious to us after more than 10 years of working with the various solutions that can be used on Mac and Windows to decompress video is that not all solutions are equal. We believe that our users should be able to play almost any kind of media with the ArKaos software and at the same time we do everything a team of developer can to get the best performance on the platforms supported.
By ArKaos Team
on 11 Dec 2009 12:00 AM
  • codec
  • ffmpeg
  • grandvj
  • mediamaster
  • quicktime
  • troubleshooting
  • video
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Things have changed at Mix Club in Paris after Lighting Designer Sebastien Jurkowski has left to embrace a very successful international career (tour with Joachim Garraud, Zouk Club Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Hennessy Artistry party to mention a few..), they have now replaced their ChamSys MagicQ console with GrandMA Full Size and hired Nicolas Bailly as new Lighting Designer. If the consoles have changed the club continues to trust the 3 ArKaos media servers installed by Sebastien to display visuals on the LEDs of the DJ / LJ booth and on the various Plasma screens around the place. And apparently, Nicolas Bailly put these to a good use: here’s a video from a light show he set up at the club on Pryda’s track “Miami to Atlanta”.
By ArKaos Team
on 03 Dec 2009 12:00 AM
  • chamsys
  • club
  • dmx
  • grandma
  • mediamaster
  • show
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As part of the LDI Institute, PRG Distribution are offering a Console Programming class on Wednesday 18th November. The afternoon session will be lead by Niel Beelen, training manager at ArKaos and Esteban Caracciolo, Product Specialist from PRG. They will teach how to configure and use media servers and ArKaos MediaMaster with the ChamSys MagicQ 100 console. For more information and booking, please look here. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! PRG Console Training Session #L03, Room N210 18 Nov. 2009 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM     LDI 2009 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL, USA
By ArKaos Team
on 16 Nov 2009 12:00 AM
  • chamsys
  • dmx
  • mediamaster
  • training
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Note: This is also valid for MediaMaster and NuVJ A post by Guest Author VJ Ecin (Ben Guerrette), find more about him at the end of this article.. Here’s my second tutorial showing how to take advantage of the Flash capabilities within ArKaos GrandVJ. This one covers the creation of dynamic text visuals. I’ll go explain how to tap into the “statement” variable within Flash so you can create your own text based clips. I’ll also touch on the “duration” and “position” variables, which if used properly, allow playback speed adjustment of code based animations. We’ll be using some basic ActionScript 2.0 that’s a little more advanced than the previous tutorial.. Note that it will also work for NuVJ and MediaMaster since the variables are the same.
By ArKaos Team
on 15 Oct 2009 12:00 AM
  • grandvj
  • flash
  • actionscript
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The guys from the Miro crew have just launched a new web site very cleverly called Video WTF? If you don’t know about Miro, it’s a free and open-source desktop video player which is built on open standards and designed to encourage decentralization of video hosting (you really should have to give it a try: get it here). Video WTF? is collaboratively moderated place to ask and answer questions about video cameras, editing, production, publishing, promotion, etc. In other words, if you have a question about video, you can go there to ask it.. And if you’re a video guru and want to share your knowledge, you can go there to answer questions. The site has just launched today so, while I’m writing this only 31 questions have been asked, but they already cover very different subjects related to video. Below are a few examples:
By ArKaos Team
on 08 Oct 2009 12:00 AM