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07th Jan 2010

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…

11th Dec 2009

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.

03rd Dec 2009

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.

08th Oct 2009

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).

03rd Sep 2009

We’re pleased to announce the release of MediaMaster 1.1 with major improvements pushing the boundaries of professional video projection another step further

Designed specifically with the show and lighting market in mind, MediaMaster1.1 now 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.

01st Sep 2009

MediaMaster 1.1 brings important modifications to our video engine and particularly how the video synchronization and multi threading decoding is processed. It has been optimized to perform what can be called “software genlock” in order to ensure the best possible fluidity on computers equipped with multi core processors.

The genlocking we refer to is the action of locking the frequency of a media to a reference signal or clock (check out the related wikipedia article for a complete explanation).

Let’s examine quickly the process of displaying frames. Roughly, 3 steps must be acheived:

28th Aug 2009

We’ve been working hard since 3 months on the next upgrade of MediaMaster: the version 1.1 which will be released in a few days.

All the new features will be announced with the release but here’s already a video tutorial demonstrating the new support in MediaMaster 1.1 for grandMA’s MA-eDMX protocol.  This allows a much better networking between grandMA lighting consoles and a media server running MediaMaster.

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