ArKaos, digital media specialist and leading provider of real-time visual processing technologies for the entertainment industry, enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound 2019 exhibition in Frankfurt.
The Belgian company was at the heart of all the buzz and excitement surrounding the new Hall 12, together with a dynamic mix of lighting and visual technology manufacturing and service companies.
ArKaos demonstrated all its latest products including MediaMaster v5.4, Kling-Net, PRO DJ LINK – a project with Pioneer DJ – and its powerful new 4K media servers.
Several leading lighting manufacturers used the potential and massive flexibility of ArKaos’s Kling-Net protocol to run and demonstrate the versatility of pixel-fixtures on their stands, including Robe, Claypaky, Elation, JB Lighting, Music & Light, and more.
Kling-Net is a revolutionary plug-and-play control protocol developed by ArKaos for the quick and easy operation of current and future LED fixtures and lightsources.
It allows the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices – like LED fixtures or LED panels – over Ethernet, adding some ‘intelligence’ with the automatic configuration and connection of display devices to a computer.
One of the many unique Kling-Net features that are not available in other protocols is that the fixture sends its pixel configuration to the media server. If for example, a luminaire has 20 x LEDs arranged in a circle, MediaMaster will map video perfectly over these without asking the user to encode the order of the pixels.
The Robe stand featured an all-encompassing live performance show concept with seven dancers and a specially composed soundtrack which ran eight times a day. Lighting and production designer Nathan Wan utilised Kling-Net to control 36 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams.
This proved a neat and expedient solution for a complex show which featured over 300 moving lights.
Both Claypaky and JB Lighting recently announced that they have integrated Kling-Net into some of their newest moving light fixture ranges – the HY B-EYE product line from Claypaky, and the Varyscan P18 hybrid, Sparx 18 LED wash beam and Sparx 30 twin zoom LED wash beam from JB Lighting.
Using Kling-Net, a heterogenic network of display devices from different manufacturers can be created and all controlled from one computer or user interface.
“Everything was very positive at Prolight! We made many new contacts and saw a great selection of people from all over Europe and further afield, like the Americas, Australia, Asia and Africa. The show was a great success for our Kling-Net protocol; we are happy to see that Kling-Net is now an industry reference for pixel control, with so many major companies having an understanding of the ‘digital transition’ and trusting ArKaos and Kling-Net.”-ArKaos MD Agnes Wojewoda