ArKaos and NovaStar Team Up to Offer HDR Playback Solution

ArKaos, the leading real-time live visual technology innovator, and global LED display control solutions provider NovaStar Tech teamed up to announce a strategic collaboration.

With the new release of ArKaos’ flagship MediaMaster 6.0 video control software platform, and NovaStar’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) ecosystem, much more of the world is coming to everyone.

The preview version of ArKaos’ MediaMaster 6 is available today and allow users to test this HDR implementation.

While HDR content is still rare, MediaMaster is ahead of the game, and will happily play standard videos and make them compatible with HDR hardware on the fly.

NovaStar, as a pioneer of HDR technology in the LED display field, aims to bring better image quality experiences to customers through the upgrade of control systems.

The NovaStar HDR solution increases the dynamic range of the display image quality by nearly 5 times (from standard SDR systems), and the grayscale by 4 times, and up to 10 bits. The colour is fuller, the images look more exquisite and more realistic. The NovaStar MCTRL 4K Controller + A8s / A10s Plus receiving cards bring accurate analysis and the perfect display of HDR standard film sources.

ArKaos’ Managing Director Agnes Wojewoda comments, “We are very excited by the introduction of this HDR Playback Solution that will provide amazing video results and a friendly user experience”.

The MediaMaster 6 preview version is free of charge to all MediaMaster 5 users for three months, after which a paid update will be available.

MediaMaster users can benefit from all the visual advantages that using NovaStar’s HDR display technologies brings to their work, a platform designed specifically to emulate the intricacies and detail of the human vision system (HVS) more closely.

MediaMaster 6 connects directly to the NovaStar MCTRL 4K Controller – whereas previously, an additional piece of hardware was needed – with extra costs and hassle!

Connecting directly to the media server unlocks all the beauty and precision of HDR and ensures that the highest levels of quality and dynamic range can be attained.

This smart integration massively simplifies the HDR video setups for live events, performance shows and presentations of all types by directly importing the file settings from the LED screen into the media server. It will be quicker, more straightforward, and efficient for AV technicians everywhere.

Video mapping has always been a cornerstone of MediaMaster’s operational philosophy and ensuring that this creative technique can be achieved quickly and painlessly is a key feature using the ArKaos video mapper.

MediaMaster 6 can read direct mapping files generated by NovaStar’s SmartLCT software.

Once the setup of the video wall is completed with SmartLCT, the information is imported into the MediaMaster 6 video mapper, saving more precious time during the show prep and programming periods when time is short and pressured.

The HDR output is available on the Windows version of MediaMaster and needs a recent AMD or Nvidia GPU.

ArKaos’ CEO Marco Hinic stated: “This will assist everyone in the AV industry to move towards HDR solutions more quickly and easily. We have enjoyed some great teamwork and synergy with NovaStar and, in the process, widened the scope and creative options available for visual designers and anyone creating and compiling show and presentation video content.”

NovaStar’s Vice President Aaron He said: “Alone we can do so little; and together we can do so much. We are delighted to join forces with ArKaos, and I believe this will push HDR and better display solutions for all show and design creators.”