ArKaos will launch its new VS4 media server at Prolight + Sound 2023 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The ‘industrial strength’ design and build of VS4, complete with a custom motherboard and a fast graphics engine, offers four 4K outputs (or 16 HD) and runs on Windows 11.
VS4 marks the latest addition to ArKaos’ VS range of creative visual control products – which also includes the popular VS1. VS4 is described by its creators as a ‘feature-packed, intuitive and fun to use’ visual tool as well as a cost-efficient 19-inch rack mounting solution for all scenarios requiring full control over a range of media inputs.
In line with ArKaos MediaMaster software, VS4 works with any lighting console, and is targeted at high end television studios, streaming facilities and broadcast scenarios as well as production, touring and rental markets.
With wwo interface screens enable monitoring, there is full USB connectivity on the front via two ports and a Neutrik PowerCON for power. With up to 16 HD screens running from one VS4, devices can also be networked together for controlling even more screens. The screens can be remotely locked thanks to EDID compatibility, while the front panel LEDs can be programmed to display different colours to indicate status or assist with fault finding.
VS4 is constructed to make day-to-day or on-the-road maintenance easy. The backplate opens and the cables can be extended so if a connector needs to be swapped out. LED illumination on the rear allows technicians to see what’s happening in the dark.
Being a fully modular system, VS4 units can be built up as required by adding input cards. The basic version comes with power and output cards allowing users to tailor precisely to their needs and also utilise their budgets efficiently.
A spokesperson for ArKaos stated: “This is a natural progression for the current ArKaos product range following the popularity of VS1 and is a proactive response to market demands and the dramatic increase in 4K applications. The integration of the MediaMaster software platform ensures control of multiple video and LED pixel inputs from one device.”