Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

ArKaos New 4K Media Servers Dance on Ice on TV in Germany


ArKaos New 4K Media Servers Dance on Ice on TV in Germany posted: 18/04/2019

Eight of ArKaos' new 4K Studio Servers were in action providing a 360-degree video solution for the recent fourth German edition of popular TV franchise Dancing on Ice, which was recorded at the Magic Media Company's Coloneum venue in Ossendorf, Cologne, in a special set up that was customised for the first series. The show's lighting designer was Manuel Da Costa who is very well known in the world of television, and has lit DSDS and many other leading German talent and music shows. Manuel worked alongside his regular visuals designer Dennis Muhl who wanted to run the video cues via his grandMA3 console. The video and screens supplier was ETC Germany.

They approached ArKaos looking for a new server solution that could offer extremely high-quality rendering performance, and that was easy and intuitive to control from a lighting console.

They needed this for quick and precise video mapping of the large-scale LED screen covering 360 square metres and wrapping the studio which was integral to the production design as well as hardware with genlock capabilities.

The LED screen was three different pitches - 2.8, 5.7 and 8.6, and the two main rings of LED around the studio were 6768 and 8568 x 144 pixels resolution respectively. In addition to this, four LED banners ranged between 1768 and 4160 by 728 pixels and there was a strip of LED in front of the judge's chairs.

Eight Panasonic 31K video projectors were used to project detailed and intricate images onto the ice, effectively using it as another screen.

On top of all that, there were 44 universes of LED tape that needed to be mapped - via the network - into Manuel's grandMA2 lighting console.

Manuel and Dennis wanted a manufacturing company that had an imaginative approach and whom they could trust in terms of support and ongoing development as well as a team with whom they could build a solid relationship for the development of potential future needs.

ArKaos ticked all the boxes!

Dennis had it in mind to use the ArKaos 4K servers following an encounter at the ISE expo in 2018 with Olli Winkler from LMP, ArKaos' German distributor.

After the exhibition, Dennis and his colleagues attended one of ArKaos's regular free training programmes to get more in-depth with the Belgian brand's popular MediaMaster software and its intuitive VideoMapper.

Dennis saw this as an ideal opportunity to check out MediaMaster software with DOI in mind, after which he ordered a demo version to test it further.

Olli and Dennis met Manuel Da Costa at the latter's MDC company HQ, where they discussed the overall production design that Manuel had in mind and how the ArKaos system would help facilitate the specific aesthetics.

They all embraced the idea of pushing technical boundaries, and in utilising the 4K server to handle high quality video content fully integrated into the lighting console.

The next meeting involved ArKaos' operations manager Benjamin Bauwens plus Volker Suhre from Erkrath based ETC Germany, the show's video supplier.

Everyone had many questions related to the performance of the servers in relation to the high quality HAPQ codec as the size of the video content was huge. They also talked extensively about the new functionality of ArKaos's DMX surface control' because they would be the first visuals team worldwide to use it!

After this, ETC Germany placed the order for the eight servers - plus a spare - so Dennis and Manuel could have the powerful, flexible and dynamic video control they required.

The hardware was delivered directly to MMC's studios where the servers were installed by Dennis, plus Olli Winkler who also supported the first setup and was on hand for Dennis and MDC's server farmer Viola Weinert during programming.

The series' video content was created by Gravity Germany, and the show was broadcast on Sat 1.

Dennis comments: For me, the ArKaos server is a fast plug-and-play solution that stands out from other media servers in terms of flexibility and speed. I am very interested in how this server will be developed even further.

As a result of the success of this project, an updated version (v5.4) of MediaMaster was released by ArKaos for the benefit of all, with new features including a boost to the rendering and performance by 33% utilising the same hardware.

This boost is partly delivered by the utilization of a GPU accelerated codec, HAP, which dramatically speeds up the decoding elements of the process.

The 2019 Dancing On Ice series was hosted by Daniel Boschmann and Marlene Lufen and was very well received by the public. The competition was won by Sarah Lombardi and her professional partner Joti Polizoakis.
See more stories from liveproduction

Europe Stories


X-Rite Showcases New Color Formulation Software at ITMA 2019

X-Rite Showcases New Color Formulation Software at ITMA 2019 New release of Color iMatch has the unique ability to intelligently process color data to accoun...


ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Huanxi Media agree deal for futuristic thriller Snowpiercer

Published: Tue 21 May 2019 ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Huanxi Media ag...


Hong Kong's ViuTV upgrades its audio and prepares for an IP future

Hong Kong free-to-air broadcaster ViuTV is preparing itself for an audio-over-IP future with the purchase of an Artemis Light console, a Brio12, a Brio36 and Ao...


Public Value: ZEISS Ranked Best Company in 2019 Public Value Atlas

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, BERLIN/Germany, 21.05.2019. President & CEO of the ZEISS Group, Prof. Kaschke: "The top ranking in the 2019 Public Value Atlas demonstrat...


May 17 - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 17 is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). In 2019, the International Telecommunication Union celebrates the 50th anniversary of Wo...


Net Insight AB: Net Insight appoints new VP People

Net Insight AB: Bulletin from the Annual General Meeting in Net Insight AB (publ) on 8 May 2019 5/8/2019 Solna - The following resolutions were passed at the ...



Since Apple News+ launched in March, publishers have been using the platform to showcase innovative live covers, special issues and customised feature stories f...


Ericsson unveils new 5G innovation hub in Moscow

The facility, located at Ericsson's head office in Moscow's Metropolis Business Center, had a grand opening on May 21, 2019 and features a testing labor...


Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri comments on the 5G market at Annual General Meeting

Press Release 21 May 2019 Espoo, Finland - The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of...


5 things driving the migration form LTO to object storage

5 things driving the migration form LTO to object storage After 16 short years, since we've been banging the drum at Object Matrix, the migration away from...


Rohde & Schwarz Monitors OTT, Tackles 5G and Shows Off Pixel Power at NAB 2019

Rohde & Schwarz Monitors OTT, Tackles 5G and Shows Off Pixel Power at NAB 2019 Rohde & Schwarz keeps expanding its horizons-now into 5G broadcasting and al...



YolanDa Brown Tuesday 21 May 2019 UKTV is excited to announce its new continuity announcer for premium entertainment channel, W. Award winning saxophonist and ...


Hitachi Automotive Systems' EV Inverter Adopted for the e-tron, Audi's First Mass Production Electric Vehicle

Tokyo, May 17, 2019 ---Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. today announced that its...


Channel 4's The Crystal Maze Unveils Brand-New Eastern Zone

The Crystal Maze will return in 2019 with all new celebrity episodes and an all new zone: The Eastern Zone. Influenced by the historic art, architecture and mon...


Dalet Expands Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment to Enhance the Fan Experience

Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations and ...


Hitting the right beat

Home // Applications // Hitting the right beat...


Why Gemini 1x1 Soft is the perfect light for any scene

Home // Applications // Why Gemini 1x1 Soft is the perfect light for any scene...


One millionth smart meter connects to Britain's secure network

At 14:48 on 21 May 2019, the 1,000,000 milestone was reached when a SMETS2 electricity smart meter was installed in Slough by SSE. Significant progress has bee...


Experience the last stop of Soundgarden's 2013 King Animal Tour In New York and Los Angeles

Experience the last stop of Soundgardens 2013 King Animal Tour In New York and L...


Post Malone Spans the Globe on Beerbongs & Bentleys' World Tour with Support from disguise

Post Malone Spans the Globe on Beerbongs & Bentleys' World Tour with Suppor...


Bob Schacherl Announcement

Bob Schacherl Announcement posted: 21/05/2019 Bob Schacherl, co-CEO of Robe North America, has announced that he will be stepping down from his post on Ju...


Infront unveils new digital force

Infront unveils new digital force posted: 21/05/2019 Focus on connecting sports industry to global audiences, fusing storytelling with technology I...


grandMA3 celebrates at SPOT festival: All female tech crew

grandMA3 celebrates at SPOT festival: All female tech crew posted: 21/05/2019 SPOT is an annual music festival in the city of Aarhus, Denmark, showcasing ...


Timeshifting sees biggest growth in four years says BARB

Number of homes with two or more SVoD services rose by 32 per cent in the past year Jenny Priestley 4 hours ago Number of homes with two or more SVoD ser...


AminoTV integrates Caiway and Delta TV services

Deployment also includes the AminoOS Service Assurance solution Jenny Priestley 4 hours ago Deployment also includes the AminoOS Service Assurance soluti...


Films at 59 installs PixStor platform

Selected to meet growing 4K workload and prepare for 8K projects Dan Meier 4 hours ago Selected to meet growing 4K workload and prepare for 8K projects ...


Freesat appoints new head of product

David Thomas joins Freesat from Novastone Media Dan Meier 4 hours ago David Thomas joins Freesat from Novastone Media target=_blank title=Share on Link...


OTT monitoring and compliance market to expand by 16 per cent in five years'

Frost & Sullivan forecasts the market to reach $149.7 million by 2024 Dan Meier 3 hours ago Frost & Sullivan forecasts the market to reach $149.7 million...


VuWall moves into new territories with Mindstec...

Pictured above: Midstec CEO Syed Wahab talking to InAvates Paul Milligan VuWall, a provider of videowall management and AV distribution products has announced ...


Universal AV appointed...

AV integration specialist, Universal AV, has announced that it has been appointed as the northern UK Sony Professional certified solutions specialist. The par...


Antycip Simulation appoints Enrico Salcuni as...

Virtual reality and 3D immersive solutions integrator, Anytcip Simulation, has appointed Enrico Salcuni as its new sales manager, leading the development of new...


d&b appoints Amptec as Benelux distributor

d&b audiotechnik's Belgium distributor Amptec extended its agreement with the audio manufacturer to cover the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Phill Coe, terri...


DiGiCo Eliminates Worries on St. Vincent's Fear The Future Tour

NEW YORK CITY October 2018 After a stint as a solo theatrical show on tour, St. Vincent roared back this year for a tour with a full band. This summer leg...


Fully Redundant DiGiCo SD12 System Delivers Flawlessly For Pope Francis

NGR was chosen for this important event because of the quality of its equipment, of which DiGiCo is an important part, and its exemplary service, says Ram nas ...


DiGiCo Launches New DMI options and Previews KLANG Integration at

DiGiCo is delighted to announce the launch of a number of innovative new products at ISE 2019. These include the expansion of the DMI-AMM (Automatic Mic Mixing)...


DiGiCo SD7 Consoles Have Live Sound At The Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES, California February 2019 For the sixth year in a row, the DiGiCo SD7 console was the audio mixing hub for the two most critical junctions of th...


The BRIT School Gets Students Industry Ready With DiGiCo SD12

Situated in Croydon, South London, The Brit School is a state-funded school for ages 14 to 18 and is dedicated to Education and vocational training for the per...


DiGiCo Lifts Off on Travis Scott's Astroworld - Wish You

LOS ANGELES, California Mixing just four inputs in an arena show is one of the greatest challenges of my career, shares Ken Pooch Van Druten about his gig...


DiGiCo Desks Pass Testing with Flying Colors on A$AP Rocky's

NEW YORK CITY Performing in full crash test dummy attire in the shadow of several vintage BMW and Mercedes Benz vehicles suspended over the stage, A$AP Rocky ...


See DiGiCo KLANG Integration and S-Series Stage48 System at Prolight

ISE gave a first glimpse of the advantages the collaboration of DiGiCo and KLANG:technologies will bring to the companies' customers. Now, Prolight Sound ...


DiGiCo Exhibits New DMI Option, SD Software Upgrades, and KLANG

The DMI-A3232 card from the 4REA4 Range is now incorporated into the S-Series consoles. This I/O expansion allows for the 4REA4 I/O to be directly connected to ...


Hot stuff! DiGiCo Reveals Mustard For Quantum 7 at Prolight

Last year's Prolight Sound saw DiGiCo showcase the working debut of its new Quantum 7 processing engine. Developed with seventh generation FPGA devices, i...


DiGiCo Helps Kane Brown Live Forever

NASHVILLE, Tennessee At only 25 years old, Kane Brown has already accomplished more than most major country stars twice his age. Case in point, in October 201...


DiGiCo Treats Nicki Minaj Like a Queen on Her Nicki

CLEVELAND, Ohio Although North American audiences were justifiably disappointed when Nicki Minaj cancelled her fall 2018 NickiHndrxx tour with Future after de...


JLE Audio AB invests in DiGiCo

We had received many requests for DiGiCo consoles, says JLE's Johannes Jonsson. DiGiCo consoles are very rider-friendly, are powerful and flexible, and th...


DiGiCo SD5 Makes Music With Vetusta Morla

Alberto Ruiz has been relying on DiGiCo consoles since the launch of the D5, the SD5's predecessor, so there was no learning curve. I have been using DiGi...


Give in to Temptation!

Channel Seven today announced it will reboot one of the most sizzling reality shows in television history: TEMPTATION ISLAND. TEMPTATION ISLAND follows four da...


PAC it up at SVG College Summit

This month Calrec is talking to PAC-12 Network's Senior Audio Engineer Glenn Stillwell, live at the SVG College Summit in Atlanta. Glenn has worked regiona...


tve launches its 2019 film Awards in Cannes

Directors, producers, film financiers, and philanthropists gathered at the Plage 45 Members Club, Cannes for the launch of the 8th tve Global Sustainability Fil...