Media Servers: Do You Want Fries With That?

With such pieces of equipment, it allows us to reach deep into our imagination and creativity, so that we can shape content in ways we could previously only dream of.

Media Servers: Do You Want Fries With That?
A screenshot of the newest version of ArKaos MediaMaster, Pro 5.0. Among the new features included in this version are Lyric Player.
Media Servers: Do You Want Fries With That?
A screenshot of the newest version of ArKaos MediaMaster, Pro 5.0. Among the new features included in this version are Lyric Player.

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.
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The rush of technology and gadgets that is “church media” has a new friend, the media server!

The media server is your trusted ally, helping you manage and display content across a wide array of platforms.

But just what is a media server, and do you really need one?

“Media server” is a fancy name for a computer and software that allows you to; store, manipulate and display images. The images and content you can display can be anything: pictures, video, words and anything else your tech-crazy pastor or worship leader can dream up.

The media server is your trusted ally, helping you manage and display content across a wide array of platforms. You may be sending that content to an LED wall or a bank of TVs or to multiple projectors being used for environmental projection. Wherever you need multiple displays and creative control of that content – you need a media server.

There are of course many options when it comes to any new technology, and you should look at all of them to determine which piece of gear is right for you, and your budget. The names read like a list of Christian media conferences:

VDMX, PVP, Modul8, Hippotizer, Maxedia, Catalyst, Qlab, Pandora’s Box, Watchout, Resolume Arena and ArKaos. (“Worship this year at Resolume Arena was on point…” Like I said, this could be a list of Christian media conferences….)

I like to talk about what I know, so today I’ll be sharing a little about the ArKaos Stadium server.

ArKaos makes software and hardware for the VJ (or video jockey) market in Europe and it has a strong partner here in the U.S. with AC Lighting. They make a range of servers: Stage, Studio, 4K and Stadium, ranging from the Stage server’s two outputs to the Stadium server’s six. These servers all carry the MediaMaster software that is really the heart of the media server.

MediaMaster allows you to play up to 36 layers of content across multiple surfaces, through the available outputs.

Let’s just stop here for a minute and unpack this.

I use the ArKaos for environmental projection, and we at Asbury United Methodist Church, in Tulsa, Okla., display our content across an area roughly 300 feet wide by 50 feet high. This takes five projectors, receiving signal from output of the ArKaos Stadium server, with this often being made to look like a single image for our church’s congregation.


More About Tim Ottley
Tim Ottley was born in Melbourne, Australia, and after growing up watching friends play rock music and share Jesus in the bars and clubs of Sydney, he moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1995 to be a rock star. That dream did not come to fruition, but he then started working for record labels and local touring bands, beginning with P.O.D. in 1999 as their first touring manager. Tim would eventually find himself in Tulsa, Okla., and by 2010, he moved into a position at Asbury United Methodist Church, working with audio, video and lightning. Over the last two years, Asbury has made significant changes to services and sanctuary space, including the installation of the largest Environmental Projection system in a church in the United States.
Get in Touch: tottley@asburytulsa.org    More by Tim Ottley

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


Article Topics

Technology · Video · Video Displays · Projection · Visual Arts · Environmental Projection · 4K · ArKaos · Environmental Projection · Image Layers · Lyric Player · Media Servers · All Topics

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