ArKaos is launching the latest version of its video jockey software, ArKaos VJ 3.5, which adds FreeFrame plug-ins support, Firewire video output, a new automation mode, and a new positional effect. Light designers can use this software as a media server remote controlled from their lightning console.

To accommodate high-end DMX consoles, ArKaos now implements an additional DMX fixture-based control protocol. In this mode the DMX controls are split into several layers, for each of which, pre-assigned parameters allow easy selection and control of visuals and effects. The FreeFrame support enables VJ users to access a vast library of third party effect plug-ins. VJ 3.5 comes with 42 FreeFrame effects. The Firewire connection (Mac & PC) provides real-time video output for the recording of live performance and connection to digital mixers. Using the positional effect, users can control the position of visuals on a 3D plane and move it anywhere on the screen through DMX controllers.

The application is fully compatible with the latest versions of Mac OS X 10.4.x, Mac OS 9.x, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

The full version of ArKaos VJ 3.5 DMX is available from the website (www.arkaos.net) or from the ArKaos distribution network. An evaluation version can be downloaded at (www.arkaos.net/vj_dmx/ (21 days, fully functional).