AJA KONA Cards Bring Immersive Art Exhibits to Life

Attracting an audience’s attention is difficult in public places, but museums, art galleries and event venues break up the noise with tech-driven visual spectacles. Immersive art exhibits, for example, have taken the world by storm over the past year, as throngs of people have signed up to see the works of legendary artists come to life via video projection.

These breathtaking installations, however, require creativity, foresight and an arsenal of behind-the-scenes technologies, which the experts at Realtime Environment Systems (RES) specialize in. for museum, concert and live event projects, where he regularly depends on AJA KONA video I/O cards for 4K and 8K streaming.

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RES’ portfolio of projects is diverse, with his work currently on display at the National Museum of Qatar and his creative imprint on previous shows for the 2020 Japan Games Torch Relay, Coldplay World Tour and the Eric Prydz HOLOSPHERE show, among others. events. By translating client visions into realities, RES founders Dave Green, Trey Harrison and Mark Calvert found themselves using a similar set of tools for video playback and saw an opportunity to commercialize their work. Based on this achievement, they launched HIVE in March 2022. The new technology company develops portable and cost-effective media control solutions for driving projection and LED screens in AV environments.


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To date, HIVE offers four different media players, including PLAYER_3 and PLAYER_4, which support 4K and 8K playback and include an AJA KONA 4 card and an AJA KONA 5 card respectively. ‘a decade now as they deliver consistent, high-quality video playback for even the most complex installations,’ said David Green, Founder and CTO. “Integrating them into our new media player enclosures just made sense. KONA 4 and KONA 5 offer remarkable performance for 4K and 8K playback at an affordable price, which will be crucial as the AV industry continues to grow. steer more towards 4K and 8K content, especially for large-scale installations, where higher resolutions provide that wow factor.”

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In addition to supporting 4K and 8K video through the integrated KONA 4 and KONA 5 cards, HIVE’s PLAYER_3 and PLAYER_4 products also include an NVIDIA GPU. System integrators and site teams simply connect the media player box to their display technology and log into the HIVE web application. An intuitive interface then allows users to upload video files for playback directly from a phone, tablet or computer, and configure and/or edit the playlist or timecode cue list directly from the application.

“As the visual bar for video installations continues to grow, controlling workflows and media control costs have in many ways become unmanageable, and that’s where HIVE provides respite,” Green concluded. . “Our media players eliminate the need for massive racks of expensive and complex hardware setups, and AJA KONA is a key enabler, delivering a big punch with a small footprint.

William E. Bennett