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Prolight + Sound 2014: new media servers from Avolites Media

As part of what is described as Avolites’ biggest Frankfurt presence to date, Avolites Media will showcase the new S-Series Media Servers, along with the Ai Infinity EX series, at this year’s Prolight + Sound.

The Ai S2, S4 and S6 media server are the latest server systems from Avolites Media and offer two, four and six DisplayPort/DVI outputs respectively. They feature third-generation PCI Express motherboards, graphics cards and RAID SSD drives for unrivalled performance, along with 4K Ultra HD capability in the S4, S6 and S8 servers. The Dual Processor, highest-specification S6 server also performs up to Apple Pro Res 4444 playback.

All systems are supplied with a fully featured Ai Miami licence, which allows for eight discrete fixture groups with four layers each, producing 32 media layers. In addition, the Salvation Engine can be easily configured to provide up to 64 layers of PIPs with a single server.

The Ai Infinity server, offering eight full HD DVI outputs, has also been upgraded to the Infinity EX. Like the S-Series, the Infinity EX now boasts third-generation PCI Express motherboards and graphics cards, and is said to provide unparalleled performance.

Other features include a front-panel touchscreen displaying the Ai Visualiser, internal EDIT management and Dual Preview and Projection outputs.

Avolites will preview the Titan V8 software, including new System Networking features that will be unveiled on the stand when the show opens.

The team will also unveil wings for the Sapphire, Titan Mobile and a preview of the Tiger Touch Wing. The Sapphire Touch Wing gives an additional 30 motorised faders and third high-res touchscreen. The Sapphire Media Wing enables local video control of the Ai media servers. The Titan Mobile Wing enables expansion of every Avolites Titan console, giving direct access to items that are always needed.

In addition, the entire Titan range will be available for demo and hands-on experience, including two Titan Network Processor systems.

The Avolites and Avolites Media teams will also be offering hands-on demos of sophisticated projection-mapping in the dedicated ‘workshop corner’ of the stand. Additionally, the capabilities of Ai software will be demonstrated by Michael Kühbandner, Roland Greil and Thomas Döhring from Einstein and Sons, who will show off a range of their own cutting-edge projects using the Ai system.

Avolites and Avolites Media will take their own dedicated stand at Frankfurt – Hall 11.0 Stand D40, but will also be exhibiting with Trendco, also in Hall 11.0, B41A.