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Realtime Environment Systems Envisions Visual Spectacles that Delight with AJA KONA Cards

Commanding an audience’s attention is challenging in public settings, yet museums, art galleries, and event venues are breaking through the noise with technology-driven visual spectacles. Immersive art exhibits, as an example, have taken the world by storm in the last year, as droves of people have signed up to see the works of legendary artists come to life via video projection. These breathtaking installations, however, require creativity, forethought, and an arsenal of technology on the backend, which the experts at Realtime Environment Systems (RES) specialize in. Based out of London, the creative and technology services company delivers stunning video and projection mapping for museum, concert, and live event projects, for which it regularly depends on AJA KONA video I/O cards for 4K and 8K playout.

RES’ project portfolio is diverse, with its work currently on display at the National Museum of Qatar, and its creative stamp on previous spectacles for the 2020 Japan Games torch relayColdplay World Tour and Eric Prydz HOLOSPHERE show, among other events. In translating client visions to 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. Out of this realization, they launched HIVE in March 2022. The new technology company develops cost-efficient, portable media control solutions for driving projection and LED displays in AV environments.

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. Commenting on the design, Founder and Technical Lead Dave Green shared, “I’ve been using KONA cards for more than a decade now because they provide consistent high quality video playback, even for the most complex installations. Integrating them into our new media player boxes just made sense. Both KONA 4 and KONA 5 offer remarkable performance for 4K and 8K playback at an affordable price point, which will be crucial as the AV industry continues to move more toward 4K and 8K content, especially for large scale installations, in which higher resolutions deliver that WOW factor.”

In addition to supporting 4K and 8K video via built-in KONA 4 and KONA 5 cards, HIVE’s PLAYER_3 and PLAYER_4 products also include an NVIDIA GPU. Systems integrators and venue teams simply connect the media player box to their display technology, and log into HIVE’s web-based application. An intuitive interface then allows users to upload video files for playout directly from a phone, tablet, or computer, and set up and/or edit the playlist or timecode cue list directly from the app. Green concluded, “As the visual bar for video installations continues to grow, keeping media control workflows and costs in check has become in many ways unmanageable, which is where HIVE is providing respite. Our media players eliminate the need for massive racks of expensive, complex hardware setups, and AJA KONA is a key enabler, packing a big punch with a small footprint.”

About AJA KONA Cards
AJA KONA cards support the broadest range of creative software for editorial, color, mastering, HDR, dailies, live streaming, graphics, game capture and much more. They provide powerful I/O solutions for the most demanding tasks from 8K to 4K, multi-channel HD, HDR, and streaming. KONA has incredibly wide application compatibility. Out-of-the-box, KONA hardware and software supports Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, OBS Studio, vMix, Telestream Wirecast, and many more, via AJA’s Desktop software drivers and application plug-ins. www.aja.com/family/desktop-io

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

Images Courtesy of Antonio Pagano Photography www.antoniopaganophotography.com

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