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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 INTRODUCTION .....................................................................................................5
1.1 Installing ArKaos GrandVJ – PC......................................................................5
1.2 Installing ArKaos GrandVJ – MAC...................................................................5
1.3 Registering ArKaos GrandVJ...........................................................................5
1.4 Registration process ........................................................................................6
1.4.1 Activation Code.......................................................................................6
1.4.2 Serial Key................................................................................................ 7
1.4.3 Demo ......................................................................................................7
2 INTRODUCTION TO THE SOFTWARE..................................................................8
2.1 Basics ..............................................................................................................8
2.2 Overview..........................................................................................................8
2.3 Terminology .....................................................................................................9
3 INTERFACE WALK-THROUGH............................................................................10
3.1 Browser Panel ............................................................................................... 11
3.2 Master Preview .............................................................................................. 11
3.3 Banks............................................................................................................12
3.4 Parameter Panel............................................................................................ 12
3.5 Layer Preview (mixer mode only) ..................................................................12
3.6 Tool bar..........................................................................................................13
3.7 Help Box ........................................................................................................13
4 USING THE APPLICATION ..................................................................................14
4.1 Application Modes .........................................................................................14
4.1.1 Synth Mode........................................................................................... 14
4.1.2 Mixer Mode ........................................................................................... 14
4.2 Controller Mapping ........................................................................................15
5 REFERENCE.........................................................................................................16
5.1 Managing Cells .............................................................................................. 16
5.1.1 Basics ...................................................................................................16
5.1.2 Triggering and Mapping Cells ............................................................... 16
5.1.3 Cell parameters.....................................................................................17
5.1.4 Cell Parameter Mapping .......................................................................20
5.1.5 Cell Copy / Paste ..................................................................................20
5.2 Banks.............................................................................................................21
5.2.1 Bank Control ........................................................................................21
5.2.2 Bank Operations ...................................................................................21
5.3 Layers (Mixer Mode)......................................................................................22
5.3.1 Layer Previews .....................................................................................22
5.3.2 Layer Parameters .................................................................................22
5.3.3 Layer Control ........................................................................................23
5.4 The Mapping List ........................................................................................... 24
6 THE PREFERENCES DIALOG .............................................................................25
6.1 Display Tab....................................................................................................25
6.2 MIDI ...............................................................................................................26
6.3 Performances ................................................................................................ 26
6.4 Output ............................................................................................................27
6.5 Advanced.......................................................................................................27
6.6 Registration....................................................................................................27
7 PERFORMANCE AND SETUP CONSIDERATIONS ............................................28
7.1 Movie Compression .......................................................................................28
7.2 Widescreen & Multiscreen Presentation........................................................29
7.3 Introduction ....................................................................................................29
7.4 Definitions ......................................................................................................29
7.4.2 Case Studies.........................................................................................30
7.4.3 Monitor Setup For Wide Screen Or Multi-Screen Projection ................31
7.5 Soft-Edge.......................................................................................................37
7.5.1 Calibration............................................................................................. 38
8 SUPPORT, INFORMATION AND CONTACT .......................................................39
8.1 Solutions ........................................................................................................39
8.1.1 Users discussion forum.........................................................................39
8.1.2 Knowledgebase articles ........................................................................39
8.1.3 Trouble ticket system ............................................................................39
8.1.4 Distributors and resellers ......................................................................39
9 NOTES ..................................................................................................................40
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1 INTRODUCTION
Welcome to ArKaos GrandVJ.
GrandVJ is ArKaosʼ brand new state-of-the-art video mixing and VJ software, allowing
unprecedented control over visual performances.
You can use GrandVJ to perform with visuals just like you would be playing an instrument,
either using the computer keyboard, a MIDI controller or a MIDI sequencer. Alternatively, you
can also use GrandVJ like an 8 channel video mixer, allowing full and precise control over each
individual channel.
Your audience wonʼt believe their eyes.
1.1 Installing ArKaos GrandVJ – PC
1.
To install the ArKaos GrandVJ software, insert the installation CD into your computerʼs
CD-ROM drive.
2.
Double-click on the installation file, located in the root directory of the CD. This will
launch the InstallShield Wizard.
3.
Follow the on-screen instructions. Please note that the installation program will scan for
available video components on your computer prior to installing the software. If there are
any components that are not up to date, please install them by clicking on their
corresponding buttons before proceeding with the installation.
4.
Once the installation is complete, click “Finish”. The ArKaos GrandVJ software is now
ready to be used.
5.
Start GrandVJ by going to Start  ArKaos GrandVJ  ArKaos GrandVJ.
6.
Follow the registration procedure described further in this document.
1.2 Installing ArKaos GrandVJ – MAC
1.
To install the ArKaos GrandVJ software, insert the installation CD into your computerʼs
CD-ROM drive.
2.
Click on the ArKaos GrandVJ installer located on the CD.
3.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
Once installation is complete, you will see a shortcut on the desktop. The application will
also appear in your Applications  ArKaos GrandVJ folder.
5.
Start GrandVJ.
6.
Follow the registration procedure described further in this document.
1.3 Registering ArKaos GrandVJ
Your software comes with an Activation Code. It is very important that you keep this code in a
safe place since it is the proof that you own a license and it might be needed later to re-install
the software or obtain future upgrades.
Important: the Activation Code is not the final code that will unlock the software on your
computer. To do so, you will need to obtain a Serial Key by sending us your MachineID code
and Activation Code.
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The Serial Key is the code that unlocks GrandVJ to run on a specific computer. It is calculated
by combining the computerʼs MachineID - an 8 letters code that GrandVJ generates and which
identifies your computer - and the Activation Code, which is the proof that you own a license.
1.4 Registration process
The registration process is fairly easy. You have the choice to either unlock GrandVJ directly
from within the application itself (if you are working on a computer that is connected to the
internet) or to use a Serial Key that was obtained from our web site or during a previous
installation.
In any case, each Serial Key you generate is sent to you by mail as confirmation so you can
keep a trace i.e. if you need to re-install your computer.
When you start the application
unregistered,
the
registration
wizard appears.
This dialog allows you to choose
the registration method you would
like to use or to continue trying
GrandVJ in demo mode.
Note
that
your
computerʼs
MachineID is displayed at the
bottom of the dialog; you will only
be able to unlock GrandVJ with a
Serial Key that was generated for
this MachineID
1.4.1 Activation Code
Choose the first option, “Activation Code”, and press next if you would like to unlock the
software directly from the application, through your Internet connection. This option is the
easiest but requires that GrandVJ can communicate with our servers and is not blocked by
a firewall or network policy restrictions.
Type your Activation Code in
the first field. If you have a
software box, the Activation
Code is printed on a sticker
that is attached to the
installation CD sleeve. If you
purchased a license online,
the Activation Code has been
sent to your e-mail.
The code is composed of four
groups of four capital letters
separated by hyphens, so a
total of 16 letters / 19
characters.
Here's an example:
ACBD-EFGH-FGHE-ACDE
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In the next fields you need to specify an e-mail address where you will receive an e-mail
with a copy of the generated Serial Key.
Once you have verified all the information, press next. The application will try to
communicate with our servers to obtain the Serial Key for your computer. If the registration
is successful, it will display a confirmation message on your screen.
1.4.2 Serial Key
Choose this option if you have already obtained a Serial Key for this computer.
This option is mainly used if the computer where you want to unlock GrandVJ is not
connected to the Internet. In that case, you will need to surf to our web site with another
computer - connected to the Internet - and generate a valid Serial Key for the computer
you want to run GrandVJ on. Remember every computer has a different MachineID and a
Serial Key will only unlock GrandVJ on the computer with the corresponding MachineID.
Important: before surfing to our web site to obtain a Serial Key, make sure to take note of
the computer's MachineID (displayed at the bottom of the registration window) and have
your Activation Code ready.
With a web browser, go to
http://www.arkaos.net/myarkaos/grandvj.php
and follow the instructions there.
After completing the registration process you will receive an e-mail with your GrandVJ
Serial Key. The Serial Key is similar to the code below:
>>>>>>>>>>
JAJHBKDGPPJEADMKHOHICHBOIDBBGKEHPMADKNGMBOPJHPNJBDHMIKIANNAJFDNIAF
JEKDOIPGGFFIOMOBOOBJMGLFPLDOEGHPMODMFKHOFADKGLOGCHKDBEDACANBHPLDKH
DNLCCJCANBLNLFNLLILGGFBGILJFONLMLDFDBMPPHFEDFIABJGBOADJBEICNODHEJE
BLKMHDOKLDONCOOFHEJHECJOHNLDCPHPEHMIBPNBDCJOJNMOAHPAEOODBAGLODAEHP
<<<<<<<<<<
The easiest way to transfer
that code to GrandVJ is to
select the whole code by
highlighting it with your
mouse then copy it in the
clipboard ( [Ctrl]+C on a PC
or [Apple]+C on a Mac) and
paste it ( [Ctrl]+V on a PC or
[Apple]+V on a Mac) in the
dialog as shown in the picture
on the right.
When you press next your
application will be registered.
1.4.3 Demo
Choose this option to continue using GrandVJ in demo mode, you will not be able to save
your work and a banner will randomly appear in the output and in the master preview.
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2 INTRODUCTION TO THE SOFTWARE
2.1 Basics
GrandVJ is a software application which allows you to seamlessly integrate real-time video with
any type of performance situation. Serving up to 8 layers of videos and boasting a very wide
array of effects and control parameters, it also allows full control of the software via MIDI,
Keyboards or external sequencers.
GrandVJ is designed to work using a dual video output computer setup. The main output will
display the interface of the software and the previews while the second output will send the full
resolution image to an external hardware display like a projector, a plasma screen, a video
mixer, etc.
For more information on setting up a proper dual output, see the ʻPreference Dialogʼ and the
ʻWide Screen & Multi-Screen Presentationʼ sections later in this document.
2.2 Overview
The software is organized along one main window that displays all of the information needed
during a performance. It shows the 8 individual layer outputs as well as the master preview (the
image which is sent to the full screen output) and a parameter panel with settings for each
layer.
Parameters can either be modified through the user interface, from the computer keyboard or
from a MIDI controller.
GrandVJ allows you to work with two different distinct modes:
1.
2.
The “synth” mode is where you play visuals like you would play an instrument. This is
very much like ArKaos VJ 3.x, where you define cells and their properties and you “stack”
cells on top each other by pressing simultaneous keys on the computer keyboard/MIDI
controller.
The “mixer” mode is where you can access the 8 individual layers and control them
individually. In this mode, GrandVJ becomes a full-featured 8 layer software video mixer.
When you first start the software, the full screen output is disabled by default. If you want to
send the full screen output to the second output of your card, activate full screen either by
selecting View Toggle Fullscreen or by pressing CTRL+F (Command+F on Mac). If you
donʼt have a proper dual output setup, the full screen will be activated on the main screen and
the main interface will disappear. To exit full screen mode, press CTRL+F/Command+F again.
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2.3 Terminology
In ArKaos GrandVJ, weʼve slightly changed the terminology used to refer to different application
features:

Visuals: Visual is a generic term encompassing everything which produces frames: this
can be images, videos, camera streaming, generators or flash animations

Effects: Effects are real-time processors which allow you to alter visuals. GrandVJ comes
with about 50 effects in various categories.

Generators: Generators are sound controlled graphical elements. They react to the sound
input from your sound card and are great to provided sound automated textures

Cells:
Cells
are
placeholders
to
store
a
given
combination
of
visuals/effect/transparency/copy mode/position combination. When you 'trigger' a cell, you
send the content of the cell to the graphic engine. In synth mode, triggering cells stacks
them on top of each other. In mixer mode, triggering a cell will send it to the currently
selected layer.

Banks: Banks are combination of cells forming a mini library. There are two sets of 16
banks. The first bank set is laid out according to a matrix and referred to as the 'matrix
bankset'. The second is shaped as a MIDI keyboard layout and is referred to as the
'keyboard bankset'. The matrix bank size can be changed to match any controller layout
you would be using.

Layers: Layers represent stacks in the visual pipeline. Each layer has a set of properties
matching the cell properties: one visual, one effect, transparency, copy modes,
chroma/luma keying, position etc... GrandVJ is capable of displaying up to 8 layers. In
synth mode, layers are assigned automatically depending on the way you trigger cells and
their foreground/background property. In mixer mode, you have access to all the layer
properties individually.

Mapping: Mappings represent a way to “connect” an element from the software to a
control device (MIDI controllers, MIDI sequencers or the computer keyboard). You can
map the matrix bank cell triggers, control the layer/cell properties, as well as some of the
general controls of the software.

Project: A project is a collection of banks and cell definitions which are stored in a project
file for later use.

Previews: Allow you to preview the content of a layer or the main output. The main
preview window is always displayed and shows what is sent to the main output. In mixer
mode, individual layer previews are also available.
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3 INTERFACE WALK-THROUGH
This section describes the different application panels and their functionality. Depending on the
mode you are using (synth or mixer), not all panels may be available. Specifically, in synth
mode, the layer preview is not available.
Below is a full screenshot of the application:
Note: Most panels are resizable to accommodate various screen resolutions and the software
will remember different configurations for the synth and mixer mode. If you have enough
resolution, you can unwrap the tabs of the parameter panel for example, as in the example
above.
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3.1 Browser Panel
The left side of the application is dedicated to the browser section. The browser section
contains five tabs with the following items:
1.
The file browser allows you to browse the
file system of your computer and drag and
drop files to a cell, to the visual library or to
the layer previews (in mixer mode).
2.
The effect browser allows you to browse
the available effects. Effects are sorted
according to categories. The browser
allows you to drag and drop effects to a cell
or directly to a layer preview (in mixer
mode).
3.
The source browser allows you to browse
visual elements; these include generators,
flash texts, and cameras available on the
system. The source browser allows you to
select a source and drag and drop it to a cell or a layer preview (mixer mode only).
4.
The visual library contains the list of all the visuals that have been loaded in the session,
no matter if it they're currently assigned to a cell or not. You can drag and drop a library
element to a cell or to a layer preview (mixer mode only). The content of the visual library
is saved with the project and restored when the project is loaded.
If you load a lot of videos, they will keep accumulating in the visual library. To get rid of
videos that are neither running nor associated to a cell, select the 'purge visual' entry from
the edit menu
5.
The mapping list provides a summary of activated MIDI and keyboard mappings. It also
provides additional options not available through direct mapping, such as setting and type
of controller (for example, normal/incremental).
3.2 Master Preview
The master preview mirrors the main output of the
software. On the bottom of the preview panel, you will
also find control to fine tune the brightness and contrast
of the resulting image.
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3.3 Banks
There are two sets of banks (or
banksets). One is in the shape of a MIDI
keyboard, the other one is matrixshaped:
Each bankset contains 16 banks,
arranged in tabs. Of those 16, only one
is 'active' at a time. The active bank is
the bank whose cells will be triggered
when you press a keyboard or MIDI
controller key. The active bank is marked
with a small red sign in its tab. Each
bank contains a certain number of cells
containing a visual, an effect and various mixing parameters. On the matrix banks, cells can be
triggered using one of three methods: Mouse, Keyboard or MIDI. The keyboard banks are only
triggered from a predefined MIDI scheme (reflecting its keyboard structure).
The number of cell (horizontally/vertically) in the matrix bank set is user-definable but is the
same across all banks.
3.4 Parameter Panel
The parameter panel allows
you to edit cell or layer
parameters. In synth mode,
only the cell parameters will
be accessible.
In mixer
mode, both cell parameters
(for cue editing) and layer
parameters (to update one
of the running layers) will be
accessible.
The parameter panel also allows you to set up the MIDI mapping of either cell parameters
(synth mode only) or layer (mixer mode only).
3.5 Layer Preview (mixer mode only)
In mixer mode, the layer preview panel allows you to
preview layer content. Layers are organized from the bottom
up and each layer can be controlled independently. Next to
each layer preview are the following elements:

one transparency slider

one button to pause/restart the layer

one button to clear the layer

one button to map the layer selection and display the
layer, if it is running.
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3.6 Tool bar
The toolbar provides a series of buttons and displays with the following functionality:
switches to synth or mixer mode
activates / deactivates full screen
displays MIDI activity
audio input meter + gain control
latch / hold (synth mode only)
kill all (stops all running layers)
3.7 Help Box
The help box is located under the browser section and displays contextual information about
the element over which the mouse is hovering.
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4 USING THE APPLICATION
4.1 Application Modes
As we mentioned earlier, GrandVJ provides two very distinct modes of operation. It can function
as a visual instrument/performance tool or as a video-mixer. It is important to grasp the
difference between these modes in order to fully take advantage of them.
Internally, GrandVJ allows for up to 8 layers of stacked video. In synth mode, layer assignment
is done automatically depending on the order of triggering and the priority setting of the cell. In
mixer mode, the user controls the layer content directly, providing a 8 channel video mixer.
4.1.1 Synth Mode
This is the default mode of operation, which is loaded upon application startup. In this
mode, each cell triggered is, by default, stacked “on top” of the previous ones in the
graphic pipeline. A cell stays active from the moment it is triggered until it is released.
Cells are linked directly to the graphic pipeline, meaning that if you modify any parameter
of a cell running in the engine, it will be reported directly to the graphic pipeline. For this
reason, in synth mode, you can map cell parameters to controllers. You could, for
example, map the 'transparency' setting of a cell to a MIDI controller slider and bring it
from invisible to visible once it's been triggered.
It is also possible to assign a ʻpriorityʼ value to cells. The priority has three values:
foreground, background and normal. If the cell is assigned a background priority, it will
always be 'stacked' under normal cells. Alternatively, if the cell is assigned a foreground
priority, it will always be stacked on top of the others. This is handy, for example, if you
want to have a logo or message continuously running above the rest while you're playing:
simply put the cell in foreground and it will stay on top, no matter what other cells you
trigger.
4.1.2 Mixer Mode
Mixer mode works very much like a video mixer. The main difference from the synth mode
is that you can decide which layer to send a cell to. Also, once a cell has been triggered on
a layer, the layer runs independently from the cell. Contrary to synth mode, modifying cell
properties in mixer mode won't affect ayer settings. You can, however, act directly on all
the layer parameters. To fade one layer out, you simply select it and use the parameter
panel to slowly change its transparency. Once a cell is triggered on a layer, it will run
continuously, even when you release the cell's key. To stop a visual from running on a
layer, simply press the stop button next to the layer preview.
In this mode, there is always one “selected” layer. The selected layer is the layer which will
receive any triggered cell. The currently selected layer can be changed by clicking on any
layer in the preview.
In addition to triggering cells on a layer, you can drag and drop visual, effects and sources
directly on the layer preview.
As we just explained, in mixer mode, you can still modify cell parameters but these will
only be active when the cell is triggered. For this reason, cell parameters cannot be
mapped in mixer mode. You can only map layer parameters.
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4.2 Controller Mapping
Controller mapping is a very important part of using GrandVJ. Together with external MIDI gear,
MIDI sequencers or the computer keyboard, it is the key to creating your perfect live setup.
Controller mapping is fairly easy and can be achieved in two ways:

The first one is to toggle MIDI or keyboard mapping mode. Once toggled, all mappable
controls are highlighted in either green (for MIDI mapping) or blue (for keyboard mapping)
and mapping an element from the interface is just a matter of selecting the control and
moving the external control or hitting the key that you would like to map . After that is done,
exit mapping mode and you will be able to control the parameter directly from the
controller.

The second way is to right click the element you wish to map and choose either 'MIDI
mapping' or 'Keyboard mapping'. A dialog will pop up, allowing you to edit the mapping
parameters. You can also clear a control mapping by right-clicking it and selecting “clear
mappings”.
All the existing mappings are listed in the “mappings” tab of the browser section. You can edit
the mappings and delete them directly from there. Selecting a control on the interface will also
select the corresponding mapping in the browser.
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5 REFERENCE
5.1Managing Cells
5.1.1Basics
Cells are the foundation of GrandVJ. Cells work like “cues” where you setup a combination of a
visual and/or an effect ready to be triggered at anytime.
To assign a visual to a cell, simply browse your file system for any movie or picture and drag
and drop it to the cell of your choice. You can achieve this either from GrandVJʼs integrated
browser or from your operating system's Finder / Explorer.
Note to PC users: by default, when running in full screen, GrandVJ uses a special DirectX mode called
“exclusive mode”. The exclusive mode is optimal in terms of performances but has one drawback: if you
activate any other application, full screen mode will quit. This prevents you from using the Windows Explorer
to drag and drop elements while running in fullscreen. If you wish to use the Explorer (or other applications)
while running GrandVJ in fullscreen, go to the Preferences dialog and remove the “force resolution” option
(see the ʻPreferences Dialogʼ section later in this document).
To assign an effect to a cell, simply go to the “effect” tab in the browser
window and drag and drop an effect from the browser onto a cell.
When a visual has been assigned to a cell, its thumbnail is displayed in
the cell, allowing you to quickly locate it. If an effect has been assigned
to a cell, a little lightning bolt is displayed it the top left corner.
Using this technique, you can start building collections of cell that you want to use during your
performance. In order to organize your cells, you have two sets of 16 banks: the matrix bankset
and the keyboard bankset. The matrix banks can be mapped to any keyboard/MIDI controllers
while the keyboard banks are pre-assigned to MIDI notes and cannot be triggered from the
keyboard.
5.1.2 Triggering and Mapping Cells
Once you have a set of cells containing visuals and/or effects you can trigger them so that they
'play' in the engine. Triggering cells in synth mode and in mixer mode is quite different. In synth
mode, a cell stays active until you release the corresponding key. In mixer mode, a cell is
“copied” to a mixing layer and will continuously play until you either trigger another cell on that
layer or decide to stop it manually (see above for more description of the two modes)
There are 3 ways to trigger a cell:

using the mouse: simply click on the cell.

using the keyboard: if a cell is mapped to a keyboard key (the keyboard shortcut is shown
on the top right corner of the cell), simply depress the corresponding key.

using a MIDI controller: if your cell is mapped to a MIDI controller, you can trigger it by just
pressing the corresponding key on the controller.
If you don't have any mapping set up (on the matrix bank) you can very easily define a new
mapping by toggling the application in 'mapping' mode. Note that the mapping is the same
across all banks. If the mapping for the top left cell is 'A' it will be 'A' for all banks from 1 to 16.
Cells are always triggered from the active bank, designated by a red tab.
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5.1.2.1 Editing Keyboard Mapping
To define/change a keyboard mapping of any controllable element in
GrandVJ, the easiest is to toggle the application in keyboard
mapping mode. To do so, go to the menu Options  Edit Keyboard
Mapping. All controllable elements will turn blue.
You can edit the mapping of any element by clicking it (it will be
surrounded by a black outline) and pressing the keyboard key you
would like to assign to it. Exit the keyboard mapping edit mode by
selecting Options  Edit Keyboard Mapping again.
5.1.2.2 MIDI Mapping Mode
To define/change the MIDI mapping of any controllable element, you
follow a similar procedure. Toggle the application by selecting
Options  Edit Keyboard Mapping, select a control and activate
the key/controller you would like to assign to it. All controllable
elements will turn green when editing MIDI mapping.
Additionally, you can edit mappings in the mapping browser window
or by right-clicking any controllable element. See the “Mapping”
section later in this chapter.
5.1.2.3 Latch and Hold
The latch and hold buttons on the tool bar add flexibility to triggering cells in synth mode.
Normally, a cell runs as long as the corresponding keyboard/MIDI key is held down. If latch is
activated, triggering a cell will work in a toggling fashion. The first time you trigger the cell, it is
activated, the second time it is deactivated. The hold button can be used to 'hold' all running
cells, meaning that once the cells have been triggered, you can release the corresponding
key(s) and the cells will continue to run, until you retrigger the cells.
5.1.3 Cell parameters
Together with the visual and effect assigned to a cell, you can also define a whole set of
parameters that will influence the way your visual is displayed. All of the parameters are
contained in the parameter panel and are grouped in four tabs: Visual, Effects, Mixing and
Position/Size.
Note that if your screen is big enough, you can undock the tabs and to see all four tab contents
at the same time.
To edit the parameters of any cell, simply right-click the cell. The cell will be highlighted to show
it is currently being edited.
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5.1.3.1 Visual Tab
The visual tab controls what visual is assigned to the cell and how it will be played.

The visual thumbnail shows
the visual assigned to the
cell. If you wish, you can
directly drag and drop a
visual from the file browser
on the thumbnail rather than
on the cell itself.

The two arrows on each side of the cell allow you to browse through all the available
visuals. This includes any visuals already opened in the project (and listed in the 'Visuals'
browser), as well as cameras and generators. Use the left arrow to go to the previous
visual and the right one to go to the next one

Loop modes allow you to define how the visual will be played back. The modes include, in
order: forward loop, backward loop, forward once, backward once, ping-pong, start frame,
end frame.

The speed setting allows you to control playback speed: The center position is 0% (still),
all the way to the right is forward at 400% (4 times faster than nominal playback) and all
the way to the left is backward at 400%. Note that, like most controls in GrandVJ, you can
reset the speed to its default value (nominal playback) by right clicking the control and
selecting 'default value'. You can also reset any slider to its default value by using
Ctrl+Click [PC] / Alt+Click [Mac].

The segment widget allows you to define a subset of a movie. The start and end point
define which frames will be used for the actual playback region of the movie. Note that it's
very handy to setup the playback mode to either 'start frame' or 'end frame' when setting
up the segment since it will continuously display the reference point you modify.

The text setting is only for flash animations that support text replacement. If this field is
active, it means you can enter any text to be displayed when playing the flash file.
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The priority setting is only available in synth mode (see earlier in this document for a
description of the synth & mixer mode). If the priority is set 'background', the cell will be
triggered “under” already running visuals, if it is set to “foreground”, it will run on top of
cells that have either a regular or background priority.
5.1.3.2 Effect Tab
The effect tab shows the cell effect and effect parameters.

Just as the visuals, you can
directly drag an effect from the
effect browser and drop it on the
effect thumbnail.

You can also browse the effects
using the next/previous arrows
located alongside the effect
thumbnail.
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Each effect can have up to 4
parameters. The parameters and
their values are displayed next
to the effect thumbnail.
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5.1.3.3 Mixing Tab
The mixing tab controls the way the cell are “composited” with the underlying layers.

The
transparency
setting
controls how the visual will be
mixed with the underlying layer.
If the transparency is set to zero,
the visual will be completely
invisible. If it is set to the
maximum and no copy/mask
mode is selected, the visual will
be opaque, possibly hiding them
completely.
Changing
the
transparency allows you to do
fade ins/fade outs.
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The copy modes express how pixels from the cell are going to be combined with the ones
of the underlying layers. In the default mode, pixel colors are mixed together, with a
blending value depending on the transparency, like a traditional mixer. GrandVJ also
allows you to use other ways to combine the pixels: In addition modes, the pixels from the
cell are going to be added to the ones of the underlying layers; In subtraction mode, they
will be subtracted; the multiplication mode multiplies pixels together while the two last
modes do a luminosity comparison, taking the pixel that has either the lowest or highest
brightness.
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The masking modes are used for luminance/chrominance masking. Masking allows you to
'remove' part of the visual based on either the brightness (luminance keying) or color
(chrominance keying). Each mode needs the definition of a 'filter' that express which
values are let through and which values are not. Depending on whether you choose 'pass'
or 'reject' filters, the filter definition will be used to either keep or reject pixels.
Here's the example of a chrominance filter
definition:
The color bar allows you to define the center color around which the filter will be
computed. Click and drag inside it to change the center/reference color. The top handles
specify the width of the color range. The larger it is, the more colors will be
passed/rejected. The bottom handles defines the slope or 'smoothness' of the filter. The
larger it is, the smoother the transition gradient from passed to rejected colors will be.

The color settings can be used to change the tint of the visual. Each of the R,G,B sliders
remove a certain amount of that component from the original visual.
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The preset button (down arrow) allows you to quickly select a combination of mask mode,
copy mode and color settings from a list of presets.
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5.1.3.4 Position / Size Tab
The position/size tab specifies how the visual will be positioned on the screen.

The position setting moves
the visual on the screen.
The z position acts like a
zoom.
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The size setting alters the
size of the visual on the
screen.
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The rotation parameters specify a 3D rotation of the object on which the visual is mapped.
Next to each axis slide is a button which specifies whether the rotation value is an
absolute value or a continuous rotation speed.

The shape controls map the visual on various 3D shapes: you can select between plane,
cube or sphere.
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The tiling parameter specifies how many times the visual is to be tiled (repeated) on the
3D shape.
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The preset menu (down arrow) selects predefined combinations for the position/size
parameters.
5.1.4 Cell Parameter Mapping
In synth mode only, most cell parameters are mappable. To map any parameter to either a
computer keyboard key or MIDI controller, simply toggle the application in MIDI/Keyboard
mapping mode; select the control to map and move the desired controller. Note that in mixer
mode, the cells parameters are merely 'copied' to a running layer and there is no way to map
them to remote control. The live controls in mixer mode are assigned to layer parameters (see
further).
All controls can also be reset to their default values by right-clicking on the control and selecting
'default value' from the pop-up menu.
5.1.5 Cell Copy / Paste
In addition to building cells from scratch, there are ways that you can copy content or cell
parameters to other cells:

Dragging one cell to another cell will duplicate all the settings from the source cell to the
target cell.

Right-clicking on a cell allows you to select copy/cut/paste the cell content from/to the
clipboard. It will also allow you to clear the cell completely or to remove its effect or visual.
Please note that since right-clicking a cell is also used to select it for edition, you need to
hold the right click for a little while before the menu shows up.
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Alternatively, you can also select a cell and select copy/cut/paste from the menu or use the
keyboard shortcut.
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5.2 Banks
As seen previously, banks are collections of cells. There are two groups of banks (or bank
sets): one is shaped like a keyboard (and is preassigned to MIDI notes) and the other one is in
the form of a matrix. The matrix bankset is the only one that can be mapped. The number of
row/column in the matrix is also user-configurable by right-clicking in the gray area of the bank
and selecting “set matrix size”. The size of the matrix will be changed across all banks.
Alternatively, you can also set the matrix size by selecting the menu entry Options  Set
Matrix Size...”
5.2.1 Bank Control
In each bank set, there is always one active bank.
The active bank is designated with a red indicator
in its tab:
Whenever you trigger a cell from the computer keyboard or a MIDI controller, it is ALWAYS the
cell of the active bank that is triggered. All banks share the same trigger mapping settings.
To change the active bank, you can left-click its tab with the mouse or by using a MIDI
controllers. To display a bank without making it active, simply right-click its tab with the mouse.
Note: In synth mode, triggering a cell in a new active bank will stop all cells which were running
in the previous active bank.
To define controllers to control the active bank selection, simply switch the application to either
keyboard or MIDI mapping mode (using the options menu). You will notice that next to the bank,
a special bank mapping panel appears:
This panel provides several ways to control the active bank in each bankset:

The slider allows a continuous controller to be used to smoothly iterate
across all banks.

The two arrows allow you to map to controllers/keys to next/previous
bank in the bankset.
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The 16 number gives the possibility to map a key or a controller to
directly select one of the 16 banks.
5.2.2 Bank Operations
Banks can be easily duplicated. The context menu provides the usual copy/cut/paste
operations.
You can also export a bank's content to a file and re-import it later. This feature allows you to
create a lot of banks according to different themes and load them in your live project as you
need them. Keep in mind that loading a lot of video might, in the end, slow down your system
so it's a good idea to use the “purge visual” entry in the edit menu to get rid of unused videos
taking unnecessary resources. Also, importing banks won't change the size of the matrix layout.
If you rely on this feature, try to always use the same configuration.
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5.3 Layers (Mixer Mode)
Layer previews are only visible in mixer mode. As we said earlier, mixer mode works differently
from the synth mode. In mixer mode, rather than acting on cell parameters, you act directly on
the layer parameters. There are eight layers available at all times and all layers are shown in
the layer preview panel.
5.3.1 Layer Previews
The layer previews display the state of the different layers, along with a few controls. Each layer
has, in order from left to right:

A layer preview, showing the visual running on the layer

A transparency slider, allowing direct control of the layer's
transparency

A play/pause button allowing you to temporarily pause the
layer and restart it. When paused, the layer will not be
displayed.

A stop button to clear the layer

A running indicator
You can right click on a layer preview to show a contextual
menu which allows you to remove the visual or the effect from
the layer.
Layers previews can also be dragged and dropped back onto
cell, creating a cue with the current layer settings.
5.3.2 Layer Parameters
In mixer mode, there is always one layer that is selected. The selected layer (in this case 3) is
the one that will receive cells that are triggered.
Once a cell has been triggered on a layer, the layer runs independently from it. This means
that, to the contrary of the synth mode, once a cell has been 'sent' on a layer, changing the cell
parameters won't affect the running layer. You can, however, directly edit the layer parameters.
To do so, simply select a layer and the parameter panel will display the layer parameters
instead of the cells parameters.
It's important to understand at this point that in mixer mode, the same parameter panel can be
used to edit either cells or layer parameters, depending on which one was last selected. Layer
3 here has a blue background, which means that the parameters shown in the panel are layer
3's. Right click on a cell and you will see the cell's background turn blue, showing it's the cell
parameters that are being edited.
Layer parameters are the same as the cell parameters, for reference, please read “Cell
parameters” further in this document.
In mixer mode, you can also lock some of the layer parameters. Locking parameters means
that when you trigger a cell, the locked parameters won't be transmitted to the layer. For
example if you set up a transparency setting on the layer, you don't want the
transparency setting of the cell to alter the layer. To lock a set of parameters, simply
click on the lock icon in the panel.
If the lock icon is closed, all parameters of that panel will become locked. The mixing and
size/position are the most useful panels to lock.
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5.3.3 Layer Control
5.3.3.1Controlling Layer Parameters
As for the cell parameters in synth mode, you can map all of the layer parameters through
MIDI. Simply toggle the application in MIDI mapping mode, select the parameter to control and
move the MIDI controller knob you would like to assign to it.
GrandVJ provides two different modes to control the layer parameters:

In the default mode, all layers have independently assignable parameters. This means
that you can define a separate controller for the red balance on Layer 1,2,3,...,etc. This
scheme works quite well if you have a controller that is large or allows you to easily
change presets on the fly.

The other mode allows you to define a 'template' of controllers that will always act on the
selected layer. In this mode, if you assign the red balance to CC 3, moving CC 3 will
always affect the red balance of the selected layer. This makes it easier to control a large
set of parameters from a small amount of knobs.
You switch between the two modes by selecting the menu entry Options  Map Selected
Layer.
Note that even in the “selected only” mode, you still can access the individual transparency
controls on the layer preview panel and map them to separate controllers.
5.3.3.2 Controlling Layer Selection
There are a number of possible ways to control layer selection. When you toggle the application
in MIDI/Keyboard mapping, a new panel appears on top of the layer previews:

The slider allows you to assign a continuous controller
to the layer selection.

The two arrow shaped button allow to map a control for
next and previous layer.

The number next to the layer can also be used to select
that layer directly.
Note the two additional buttons in the panel above the layer preview panel. They are used
to map 'pause' and 'stop' selected channel.
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5.4 The Mapping List
Through the previous chapters, we've seen that
it is fairly easy to map MIDI or keyboard control
to most software parameters. This easily links a
controller to the software. Sometimes, however,
a bit more configuration may be needed. The
'mappings' tab in the browser section lists all the
existing mappings.
Right clicking an entry allows you edit or delete
it. If you choose to edit the entry (which you can
achieve by double-clicking as well), you will see
a dialog like the one shown on the bottom of this
page.
The dialog allows you to manually setup the
controller type and MIDI channel but also gives
you a few more options:
The incremental toggle specifies that the
controller is sending incremental values. There
are a couple of variants in the MIDI specification
so you will have to choose the type of
incremental controller: (2 complement, Signed
bit, Signed bit 2, Bin Offset)
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The circular toggle specifies you want the
mapping to work in a wrap-around fashion;
for example, if you go lower than the
minimum value it goes back to the
maximum value and vice versa.

The sensitivity is used to calibrate the
incremental controllers to react better

The min. & max. values can be used to limit
the range of the controlled element. If you
put a maximum value lower than the
minimum value, the control mapping will be
inverted.
Note that you can directly access this dialog by
right-clicking on any assignable control and
select “edit keyboard mapping...” or “edit MIDI
mapping...”
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6 THE PREFERENCES DIALOG
The preferences dialog sets various options of the application.
6.1 Display Tab
The “Display” tab specifies how
the output is displayed in full
screen mode.

Full screen monitor selects
the screen adapter to use
when the application is
toggled in fullscreen. Usually,
you will use the second
adapter, keeping the interface
on the main monitor.

Resolution specifies the
resolution that you want to
use when running the engine.

Force
resolution:
This
setting
has
a
different
meaning on PC and Mac:
On PC, it runs fullscreen in so-called 'Exclusive mode'. This mode is the mode used by
most games and is optimal in terms of video performance. However, when engaged, you
can't toggle to any other application than GrandVJ. If you do so, fullscreen will quit.
On MAC, it will change the monitor resolution to fit the setting of the resolution. If you
toggle the setting off, only a part of the screen will be covered.

Custom resolution: This setting allows you to use 'exotic' resolutions that donʼt match the
adapter settings. This feature is mainly intended for Mac users to allow spanning of the
display across two monitors.

Soft-Edge can be used if you split the engine's output to several beaming devices. In that
case, it is good, quality-wise, to overlap the beamer's output and introduce a mixing curve
in the overlap zone. The span allows you to specify how many beaming devices will be in
use, both vertically and horizontally. The width and curve parameters control the blending
zones of the soft edge. See “Widescreen And Multiscreen Presentation” for more details.
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6.2 MIDI
The MIDI tab allows you to select
which MIDI devices will be enabled
for use with the application. Please
note that all data from enabled
MIDI devices are merged so no
matter what interface it comes
from, a note on message on
channel 1 will have the same
effect.
Here, you can also select whether
the keyboard banks should be
dedicated to one MIDI channel or
should listen to all of them.
6.3 Performances
The “Performances” tab configures
how previews are handled.

GPULevel gives an indication
of the capabilities of your
graphic card. If the level is too
low, it might be possible that
some
options
become
unavailable. The maximum
level is 4.

Preview style defines what is
shown in the layer preview in
mixer mode. You can choose
off, media (default) and full.
The media setting will only
display the media without
applying effects. The full
setting will display both the
media and the effect applied
on it but this will imply that the
preview are downloaded back
from the graphic card to the
main memory which might
give a performance hit,
especially on PC.

Preview Quality allows you
to downsample the preview
content quality, if you being to
run
into
decreased
performance.
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6.4 Output
The “Output” tab configures the
key-stoning used for projector
output. Key-stoning is used to
correct the image if the projector is
not totally parallel to the screen
6.5 Advanced
This tab allows you to set up various advanced options for the software.

Auto purge allows the software to automatically unload visuals that are neither running
nor assigned to a cell. You can activate both a purging timer and ask the software to purge
when the physical memory available goes under a certain threshold.

Enable QuickTime sound allows you to mix QuickTime videos with sound. Note that this
might have an impact on general performance of the software.
6.6 Registration
This tab displays the MachineID for this computer and – if the software is registered - the
corresponding Serial Key, in case you wish to back up that information prior to reinstalling your
computer for example.
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7 PERFORMANCE AND SETUP CONSIDERATIONS
Achieving good performance with video can be difficult because it depends on many different factors.
The most important factors are:
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CPU speed
Disk speed
RAM access speed
Video card & video bus speed
Movie compression
There is no easy way to give a definitive answer in terms of what is best for every computer setting. In
ArKaos GrandVJ, most of the graphic processing is done in the graphic chip of the video hardware, so
the more powerful it is, the better performance you are going to get. The CPU is mainly used to
decompress movie frames from the disk and send them to the video card. The faster your drives are,
the faster frames will be loaded in the memory and the faster your CPU is, the faster it will
decompress the frames.
GrandVJ's engine is also heavily multi-threaded. Having several cores will help decompress movie
frames in parallel, allowing a faster throughput.
To achieve a good frame rate with a given hardware, you can:


Adapt the resolution of the engine. See (Preferences/Display)
Use source material that is adapted to your hardware. If you have a slow disk or older
generation of hardware, try working with smaller video sources to minimize the impact of loading
and decompressing the movie. Since all calculations are done inside the graphic card, the
automatic filtering applied when the images are scaled to the final resolution will minimize
aliasing effects.
It is very important to note that popular compressions schemes such as mpeg, divx,DV and vobs, are
very inefficient for VJing. Video files using these compression schemes will behave ʻcorrectlyʼ when
used at nominal speed (100%), but will be very sluggish if you change their playback speed or play
them backwards. If you use these compression formats, you will get poor performance from the
software.
7.1 Movie Compression
Beside movie size, compression scheme has a huge impact both on the fluidity of the display and
playability. The more complex the compression scheme, the more work the processor will have to do
to recover specific frames, which often results in sluggish performance. In addition to the compression
method itself, thereʼs the issue of key frames. Most widely spread compression mechanisms work
using incremental methods, which means they construct a frame by storing the difference between a
frame and the previous one. In order to keep the process from deriving too much from the original
material, they store an original frame every now and then, and start coding incremental information
from that frame on. These original frames are called ʻkey framesʼ. Using sparse key frames will mean
that for GrandVJ to access a given frame, it will have to find the previous key frame and process all
the intermediate frame differences until it reaches the desired one. As you can imagine, this process
is rather slow and prevents fast access to frames, which is very important for backward playback or
scratching. Thatʼs why compression schemes like mpeg or DivX are not at all suited for video
performance.
From our experience, the best compression scheme for video performance is QuickTimeʼs Photo
JPEG with a quality setting of about 80% or more. This will ensure smooth playback, effective
scratching and decent file size. If you want to use high definition content (HD) you can also use the H
264 codec, part of Apple QuickTime 7.x.
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7.2 Widescreen & Multiscreen Presentation
7.3 Introduction
In a common ArKaos GrandVJ setup, a computer with two video outputs is generally used: one
output for the desktop monitor (to display the interface and control the software) and another
output which receives the result of the visual mix. The second output is generally connected to
a video projector, a large screen or a hardware video mixer.
In this case, you will be using the
single second output to send your
final mix and, after having defined the
adapter to use and its resolution, you
are ready to go.
ArKaos GrandVJ, however, also
offers custom output resolution
possibilities. This allows you to create
multi-screen or wide screen setups,
controlled by a single computer
running ArKaos GrandVJ. In this
chapter, weʼll investigate those
specific setups.
Important: Wide screen or multi-screen setups require high resolution output and therefore a
recent / powerful graphic card is necessary; a setup including 2 screens, each in 1024x768, will
require ArKaos GrandVJ to output in 2048x768, which will use a lot of CPU and GPU
resources.
7.4 Definitions
7.4.1.1 Wide Screen
A wide screen setup consists of one large visual mix spanning across several screens placed
next to the other.
This is achieved by generating a
single ArKaos GrandVJ projection in
very a large resolution, which spans
across several video adapters. If you
plan to use projectors as outputs
devices, you also have a Soft-Edge
option, which allows seamless edge
blending between the two projectors.
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7.4.1.2 Multi-screen
The multi-screen setup is the same
concept as the wide screen in the
sense that it drives several adapters
but in this case you end up with
different visual mixes displayed on
each output.
The way it works is that you use the
position settings of ArKaos GrandVJ
to assign layers to part of the screen,
which is divided across the various
adapters.
7.4.2 Case Studies
In order to explain the different steps to setup ArKaos GrandVJ to produce a wide screen or
multi-screen projection with several displays, letʼs examine some common hardware
configurations.
7.4.2.1 Case 1: Dual Head Graphic Card
If you only have a dual head graphic card and would like to achieve multiple outputs, you will
need to use both adapters and, since you have no more monitor available left, you will lose the
interface display.
7.4.2.2 Case 2: Dual Head Graphic Card + Single Head Graphic Card
Adding a supplementary graphic card to the setup described above will allow you to use it with
your desktop monitor in order to display the ArKaos GrandVJ interface and control the software
while you use the dual head graphic card and its two outputs for the wide screen or multiscreen outputs.
Important: at this stage, this option is only available on PC. The Mac version does not support
accessing more than one graphic adapter.
7.4.2.3 Case 3: Dual Head Graphic Card + Additional Hardware
Using an external hardware such as the Matrox DualHead2Go allows splitting one video output
into two separate signals (the DualHead2Go is a palm-sized box that sits outside of your
system and has one VGA input and two VGA outputs).
This system allows computers with a dual head graphic card to use one of the graphic card
output for the software interface and its second output to send the visuals that will be split
across two different screens. This very affordable solution will also fit perfectly with most
modern laptops.
7.4.2.4 Other Possible Combinations
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
Dual head graphic card with each output split in two with a DualHead2Go; you would have
a 4 screens setup.
Matrox also provides the TripleHead2Go multi-display upgrade allowing splitting a single
display adapter across 3 different screens. This can lead to up to 6 screens if you are
using a dedicated two-heads display adapter for the output.
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7.4.3 Monitor Setup For Wide Screen Or Multi-Screen Projection
Earlier in this document, weʼve seen how to choose and setup a second monitor to display the
ArKaos GrandVJ visual mix. To do wide screen or multi-screen, the principle is the same in the
sense that ArKaos GrandVJ will continue to output one large visual mix, but the visual is going
to span across the multiple heads of an adapter. The way to execute the span across adapters
is very different for Mac and PCʼs so weʼll examine them separately.
7.4.3.1 Monitor Setup Under Windows
Under windows, it is the graphic card that is responsible for spanning the big display across the
various heads. In a sense, you create one “virtual display” covering two “physical displays”.
In Windows terms, this is called Horizontal Span or Vertical Span, depending on the display
orientation you will select.
As an example, we will explain the different steps to configure a virtual display over multiple
screens both with nVidia and ATI graphic cards. Other graphic cards may be capable of
achieving such a setup and the configuration settings should not be too different from the ones
explained below. In any case, please refer to your graphic card manufacturerʼs documentation.
Finally, it is important to setup these options before launching ArKaos GrandVJ since the
application detects your displays upon startup.
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1. nVidia Graphic Cards
1.
In the Windows Control Panel, open
the “Display Properties” window and
go to the “Settings” tab. You will see
a classic dual monitor setup such as
the one below.
2.
Click on the “Advanced” button and
select the nVidia tab on the top right,
this window will open:
3.
In the menu next to “nView
Display
Mode”,
select
“Horizontal
Span”
or
“Vertical Span” and click
OK to apply.
If you selected “Horizontal
Span”, the two physical
screens will be merged side
by side in a single large
display and the Windows
display settings window will
show a large screen.
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4.
In this case, the resolution is
2560x1024 because we used two
1280x1024 screens.
If you selected “Vertical Span”, the
two physical screens will be
merged on top of each other in a
single tall display and the
Windows display settings window
will show a tall screen.
5.
Once you have achieved this
setup and closed the display
settings window by clicking Ok,
you can launch ArKaos GrandVJ.
The resolutions available for the
adapter will now list the wide set
of resolution you created with the
horizontal span.
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2. ATI Graphic Cards
Setting up Horizontal or Vertical Span with ATI graphics cards is done through the “ATI Catalyst
Control Center” which you can launch from Windowsʼ program menu or from the ATI icon in
your system tray (next to the clock in the task bar).
Horizontal Span
1.
Once the “ATI Catalyst
Control Center” window is
open, to setup a simple
Horizontal Span, select the
Basic mode then click Next.
2.
The display configuration
wizard will be displayed, click
Go to start:
3.
In the Available Display
Devices list, select which one
is your primary monitor then
click Next.
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4.
In
the
Desktop
Mode
Selection dialog, select the
last option “Horizontal Stretch”
then click Next.
5.
You will end up with a single
display spanning horizontally
over two monitors. You can
now launch ArKaos GrandVJ
and select from the new set of
available resolutions.
Vertical Span
1.
To setup a Vertical Span,
select “Advanced” instead of
Basic on the ATI Catalyst
Control Center first screen
then click ʻNextʼ.
2.
Select the “Displays Manager”
section in the tree menu under
the “Graphics Settings” tab;
you will see your monitors
listed.
3.
Right-click on your secondary
monitor and select the option
“Stretch Desktop 1 vertically
onto monitor” from the pop-up
menu. Of course, you can
also setup a horizontal stretch
from that menu.
4.
Close the dialog box by
clicking Ok. You can now
launch ArKaos GrandVJ and
select your “virtual monitor”
from the Monitors Setup
dialog box.
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7.4.3.2 Monitor Setup Under Mac OS X
1.
From the Apple menu, open the System Preferences and select “Displays”, once in the
Displays window, go to the “Arrangement” tab.
It is very important here to ensure that your monitors are represented in the same position
as they are physically positioned; you may need to drag the monitors around with your
mouse to place them correctly. In this case the primary monitor is placed to the left of the
secondary monitor.
Important: You will later need
to manually specify the
resolution corresponding to
the sum of your two monitors.
So make sure you take note
of it at this stage. For
example, if you have two
monitors
of
resolution
1024x768 placed side by side,
your total resolution will be
2048x768.
You can now close the
System Preferences Displays
window and launch ArKaos
GrandVJ.
2.
In ArKaos GrandVJ, go to the Preference Dialog and select the display tab. First, as output
monitor, select the monitor that is positioned at the top left of the full display. Then select
the custom resolution setting and enter the resolution corresponding to the sum of the two
monitors (2048x768 in our example).
3.
Start full screen and the window will be created across the two monitors.
To have it correctly spanned across your two monitors it is important that they have been
positioned as they should at step 1 and that your ArKaos GrandVJ resolution corresponds
to the sum of the resolution of your two monitors.
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7.5 Soft-Edge
To create a large screen by combining several video projectors it is important to be able to
seamlessly blend the edges between each projection. This can be achieved through the use of
the Soft-Edge option as it creates an overlapped area on the border of each screen with a fade
on the edge that can be overlapped with the next image.
Here is the original image (a nice view of Pragueʼs skyline):
And hereʼs an example of
what would be displayed
with a two beamers setup:
The areas to blend are
displayed in the middle of
the visual. Positioning the
beamers so that these two
areas are superposed will
re-create
the
original
picture without any visible
separation in the middle of
the visual.
Of course, itʼs highly
recommended to use two
identical projectors.
In the “Display Tab” of the Preferences
Window, you can access Soft-Edge options,
including the number of projectors to be
used horizontally and vertically:
Once this has been setup, you can control
the soft edging characteristics by changing
the width and curve of the soft edge.
The width of the overlapping area is defined between 2% and 50% of one screen size.
The curve factor defines the fade curve value, allowing you to fine-tune the luminosity of the
overlapping area compared to the rest of the picture.
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7.5.1 Calibration
Below are the common steps to setup a wide screen with Soft-Edge in ArKaos GrandVJ
(provided that you have correctly setup your system and your graphics card driver parameters
as explained earlier in this document).
1.
Launch ArKaos GrandVJ.
2.
Setup the number of horizontal and vertical screens, and the soft-edge settings in the
“Display tab” of the Preferences Window.
3.
Import a picture appropriate for calibration and activate it.
4.
Launch the full screen mode ([Ctrl]+A or [Apple]+A in ArKaos GrandVJ)
(At this point, you should have the picture displayed on the two beamers with the soft-edge
effect).
5.
Place the beamers correctly so that the edges blend seamlessly.
6.
Adjust the Curve parameter to obtain the desired luminosity of the overlapping area.
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8 SUPPORT, INFORMATION AND CONTACT
Users discussion forum
Support centre / Knowledgebase
http://forum.arkaos.net/
http://support.arkaos.net/
8.1 Solutions
As always, we are eager to hear from you. If you have any problems or questions, don't
hesitate to join our forums or to contact our support team!
8.1.1 Users discussion forum
If you just want to discuss with other ArKaos users, share tips and experiences about our
products or third party software / hardware, ask questions about particular setups etc.. Our
Users discussion forum is the place to be!
8.1.2 Knowledgebase articles
Our online Support Centre features a FAQ / Knowledgebase where a solution to the most
common registration / configuration problems has been posted.
8.1.3 Trouble ticket system
Our online Support centre also features a Trouble ticket system which allows our team to
receive your support requests and follow up the resolution of your problem as well as
eventual future issues. You can check the status of your trouble tickets, post replies to our
team or create new trouble tickets directly from our web interface.
Our support team answers your requests during office hours (CET) on weekdays, we do
our very best to answer your trouble tickets within one business day.
8.1.4 Distributors and resellers
Our distributors and resellers are also at your service if you would like to request
information in your language, advice on additional hardware or software, solutions or
quotes for a particular configuration etc..
A complete list of distributors and resellers for our software can be found on our web site.
Thank you very much for your interest in our products, we hope you will enjoy using this
software as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Have fun!
The ArKaos Team
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9 NOTES
INDEX
A I Activation Code............................................. 5, 6
Audio input ...................................................... 13
Incremental ......................................................24
Installation .........................................................5
B K Background............................................... 14, 18
Backward ........................................................ 18
Banks .............................................. 9, 12, 16, 21
Key frames ......................................................28
Key-stoning......................................................27
Kill all ...............................................................13
Knowledgebase ...............................................39
C Cells .......................................... 9, 12, 16, 17, 18
Chrominance................................................... 19
Clear ......................................................... 12, 20
Color ............................................................... 19
Compression................................................... 28
Controller .............................. 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 21
Copy / Paste ............................................... 7, 20
Copy modes.................................................... 19
Cube ............................................................... 20
D Default value ................................................... 20
Demo mode ...................................................... 7
Displays ........................................ 25, 31, 36, 37
Distributors...................................................... 39
Drag and drop ..................................... 16, 18, 20
Dual output........................................................ 8
E L Latch ..........................................................13, 17
Layers ..............................................9, 12, 22, 23
License ..............................................................5
Lock parameters ..............................................22
Loop modes .....................................................18
Luminance .......................................................19
M MachineID....................................................6, 27
Mapping ...................9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20, 24
Masking modes ...............................................19
Matrix ...............................................9, 12, 16, 21
MIDI activity .....................................................13
MIDI channel..............................................24, 26
MIDI notes .......................................................16
Mixer mode ..................................................8, 14
Monitors .........................................25, 30, 31, 36
Multi-screen .....................................................30
Multi-threading .................................................28
Effects ................................................... 9, 11, 18
P F Fade.......................................................... 14, 19
FAQ................................................................. 39
Force resolution .............................................. 16
Foreground ............................................... 14, 18
Forum.............................................................. 39
Forward........................................................... 18
Frame rate ...................................................... 28
Full screen ...................................... 8, 13, 16, 25
G Gain control..................................................... 13
Generators ........................................................ 9
GPULevel........................................................ 26
Graphic card ....................................... 26, 30, 31
Panels..............................................................10
Parameters ..........................................12, 17, 23
Pause...............................................................22
Performance ..............................................26, 28
Ping-pong ........................................................18
Plane................................................................20
Play..................................................................22
Playback ..........................................................18
Position ............................................................20
Preferences .....................................................25
Preview ......................................9, 11, 12, 22, 26
Priority........................................................14, 18
Project................................................................9
Projector ..........................................8, 27, 29, 37
Purge .........................................................21, 27
R H Help................................................................. 13
Hold........................................................... 13, 17
Horizontal span ................................... 31, 32, 34
Resellers..........................................................39
Resolution............................................25, 28, 33
Rotation ...........................................................20
S T Segment.......................................................... 18
Sequencer............................................... 8, 9, 15
Serial Key................................................ 6, 7, 27
Shape.............................................................. 20
Size ................................................................. 20
Soft-Edge ............................................ 25, 29, 37
Sound.......................................................... 9, 27
Source............................................................. 11
Speed.............................................................. 18
Sphere ............................................................ 20
Stop........................................................... 14, 22
Support ........................................................... 39
Synth mode................................................. 8, 14
Text..................................................................18
Thumbnail ........................................................18
Tiling ................................................................20
Toolbar.............................................................13
Transparency.......................................12, 19, 22
V Vertical span ........................................31, 33, 35
Visuals .............................................9, 11, 18, 27
W Wide screen.....................................................29