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Arkaos VJ Updated to 3.0

Multimedia authoring tool gets optimized code, improved effects By Dave Nagel
Arkaos has launched a new version of its multimedia authoring tool, Arkaos VJ. The new version 3.0 adds several new features, including inputs and outputs, 32-bit color and additioal effects, as well as improvements to feature from the previous release. It's available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

Arkoas VJ is a suite designed specifically for VJs, providing audio and video playback, along with real-time visual effects. According to Arkaos, the new version is fully optimized for Mac OS X and the Motorola G4, as well as Windows XP and Intel Pentium chips. Arkaos VJ 3.0 gains input support for several simultaneous video streams via FireWire, USB or a video capture board. Other new features include:

  • Real-time chroma and luma keying support;
  • Text module via animated flash files;
  • New transfer modes;
  • Support for 32-bit color and resolutions up to 1,024 x 768;
  • Support for ReWire;
  • Seven new effects and several effects carried over from the previous release;
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  • New interface skin;
  • Support for an active preview in one monitor while rendering on a second;
  • Redesign of visual info dialog to support keying and compositing.

Arkaos VJ 3.0 is available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows for $343. Demo versions are also available. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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