High End Systems launched Axon, a rack-mount media server featuring the same graphics engine as the DL.2 digital light. Axon is a flexible solution for those who already have their own video display device, and want a world of unlimited image possibilities. Axon provides all the functions of the DL.2 - including the new Collage Generator and Curved Surface Support but it allows the user to choose their own output device. Axon can feed video to High End Systems' DL.1, LED panels or large format projectors. Because it is controlled exactly as a DL.2, it fits in perfectly on shows with DL.2s needing an extra media server for other video display devices.
Axon saves money that would ordinarily be spent on show content. It comes complete with a stock digital library of more than 1,000 media clips as well as 200 available folders for custom media clips. Because all stock content is locked down and protected, each Axon will always be consistent from rental house to rental house. The XP Embedded Operating System also protects Axon from drive corruption and O/S degradation over time.
As Axon and DL.2 use the same graphics engine, they operate the same way from a DMX console or via Art-Net. This can save lots of time during programming. Axon is also helpful at the Front of House area for previewing content and programming for a show. It's useful for pre-programming DL.2 fixtures because they use the same DMX Library protocol. Axon can connect to another live video display source (such as a camera or DVD player) using an S-Video input.
Multiple Axon media servers may be linked together with communication and content management achieved by High End Systems' Content Management Application. New features are always being created in new software releases available for free download from the High End Systems website. For more specifications on Axon and other HES products, visit the product page at www.highend.com.