Syphon in Your After Effects Lets You Map While You Animate

Okay, After Effects fans — Ahem. Yo Dawg, I hear you like Syphon, so I put Syphon in Your After Effects. Or something to that effect. Say what? Well, Syphon, for those of you who have, um, never read this site, is a technology for connecting textures between apps on the Mac. And that includes tools like the wildly-popular MadMapper. There’s not only one use case for having a Syphon plug-in in After Effects, but one clear use case would be making adjustments to an animation in After Effects, live, while you test projection mapping (or other display mappings) in …

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New Phon.o Music Video Makes Tripping Out to Cats Cool All Over Again

This shouldn’t work. A video full of lasers, mountain ranges inexplicably floating through space, and endless shots of cats should seem a cloying, annoying play for eyeballs. And yet … Can’t … take my eyes … away … somehow. (And I’m a dog person, darnit.) Thank Immo König. The solo director / motion graphics house did the visual production to the hypnotically-chilled rhythms of Phon.o in a matchup for the label 50 Weapons. König’s one-man band approach shows in a creation that’s inventive, but also tightly directed and paced. And he’s been doing this a while, in case you hadn’t …

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Motion Improv: How Visuals for Audego Album Were Made with Quartz Composer

Audego Motion Graphics Medley from jeanpoole on Vimeo. Arrange, arrange … render. Wait. Wait. Given that you can jam along with music live, why not do the same with visuals? Quartz Composer’s real-time workflows still appeal for that reason. Australia’s Sean Healy, aka Jean Poole, writes to share how he worked with QC and a variety of other tools to make the process of adding visual accompaniment to music faster and more intuitive. “It’s great for prototyping ideas and developing them quickly,” he says of Quartz Composer, “and these can be recorded in realtime too (with Syphon Recorder).” Yes, that …

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Data Privacy, The Terrifying 3D Animated Movie by Beeple [+VJ Clips]

Can shiny, rotating 3D eye candy have a message? They can if they’re in the masterful hands of motion graphics / visualist wizard Beeple, aka Mike Winkelmann. His latest short is retina-singeing, brain-stimulating imagination of the issue of transparency and data privacy, in the age of Snowden and the NSA, targeted Facebook ads, Foursquare check-ins, and Google Glass. And it works not simply because it’s impressive animation, but because that impressive animation reminds us that the science fiction universe we imagined is around us now – a Ghost in the Machine, Serial Experiments Lain, cyberpunk universe that can be utopian …

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Birthday, Charming Animation by Renata Gasiorowska to Music of Alphabets Heaven

Alphabets Heaven – Birthday from diplodok493 on Vimeo. It has been extraordinary to watch the explosion of animation talent, as digital and traditional techniques merge, making newly-practical the role of the individual, independent animation artist. Today’s truly lovely example comes from young Łódź, Poland-based animator Renata Gąsiorowska, who collaborates with music label King Deluxe on a video for Brighton, UK band Alphabets Heaven. (We covered King Deluxe and their love for videos last fall.) Against the focused whimsy of that music, Renata’s animation weaves a fanciful narrative, perfectly timed to the pacing and flow of the tune. See the in-progress …

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Inside a Beige Atom: Torann EP Sampler, Audiovisual Meditation from Dublin's Lakker Duo

Torann EP Sampler from Lakker on Vimeo. Dara Smith sends this lovely, minimal meditation on particles drifting through space. I love that the visuals aren’t more active than they are, in fact, as if entering a beige, spinning atom. Ian Mc Donnell and Dara make up Dublin-based Lakker. Tracks: Summer Rains Mustard Crying Ciar Static & Amp One Note boomkat.com/search?q=lakker&fields%5B%5D= Built by the musicians in [Autodesk] Softimage ICE and Adobe After Effects – and I think nicely pairs the music to their visual aesthetic concept. More: www.lakker.com

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Inside a Beige Atom: Torann EP Sampler, Audiovisual Meditation from Dublin’s Lakker Duo

Torann EP Sampler from Lakker on Vimeo. Dara Smith sends this lovely, minimal meditation on particles drifting through space. I love that the visuals aren’t more active than they are, in fact, as if entering a beige, spinning atom. Ian Mc Donnell and Dara make up Dublin-based Lakker. Tracks: Summer Rains Mustard Crying Ciar Static & Amp One Note boomkat.com/search?q=lakker&fields%5B%5D= Built by the musicians in [Autodesk] Softimage ICE and Adobe After Effects – and I think nicely pairs the music to their visual aesthetic concept. More: www.lakker.com

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Groovy Geometries: Les Professionnels – Move! Music Video, Made in Flash

Beth Wexler – aka Memory Lab – writes with a terrific music video project, built in Flash. It’s a lovely example of doing more with less, featuring some elegant, minimal colored geometries dancing along with the music – and brings a VJ aesthetic to the video, a bit of abstract expression. The music is Philadelphia’s Les Professionnels, who just released an EP with remixes by Eliot Lipp, Lushlife, and others. Beth writes: I recently received my MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Digital media. I’m a VJ, digital media artist, and musician. I’ve teamed up with Les Professionnels, …

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Ments, Short Animation, Transports You To Wondrous Underwater Alien World

Ments, an audiovisual collaboration between sound creators Echoic Audio and London-based motion artist Jordi Pages, almost needs no introduction. It jacks your brain deep into the oceans of some alien world. There’s no clear narrative, but perhaps this is what Pixar narrative is like if you’re from a different solar system. Jordi offers up some of the technical details: The main software used is Cinema 4D R13 with the dynamics simulation and optimize afterwards for time remapping and texturing. Coloring and grading was done in AE and credits and post effects were done with Plexus. Have a look, and if …

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Geo-tastic Augmented Sculptures by Jean-Michel Verbeeck; Stumbling for Words for a Meme

. / HEXASTRUCT from Jean-Michel Verbeeck on Vimeo. You’ve seen work like this before, but keep watching – Jean-Michel Verbeeck’s execution is exquisite. Let me throw a phrase out there to describe this meme around projection mapping and augmented projection: Neo-Baroque Abstract Expressionism Post-minimalist Trompe L’oeil (I mean those – I’m not just turning into one of those arty bollocks generators.) At top, one of the “stacks of blocks” variety, but I also enjoy the more reason geometric superhero figure below. Details after the jump. . / INNOVATES from Jean-Michel Verbeeck on Vimeo.

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