For 120 fps Slow Motion Alone, iPhone 5S Became the Visualist Phone of Choice

iPhone 5s Test Footage – 120 fps from Rishi Kaneria on Vimeo. Three words for VJs and visualists: shoot more footage. You’ll find plenty of reviews of the new iPhone 5S for photography applications, but perhaps most compelling is its impressive 120-fps slow motion, which is stunning for something that’s included in a mobile phone. Overnight, the 5S has become the visualist phone of choice – that is, if you’re investing in a new phone. And I have to say, generally, while other rivals (notably Samsung and Nokia) ship phones with good optics, Apple seems to have the edge in …

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TouchDesigner 088 Adds Crazy-Awesome Savvy in Mapping, Scripting, Sound and Music, More

Eye Vapor EEG Sonification 1 from Derivative on Vimeo. Smart. Even smart enough to visualize and sonify EEGs. TouchDesigner is not well-known in general circles, even after long-running availability. It’s Windows-only software for specialists. But there’s only one thing you need to know about it: it is consistently used in some of the best work artists are doing right now in multimedia. And in one go, the deceptively-named “088” is adding some massively-important stuff. Little wonder we’re hearing from a number of readers who are already excited. And there’s now a non-commercial license, too, fellow impoverished and overworked but lovable …

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ArKaos GrandVJ 2 Now in Public Beta: Video Mapping, Improved UI

GrandVJ remains one of the top tools for VJing and live visuals, from the firm that helped popularize these tools. But competition remains fierce. Version 2, now entering public beta, offers some reasons for current users to remain loyal – and could even lure people considering a new tool. Spoiler alert: mapping is arriving. The first thing you’ll notice, though, is the UI. GrandVJ’s keyboard-layout UI is one of the main draws of the tool, but you still have to enter Mixer Mode for more sophisticated layering and control. The new version uses color coding to streamline workflows there, among …

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VJ App VDMX Adds Automatic BPM Detection, Lovely Effect, Controller Features

Quick intro to Waveclock automatic BPM detection in VDMX from VIDVOX on Vimeo. Fingers getting repetitive stress injuries from manually tapping out tempos? Pay attention. The popular Mac live visual tool VDMX has long been the deep powerhouse of the VJ app field, with extensive modularity and customizability. Its newest update adds some major progress in synchronization and control, plus a rich set of new effects (ones regular CDM readers will no doubt recognize). The headline feature is BPM sync. The fruits of a collaboration with Wavesum, VDMX now integrates one-click automatic tempo detection inside the software. (See the video …

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Rouge: The Power of TouchDesigner, Made Ready and Reusable for Live Performance [Free]

The beauty of open-ended, modular environments is the ability to create exactly what you need from the ground up, each time. The problem with open-ended, modular environments is the need to create exactly what you need from the ground up, each time. And that has left some readers of this site utterly baffled when opening the graphical environment TouchDesigner we mention so often. Media artist Mary Franck got tired of creating new modules and mappings for each performance, and wanted to produce a framework that allowed her to create custom shows without having to reinvent the wheel. What she has …

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Creative Coding, Evolved: Processing Nears 2.0 Release With Hot-Looking Beta 9

There’s a reason for Processing’s popularity. By making code simple, elegant, and direct, and catering directly to the kinds of visual ideas creative people have, the environment has made programming accessible to artists and designers in a way nothing else could. Coding no longer has to be a source of fear, or a bad word. But Processing, years into its life, has also badly needed a refresh. 2.0 is more than just a house cleaning. It’s a new direction, with “modes” that mean it’s no longer tied to old desktop Java architectures. (See a tantalizing screenshot below – with the …

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Color and Light: Gestures Manipulate Music, RGB Lights [Ableton + Kinect]

Motion, light & sound / Kinect & Madlight from things happen on Vimeo. In a teaser video just released by Spain’s Things Happen, a silhouetted performer uses arm position to sweep through RGB colors and trigger sound cues. It’s the latest effort to integrate the immersive media environment with a performer’s body, part spectacle, part interface. The ingredients, apart from Microsoft’s ubiquitous Kinect depth camera: Motion capture + image = light + sound Software: MadMapper [using MadMapper’s Madlight feature to trigger lighting] Quartz composer Ableton live Music: Sun Glitters x Isan – Snowfall The nice thing about the inter-linked, comment-enabled …

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Behind the Veil: Reznor’s How To Destroy Angels Makes Poetry in Light

Amidst a forest of illuminated tubing, the band How to Destroy Angels (with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mariqueen Maandig, and visualist/art director Rob Sheridan) take to the stage in an abstract digital structure. The stage image is transcendent, a rectangular prism of shifting digital visuals and projected effects. Perhaps it’s best to run this by the specs: 16 ft. tall (nearly 5m) curtain of surgical tubing Front projection: standard projector Back image: LED (another 16 feet / 5m worth) Livid Instruments CNTRL:R MIDI controller – two of them, in fact, Livid confirms Additional control from an iPad mini running Liine’s …

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Behind the Veil: Reznor's How To Destroy Angels Makes Poetry in Light

Amidst a forest of illuminated tubing, the band How to Destroy Angels (with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mariqueen Maandig, and visualist/art director Rob Sheridan) take to the stage in an abstract digital structure. The stage image is transcendent, a rectangular prism of shifting digital visuals and projected effects. Perhaps it’s best to run this by the specs: 16 ft. tall (nearly 5m) curtain of surgical tubing Front projection: standard projector Back image: LED (another 16 feet / 5m worth) Livid Instruments CNTRL:R MIDI controller – two of them, in fact, Livid confirms Additional control from an iPad mini running Liine’s …

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In Boston, a VJ Competition, and a Glimpse Inside the Live Visual Scene

Along with New York, Boston was really my introduction to what was happening in live visuals and VJing. So, I already took interest when a couple of friends sent word of a VJ competition in Boston. Then, of course, things in that city turned very strange indeed. The festival “Together,” scheduled in May, couldn’t have a better title – we’re thinking of you. So, Northeast USA, I absolutely am pleased to alert you to this competition; I hope we get some CDM readers in it. And for the rest of us around the world, here’s a look at what a …

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