March 1: VDMX Masterclass @ ACMI with David Lublin, Vidvox, NY

Am delighted to be helping host an ACMI workshop on March 1st – with David Lublin (Vidvox co-developer for VDMX). ((UPDATE: video workshop was archived on youtube, and is viewable at the bottom of this page)) David will be delivering … Continue reading

by j p, February 6, 2014 1 Comment

Visual Composition with Quartz Composer

“There’s a lot of wonderful possibilities for real-time visual compositing with Quartz Composer. Most existing QC learning resources though, tend to emphasise the generative graphics capabilities of QC. For those with a post-production, animation, motion graphics or VJ background – … Continue reading

by j p, October 14, 2013 0 comments

Crossfading Laptops with the *spark d-fuser

NOW READY FOR ORDERING…. “The *spark d-fuser lets you crossfade between laptops. Whether switching between presenters or pushing avant-garde pixels, hands-on control for mixing DVI and VGA signals is now available in a compact and affordable package. If you want to know … Continue reading

by j p, August 30, 2012 0 comments

Learning With Quartz Part 5: Using Twitter Hashtags + RSS Feeds in VDMX

[[ UPDATE : A while ago – Twitter changed the way it deals with RSS, thereby breaking the technique below… ]] (( For possible solutions, try this labnol work-around (video explanation) or try this discussion over at the Inklen / … Continue reading

by j p, July 18, 2012 7 Comments

Learning With Quartz Part 4: 3D Objects With Video Textures in VDMX

Warning: playing around long enough with 2D billboards and sprites (to display images) inside Quartz Composer, will eventually lead you to a third dimension. Fear not, inept explorers before you have survived, and they’ve even left some string at the edge of the cave: … Continue reading

by j p, April 16, 2012 0 comments

Melbourne’s Winter of Pixels

Riding a bicycle downhill to the studio today – with blues skies all around – really felt like spring arriving. Winter seems to take longer to leave Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia, which is maybe why there’s so many … Continue reading

by j p, September 2, 2011 0 comments

Triple Screenage To Go!

Above, after much hair-pulling : VDMX merrily sending out 2400 x 600 pixels across 2 screens and 1 projector, via the set-up below. ie – 2010 Macbook Pro –> mini display to DVI convertor –> DVI cable –> Matrox Triplehead2go … Continue reading

by j p, July 9, 2011 11 Comments

Laser Cut Vidi-yo + Madmapper Test

Have been doing some experiments recently with Troy Innocent, involving laser cut characters, everyday scenes and projection mapped video. We’re trying to figure out what works well for us, with an eye to fleshing out something some kind of developed work … Continue reading

by j p, July 5, 2011 0 comments

Pattern Machine @ Cockatoo Island, Sydney, July 16

Wassup, winter-villain? Now that I’ve finished marking all of the respective assignments from classes at RMIT and Swinburne, am looking forward to biting properly into a few long neglected creative projects / overloaded bookshelves / learning curves etc. And that … Continue reading

by j p, June 27, 2011 0 comments

Learning With Quartz Part 3: DIY Anchor Rotation FX for VDMX

Aka ‘The Continued Adventures of Someone From Video Compositing Land Trying To Get By Inside The Quartz Kingdom’… Earlier Quartz Wrestling delivered a splitscreen effect which took any clip playing in VDMX, and replicated it 9 times to provide something … Continue reading

by j p, May 25, 2011 0 comments

Learning Quartz Composer Part 2

Previously: Learning Quartz Composer Part 1 And Then: More babysteps with Quartz. I set about trying to make a split-screen effect quartz effect which would replicate any video 9 times within the same screen. (This was to fulfil a request for someone … Continue reading

by j p, May 5, 2011 6 Comments

Video Screen Capture Options

Creation of moving imagery is aided greatly by some good old fashioned screen sampling. UPDATE : The Syphon app (mentioned below) routes video losslessly between video software using the graphics card, and now the Syphon recorder can record the output … Continue reading

by j p, March 10, 2011 4 Comments

BoinxTV Review

Supercharging that whole laptop as portable TV station idea – Boinx TV. Vat Ist? Video mixing software (mac only) set up for easy, intuitive real-time control over live cameras, recorded clips, slides, infographics, text and capable of streaming live as … Continue reading

by j p, March 10, 2011 1 Comment