Tutorials

Occasional attempts to document strange software wrestling techniques.

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

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

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

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

Portable Pixels + Touring Video Tips

A few tips for shrinking and smoothing your touring video kit (inspired by the next fortnight of touring the East Coast for the next fortnight with the Scattermusic Sound System). Velcro + Laptops Attaching spare portable Hard-drives to your laptop lid with … Continue reading

by j p, November 17, 2010 5 Comments

Macro Photography And Video

DSLR cameras extend the possibilities of macro (close-up) photography to video. Aside from the expensive macro lens options, there are a range of super-cheap DIY modifications available, that let you capture miniature worlds in motion. All below are cheap options, … Continue reading

by j p, August 19, 2010 0 comments

Learning Quartz Composer Part 1

What is it? Quartz Composer is a versatile visual programming environment ( mac only +needs either tiger or leopard to work), that enables complex compositions to be created without writing a single line of code. Any mac running 10.4 or … Continue reading

by j p, April 15, 2010 1 Comment