New Resolume Promo Video - Starring You?

Probably the most rewarding part of making VJ software is seeing someone do something amazing with your tool. We get a lot of mail and Facebook messages from people showcasing their work. We try to highlight and share this with you via the blog or social media, but quite often we feel it deserves more.

So we figured we'd give it more.

A while back we posted this video, which is basically a rip-off of EyeSupply's Godskitchen promo with some Resolume shots thrown in. Still we think it looks kinda cool.

The idea is that every few months, we make a new video, but this time showcasing the Resolume community, i.e. *your* work! If you have footage of your amazing summer festival gig, or your insane mapping project, send it to us. We'll edit the submissions into a regular video, and promote it via our network. This means that a *lot* of people will get to see your work. Of course you get full credit, so it's a great way to get some exposure. Boast to your friends, potential clients, your parents and your grandma's dog.

Be clear in who you are. Let us know how you would like to be credited, and which info you want public and which info you want to keep to yourself.
Use a tripod. Those lovely wide stage shots of your gigantic LED wall deserve some time to be admired.
Use a decent camera. It would be a shame if we can't use your latest mapping extravaganza if we can't make out the pixels from the potatoes.
Show the context. Your monitor output is impressive, seeing it behind the DJ in front of a thousand people is overwhelming.
We love to see an interface screen here and there. Nothing says 'done with Resolume' than seeing somebody actually do it with Resolume.
Leave the editing, titling and fancy effects up to us. The more raw material we have to work with, the more impressive we can make the whole.

Tech specs:
Minimum 1280x720 resolution. It's easiest to send your material in Quicktime .movs with h264 compression. We'll handle all the conversion to an editing codec. If you really don't know how to do this, just send it anyway and we'll get back to you. Too big to send via mail? allows up to 2GB.

Small print:
By submitting your work to us, you agree to the following:
- Resolume can use the raw material and the finished edit of it for all promotional purposes. You will of course always be credited when your material is used.
- You are in fact the creator of both the subject matter and the material itself. You also have permission from any associated parties to publicly display this material. In other words, nobody is going to come and throw bricks at our windows or subpoenas at our mailbox.

Why are you still reading this? Get your cameras out and start filming!

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The Ultimate Resolume/Ableton AV Setup, Including How-To

Everyone loves presents, and BirdMask by ASZYK/Neal Coghlan is a gift that keeps on giving. First watch the video below. Do it now.

From Neal's description:

It's taken a while but finally, here is the first upload of BIRDMASK Visuals. I first started work on these way back at the end of 2010. Like my Tasty Visuals, they started out with some miscellaneous illustration. The elements came together quite nicely and I started to form compositions out of them which became geometric, tribal bird faces. Like with most of my illustrations, I couldn't resist bringing it alive by animating it.

In their earliest form there was a lot less clips and they weren't in HD. A lot of elements didn't fit together well either so mixing between faces wasn't as smooth. In it's current form, the set is made up of 6 different faces, each one with 8 layers and 4 different clips per layer - making a total of 192 clips. These are all loaded into Resolume and triggered using Ableton and an iPad.This video was made by recording a Resolume composition - all the clips being triggered live. This piece wasn't composited using FCP or Premiere! (or After Effects for that matter), it was all done live.

BIRDMASK visuals made their debut in Geneva at Mapping Festival in May 2011 ( and since then have been played in clubs across London. The biggest showing was during Channel 4's House Party ( where we performed alongside RnB legends 'Soul II Soul', who played an amazing set, mixing Reggae, House, RnB and Garage.

The set is still evolving and work has begun on a 3D version. I'm hoping to port them into UNITY 3D where I can make them even more reactive...

The track is called 'Elephant & Castle' by ASZYK -
After enjoying the lovely abstract animation, tight beat sync, lush colours and subtle perspective work, you find there's more. Not one to keep his secrets hidden, Neal shares a how to video of how this set of AV magic is put together. Revealing tricks of the trade, there is magic in this breakdown baby.

Check out more of Neal's work, and then head back to your own studio, and hang your head in shame for not being as good as this guy. I want to have his babies.

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Armin van Buuren Talks About SMPTE, Visuals and Resolume

A while back, DeadMau5 stirred up some controversy with a ranty post on his blog about the current debate about skillz in DJ'ing.

It's a good read and he hits the nail on the head overall. Let's face it, who cares how many records you can juggle if your show sucks? But we did raise our eyebrows on some other points he brings up. Especially where he says he's constrained to work on a set timeline because the lights and visuals cannot be synced otherwise. In fact, we went so far to scratch our heads.

Syncing your Ableton Live setup via midi over wifi in such big venues is indeed unreliable. But surely there are more ways to sync up lights and visuals, while keeping room for creativity? In fact, we know for certain there are other ways. Eyesupply was doing it every night in stadiums and festivals all over the world. But we bit our lip.

Now finally we can speak freely about project Nimra, which was the SMPTE synchronization specifically built for Armin van Buuren's 'Armin Only' world tour setup. He has released a video on YouTube, showcasing how his CDJ decks are controlling a trusty computer running none other than Resolume Arena on a SMPTE input, powered by Eyesupply.

What's amazing about it? They've created a reliable system which can be built-up and tore down night after night. Sometimes even three to four times in a single night. All the while leaving room for both Armin and the Eyesupply crew to improvise where they feel like it and be tight in sync where they need it. And that's what a live performance is all about.

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Quick Tip: Crossfader

I can't think of anything funny to say about a crossfader. Who's got some good crossfader jokes?

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Artist profile: Media apparat

Austria has a really awesome visual scene. We've been lucky enough to experience the good vibe and great people there a few times. And always the experience was rewarding and enlightening (and also there may have been a schnitzel or two). So we'd like to introduce you to one of the major players in the Vienna scene: Media Apparat.

Birthday Video: Media Apparat 2008-2012

Can you explain a bit about the history of Media Apparat?
Following several workshops in 2008 with and first gigs via the eye-con Label (4youreye), the collaborating DJs Matose & Flobert, VJ Sito Sun and Mister Pink founded an event called Media Apparat. VJ-Setups, which enable the audience to sense music in a space-consuming way, were focused.

Due to a lot of positive feedback the event was quickly turned into a collective for trans-medial Arts:
From stage designer to fashion designer, from producer to 3D modeler; many creative individuals encountered at the same place. Colleagueship and networking became our main principals. Countless gigs in clubs all over Europe provided us with the experience to win further commercial contracts.

Our tireless work on different techniques as well as the club-crowd itself made experimental projects possible. Most importantly: We were not afraid that anything might have gone wrong. Things did go wrong in the beginning. Our first mapping show turned out to be a fiasco; nevertheless this is how we managed to land our first major contract: The complete staging and production of the biggest Austrian science award. Through this engagement the Media Apparat became an Enterprise: Media Apparat Company + Network
Today, one and a half years later, we work for the biggest event agencies in Austria and have positioned our work as follows: We offer an All-In-One Service for agencies. We own a small film-studio and grow with every project. It is our ambition always to move ahead: To become more efficient, to design more impressively and to reduce mistakes to a minimum.

Eventually nowadays our clients spend enough money for the projects so that we can meet with our main principle which is networking on a trans-medial level. Out of the collective and networks therefore arose: Media Apparat Frameworks.

Biggest Austrian congress for Startups
What about the tech? What sort of gear do you lug with you for a show?
We are now in the fortunate position to being able to work without limits to our equipment. Every project has its proper profile of requirements. We have worked with several media servers, yet we mainly count on instruments that we are familiar with: A self-arranged computer with a 16 Gigabyte Ram, i7 CPU, ASUS EAH6970 graphic board, SSD as our work disc and if necessary Matrox-boards. For software we exclusively use Resolume Arena and as a plugin for mapping we use IRMapio. For backups, or if we deal with a high number of signals, we synchronize two systems, that’s it!
Controller: Launch-Pad + VCM-600
Is working commercially very different from a VJ gig?
One leads to the other. In the Club one gets the opportunity to learn about techniques, to test them, to experiment. What we learn there forms the basis for our commercial work. 

Latest Mapping Show
How does Resolume fit into all this?
Resolume is a Live-System. On stage things don’t always go smoothly; often we must improvise. It enables us to react faster to external sources of error. I don’t know any other software with which I can map and arrange complex Setups with screens and projectors so fast as with Resolume.
What's your favorite show of the last four years?
Without a question: Amon Tobin- isam
And what about the future? Where is Media Apparat headed?
More and more we receive international enquiries, for which we are very pleased as in Austria complex shows usually are not within the budget. We continue to develop ourselves permanently. Elements like the stage-interaction between audience and artists are very promising for the future. The markets where we operate are subject to constant changes to which we try to adapt to. We increasingly rely on solid knowledge about classic live-direction and on existing systems (for example the Congress-technique). We try to develop those techniques without loosing our traditional playground – the stage-management of shows. We enjoy our diversified work a lot, it’s a lot of fun.  The journey is the reward. We are looking forward to further projects. What they’ll look like, time will show.

Vienna Awards for Fashion and Lifestyle

Check out the site for more visual goodness:
Media Apparat

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Resolume Quick Tip: Piano mode

Use the piano switch for key and midi maps to add a punch to your visuals.

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VideoPong competition: And the winner is...

In our humble opinion, is one of the nicest footage sharing sites on the web at the moment. Instead of being a vault of footage that is regularly being raided by everybody and their grandma, users of VideoPong are actively encouraged to participate in a community.

First of all, after joining VideoPong, you have to give before you can take. You need to share some of your own clips in order to download those of others. But even better, you can remix other people's clips. It was this feature that we liked a lot, and it became the basis for the Resolume/VideoPong competition.

Long story short, you could win a boxed Avenue 4 license, simply by remixing this clip:

(Lines moving across, by Joris. "it's beauty moved me to tears")

In the end, the winner was decided by VideoPong user votes, and a jury combined from the folks from VideoPong and Resolume:

Grand winner:

Lines moving across, by Paul Power

1st Runner up:

Stripe Remix by Zweck

2nd Runner up:

_stripeScraper by fredVJ.

As in all competitions, the decision was very hard, so aside from the top three we'd like to name a few honorary mentions as well. Be inspired!

Flowapowa by Biolume

white stripe_ deconstructed by patrick

Asp THE GreAt - RMX by Asp

1.6-15.7 win a resolume avenue4 license for best remix by Salil

FANCY TREES UP THE HILL (remix contest) by fapol

Them blades. by Biolume

_20´s style dead of a stripe Part 1 by fredVJ

So, congratulations to the winner, and thanks to everyone to participated. You laid down more lines than a game of tetris.

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