We will have more extensive coverage of this coming very soon as Toby*Spark brings us a write-up of the Node08, Mapping and Vision’R festivals.

However, for those who like their news to be the breakingest: Le Collagiste has some stills and video of Resolume 3 at Vision’R, running natively in OS X on a Macbook Pro! [Ed.: In case you’re not clear why that’s big news, this version goes cross-platform after a formerly Windows-only existence.] The next version of Resolume also includes audio playback and other tasty treats. No word yet on a release schedule, but this looks like an upgrade worth waiting for. (Thanks Jasper).

Ed.: Here’s a teaser video of Resolume 3 from our friends at Le Collagiste, with some fleeting glimpses of the new UI, as part of their French-language write-up of the presentation.

Resolume Avenue 3 from LeCollagiste on Vimeo.

  • If someone was wanting to get into vjing, what would someone suggest they learn especially if this someone was a MacUser…

  • JR

    modul8, motion dive, or VDMX if you're used to modular based production software.

    SO looking forward to this! Not had the time recently to improve our AV sets to be synced better with ableton so this'll hopefully have the proper BMP sync feed to make that happen 😀

  • I am not used too much… I use Live myself. If you could pick one of the top 3 which would it be and why?

  • I am USED goods though. haha. Sorry, I am tired and my English is rapidly deteriorating…

  • vic

    don't use motion dive…why? its not as 'extensible' and doesn't scale like a pro app. for example. modul8 can move your assests (movie clips) so you can place them anywhere on the screen and manipulate them on three axis. VDMX is totally modular, and FMU lets its user patch outs into other components of itself to you can chain 'signal processing', resolume is the other choice and one i didn't go for due to a lack of compatibility on osx, but now everything has changed. my first choice would have been modul8 but resolume is a serious contender but you should look out for 3L (pronounced thrill) from Artificial Eyes….don't know who they are then search them on this site. keep digging and your research will answer your questions for you. what do you need your "VJ" app to do?

  • For the long shortened drawn out story read on…

    I couldn't really tell you what I want my "VJ" app to do. I am out of the LOOP. I just returned to Canada having not returned for 6 years living on the road. During that time I took a bit of a break from working digitally. However, I am coming around again. It was either back to Macs or return to go salmon fishing. Unfortunately for all, the salmon season in Northern BC has gone to pot. And for me, my PowerBook is on it's last legs. I can easily go out and get a new Mac. Wild salmon are becoming more difficult to find. Consequently, I am leaning towards working with my friend riosafari who has been in to video.

    She is a videographer. She wants to get more into vjing and putting some of her travel videos up, mixed in with music and pushing her vision of concern and contentedness for the state of the world as she sees it through the lens of a dv cam. I want to jump on that boat as she is a real go-getter. She told me to check out Motion Factory in Montreal to see what she is after.

    I need to upgrade the skills set though and want to know where to start. I haven't used Photoshop since pre-CS. My copy of FinalCut is before Studio. I like what people are doing with Processing, I think MAX/MSP was cool. I am however overwhelmed with all the shizzle out there now. I am looking for a little guidance. I am good at researching but sometimes too good that I drown in overload. I am getting back into using Ableton Live and I picked up a DSI Prophet '08. So I have the audio aspect covered. Yet I haven't the slightest idea about what to look for in this opening world for me of VJ'dness…

    Therefore, please tell me, what do people want in a "VJ" app? What kind of hardware does it need? What would you recommend on a 3-5K budget plus a new MacBook Pro? Should I go ahead and upgrade my version of FinalCut to Studio 2 because I can't run it now that I don't have Classic? Should I even bother? The bank will be broken after all this, but money is meant to be spent… Where to start and stay… There is just too much. Help me I am drowning while I fish for software.


  • ok J0e:

    There are some skills and techniques which will apply to all visual performance, and some specific to certain apps.

    I would suggest that the most important thing to learn is how computer video works: How to cut up and compress video loops, how codec choices effect playback performance, how to effectively create and capture material, how RGB colour works, what different blend modes mean and how they're calculated. This kind of theory will apply whether you're writing your performance software from scratch in Processing, patching in Quartz Composer, or using something off the shelf.

    If you have a background in Photoshop, that's great. A lot of video performance is similar to editing in photoshop: You're just editing 25+ images per second, in front of a crowd 🙂

    You're working with a videographer, so for software you want something which has plenty of clip-organization and triggering capabilities. Most of the software mentioned in above comments has trial versions available for you to test, so you should get in there and have a go with everything, find out what works with your particular aesthetic. While you can achieve similar results through different methods in different software, some techniques will be much easier in certain programs.

    For hardware: Once again it depends on what you're trying to achieve. A MacBook pro is a great place to start – this has a decent graphics card so current and future apps with GPU-based rendering will run fine. You can also install Linux or Windows on there as well, if it turns out they have tools you'd like to work with.

    You may not need the entire Final Cut studio. Most VJing focusses on editing tiny clips of video, so batch capabilities and workflow are more important than "industry standard" or transitions etc. If you want to work on post-producing videos, try After Effects (once again, Trial available) – it integrates very well with Photoshop, and will be at least slightly familiar to you.

    There is so much out there, it's easy to get overwhelmed, so start small and general: Get your Mac. Decide on a little project to start with. Dive in. Make mistakes. Google. Read. Ask questions. Watch and learn from other people. There's no need to spend a lot of money from the start, more important is to try things first, figure out your capabilities, and most importantly figure out what you're trying to achieve before you buy.

    It's an extremely enjoyable field. If you haven't read CreateDigitalMotion much in the past, we're predicting that 2008 is a pivotal year for VJing. It's good to have you along.

  • Oh, and in case you haven't noticed: We also have CreateDigitalNoise – our community forums. This kind of discussion is probably better suited to there, but we're here now, so let's get you started and then we can move to the forums for your next round of questions.

  • I have been reading this site for awhile but more CD music. I haev checked out the noise forum and will jump on there as well. I am down. Thanks!