Last Friday at MGFest Chicago, I gave a short talk on what real-time can mean for visuals. The crowd had a large contingent of traditional motion graphics designers – my own presentation was followed by a slick demo for using Cinema4D to do those flying logos you see so often – but folks did seem receptive to the idea that real-time visuals open up other possibilities.

Above are some of the slides, which give you an idea of the talk.

And, as I generally like to do…

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We’ll Do it Live: How Real-Time is Changing Visuals by Peter Kirn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Photo credit: Psymbolic.

All well and good, but next time I may replace the whole presentation with a hands-on demo of Animata. The live animation tool turns people into puppeteers (even Indonesian shadow puppeteers, if you like) and really demonstrates the idea of going form a compose – orchestrate – render model to live performance. It’s the difference between scoring a piano sonata and jamming live.

By the way, if you’re interested in me presenting something like this at your school or work, or hands-on presentations of any of the topics on cdmotion, do get in touch here on the site.

Apologies to the organizers of an event in the summer with the same phrase as its title – I’m also obsessed with Bill O’Reilly.

Photo credits:

“Progress Bar”jacksonmedeiros (slide 3)
“Vintage Score”Christy Hydeck (slide 5)
The Hague Jazz 2008 – Piano HandsHaags Uitburo / Maurice (slide 5)
“Modular Synthesizer”Maschinenraum / Peter Gorges (slide 6)
“Magic Lantern, box label”Anna L Conti (slide 7)
Magic LanternAndrei Niemimäki (slide 8)
“The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”Paul Randall (slide 9)
“Videoplace,” by Myron Krueger – Dave Pape (slide 10)
SummerLab-Gijòn (Jugando con Opencv)aniara (slide 10)
“Distance Lines”Todd Vanderlin (slide 11)
Image from vintage Fairlight CVI manual (slide 12)
“Equipo de The Light Surgeon”Juan Jiménez (slide 18)
Max/MSP/Jitter Everywhere!Vincent Diamante (slide 25)
Joshua Ott, superDraw (slide 26)
Cimatics 234 VJ Watz @ FuseMarius Watz (slide 27)
I Heart ProcessingNik Rowell (slide 30)

Jaymis Loveday,, slides 14, 20, 22, 23, 31
Peter Kirn,, slides 1, 15, 16, 19

  • Tumblr'ed this to enjoy soon. Thanks Peter! I almost misread "Animata" as "Animoto". ;D

  • (OK, my comment didn't get posted – – I'm guessing I did the links wrong – – but you can add a link with the usual "<a href" type of tag, right? Or am I showing my advanced age and early onset Altzheimers? Not a big priority now, since the zeitgeist has obviously moved on . . . )

  • N ice you are giving respect to realtime. However you seem to imply it is a new thing. It has been going on for years……maybe it just has become more fashionable now.

    Still I think it takes far longer to craete a decent amount of realtime content for a show. I have been creating stuff for 8+ years and never seem to have enough.

    This isn't helped when you change the software that you write for. Writing/moving to a new engine means that your old content is now redundant and you have to built up a new list of content again whereas video based VJs can simply reuse the old content. I am not sure the new generation of processing, vvvv people realise the problems of that new technology can bring.