Motion-Controlled, Motion-Tracked, Single-Shot Music Video: Cowper – Morning Prayer

Hello CDMo! Long time no post! Apologies for my extended reclusion. In between buying a house and changing full time jobs from Web Guy to Video Guy, it’s been an exciting time to be a Jaymis. Happily, I now find myself in an ideal situation: Working as part of a small team, on interesting and varied projects, at Graetzmedia. Rather than trying to find time for video in between website builds, my daily grind is all about visuals, installations, creative programming and production. Of course, having time to create is much more fun if there’s gear to use, and the …

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Digital SLR Music Video: Westernsynthetics – The Machine

The age of the Digital SLR is well upon us. With a wide variety of backs and formats, and plenty of video-capable units available under the mythical $1000 price point, the line between High-End Photography and the Rest Of Us is becoming terminally (lens-)blurry. That’s not to say that any muggle can go out with their shiny new DSLR kit lens and take world-class, cinema-quality video – good camera control, lighting, composition and content is as important as ever – but the technical barriers to doing so are all but gone. DSLR video still has its limitations, rolling shutter and …

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CDMo Feed Fixed. Noisepages Approacheth.

Veta just reminded me that the CDMo RSS feed has been broken for a while in some browsers. I use Google Reader so I never noticed that anything was wrong. It’s now fixed. Which brings me to other, server-related CDM news. If you’ve been keeping an eye on CDMusic, you may have noticed Peter mentioning our Noisepages communities recently. We’ve been working on this quietly for a while, the Vixid minisite was part of our testing of the multi-site version of WordPress (CDM’s underlying software), and CDMotion has actually been a Noisepages blog for several months now. We’re still working …

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*Spark D-Fuser Official Announcement Video: The DVI Mixer Approacheth

If you’re a visualist, working with digital video, then shit is in the process of becoming real. Toby*Spark initially announced the “*Spark D-Fuser” Sub-$1000 DVI mixer project 8 months ago, and followed up with some more specifics. If you Follow Toby on Twitter then you will have seen some sporadic details and titillating photos appear over the intervening months. Now, of course, VisualBerlin Festival is happening, and it’s an auspicious time for an announcement: *spark d-fuser: dvi mixer project presentation [2010] from toby*spark on Vimeo. Toby’s presentation is a beautiful enunciation of why this kind of hardware is important and …

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Low-Budget, High-Creativity Tribute: Star Wars Uncut From 15-Second Fan-Made Clips

If it’s not already “viral”, I’m sure it will be soon. Less than a year ago, Casey Pugh – then a developer at Vimeo – invited people to join him in remaking Star Wars, 15 seconds at a time. The final scene was completed on the 25th of February, and they’ve just released “The Escape”, a teaser from the project. Star Wars Uncut “The Escape” from Casey Pugh on Vimeo. This has so much awesomeness going on, I just don’t know where to start. There’s so much inventiveness, creativity, and pure fun displayed in this trailer, I can’t wait to …

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AV Inspiration + Interview: CSTNG-SHDWS & Nonagon Live Promo

A beautifully assembled live promo for visualists CSTNG-SHDWS collaborating with Nonagon. CSTNG-SHDWS x Nonagon Live Video/Audio from Colin Sebestyen on Vimeo. I found this totally spellbinding, so I asked Colin Sebestyen of CSTNG-SHDWS for some more detail about the project, and he replied with some great information on preparing visuals, performing live with sound-makers, cutting a promo with Digital SLR footage and much more: CDM: Hi Colin. Lovely looking stuff. Can you give me some more details on what’s going on there? Preproduction? Live performance tools? CSTNG-SHDWS: This performance was for LoveTechSF in San Francisco. It’s a collection of artists …

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Projection Mapping at The Edge Launch: Kyle McLean Augmenting Public Art

It’s been six weeks since The Edge launch. People are starting to discover the building and its lab of free-access, kitted out computers. We had an iteration of Plug N Play Brisbane , and a bunch of great events and workshops passed & future. The one thing The Edge doesn’t have so far is people editing footage to show what’s going on! I hope to remedy that in the coming weeks, but right now a little of this gap has been filled by Kyle McLean, who was commissioned to put together a projection mapping installation for the opening event. The …

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Forward-Compatible Effects: Use FreeFrame Plugins in FreeFrameGL with fugWrapperGL

An information-dense twitter tip from Bigfug has notified us of some great news for those who love FreeFrameGL’s high performance mojo, but are sad about all their great FreeFrame Classic (yes, I just made that nomenclature up) effects gathering digital dust. fugWrapperGL is a plugin which allows you to use FreeFrame 1.0 plugins in FreeFrameGL (aka FreeFrame 1.5). It’s an alpha release, so it may break your stuff, but you won’t know unless you try, so give it a spin! FreeFrame Feedback in “Kitchen Redux” by eightprime For the deep-geeks, BigFug has also releaseda FreeFrameGL Streaming plugin, to move video …

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Single Shot Superheroes: OK Go on Winning at Internet Video. Jaymis on Creativity

Just in case you’re one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t yet encountered OK Go’s “Rube Goldberg Variation” video of This Too Shall Pass, let’s get that out of the way: As far as I’m concerned, OK Go are winning at internet video. From the self-conscious genius of A Million Ways, iterating through Here It Goes Again, stopping at the artistically hip Do What You Want, before blasting through CDMo favorite WTF? to the new hotness of This Too Shall Pass, which they’ve actually released two completely distinct single-shot videos for this year! Their work has run …

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Fresh Work From Beeple! 3D Sound Robots with Instrumental Video Nine

Hey, everyone! Look, there’s a new video from Beeple! instrumental video nine from beeple on Vimeo. Now, some background: We’ve been following the awesome Beeple, AKA Mike Winkelmann, since back in the day. He even gave an interview to Momo about his techniques in FL Studio, Vegas and After Effects. This new piece continues the high-end progression we’ve see, through simple, stylised 3D in Sub Prime, to the lovely, detailed, laser-guided awesomeness you see above. Beeple’s vimeo channel also features loops and test renders released under Creative Commons license! Yay Beeple!

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