Recreate Apple’s Shuffle Ad – Moving Arrows

Stephen Schleicher has a great tutorial at Digital Media Net for recreating those slick moving arrows in Apple's iPod Shuffle Ad. Basically, you need Adobe After Effects and a working knowledge of paths. See Stephen's site for more AE tutorial goodness. Tutorial Part I Tutorial Part II Which brings up an interesting question — how many of you are doing your own motion graphics / VJ work for your performances? I've been getting into it gradually; expect some reports this summer.

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Scratch with Video: Neuromixer Pro 0.5 (Win/Mac)

Neuromixer Pro 0.5 is here for Windows XP and Mac OS X: Load up video, and scratch it like vinyl. Neuromixer Pro features playback speed, range/cue points, forward/reverse, dual video "decks", and real-time MIDI-based manipulations. The new version features: Support for Ms. Pinky (so you can scratch with real vinyl!) Feedback video effect BPM counter receives MIDI clock (so you can sync your video system to your audio system — bring two laptops, I say) Improved previews, MIDI, preferences, etc. Still free for now, though summer 2005 will bring the US$49.95 1.0 release — likely to be well worth it! …

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Profile: VJ Miixxy (Melissa Ulto)

New Yorker "imagineer and visualnaut" Melissa Ulto, aka VJ Miixxy, is interviewed by Vidvox, developers of GRID and VDMX VJ software. Melissa chats about her latest gigs (Museum of Modern Art, Madame Tassauds Wax Museum, Broadway, The Ramones, and a Pilates vid for MTV enough variety for you?), and her dreamy rig: Edirol V4s, Canon video cams, and of course Vixvox's GRID. (If you can't afford all that, GRID2 is just US$75 for Windows and Mac!) Mixxy is working on a documentary on VJing; stay tuned here and we'll bring you news once that's out. If you're in NYC tonight, …

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VST for Video: FreeFrame SDK Released

FreeFrame is an open-source, free, standard plugin format for video and VJs, an open means of developing your own real-time video effects. It's supported in a wide range of VJ and interactive video applications, and even in big-league applications like Director and After Effects via a wrapper. Even if you're not a programmer, check the participants and downloads page for a wide range of effects. The SDK was released on Friday.

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Korg Kaptivator: All-in-one VJ Workstation

What if you took an iPod, a drum pad / controller, and a high-end VJ mixer, and put them together? You'd get something like the new Korg Kaptivator. Here's what it does: 40 GB hard drive for storing video clips Two LCDs for watching what you're doing Manipulate clips with an Akai sampler-style touchpad, cross-fader, ribbon controller Built-in video effects Live video and audio input Video, audio, DV/FireWire, MIDI ins and outs, including separate preview video outputs Details and pictures are on the Japanese-only site Pixdisc; apparently this was shown at a dealer conference in Japan, so all availability/specs/price are …

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HyperEngine Audio/Video Editor Now Free (Mac)

Once commercial software, a powerful audio/video editor is now still supported, but at a new price of — nada. Our friends at Samplepoolz report that Arboretum has turned HyperEngine-AV into a free download. Better yet, the code is open source, so we could see some exciting developments with this program. (Programmers out there?) HyperEngine-AV is a compositing application for text, video and audio. As opposed to more rigid track-based programs, you can composite clips wherever you want via a freeform interface. If you're in need of a video editor and your budget is tight, this is a must-have, but there …

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MetaSynth 4 Arrives (OS X)

At long last, one of the most beloved and unusual Mac sound creation applications has made it to OS X, with vastly expanded features. The brainchild of Bryce creator Eric Wenger, the first version of U&I Software's MetaSynth was popular with the likes of Aphex Twin for its far-out, one-of-a-kind sound production and the ability to generate audio by painting or importing pictures. This builds on that tradition: Completely new Image Synth architecture for creating sounds from images with new signal sources and plenty of other changes Image Filter 'room' that takes all the features of Image Synth and applies …

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LAVA VJ Report: Dance Pad VJs and More

A report from the Los Angeles VJ party LAVA: VJ Fader introduced the video drum machine VDrum, as reported here earlier this week. (Windows now and OS X soon, free) Bizarre video screenings: Syncrosect and 4 Get Who U R Ableton Live (audio) and Isadora (video) controlled by a PlayStation 2 dance pad! Check out the report for more.

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MetaSynth 4 Visual Audio Software: Very Close

Exclusive! Returning to our regular programming of geeky stories that appeal to a tiny fraction of the population (PowerBook G5 rumors? What was it, sweeps week?) and ill-conceived puns (see above), I bring you: MetaSynth 4. MetaSynth is a graphic sound design and music creation environment that lets you paint with sound, using color imagery for high-quality synthesis, filtering, and effects. Creator Eric Wenger is beloved by Mac fans for giving us the ground-breaking (excuse the pun) 3D landscape app Bryce. If you haven't heard of MetaSynth, it's probably because the program has been languishing in a Mac OS 9-only …

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VDrum: Video Drum Machine (Win)

VJ Fader, creator of Max/MSP/Jitter-powered Neuromixer (an excellent video mixer with lots of support for controllers), now introduces a first: VDrum is a step sequencer not only for audio, but video, too. The first version was released today with the following features: Sequence AV clips using on/off switches, via numeric pad or MIDI input Record video and audio to hard drive Multiple resolution support (as in Jitter) Audio and video effects Midi support VJ Fader is looking for sample content to include, so contact him if you're interested. Windows XP only for now, but the other software is cross-platform so …

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