Dream Interface Combo: VDMX + Lemur = Customization Extravaganza

D-func, one third of German DVJ trio Weissgold.TV, picked up a Lemur [on CDMo, on CDMu] a couple of weeks ago, and has put together a fantastic custom interface which controls VDMX [on CDMo] over two machines. VIDVOX Forums – I finally found my perfect set-up! VDMX’s UI customization is one of its biggest strengths, allowing you to create the setup which is just right for the job you’re doing. Combining this with the Lemur – a controller whose interface you create to fit the job you want it to do – gives a very sleek, unique setup. Weissgold are …

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Resolume Avenue Review on Skynoise: "Audiovisual Kick-Ass-O-Clock"

Australian audiovisualist and Thinker Jean Poole has spent some time with Resolume Avenue and recorded his thoughts on the subject in a handy and informative article, with words and pictures: It’s a well considered approach, and becomes intuitive fairly quickly. What especially jumps out is the audio parameters integrated in each of the above areas, alongside the video parameters. Adjust some blur on layer one. Add a little distortion to the squawking bird on layer two. Adjust the brightness. Pan the audio to the left a bit. This has been especially designed for people who wish to play with audio …

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Add Mac Quicktime Support for FLV: Perian

I’m sure this is one of those tools which almost everyone knows about, but it’s useful enough that I’d post it if only a single person benefited: Perian is a component for which adds native Quicktime support for, notably, FLV (and a bunch of other formats nobody really cares about). This means you can play those downloaded FLV files in VDMX, 3L… any software which uses the Quicktime framework for playing video (feel free to chime in with the ones I’ve missed). So now you can youtube VJ in your favorite software.

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Quicktime 7.4 – Legacy Codecs

Just a heads up. Apples latest Quicktime 7.4 update disables some ‘legacy’ codecs, specifically Sorenson and Sorenson 3. If you need to use these codecs, you must enable them within Quicktime Preferences, Advanced, Show Legacy Codecs. Cue “the more you know” music.

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Quartz Composer Ultra-Newbie First Steps Tutorial

i drank the kool-aid has posted a little guide which linked to Momo’s last QC tutorial, “Lighting 3D Cubes and Moving them with Audio Input“. Unleash Your Inner Creativity (and Programmer) with Quartz Composer is a very quick and simple overview which covers loading an image, scaling it and moving it around, but this is definitely enough to get you started and get the juices flowing with some more experimentation, so if you haven’t opened QC before because it looked too complex, now’s the time.

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Tapeless Progress: Panasonic P2 Software for Mac

One of the reasons I decided against the Panasonic HVX-200 when choosing my HD camera was that there wasn’t OSX software to import P2 cards. This has now changed with Panasonic releasing P2 Contents Management Software for Mac. A little late, and you probably already heard this via HD for Indies. You read HD4NDS, right?

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WWDC Preview: Apple to Improve USB, FireWire Audio Support in 10.5

In a little while, Steve Jobs will be keynoting Apple’s developer conference. I doubt that anyone will be thinking about audio drivers. So in the remaining moments to do that, let’s go — because 10.5 looks like it’s yet another release from Apple that takes music production seriously. Most of us didn’t expect any major improvements in Apple’s Core Audio in 10.5 — nor need them, as Core Audio is rock-solid for most of what we need to do, in terms of performance and reliability. That’s not to give Apple a free pass; there have been some compatibility issues with …

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OS X 10.4.9 Breaks Some Audio Unit Plug-ins?

I’ve been hearing a number of reports that the Mac OS X 10.4.9 update causes significant issues with some Audio Unit plug-ins, including those from popular developers Audio Damage and Ohmforce. (See Analog Industries blog for a comment thread and reports on Audio Damage; there’s also discussion on the Core Audio developer list which I hope will yield some revelations. Update: Note that Audio Damage is having only development issues; their plug-ins will work just fine if you’re a user.) This update apparently installs yet another version of the AU validator, which could be one clue. Apple has also made …

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HD4NDs' Mike on Building Your Own HD Workstation

Mike of HD for Indies fame has an article on DV.com on building a workstation (Mac or PC) for HD editing and post/correction. Getting the right gear involves lots of decisions. I often spend an hour or two reviewing filmmakers’ or producers’ needs before we arrive at a system recommendation. Every shop and every project has its own peculiarities, so don’t take this list as gospel. It might be worth (ahem) consulting with someone whose advice you trust to fine-tune your needs, budgets, expectations, technical comfort level, and other factors. Myriad little extras and doodads make the system complete, but those …

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HD4NDs’ Mike on Building Your Own HD Workstation

Mike of HD for Indies fame has an article on DV.com on building a workstation (Mac or PC) for HD editing and post/correction. Getting the right gear involves lots of decisions. I often spend an hour or two reviewing filmmakers’ or producers’ needs before we arrive at a system recommendation. Every shop and every project has its own peculiarities, so don’t take this list as gospel. It might be worth (ahem) consulting with someone whose advice you trust to fine-tune your needs, budgets, expectations, technical comfort level, and other factors. Myriad little extras and doodads make the system complete, but those …

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