Hap to Make VJs Happy: Codec Looks Better, Plays Faster on GPU, Free [Mac]

Hap as in happy sounds about right. Hap is a family of free and open source video codecs for Mac OS X. The notion is that the computer’s GPU – rather than CPU – does the heavy lifting of decoding frames. Because GPUs are optimized for lots of parallel operations in a way CPUs are not, that means the ability to use higher resolutions. And, best of all, you can get this for free. The code that makes Hap work is already up on GitHub, and you can begin using it right now if you’re in VDMX. I quickly polled …

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Universal Everything, Ongoing Beautiful Work with Digital Form, New Studio Tour Documentary

Tai Chi / 5 Video Artworks / Framed Gallery, Tokyo from Universal Everything on Vimeo. Universal Everything is a design shop that continues as a standard bearer for expressive digital forms, a high water mark in electronic expression. Founded by the UK’s Matt Pyke, the creative team now spans England and Holland. From top, two recent works: Tai Chi / 5 Video Artworks / Framed Gallery, Tokyo, and a group show of 3D-printed objects called “Voxel Posse,” with computational art maestro Karsten Schmidt at The Brewery, London. Now, Creators Project take a studio tour to see how Universal Everything creates …

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An Open Source Video Mixer, Inspired by DIY Space Exploration

As many ponder the fate of hardware mixing, mixing in software continues to advance. And in a reminder of just how many different applications video mixing can have, here’s a fascinating article about a new open-source Linux-based video mixing tool called Snowmix: Copenhagen Suborbitals Release Snowmix, an Open Source Video Mixer [The Power Base] What’s fascinating about it is that this didn’t come from VJs or broadcasters, but people who are experimenting in DIY, non-profit human sub-orbital flight (the Copenhagen Suborbitals). There’s something really touching about watching them go from one video feed to another on rockets – perhaps that …

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Step Sequencing from iPad, with Koushion + Ableton Live [Video]

Part of the utility of the iPad is its power to transform into whatever you want it to be, the black, empty screen fitting any role you happen to need in the studio. Our friend Chris Stack shows off the combination of Ableton Live with the Koushion step sequencer on the iPad. Koushion is capable of sequencing hardware as well as software, provided a compatible interface. I don’t normally copy-and-paste, but here, let’s give ourselves a break. Features:

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At MusicMakers, Experiencing Music Through Design, As Community of Doers Collaborates [Listen, Watch]

Making connections with people – creators and audience alike – sometimes means going beyond the virtual, and actually getting people together in the same room. For MusicMakers, Create Digital Music teamed up with curators and artists in Berlin to make some of those connections across disciplines, to get closer to the processes of design and music creation. Making and listening in the age of overabundance could feel diluted. But as makers keep making, and really listening, they can find their music comes to mean more, not less. With support from Moog Music, on the 14th of September we launched our …

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The Era of Hardware Mixing for Laptops Cometh: SPARK D-FUSER Available

*spark d-fuser: demo from toby*spark on Vimeo. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s nearly here. The first hardware mixing for laptops that’s practical and affordable for the visual community has arrived. And it should be just the tip of the iceberg. Back in 2009, we celebrated Toby Spark’s community-led video mixing, and bravely (perhaps bravely and prematurely) declared that the era of high-quality hardware mixing was at hand. It is, of course, a simple premise. You’ve got one laptop, and you want to crossfade to another. And you don’t want to use an analog signal – least of …

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When Hundreds of Visualists Converge: Ioann Maria Explains LPM’s Revolutionary Vision

Ioann Maria about Live Performers Meeting from LVX.TV Institute for Live-Video on Vimeo. VJ day, indeed. What will it take for live visuals to reach a new level of expression? Perhaps that answer is human, not technical, involving newcomers as well as experts, unknown and undiscovered talent as well as celebrities, and getting as much of that personal power connected with others. The experience of attending a festival like the Live Performers Meeting can be, for a visual artist, simply revolutionary. For isolated artists, the pilgrimage to this festival is very often a labor of love, self-funded by creators whose …

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When Hundreds of Visualists Converge: Ioann Maria Explains LPM's Revolutionary Vision

Ioann Maria about Live Performers Meeting from LVX.TV Institute for Live-Video on Vimeo. VJ day, indeed. What will it take for live visuals to reach a new level of expression? Perhaps that answer is human, not technical, involving newcomers as well as experts, unknown and undiscovered talent as well as celebrities, and getting as much of that personal power connected with others. The experience of attending a festival like the Live Performers Meeting can be, for a visual artist, simply revolutionary. For isolated artists, the pilgrimage to this festival is very often a labor of love, self-funded by creators whose …

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Networked Video: With a Sweet Arsenal of Tools, One VJ Telecommutes

The open source Syphon has liberated textures and video streams from individual apps. No longer is the app a silo. The next frontier: liberate video from the whole computer. There’s a suggestive post from our friend Jason Scott Furr on his blog: Telecommuting the mix: VDMX, Syphon, CamTwist, and Skype The “telecommuting” bit? He was able to tap into a video performance remotely by sending a stream over Skype. The ingredients are compelling: CamTwist itself is worth some further inquiry. It’s a “broadcast switcher” inside your Mac, effectively. It works with built-in effects or custom Quartz Composer creations, switches between …

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Avid Sells Off Consumer Side; Numark – Avid – Akai – M-Audio Becomes New Giant

M-audio, b-bye. A-kai, hell-o. Photo (CC-BY) Ludovico Sinz. Avid today announced sweeping changes in a changing market. Having gradually accumulated more businesses, the company now is selling many of them off, keeping its flagship video tool and Pro Tools audio products. Gone are the consumer/entry-level divisions – consumer-level Avid and Pinnacle on the video side and M-Audio on the audio side. Instead, Avid says it will be “more focused and agile” and will focus on the pro side of their business. The key here: most of Avid’s revenue is pro revenue. Combined, the divisions Avid is dumping pulled in just …

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