UMIDI are Custom-Designed DJ Controllers, Built to Order [Gallery, Video]

umidi – The World’s First Custom & Visual DJ Controller from umidi on Vimeo. DJs, laptop musicians, and VJs may never agree on what layout is optimal for controlling their apps. With UMIDI, they might not have to. The Kickstarter-funded project has an ambitious goal: building whatever control you want, to order. Use a graphical Web interface to select a layout, and the producer will custom-machine a case out of aluminum, etching it with your own design, and adding the controls you want. The resulting hardware is USB class-compliant and works with any software, they say, and weighs under 3 …

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Pocket VJ: Raspberry Pi Gets Super Pikix Pi – Free, Dedicated Visual App

Those silver machines with the fruit on them sure are great. And for now, PCs (whether Apple or Windows or Linux) are unparalleled in performance. But cheaper, dedicated hardware with the same flexibility of computers could grow in appeal. The Steambox promises to the gaming community that a dedicated box running Linux can best desktops and consoles alike. And in visuals, we could see something similar. Why wait? With a $25, tiny pocket-sized computer and a free VJ app, you can start now. Sure, it won’t exactly match that mini-tower you’re lugging around running TouchDesigner. But if you need to …

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Vezer, Envelope and Time Tool, Adds Elegant Music, Audio, Sync Connections

MIDI Clock Sync Vezér to Ableton Live from luma beamerz on Vimeo. Vezér is not a tool for making visuals on its own, but instead uses powerful envelope tools to let you shape ideas in time. And being as it is focused on time, more connections to sync and audio were understandably a big feature request. Now, Vezér looks like an elegant bridge between music sources and visual apps, ideal for both live visual shows and tightly-orchestrated music videos. So even though the software is barely more than two months old, the developer says he has spent sleepless nights making …

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For 120 fps Slow Motion Alone, iPhone 5S Became the Visualist Phone of Choice

iPhone 5s Test Footage – 120 fps from Rishi Kaneria on Vimeo. Three words for VJs and visualists: shoot more footage. You’ll find plenty of reviews of the new iPhone 5S for photography applications, but perhaps most compelling is its impressive 120-fps slow motion, which is stunning for something that’s included in a mobile phone. Overnight, the 5S has become the visualist phone of choice – that is, if you’re investing in a new phone. And I have to say, generally, while other rivals (notably Samsung and Nokia) ship phones with good optics, Apple seems to have the edge in …

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TouchDesigner 088 Adds Crazy-Awesome Savvy in Mapping, Scripting, Sound and Music, More

Eye Vapor EEG Sonification 1 from Derivative on Vimeo. Smart. Even smart enough to visualize and sonify EEGs. TouchDesigner is not well-known in general circles, even after long-running availability. It’s Windows-only software for specialists. But there’s only one thing you need to know about it: it is consistently used in some of the best work artists are doing right now in multimedia. And in one go, the deceptively-named “088” is adding some massively-important stuff. Little wonder we’re hearing from a number of readers who are already excited. And there’s now a non-commercial license, too, fellow impoverished and overworked but lovable …

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ArKaos GrandVJ 2 Arrives in Free Update; Video Mapping XT Version Available [Gallery]

ArKaos’ GrandVJ live visual software is now in a major upgrade and out of beta, with a companion mapping module alongside. Some readers – largely those loyal to rival tools – have responded that the number “2” after GrandVJ left them wanting more substantial changes. But this isn’t a radical update – not in visible ways. Instead, ArKaos are tuning the ways in which you use the software and the performance beneath. Or another way to look at this – ArKaos are getting rid of some major gripes from users. That includes making sure codecs you want are there, some …

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Vuo, Multi-Platform, Open Visual Programming, in Beginner Tutorial and Opinion

Vuo Quick Start — The Basics from Vuo on Vimeo. Vuo attempts to do what other visual programming environments haven’t. It aims to be easier, free and open source, omni-platform, and faster, a tool for sketching new visual ideas using patching metaphors that isn’t held back by some of the restrictions that has tended to entail. To get there – and to fund what will eventually be an open source project across desktop and mobile – it currently uses a paid model, and is in active development. From the developers of Kineme, it builds on a lot of what VJs …

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ArKaos GrandVJ 2 Now in Public Beta: Video Mapping, Improved UI

GrandVJ remains one of the top tools for VJing and live visuals, from the firm that helped popularize these tools. But competition remains fierce. Version 2, now entering public beta, offers some reasons for current users to remain loyal – and could even lure people considering a new tool. Spoiler alert: mapping is arriving. The first thing you’ll notice, though, is the UI. GrandVJ’s keyboard-layout UI is one of the main draws of the tool, but you still have to enter Mixer Mode for more sophisticated layering and control. The new version uses color coding to streamline workflows there, among …

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Classroom Projectors Solve a Tough Club Mapping Install in India [Resolume Arena, Beamers]

VJ app makers are routinely profiling their customers, but this particular case studio deserves extra mention. (And not just because the DJs apparently wear wings there – time to up our game.) At New Delhi, India’s Kitty Su, classroom/business mirror projectors allowed extreme short throw — a stunningly-short 10″ (25 cm) — resolving the shadows that normally plague club projection. The results look terrific. In this case, Resolume Arena handles both processing the unusual output size (4200px X 550px) and mapping to the surface, all in one app. That’s the latest example of working directly in the visual app rather …

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VJ App VDMX Adds Automatic BPM Detection, Lovely Effect, Controller Features

Quick intro to Waveclock automatic BPM detection in VDMX from VIDVOX on Vimeo. Fingers getting repetitive stress injuries from manually tapping out tempos? Pay attention. The popular Mac live visual tool VDMX has long been the deep powerhouse of the VJ app field, with extensive modularity and customizability. Its newest update adds some major progress in synchronization and control, plus a rich set of new effects (ones regular CDM readers will no doubt recognize). The headline feature is BPM sync. The fruits of a collaboration with Wavesum, VDMX now integrates one-click automatic tempo detection inside the software. (See the video …

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