Lupin provides an elegant demonstration of how one puts it all together with Modul8 and MadMapper. Cinema 4D provides the magic, Modul8 control and MadMapper the possibility to make last minute adjustments as the installation was set up the day of the event.
I have to admit that I have been pretty distracted by all the MadMapper activity. Shaking me away from my haze of Mapping Madness was Simon Barker (known from the forums as lotech) who loaded up custom modules for those who want to see a lot more of the controls on their screen without too much clutter.
The first, of these that appealed the most to my sensibilities is (LT) Clip Control. A slim module that combines several other existing modules, such as the several existing variations of PLAY STOP ALL and Cross Fader modules, into one that you can conveniently position to the left of the main Modul8 interface with the included benefit of having a thumbnail preview of each media used in its layer.
After that, the (LT) Clip Control fits nicely below the main interface and provides you with an alternative to the existing clip controls with, what would be my favorite addition, preset speeds for clip playback.
The third, (LT) Media Panel is a compressed, functionally expanded, laptop screen friendly version of the Big Media Keyboard module, allowing you to see up to three media sets at a time with the added value of allowing you to name your sets for easy reference.
Along with the screenshot he provided was the above photo showing his TouchOSC layout on his iPad that is very appealing to in that it looks as if it takes into account the ergonomics of the iPad in that I would probably hold it in both my hands and tap the buttons with my thumbs, freeing myself from having to crouch in front of the laptop.
When people refer to taking their visuals to the next level, it is never evident how they intend to achieve this. It seems to me that the method is less about the software and increasingly about the exploration of the relationship between light and the surfaces one chooses to project on. In the project Benjamin Chassagne I can see just that. Whether he is aware that I attribute the installation above to 1024′s Euphorie does not really matter because the whole goal is to get more people away from the constraints of the screen so that projection art is more immersive, therefore taking a larger role in the production of stage design for parties of any scale. Break out of the flat, give it depth and make light ‘fly.’
It is fun to see that Benjamin is also taking steps to experiment with even less screen like materials such as the above frame of strings.
I recall being told once that ‘white is the enemy of the VJ.’ Certainly so within the context of a 4:3 or 16:9 screen. However in the world of surfaces, lines, meshes, greyscale gradients are the most effective means for high visibility. In the instances where color are used Benjamin smartly deploys them as blocks of color and gradients. Note that there is no footage at all, because for the most part images do not always read very well within the narrow confines of sculpted structures.
One might see this as a limitation, or as an advantage. The success of this approach is self evident in the samples above.
Pedro Zaz from UnitedVJs.org will lead this workshop covering the basics of Video Mapping as an art form on its own. The 16 hour workshop will gravitate around MadMapper and Modul8. Many surprises are expected. The fun is guaranteed.
Where: Lisboa , Laje da Esperança, Santos
There will be two separate, but identical classes…
|Thursday||June 16th||19:00 – 23:00|
|Friday||June 17th||19:00 – 23:00|
|Saturday||June 18th||19:00 – 23:00|
|Thursday||June 23rd||19:00 – 23:00|
|Friday||June 24th||19:00 – 23:00|
|Saturday||June 25th||19:00 – 23:00|
For more information (in Portuguese and English) download the PDF file.
Due to the space requirements for this kind of workshop there will be a limit of 15 persons so hurry up if you want to get in. You can contact us directly through the workshop hosts website.
This workshop offers a full range of practical applications within the principles of mapping with Modul8 and using MadMapper. The session includes
- An introduction to the principles of mapping
- An overview of the software
- A detailed view of all its functions
- The utilization of MadMapper with Modul8, Quartz Composer, VDMX and other softwares
- Installation of MadMapper on participants’ computers (a version limited to the workshop)
- Practice sessions in the workshop on mock-ups
- The creation of a simple patch in Quartz Composer
Prerequisites: a minimum working knowledge in the domain of video/performance, a Mac computer with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) installed and a VGA or DVI adaptor.
The workshop will take place:
June 04, 2011 01:00 pm – 18:00
Salle Met A/B
9 Sainte-Catherine East
For the required pre-registration please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org