Just returned from our MadMapping workshop in London for the onedotzero festival. Great group of people showed up and as it turned out the majority of them did not know Modul8, so Boris did a crash course for them while I assisted those who were ready to map.
Such a crash course, or for that matter any Modul8 workshop is never enough to jump into something like the tutorial above, that I found on our forums today posted by forum member migeulespada. And what a treat this is. If you are regular to the forums don’t hesitate to encourage for more of these. A great way to make your first steps in module creation.
OSC is still alive as a useful protocol for devices and applications to talk to each other, and especially so with TouchOSC. However, unlike your standard MIDI device it has always been somewhat intimidating. In Modul8 you use the OSC module and then you have to fiddle around with the network settings a bit to get things working. Not nearly as easy as plugging in your MIDI device, enabling MIDI mapping and jiggling a slider or knob.
It is nearly that easy now because TouchOSC recently added MIDI. You might call this a downgrade (or a side grade? and whatever happened to HD MIDI anyway?) but it does not hurt to just add a good old protocol when it can be done through some extra, tried and true lines of code? And made even more helpful with the implementation of CoreMIDI in iOS.
At the top of this post the MIDI Thief provides a basic tutorial for connecting your iPad, iPhone or iPodTouch to Modul8 with the CoreMIDI providing you with feedback.
For those of you who are connected to our Facebook page, may have seen the post by VJ Lupin who is working on a very special layout.
It uses specially modified versions of the BPM module and the OSC module to provide more feedback options such as clip playback position and BPM speed data. Be forewarned that this is not yet available publicly, but the tutorial above will get you going with the basics.
Personally, I have not really taken to using the iPad for performance. I still prefer a physical knob and slider. Where I have found the iPad useful has been when I need a really specific setup AND I need to be away from the computer. One example is doing presentations for Modul8 when I don’t want to be standing near the computer. Most recent was when I created an installation and needed to move around the space taking video of the installation from various angles. It came in handy to really quickly create a basic control for resetting the video without having to go all the way back to the computer.
For the full information on the requirements for what you need in to make this tutorial work for you check out the page of the video.
If you have been following the news trail lately you will know that there is some activity going on in New York City. Last night, while I was working on my computer, answering support messages and so on, I kept a window open watching the live streams of the events unfolding. Some time before I shut down I heard the camera holder say ‘hey look! someone is projecting 99% on the Verizon building.’
I woke up this morning to find a message in my in box from our New York friend Scott Fitzgerald with the following this report from boingboing with the words clearly written “They used Modul8 VJ mixing software.” However upon further reading the text, it does not say whether they used Modul8 on the Verizon building, however the possibility is not far off.
It is often that I hear people talk about VJing being a revolution, or part of a revolution. I would argue (I love to argue) that there are aspects about VJing that are revolutionary, but very often these are not things that contribute directly to a true revolution. I believe this is probably the closest thing that I have seen to contribute directly to a revolution.
No matter what part of the political spectrum you orient yourself to, there is no denying the potential demonstrated here for collective and direct expression. Given my political orientation, I am really proud to know that Modul8 has partaken in this one. We CAN be more then wall paper.
If you are like me, you enjoy Vimeo for it’s warm design, comfy sharing options and the creative community that surrounds it. Knowing all these things, you probably also have a Plus account. Quite valuable.
I am proud to announce that GarageCUBE has partnered with Vimeo by providing a discount of Modul8 through the new Vimeo Plus Perks program. If you are the holder of a Vimeo Plus account you can purchase Modul8 at a generous discount. The program offers other great discounts on video production related hardware and software. Seriously, I got to drooling over the discounts available for some of the camera kits, especially the ‘Action Sports.’ Now if only I had time to take those hand gliding lessons.