I’ve been contributing to projection-mapping.org more frequently than my own blog and it has been some time since I last posted an update. For me, it’s a good problem to have, I’ve been busy…
Over the last 2 years I’ve been piling up a collection of unedited videos from a slew of projects that I’ve had the honor to be apart of. What were once planned to be written detailed accounts for educational purposes, may well end up becoming a flashy promo reel propelled by high energy EDM pop music. <- Or not.
It’s what I have seen everywhere else and while I understand it, it’s not in my immediate interests to create one, or to make bids on larger corporate events. While I may consult on such events from time to time, believe it or not, I’m in this for the fun of it.
A few days ago I finished an update for a local automated projection mapping installation. The goal, take a cool local coffee shop and light up the upper windows at night. The ulterior motive for this? To see what others can do with the visual space when given the opportunity.
Share the link, download the template, submit your work and it will be viewed publicly. That’s it. https://www.evernote.com/l/Ag2xwxA4QRtJE4z8E8lZ7x8jbwDmkIZXrvM
Only time will tell what’s going to happen next with this installation, but the opportunity is something that I am excited about. Check back in a few weeks or so as I will have a detailed update of how I made this installation possible and the simple “built-in” means of projection automation.
Espresso A Mano (https://espressoamano.com/)
3623 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Its been a while since I’ve a moment to blog and even longer since the first OMG parties, including our infamous U-Haul Dance Party (<-Video / Blog Post <-). So we did it again, but this time we had a tunnel dance party. <- Why not?. The video was quickly put together as a recap and shared on Youtube & Facebook. Interestingly enough, Facebook favors its own video content so heavily that within 24 hours of posting the Tunnel Party video we reached more than 5,000 people compared to our youtube page which only reached 5. 5000 is a 99900% increase of 5. So why even upload to youtube? Archival, SEO, and Quality. While facebook is the social sharing hub of our time, videos disappear just as fast as they arrive. They share with friends, and friends of friends, but don’t rank highly in search engine results. Lastly, to optimize streaming across all devices, facebook really dumbs down the quality of any video uploaded to it. That being said, I hope you enjoy our tunnel party video as much as we enjoyed our tunnel party!. Thank you to everyone who came out.
Built off of the 1st gen. versions of the raspberry pi, the Pi Zero is a $5 computer that seems fit for simple projection mapping and playback. Thus far it’s limitations have simple fixes, but a lack of ethernet and additional usb ports is hoop that has to be jumped through. (My current setup is micro usb to 4-port usb 2.0 hub with nano wifi dongle & Logitech k400).
Here is a new review I created for the PocketVJ, read the complete story here.Remember our review of the MadMapper MiniMAD? .. #hardware #pocketvj #reviews
Here is a link to the article I published for MadMapper’s miniMAD little projection mapping tool.
The MiniMAD is a powerful and compact projection mapping tool. With its ease of use and growing feature set, the MiniMAD may be desirable for your next project or… #hardware #madmapper #reviews
A promo video I made for an upcoming party I’ll be VJing at. Excited for the nihilist dance party.
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See you there.
Another article released for a project that I was apart of this past June. 1st PMC, then Vice, and now the Guardian. Looking good.
Artist Bill Shannon explores the gap between the artificial and what is real
***Video at the bottom if you’d like to skip***
Its been a while since I’ve had the time to blog, my entire year has been non-stop and before I could post my latest works I was already off to do something new. All in all, it has been a trip that I am thankful to be apart of. More recently I decided to experiment with MadMapper 2.0, A Pixlite 16 LED driver, and 25 meters of WS2811 RGB strips. Oh yeah, and all inside of a mobile Uhaul party vehicle powered by a 2000 watt silent generator… Let’s just say this was a spectacular experiment.
For some time now I have been doing some fun pop-up / experimental dance parties with my neighbor and friend Joy ( DJ name “Kill Joy” <- I think). We just like to try new things and that is how OMG started. Original, “Only Mashups Goobers” due to the first event being at a location that did not pay BMI or ASCAP, so we had a mashup party and devised a visual setup using 1 projector, cardboard, duck-tape, spray paint, and some hot pants. This is what the first OMG party looked like:
But even crazier than the actual party was the media campaign that was released on Facebook two weeks before. Quick edited, simply narrated, “hot-topic” videos with blown out audio that looked and sounded spectacular on mobile devices (most of facebooks’ traffic) were a hit amongst those who saw them. Here are some of the OMG videos:
Not bad, and they had tons of shares. So that was OMG 1, after that was OMG 2, The Sledgehammer dance party…. Let’s just say this party was so crazy it’s almost like it never even happened.
And then, there was OMG 3, The Mobile UHaul LED Disco Dance Party…
In June I helped bring a wearable projection mask to life. This article details the project as a whole and Bill Shannon’s logic behind the piece.
>>>>Click Here>>>>>Portable Projection Mapping Mask.
It’s been a while since I have been able to post some of my projection mapping adventures, but this one with Lazercrunk was fun. You don’t have to be local to appreciate an 8′ tall projection mapped city skyline. 10 buildings, spanning 16′ wide by 8′ high across the stage. Here’s an example of what it looked like by itself.
So for all of you who are interested in Projection Mapping, I’m detailing a little bit of my workflow in this post. While this design looks more complex than some of the ones I have done over the years, it is actually easier with proper planning and forethought.
Essentially you start with an idea. In this case, Todd Keebs wanted to do a Pittsburgh Skyline to celebrate Lazercrunks 7 Year Anniversary. In order to cut the shapes out of foam core and have a design to share with me for content creation he used a vector and took it into his favorite program (Illustrator or Photoshop to give me templates for each building.
Now we could leave the buildings connected for the next step, but part of this project was to rearrange the buildings on site to get the desired look within the projectors throw dimensions. To do this, simply separate the buildings and fit them into your desired output resolution. For me that is 1920×1080. I will be using a projector that is 1280×800, but I am going to let the mapping software do the down scaling. My building template in after effects now looks like this:
From here I can control each layer and customize my content as I see fit. The key here is to use the template for all of the content creation. Once you have chosen your template do not start moving the buildings otherwise you will have to keep readjusting your setup within the mapping software.
Now the building out:
Todd any I have been working together for quite some time and we have learned a lot from one another. For this next part, I went to making custom content, and Todd started on the cutting. For most projects we use 4’x8′ sheets of foamcore, it’s lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to cut. Todd simply took the largest building in the set and set its dimensions to 8′ tall, in doing so with simple CAD software (or even illustrator) you can get the exact cut dimensions for each building just by using the internal rulers and measurements. Each building was then cut to scale and stacked in a safe place before the show.
Then the setup:
The projector was turned on to show the full output and the buildings were squeezed into place.
As you can see this is an example of a simple single projector setup. To eliminate shadows cast from the single projector source at this point you could add another projector and add a whole new element to your illusion, but for time sake I made the decision to hold off on this addition. (I’ll get into the pros & cons of using multiple projectors some other time).
Now it’s time to map. (Mac Only)
Using VDMX (my VJ application), I sent a signal to Madmapper via Syphon containing a still frame of my template. Once this is in the pipeline we simply make a rectangular selection for each building on the left (template / source window) and stretch it to fit onto the buildings on the right (output to projector).
Using masks and visual overlays we can make sure that the extra corners from the template don’t bleed over onto the other buildings. The final “mapped” output to the projector now looks something like this:
And here is the result:
So it is simple enough to pull off a multi-plane design like this with a single projector, I obviously skipped over the time it takes to create content, cut the designs, & and setup, but you shouldn’t be afraid of a setup like this. After all, we had a blast doing so, watch the final video to see more:
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Check out my latest projection mapping Q&A interview with the Giggle Group Based out of Bristol, U.K.
Currently still in BETA and to be fully released by end of June 2015, the latest version of MadMapper 2.0 is awesome. Multiple Sources & Inputs mapped to different masks… Better over all performance, Retina Display 64 Bit, LED Scanner, Vector SVG to Lines Import, Support for AVFoundation which is the back end in OSX 10.9 & 10.10, and 3D Objects. And thus far all my attempts to break the BETA have failed. Looking forward to the full release at the end of this month.
Today marks the beginning of a new interview series for Projection-Mapping.org. I wanted to highlight how each company has their own unique approach to projection mapping and spotlight some of the most talented groups around the world. First up in this series is URBANSCREEN. Click below to see my post.
Check out this new article I wrote for Projection Mapping Central
Soon, I will be writing one for this blog that includes the top VJ softwares.