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.
Update: If the content is pre-mapped (meaning, made in After Effects, Photoshop, MS Paint, etc.) and rendered out at the projector’s native resolution. The Pi Zero works great as a standalone seamless video looper by simply embedding this code into the rc.local file. (I stored a video file on a usb flash drive and entitled it “Video.mp4” You can also put your video file on the MicroSD that Raspbian is installed on.
omxplayer -b -o --no-osd --loop /mnt/usb/Video.mp4
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.
More info on Facebook or at http://pghabides.com/
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:
Thanks for stopping by:
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.
Wow it’s almost been a full year since the Together Boston music festival held their VJ competition. Here’s my article from back then after returning from what was a awesome experience. ( Together Boston 2014 )
It is with that and this that I am excited to announce that they are doing it again!!!
Since this is only one of a few VJ competitions that I know of it’s a better time than any to submit, attend, and meet other live performers.
Here’s a bit from their press release, more can be found on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/585548261589579/
We are proud to announce that Jon Bonk in association with Together Festival will be hosting the third annual VJ Competition!
This year the VJ Competition comes back bigger, badder, and with more amazing video! Once again we are challenging the Visual Artists of the world to compete for precious vj gear and software, as well as a moment in the limelight! Last year we blew the crowd away, this year we plan to do it with even more pixels! Stay tuned for what is in store.
Want to perform? Submit here: http://goo.gl/forms/6rJ3CVbFNR
Each Vj will have to submit a 6 minute video demo, short bio (300 words or less), picture, 10$ entry fee and complete the online application. Judges will decide and choose several Vjs to perform live with a guest DJ at the competition on May 14th. More details to come!
Vj submissions open up on March 29th, and close May 1st. Vjs will be contacted if they are to perform by May 3rd. Live performances will be 8 minutes in length, and judges will be looking for the following traits with each performance:
Good luck and see you there!
Video from last year.
Animal Rescue League benefit.
I’m excited to release this video that I edited from a benefit event that took place on March 20th, 2015 at Freeride Pittsburgh. The event was put on my Daily Bread in order to raise funds for the Animal rescue league. This design was a cool collaboration between Todd Keebs and I, mainly of Todd’s doing, and while he ran the lasers for that event I was able to work my magic on the Livid OhmRGB controller. Check out the video. Also special thanks to Louis Barr for sending me the footage that he shot that night. While I live to edit videos like this, I am usually too busy to pick up the camera once the night begins so thanks again Louie for capturing all of this great footage.
song: yuksek – tonight RAC mix
Hehe’s me and Todd from that night.