JimOnLight Interviews Psyberpixie

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One of the cooler interviews I’ve done — she is so much fun to watch making the video art while she’s making it!  Ladies and gentlemen, meet Psyberpixie!  She’s the world’s leading VJ.

I did this interview for the Lighting Insights newsletter, but I wanted to give this some play to the JimOnLight.com audience.  many of you dig ‘Pixie’s work, thank you for the links you send!!!  Keep them coming!

The Officially Unofficially Official Dark Side of the Rainbow Post (or Dark Side of Oz, If You Must)

Happy Independence Day, everybody!

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Call it what you will — some call it the Dark Side of Oz.  Others call it the Dark Side of the Rainbow, and an even smaller group of others call it the Wizard of the Dark Side, and The Wizard of Floyd.

No, as far as the world knows it and has been admitted by all of the band members, it’s a crock.  But, it’s an awesome crock.  Have you ever just turned down the lights, kicked your feet up with a nice whatever, and watched the visuals from The Wizard of Oz synced to the Dark Side of the Moon album?  If the answer to that last question was anything other than hell yes Jim I am doing it right now, then you need to go do this right now.

You can even buy Dark Side of Oz on Amazon.  That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?!

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. start The Wizard of Oz and turn the sound off.  Get ready though, you have something to do coming up here pretty quickly!
  2. When the MGM lion in the beginning starts his third roar, start Dark Side of the Moon.
  3. Sit back, and check that sh*t out.

OR, because JimOnLight loves our readers, you can just click on one of these Dark Side of  the Rainbow videos below!

On Vimeo, since I think they are awesome:

The Dark Side of OZ from BAMF Gaming on Vimeo.

and, for the time being I’m sure, on YouTube:

This video below is pretty awesome — YouTube user m1kef0y put this analysis together of a large portion of the lyrics that correspond with actions occurring in the film.  Bravo, brother!

OH — something else that is completely awesome:  Wish You Were Here ALSO syncs up with a movie coincidentally!  Here’s Metropolis and Wish You Were Here, with a side of awesomesauce:

Now definitely go full-screen on any of these videos, because as you’re sitting back watching this you’re not going to want to strain.  This is some cool stuff if you’ve never done it.  So?  DO IT!  You’ll love it, I guarantee!

Something else that is pretty awesome is Dub Side of the Moon by the Easy Star All Stars.  If you like reggae, you will pee yourself over this album, it’s outstanding.

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Hump Day Lighting Porn – Catalyst and DL3 Demo Room Footage from 2010 at High End Systems!

Having downtime has allowed me to dig up gigabytes and schmigabytes of video content that I’ve either A) got sidetracked during and never got to finish, B) decided for some reason that I needed to prioritize something else, or C) completely forgot about having altogether!  I found some really fun stuff last night while searching through content — a demo from 2010 at High End Systems of the Axon media server and DL3 digital lights!

I hope you enjoy it!  Please excuse my giggling at one point for a few seconds, I was having a frigging blast!  Thanks a lot, Richard!

Check out some High End Systems lighting demo porn from 2010!  From the JimOnLight.com Vimeo Channel:

Lighting Porn! High End Systems – Catalyst Media Server Demo, 2010, Austin, Texas from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

or if you prefer YouTube:

Beware! The Blob

While not a 1970s scifi horror flick, Sunday Paper‘s spectacular short film Light is certainly haunting. For a fascinating and beautiful minute and a half short film, it certainly carries an elegiac note.

 

 

Just watch it!

 

Light from Sunday Paper on Vimeo.

 

Five Minute Film School — Green Screen Movie

Alright, alright, hold on, check this out.  By the way, GOOD MORNING!  Yes, Jim got up early this morning, apparently instead of the coffee *I THOUGHT I DRANK* I had a big cup of completely crazy, and I’ve done about a day’s work already.  In this time I determined that I was going to teach myself how to use chroma-key green screens, and I found a few clever videos that should make you either go “hmm!” or maybe just give you a belly laugh.  This should be an excellent way to start your day!

Household Hackers do a green screen:

and THIS?  This – is just awesome.  Green screen tech in action:

Rosco sells Chroma Key blue and green – check it out.  FilmTools also sells Chroma Key stuff like tape and paint, and flooring.  Yeah, I had no idea either.

(Image credit from a cool article on photoshop chroma-keying from techWOW.  Check it out!)

Augmented Reality with Processing – A Tutorial

Do you know what the Creative Applications Network is?  Do you know what Processing is?  I’ve written about projects done in the open-source DaVinci code-esque software called Processing on JOL, and here is another amazing project using that suite.  Check out this video:

The Creative Applications Network has put out a tutorial on this type of augmented reality presentation, and it’s pretty awesome!

About the video and the project you’re about to visit:

All of the visuals in the above video were created using NyArtoolkit for Processing. NyARToolkit is an augmented reality toolkit built with 100% pure Java. It is derived from ARToolkit-2.72.1. Like Processing itself it’s open source and free! In this tutorial you will learn how to use it to place computer generated imagery correctly onto real world footage. To do this in real-time NyArtoolkit uses markers – black and white images – to determine the three-dimensional position and orientation in the real world. Most likely you will have seen something like this before, but now you will learn how to do it yourself using freely available software.

Thanks, VJ.TV!

Lumarca for a Monday Morning

Good morning, everyone!  I hope that this is the start to a fantastic Monday, and an even better week.

Today’s phrase is “volumetric video.”  To explain what I mean by “volumetric video,” take a look at this video:

This project is called Lumarca – and it’s the brainchild of Albert Hwarng, Matt Parker, and Elliot Woods.  From the Lumarca website:

Lumarca is a truly volumetric display which allows viewers to see three dimensional images and motion. The system requires only a computer, a projector, and common materials found at most hardware stores. This provides an affordable platform for artists to design compelling content that conveys information, narrative, and aesthetic information in a new way. Lumarca is a collaboration between Albert Hwarng, Matt Parker, and Elliot Woods.

Lumarca was entered into the World Maker Faire’s contest, sponsored by Red Bull, called Create the Future.  Long story short, they won – and are now looking for venture capital to make this project into something even more awesome than what they have.

Awesome project.  JimOnLight.com salutes you!

New Naked Visual Eye Candy!

No, no no, I don’t mean ME naked, you perverts.  Who wants to see that anyway?

I mean NAKED, the awesome visual studio and motion company out of Paris – they did the PussyCat Dolls a while ago, and they’ve just been doing some unbelievable work.  You kinda have to check out the NAKED Compagnie website!

Check this out, and check out their Vimeo feed.  Pretty great!

Awesome.

Thanks, Naked!

Every Light Saber Ignition and Retraction from Star Wars (Including the Lame Movies)

For no other reason except that it makes me do a big belly chuckle, you have to take a few minutes and watch this video.  Someone put together a short movie of every light saber ignition and retraction of the Star Wars series.  Well, you’re gonna have to understand that I won’t be doing a primary resource search to fact check this video, so just enjoy it.

Greggus, this one is dedicated to you.

Thanks, Geekologie!

The Ingravid Festival and Telenoika’s Excellent Video Mapping

The Ingravid Festival in Spain saw a ridiculously interesting video mapping project this year – a group of artists called the Telenoika Cultural Association created this amazing composition using openFrameworks, a C++ toolkit that pretty much rules.

Just an FYI – the video is pretty long (about 20 minutes), but I promise it will be one of the better 20 minute sessions of your day.

Thanks Make, and thanks to Ryan Wilkinson for the heads up on this!

Telenoika Audiovisual Mapping @ Ingravid Festival, Figueres 9/2009 [FULL] from Telenoika on Vimeo.