Tag Archive: VDMX


Here’s a tutorial i just made for projection mapping using vdmx5 and quartz composer.

Hope this halps some of you p33ps out there to rock some projections.
The original toilet projection mapping can be viewed at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAbqcT…

Resources:

http://vidvox.net/
http://vdmx.memo.tv/qc

Here’s a link to video projection tools for projection mapping on a pc.

http://hcgilje.wordpress.com/resource…

Thanks for watching, if you have any question message me 😀

-PERM

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Projection Mapping + Stop-motion Test

This was a test to experiment with the possibilities of lighting a stop-motion animation scene with a single projector.

Over all it worked really well and the possibilities for this technique are endless.

I used VDMX 5, a live VJ program to projection map the lighting. To do this I used a ‘quad warp’ quartz composer patch from ‘memo’ to resize the different video channels.

I then moved the video files along 1 or 2 frames each time I moved the oil pump. This enabled video and other digital sources to be mixed with stop-motion animation outside of a post-production setup.

It’s a pretty rough test(camera shake etc.) but the possibilities are amazing. Perhaps having characters in the projection interacting with stop-motion characters. Using the projections for atmospheres and backgrounds, or just using the projection for lights and shadows much like an easily controlled ‘gobo’

If you reading this and wish to try this technique on you own projects read on.

You’ll first need a projector. I borrowed a crappy NEC with 2100 lumens and hooked it up to my macbook pro.

For software I used VDMX 5 which costs $300, HOWEVER, the good folks at vidvox have released VDMX 5 as a trial version that is exactly the same and as powerful as when you buy it. The only feature missing is the save preset function which means you’ll have to set up all your windows everytime you open it but this is not a big deal unless you’re using it for VJ work, or need everything set up for a performance as soon as you open the program.

Once you’ve gotten VDMX 5, you’ll need to download a Quartz Composer patch. A patch in this case is essentially an effect you can download and place on your video channels in VDMX.  It’s all explained pretty well here. Download the ‘quad warp’ and ‘quad mask’ QC patches from Memo. Once downloaded you will need to cut and paste them into your ‘qcfx’ folder. Now they’ll show up in your fx manager in vdmx, and you just have to apply them to layers.

Once applyed to your layers it’s as simple as moving the four corner points of your video layers until you’re satisfied. If you have overlapping video i would suggest using the ‘quad point mask’ to crop off overlapping video.

Finally, I assigned the move forward button(not play) on each layer to my asdfghj keys respectively, then slid the move forward bar to 1 or 2 frames. After it is all set up in only requires you to press asdfghj, adjust stop-mo pieces and shoot the frames with a camera.

For anyone wishing to do something similiar on a Windows setup, there are several programs for you. The free program Video Projection Tools works on both Windows and Mac.

Modul8 although another Mac program, also has this ability if you need more control.

I hope this helped any of you out there.

If any of you have any questions or need any help, feel free to contact me.

-PERMIAN 0___0