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Resolume Arena Touch OSC Template Intro

Doing a video overview of a template that I have created and will be releasing as a free download once my Unique Sequence Facebook page hits 300 likes. Enjoy !!

Free Download for Unique Sequence supporters. Thank you !!!

Directions for download:

Step 1: Head over to https://www.facebook.com/Unique.Seque… and click that like button. Thanks for the support !!!!

Step 2: Send Unique Sequence a message with your email address.

Step 3: Click on email with download link, select what you want to download and where you want it downloaded to and that’s it. Pretty easy and cost effective eh ? Just my way of saying thank you to those that matter.

Just so it’s 100% clear, all that we ask is for a like click and a message with your email address for the free download. You will not be spammed, asked to complete surveys for the download, nothing like that at all. I don’t want anyone to get the impression that we are being misleading. Our apologies if anyone felt that way as it was not our intention. If you have any question or concerns please reach out to us and let us know. Thanks again for all the support !!

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Gig report by Kyle Lyons from VJLoops.com

On December 9th 2014 I was contacted by a local promoter who wanted to hire a VJ for a Christmas Eve event in Valencia, Spain where I currently reside.

After the initial contact it’s important to establish what the client expectations are and what you are capable of delivering.  I soon realized this was no ordinary VJ gig as the client wanted a custom animation intro to introduce the DJ.  With less than 2 weeks to prepare I knew this was going to be a tight deadline with plenty of all-nighters ahead.  Luckily I don’t work alone and I could rely on some help with the motion graphics and animation from Ana Villanueva who creates under the moniker Anisha on VJLoops.com

 

One of the biggest challenges I faced was getting the information from the client.  They have grand ideas but sometimes are unable to communicate them effectively.  After several conversations on the phone and in person meetings totaling about 8 hours of our time we were able to finally get a rough script and storyboard for the intro.

 

The next task was to start collecting the assets for the project which included photos/videos of the DJ along with relevant sponsors logos for the event.  Anytime we step into a big project like this we always turn to what assets we have on hand or what we can buy to help expedite the creation process.  Stock footage, media and templates are a life saver and if you find the right resources you can save so much time.  Especially with tight deadlines.

 

Over the next 10 days we spent so many hours preparing the video which was based on what the client wanted.  We knew right away in our opinion that what the client wanted lacked a bit of cohesiveness.  None the less we followed through and tried to guide them as we went along.  We knew we would be sending a second and third draft as the project progressed.  In my experience nothing is every perfect on the first delivery.

 

On the 23rd of December we were able to get into the venue to do a dry run with the DJ, promoter and ourselves to test the equipment and to see how it looked on LED screens that were installed.  By the way I should probably mention that during our initial conversations back on the 9th of December I explicitly asked about the dimensions of the screen and resolution.  The client told us it would be 16:9 setup.  As you can imagine the frustration of not knowing what resolution to create the custom intro in was a bit of a pain.  We decided to create at 1280 x 720 (16:9). Knowing that we can always trim or crop parts of the video but not add more.  After arriving at the venue we see that the screen is now 1:1 with a total resolution of 384 x 384 pixels. This is why it’s always important to do a dry run but even more so to know what your project settings will be well in advanced. Welcome to the nightlife, where each day brings a new surprise!

After receiving the new dimensions we knew we had some major adjustments to the project which required heading back into After Effects to move text into the safe areas as well as moving some of the text footage around.

 

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I know that some readers might say that you need to have all the information well in advanced before the event begins but from my experience clients change their mind for a number of reasons.  Budget, resources, suppliers, venue, legal reasons and countless other factors all come into play when the final setup is approved and installed. Even then I’ve seen installations go up, come down and go back up as something else within a day because  of (insert whatever reason here).  With small and medium sized events these things happen often.  Sometimes all the planning in the world doesn’t matter.  The only thing you can do is to be prepared and expect the unexpected.  I find trying to predict what will go wrong usually saves me in the end.  Albeit it’s a headache and a time waster it is what it is.  You have to be able to adapt and overcome the challenges to survive in this business.

 

With less than 24 hours to show time my animator was busy preparing the intro with all the requested changes as well as text adjustments for the DJ while I continued to prepare the “VJ Loops” for my set.  My current VJ software for mixing live is Resolume Arena 4.1.  It’s flexible, has nice effects and doesn’t crash.  I also use a M-Audio KeyRig 25 as my midi controller.  It’s inexpensive, small, lightweight and fits well with my laptop setup.  Mapping the keys is quite simple with any popular VJ software.  I highly recommend anyone who does live mixing incorporate some kind of controller. I still use a mouse while VJing but enjoy the freedom a controller ads which allows for more creative mixing styles to be applied quickly and effectively.

 

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My midi mapping template:

  1. Cross Fader A-B
  2. Black Strobe
  3. White Strobe
  4. Black Stripes Effects w/sound input*
  5. White Stripes Effects w/sound input*
  6. Fish Eye Effect w/sound input*
  7. RGB Shift Effect w/sound input*
  8. Open for adding various effects during events
  9. Layer 1 Select
  10. Layer 2 Select
  11. Layer 3 Select
  12. Active Layer Clip/Loop Selection (15 Loops)
  13. Active Dashboard Effect Controls
  14. Active Layer Faders
  15. Blackout

*Pro Tip: adding sound analysis allows your onboard microphone of your laptop or computer to detect the various changes in the music.  In Resolume you can do this and much more.

 

The event was scheduled to start at 12:30am which is quite early for the locals (These Spaniards love to party!).  People didn’t start arriving until 1am!   The headliner DJ wasn’t scheduled until 3am so while the warm up djs performed I painted the screens with logos and very basic sound reactive EQ effect provided by a plugin from BigFug.  Promoters, club owners and DJs love to have their branding during the night.  It’s always good to make the client happy.

 

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As 3am approached I became quite anxious. I was ready to give the crowd a real visual treat with everything we had prepared over the last 2 weeks.  The intro included a piano track which was accompanied by a pianist on stage who would do a playback performance.  Show business is all about putting on a show and I think we did a pretty good job.  Despite the tight deadlines the show was a complete success and the promoter, DJ and club owner were very satisfied with the work.  The energy from the crowd was proof.

 

Here is the original intro prepared for the evening.

 

DJ Danny Wade Intro for Christmas Eve at Club Mya 24-25 December 2014 from VJLoops.tv on Vimeo.

And some live footage shot by clubbers, the audio was replaced due to poor quality.  I tried to sync it up as best as possible.

 

DJ Danny Wade Intro for Christmas Eve at Club Mya 24-25 December 2014 from VJLoops.tv on Vimeo.

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Electric Daisy Carnival- Behind the Screens 2012 by Alex Curson

A few days ago my good friend Alex Curson aka VJ Spazz from NZ featured some of my Vegas time-lapse footage from my collection VJLoops.tv in his new behind the scenes documentary on Vello Virkhaus and his team from V Squared Labs. You can see the time and dedication put into a massive festival. It’s jaw dropping!

EDC – Behind the Screens 2012 from V Squared Labs Inc. on Vimeo.

A dynamic behind the scenes look at the EDC experience from the VJ perspective.

EDC 2012 V Squared Labs Inc Team

Anastasia King Jaress Producer
Vello Virkhaus Director/Producer/LeadVJ – Kinetic Field
Andi Perez Production Coordinator
Carlo Sa Animator – Bassrush
Davy Force Animator – Bassrush
Peter Sistrom Lead 3D Mapping Programmer
Evan Pierre VJ/Programmer – VJ Assist
Max Chang VJ/Programmer – Bassrush
Julie Hardin VJ/Programmer – Neon garden
Jesse Nikette VJ/Programmer – Neon garden
VJ Fader VJ – Circuit Grounds
VJ Kai VJ – Circuit Grounds
Dan Block VJ – Discovery Stage
Berkeley Meyer VJ – Discovery Stage
Luis Andres Natali VJ – Kinetic Field
Miguel Vega VJ – Kinetic Field
Scott Little Lead PA

Video Production Team

Alex Curson (VJ SPAZZ) Director/Editor/Videographer
Beau McGavin Videographer
Dean Wyatt Audio Engineer
Michael Woods Videographer
Kyle Lyons (VJLoops.TV) Las Vegas Time Lapse

Soundtrack

Nero
“Must Be The Feeling”
(Delta Heavy Remix)

Stage Design & Lighting Design
SJ Lighting, Steve Lieberman

Special Thanks to Insomniac 🙂