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Re: Video mixing using MIDI

I can tell you that hardware solutions for this are complex, but not necessarily expensive (any more). Old video equipment can be had for a song on EBay, (look for video switchers or mixers) however, WHAT you need is complicated and bulky. I would more suggest that you go for a software solution, where there are actually lots of options. The only tech thing is how you can connect your multiple cameras to s single laptop. I think its possible if they all have usb, but again a dedicated video switcher may be necessary.
Look at all the VJ programs (Resolume is my favorite). AND its midi synchable, and has an audio component.

Suppose you use drum loops in your live looping, or any prerecorded loops. Just plug you looper midi out into you computer, and configure Resolume to accept midi clock. Drag your drum loops into "slots" in Resolume. Drag video clips (encoded to PhotoJPG) ont the SAME slot, now you have a SYNCHRONISED audio and video clip. Keep adding more.
Add your control surface for mixing your audio, loops, adding effects. Add a video distortion effect to the same knob as your audio distortion effect. Now you effects are synchonise visually.
Now add your camera inputs, They appear in Resolume exactly the same as a video clip, same effects, etc.
Add audio trigger effects, (split into Bas Mid Trb) have the bass trigger a "bloom" blur, have the treble trigger a waveform effect.
Noe upgrade to Resolume Avenue (I dont have this) now you get a "video sequencer" god only knows what you can do with THAT!!!

But I warn you, its addictive, and you will find yourself never doing any actual music!

Best just do what Per said, find a VJ to work with... Im looking for one!


On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM, Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:
Yes, I can suggest an assistant! A person that only focuses on
selecting which one of the cameras to put into the big screen
projector. A live video editing assistent. We used that method a few
years ago for a concert in Italy where four wireless cameras were
mounted on musician's instruments (and for the vocalist a "helmet" to
catch a portrait view of the singer in action). I can't recall exactly
the tech solution for mixing the four video streams but the full
package of four mini spy cams were super cheap to buy online and it
worked very well at the gig. When researching for the concert we
Googled "spy camera set" to find what was available.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen

On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 4:38 AM, Jean-Paul De Roover
<j.de.roover@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> Does anyone here have any experience or know of any ideas on how to mix
> video content in a live setting using a MIDI controller? Here's my vision:
> As a live loop artist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdZRqF2taZI), I've
> always wanted to have cameras (GoPro or otherwise) attached to me/my
> guitar/my other gear so that people in the audience could see what I'm
> manipulating from my vantage point. I was hoping to have a minimum of 3
> cameras running, attached to a projector that would then display those
> different angles to the audience.
> What I'd like to do is be able to control which camera angle is 'selected'
> on screen, preferably with my feet. It'd be great if I could manipulate
> other audio hardware devices too using the same MIDI signal, so that I could
> essentially trigger something like playback of a certain layer while
> simultaneously switching the camera from angle 1 to 3.
> Take this idea one further, and incorporate some basic lights into the mix.
> So, any ideas for something that could be used to switch between cameras for
> live video projection? My preference is for hardware since I don't trust
> laptops. Not particularly interested in effects and/or other visual
> manipulations either, but wouldn't turn them down! Thanks!
> --
> Jean-Paul De Roover
> www.jeanpaulderoover.com
> (807) 251-3376

Mark Francombe
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