We chatted before about what a VJ is and some of the basics. But, if you’re ready to jump in and go big, then you’ll need some technical knowledge to get going.
Computers, Processing, and Displays
Computer – DXVLoops are setup to work perfectly in Resolume. That being said, you’ll need a computer (along with Resolume) to put these graphics to use. The power of the DXV codec is amazing as you take our loops, morph, twist, turn and create tantalizing shows!
Graphics Display – obviously if you’re going to VJ an event, you’ll need a method to display your DXVLoops. You could use a projector/screen surface, LED wall, LED panel(s), screens, curtains, or strip tape. These can all be pixel mapped Resolume. If you’re just starting out, you may want to think about the DIY or demo route to get your feet wet. Maybe even ask a friend.
Cabling – adequate/quality cabling is so often overlooked by new VJ’s and can spell disaster for even the simplest event. Signal can fail over long distances and quality can go down the tubes if you invest in the cable, boosters, and converters your specific setup requires.
Creativity – The media available here on DXVLoops will help you create killer VJ environments. But you need more than just great content. You need more than a basic understanding of the technology involved and how to properly setup and map your setup. To be a great VJ you have to be creative, think beyond the one motion. Learn how to layer, mix elements, match colors and tones properly to create visually appealing and stimulating environments.
Elements for Multiscreen – In many environments you’ll be pixel mapping to different LED panels or projectors. In order to process your pixels properly without stretching, distorting, or mutilating your media, you’ll need to be able to output multiple signals from the computer to your various projectors. We typically go with a DataPathX4 or a TripleHead2Go if budget is really preclusive. There are numerous other options out there, but these are fairly cost effective and simple to use for new users to get started. Don’t overcomplicate your setup. If you don’t need a multiscreen processor, don’t use one.
Content is where it all begins.
Here are some things to consider when choosing great VJ content:
Contrast vs. Gradients – this is a big object of concern especially when using LED. Gradients don’t always translate right on lower resolution LED and can look just plain bad. Find content with high contrast elements. These pieces usually have a lot of energy and movement as their more simplistic at times from a style standpoint.
Looping – you’ll want to have media that is seamlessly loop able. Many clips in this category are shorter by nature (4-15 seconds) so you want to ensure that you can loop them for long play, layering, etc. But don’t worry, every clips here at DXVLoops.com is exported to seamlessly loop without any editing on your end.
Style – as you determine what content you want, consider staying in similar styles or complementary styles as you move throughout your set. Content can be layered on top of one another, pixel mapped across a variety of surfaces, etc. so it’s important to make sure that style matches in the tone you want.
You’re hear because you have a passion to create. A passion to use visuals to energize the audience in order to create memorable moments. This passion will drive your skills to new heights each time you open your computer, fire up your displays, and put on a show.