VJ software recommendations?

#1

any recommendations for good live video mixing software?

basic needs, not throwing a rave. reliable clip cueing & fades, midi hardware mapping, smooth HD playback are my priorities. cheap or free is good too!

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#2

I’m working with resolume Arena, checks all the boxes above, minus the cheap… I’ve heard that go:vj an iOS Vj app is not bad either, but then you don’t have the hardware component…

#3

My friends use GrandVJ: https://www.arkaos.net/products/vjdj with an APC40

Not sure if it meets your “cheap” criteria though.

#4

I got some good results with TouchViZ:

#5

thanks for the tips!

#6

Takete looks interesting.

http://refinedstochastic.com/takete.php

#7

someone just showed me this VJ software called CoGe. Its a lot like Resolume but waaaay less expensive. I think i’m going to get it soon myself. $99 for mac. demo is unrestricted but no saving of projects

#8

ah! this looks great. thanks so much.

#9

Do you have MAX? You can put together a quick VJ system with lots of cool FX in a few minutes with the Vizzie modules that are included.

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#10

Any changes to possible answers to this question in the last couple of years?

#11

vvvv https://vvvv.org/
supports boygrouping, gpu shaders etc. quite decent as a patching environment for music as well, or doing both.

#12

VDMX is my go to.

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#13

I am pretty happy with CoGe and Lumen. I use them with a few midi controllers like Launch Control XL

Pretty affordable setup. Video moves around the network and the Mac via Syphon

#14

Another vote for Lumen. Very powerful and fun for analog style video synthesis and pretty affordable. Great UI. Met the mastermind behind it recently at an event that showcased a hybrid lumen/hardware setup and besides being a nice guy he definitely knew a thing or two.

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#15

from the CoGe developer: Mitti

has been very suitable for my “not so vj” video needs:

very reliable playback of pro-res hd clips.
midi / osc
lots of sync options
playlists
and most importantly: stable!

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#16

Some time ago there was quite a bit of talk about this one:

Tried to run it on my computer, but my GPU just isn’t good enough, so I can’t say if it really delivers.

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#17

I can also highly, HIGHLY, recommend VDMX5.
I bought a license back in something like 2008 or 09, have been using it both for fun and professionally since, until i changed to Win, a couple of months ago.

I think that its biggest force is the modularity. You can have a setup consisting of one media bin with 16 clips, mapped to a external controller.
Or you can have 8 layers, with .mov, shaders, qc, isf, a live web-stream, a black-magic video link, a screengrapper on a processing sketch, and a syphon stream from Unity. Mapped to 4 outputs, and a DMX universe for takeover on the in-house light board.

They co-developed the HAP codec, which is useful if you want to run really HD material.

It has really good and solid OSC, Midi and DMX + Artnet in/out as-well.

I actually miss it now :frowning:

#18

for the theatre (we started/run a community theatre that does 6 shows a year and around 30 performances) we use Qlab
it is hands down my favorite everything all in one video, DMX lighting, audio, effects, backstage monitoring applications and I haven’t used barely any of the new bits and bobs they have been adding recently

tx modular
this one I’ve just discovered
it has two uses for VJ/video synthesists
one is something called wave terrain it gives you an incredibly sophisticated set of math functions and layers which output in non realtime
I will be using this to generated grayscale wipe patterns for use with something like doorway/memory palace in the LZX workflow
secondly there is an animated code function within TX modular that runs a code which can be modified with 20 modulatable inputs.
I haven’t played around with either this too much yet for video work but I used it for audio a year or so ago and it has grown considerably since then

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#19

some time ago I messed around with this: https://magicmusicvisuals.com/

#20

Part of the reason I resurrected this thread, vs. asking in the Live Show Visuals thread was because I thought there was a difference between VJ software and “visuals”. Is that a mistake? I was thinking of VJ software as tools that make it easy to make choices between videos on the fly…like a live tv broadcast vs. editing software. Is it worth defining VJ software?

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