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The Unofficial Guide to vMix Released by the StreamGeeks

The StreamGeeks have released a new book called The Unofficial Guide to vMix. Author Paul Richards announced that his eighth book dedicated to live streaming. The book will help readers level up their live streaming with the industry’s top video production software. vMix has become an industry leader in the live streaming software space. The ...

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JVC Professional Camcorders add Direct Streaming to World’s Two Largest Social Networking Services

Latest Firmware Adds Exclusive Easy Setup for Facebook and YouTube WAYNE, NJ, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 – JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, incorporates additional social media features to its CONNECTED CAM™ 500- and 900-Series camcorders with its latest firmware update. As the first camera manufacturer to provide streaming directly from the camera, JVC’s 500-Series cameras ...

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Sohonet’s ClearView Flex Secures Honorable Mention in HPA’s 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards

Sohonet has been awarded an Engineering Excellence Award Honorable Mention by the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) for their real-time, remote review tool, ClearView Flex. The HPA Awards spotlight companies’ services to the professional media content industry for their outstanding technical and creative ingenuity in media, content production, finishing, distribution and archive. ClearView Flex provides media ...

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Engineering Excellence Recipients Announced for 2020 HPA Awards

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee have announced the winners of the 2020 HPA Awards for Engineering Excellence.  The HPA Awards, including the HPA Award for Engineering Excellence, will be bestowed on November 19 in a virtual gala. The judging process for this year’s entries was adapted to adhere to restrictions imposed upon the ...

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Geforce RTX 3080 : les premiers tests disponibles

Par : Shadows

L’embargo est passé : des dizaines de tests autour de la nouvelle carte graphique GeForce RTX 3080 commencent donc à fleurir sur le net, la majorité étant axés jeux vidéo.
Dans l’ensemble, on notera deux constats, outre des performances impressionnantes : la consommation élevée (350Watts en pointe) qui demandera une alimentation adaptée, et la nécessité d’un boîtier bien ventilé.

Voici une petite sélection de ces tests :

Pour une approche plus centrée sur la création, TechGage propose des tests sous OctaneRender, Blender, V-Ray, Arnold, KeyShot, Redshift. Les résultats sont très bons, la seule vraie limitation étant la mémoire incluse dans la Founders Edition, qui peut être limitante selon vos usages.
Nous aurons bientôt l’occasion de vous proposer des tests plus approfondis autour des usages en infographie : rendu 3D, vidéo, etc.

D’ici là, voici également quelques tests vidéo. La première propose deux tests axés création à partir de la 4ème minute avec un gain très net sous V-Ray, Blender.

L’article Geforce RTX 3080 : les premiers tests disponibles est apparu en premier sur 3DVF.

Avec « Traqué », le jeu Star Wars: Squadron se décline en court-métrage

Par : Shadows

Dans le cadre de la promotion du jeu vidéo Star Wars: Squadrons, prévu pour le 2 octobre sur PC et consoles, Electronic Arts s’est associé à Motive Studios (studio de développement en charge du jeu), Lucasfilm et ILM.

Le résultat : le court promotionnel Traqué, qui met en scène un soldat impérial en mauvaise posture.

La retraite de l’Empire après une attaque-surprise est un nouveau symbole de sa défaillance suite à la destruction de la deuxième Étoile de la Mort. Mais pour un des membres de l’escadron Titan, la bataille est loin d’être finie. Dans ce scénario indépendant de STAR WARS: Squadrons, Varko Grey, le leader de l’escadron, devient le dernier pilote TIE sur le champ de bataille. Il est chassé sans relâche par un X-wing rebelle de la Nouvelle République.

Star Wars: Squadrons proposera de réaliser des combats spatiaux en équipe ; rappelons que le support de la réalité virtuelle a été annoncé, sur PC et PS4.

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bb15 Open Call: Art + Magic

Par : Marco Savo

DEADLINE: 5 September 2020

bb15 launches the open call: Art + Magic for all audiovisual artist.

The contemporary art venue in Linz opens up its doors to an artist residency resulting in an exhibition or live event.

The open call aims at exploring the primordial relationship between art making and the concept of magic, especially related to the use of new technologies to inspire mystery and wonder.

bb15 Open Call

Artistic gestures and processes can be seen as magical rituals, from which the myth of the artist has emerged over time. The aura of the artwork is used to cast a spell on its viewer!

In the art scene in particular, mysticism around art-making is kept alive by common rituals such as exhibitions, vernissages, and performative events, which propose collective shared experiences of something bigger. 

For this open call, bb15 is seeking original project proposals that trigger mental associations and subliminal experiences at the junction of art, ritual and magic.

The residency program focuses on and explores the interplay between contemporary visual art and auditory practices, in relation to the theme of art+magic. The call doesn’t exclude any artistic media.

bb15 - Open call for audiovisual artists
Teresa Cos: Tunnel Boring Machine

During the residency at bb15, the selected artists will be expected to push forward and bring further their proposal into a work that will be presented to the public at the end of the residency.

It is highly desirable that the invited artists create specific and new works during their stay.

Conditions:

– Duration: 2-3 weeks

– Possible periods: Spring 2021 or Autumn 2021

– There is a € 1200 all-in budget per artist in residence. This amount should cover all costs such as travel, equipment, production costs, daily expenses, and artist fees. Artists will be provided with free accommodation and workplace at the premises of bb15.

– The residency entails the realization of an exhibition or performative event at bb15.

– bb15 will provide technical and curatorial support as well as the promotion of the exhibition.

CONTACT

WEBSITE

APPLY

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VEGAS Creative Software Launches VEGAS Pro 18; Unveils Extensive Plans for Cloud-Based Media Management and Collaborative Workflows

  VEGAS Creative Software (www.vegascreativesoftware.com) announced today a substantial new upgrade to VEGAS Pro, the Company’s signature video/audio editing, color grading and effects platform designed for professional editors, filmmakers, YouTubers and social media creators.    With this announcement, VEGAS Pro 18 adds a breadth of new features and major feature improvements to enhance workflow performance, ...

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Webographie du jour : le Zeef du LeCollagiste

Zeef LeCollagiste

Un collecteur de liens, classés dans des blocs sur la thématique de l’image live sous toutes ses formes, VidéoMapping Software. Une liste de liens sur une seule page avec plus de 280 logiciels, applications et autre média serveur, des outils VJ’s, des tools NDI, Syphon ou Spout.

Méta moissonneur de liens collaboratif et curator VJ depuis 1999.

Zeef LeCollagiste

Webographie du jour : le Zeef du LeCollagiste est un billet de LeCollagiste VJ.
LeCollagiste VJ - Mag du LeCollagiste, actu sur la culture VJING, Vidéo Mapping, info video et high tech.

Entries Now Open for 2020 Rise Awards

Running for its second year, the awards recognise women who are stand-out performers, innovators and leaders in the global broadcast technology sector Rise, the award-winning membership group for gender diversity within the broadcast technology sector, is pleased to announce that entries are open for its annual Rise Awards. The Rise Awards are sponsored by Clear-Com, ...

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Stephen Arnold Music Shines at Broadcast Production Awards with Four Wins

DALLAS— Stephen Arnold Music came up big at NewscastStudio’s annual Broadcast Production Awards, picking up four awards – including Best Overall Use of Music for CNN America’s Choice Debate “Super Open”, a fully orchestrated, three-act music score.  Other honors came for the studio’s work for China Global Television Network (CGTN), Scripps Television Stations and WDAF/FOX ...

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6 ways DJs can get organized during lockdown (you’ll thank yourself later)

We all feel it – the COVID-19 burnout is real. Many of us are itching to get outside, to play clubs again, to be back on a dancefloor, and to play on a big soundsystem again. Yep, we miss it too. But we’re not quite there yet – particularly in the United States. That’s why so […]

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HPA Awards Announce Call for Entries in Creative Categories

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) has opened the call for entries in creative categories for the 2020 HPA Awards. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the HPA Awards shine a light on the creative brilliance of the HPA community, honoring artistry in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects in feature film, episodic, and commercials. ...

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Acer met à jour sa gamme ConceptD destinée au secteur de la création

Par : Shadows

Après l’annonce de la gamme ConceptD en 2019, Acer se devait évidemment de proposer régulièrement des nouveaux produits et d’installer sa marque dans la durée. C’est chose faite avec les dernières annonces du groupe, et nous vous proposons donc un point sur les produits présentés récemment.

Côté stations de travail, on note ainsi le ConceptD 100, destinée aux tâches de 2D et de 3D légères. Plus compacte que le reste de la gamme (ConceptD 500, 700 et 900), cette tour est aussi moins musclée avec un Intel Core i5 de 9ème génération. Egalement au menu, une carte NVidia GeForce ou Quadro, du stockage SSD M.2 PCIe ou encore jusqu’à 32Go de RAM.
Petite et peu bruyante (moins de 40 dbA, promet Acer), la tour ConceptD 100 saura se faire discrète dans un petit studio et des utilisations qui ne sont pas trop gourmandes. Pour des usages 3D exigeants, en revanche, il faudra se tourner vers ses grandes soeurs évoquées plus haut.

En ce qui concerne les ordinateurs portables, le ConceptD 3 Ezel est un concept intéressant. Il dispose d’une charnière spécifique permettant de replier l’écran dos au clavier, et donc de faire de l’ordinateur une sorte de tablette épaisse. Un point d’autant plus intéressant qu’un stylet (4096 niveaux de pression) est fourni. On appréciera d’ailleurs la présence d’un emplacement de stockage/recharge intégré à la machine.
Acer précise que la charnière devrait supporter sans broncher au moins 20 000 cycles de rotation de l’écran.

L’Ezel propose un Core i7 10ème génération, des caractéristiques pouvant aller jusqu’à un GPU Nvidia GeForce 1650 ou une Quadro T1000, un SSD PCIe de 1To, 16Go de Ram.
Le tout pour 40 décibels maximum là encore, et avec écran 14 ou 15,6 pouces, Delta E inférieur à 2.

On regrettera ici la limite de mémoire vive, les 16Go pouvait vite être contraignants sur certains usages.

Notez également, si la charnière ne vous intéresse pas, qu’un modèle ConceptD 3 « tout court » est aussi proposé.

Enfin, Acer dévoile de nouveaux écrans.

Le CM3 propose une dalle IPS 4K 27 pouces, 99% de l’espace Adobe RGB, un Delta E inférieur à 2 et une certification Pantone. Les angles de vue devraient être particulièrement larges (178°), et l’engin dispose d’une casquette de protection contre la lumière parasite, d’un capteur de lumière intégré.
Enfin, il est compatible avec la norme VESA Certificated DisplayHDR 400 et le système AMD FreeSync.

En parallèle, Acer lance aussi le ConceptD CP3 et le ConceptD CP5 , des produits plus haut de gamme qui proposent respectivement 4K UHD et WQHD, overclock du rafraîchissement allant jusqu’à 144Hz/170Hz.
Pour le reste, on retrouve une dalle IPS 27 pouces, un Delta E inférieur à 1, la compatibilité DisplayHDR 400, la validation Pantone,un capteur de lumière pour adapter la luminosité aux conditions de travail et une casquette pour abriter l’écran des reflets. Les CP3 et CP5 sont compatibles NVIDIA G-Sync.

Dans l’ensemble, ces nouveaux produits sont assez logiques dans leur positionnement : ils viennent compléter une gamme qui compte 11 modèles d’ordinateurs portables et 4 tours (avec évidemment des variantes en fonction de la personnalisation), 6 modèles de moniteurs. Acer poursuit donc sa stratégie et l’ajout de produits permet de proposer une segmentation plus fine du marché.

La disponibilité des différents produits annoncés est étalée dans le temps, certains étant disponibles dès juillet tandis que d’autres nécessiteront de patienter jusqu’en octobre.

Pour plus d’informations sur la gamme ConceptD, on consultera le site d’Acer.

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Review: Pioneer DJ’s new Rekordbox 6 – is it worth subscribing?

With Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox 6 music management and DJ performance software, you can keep your prep your music files from multiple devices, sync changes seamlessly in the cloud, and hook up your set’s tracks from an iPhone to CDJs to perform. But is all that really worth the subscription price? Contributing writer Markkus Rovito tests […]

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Canard PC Hardware 45 est en kiosque

Le dernier Canard PC Hardware (45) est en kiosque. Le numéro du confinement, un peu plus court que d’habitude, parle de plusieurs choses intéressantes (évidemment).

D’abord, vous trouverez un dossier sur le cloud gaming, un truc qui va avoir de l’importance avec les Mac ARM vu que Windows ne sera plus de la partie. Ensuite, un dossier sur les consoles Next Gen : que valent la PlayStation 5 et la Xbox Series X ? Le dossier utilise évidemment les informations disponibles actuellement, mais la comparaison avec un PC peut être intéressante. Il y a aussi un dossier sur Stopcovid, l’application inutile du gouvernement et ses mauvais choix.

Le magazine parle aussi de RNT – la radio numérique -, de l’histoire du MP3, de la VR (oui, ça existe encore) et il y a même quelques tests (le télétravail forcé n’a pas permis d’en faire beaucoup).

Si vous avez envie de faire vvre la presse, c’est le moment d’aller l’acheter ou de le commander sur la boutique de Canard PC.

ARS ELECTRONICA: 9 -13 September 2020, Linz

Par : Marco Savo



Ars Electronica is THE new media arts festival: a core reference for audiovisual events and artists worldwide.

The festival and its audiovisual artists embrace new technology as a tool for artistic expression rather than the main factor of spectacularization.

This critical approach unlock the infinite creative possibilities within new technologies rather than fetishize them, as we have seen happening a lot with projection mapping and more recently with virtual reality.

ars electronica -audiovisual event

The festival was founded in 1979 by cyberneticist/physicist Herbert W. Franke, electronic musician Hubert Bognermayr, music producer Ulli A. Rützel and Hannes Leopoldseder. It has come a very long way since then but it has always kept its main focus on the intersection of art, technology and society.

One of the most appealing elements of the festival is The Prix Ars Electronica: the most prestigious prize in new media arts, with hefty prizes up to 10.000€. Every year the Golden Nica is awarded to the ground-breaking fruits of artistic experimentation from audiovisual artists worldwide.

Prix Ars Electronica - Audiovisual event - open call

Ars Electronica features a wide variety of activities every year: Symposia, exhibitions, performances, concerts and interventions spanning a broad arc from speculative futuristic scenarios to analytical considerations, from provocative actionism to philosophical debate.

Combining amazing artworks with fruitful conversations is the perfect recipe to create a meaningful experience that constantly scans the new media landscape to find the most inspiring projects. The projects are not simply chosen based on their technical realization but most importantly because the social and artistic innovation they incorporate.

The result of this consistent endeavour is the creation of a loyal community of audiovisual artists, researchers and visitors from all over the world that every year reunites in Linz to inspire and get inspired.

 deep space live - fata morgana - audiovisual artists
Deep Space LIVE – Fata Morgana

Since its inception, the festival has been dedicated to develop new themes for each edition and the organizers are also constantly on the lookout for interesting new venues.

Indeed, the ongoing effort to break out of the narrow confines of conventional conference rooms and artistic spaces, and to stage cultural and scientific encounters in the public sphere has become something of an Ars Electronica trademark.

Stay tuned: Ars Electronica 2020 theme will be released soon!

Contact

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disguise r17.3 is now live: with New Key Features for More Streamlined and Efficient Workflows

disguise takes on the new ‘normal’ with the launch of r17.3, its latest software release that delivers an improved workflow for enhanced efficiency and successful completion of projects post-lockdown. New features include Indirections, Multi-layer Editing, Object Assignment Hotkeys, Crossfaded Loop Section Mode as well as a number of improvements and bug fixes to further streamline ...

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360 GALLERY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2020 – Krakow

Par : Marco Savo



DEADLINE: 15/07/2020


We love to discover and share juicy opportunities for audiovisual artists such as this open call promoted by Photon Foundation in Krakow.

Their hybrid solution is an effective response to the uncertainty of our current situation and a great compromise. We are sure audiovisual artists worldwide will massively appreciate their effort!

Photon Foundation is pulling off a great home edition this year. The organizers of Patchlab Festival are giving the chance to three selected artists to create a 360 second long rendered audiovisual projects, specifically designed for the projection system at the Gallery 360°.

The audiovisual installation will be recorded and publicly presented online as the culmination of the residence. Later on, when audiovisual events will kick back on the projects will be actually presented in the 360° Gallery with participation of the audience.

Open call for audiovisual artists

The 360° Gallery features a mind-boggling set up with 10 projectors displaying images with 16910×1080 pixels resolution. That opens up immense creative opportunities to generate a fully immersive environment.

During the 31-day #home edition residence, between 15/09/2020 – 18/10/2020, the selected audiovisual artists (or artistic groups) are going to work in their home or studio on their own audiovisual project.

The selected artists will have remote contact with the organizational and technical team and co-residents, as well as the possibility of conducting 2 remote attempts to display the work on the projection system in the 360° Gallery in order to check the accuracy and allow for possible corrections.

The following criteria will be taken into account in the selection of the winning projects:

  • artistic values ​​of the concept (e.g. originality, ingenuity)
  • consistency and accuracy in preparing the project concept
  • project feasibility according to the technical specification of the 360​​° Gallery projection system
  • artistic portfolio

APPLY HERE

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COSMOLIGHTS – Open Call for Projection Mapping

Par : Marco Savo



DEADLINE EXTENDED: 10 July 2020 20 July 2020

The new kid on the block of the open calls for projection mapping. Cosmopolis Festival invites all audiovisual artists to submit their mapping proposals for the Municipal Tobacco Warehouse of Kavala in Northern Greece.

The building was erected in 1910 and features a ottoman neoclassical design style. The purpose of the open call is to highlight the architectural patterns of the facade and the history of the building through audiovisual techniques

The 3 Finalists of the competition, who will be selected by audience and the festival curators, will each receive a prize.

The winner of the contest will receive the Grand prize of 1500€. The second and third place will receive 1000€ and 500€ respectively.

READ MORE ABOUT THE OPEN CALL

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Panasonic Receives Highest Award of Brand Design at the Automotive Brand Contest 2020

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has received the highest accolade as Best of Best in the Brand Design category at the Automotive Brand Contest 2020, which is organized by German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung). The award was given in reco...

Bluefish444 Announces video I/O compatibility with Aximmetry’s Virtual Studio Software

KRONOS K8 and Epoch SDI I/O for real time 3D graphics for broadcast and entertainment North Melbourne, Australia, 23rd June 2020 – Bluefish444, manufacturer of the professional video industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K SDI, ASI, Video Over IP & HDMI I/O cards and mini converters, has announced SDI I/O support for real time 3D graphics ands ...

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Magewell Unleashes Mac SDK for Award-Winning Video Capture Solutions

SDK for macOS and OS X joins existing Windows and Linux developer offerings June 23, 2020 — Nanjing, China: Magewell – the award-winning developer of innovative video interface and IP workflow solutions – has expanded its support for the Mac platform with a new SDK for the company’s popular PCI Express capture cards and plug-and-play, ...

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About Kusmos Live by Kuflex Lab

Par : Marco Savo

During these tough and uncertain times it has been inspiring to see so many audiovisual artists and events coming up with tools and formats to overcome the quarantine restrictions and social distancing.

A few weeks back the guys from Kuflex Lab reached out to showcase their latest tool that stands out among all the virtual/hybrid solutions we have seen so far. Kusmos Live allows to turn online concerts into interactive digital shows. Pretty neat uh?

Kusmos - Kuflex Lab - Audiovisual Interactive Tool

Let’s dive in and explore how it works. Down to the nitty-nerdy-gritty Kusmos is a custom VJ software written on openFrameworks + VDMX5 + Syphon.

In spring 2020 Kuflex studio began an experimental project Kusmos Live. The purpose of the experiment was to upgrade the Kusmos system in order to create a interactive online home shows.

In 2018-2019 the Russian audiovisual studio experimented with the innovative tool together with SILA SVETA studio on the Therr Maitz concert, Caprices Festival 2018, Nina Kraviz experimental performance at Coachella 2019.

OK, really cool but how exactly does interactivity work? We gave some feedback to Kuflex lab with a few tricky questions to better understand the whole potential of this new audiovisual tool.

KUFLEX: The Tracker program receives depth-sensor data, calibrates a point cloud as we need it (we can rotate the cloud, cut off everything you don’t need keeping only the data of the artist oneself and merge point clouds from two sensors) and sends it to the renderer (UE4 scene).

Scene functions build a 3D model using the data provided by the Tracker and then we can layer all kinds of features with effects on the model and also transform and distort it according to the artistic concept. We also captured video from the laptop’s webcam and sometimes showed its picture. 3D scene acting as the artist surrounding, a set of virtual cameras for capturing from different viewpoints and visual effects were set up in advance in the Unreal Engine. Then the OBS program captures the video of the launched scene and sends it to the video streaming server.

Kusmos Live - audiovisual tool

During our second live experiment we tested some new features for the viewers interactive communication with the stream. While Leksha (Smolensk, Russia) was playing his ambient-set, a VJ (Moscow, Russia) was controlling visual effects with the use of commands via YouTube chat in real-time mode. Our team has implemented this function between the concerts and decided not to tell the viewers about it.

During the stream, noticing weird messages in the chat, some of the viewers started to realize that they could not only send a message to the chat but to even affect visualization. In the end the concert has turned into a digital quest. Some viewers picked up effect control by sending particular commands to the chat. We have yet to comprehend how to develop this function in the future.

 AVC: We think it’s a really interesting and innovative project responding to the challenges of the pandemic. In terms of appeal for VJs there is the risk of potentially being extremely limited for the audiovisual artists creativity, and the aesthetic I guess would always be the same.

It would be key for the tool to have a wider range of possibilities of customization for the artists otherwise they might get tired soon. I guess they all want to leave their unique mark in the scene.

KUFLEX: Kusmos is a universal software tool, with the possibility of variability of visual and interactive solutions. As a rule, our team creates a virtual stage specifically for the performance of the musician. Of course, we want to upgrade the program creating a database with different scenes, effects. In this case, the user will be able to construct the scene himself and combine the effects for his live/stream. 

AVC: It’s a bit unusual to keep promoting the idea of “God is DJ”. Is the DJ persona so relevant the viewer wants to watch during the entire show in a virtual environment?

KUFLEX: Regarding Kusmos Live project, the Kuflex team is collaborating with various musicians. We wanted to support the performers. So this approach determined the emphasis on the figure of the musician on the virtual stage, under whose musical personality, sound we come up with a visual solution. We do not just shoot a video with a musician, as is often done in broadcasts, but create a digital avatar that changes depending on the script, music and VJ control.

At the same time, Kusmos Live is primarily a show, a kind of mix of live performance, a computer game and fantastic movie. The virtual camera can fly through digital space, we can switch to different visual elements of the scene and include additional visual effects to the music.

Kusmos Live - Audiovisual Tool

We try to achieve the effect of real interaction with the viewer as well. Our team is developing a function of interaction through chat – viewers’ comments fall into the scene, they can affect the content through certain chat commands. But Kusmos can be used by artists of other genres. In the near future we want to try to create a dance performance. Now we are discussing this idea with one Russian choreographer.

We will explore the topic of distances – where physical space ends, digital begins, the relationship of body and sound. Both dance and music will take place in live format.

Technically, the performer will find himself in different areas of camera scanning, on the screen we will observe how his digital avatar changes. Again, it will all be like shooting a movie in one shot and in real time!

360 Visual Festival - audiovisual event
AVC: We truly appreciate the viewers becoming active, participating and communicating with the stream. That creates a collective experience. Could people really tell if this was a live performance or not? It feels like the interaction should be more meaningful somehow, with a bigger impact to the overall audiovisual artwork.

KUFLEX: Our team worked on a concert from different cities. We thought about how best to organise remote control of virtual cameras and effects. And suddenly our creative director had an idea to manage content through Youtube chat. During the broadcast, he wrote commands like cam1 (switching camera 1), stars ( the star effect was launched).

We intentionally did not talk about this function in advance to get the quest. As a result, some viewers guessed and began to help in managing the scene. We explore different possibilities about other ways of interaction.

In the future we want to create a client application for connecting to the broadcast via a mobile phone, desktop PC screen or VR. We intend to develop Kusmos as an art tool. Our team believes in a power of collective interaction. We want to give a palette of visual solutions, effects. Let’s all together create beauty here and now! This idea is a sincere inspiration for us. 

AVC:  We would like to know more about how the collaboration you have done with Leksha where the viewers were controlling visual effects with the use of commands via YouTube chat in real-time mode.” How does the input of data modify the visuals? is it like a live coding or common human language and how it is related to the VR software?

kusmos live - kuflex and leksha - audiovisual artists

KUFLEX: Usually in an offline format, we work like this: musicians play music, and VJ manages visual content live using MIDI controllers. Some effects are linked to the amplitude of the sound. But in a situation where we did not have the opportunity to be onsite will all team, we decided to make control through chat commands.

We wrote a special function for our software that receives data from chat on YouTube using the Google API. We came up with several commands, for example: cam1, cam2, skin1, skin2, electric noise, lasers and the like. And when someone in the chat wrote one of these words, then a certain visual effect or a corresponding camera was included in our program.

In general, we have an idea to expand the number of commands and their appearance, so that it looks more like live coding. For example, add numerical arguments to the commands, which will additionally specify the parameters of a particular visual effect.

As for virtual reality, we have plans to create our own application for viewers who can watch live broadcasts using VR devices, thus more deeply immersing themselves in the atmosphere of the digital scene and additionally receive personal effects. 

Kusmos Live - audiovisual tool
 AVC: Fascinating this idea of “universal tool” for content in real time and interactive show. We think it’s important now to dig more into the idea of how it can involve more people in the creative process. It opens new ways of investigation on how to make every audiovisual experience unique, not only in terms of the aesthetics of the piece but also regarding the narrative.

KUFLEX: Yes, this is the main object of research for us. Usually, a limited number of people can come to the offline exhibition. So we want to overcome any space frames. With Kusmos we don’t have any restrictions online! We can find ourselves in amazing digital worlds that are impossible in the physical world.

Now that Kuflex Lab and its creation Kusmos entered our radar we will most definitely keep following their progression, as always supporting innovation and creativity in the audiovisual art world.

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Sarah Deas joins Pixel Power to strengthen sales team

Cambridge, UK, 18 June 2020: Pixel Power, the global leader in graphics production and playout automation, has appointed Sarah Deas to its head office team. Deas will provide internal sales support to the sales teams in the Cambridge base and regional offices in North America, South-East Asia and the Middle East. “I am delighted to ...

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Calrec announces Andrew Munt as Software Manager driving the company’s development expertise

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Hebden Bridge, 17th June 2020 — Calrec has invested in further expansion of its R&D department with the appointment of Andrew Munt as Software Manager. In this role, Munt will oversee all Calrec’s software expertise from architecting, design and development of all new and existing products, continuing to drive and expand Calrec’s renowned R&D output. ...

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