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    cheeseweasel
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    Been thinking recently, I’d quite like to give this a go but don’t know anything about it.

    What software do people use for VJing? Say for cueing up videos on-the-fly and playing them. Are there any decent free programs for this? Is it possible to ‘tap tempo’ on any of these so the vids ‘do stuff’ in time with the music? Tbh I don’t really know what VJing entails, just I always see cool stuff on youtube and think it would look pretty mad in a club/party with some music and there seems to be a creative gap in my life atm, just seem to be doing lots of work and not much else and need a new hobby.

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    dubstep_joe
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    Interesting! I know virtual dj (free) has a video cue/scratch thing.

    Could you post a video of something your want similar to? As what I seem to find on youtube is a visualizer mixed up with image and some video effects?

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    cheeseweasel
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    @dubstep_joe 459917 wrote:

    Interesting! I know virtual dj (free) has a video cue/scratch thing.

    Could you post a video of something your want similar to? As what I seem to find on youtube is a visualizer mixed up with image and some video effects?

    Well for a pure VJ mix this is pretty good (it takes a few minutes to get going properly)

    Obviously this has been carefully put together by someone at home, but I often see this kind of stuff in clubs where the VJ has no choice over the music and has to make it up as he goes along.

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    AGENT 15
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    Check out Android Jones , about as good as VJing gets.

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    dubstep_joe
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    Check this out: REAL-TIME 3D VJ VISUALS – demo reel #1 – a couple of million particles – YouTube

    =D The 3D effect of the dj seems to look similar to images generated with xbox kinect thing…

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    General Lighting
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    @cheeseweasel 459900 wrote:

    Been thinking recently, I’d quite like to give this a go but don’t know anything about it.

    What software do people use for VJing? Say for cueing up videos on-the-fly and playing them. Are there any decent free programs for this? Is it possible to ‘tap tempo’ on any of these so the vids ‘do stuff’ in time with the music? Tbh I don’t really know what VJing entails, just I always see cool stuff on youtube and think it would look pretty mad in a club/party with some music and there seems to be a creative gap in my life atm, just seem to be doing lots of work and not much else and need a new hobby.

    I got the full version of virtual DJ pro (preferred it to Traktor TBH) and it has loads of video effects. TBH you can even mix with videos, and also substitute another video on top of a audio only file but it was really stretching the capabilities of this 32bit old laptop especially with a random mixture of sources/sizes and frame rates (it still worked though!) You can even link the video file to your audio and it stays in the database (which I found out by accident). Will be upgrading the desktop PC soon (managed to source a good deal on kit which isn’t the latest or fastest but should do the job for most of my current multimedia work) so might have better results there.

    that said it was a proper mission selecting video and audio mixing at the same time, though you could of course use the software and whatever MIDI controllers you may have for normal VJ’ing… reckon it would work well…

    There is also a free program called Visualjockey SP1 which looks promising but is quite complex to use (never managed to get the time to suss it out). Also its development stalled in 2008 so it doesn’t work very well on Windows 7.

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    Pat McDonald
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    @cheeseweasel 459900 wrote:

    Been thinking recently, I’d quite like to give this a go but don’t know anything about it.[/quote]

    Pretty much it’s a case of having AT LEAST one video mixer and two video sources, and a suitable projector with a compatible connection to the mixer.

    A lot of venues have projectors inbuilt. Helps a lot.

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