PocketVJ Open Source Projection Mapping alternate to MadMapper

PocketVJ open source projection mapping. I am sure you have heard of MadMapper miniMad, the mini raspberry pi based controller for creating projection mapping shows.

Based on the same platform there is a great open source projection mapping tool called the Pocket VJ. Now in it’s 3rd edition this a great free tool to use for your projection mapping shows.

The PocketVJ is the simple and intuitive media server solution which fits in your pocket.
Developed and engineered in Berne, Switzerland.

Either buy PocketVJ (pre-packed with raspberry pi and everything you need to get started + you support the project) or download the source code and setup your self with a raspberry pi.

Pocket VJ is completely customisable, open source and best of all its free. I know the struggles of buying licensed softwares when client are not willing to pay for it.

the PocketVJ comes preloaded with presentation mode, video player, web interface for remote control, screen sharing, date/time schedule for management and you can sync players. 

You can send video files from your computer to the player using TCPSyphon (with a little latency based on your connection). You can even auto power up and down the PocketVJ via RJ45 jack (ethernet).

A little less intuitive than miniMad but hey its free and as robust with all the features you need to create your next projection mapped permanent installation.

PocketVJ is standalone you don’t need any other software to set it up. Unlike miniMad which required you to have Modul8 to connect and setup. 

I am sure going forward PocketVJ will be able to make a better interface and with growing community of passionate visual artist is can take over the world 🙂 Maybe you can help them design a better UI/UX and contribute to the project. 

Get PocketVJ pre-packed with a raspberry pi to try it out or download the open-source version and set it up yourself, leave your comments.

World’s Largest Permanent Projection Mapping

Chicago is getting a permanent projection mapping installation. 4 artists curating and creating content for this building. 

This permanent public installation launched on September 29th 2018

Chicago has a legacy of art and culture. The installation will add to it’s public art culture. 

This one of a kind digital projection mapping installation covering over 2.5 acres of theMart’s river facade. Using 34 projectors to cover the facade!

It will play for 10 months, 5 days a week, 2 hours daily with 4 renowned visual artist. 

The companies behind this architecture display include Chicago architecture firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates in collaboration with the San Francisco-based Obscura Digital,  known for their large-scale projections on the Guggenheim Museum, Sydney Opera House, and the Vatican.

For more information you can visit Art on theMart

VUO Node based interactive content (no coding)

VUO Node based interactive content.

If you are a VJ, video editor, motion graphic artist or simply someone interested in creating generative visuals VUO is an essential tool to have in your arsenal.

An example of what you can do with VUO

VUO is a node based tool that allows you to create complex graphics, generative animations and interactive content without any programming knowledge. 

Even if you have no programming knowledge you can use VUO to create high quality interactive applications. 

Inbuilt nodes allow you to connect external devices like Leap Motion, Arduino, Kinect, Midi, OSC signals and more.

You don’t need to re-invent the wheel with VUO. All you need is lots of coffee and some creativity to start generating content. 

It’s possible to create live performances and permanent installations. Natively supports VDMX and CoGe, but you can also connect your VUO compositions to your favourite VJ app using Syphon. 

If you find VUO interesting and would like to learn more, leave a comment on this post. I will write up an article that explains how you can use it in your performances. 

VUO is not a free tool you can buy it for $49 or go pro for $149, while you can download a trial version and try it before you buy it. VUO is for Mac only.

If creating generative art and interactive content is what need, try TouchDesigner a little more complicated that VUO but a whole lot more powerful + TouchDesigner is Free.

Technology for museums

This post stems from my passion for interactive spaces. Technology for museums is essential for keep younger audience engaged. 

Museums and art exhibitions are an important facet of our culture. History should not be forgotten, great art should not fade away. 

Social media and the internet has made the world smaller, but is it distancing us from culture?

How do we keep the younger audience engaged? 

How can we engage the younger, tech savvy audience? 

Keeping the above in mind let’s talk about some interactive technology for museums.

Augmented Reality for Museums

Augmented Reality is one of the best ways to show additional facets of an artwork. You could augment behind the scenes footage. Take the user into the past. Replacing reality with history is an task suited for Augmented Reality.

Many museums all over the world have opted for use AR in their museums. Here are few examples of some successful use cases. 

Terracotta Warriors – AR App
Visitors can use the institution’s app to view augmented reality renderings to better understand the mystery of the Terracotta Army. The AR-enhanced exhibition includes representations of how the sculptures, weapons, and artifacts are predicted to have appeared more than two thousand years ago.

Terracotta Warriors meet augmented reality at The Franklin Institute – Augmented Reality for Museum Interaction

Skins & Bones
Augmented Reality brings skeletons to life!

Watch a vampire bat skeleton pull itself off the mount and run away, or an extinct Steller’s Sea Cow materialize in the flesh. These are only two of a number of 3D digital experiences available when using the app in the exhibit. This exciting technology is known as Augmented Reality and it superimposes a virtual world onto the physical one. You can also test your natural history skills playing games.

For more use cases of Augmented Reality in Museums visit these links

Projection Mapping for Musems

Nothing like projection mapping to immerse the user in a make believe world. Perfect use case for creating immersive technology for museums.

teamLabs have created a spectacular experience using projection and creative artworks to immerse the user in a world they have never seen before. 
Check out another immersive project by teamLabs.

Similarly we now have a completely projected digital artwork museum in Paris. With over 1500 square feet of projection space, this is truly an awe inspiring installation.

Technology for Museums – Interactive Video Wall 

technology for museums - interactive video walls

The ArtLens Wall, is a 40 foot interactive, multi-touch installation.

Displaying real time works of art from prominent collections. 
User can interact with over 4,200+ artworks. Accessing artworks that may not be accessible otherwise.

ArtWall displays thematic groupings which may include artworks that are currently on loan as well as select light sensitive artwork that are in storage. 

To extend this concept of digital interactivity, Cleveland Museum of Art has created ArtLens Studio

ArtLens Studio is for the young and young at heart fostering a lifetime connection to the museum through joyful, creative exploration of the collection.  The activities are designed to begin a relationship to the collection through artwork-centered play. 

SMODE – Real-Time Compositing

Planning to take your VJ Skills to the next level. Say Hello to SMODE!
Your real-time compositing software.

Are you tired of rendering videos, only to hit the render button again and again. Not only that, waiting for files to covert at times. Wishing you had rendered those extra clips? Does this sound familiar?

Often after setting up my mapping show on site, I find myself thinking “Only if I had rendered this loop like that” / “Maybe I could have tweaked this here” but I am out of time.

That’s where SMODE comes to save me time, energy and effort. At the same time providing me a powerful tool to create stunning visual effects real-time.

The best part about SMODE is that it’s been designed for content designers keeping code out of the system, it works just like Photoshop/AfterEffect with layers, masks and modifiers.

Everything is Layer based, combined with a powerful video oriented timeline-based and cue-based render engine.

Composite 2D/3D layers, particles, effects and shaders into one real-time composition in a scalable and adjustable manner.

Make changes to your art and have your client validate them in real-time! 

The entire production is live, from composting to actual stage. It’s simple an amazing tool that gives the video artist endless control and creativity. 

You do need a powerful GPU or a stack on GPU’s on your system to be able to run SMODE in beast mode.

  • Hundreds of 2D layers or millions of particles,
    no worries, the GPU takes care of it!
  • Ultra-fast rendering to video
    up to 100 frames of HD video rendering per second
  • Work with 4K, 6K, 8K or even larger content resolutions!
smode live stage design
Are you the stage designer? or Part of show control? Looking for a way to impress your client. 

SMODE gives you a live video-preview of your compositions thanks to the
3D stage simulator for video mapping and led mapping.

The magic happens by simply switching to the actual projector or video outputs. As simple as that.

Continue live-compositing and live-editing in harmony
with the stage, director, actors, lighting, sound, and cameras.

smode audio reactive visuals
Those pre-rendered passive video don’t do the trick for you? Looking for a more interactive projection mapping solutions?

Drumroll….. SMODE works here too!

Create interactive compositions driven by video cameras, audio input, SPOUT inputs and MIDI/OSC/DMX/Art-Net control.

Infinite number of combinations of dynamically chain-able 2D and 3D modifiers (effects) and masks for visuals generation.

Integrate your own GLSL shaders into your compositions.

Download SMODE now and give it a try.


STV in Motion – Free VJ Loops

STV in Motion is a visual artist who has been selling VJ loop packs on Resolume for a while now. He has decided to give away a free loop from each of his packs! Some of the loops are pretty cool. I have personally used a lot of STV loop packs.

Head over to their website to download Free VJ Loops https://www.stvinmotion.com/free



MindBlown Toledo Projection Mapping


MindBlown Toledo is a 6,000 square foot digital mural created by a Integrated Visions projected nightly onto the façade of the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Toledo, Ohio.

This monumental public art installation, one of the first permanent outdoor installations of its kind in the US, will showcase a variety of site-specific digital murals on a 90ft tall projection mapped video display.

The artworks will feature explorations of the glass industry processes and the creation of glass artwork, interwoven with related animations that combine vivid imagery, stunning effects, and spellbinding illusions. Future works will evolve to include different glass works artists and awe-inspiring, fun presentations that will bring the child out in anyone.

Beginning June 28, 2018, MindBlown Toledo debuted with “Directions” and “Refractions”, collaborations between Integrated Visions and studio glass artist Leo Tecosky.

To create “Directions”, Integrated Visions captured ultra high-resolution footage of the glassblowing process as Leo created an original piece of glass art in his studio.

Integrated Visions utilized this footage as a starting point to create a captivating abstract work exploring of the process of glass blowing.

In “Refractions”, Integrated Visions used a 3d scan of the sculpture Leo created in “Directions” as a floating centerpiece behind a mesmerizing wall of slowly moving glass tiles which refract and reflect the beautiful colors in the glass sculpture as light passes through.

MindBlown Toledo will continue to be updated with new artworks periodically.  Stay tuned for future collaborations between Integrated Visions and local Toledo glass artists.

For information about MindBlown Toledo, including show schedules, go to www.mindblowntoledo.com, and for more information about the Renaissance Toledo Downtown, please go to http://renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/renaissance-toledo-downtown-hotel

Source : http://www.integratedvisions.net/ubltangoportfolios/mindblown-toledo-projection-mapping/

LightForm the Light weight projection mapping tool

Projection mapping is going to take over the world one day 😀

There are endless possibilities when you map video to a surface. That’s exactly what LightForm aims to do with their hardware. Projection mapping for everyone.

LightForm LF1 is a sensor that scans your object/scene, creating a depth map which is auto-calibrated to the lens of your projector.

Lightform Creator, the LF1 companion software, generates intelligent effects that use the scan data and can be applied instantly with a single click of a button for stunning results.

I have yet to try this personally, if anyone one of you have tried it, leave your review in comments below, would love to read them.

I am pretty sure it’s not as easy as 1-2-3 there may be some manual adjustments needed. Still it will make projection mapping and video art more accessible to people.

A video that explains the LF1 workflow.

How-it-works – Lightform

Lightform Website

Look at the Projects gallery for inspiration. Some truly inspiring work.