VJ Software – Ultimate List

A list of VJ software and tools. (this list is not exhaustive)

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Live VJ Live VJ Software have many capabilites from mixing live to timeline shows, mapping, audio-reactive and extendable with other softwares or code.
Mapping These are softwares that specialise in mapping, 2D or 3D Projection mapping. Each software has its own capability and toolset to allow you to easily map a surface. Like points, mesh warp, besier curve among others.
Media Server Media servers have capabilities of show control and setting timeline shows. Most are capable of mapping and extendable with code or custom modules. Generally they dont have Live VJing (mixing), audio reactivity. Can be used to control multiple projectors for large venues, permanent installs, programmable with timecode for light/dmx control and other such options.
Generative Softwares or tools that allow you to create visuals through code or programmatically. Or tools that allow your to create generative art. The lines are a little blurred between generative and audio-reactive.
Audio-Reactive Tools that you can use to create audio-reactive visuals. Manipulating sound inputs with various effects either generating graphics or using sound to add layers of effect on videos/images.
Hybrid / Custom Development These tools allow you to create virtually anything you can imagine. Like real-time graphics (2D/3D), projection mapping, augmented/virtual reality, touchscreens, gesture and sensor controls. Manipulate audio, video, lights and any other aspect of your show. Use these to create your own custom code for bespoke projects.
Pure Coding These tools allow your to create visuals effect and custom visuals using code. You can use languages like JavaScript and Python to code just about anything you imagine.

Live VJing (Performance)

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Video Mapping

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Mapping

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Media Server

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Mobile VJing

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Generative

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Media Server + Custom Programming (Hybrid)

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Audio Reactive

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Pure Coding

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