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.

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.