Perth VJ Kat (one third of VJzoo) at the helm of her Resolume rig.

We’ve said it before, but worth mentioning again: Resolume, with its super-clean interface, reliable performance, and support for extras like Flash files and open FreeFrame video effects, is bar-none our favorite Windows-based performance. It runs nicely even on my old Pentium M Toshiba laptop, and powers Jaymis’ globe-trotting tour with rockstar Bobby Flynn. If you’re looking to get into the program, Kat Black from visualist trio VJzoo has some good news:

Thought your readers might find this useful – we’ve released the handbook from our courses last year free for personal use. Covers the basics of PC-based VJing using Resolume, making loops etc. Linked off the forum at http://resolume.com or from our site http://VJzoo.com

Featured: Basic PC-based VJing techniques, VJzoo’s perspective on VJ-ing, Creating your own VJ loops, Formatting content for PC-based VJ-ing and using Resolume v2.3.

Introductory Manual to Resolume [PDF]

Here’s VJzoo setting up their rig and rocking Sevilla, Spain, because churches totally get me hot:

And even if you’re not on Windows, you can reap the benefits of the Resolume peoples’ generosity on free media treasure-trove Archive.org:

We’re in the process of uploading a bunch of clips to Archive.org, although geez it’s exhausting. I’ve been working constantly for three days to upload two new batches of clips. So far, only one works:

http://www.archive.org/details/68_Urban_Vector_VJ_Loops_by_VJzoo

The other ones… Argh.. Maybe in another day or two, will let you know. None of them are as weird as our vintage CVI clips – although thanks for even being nice about those ;)

In case you missed them, you can catch the full set of CVI clips:

Glitch, Synthetic and Real: Free Vintage Fairlight VJ Clips, Glitch in Jitter

Hope Kat will forgive me for posting that whole email, but it brings up a good point — Archive.org is great, but maybe we need a new, faster service for uploading visuals. Would you be willing to pay for such a service, if you could pay a flat fee for uploads and then use bandwidth freely or cheaply?

Australians: If you happen to be in Perth, Australia — and, really, if you’re anybody, I’m sure you are — VJzoo is at the center of the Perth audiovisual scene. (The scene does sound genuinely awesome. How many hours does it take to fly from Melbourne or Brisbane to Perth again? Might have to drop by and see more of the continent.)

  • http://VJzoo.com Kat Black

    Thanks for the plugs, Peter :)

    The just-uploaded loops are at:

    http://www.archive.org/details/100_Funfair_VJ_Loo

    and

    http://www.archive.org/details/68_Urban_Vector_VJ

    Our good friend Mo Selle from Ministry of Sound Singapore has been uploading a bunch of great clips lately too. And the Analog Recyling guys are legends – brilliant packs of diverse loops. There's certainly a lot more good, VJ-formatted loops available to get started with now, and in lots of different styles which I think will really help newbs to find their personal style – which will hopefully inspire them into making their own content based on what they like (and don't like).

    I agree though – it's really a pain to upload loops to archive.org, derive the thumbs and preview files, delete the other derived streaming files etc. Between each of these stages you have to 'check in' and 'check out' – which sometime doesn't work as the server is too busy. A streamlined process would be great, and I'm sure would result in a flood of VJs adding free content there.

    The Perth audiovisual scene is still pretty hard work, mainly due to the lack of VJ-appropriate venues. Melbourne has so many – Loop, Horse Bazaar, Kent St etc. Our licencing laws have just changed to allow Small Bars, so we're really hoping that the ongoing Melbournification of Perth leads to some video-bars popping up here. Then we wouldn't have to lug projectors, tables etc to put on our Plug n Play every couple of weeks. I'm such a whinger, eh?

    Oh, and VJzoo are a two piece again. Our friend ChiKiTroniX is going to be playing solo as an AV act. We'll still be performing on the same bill with her wherever possible, but VJzoo itself is back to me and Jasper. The married-duo thing works well for us :)

    Thanks for such a great resource in CDM.

    All the best,

    kat =^..^=

  • http://violetsnightmare.com mxmai

    nice work, kat. i fired up res the other day for the first time in a while (i've been heavily distracted following VDMX 5 through its beta dev) and remembered what a great tool it is; think i might use it for a gig i've got on saturday night…

    and your loops on archive are great, too. i'm posting from my laptop running a net connection via my 3G phone right now (just moved house) so i can't check out your new stuff, but i used the fairlight clips at a couple of gigs a few months back and they looked superb. love that dirty old school glitch aesthetic.

    keep up the good work.

    -mx

  • http://drnz.tv srnz

    Awesome post.
    Wish I would have known about this when I was in Freo….

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  • http://www.onaircontemporary.com Daniel Kojta

    Please pass on as many links as you possibly can think of for a beginning VJer who is currently stuck in hospital for a time – lots of time to play and practice and learn through tutorials etc.
    any help appreciated..
    Dan.

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  • james breck

    found another cool site outthere http://www.dreamscene.org
    hq dreamscene´s completly free, fast downloads, no registration,also can be used as motionloops
    and they have a tool called xpscene wich allows you tun run dreamscene´s
    on your xp system all files are in .wmv

  • cristian

    could anyone re-up the tutorial? for some reason or another my acrobat doesn't want to open it…

    thanks!