VJ diss0nance

I’ve been hoarding a few thousand recorded video mix clips from my VJing dayz, not sure what to do with them. I’ve given them away a few times to people who wanted to learn how to VJ. Though most of the clips are very low resolution and generally useless these days. Back in 2005 (or even 2012) mixing multiple layers of video on a laptop used a lot of the computer’s resources, so keeping the clips small allowed the video to mix faster and not blow up the computer (though it did happen many times).

The program I used (Resolume) recorded clips in low resolution because the purpose not for DVD quality video, or even web distribution. At the time I was only mixing video for performance, and had no intention to make HD video. I preferred to select images for their content, and enjoyed the live visual composition.

I used video I had recorded with my little canon digital elph camera, and found/bought video from VJ archives and online resources, and collected rips from dvd movies and television. Then layered clips, adding effects, adjusting speed and looping to match the music being played at an event… in the end was a video mashup of multiple layers and effects.

I have a few thousand of these clips, recorded before or during an event. Thankfully the program recorded the clips using a datestamp as the file name (fucking brilliant, thank you whoever you are) so I know when they were created. I also kept them all pretty well organized by content so I could find them quickly during a mix.

I think they match just about any music… but maybe I see music differently.


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