is a list of software we actually use to VJ, or to prepare
content with. A list of freeware and trials developed
for our workshops is here.
- Excellent VJ software. After giving a bunch of
different VJ programs a decent trial, we settled on this
the best match for our needs. At about $300 it's very
good value for money, and pretty stable. They also have
a page full of links to the best VJ content available
on the web. .
- Cross-program Plugins for video effects, can be used
with a range of VJ and video editing programs. Some
freeware, and some cost (PayFrames?). Only work on older
version of Resolume though, not Resolume Avenue.
- Our favourite Payframes :) These are just THE best Freeframe
Plugins if, like us, you like to seriously crapify your
footage. For 70 Euros you can get a pack of over 20 Plugins
that, for example, turn your perfectly good, clear 3CCD
video footage into the most grungy, badly-synched pixellated
mess that you've seen since the 1980's when you were using
a coathanger as an aerial on your cheap TV.
Freeframe Effects - Developer of some of
our favourite Freeframe Plugins. Some are free, but the
"Hold On, Wait a Minute" pack is definitely
worth the $50 or so if you use still images in your VJ
sets. Eg, for basic functions like fading between stills
that, sadly, Resolume can't (yet) do by itself. Also home
of the wacky Pop Art filter Warhol - cunningly hidden
for free in the demo pack for their Chromatic Aberrations
- Video editing freeware that we prefer to expensive programs
like Premiere. It's easy to use and runs really smoothly
on our WinXP machine. For example we can scroll frame
by frame with the Mouse, and set additional mouse buttons
to '50 frames forward' etc. The range of filters developed
by a network of freeware supergeeks is awesome. Also PC
Pro - an excellent video-to-vector converter.
Not cheap but worth the price if, like us, you're more
of a video person than an animator but want to use vector-based
(ie, Flash-looking) footage. It also converts video into
FlashMX format for delivery on the web. They also produce
a program to make dynamic Flash-based text animation very
other VJ software
we've played with but don't actually use (as it doesn't
suit our style, mostly):
- new 3D rendering program by an inde developer Trey
Harrison that's definitely worth a try. Only currently
available as a beta-test on application, this program
looks very promising. We've added it to our (small) repetoire
of programs we actually USE on an ongoing basis. You can
even 3D-ify video files, and it's very easy on the RAM.
Unfortunately, will currently only run on WinXP.
- Since Resolume doesn't work on a Mac, we had to seek
alternative software to be able to use our G4 in our VJ
rig. Happily, Neuromixer is freeware (although we suggest
donating to the developer VJ Fader if you use his software
for gigs). We've since got rid of the Mac.
- this is a Winamp Visualiser Plug-in that requires a
pretty good graphics card and fast computer to run well,
but looks a hundred times better than older-style music
visualisations. And it's FREE! We don't really use it
ourselves as our style's more retro than eyecandy - but
still, it's very cool and an easy thing to chuck on at
parties if you can't be bothered learning to VJ :)
- Organic-looking eyecandy, even prettier than Milkdrop
but a bit more effort to use for gigs as you need to render
the 'sheep' into loops or chains to record & reuse
them. You can buy Electric Sheep on DVD too (although
it's old-style sheep, the new ones are a lot more attractive):
don't recommend that you necessarily need the following
pro video software, as it's pretty expensive & we
only bought it when we started doing video clips and DVD
production. You can buy each program seperately, but it's
a lot cheaper to buy them all at once as a Collection.
It's a great suite if you can afford it, as it all integrates
Video Pro Collection
consisting of (various versions available, have slightly
different component software):
- Industry standard video editing software. There are
much cheaper, but obviously less powerful versions available
- DVD authoring software. Easy to use and a lot more
sophisticated than the other software we're tried to
use without a great
deal of success.
- Sound editing software that includes Surround-Sound
capability (multiple channel output).
- Nice to get it in the package, but I still prefer Paintshop
- It's sort of like Photoshop, but with a timeline. It's
so easy to animate still images, put text over video
a million other things. So many uses, and nowhere near
as difficult as something like Flash to get used to,
you're familiar with Photoshop.
only we had the patience and technical skill to make our
own Freeframe PlugIns, these are some we'd love to create:
Saturation - Although there's a saturation Freeframe,
it just reduces the saturation - doesn't allow you to
- White background, black lines, video in rectangular
areas with coloured filter (Red, Yellow & Blue).
Warhol - The existing one's OK, but just makes each
quarter shades of one colour. Would be more Warhollian
if it made each quarter a couple of colours, even cycling
them - maybe like Colour Cycle?
Fade Stills Transition - shows still for a certain
number of seconds, fades to black then fades up the next
- Bit of blur, some vignetting, super-saturation of colours,
maybe some film-scratch.
- Sepia/B&W(adjustable), film scratch and a bit of
stutter (adjustable) - to look like early Lumiere-era
- Super-speeds periods of clip (eg for 2 seconds) then
returns to normal speed - the kind of thing that's easy
to do in Premiere but we'd like to be able to do it on
the fly. Resolume has "R" (Random speed) setting
which gives a bit of that sort of feeling, but this Woosh
would ideally be more controllable and keep the clip travelling
in the same direction.
Berkley Prism - Like the old 1930's - 1950's
effect where a central image is repeated 7 or 8 times
in a ring around the main image. Maybe even rotating around
the middle image.
- a simple, soft black edge. Preferably varied shapes
and diameter, that you could use in conjunction with lumakey
functions (ie, as a mask).
Colour - adjustable gradient between two colours,
where the intensity of colour can be varied along with
the hues (vertical and horizontal version).S
are effects we try to get by combining various Freeframe
Plugins etc, but would be great to have it all in one
Freeframe filter for each.
Freeframe programmers out there, go ahead and steal our
ideas - just make sure to give us a free version to use
after you've done all the hard work for us ;)