Posts Tagged ‘vj’

Koala Update

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

A new version. Koala 0.5 (I’m not sure what the last version was. I’ll just start numbering from here)

Photo from Flickr

Improvements:
– Camera input (4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic)
– More video triggers
– More effects
– More blend and fade modes
– Improved interface

To-do list:
– Real fullscreen + preview window
– Better file handling and triggering for the videos.
– MIDI + keyboard shortcuts
– Lots of other things…

Download Koala 0.5.1
Mac OSX 10.4. –>

Koala Is Out

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

I’ve been working on a custom VJ-software for a couple of weeks and now I have something to show you guys. Meet Koala.


Picture from Flickr

Pretty simple app really. Made with Quartz Composer and Interface Builder. There’s no fullscreen option, yet. I’m working on it. The keyer is based on Sam Kass’s composition.

This a very early version. Things are not looking or working right, but you can test it if you want to. This should be pretty stable, but I take no responsibility in what might happen if you use this. So, if your computer explodes, turns into dust or starts wearing skirts, don’t blame me. I don’t have any time for manuals or such. It should be fairly straightforward, but if you have any questions, comments or bug reports you can contact me via email: matti.niinimaki “at” gmail dot com

Works only on Mac OSX 10.4 ->
Download Koala 0.5.1

Wiiiiiiii

Monday, January 8th, 2007

I ended up taking a really long walk around the town today. I came home with from that walk with a Wiimote in my bag. Is there a better way to get your mind off of bad things than playing with a new toy? I’m sure there are, but this worked today.

I don’t have a Wii console, but the reason why I got a Wiimote was because I wanted to hook it up with my iBook and use it as a controller for some VJ stuff. Here’s the first experiment. Using the Wiimote as a videoscratching device. The Y-axis motion sensor controls the scrubbing of the video back and forth. Pressing the A or B button changes the videoclip.

The QC patch for Wii was developed by Hiroaki He hasn’t released the patch officially because it’s unstable (QC crashes everytime you close a composition with a DarwiinRemotePatch), but you can find it here. Hiroaki is too busy right now to improve this patch, but if there’s some Cocoa-guru out there reading this. Please, try to make a more stable patch using the newest WiiRemote framework. I’d appreciate it.

Guerilla Projection on New Year's Eve

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007



New Year’s Guerilla Projection – Rovaniemi, Finland from Matti Niinimäki on Vimeo.

Projection in the center of Rovaniemi on New Year’s eve. This was created on the spot in a couple of hours. I just tried to make the projections interact with the building.

Projection done with Quartz Composer. Some additional animation in After Effects.

Guerilla Projection on New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007



New Year’s Guerilla Projection – Rovaniemi, Finland from Matti Niinimäki on Vimeo.

Projection in the center of Rovaniemi on New Year’s eve. This was created on the spot in a couple of hours. I just tried to make the projections interact with the building.

Projection done with Quartz Composer. Some additional animation in After Effects.

1st Post – Introduction and All That Shit

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

This is it. I’m hopping on the Web 2.0 train with my very own blog. Here you’ll find information about some of the things I’ve been up to lately. So who the f*ck am I? Let me introduce myself.

I’m a Finnish guy living in Rovaniemi, Finland. Media student in the University of Lapland and an all-around hustler doing all kinds of strange things. I prefer to be called by my real name, Matti, but I have these different aliases for music and graphic projects.

DJ Waxtastic

I’ve been DJing for about 6 years now. Don’t ask about my DJ-name, I know it’s corny. I started DJing because I wanted to learn how to scratch and people told me I could get some girls and money if I was a DJ. After six years I still can’t scratch, I’m totally broke and sure as hell ain’t getting any girls. So kids, whatever you do, don’t spend all of your money on records. Save the money and buy a car instead. Chicks dig cars.

I’ve been spinning all kinds of funky music (hip hop, funk, breakbeats, d’n’b, dubstep etc.) in Rovaniemi, Kouvola and Helsinki. I’ve done a couple of mixtapes. The latest was Jamaikasetti, a collaboration with DJ Hesher.


Original Hamster

This is the name I use for my graphic design and video works. I think that this blog is mainly going to be place where I show you guys my media art and graphic design stuff. I’m a member of a VJ/media art collective called Superia United here in Rovaniemi. I’ve done VJing in clubs and projections in some events. Right now I’m working on a couple of projects. More about them later.

I guess that’s about it. Stay tuned.