UF Digital Worlds: SPRING Tuesday 9th Period

“Projection Design” offers a hands-on approach to the design, planning and execution of digital projections in a variety of performance spaces by using a combination of industry standard and open source research software tools. Students configure and test a large set of media formats in a variety of display situations and venues. Student will present a multi-screen digital projection media project, a research process weblog and collaborate with engineers and artists.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Intermedia Network as Nature

In this section, Youngblood offers a rather accurate description of conditioning of human behavior. One can be hard pressed to find many habits influenced by a quirk of nature in today’s technologically driven age. Children are more prone to learning things from a tablet computer or television than they are from venturing forth from their homes.  As a result, it is increasingly easy to distinguish between people who, essentially, weren’t baptized by the media and those that are intimate with technology. Generally, these patterns become prevalent as media trends become viral. For example, entire legions of people have enjoyed, reflected upon, and appreciate popular shows, such as “Breaking Bad.” These subcultures are easily observable through social network interactions and the overall prevalence it has in conversations. Of course, this formation of a culture is a result of our man-made media environment.

As it was stated in class, I believe it is important to take a step back from this technology-abundant environment to change our perspective on things, if only for a while. With such a paradigm shift, it would be possible to contemplate alternative actions and ways of thinking that would otherwise be inconvenient, if not impossible to do in our high-speed, native environments. As Youngblood states, man “not only participates but actually recreates his environment both physical and metaphysical,” With this in mind, it is imperative that we become conscious of our environment, so that one day we can take the torch and recreate our world in an image we find desirable, not just derivative. If self-reflection were to not take place, we would be limited in our ability to produce anything unique. This might just happen to explain why history keeps repeating itself.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homework & Patch Guidelines

1. Blog Post: review a Stan Brakhage, Man Ray, etc. video of your choosing and blog about it.

2. Tutorials: move forward with jitter tutorials 11–20.

3. Homework: Video Mixer Patch (due Thursday, 25 Sept 2014)
  • Build a clip library from Video Pong and Prelinger Archives
  • at least 2 clips made from Prelinger content
  • 2 folders (folder A / folder B), with 5 videos in each
  • Add a pop-up menu (umenu) which can be populated via 2 dropfile objects (drag-and-drop zones)
  • Create an A / B video mixer
  • Use jit.chromakey and the suckah to blend the videos
  • Apply a (jit.freeframe) effect to the blended video
  • Send the output out to patcher window (jit.pwindow)
  • Send the output out to the display window (needs to support full screen)
  • You will be VJ'ing your patcher with a song of your choosing*
  • *Please note: The Verve's Bitter Sweet Symphony is not allowed
4. Homework extra credit:
  • Make the patcher react to sound
  • Make the composited image map onto a 3D model (similar to Pd patch)
  • Comment, color code, and make your patcher very clean
  • Make the effects toggle-able with on/off switches
  • Use jit.brcosa and other image modification objects
  • Add MIDI controls
  • Explore usage of jit.op
  • Mac users only: add AUVI effects

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Zhuang's Homework

Max Funsies

In my adventures with Max, I discovered an effect called jit.colorspace which allowed me to mess with the various video effects that are common in video editing software like Final Cut Pro or Premier. It was cool to see those same effects utilized in Max, which allowed me to further realize that this program is just a means to achieve the same (AND more) goals than standard video editing software. 

I also messed with the background color, along with jit.freeframe and jit.tiffany.

Dave's Homework

MAX Homework

This is what I was able to do with MAX for the homework. I was able to change the background color and record the video (as well as include three patches).


_change the background color: bgcolor or Options>Object Defaults >Background Color
_output video:jit.qt.record
_mix two videos:jit.xfade