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So I’ve always loved producing music but about a year and a half ago I learned how to DJ, and it’s definitely it’s own distinct art form. I use this performance interface I made in Touch to mix my projects together and add different filters live that involve 2d or 3d components. I ran visuals for a friend’s warehouse event a while back and while it was a lot of fun I really had to stretch the little material I had to keep up with maybe 6 DJs throughout the night. I really want to get into VJing to be able to perform 2 nights in a row and not have the same exact material, and to really have the freedom to just have fun and play it like an instrument. The jump seems pretty straightforward, just find content to mix, make the ability to run it into my switch that acts as a mixer to switch between each project, maybe set up some looping controls, etc. Unless it’s a big name act, at the average concert I go to with visuals, the VJ is just running random clips or some flashing seizure-inducing effect. It’s especially unimpressive when nothing about it lines up with the music.
So my idea would be to simply loop beatmatched clips (for example, people dancing) forwards and backwards in time to the bpm, which once they hit the mixer I can apply whatever mind-bending effects I can think up. However, while touchdesigner runs absurdly complex generative procedures without breaking a sweat it seems to really get hung up with video clips, even at low resolution. I tried using a short clip with resolution like 800x600p in a movie file in TOP with a cue point between 0 and 1, guided by a triangle LFO. Just running this without running it through any generative effects it spikes the CPU usage to over 80% and the frame rate just chokes up. Has anyone here made a VJ interface before or have a solution for my woes? Is there a better way I should be trying to accomplish this? Any help is appreciated!
I don’t really understand what it means but I attached a screenshot of my graphics card info in case anyone wants to know, it’s just what came with the laptop, so it’s probably crap but it has no trouble with projects that I make in TD.