This video demonstrates some video filters I wrote with Processing. It is basically just a demonstration, not a music video.
First I wanted to create ONE filter that makes videos more abstract, but still identifiable. But that didn't last long. Step by step the project became bigger, steady I came up with new ideas and I couldn't stop (although I had other things to do). The code is remained simple, but I like the visual effects.
What you see here has been realized in Processing (check out processing.org). All these filters are combined in on sketch. The user changes manually between the video filters by keyboard. Some audio analysis are added, too (e. A. beat detection, sinus wave). Further on the user is able to change several settings (e. A. resolution, background, aspect ratio). PeasyCam/Mouse is used for camera work.
All libraries I used:
Processing OpenGL, Processing Video, PeasyCam, Minim
The video has been rendered in real time. That's why the video stutters sometimes. I've recorded it with Camtasia Studio (screen recording software) in two parts and put it together with AfterEffects. Camera work still sucks from time to time, but it was quite hard to move the camera with an invisible mouse and handle the keyboard at one time.
The sketch uses a quicktime video (480 px x 480 px) and one mp3 file. I had to seperate video and audio, because the video library didn't work well (music stopped after some frames) and secondly I couldn't add audio analysis. It took a while for me to synchronize audio and video.
Obviously my work has been inspired by Radiohead's House of Cards (youtube.com/watch?v=8nTFjVm9sTQ). The main difference is that I had no 3D images/video but a lousy video with bad quality from youtube. I picked up a U2 song for three reasons: 01 It's a great song 02 The video is very simple with clear forms, foreground, background and contrasts. And it is easily recognizable. 03 I wanted to connect with the currents stage and tour concepts of U2. It adds the idea of a 360° music video.
The original video named 'Numb' has been released by U2 and directed by Kevin Godley.
New version available with way much better video quality vimeo.com/25904752
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