Cana video mapping

Another video mapping blog

I have found this blog http://finalyearprojectdelta.blogspot.com/ for a guideline for my project. This is a similar video mapping project which is done as a final project for school. Like us, he has all the steps through his projects with videos and pictures. I think this blog will be very helpful for me.

His project is to map a guitar which is a bit different from what I have planned but again it will be helpful.

Projector Research

Here is the site for hiring projectors. I found this site in a video mapping tutorial website. The common thing I read in tutorials is that if it is my first time working with video mapping I should use a small projector. They say that after finishing that I should want to go bigger. So this site will be helpful even though I will not rent it from here I can get information of different types of projectors and what they are used for.

 

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projection-calculator.cfm

 

What is the difference between a short throw and long throw lens? What are zoom lenses?

When there is no option of placing a projector at a small distance, the long throw lens projector is used. It helps casting smaller, better defined pictures from big distances. These images which would be too large if a regular lens was used. The long throw lenses are usually used in large venues where there is no opportunity to mount projectors closer to the screen because of architectural constraints, for example, in churches, or stage performances, concerts, etc.

Most projector lenses, either standard, short or long throw come embedded with the zoom option. The feature operates as on usual cameras and allows creating a larger or a smaller image without moving the projector.
Source: 3d Video Mapping Projection Tutorial | Weltlighting.com

Joseph Kosuth

On Monday I had an opportunity to meet with great contemporary artist Joseph Kosuth in Point Hotel. He had a talk for 1 hour and then there was a cocktail. First of all the atmosphere was amazing. Kosuth was very funny and cosy which wasn’t what I expected because I thought it would be a serious talk about art today and the ideas behind the new opening display in Kuad Gallery.

Amon Tobin Live

Amon Tobin is a Brazilian music producer/dj. He does electronic music and a performance he made in Isam really got my attention. For his live performance/concert he hires a group of people to create a visual show. Theres a short documentary video about the process this hired people go through. Watching the steps of the project and then watching the outcome of it really motivated me for my project.

This is the live performance video with viewers comments.

 

This is the short documentary of the building process.

Where/Why Mapping?

I started to think of the places that video mapping is used or who is using it and why. Very successful brands are using project mapping for their commercial videos or actually doing a live video mapping projection outdoor. People get strucked by it because it is very new technique that is been started to used and making the audience feel surprised/confused(in sense of 2d-3d) is always a good advertisement idea. H&M, Adidas, Audi, Merccedes are examples of the companies that used in their ads.

 

Basic Mapping

The video mapping process is very complicated since theres not a official software for it. Also mapping can done on almost everything today so the equipment can vary. The basic project steps and the needed equipment is my fist research and here is the outcome:
  • 1 projector
  • 3D surface
  • Software to create the animation
  • Software to project the animation

projecting:

  • Choose a 3D model surface on which you plan to make the projection. Place it accordingly to your virtual coordinate systems origin.
  • Take measurements for the position, orientation and lens-characteristics of the projector.
  • Find out the field of view of the lens and the lens shift from projectors manual.

Source: 3d Video Mapping Projection Tutorial | Weltlighting.com

thinking of sound

The idea of mixing sound and visuals is a common thing for our technologic world. It can be according to more systematic and comprehensive understanding of sound/music; for example giving an different visual to every individual note in the sound. Yet it can be putting different visuals to every new feeling in the sound or every new beat etc. without having a study on music, everybody can do it.

By thinking of sound in my project I try to shape the total idea behind it since every element will be integrated with each other. The appearence of visuals projected will act according to specific features of the sound so besides the mapping, projecting, etc, song played will be important.

*colors

*shapes

 

Usage of projection/book art

The main struggle in my project is to find a starting point or a story to start shaping the idea beneath the visuals, sounds etc. For this thinking is a bit boring and for me very hard to expand so I decided to see to what extend video mapping/projection is used so far in art and technology word. I’ve seen many examples of video mapping yet the idea is similar in many of them. So I searched for different examples video mapping is used for so that i can be much more creative when shaping my own project.

There’s this book art video very new way of narrating. This is again done with mapping and projection and they define the project and themselves like this; “The Icebook – the world’s first projection mapped pop-up book. An exquisite experience of fragile paper cutouts and video projections that sweep you right into the heart of a fantasy world. It is an intimate and immersive experience of animation, book art and performance.
For more information on the making of and the artists please visit: theicebook.com.”

Making a 2d system, a book, a 3d projected world is very new and inspiring way of creativity. People are available to turn the pages like a traditional book yet with projection it turns out to be a animation.

You can find the video here: http://vimeo.com/19300002

Project Proposal Draft1

Project definition

This project is about combining sound, visuals and light in a closed small room-like place to create a virtual world for the viewers for couple of minutes. With the optic illusions and the visuals the viewers will have sense that they are not in an empty white room.

Goals & Objectives

This project aims to create an illusion of a non-existing place where the sound and the visuals that are present act according to each other in a sensible way. The main goal is to make the viewer feel like he/she is a part of the space and make them to response in a good way. For that making good quality and genuine ideas behind the visuals that will be shown is an important objective.

Target Audience/User

Since the project will be a room installation, the target audience relies on the space it will be installed. When we simplify the usage and say that the visuals can be screened on any white surface and the light and the sound can be added easily, the target audience is everyone who just wants to give a break from the real life and enjoy the world that I have created. Every individual will be left alone to get what they want from the installation. The critical point will be the sound and the visuals which will be used. So the target can specialized to 15-60 year range that enjoys electronic music and attracted to digitalized light and projection visuals.

Required know-how and resources

For the project I need to be able to visualize the ideas that I want to give or the feelings I want the viewers to get. That requires a developed visual perception and experience. If I want the viewer to feel happy or sad I need to be able to choose the right sound or light effect. After that, I need to be able to use the proper technology for the project. For example I need to learn which camera, projector, paint is suitable for the project and also which of the software’s are more useful. Since video mapping is a new area that is being evolving, the right kind of resources are not easy to find so making I good research about how to doing video mapping is important also.

Difficulties & risks

The main difficulty in this project is to combine sound and the visuals projected according to my taste and get appreciated or get understood what my aim is by the audience. That is the artistic difficulty and risk of the project. Another challenge is to be able to create the ideas in my mind in to virtual world. It is mainly about how well you use the software for the methods you are going to use. In this case I need to be able to use 3-D modelling software. It doesn’t have specific software but any software allows you to create masks and animate the masked places like Adobe After Effects, Modul8, Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, Flash.

 

Phases of the project

-Doing a research on artificial reality, digital narrating and 3-D video mapping

-Create or chose the lights/shapes/illustrations/pictures/videos that will be projected according to an idea

-Arrange the transitions and the order of the visuals chosen

-Decide on the objects that will be placed and mapped inside the room

-Decide the song/sound most suitable with the animations that will be projected on the masked surfaces

-Learn the software’s and start creating visuals that will be projected

-Project the visuals carefully to the actual objects

-Show the final sound, visuals and light combination to the viewers

 

Criteria of success

My project depends on the quality of the combination of the elements: sound, visuals and light. The aim here is to create a room which is plain white and same to every eye and then start the action to create an artificial environment. If I can be able to create the exact room that I imagined and the exact atmosphere that I planned, the project will be successful according to me. The sharpness of the transitions between mapped lights with the music is also very important criteria because it will determine if it’s just a fun 3 minute show or a digital art piece. If the phases of the project will be done exactly


Influential Videos

The problem about my project is that I know the technique that I’m going to use but use it on what. For that I started finding videos I like and questioning why I like them. Here are some examples;

https://vimeo.com/50197298

this video is the best mapping I’ve ever seen. It combines live person mapping with handmade animations, music and light. Everything, every move and visual combines within the video and the outcome is very influential.

https://vimeo.com/47403397

This video is again very influential. We see a contrabass that is played and touched by light not a person playing. The esthetic shape of the instrument is given precisely by close up lighting of the the curves it has. The synchronization of music and light makes the video very interesting.

https://vimeo.com/40675122

We see a sculpture that is video mapped. It is different because in mapping usually we see forms that we are used to; like cubes, prisms etc. In this we see an unusual form that is being video mapped and the meaning of it becomes very subjective like an art piece rather than being able to use video mapping technique.

 

After watching and questioning the similarities in these videos I understand that I like to combine light, visuals and sound to create an non existing ‘space’. This space can consist of lights that we don’t see everyday. For example we see a music instrument beeing played but when we combine it light effects projected on the sound and the visuality of the object becomes much entertaining to watch. By being able to use light sound and visual together, the outcome will be like a 2-3 mintue show. For combining I’ll use the video mapping technique because I want to learn how and the newest technology for artificial reality is this.

Further into Video Mapping

Video mapping can be done to an object/objects or a space. It is basically redesigning what you see so that the audience is a part of the space, interacting with it. The way I will do will be inside a room rather than outdoor and I project my visuals on specific objects. There are two ways of doing it; one is you basically project any visual you find or have and the surfaces of the objects become your projector screen. Another way is to use masks which will be in my project. You take a photograph of the space you’re going to use, with the objects inside and create masks to the places you’re going to change. For example one surface of a cube. This masking can be done in many software, I’ll use Photoshop. Then comes the animation/video/ film that will be on the masked areas. It doesn’t have any specific software so if I do my animation in after effects I can use same program for mapping. As I get into searching video mapping I see that the techniques or the programs are not the problem but the creativity and the artistic vision is more important.

http://videomapping.org/ is a nice source for starters.