> It requires a sensible DJ though because the presets need to be quite well selected to fit the music. I would not just have milkdrop running and select the presets on randon.
I Definitely relate to what you are sayin' Martin. I have been going through the 5k MD presets I've downloaded from various sources, and most of them are, well not that great, or they are variations/experiments on a given theme.
I started off by letting MD pick them at random, and whenever I saw a preset I really thought was kewl, I looked back on my 'puter screen and jotted down the name of the preset. I then started moving them into a Favs directory.
Now that I have the kinect effects overlaid, I immediately saw where I needed to put together another subset of presets which have certain attributes (like originating from the middle of the screen, and coming out towards the viewer, and really drawing the viewers eye to the singer(s) in the band).
> I find the large screen background somewhat overwhelming and, well, impolite to the band... I trust it is ok with them but still feel it distracts from the persons, particularly with that sort of music. But I concede I do not know how it comes across live.
The reaction from various bands/band members has been varied. Some of them felt 'threatened' by what I was doing. Most though LOVE it, ie the ones that have a vision for the 'bigger picture'. I mean come on, the more successful bands (like Roger Waters) not only have graphics, its a BIG part of their concerts (such as The Wall concert I saw a year ago. The graphics were mind blowing!).
Now here's a VERY interesting thing that happened. When I started using the kinect effects, it was like the band members (and the audience both) suddenly took notice, in a BIG way. Before I started using the kinect, the band seldom mentioned my name when introducing the band members.
The 1st night I started using the kinect effects (the fire effect in particular) the lead singer of the band mentioned/thanked me 3-4 times during the show. Its been that way ever since.
While the MD effects, by themselves (even with using the MD sprites, showing the band members pics with their names alongside etc) were pretty cool, and got some attention, when I introduced the kinect effects, things Radically Changed! Note: I have the kinect hanging in front of the stage, and there is a small area in front of the band where people can dance. They absolutely LOVE seeing themselves up on the screen while they are dancing.
The other thing is when I goto the club, on nights Im not doing a show, I have people walking up to me constantly asking me "what? no graphics show tonight?"
> Would you mind to look up candyrats promo videos for Ewan Dobson on youtube ? I would be curious to know what you think about these.
Oh thanks for pointing me to these vids Martin. Those are very kewl! Thats pretty much what I envisioned a year ago, to have a combo of the band members in the foreground, with MD in the background.
I imagine the way these vids were done was in post processing/editing. My goal is to do it in real time (and also do effects on the band members bodies, like my kinect effects do).
One of the things I started working on is to put together YAE (yet another effect) which uses the depth data in conjunction with the RGB data (the kinect has both an rgb camera AND the depth camera/sensor in one unit. It also has 4 mics built into it). The goal is to do exactly what I am seeing in these videos to which you pointed me. In other words "cut out" the video of the band members and overlay the rgb video on top of MD.
I ran into one snag, which is the two streams of data are not calibrated, so they dont line up. I will figure out how to register the 2 though, I just need to figure it out.
I've been a programmer for 35 years, so its gettin' harder for 'puters to fool me, for very long.