The Area2 festival, now on tour nationwide with artists such as Moby and David Bowie, features a two-hour DVD of visuals produced on the Mac.
The DVD was produced using real-time video performance software by VIDVOX, makers of VDMX and Prophet, and Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro. VDMX2 is a real-time video mixing solution, and Prophet is a hardware-accelerated, QuickTime playback engine. Interestingly, the VJ set was produced in only three days from production to the final product, according to Johnny DeKam, co-producer of the DVD.
“We were asked by John Digweed to produce the visuals just days before the tour was to begin” he said. “We like a good challenge, and just couldn’t resist this one. It was really down to the wire, with the final DVD delivered backstage just as Digweed was taking the stage on opening night in Washington DC.”
Director Brian Ziffer said they burned the DVD in the car as they drove eight hours to the show. They literally ran from the parking lot to backstage, DVD-R in hand.
“We made it, and the show went on without a hitch,” Ziffer stated. “It wouldn’t have been possible without VIDVOX, our PowerBooks and pure determination.”
The Area2 festival will be coming to Toronto, Canada; Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington, within the next couple of weeks. See the festival Web site for details and ticket info.