Mix QuickTime live, without hardware, thanks to VDMX
By Peter Cohen
MacworldAPR 22, 2001 5:00 pm PDT
Performance art, live music and theater production just got an interesting shot in the arm with a new QuickTime-based product from
Vidvox. The company just released VDMX QuickTime Mixer for Macintosh. It’s a software video mixer that enables users to mix live video with disk-based QuickTime files, without any hardware add-ons. VDMX has been developed for live video performances, live streaming productions, theater and stage, studio work, digital art, and more.
Live video production is often dependent on hardware-based video mixing systems, and VDMX is conceptually similar, according to Vidvox. VDMX sports features including cut, crossfade, and keying of two sources; real-time effects which can be independently applied to each source; temporal playback and mixing effects; tactile physical control over scrubbing; playback speed and mixing; RAM and disk recording; up to two live video inputs, and more. All aspects of the software can also be controlled from a master tap tempo or external MIDI clock, enabling users to use VDMX for synchronized DJ shows, too.
VDMX developer Johnny DeKam explained that the product has been in development for well over a year, and it’s been fire-tested in concerts and other live productions worldwide. That effort, says DeKam, has enabled him to optimize the software for real-time use.
VDMX is available for US$499, and is available as a free demo download as well.
Vidvox also reports it’s working on Metamov, a high-resolution product derivative of VDMX for designers. The company’s other product is Prophet, a QuickTime-based sampler optimized for real-time performance via MIDI input sources.