Mobile VJing with GoVJ

IMG_2767Part of my own VJ kit these days is now a standard, wifi router.  Reason being is a simple enough one,  on occasion I run two iPad2’s for my TouchOSC controllers, occasionally I also run Techlife’s great little app TLRemote and get in the faces of those poor souls who DJ to the sweaty hoards and more often than not I am now handing over my mobile phone to drunk clubbers whilst running Roboheadz iOS application GO:VJ.

To get the best out of the setup, I also run the airplay application AirServer as this now has inbuilt Syphon support and is the easiest method to get the resulting live stream into Resolume (or whatever VJ app you choose).  *Note:  Recent updates to the AirServer app have appeared to slow down the playback, I’m not 100% certain if this is due to the recent rush job (my interpretation of getting Syphon support switch back on in the 6.0.1 update OR the fact that this new fangled MacBook Pro with ATI graphics is just a nightmare) so I’ll not offer this post as an official “review” of the app, more an introduction and implementation guide.  This will be updated as more testing passes.

In an extreme case of it falling over I have recently purchased Airserver’s competitor product Reflector2.  However it does not come with Syphon (or Spout) support.  So it’s a case of grabbing the now free (and still great application) Syphoner to then screen capture the window and pipe into Resolume.

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For my choice of router, I settled on the TP-Link AC1200 dual band wireless router (www.amazon.co.uk) which offers a good speed for the money (not the best admittedly, but a good range and handy USB ports).  Now depending on the setup I’m performing on I may use a Thunderbolt > RJ45 adaptor to give me a solid cable connection to the router and run everything else on 5ghz wifi.  If I’m unable to do so, then it’s a wifi connection all the way.

UScreenshot 2015-10-28 17.56.33sing AirServer though, you will find under Resolume “Sources” your AirPlay connection (in this example it’s showing my mobile name ” O2wifix0DEx…..”).  Simply drag and drop this in as any regular clip and ensure the resolution is set to work with your own composition.

From a Resolume perspective I tend to work with an artists “Pallet” of content, I’ll explain this in a forthcoming post.

Anyway, that’s a nice, quick and hopefully simple introduction to GO:VJ.  Yes I’m a little bit bias on my choice of iOS VJ apps.  I use both TouchVIZ and GO:VJ throughout my gigs, and I run TouchOSC exclusively as my controller of choice (on iPad2 and now iPhone) and each of these tools allows the punter to have just a little more influence on their night clubbing and that cannot be too bad a thing really now can it?

*NOTE:  Version 6.0.2 of Airserver was rectified the issue I was experiencing of oversized screen size and as a result it’s back in my VJ toolkit (as opposed to using another package with Syphoned).

 

Linked in this post:

Go:VJ : website
Go:VJ : theApp
TP-Link AC1200 Archer C5 router : Amazon.co.uk
Syphoner : Get this!
TL Remote : Get this too!
AirServer (Release 6.0.2): website
Reflector2 : website

 

 

 



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