NO FUNGEN TIME FOR NON FUNGIBLE TOKENS – Tips on getting started with NFT art and $30 wallet bonus!

No Fungen Time ..is what I probably thought when I first heard of selling art and digital content on the blockchain based transaction platform known as NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) and DeFi (Decentralized Financial) markets.
Its been almost 2 years since I met digital artist Mike “Beeple” Winkleman at FITC Toronto in 2019 and I know he got into the NFT market shortly after that. I also attended (and projection bombed) Beeple’s first gallery show ever and got 2 signed prints for $10 each.
In a very short time Mike’s work resold thousands of times and gained value exponentially across the NFT market until he absolutely blew the roof off any expectations selling out his editions for millions and selling one NFT, a collage of his many pieces for $65,000,000 making him the most expensive living artist in the world!
So congratulations to Mike Beeple and thanks for taking the time to chat over a beer at the FITC fest after party. Mike calls his art Beeple Crap on Instagram where he has 2.1m followers and he has a hilarious self deprecating and cynical humor. I’ve watched his work making everyday images for years and marveled in how fast he cranks them out. Some of it is beautiful and some of it grotesque , well a lot is gross actually and provocative too but never in a sexy way… With the amount and variety of images he’s made you can’t like it all but there are so many to love. If you go to the Beeple Website you’ll find a boatload of free content like video loops and 3D asset files for creators to remix his stuff and that Is why I think I and so many love his work and highly respect his contribution to the scene of live video artists out there. The 65m reward is well deserved!

Wonder how much these signed Beeple prints I have from his first gallery show could be worth now ?

This massive value was almost unbelievable but little did I know while Bitcions were pinging off all the news channel finance segments, Ethereum had outpaced it and increased its value gaining over %1100 this year!

Ethereum Skyrockets in the past year sending the value of early NFT adopters work into orbit

Ethereum is the crypto currency and popular blockchain algorithm that NFTs are based on. NFT tokens can be used to sell pretty much anything from unique animated .gifs to real world objects. The system ensures automatic proof of ownership and chain of transactions with direct royalty payouts to the creator/copywrite holder of any Token (NTF/Item/digital collectable). As blockchain tech becomes more advanced and understood people are developing apps backed by the de-centralized automatic system.

If there is a barrier in getting going with crypto currency/NFT trading, it is likely the endless wave of apps and services claiming to offer you the best and most secure experience. There are a few I have found to be safe and well managed and there are many that are not, then to compound that issue, the good ones are swamped by a huge increase in interest causing delays in customer service.
Buyer beware if you are shopping around the various markets and money apps needed to enter the market. Make sure you are not being fished for info on a fake site or depositing money to a unknown entity.
The last and most significant barrier is the cost. Like most sales platforms there are fees involved and the “GAS’ fees you will have to pay to list and sell items can add up. It cost me about $40 to list a multi edition item on Rarible and each item you list there charges gas based on various settings I think. OpeanSea lets you create items for free but the charge is taken off when a sale happens and the first time you auction something you get dinged about $90 for a onetime wallet verification or so it says.

So if you’re still reading, let me share a few tips and links to get you heading in the right direction. If you’re already holding or trading crypto you should be good to go but from my experience as a artist with little block-chain/NFT knowledge I had to find out what works to begin selling my own NFT creations .

  • First you are going to need a wallet. It’s what you use as ID to sign in to blockchain sites and make transactions. You can get a wallet and access the NFT market sites and even publish content without any currency balance .
  • I explored a couple and settled on MetaMaskhttps://metamask.io/
    You need to get the Meta Mask Extension app for your browser and then sign up for your wallet account.
  • With your Crypto Currency Wallet you can make profiles on blockchain sites and will have a set address anyone can send ETH or BTC into. This is known as a hot storage wallet
    ( HOT = software based, Cold storage is a offline hardware device)
  • Next you will need a way to load your wallet with crypto currency. Enter Shake Pay !
    Shake Pay is an amazingly easy way to buy crypto if you have a Canadian Bank account.

    This is where I had the most trouble spending days attempting to use bank account connections or linked credit cards sharing my personal info more that I’d like to admit. In Canada and many other countries the big banks are blocking crypto type transactions for various reasons so you may be forced to use a 3rd party money sending/crypto market app.
    I can only recommend Shake Pay for my fellow Canadians, especially those having trouble finding other ways to buy crypto coins.
  • Now after verification you can load your shake pay account with CAD via E-mail Money Transfer. Follow the simple steps in the app to the letter and this works fast and easy!
  • Finally you can buy some Crypto currency with your Dollar balance… Go get that ETH!
  • Trade enough dollars for at least .1 ETH .
    ( TIP – purchase at least .1 ETH because that is the minimum you can send out to a wallet address.)
  • Remember .1 ETH Minimum transfer amount = about $260 CAD at the time of publishing)
  • Once you have the Ethereum in your Pay App or other exchange of your choice you can then send it into your ETH (metamask) wallet address for use across the range of blockchain websites and apps.
  • Visit NFT Marketplace sites like Rarible and OpenSea.io There are many more like the high profile NiftyGateway but these type are more closed and for established artists requiring portfolio approval and partnership to schedule your drops. Artists that do sell on these more curated sites can sell for very high price from the high profile visibility.
  • Please do use the links I provided in this post to reward yourself and me too by getting a referral credit from my account
  • Use my Shake Pay Link and we both get $30 when you buy your first $100 in crypto!
    FREE Money you’ll need for “gas” fees to get started anyway.
    Any referral bonuses I receive will be put towards minting new art tokens or buying from other creators!
  • Use my OpenSea refferal link and get started on a profile so you can buy/trade or make your own NFTs

So now, if you did the above, I hope you are ready to explore the world of NFT arts and trading in crypto coins. You should quickly see the power and potential in this exciting new technology the more you use it . Make a profile on OpeanSea with your wallet for free and you can favourite cool pieces and follow the creators you like.
Now I am holding some Ethereum and I have minted my first NFT art editions as well as purchased a collectable from another interesting creator.
Lets hope it all continues to grow in value and popularity and that some folks in the blockchain arts community like what we share and support the drops from VJ Guy – Livevideoart .

Good luck ,
Scott

Season’s Greetings

As we say when wanting to easily wish everyone out there a very good time around the winter solstice. However you celebrate we know that this is an important time to come together and this year might not be the way we want or need but just stay strong and take care be kind to each other and we will get through to a better tomorrow in 2021.


Made this Christmas Card projection mapping to send our love to all our friends and family and viewers out there . Big shout out and thanks to our friends at Juice Works Exhibits for lending the space and setting up the hoarding wall to experiment on . Thanks to Panasonic Projectors for providing us a long term trial of these PTRZ 16K laser projectors , Follow and subscribe to the channel to see all our up coming posts including review and tutorials!
I will also share a extended version of this video soon featuring more info and BTS discussions.

As a extra little feature I had to try the much anticipated and talked about Cyberpunk 2077 on this huge wrap around screen and it was awesome. I am loving the game even though there are a few bugs here and there it is mostly just a great game with excellent story and characters IMHO.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone and we wish you the happiest new year

HUB Montreal Online

This week I was glad to attend the HUB Montreal conference via it’s 2020 online presentation platform. The event is sponsored by Panasonic and features excellent showcases and presentations by top creative and technical innovators from around the world with live Q and A periods and panel discussions. Topics included Projection Mapping , AR , Public Installations and VR. I was pleased to observe there was a general focus on the convergence of technologies and making meaningful use of our access to advanced cross platform connected systems.

Like everyone else I wish we could have been all together meeting in Montreal this year and going out for drinks and dinner or what not afterward. The online event platform was able to connect us for the most part and I enjoyed a spontaneous meeting with friends from Panasonic where I heard the big announcement they made about an amazing new projector and motion tracking system that is coming to market.


The all new PT-RQ50 is the latest flagship projector from Panasonic boasting native 4k resolution and 50,000 Lumens of brightness it has the most powerful and high detail imaging capabilities to date. Although the general quality, power and reliability are all top in class the most exciting feature is the support for ultra high speed image processing at 240fps developed for use with the latest fast motion tracking system also developed by Panasonic. This new system opens up amazing possibilities for live interactive projection mapping and we excited to give it a try here at LVA soon so more on that later,
Contact us if you are interested in using a setup like this in a future project!
REMiNDER – follow LVA on Insta and YouTube for the latest posts!

Overall I really enjoyed the experience of HUB 2020 even though it was only online and I know there were some challenges with streaming on the second day . I managed to still get a lot out of it and was inspired by the work of my peers. The programming , technology and work presented was more directly inline with my own business and career interests than any I have been to before, I often feel like we are often teetering on the cutting edge and its hard to find support but seeing all those other creators and companies working in the same directions as we are is very reassuring and I hope LVA can contribute to the community discussion more in the future, possibly showcasing in a future HUB presentation.

Thanks to the organizers and presenters and our friend Cathy Tucker for the invite.

Stay safe and stay tuned for more livevideoart content coming soon.

Lovecraftian Haunting Extended with BTS

Extended edition of the livevideoart Halloween Projection mapping

Halloween Projection Mapping by Scott VJ Guy and the LVA team with special support by from Panasonic Canada providing us two PTMZ 16K Projectors and lens sets to demonstrate some Lovecraftian video projection magic.

See some BTS shots in this longer edit and more projection details as Scott creates the full project from design, animation to installation and projections.

Check back for a follow up post with project description and Panasonic projector review coming soon.

refleXion Virtual Venues Live Alpha Sessions

Last Wednesday we did the first of our live Alpha sessions . A live test of the system featuring two 1hr Psytrance DJ sets by DJ Black Amber and DJ Tommy Plan B. DJs and VJs Streamed live from their homes into our 3D world and rebroadcast by the refleXion virtual production app on a resolume media server. Follow @reflexionvirtual on Twitch to interact with the scene live using our secret chat commands.

A few years back we started up a dev/design team and have been working on (refleXion) creating immersive interactive experiences and reactive visuals using our set of tools in Unity 3D combined with multiple input / output control methods and our Media Servers running Resolume Arena 7 controlling all the screens and additional content layers.

When the pandemic and following lock downs hit we realized it was going to be a while before we get to do any live installations but we understood immediately that we could take our tech online via live stream and eventually a shared virtual experience. At first we were just preparing a bunch of cool 3D audio reactive backgrounds for DJs to perform in front of but that was quickly expanded into the more fully realized real time interactive virtual venue experience concept you see above.

We are going to be doing some more regular Alpha session gigs and the show will get better and better every week. I know the feedback of this awesome community will be very valuable so let us know what you think so far.
There will be a call out for artists to take part in the Alpha session trials if anyone is interested in streaming a VJ set into one of our next refleXion Virtual Venue gigs.

refleXion visuals is being developed by Wack Monster Interactive as a source plugin for resolume as well as a stand alone version. We include a robust cross app OSC control config and wide range of automation and customization options for users. With our smart camera tools refleXion visuals l can be used in single screen background effects or complex projection mappings as well as producing dynamic and larger than life virtual productions.
For more information on refleXion visuals and Wack Monster Interactive visit http://www.wackmonster.com/reflexion/

Live VLOG and Online Virtual Venues

With the thinking we should be ready to adapt to a world of online and remote connected events LVA is poised to offer a unique online virtual venue experience.

This Monday April 20th we will be presenting the first ever live broadcast of the new refleXion Virtual Venue system . A 420 Celebration featuring some great Toronto DJ talent and visuals by Yours truly. Link us with LVA and friends on Facebook , MIXER or the You Tube live channel. Follow and hit notification bell to get updates on new episodes and events.

This virtual venue system will add real time reactive and interactive 3d graphics environments around the DJs or performer and place them into a new dimension of digital possibilities. We provided a curated online event experience that DJs and performers can cast themselves into from anywhere in the world and be seen and heard by their global audience. There are so many possibilities of how users can interact and view our virtual spaces, I am excited to explore this new frontier of event production with our partners Wack Monster Interactive and a network of amazing artists and creators. Please get in touch if you are interested in using this service to host your online virtual events.

I went live last week with our first LVA live VLOG stream where we will be discussing and showcasing projects and topics like projection mapping, digital design techniques, real time graphics and now live streaming content and virtual events,

I hope you check out the first episode and subscribe to the You Tube Channel to help us grow and get notified about our next video.

You can also catch me on MIXER doing some VR gaming and 3D art plus re streaming the VLOG show and some other cool streamers on the platform.

Until next time … Hats of to you my digital warriors ,

Vj Guy

New company Linked-In Page + Streaming channel

First we want to wish everyone out there a safe and healthy week. Hopefully everyone who can is staying in and helping to stop the spread while our essential workers are out there keeping things moving. We are all in this together and taking care of each other by following the precautions to help bring things back to normal .
I made a GIF that is shared in the previous blog post to help spread the message of #stayhome if anyone feels like sharing it out there.

Get Linked in to LVA
If you are on Linked-in and want to connect with Livevideoart on that platform please click the image below and follow our new official business page. https://www.linkedin.com/company/livevideoart

I have had some luck on this job search site as a freelancer with some big opportunities finding me once and a while over the years and so we hope this trend will grow along with us at our new LVA home on Linked In.

Live Streams and Vlogs
We have set up some streaming channels in an attempt to stay connected with our audience and friends out there and also encourage us to publish some more VLOG style content with some live streams showing design and project process.

For the foreseeable future we will do a live stream at least once a week starting Tuesday March 31st, on You Tube and on Mixer featuring original live performances DJ/VJ mixes info vids like tips on using Resolume for VJs & projection mapping artists.
We also have a space for some casual VR gaming streams and place to geek out on the latest piece of ARVJ kit.
https://mixer.com/ElementalAV

Sculpting assets for refleXion in Z-Brush

Z Brush is one of my main modeling tools along with Maya and I have used it for a wide range of production needs. 3D sculpting tools like Z brush are used to add hyper realistic details to models or create full 3d assets in a unique intuitive artist driven way. Powerful exporting tools allow us to create high detail production content as well as real time game models or files for 3D printing within the same workflow. Seamless fie sending to Maya and back makes it easy to build and texture objects and then pop into Maya with Go Z to animate and set things up. Once a base model file is set up we export the model for use in Unity 3d where we apply the refleXion component effects and animator controls.
We are building up some cool content for the first refleXion release from Wack Monster Interactive that I am excited to share soon. Experimenting with some concepts like unlocking and unfolding interconnected objects as you explore our first real-time visuals source app… More on that to come
Check out a few videos I will list here of my sculpting / modelling process in Z brush. The mutant shark was used in The Funhouse Underwater Ballroom Halloween scene and came out to attack the “glass” wall scaring the kids who came near triggering out interactive sensor zones.

Learn more about refleXion real time visuals systems at www.reflexionvisuals.com

Just want to wish everyone a safe time ahead and send a huge thank you out to all the health care workers and other essential workers out there keeping the world moving.
We hope to see you and share much more livevideoart IRL soon as this all clears up .
Vj Guy 🙂 one <3

refleXions of Clara Venice

Back in September we met up with our colourful friend Clara Venice to give her a personal tour of the Funhouse Underwater Ballroom. We invited her to explore the scene, where she could play with all the interactive projection mapping elements while we discussed possibilities of using reflexion visuals in her show. 
For those who don’t know Clara Venice, I’d described her as the best theremin player I know of – a talented young musician sporting a sweet Holographic Pop Vocalist look and electro sound with wonderfully written melodies and lyrics filled with catchy hooks that you won’t soon forget. In Clara’s words “I control frequencies with my mind” and that she does, emulating the slight of hand magic that audiences witness during her live shows. Clara also actively advocates for her instrument and has created a cool series of demonstration videos and cover songs showcasing the Theremin… the only musical instrument you play without touching. 
You can check out all of her music and other fun posts on her insta.. @claravenice or website www.claravenice.com

We met Clara earlier this year when she was performing at The Funhouse where we really enjoyed the music and was wowed by that theremin performance so we figured it was a great fit to have her play at the refleXion_visuals launch party. It so happens that she has performed around the world, recently touring Japan and performing for some of the biggest tech company corporate events spending a lot of time between LA and hometown Toronto. So we were lucky to have her play our launch party and It’s been a joy to work with her. I was impressed by Clara’s technical knowledge and how she is already using creative projection effects and crowd interaction ideas in her shows. We naturally began discussing possibilities of adding refleXion visuals into her performance. Leveraging our Interactive projection mapping and AR tools could help engage the audience and tell her live show story in a more dynamic and exciting way by giving her fans new ways to interact and experience the show.
On this special day with Clara we brought our photographer Andrija Dimitrijević of AD Photografe with us to capture Clara exploring the immersive Underwater Ballroom and interacting with our augmented reality projection world.
Thanks so much Clara for your interest in refleXion visuals and for sharing your wonderful talents with us. Please enjoy Clara’s augmented underwater Adventure with us in the gallery below…

Article by : Scott VJ Guy (LVA founder and director)
The Funhouse Toronto created by : @mondoforma
Photo Credits : AD Photografe
No unauthorized usage

Photo Credit : AD Photografe
No unauthorized usage

If you want to learn more about our refleXion 360 Augmented reality projection systems like the one that powered The Funhouse this year you can visit the developer page for refleXion or watch for more blog posts from livevideoart.ca
Show some support for the blog and livevideoart community by following and sharing our posts from @livevideoart & @reflexion_visuals

refleXion launch After Movie and gallery

Video created by @mareks.petersons of @farneardesigns

Sending a big thank you out to everyone who attended our refleXion launch event back in September @TheFunhouseToronto .
This summer Livevideoart has been a proud partner at The Funhouse a Pop Up experiential art maze and event venue Just off Queen St. in Toronto. Inside this hyper creative interactive art maze we worked with set artists to create the Underwater Ballroom and other projection illusions.
Our LVA mediaserver and the new RefleXion Spatial Augmented Reality tools were installed and customized to bring a real time interactive projection world to life and entertain guests. This fully automated and interactive environmental system is a milestone in the world of live show control, projection mapping and augmented reality and a big achievement for our little shop and dev team at www.wackmonster.com
Thanks 1000000 to our special guest entertainment for the night @claravenice and @_planetb_ for sharing their live performances and original music with us. Check back for the next LVA blog for a post all about our sparkly friend Clara.

refleXion news release

At LVA and Wack Monster Interactive We are really excited to launch our new services and software tools into the world this Summer and fall at The Funhouse Toronto . We officially dropped this press release about a month ago and invited a bunch of tech heads and experience creators to come to Funhouse and see what we are up to.

For immediate release: August 19, 2019 

Media Advisory

New Spatial Augmented Reality System Enters Toronto Tech Stream

Launching this month, refleXion, brings its unique visual display technology to the city’s latest pop-up event space

Toronto, ONT, 08/19/2019 — There must be something in the water. How else can you explain the magical visual-effects on display at Toronto’s Funhouse? Deep under the surface of the pop-up venue’s 3rd floor Underwater Ballroom lies a new innovation in multi user visual technology. 
Designed as a tool suite and control system for show designers, artists, marketers and moment-makers, refleXion is launching as a spatial augmented reality experience that enables real-time customization of event visuals like projection mapping, LED displays and lighting systems. The applications are as endless as the ocean is blue – from interactive concerts to live presentations, pre-set visual activations or cumulatively generated curations – the goal is to have a completely unique user-influenced experience with multiple points of interaction to explore. The reactions are environment-based and evolve and project in real-time on immersive visual surfaces. 

With collective backgrounds in UX design, software/game development, digital art and live production, partners Scott Guy and David Boon of Wack Monster Interactive have created the refleXion system out of their desire to enable easy, interesting ways to animate visual experiences. Interacting with 3D-graphics in real-time offers an advanced sense of connectivity between the audience and the live show. Scott, also founder of LiveVideoArt (LVA), a full-service event-visuals and system-controls partner, knows the limitations of current market offerings first-hand.

“As an end-user, the goal was to have a creative 3D tool suite for building reactive visuals and offer complete control of the scene in real-time with an easy to use interface – it’s an empowering way to take your control system to the next level without re-inventing the wheel for every unique application,” says Scott.

LVA, in partnership with Wack Monster, has deployed refleXion to the public for their latest project in creating a 360° ‘Underwater Ballroom’ at The Funhouse Toronto. The space is setup with AR projection-mapping capabilities, interactive elements, music automation and motion-activated scene changes, powered by a custom media server system. refleXion is the AI feuling the animations housed-within, the brains behind the crowd-reactive deep-sea environment. The scenes are filled with schools of fish, seahorses and manta rays, fully-automated with motions that never repeat. Each scene and moment is as unique as the audience witnessing it, and they are encouraged to participate, explore and be surprised with what they uncover along the way. 

“The Funhouse is where refleXion truly came to life, where it really began to swim with an intended ‘mind-of-its-own’. The real-time capabilities of this software allow the visual elements to act independently or be influenced by multiple users. It also gives control to a single-user or the whole audience, depending on your desired result. It reacts to a custom combination of sound, motion, environmental elements and other-users, so it becomes a living world open for each person to discover.”

refleXion is on display at The Funhouse, 101 Lisgar St, during regular operating hours, 3rd floor in the Underwater Ballroom. A special invite-only software launch party will be held September 18, 2019 at The Funhouse. There, creators Scott and David will present key features, entertain with live demos, discuss development and have a Q & A followed by an interactive performance. 

For an invite or for interviews, write to info@livevideoart.com  

About Wack Monster Interactive (WMI):

Founded by creative technologists Scott Guy and David Boon, WMI is a Toronto start-up creating interactive 3D software, games and tools for spatial augmented reality. 

About LiveVideoArt (LVA):

Servicing the entertainment, marketing and tech sectors, LVA designs live visual experiences and builds media server configurations and show-control systems to power high-end projects including multi-projection mapping displays.

PR Contact:

Mandy Leon

mandy@livevideoart.com 

416-317-8715

Online version – 
https://www.prlog.org/12784894-new-spatial-augmented-reality-system-enters-toronto-tech-stream.html

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Adidas time warp with Jam3

Award winning international digital design and production agency Jam3 brought us on board for some amazing projects over the years. Livevideoart is very proud to assist this highly creative and ambitious team and realize some special flagship projects like these two for adidas Originals. We worked with Jam3 team to create powerful interactive immersive experiences around the drop of their latest shoes like the Predator and the newly updated Ozweego.
The Ozweego future of style update and shoe giveaway on August 8th in NYC was a very detailed project with an AR projection system at its core, seamlessly integrated with the set design. The visual concepts were strong and Jam3 delivered amazing content to work with. The whole thing wrapped in a careful social media campaign/free shoe giveaway and it was a big success.
From street side POP Up giveaway in NEW York city to a mobile shipping container deployed in LA and Toronto for the M.L.S cup we are excited to be building augmented reality interactive projection mapping experiences everywhere we go.
Jam3 has been an excellent partner pushing the development of real time projection mapping systems and high quality tech driven experiences like Ozweego project and the Predator experience 2017/18 where we installed a projection mapping media server and installed a floor to ceiling wrap around projection cave into a shipping container. See the case study video by Jam3 and the levels of detail that go into these high end spatial augmented reality experiences.

There are so many possibilities in the experiential marketing sector and we are always pushing the possibilities of what can be done for brands and of course entertainment experiences as well.

The Funhouse is back and about to open June 1st

LIVEVIDEOART is proud to be a big part of The Funhouse Toronto brought to you by Mondo Forma inc. The whole team involved is working overtime and really excited for our upcoming launch Saturday June 1st.
The Funhouse is a walk through exploration exhibit of otherworldly fully immersive art installations and a trip into another dimension that showcases many Toronto artists’ creativity and use of new media technology.

In partnership with Universal music Canada , we are featuring musicians from the label as inspiration to the art rooms, creating visions of the individual artists’ music in tangible form, a feast for the eyes that is drawn from the musicians’ styles.

Spanning the full 3 floors of a custom renovated venue and event space-turned-underwater psychedelic ballroom, that we augmented with a fully immersive smart digital projection environment.
In 2018 we were brought in to add projection mapping illusions to some of the scenes within this massive ARTstravaganza.
After a year of delays beyond our control the project is back for 2019 and all set to open on June 1st. We are really happy we stuck with it and have to send a huge thanks to Mondo Forma inc for making it work out. Mondo Forma is a group of young and creative Toronto entrepreneurs who may be best known for the previous project The House of VR on Queen St. in Toronto. I first met with the team when I took part in a HOVR special event for Nuit Blanche 2017 and we foreshadowed a future of collaborating on something bigger . Well this is the something bigger and with the new location + all the amazing work that gone in  from a huge group of co-creators we are set to launch something even more incredible than I had dreamed and it’s all about the art made for Toronto by Toronto.

As Digital Media Co Lead I am designing and installing the projection mapping systems and animated content. Collaborating with LED lighting lead Nathan Wilford  and Aaron an old friend from Solstice Festival days as electrician in lighting the space and integrating projections and creative vfx over some amazing set pieces built by the production build team Manual Arts and the massive art/design team.

Rigging and testing projectors

We are deploying multiple projection and smart lighting systems to enhance the spaces created in collaborations with a deeply talented group of set designers and artists of different styles and mediums all guided by the high level design vision of the department heads and leaders like Creative Director Steph Payne and Lead ballroom prop maker Leigh Van Maaren. @binaryrainbow . You should take a minute and see all the artists involved on The Funhouse website here ..

Instead of simply creating a seamless projection scene, we pushed our media server and real time control technology to the next level, delivering something brand new and especially mind-bending.
Designed to work with our media servers and created by our sister company, dev team Wack Monster, founded by David Boon and Scott Guy. We are excited to be  premiering refleXion augmented reality 3d projection mapping tools . With our game engine based projection mapping tools we can create living scenes filled with objects, effects and creatures that react to real world inputs and deliver a smart and exploratory visual experience. Big kudos to David for all his crafty coding and  engineering as we have been designing / prototyping the refleXion suite of tools and have developed some interesting ways to interact with live real time visuals. For The Funhouse realtime 3D underwater world we built an array of simple PIR sensors that collect movement data from the entire room.

reflexion sensors . custom made PCB with 3D printed cases .

Projection mapping realtime 3D worlds with refleXion and the power of Resolume Arena projection mapping tools

I will follow up with some more posts about the refleXion system being used at The Funhouse underwater ballroom as I finish the installation and run it over the summer. Additional posts will feature the work collaborating with Casey Watson / Jazz Cartier Ben Johnson and other artists in the Funhouse art maze preceding the ballroom.

 

LIVEVIDEOART is providing the latest LVA360 media server to power the main Underwater Ballroom space. This will drive synchronised visuals to 7 video projectors and also control the room lighting , sound and be automated by a programmed schedule and collection of presets and live crowd scale motion sensor inputs.

We are using a variety of projectors to achieve the illusions and they are all being provided by our amazing tech hardware sponsor Big Digital Corp.  LVA has worked with Big Digital regularly over the last 2 years as their projection mapping technologist while they have been delivering top tech solutions around Toronto and Canada like the Genesis Experience at Pearson Airport or projection mapping City Hall for the Drake Scorpion album launch. I thank them on behalf of everyone at The Funhouse for setting us up with a great set of installation-class projectors and other hardware.

It is a privilege to be part of something like this and I cant wait to see it come alive for you all to experience. Adding projections into such a detailed set is a huge responsibility so I am pleased to say I think we nailed it and had a great time collaborating with the rest of the team .

Watch the @livevideoart and @reflexion_visuals Instagram for lots of behind the scenes posts throughout the summer.

Tickets are on sale and available here https://www.showclix.com/event/the-funhouse-toronto

http://www.funhousetoronto.com

Scott Vj Guy – LIVEVIDEOART
The Funhouse Digital Media Co Lead

Motion and depth sensors for AR and Mixed Reality

We have been using several types of sensor and depth cameras over the years to enable advance 3d tracking of peoples positions or even full skeletons. More and more this is being integrated into live visual experiences, used to control the latest real time projected AR graphics. We are aiming to support a variety of sensors in the refleXion augmented reality projections toolkit and I thought I could list some of the most interesting systems I came across in my research.

When Microsoft first came out with the Kinect sensor it was a game changer for people wanting access to affordable and high quality motion tracking. I was excited to see this kind of tech rise and find ways to use it myself like we are doing with unity 3d and refleXion Visuals . Many in the field were sad to hear the Kinect was going off the market but I am happy to say now we have a new Kinect-DK coming and it is more designed for developers this time. It is cloud enabled for deep learning and I guess whatever you can dream upI am very excited to try it out hopefully in the next month or so. When I do I will write up a little report and post a example.

New hotness !

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/kinect-dk/

The ZED camera by Stereo Labs is a special device that I see a lot of potential in. It has two depth cameras for 2K stereoscopic vision and Zdepth detection.

Also built into the camera body is a set of motion and gyro sensors that can detect positional and orientation movements for the on board SLAM (Similtanious Localization And Mapping). ZED can act as the eyes and positional brain for and autonomous navigating robot.  With a range of up to 20 Meters I am very interested in using the ZED camera in our refleXion toolkit for full room depth and motion tracking. There is the regular and the ZED mini that is intended for a VR head mount display upgrade so you can do pass through AR and depth tracking

For developers and researchers looking for a small light weight low er cost solution for machine vision sensor  Tera Bee has some interesting products I could see being very useful in full room AR installations . The Active IR time of flight depth sensors and mini Lidar are meant for high speed depth detection and can be used in scenarios where privacy is protected and vision cameras are not acceptable.

The one system I know I want but can’t afford unless we get a big BIG project is Black Trax from Cast software . Black Trax is a ultra high end solution for detailed positional tracking. It uses a proprietary beacon system and TOF IR cameras to locate up to 80 different objects precise  movement and orientation. with this you can do things like have auto tracking spotlights on performers and projection mapping on moving objects.  Black Trax is a full system of hardware components and PC server to calibrate and stream the data. The positional data can be sent to any number of inputs like a media server or game engine.

Best regards to anyone who I met this week at FITC , Thank you Shawn and the organizers it was a lot of fun and there were really good presentations and demos throughout . Shout out to Beeple for 12 years of every days . I don’t know how you do it . Good guy, gave me a few moments to talk shop. More about that later.