Insurance for media equipment

In the event that you borrow Slade School media equipment during out of term time, are travelling abroad with equipment or want to insure your own items for location work, one company we can recommend is Performance, film and media.   TEL 020 8256 4932 Please make sure you describe Slade items as ‘hired in equipment’ and give the total replacement value which will be the insured amount. In cases where the replacement value of items is difficult to find ask the media store staff for advice. A copy of the insurance cover should be sent or given to the Read more

Audio Fundamentals

A guide to how sound works with an emphasis on its basic physics. Audio Fundamentals (53MB) The information presented here is about how sound works in an audio recording context. In part it’s about technologies – and contains some useful techniques – but in the main it is about the practical application of the physics of sound. You will not find much information on which buttons to push on a particular device or program, or what to plug in where. Instead, it attempts to sketch a conceptual foundation to making recordings with a bit more understanding about what is really Read more

Film and video art installation resource

KS Objectiv are a group of technical specialists based in London who provide solutions for artists, galleries, museums and independent curators displaying audiovisual artworks. They install film and digital media artworks for many renowned artists across the UK and worldwide and have a wealth of expertise in delivering cutting-edge film, video and sound installation art. Their aim is always to achieve the best possible presentation of an artist’s vision, whilst offering the best possible value. What they do offer a range of services to suit different requirements, from small installations through to providing a comprehensive project management package of exhibition design, Read more

Open Broadcaster Software

Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Supported features include: Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC. Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC. Unlimited number of scenes and sources. Live RTMP streaming to Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and more. File output to MP4 or FLV. GPU-based game capture for high performance game streaming. DirectShow capture device support (webcams, capture cards, etc). Windows 8 high speed monitor capture support. Bilinear or lanczos3 resampling. Syphon in and out


Sliider is a simple yet usable application for VJing with webGL and other interactive web based graphics. Stream content from web pages, crossfade between two streams and/or output to Syphon to share with other applications. Mouse control of webpage preserved. It works on Mac OSX, Windows and Linux. Embedded Chrome browser. 99% of what works in Chrome will work in Sliider. full screen output A <-> B crossfader Load html files from disk or the web Syphon output for the OSX version Control panel with sliders and buttons Drag and click in the scene with the mouse

Pixel Conduit

The “Swiss army knife” of visual effects and live video processing. Everything in PixelConduit is designed for realtime performance and high color precision. With its flexible user interface and advanced extension possibilities, PixelConduit is at home in any scenario that deals with video, whether it’s live effects, dynamic video installations, or post-production work like compositing and workflow automation. PixelConduit includes over 90 different image processing operations that support High Dynamic Range imaging (floating-point color) everywhere throughout the rendering pipeline. All the built-in tools such as blue/green screen keyers, various color correction tools and high-quality blurs can be combined without limitations thanks to Read more

Architecture resources

A collection of source documents in the history, theory and criticism of 20th-century architecture. This page gathers some of the writings that have shaped the discourse of architecture over the past century. It is designed for both the novice in the field and the more experienced researcher. The table of contents provides a general structure. Another way of navigation is to search for a specific name, keyword or publication and explore neighboring elements. The page is divided into five main sections. The first three contain a selection of books, catalogues and magazine issues. The firstis dedicated to canonical books, which are Read more

Museum of Obsolete Media

A great online resource that catalogues current and obsolete formats for Film, Photography, Video, Audio, and Data

7day can be cheap for film and digital printing supplies

Online learning with

As of 1 October 2014, UCL are trailing a one year campus wide license to Go to the site and and choose log in, then log in through your organisation or school. This will bring you to the UCL single sign on page where you enter your UCL username and password and that will return you to where you can choose a course.

Hugh stash of scanned Bauhaus books

The following nine PDFs are linked from Bibliothèque Kandinsky which published them online on an unknown date. Follow this link to explore the respective entries on its website. This is an important milestone in the digitalization of essential but hard-to-get art publications for the public use and we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation. <3 ! The whole set of these high-quality digital facsimiles is about 1 GB large, if anyone feels like starting a torrent to relieve bandwidth of the library let us know and we’ll include your link here expressly. (17 Aug 2014)

Flickering/banding of displays shot on video and how to fix

Your film, 1994 Computer Lab, is in post-production. While reviewing the dailies, you’ve noticed a big problem. The CRT monitors in every shot have fat, dark lines scrolling vertically on their screens. No worries: You have a billion-dollar budget to work with, so you’ll simply rename the film 2014 Computer Lab and reshoot all those scenes with LCD monitors. But what’s this? There are no lines on the screens anymore, but the LCD monitors look like they’re flickering in your footage. Will you need to rename the movie 2034 Computer Lab and develop futuristic monitor technology to use in the film? And why don’t any Read more

Quick automated floor plans with a phone

iPhone/Android: Need a quick and dirty floor plan for your house? Free app MagicPlan can put one together using just your smartphone’s camera. This is where the MagicPlan app comes in. First, it uses your phone’s camera to measure the dimensions of each room, which means you can have your whole house measured in a matter of minutes, instead of spending a couple of hours wrangling a tape measure. The measurements are accurate enough for planning purposes (although I still recommend breaking out an actual tape measure when you’re going to build something.) You can also download a PDF of your Read more

Where to buy Super 8mm film

check out from Germany:…… Andec from Berlin is still selling leftovers of Velvia 100D manufactured up until 2013:… Frank Bruinsma from the Netherlands is still selling leftovers of Ektachrome 100D also made up until 2013:… And then there’s mysterious KAHL FILM:…BEsides outdated Ferrania stock, he’s also selling his mysterious own stocks, but he’s only selling to film & TV professionals.

100,000 free images from Wellcome archive

We are delighted to announce that over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements are now freely available through Wellcome Images. Drawn from our vast historical holdings, the images are being released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. This means that they can be used for commercial or personal purposes, with an acknowledgement of the original source (Wellcome Library, London). All of the images from our historical collections can be used free of charge. The images can be downloaded in high-resolution directly from the Wellcome Images website for users to freely copy, distribute, edit, manipulate, and build upon as you Read more

Clipping Path Factory

Get your Clipping Paths made for for $0.49 each We do it 100% hand-made. Clipping Factory isolates images from their backgrounds. You can upload images without a path; and within 12-24 hours (rush service in 12 hours, standard service in 24 hours), you can download these same images, but now with a path. Take a look at the “How to Send Files” section for a detailed description of the work flow. It describes how to send us your images, in what format, and what to do with them once we’ve returned them to you.

Guide to Projectors for Interactive Installations

Guide to Projectors for Interactive Installations   Video projectors are one of the most important tools for creators of interactive installations. The information for projectors is available on various websites, but this 2 part guide will focus on their use in production and interactive environments. Part 1 will focus on the projector as hardware(lenses, lumens, surfaces etc), and part 2 will go into more details on the software and calibration considerations. This will gather some of that disparate knowledge into the important bits you need to make informed decisions about creating a high quality experience. They vary in scale Read more

Photography and art image databases

THE 50 STATES PROJECT 50 photographers from across the USA. Each photographer lives in one of the 50 States and represents the State where they currently live. Every two months each photographer will be sent an assignment by e-mail, they then have two months to produce one image in response. AFTERIMAGE GALLERY A GALLERY FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY New Orleans, LA, gallery of photographs THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY Online museum of photography specializing in online exhibitions of daguerreotypes and early photographic works. AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY: A CENTURY OF IMAGES Companion site to the PBS video series. Read more

Public lab is a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns.

Public lab is a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns. Using inexpensive DIY techniques, we seek to change how people see the world in environmental, social, and political terms. The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community — supported by a 501(c)3 non-profit — which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible Do-It-Yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment. The core Public Lab program is focused on “civic science” in which Read more

DIY material analysis

Use a homemade spectrometer to scan different materials, and contribute to an open source database.

How Criterion restores a film 

A short video from Gizmodo about how Criterion restores a film for release on DVD/Blu-ray. Watch as the color, contrast, audio, and picture is corrected on Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent.  

Final Cut Pro X myths busted

When Final Cut Pro X was released, a thousand editors suddenly cried out in terror. Far from being silenced, however, the noise continued as a rolling grumble, audible as background noise to this day. At release, FCP X was far from perfect, but it’s changed. While many (not all!) of the feature gaps have been plugged since release, there is still hear the same old criticisms levelled against it. To halt further misinformation, here’s rebuttal to a huge list of perceived, overheard, incorrect criticisms of Final Cut Pro X, and a few workarounds and solutions to genuine issues.   1. Read more


Valuing and evaluating academic digital humanities practice are topics of discussion at many colleges and universities, including UNC. Here are some contributions to this ongoing and rapidly expanding discussion: promotion and tenure guidelines from professional organizations and other universities, essays, blog posts, and podcasts.     Art History and its Publications in the Electronic Age A report by Hilary Ballon and Mariët Westermann. Beyond Productivity: Information, Technology, Innovation, and Creativity A report from the National Research Council (2003) on intersection of information technology, art, and design. Ths sixth section, “Schools, College, and Universities” includes a discussion of particular interest Read more

Innovation in documentary- MIT

Defining documentary has never been easy, all the more because of different cultural traditions. The English-speaking world often looks back to the British documentarian John Grierson’s definition of the form as ‘the creative treatment of actuality’ — a useful phrase that he first used to describe Robert Flaherty’s Moana, but one that inadvertently wedded the documentary project to the linear narrative. Other cultures have used other descriptors, embracing radically different types of filmmaking in their understanding of the documentary. Today’s interactive documentaries compel us to revisit our assumptions. We take an expansive view of documentary, and are above all interested Read more

Syncstarter – alternative video playback syncer Introduction In the video art field there are many artworks requiring the real-time synced playback of audio/video. We develop free and open source digital video syncstarter software to distribute and exhibit multi-channel video artworks requiring synced playback of multiple videos on multiple screens. The tradition of syncstarter development was initiated by René Coelho in Amsterdam (Montevideo, 1980); Since 2005 digital syncstarter solutions are developed in the Artlab to continue the artisanal tradition of syncing videos using computers. We emphasize the freedom to share and re-use the digital code we produce: all our software is licensed as free and open source (GNU General Read more

Graphics eXpansion Modules – split computer channel into several screens

Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go external multi-display adapters let you add two or three monitors to your laptop or desktop computer. They connect to the video output of your system and use its existing GPU to provide high quality, uncompressed graphics and video across all monitors. These little black or silver boxes are perfect for bringing multi-monitor functionality to computers with only one monitor, such as systems with integrated graphics or no available expansion slots—or closed systems that have already been validated. Connect two or three monitors to your system to see more, do more Support VGA, DVI or DisplayPort™ monitors Read more

Free Motion Detector App for Media Artists Attach a camera and trigger sounds (and more) whenever occupancy is detected in six user-defined areas of the video image. You have complete control over the playback logic and signal routing. Surround is supported. (If you want to trigger a video instead of sounds, see my other app,Video Triggers Video.) I designed Video Trigger for artists who want to experiment with interactivity without building custom hardware or software. It aims to answer the question that I hear from many of my students: “How do I make a sound play when somebody walks by?” The answer often involves micro-controllers (likeArduino), or software (like Processing, pd, vvvv,Lily, Isadora, Read more

Free Single-Frame Animation & Time-Lapse

SingleFramer is a frame-capture application for animators. It captures individual frames from an attached video camera, either manually or automatically (time-lapse). You can turn on “onion-skinning” to see an overlay of your previous frame as you compose your shot. You can also “onion-skin” an existing movie so you can match your setup from one day to the next. (Useful for school situations where you might need to break down borrowed equipment between shoots.) Basic functions can be controlled via Applescript. (see the included scripts) SingleFramer supports NTSC and PAL cameras. (Sorry, no HD cameras and no digital still cameras.)If you’re looking Read more

Chroma Key Live Free Real-time HD Green-Screen Software Chroma Key Live “keys out” selected areas of live video, allowing a background to show through.  It features Syphon I/O, HD resolutions and full GPU acceleration. A few years ago, some of my students were doing a green-screen shoot and needed to visualize the chromakey while shooting, so their actors could see the composite while they performed. We didn’t need the advanced features of professional software like Veescope, Wirecast, BoinxTV, VirtualEyez, or Visual Communicator so I made my own solution. Chroma Key Live performs a basic realtime chromakey on your computer screen, in SD or HD resolutions, with adjustable tolerance Read more

Network Audio Transmitter   Transmit/receive uncompressed stereo audio over a local network. Turn two computers into a really expensive XLR cable… for free! A student recently asked how to make a high-quality audio link from the basement of a building to an upper floor. It’s too long to run a cable, and a suitable radio link would be complicated. The building does have an ethernet network, so I created these applications. (Just a set of user-interfaces around therecommended MAX/MSP methods for uncompressed network audio streaming.) It’s a complex solution to a simple problem, but computers/networks seem to be more plentiful than hundreds of Read more

Multi-Point Keystone Video Player A simple (free) “projection mapping” tool for distorting video during playback. Stretch your image to fit into corners, ceilings, or other complex shapes. The simple “keystone” adjustment on video projectors can fix vertical alignment problems, but sometimes I project video in odd places that require horizontal keystoning, diagonal keystoning, or even multi-point distortion (especially for corner projection). Multi-Point Keystone Video Player is a tool I made for these special situations. It combines a movie player and an “extreme keystoning” engine. QuickTime movies play in a continuous loop and you “pin” each corner to an arbitrary location via the mouse. Read more

MultiScreener – free video playback sync software MultiScreener is a set of free applications that synchronize the playback of Quicktime movies on multiple computers, using a local network to tie them all together. (It can also sync multiple movies on the same computer using multiple monitors.) It is intended for multi-channel video art, video walls, trade shows, and digital signage. I wanted an artist-friendly alternative to the expensive combo of industrial DVD players (Pioneer DVD-V7400, DVD-V5000) and Dave Jones Design sync boxes. Those systems are fantastic, but MultiScreener provides synchronized multi-channel video playback using commodity computer hardware. How It Works There is a Server and a Client. The server plays a Read more

BrightSign Video Mac Sync Scripts Background My MultiScreener software plays Quicktime movies on Mac computers, using ethernet to keep any number of computers playing in sync. It works great (and has been used around the world by artists, galleries and museums) but computers are expensive, complicated,  and inherently unreliable. Inexpensive media players (like the WD TV series) are often used for looping presentations because they play most HD formats and have no fans or discs to wear out. But they can’t do multi-screen synchronization (except via HDSync replacement firmware). BrightSign makes industrial media players that support network features and complex interactivity. For multichannel video presentations, the $350 HD220 player is perfect. Read more

Max MSP at Slade

We have two licenses for Max MSP V6.1: Edit Suite 4 Sound Studio

Historical Software Collection

This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive’s software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software)

SYNCHRONATOR ColorControl is a device for mixing two channels of audio into an RGB Triphonic signal

SYNCHRONATOR ColorControl The SYNCHRONATOR ColorControl is a device for mixing two channels of audio into an RGB Triphonic signal. Its output is to be connected to a SYNCHRONATOR < audio to video > device in order to create a composite video signal. The ColorControl has two controllers for hue and two sliders for setting the saturation for each input channel. Depending on the hue and saturation settings, the signal is proportionally divided over the RGB Triphonic outputs. Unlike regular audio equipment, which works fine for sound within the hearable range, the ColorControl can handle frequencies up to 4 MHz Read more

100 Open Source programs for Audio and Video

Open source applications make it easy to create, listen to and view digital audio and video content. Animation 1. Blender Replaces: AutoDesk Maya Suitable for professional use, Blender is a 3D animation suite that offers modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and game creation capabilities. It also features a customizable interface, and it can import and export from a wide variety of file formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X. 2. Art of Illusion Replaces: AutoDesk Maya Art of Illusion isn’t quite as polished as Blender, but its developers claim the latest version (released September 2013) “is both stable Read more

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website are pleased to present this online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Now, anyone with internet access and a web browser can enjoy reading a high-quality up-to-date copy of Feynman’s legendary lectures. This edition has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation.1

10 things you should NEVER say during presentations

From At our TNW Conferences we see a lot of presentations and I have given a fair share of presentations myself. I often see people making the same mistakes and cringe when I hear the same excuses or basic errors when people get on stage. The easiest way to lose an audience is to make a mistake in the first minute, and that is exactly where most mistakes are made. Here is my list of 10 things you shouldn’t say during presentations: 1: I’m very jet-lagged/tired/hungover Not sure where this comes from but one in five presentations at any Read more

Circuit design app

Autodesk today expanded its suite of free 3D tools by partnering with to launch an electronics design tool: 123D Circuits. The program allows users to create virtual breadboard-based designs to build and experiment with circuits. A virtual Arduino board can be added to the design, and the code can be edited in a browser window and simulated. The code can also be edited collaboratively (“a Google Doc for electronics” Autodesk claims). The program also provides hooks that allow users to have the virtual boards professionally manufactured.