Loop-R & looop-r

Loop-R (2004) is a real-time video performance tool based in the exploration of low-tech, used technology and human factors research.

The objective of this project was to create an intuitive and responsive interface for live visual performances using off-the-shelf components and ‘mis-used’ technology.

GUI and physical controls are merged into one interface taking advantage of the best each has to offer and combine them using natural mappings and spatial organization.
Actions have direct access controls (with no intermediate menus!) and an appropriate gestures are allowed by matching their nature with the sensor’s affordances and constraints.
While encompassing a huge range of control and possibilities of media manipulation the interface keeps its simplicity and can be quickly (and literally!) grasped.

Features include:

  • direct access to video loops through their thumbnails,
  • physical controllers for in-out edit points,
  • speed and direction in one control,
  • dedicated controllers effect parameters,
  • automation of effect parameters through oscillators,
  • video deck routing (wet / dry),
  • 7 mix modes including luma and chroma key with 2d map color picker,
  • tap tempo

  • looop-r (2007) is the second generation of a hardware-software hybrid interface for live visuals performance.

    looop-r platform is currently running two software versions : VJ and A+V (AudioVisual). A+V is a version is dedicated to audio and video synchronized manipulation and includes 4 step mini sequencer!
    The looop-r A+V version interface was specially designed for dual_blur AV performances.

    below are some photos of the finished interface:

    Looop-r and Loop-R were presented and their research paper was published at NIME ’07 Conference in New York and at ACE ’08 (Advances in Computer Entertainment) Conference in Yokohama, Japan.

    To know more about Loop-R and the story behind it feel free to read the interview at VJKungFu (portal for DIY video artists) and also check the interview and hands-on video demo featured at GearWire.

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