Visual Performance Tutorial Roundup! Introduction to VDMX, Syncing Audio + Video, Using Controllers, and More!

Dubspot course designers Benton-C Bainbridge and V Owen Bush take us inside Vidvox’s VDMX software – the application at the center of our Visual Performance Program – offering a glimpse at some of the useful concepts and techniques you will learn in the course.

Introduction To VDMX – Interface + First Steps

In our very first visual performance video tutorial, Dubspot instructors and course designers Benton-C Bainbridge and V Owen Bush introduce the VDMX software interface and some of the concepts and ideas they’ll explore in Dubspot’s new Visual Performance program. They explain how to configure VDMX and navigate the basic playback parameters using the Simple Player template, which allows you to immediately start loading media clips and jamming with them. They also look at how to manipulate media clips using looping, effects, layering, animation and more. You can download the archive of clips used in the video here.

How to Sync Audio + Video Using Ableton Live and VDMX

In our second Visual Performance video tutorial, Dubspot course designer V Owen Bush of Glowing Pictures explains how to synchronize audio and video in VDMX and demonstrates step-by-step how to sync VDMX with Ableton Live. He further offers some tips on using audio to manipulate visuals and isolating, modifying, and assigning specific audio frequencies to visual elements. Head over to Beeple to download some video clips to use for this lesson.

Performing Live w/ Visuals Using VDMX + Akai APC 40

In this  third Visual Performance tutorial, Dubspot course designer Benton-C Bainbridge of Glowing Pictures offers tips and techniques for performing live visuals with Vidvox’s powerful VDMX software. The goal is to utilize a MIDI controller to play VDMX as an instrument and back away from the computer screen and keyboard. You can download the archive of clips used in this video from Vidvox here.

Visual Performance Program curriculum designers V Owen Bush and Benton-C Bainbridge

Dubspot NYC Visual Performance User Group

On Monday October 21st, Dubspot launches a new VDMX user group with David Lublin and Michele Darling to focus on fundamental VJing techniques.


Dubspot NYC VDMX User Group:  Fundamental VJing Techniques

Monday, October 21st,  7:00pm -9:00 pm
Featuring David Lublin, VDMX co-creator and Michele Darling, Dubspot EDU Director

From VIDVOX, video performance software developer and artist David Lublin will host a meet up to give a general introduction to VJing fundamentals such as mixing, masking, and beat-syncing visuals to music using VDMX. Other topics to include using the opensource Hap video codec, the mega obvious check list before going on tour, and tips for working alongside DJs in NYC clubs.

To attend, please RSVP to this Facebook event and arrive early for sign-in. This FREE event is open to the public and space will be limited.


Visual Performance Program

In this program you will explore the role of the visualist and prepare for the challenges you may face in a live show, while learning the basics of performing, producing, and manipulating visual content. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the history of visual performance, referencing the history of the performing arts and expanded cinema.

Dubspot’s Visual Performance curriculum was designed by V Owen Bush and Benton-C Bainbridge of Glowing Pictures, a company they founded together in 2004. Bush and Bainbridge are pioneers of live visual performance, with an extensive list of collaborators and credits including work with the Beastie Boys, Pauline Oliveros, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Grace Jones, Kanye West, and Moby, to name a few. They have presented their work across five continents, at venues like the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, SFMOMA, the Mercat des les Flors (Barcelona), LUX2006 (Sevilla), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Wien Modern (Vienna), Inventionen (Berlin), and the Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires). Over the years they have innovated and helped to develop tools and techniques for visual performance, collaborating with the software design company Vidvox LLC to develop live video software including VDMX, the central application used in the course

Visual Performance Program start dates:

November 4, 2013 in NYC – Mondays, 6:15–9:00pm
March 10, 2014 in NYC – Mondays, 6:15–9:00pm
July 14, 2014 in NYC – Mondays, 6:15–9:00pm

Click here for detailed information on this program, including more registration dates.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.