Nick's Visual Pick of the Week #3 - Datamoshing

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    After last weeks posting was a massive flop, I decided to show you something a little bit different this week.
    Let me introduce you to the art of Datamoshing. Datamoshing is the art of manipulating video to look like it has been rendered with a really lame codec, you know when an online video looks nasty and you get artifacts all over it - thats Datamoshing.

    It can be achieved using a variety of effects, but for best results it is used for animating or scene transitions.

    This link has a rather funny datamoshing effect on pictures of people: http://vimeo.com/5769130


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    Some people have even made plugins for VJ programs such as Modul8 and Quartz Composer that will imitate this process.
     
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    That is a pretty trippy video.

    Have you ever used Datamoshing in any of your videos?
     
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    crazy stuff that - make your eyes go funny!
     
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    I haven't used datamoshing in any of my sets, but it's something I'm getting into, its pretty funky stuff and it would have to be a certain type of night at the club to perform a datamosh.

    I am considering it for a couple of music videos as some kind soul has made a plugin for modul8 via quartz composer.
     
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    Woooo, that is trippy (the Vimeo link)!

    Out of interest, is there a way to get a similar effect to that, where you can overlay the movements of a face on to an existing image?
     
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    you can, but if you dont use the method of datamoshing, it can be quite lengthy, using programs such as AfterEffects to animate/stretch certain parts of the image
     
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    Ah, so it's not something that can be done on the fly?

    How would someone get started with datamoshing, can it be done with free software?
     
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    Its generally been the area of the expert in the past, but there are plugins/filters for VJ programs like Modul8 that will apply a similar effect to the footage you play. The downside is that programs like Modul8 aren't cheap.

    However you could try rendering something with a lossy codec, then mess around with it in Premiere or AfterEffects. Rendering with a lossy codec will create the same glitchy effect, but is more random. I guess Datamoshing is something quite hard to get looking good.

    An alternative to Datamoshing is Glitching: https://www.techiehq.net/media-workshop/nicks-visual-pick-week-4-video-glitching-83728.html
     
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    Cheers Nick, looks like I'd need to invest in some expensive software to have a go, so I'll pass for now - I was just going to have a mess around :).
     
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    Still have a go, try rendering in a low quality codec and /or at a low resolution, then re-importing it back into a high resolution project
     
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    My win9x box used to make those effects all the time, WHY DO YOU WANT THAT TO HAPPEN TO YOUR VIDEO! :p lol
     
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    I thought it looked awesome!! :)
     
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