Nick's Visual Pick of the Week #4 - Video Glitching

Discussion in 'Media Workshop' started by Nickweb, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Nickweb

    Nickweb Resident Filmaker Moderator

    Nov 7, 2003
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    North Wales, Britain
    Carrying on from last weeks discussion on Datamoshing, I present to you the art of Video Glitching.

    Video glitching is the art of taking a video stream, and rather than using a mass-produced effects generator to apply patterns and colours to the image, you directly take the video image and disrupt it. You achieve this by opening up an existing video processing device, usually older devices such as the Panasonic WJ-AVE5, finding the data busses, memory and 'bending' the circuit to produce artifacts or complete distortion of the video signal.


    Much care has to be taken while doing this, as opening up a mains-powered device and messing with its circuits, and inevitably its resistors and capacitors is extremely dangerous. The other thing you have to keep in mind is how easy it is to lose the synch in the video signal, rendering it useless to any display device.

    I personally own a WJ-AVE5, and am amazed at what a little tinkering and control extension can do. Have a look at the following video to see for yourself.

    Nickweb, Aug 7, 2011
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