Learning to VJ with gifSlap

gifSlap is a software tool for performing live visuals using gifs. While many VJ softwares focus on compositing video clips, gifSlap focuses on live manipulation of geometric patterns using gifs as building blocks.

Hours: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $60 (30/hr). Includes free gifSlap software

The interface of gifSlap is similar to that of a synthesizer, with dozens of sliders, X/Y pads, buttons and waveform automations, which can all be controlled by MIDI or the onscreen control deck. In this workshop you will learn how to use all of these features and more from Donald Hanson, the creator of the software. Registration for this workshop includes a copy of gifSlap which will be sent to the student via email before the event.

Topics that you'll cover
  • Getting up and running with gifSlap
  • Go over the essential controls and how to use them
  • Working with MIDI:
    • Connecting a MIDI controller
    • Mapping controls
    • Choosing which controls to map on devices with limited inputs
    • Editing MIDI maps
    • Saving, Exporting, and Sharing MIDI maps
  • How to keep framerates high
  • Winning control combinations, special effects and synergies
  • Webcam integration
  • Secret features
  • Methods of building a gif collection
  • A laptop running either:
    • Mac OS X 10.10 or later
    • Windows 7 or later
    • A USB MIDI controller

Donald Hanson

Donald Hanson is a web developer and creative coder interested in making interactive tools for new media. He has a degree in Visual Communication Design from SFSU, and is a freelance web developer. Some of his recent projects include making a sequencer for minimalist electronic music, coding a web browser that only crawls Tumblr for images, and creating a bookmarklet that scrambles website layouts. He has released over 10 albums of electronic music, and cofounded the netlabel Gridwalk Media.