Here’s tutorial that goes through the process of getting multiple layers of video out of VDMX b8 and into MadMapper.

You can grab the demo versions of both pieces of software here.

VDMX – http://vidvox.net/
MadMapper – http://madmapper.com/

In this tutorial i will show you how to import 3 layers of video from VDMX into MadMapper.

Launch VDMX and create a new project with 3 layers in the workspace inspector.
Create Layers

In the workspace inspector highlight the Canvas/Main Output.

Canvas/Main Output

Change the Rez setting in Canvas/Output Control to 960 x 240

Canvas Output 960 x 240

Add a preview window from the plugins tab, select main output and adjust to the correct aspect ratio.

Add preview window

Drag some files to your media bin then assign a clip to each layer.

Now you will notice that all your clips will be sat on top of each other in the preview window.

We need to change the X position for layers 1 and 3

Preview Window

Select layer 1 and change the X position to 0

Layer 1 x position

Select layer 3 and change the X position to 640

Layer 3 x position

Your output window should now look like this.

Output window layers arranged

Click the plugin tab in the workspace inspector and create a Syphon Output then check the main output.


Select Syphon Main Ouput

Open MadMapper. In the Media tab, double click “VDMX – Main Output”, which should be listed under the Syphon section.
The VDMX output will automatically appear in MadMapper’s Input view.

MadMapper select

Since this VDMX composition is horizontal, I’ve switched the viewing orientation by click the switch icon (Command-Shift-O):

Now load a background picture to test the mapping setup. Go to Menu/View/Change Preview Background and load a suitable picture:

MadMapper Background Picture

Go to the Surface Tab, and make a Quad primitive. Adjust the portion of input to be displayed on the quad in the Input View, and adjust the Quad positioning and perspective in the Output Preview.

Create Quad

Repeat the operation for the 2 other sides of the cube, each time selecting a different portion of the Input Media:

You now have a different footage on each side of the cube.

Three sides mapped

The procedure can be repeated for a more complex setup, while tweaking the flipping option of each quad, to give a more complex look:





11 thoughts on “Sending multiple video layers from VDMX to MadMapper

  1. I followed you directions exactly and my three layers still overlap in the preview window. Not sure what I am doing wrong.

    • You need to adjust the layer x position of layers 1 and 3

      In the workspace inspector will want 3 media bins one for each layer. Then use the files tab for each bin to make sure the media has the correct settings for the chosen layer.

      You will now be able to trigger media to each layer maker sure to uncheck the “REvert layer settings on clip eject” so the layer positioning does not reset.


  2. Followed your instructions explicitly and my layers are still overlapping in the preview window. Any advice on what I might be doing wrong. I also noticed that the X values are changing on their own when I switch to a different layer.

  3. I realized the issue is that my videos are all encoded to 1280 x 720 while the videos you are using are 640 x 480. What should I set my main ouput resolution to for three videos at 1280 x 720?

  4. Is it possible to do the same with Resolume Arena 4 with MadMapper (start version 1.5.1 ) ?
    If yes, could you provide a tutorial ? thx

      • In fact, it’s impossible via Resolume to have all the layers displayed in Madmapper (1.5). Just got the main output, but under Madmapper, there’s only one layer.

        If someone find a trick ! help welcome… 🙂

      • Ah… Tadam ! That’s the f****g Trick…
        I’ve just have to find how to make a large main output in Resolume…
        You saved my life ? 🙂

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