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Livid Instruments Unveils Tactic

Real-time, live video mixing instrument (June 25, 2004)

Livid Tactic

Livid Tactic


Livid Instruments, the world leader in real-time video processing technology, announces the release Tactic, a groundbreaking hardware/software video performance instrument that allows digital video files from a computer to be mixed and edited in real-time to create professional-quality visuals at live events. Several well-known acts, ranging from Hilary Duff to Primus, have been using Livid technology to cut live music videos in lieu of traditional video rigs.

?Practically every major club or concert venue today has some kind of video element to accompany live events, states Andrew Rudy, CEO of Livid Instruments. ?Tactic allows club visuals to be spontaneously created on the fly using hands on control. In addition, this system allows you to record your mixes to your hard drive via Quicktime, giving you the power to create some amazing motion graphics that would take you weeks in most other video editing and effects programs.

In line with the ever-increasing processing power and hard drive capacity of standard computers, Tactic fuses proprietary, real-time video editing software with custom hardware to create the worlds first computer-based instrument designed specifically for live video artists (VJs). Tactic software exploits the users own computer processor and hard-drive to manage and edit multiple high-quality digital video clips and live camera feeds without losing image quality.

?Video software technology has caught up with hardware in recent years, allowing video artists to achieve the same results, for a fraction of the cost of dedicated hardware, continues Rudy.

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Livid Tactic Screen

The seamless integration of hardware and software empowers video artists to pre-program the hardware controls via the software and actually play the instrument onstage as if it were a stand-alone device. Tactic contains a preview screen to monitor clips and camera inputs as well as an array of programmable sliders, buttons, wheels and knobs, giving the user direct control of more than 200 editing effects and up to 4,000 digital video clips.

As the music scene begins to take notice of how live visuals can be inexpensively integrated into a stage performance, Tactic brings a fresh and powerful approach to this emerging art form. Instead of bands being limited to one pre-recorded video, they now have the ability to express themselves through narrative live visuals.

?We figure that there are about 30,000 VJs globally, continues Rudy. ?Previously, the only tools available have been expensive analogue workstations and altered audio Midi Controllers. Tactic is the first complete instrument designed specifically for the live video artist.

About Livid Instruments:
Founded in 2002, Livid Instruments provides premier live video mixing hardware and software instruments for the digital artist. Livid aims to revolutionize video in the 21st century by incorporating new facets of creative control and experimentation to multimedia performance. Livids core technology utilizes the increasing power and portability of consumer-grade computers to offer powerful, easy-to-use tools that eliminate the need for dedicated hardware.

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