Vidiffektor Video Effects Workshop
Instructors: Bbob Drake, Sam Harmon
Class Size - 8 Students
Pre-requisites: none (additionally, you do not need to be a member of Makers' Alliance to attend)
Ages: 12 and above (under 18 must be accompanied by parent)
The Vidiffektor is a device designed by James Schidlowsky in 2011. From the designer's description, "Basically, it slices up a composite video signal fed into the box, and adds several divisions of the signal back into it." Examples of the Vidiffektor in use can be found here:
Construction of the device will take about an hour, and the rest of the class time will be spent playing with this and other analog video effects. We will have some video sources and displays available, but students are encouraged to bring their own (VCRs, DVD/media players, and security/video cameras with composite outputs, and small TVs/displays with composite inputs would all be acceptable).
This is not a "hi-fi" video synthesizer - this is a decidedly lo-fi, "glitchy" video mangler, intended as an introduction to soldering.
This is an analog, composite device- it does not support HDMI or other modern digital video connections. It will probably work best with an older analog television- newer displays and projectors will work to some extent, but may lose sync more often than an analog television.
While the pictured unit has an enclosure, one is not provided. If you wish to put yours into an enclosure, you may want to connect the controls via offboard wires, to make drilling your enclosure a little easier.