Developer Alexander Zolotov has released PixiVisor, a tool that lets you send and receive video as audio.
And because it lets you handle video as audio, it lets you use your complete toolkit of audio-mangling tools for mangling video.
PixiVisor is multi-platform, with versions planned or available for Android, Windows, LInux, Mac and iOS.
PixiVisor consists of two parts:
- Transmitter converts the video (static 64×64 image or 10FPS animation) to sound, pixel by pixel (progressive scan). This lets you listen to the sound of your image. But the main function of the Transmitter is to transmit the signal to receiving devices.
- Receiver converts the sound (from microphone or Line-in input) back to video. You can set the color palette for this video, and record it to animated GIF file.
Here’s an example of using an audio mixer to mix lo-fi video:
And here’s a more experimental demo, showing a Korg Monotron being used to mangle a kitty video:
- file formats supported by Transmitter: JPEG, PNG, GIF (static and animated);
- real-time video export to animated GIF;
- 64 predefined color palettes;
- iOS: iTunes File Sharing;
- iOS: Wi-Fi Export/Import (in the File menu of the Transmitter);
- more functions in the next PixiVisor updates…
- wireless Lo-Fi video transmission over audio;
- video signal transmission through audio cable; you can then modify that signal by some mixers or audio FX processors;
- sound visualization;
- save any sound to animated GIF;
- hide some images and animation in your music;
- searching for hidden messages in the ambient noise; EVP;
See Zolotov’s site for details.
If you’ve used PixiVisor, let us know what you’re doing with it!