DataMosh Deluxe FAQ : This will be updated as more people use the app
My DataMosh seems to take forever rendering
So here is the deal. The app is manipulating thousands of frames. The longer your video is the longer the rendering time will be. If your file is too long it can crash the program because you are going to run out of ram on your phone eventually. You will have reached the hardware limitation of your phone. The moral of the story is you will need to experiment and get to know the presets and the controls. For instance the White Rabbit preset has our painterly algorithm. It will make long beautiful ambient visuals that can be hours long.
Why don't you have a 1080p option? Wasn't 720P used in the stone ages?
We have found that 720p gives the best mosh results.1080p just did not look as good. Since we have had numerous request we will have the option and tweak it so it looks better.
Why can't I preview?
Previewing a Mosh before processing is impossible. We are breaking the film and that takes encoding and then rendering to preview. But wait!!! We have a great workaround that is almost the same. Super TIP : Render the video and click stop and save. This is why we created this option. It will be a quick process and you will have a short preview of your video. We also chose to have the render on the T.V. speeding along so you can see what your mosh is doing. If you don’t like what it is doing press stop and do not save. In future updates we will make this simpler.
My video doesn’t seem to be reacting to sound
Some audio will work better than others. It depends on a lot of things. If a file is mastered a certain way the transients will be gone or less pronounced. This will mean that the controls won't be as sensitive or maybe it won't react at all. You will still get a mosh out of it though. Also it depends on how the song was recorded and also how many drum hits there are. There is nothing we can do about this. The threshold button tightens the sensitivity so play around with that!
OK so let me explain how we are doing reactive DataMoshing. There are three ways effects and moshing can react to sound
1. Transients : Drums - Tracks sharp hits
2. Frequency : Not using yet
4. Loudness (RMS) : Ambient Music - Tracks amplitude (loudness) of the song
Most of the audio DataMoshing presets use transients because that is what we all really want. Cuts that are more in sync with the music. The last Preset "My Lonely Loop" uses RMS ( Root Mean Square huh? ). This preset tracks the loudness of your track over time. We can not use transients because there are no drums! I know super geeky. This will give you a more painterly abstract smearing effect.
I can’t use my videos audio in the mosh
This request will be on the next update. You will be able to extract the audio from your camera roll videos. You can do this though through your files. Upload your video to your phone using airdrop or anyway you know to get the video into your files on your phone. Will make tutorial shortly. Select files on the app not photos. Select that video. When it prompts for the audio file select the video again. We will make it much more intuitive on the next update.
Why doesn't this app have filters or other effects?
DataMosh Deluxe is not a one stop filter glitch apps. We created this app to do one thing only DataMosh. There are plenty of apps that do filtering and other effects really well but only two so far that DataMosh. Only one that can react to audio. Yes you guessed it. DataMosh Deluxe.
Why the strange preset names?
In the beginning our preset names were based on how we were processing the film. It was super geeky. We went through a rigorous beta testing process. One of the major suggestions that kept on coming up was for us to change the preset names from what the algorithms did to more human names.. We thought this was a great idea because we could have fun with the names rather than get too nerdy. We also chose the names because they represent something we thought was interesting. Shall we play a game? If you can explain all the presets we will send you a prize….EDIT : Well a lot of you want the geeky names to at least see what the presets are doing so we will add that in as a button to get the information.
Why did you create the app?
Well that is long story with a philosophy behind it. First at the time there was no DataMosh app on the App Store. Normally to DataMosh the process is insanely long and arduous. We decided this could be a benefit to glitch artists that wanted to focus on the creative process with a fun UI. Most apps have user predictable presets (Which is great!). Ours does not. Coming from music backgrounds the aspect we love about creating is the chaos. You never know how a song will be created or what the results will be. It is a birth of sorts and each song is like a baby with its own personality. We wanted the UI to be fun and reminiscent of the 80’s with an imaginary realistic hardware feel from different times, and with a gigantic dusty knob. We also wanted the process to skip anything arduous. We wanted the app to walk you though the complicated process of DataMoshing. We also chose no saving of presets because we wanted a new experience every time you used the app.
Did you really use sustainable wood in the app?
No silly goose its digital
Edit video order?
This matter ALOT. Try flipping the order with your videos. Pile on as many videos as possible. You will get different results.
Send us your DataMoshes!
We would love to see your DataMoshes so we can feature them! Drop us a line on our contact form on the website or though the app and we will give you our email address to send them to.
All for now