Creative instruments for video synthesis and analog image processing.

A Complete Visual Instrument
Vidiot is a complete instrument for analog video synthesis and processing. Everything you need to connect to a display and create video art is in the box.

Past Tech Made New
We worked with video synthesis visionary Dan Bucciano to bring the design philosophy of the 1970’s into a totally new and groundbreaking device for video artists.

Modular Synthesis Compatibility
Vidiot is fully compatible with all existing LZX EuroRack video synth modules. Like our modules, any audio or control voltage source can be patched to any of its 13 patch inputs.

Video Oscillators

2 analog discrete-core VCOs, one dedicated to horizontal pattern elements, and the other dedicated to vertical pattern elements. 3 waveshapes from each oscillator: Sine, Triangle and Square. Dedicated sync inputs and bypass switches.

Noise Generators

2 noise outputs include ultra wide spectrum white noise for television static and snow effects, and an ultra low frequency noise for flickering motion resembling candle light.

Dual Controls

Dual concentric control knobs provide CV level and offset in the same footprint as a single knob.

Luminance Processor

Process the grayscale range of external video or internally generated patterns, with dedicated voltaged controlled sections for Brightness, Contrast and Detail.  Keyer controlled functions include negative and solarize effects. Dedicated video output.

Shape Generator

Symmetry knob controls the mix of horizontal and vertical VCO outputs.  Three two dimensional shape outputs: Circle, Diamond and Crosshatch.

Modulation Routing

Dual 8 position rotary switches select modulation sources for the Luminance Processor and Colorizer, enabling quick access to most of the instrument’s features without patch cables.

Colorizer

Colorize external video or internally generated patterns, with dedicated voltaged controlled sections for Red, Green and Blue.  Keyer controlled functions include full color negative and selectable single color negative effects.  Dedicated composite video and 1V RGB outs.

Key Generators

2 hard key generators with adjustable threshold levels, each dedicated to the Luminance Processor and Colorizer effect sections.

What Else Do I Get?

  • 16-page User Manual
  • Vinyl Sticker
  • 5VDC 1.2A Universal Input Voltage Power Adapter (includes plugs for US, UK, EU, Australia and China)
  • Video RCA Cable (5 ft / 1.5M length)
  • 2x Patch Cables (6 inch lengths, 1 red, 1 blue)
  • Official Vidiot Birthday Party Hat

Dan Bucciano: The Lone Vidiot

Dan Bucciano is one of the early pioneers of video synthesis as an art form. At the age of 14 he began experimenting on broken TVs to create visuals that entertained himself and his friends. He took this experience with him to New York City in the 1970s where became one of the players in the original renaissance of video synthesis. Vidiot is the culmination of his dream to develop a versatile and affordable video synthesis instrument with powerful colorization, luminance processing and waveform generation functions, designed with live performances in mind. Dan currently lives in Maine on an 11-acre plot of woods where he continues to create video art as well as teach workshops about essential oils.

 

 

Dan’s analog video circuitry, the foundation of Vidiot’s signal architecture.

Production Diary

Where are the demo videos?

When we’re finished with pre-production related tasks and production is under way, we will use our last few weeks to produce video demos, tutorials, and other Vidiot related content.  We are a small team, and being split too many directions means delaying the production calendar.

What happens if I don’t get a unit from the first batch?

In the worst case scenario, you will receive your Vidiot 6-8 weeks after units from the first batch ship.  Several components used in the assembly have 6+ week lead times.  We already have enough of these parts in hand for 100 units, but will need to raise funds before purchasing parts for the second production batch.

For additional questions, please contact our support desk.

Current Progress

Research & Development 100%
Circuit & PCB Layout Design 100%
Enclosure Design 100%
User Interface Design 100%
Prototyping & Polishing
Documentation & Demos
Manufacturing

Fulfillment timeline is currently variable. Our current goal is to have all units from the first batch shipped by December 20th, 2017.  We will be posting regular updates here and through social media to keep you informed as we move into production and release.

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