What Are VJ Loops?
Also known as VJing loops, VJ clips, or video loops, they are visual sequences with a duration of 4, 8, or 16 seconds, whose main characteristic is that you can play them multiple times with no visible jump cut.
Traditionally, VJs have used them to complement the musical performances of DJs and bands via software like Resolume, Serato DJ Pro, VDMX, or Modul8. Nevertheless, VJs have started to use VJ loops in other areas, such as music videos, presentations or corporate events, weddings, church concerts, website background videos, or live streams.
The main advantage of video loops as a visual language is their simplicity. If you repeat eight seconds of animation eight times, you will have more than one minute of video, and you can get to communicate as much as you would in a minute of traditional video. Also, as they are short pieces, you can cover more topics in less time.
How to Download VJ Loops?
There are many sites and marketplaces where you can download or buy royalty-free video loops. You can find a detailed list of prices per VJ loop, pros, and cons in the blog post 10 Websites to Download VJ Loops.
Here is a brief list of the top three VJ footage sellers:
How to Make a VJ Loop?
You can create a VJ loop through many video techniques and tools. Here are some alternatives:
Stock Video Footage + After Effects
With a physical camera and Ae, you can achieve great things, from loopable time-lapses using a wide-angle to crazy VJing loops using a macro lens. Examples:
2D animation + After Effects
Motion graphics tools like After Effects allow you to animate geometries, patterns, characters, etc. In Ae, there are three keys to creating a good VJ loop: aescripts.com, Trapcode, and loopOut ("cycle"); the rest is just creativity. Examples:
3D animation + Blender
Although the learning curve of a 3D app is slower, it is worth learning. I recommend Blender for its quality and fast evolution. It is also free. Examples:
TouchDesigner + Python
This software allows you to create VJ visuals in real-time, and although they are not video loops themselves, they fulfill the same purpose and are much more cost-effective. TouchDesigner, Notch, and similar software promise a lot and increasingly close the distance with traditional rendering. I recommend learning Blender and Python first since many concepts are important within TD. Integration between these is handy.