Luminancer - Video Synthesizer

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About this app

Luminancer is a video synthesizer for illuminated videos and live light painting FX. It's modeled after classic analog synth hardware and is designed for live performance.

It could be just the app you need to enhance a live VJ performance, create a killer video, or spend a moment manifesting yourself in the Luminiferous Aether.

The lightpainting capabilities of Luminancer has made it popular with hoop dancers, fire and light poi dancers, and dessert rave (burning man) performers.

With Luminancer's analog synthesizer video effect inspired engine it can be used to create VJ visuals for live sets or the calm ambiance that is complimentary to the aesthetic of Vaporwave or simply the peaceful undulation of true analog synthesizer hardware.

Luminancer has been in the app store for 5 years and has been recognized for it’s early innovation and high performance. Skilled artists have utilized Luminancer in the flow arts of poi, fire, and hoop dancing. Luminancer can be found in use on the stage for headliner bands at major musical festivals and and at underground rave parties.


How it works: By overloading the luminance channel with strobing colors and video feedback, Luminancer defines itself as an instrument of abstract video. Luminancer starts with a luminance threshold filter and sends it’s signal down a video processing pipeline modeled after the early innovations and machines of the pioneers of video art.

Luminancer is a truly independent app. It was conceived, developed, and designed by a single real person without any sort of external help or funding. The money raised from this app goes towards providing for my 2 children thank you and God bless.

Updated on
Mar 4, 2021

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97 reviews
A Google user
October 17, 2019
The app is cool, I'm still trying to figure out how it works and such. But anytime I go to export a video the app causes my phone to become completely unresponsive. It wont pull up where to export to, or whatever it's supposed to do. The video just continues to play in the background while all my phones functions cease to work. It takes minutes before I can exit out of the app or even lock my phone. That's a pretty serious problem to have for an app I had to pay for. I'll up the rating after fix
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September 26, 2022
I enjoy using this app, but I contstanly get error when video goes to save or export, especially its it's not a short clip or if i use too many different effects. Have a decent phone so it doesn't freeze like my last phone. But still trying to figure why it wont export or save at the end half the time or more. Hope there is an update to address this soon.
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A Google user
December 19, 2018
App is great and seems easier then the iPhone version which is nice! However the videos are not being saved to the correct place which makes them unsharable. Instead of being saved to your gallery or photos like expected it's saving to MyFiles-> Internal storage -> Movies -> Luminancer. When you go to the video you can watch it on your phone but you can't share it to facebook or Instagram which is why I want this app. EDIT: Figured out how to share it but the videos still do not show up in my gallery which I would expect to see them there.
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December 19, 2018
Hello Zurka Thanks for your excellent feedback. My intention is to have the videos save to a Luminancer album in the photo gallery. I'm looking into why you might be having this problem and I found that the videos take some time to appear in the gallery. I've submitted a fix in 1.0.11 that improves this and possibly fixes this for you. Thanks!

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