Audio Visualisation Video Mapping

Platform: Windows

In this tutorial we will create a simple video mapping example using graphics that react to music in real-time.

Required Software

Download and Install

Painting With Light

  1. Download the latest Painting With Light
  2. Open the downloaded ZIP file
  3. Run the installer and follow the instructions



  1. Download the latest Winamp (choose either of the highlighted options depending on your language)
  2. Run the installer
  3. Do not launch Winamp after the installer finishes



  1. Download the latest Spout
  2. Open the downloaded ZIP file
  3. Run the installer and choose the default settings
  4. Once the installer has finished, it should open up the install folder (if not, open a File Explorer and go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Spout2

Copy the Spout Milkdrop Plugin


  1. From the Spout installation folder, go into the MILKDROP folder
  2. Copy the vis_milk2.dll file (left-click on it once to select it and then press Ctrl+C on your keyboard)
  3. Go to the Winamp installation directory (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Winamp\Plugins)
  4. Paste the file by pressing Ctrl+V on your keyboard
  5. Windows will double-check that you want to allow it to copy the file into this directory (allow it)
  6. It will also ask you if you want to overwrite the existing file (overwrite it)

Run Winamp and Configure Spout

  1. Run Winamp from your Start menu
  2. If this is the first time you have run Winamp, just choose the default start up options
  3. If it asks you to add media to library, just skip this for now
  4. In Winamp’s menu, choose Options -> Visualization -> Select plug-in… (or press Ctrl+K)
  5. In the window that opens, click once where it says ‘Milkdrop v2.25c    vis_milk2.dll’  – not the ‘Plug-in module:’ (this is the file you copied over from the Spout directory)
  6. Click on the ‘Configure’ button (at the bottom of this Window)
  7. A new window will appear.  Select the ‘MORE SETTINGS’ tab at the top
  8. On this page, you should see the option for ‘Enable Spout output’, which should be ON
  9. Click on the OK button to close the configuration window
  10. Close the Winamp configuration window


Start the music visualisation

  1. You need Winamp to play some music so it can visualise it.  Choose File -> Play file… from the Winamp menu
  2. Choose a music file to play
  3. Once the music has started choose Options -> Visualization -> Start/Stop plug-in from the menu (or press Ctrl+Shift+K)
  4. You should now see graphics being generated from the music


Start Painting With Light

  1. Start Painting With Light from the Windows Start  menu
  2. Under Painting With Light’s Window menu, choose Spout to show the Spout window
  3. In the new window that has opened, you should see a list that contains ‘WinAmpSpoutSender’ – click on this item to select it
  4. Choose the Quad tool from the toolbar
  5. Draw a Quad by clicking once on the Work Area
  6. You can use any of PWL’s tools to draw with the graphics coming from the visualisation


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