vvvv group updates vvvv to v4.0 beta 21

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vvvv group vvvv 4.0 beta 21

vvvv group has released v4.0 beta 21 of vvvv, a toolkit for real time video synthesis.

vvvv it is suitable for many tasks involving common computer related media like audio, video, 3d animation, the internet,.. to name only the hottest. Besides creating and transforming content for the aforementioned media, vvvv is also well trained in receiving input from and generating output to various external devices.

New in vvvv v4.0 beta 21

  • Pixel precise 2d rendering within 3d scenes.
  • Text and sprite rendering
  • Billboards and onesided objects.
  • A more versatile Multiscreen technique.
  • Spreadable ex9 primitives.
  • More performant caching with known switches and S+H nodes.
  • Faster patches in hidden tabs.
  • GUI enhancements for module writers (middleclick an iobox).
  • HID nodes for driver developmentv
  • More possibilities for plugin developers (mesh and layer outputs, enums in and out).
  • Lots more, detailed info in the changelog.

vvvv is available for download for Windows PC, free for non-commercial use. Commercial licenses are available here.

Visit vvvv group for more information.


vvvv group updates vvvv to v4.0 beta 19.1

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vvvv group has released version 4.0 beta 19.1 of vvvv, a toolkit for real time video synthesis.

It is designed to facilitate the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video that can interact with many users simultaneously.

Changes in vvvv v4.0 beta 19.1

  • Modules:
    • ALL modules got a good help file, tags for future search functions, tag-lines for future tooltips in node menus.
    • Invented an open place where all modules will be collected.
    • New folder structure for all shipped modules.
    • Renamed some modules, however they will be properly converted.
  • General:
    • Ctrl+M fixed (no longer saves multiple INFO tags).
    • Output-stringpin-tooltips no longer freeze vvvv link.
    • Shortcuts working again after opening patches with docked plugins. as noted here.
    • No more nasty popup on startup concerning file-type registration if you are no admin.
  • Fixed nodes:
    • FileStream (DShow9) now deals correctly with URLs as filename.
    • Writer (EX9.Texture) no longer saves files with double file extension.
    • Renderer (Flash): fixed playback of files as pointed out here.

vvvv is available for Windows PC, free of charge for non-commercial use. Check the licensing page for what is considered commercial and non-commercial.

Visit vvvv group for more information.


Kurt Laurenz Theinert & Axel Hanfreich @ GLOW (Eindhoven, the Netherlands)

For the third successive time the center of Eindhoven is the stage and podium for GLOW, an open air exhibition providing a fascinating spectacle of applied light art and design on landmarks and other unique locations in Holland’s City of Light.

From 7 to 16 November, 19 works by artists, designers and architects from home and abroad can be seen and experienced along the exhibition route.

One of the works at GLOW 2008 is an audio-visual project by two German guys.

In collaboration with two software designers Kurt Laurenz Theinert developed a visual piano, with a keyboard that produces graphics instead of sounds. The drawings are projected on a 360° panorama in a darkened space. The space is filled with sounds, colors and lines and undergoes a surprising modification. He has adapted the setting of “Hammerhaus” for GLOW in cooperation with the musician Axel Hanfreich.

Kurt Laurenz Theinert / Axel Hanfreich @ GLOW
Kurt Laurenz Theinert / Axel Hanfreich @ GLOW — check Flickr for more images of GLOW

I had the pleasure of a show last night and I had a little talk with Axel afterwards. I thought an Ableton Live + controller setup would be great for this type of thing, but Axel was mainly using his Yamaha RS7000 sampler/sequencer for the performance. He explained he likes working with this particular sampler because of its wide range of effects and it’s easy to modify and tweak the sounds during a performance.

The equipment for sound and visuals isn’t physically linked, everything is played live. Kurt and Axel simply sync audio and light by using ears and eyes, so even though they have a limited repertoire of a dozen tracks the show will be different every time.

Here’s a video with some snippets from an earlier Hammerhouse performance.

Snippets from Hammerhouse @ YouTube

Since we only had a few minutes before they were doing another show I unfortunately didn’t have time to talk to Kurt as well, but I got from Axel that Kurt was using a MIDI controlled setup powered by vvvv for his visual piano, developed in collaboration with Roland Blach and Philip Rahlenbeck.

Visit the websites of Kurt and Axel for more information about their work and if you happen to be in Eindhoven in the next few days you should definitely check them out at GLOW.


Short links for July 28th, 2008

Ohm - lo-fi cardboard sampler

Some interesting things I found on July 28th, 2008:

# “ohm” lo-fi cardboard sampler – “Ohm” is a series of electronic lo-fi noiseboxes/recorders made with laser cut grey cardboard.

The interface and the inner circuits are printed with a special conductive paint. By touching the printed surface the user can modify the sound in different ways.

# DIY Monome Clone – Julien Bayle uses an arduino board to create a Monome clone.

Julien writes:

At the beginning, I would like to inspire me from the big MONODECK II made by Robert Henke. I explore the BIG and powerful MIDIbox.org community and the shop site associated ucapps.de, and I found a website about a very pretty and powerful interface: monome. But the monome was only a monochromatic leds & buttons matrix. As I didn’t choose anything, I decided to build my own hardware: a multicolored monome clone.

# Korg DS-10 demo video – YouTube user Denkitribe shows a "very serious virtual analog synth".

# Open Source GigaStudio Petition: Why It’s Unlikely – Peter Kirn on the future of GigaStudio now that TASCAM put everything giga in their legacy archive.

# vvvv Adds Music Features; Get Your Synesthesia Patching On, Free on Windows – vvvv, the free-for-non-commercial-use patching environment on Windows, already has a cult following among visualists. Now, it’s looking more interesting for music, too, with the 4.0 beta 17 release.