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videoFXofTheWeek #9

Posted by DusX on 29 June 2013 | Comments

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Week 9.
Here is my first attempt at using a new Isadora user actor to create random organic motion (Drifter. available HERE). 
Basically settings are allowed to drift between an upper and lower threshold at changing rates. In this video you can see the lines and corner units of the floating polygon all drift. Also many other elements including the dot tunnel, and the 3ds cube with video texture being rendered realtime.
This original experiment has now inspired a series of Drifting compositions.

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User Actor On/Off

Posted by DusX on 6 June 2013 | Comments

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 I spend a lot of my time creating User Actors in Isadora. User Actors are possibly the most powerful internal building block that Isadora offers. They allow you to create a library or code/patch objects, that you can save externally, but the most powerful feature is probably that fact that multiple instances of a User Actor can be updated by simply updating one in your patch and allowing Isadora to update the rest for you when you close the User Actor.
My favorite way to optimize a large patch it to use a User Actor specific actor, 'User Actor On/Off', this actor works like bypass on most every other actor, in that it will allow you to shut off the processing of a User Actor, but unlike bypass in that inputs do not make it thru to the outputs. This means when you turn off a User Actor with the 'User Actor On/Off' actor that it is dead, and a dead end to all inputs.
This is an amazing way to save CPU cycles when you are switching between features (used HEAVILY in Syst3m to allow video FX and ALL other features).

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spectacle for Ayria

Posted by DusX on 2 March 2013 | Comments

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As a follow up to last weeks post about the beginnings of a new DMX control matrix, I put together a quick screen-capture. In the video you will hear song by Ayria named Bad List, while working on this project I am using the full (as recorded to CD) versions of the tracks, so that I can set time triggers based on vocal or musical elements. These completed tracks will be replaced for the live show with simplified beat tracks so that the live performers are playing synced to the lighting controls. I will not be on tour with the band, therefore; the project needs to made simple and portable, for this reason I did not want to introduce any additional IO like midi or Open Sound Control.

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