Realtime Video in TouchDesigner


This workshop teaches realtime video creation and performance in TouchDesigner. The next session is at the Gray Area.

Realtime Video in TouchDesigner Part I

January 27th 2012  10am-4:30pm $120
At Madrone Studios, 1417 15th St. @ Folsom, San Francisco, CA

This is an introduction with no previous programming or TouchDesigner experience necessary. This 6 hour workshop will teach you how to use TouchDesigner to create real-time 3d effects, video playback and manipulation.

Realtime Video in TouchDesigner Part II

February 3rd 2012  10am-4:30pm $160
At Space 1970,1970 Harrison St. @16th St., San Francisco, CA

This intermediate to advanced course provides a video playback, generation and control system for live video performance in TouchDesigner. The course will teach this framework with additional advanced topics.

Realtime Video in TouchDesigner Full Course

April 9th, 11th, 16th and 18th 6-9pm $240
At Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, 923 Market St, Ste 200, San Francisco CA

This full course includes Part I and Part II described above.

About TouchDesigner

TouchDesigner is a high-level real-time video programming environment, with hardware-accelerated 3d and 2d graphics generation and manipulation tools, flexible data handling, and a plethora of I/O options. It is a powerful tool that lends itself to data visualization, interactive graphics and art pieces, projection mapping, and custom VJ software building. TouchDesigner FTE is free.


Part I:
-Showcase: Projects using TouchDesigner
-Basics: Navigating, modular components, good coding practice
-Operators: Different operators are for different data types, with some operators converting between data types
-Realtime 3D video: Geo, Mat, Camera, Render
-I/O: Using input from the mouse, microphone, OSC, MIDI and video cameras
-Reusability: Creating and loading your own components
-Brief intro to advanced topics: Instancing, scripting, materials, generative techniques
-Resources: Reference, help files, wiki and forum
Part II:
-Software architecture in TouchDesigner
-Video performance framework: Clip loading, cue building, controls
-Composition building: Performable 3D
-Advanced Operators: Tricks & optimizations
-Advanced I/O: Video & audio analysis, KinectTOP (commercical license required for KinectTOP)
-Advanced topics: Instancing, scripting, GLSL, generative techniques

Course Materials

All course materials, examples and software will be provided, but you must bring your own computer with TouchDesigner FTE installed. TouchDesigner is currently only supported on Windows operating systems, but can be used on a Mac via bootcamp. Please see the system requirements:


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