Getting Started

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You can use Rouge to mix video clips and stills, apply effects, and render performable and audio-driven 3D compositions in real time.

First, let’s take a look at using video clips in Rouge:

This is the MovieBin, a component that comes as part of TouchDesigner, adapted slightly. You can create your own bin, or tabbed collection of clips, by clicking the plus sign. You can add stills or video by dragging and dropping into the bin. Here are the file types that TouchDesigner supports. Once you have added clips, you can drag and drop them to one of the three players to use it in performance.


You can edit how a clip plays back. If you click on a clip while it is in the bin, you can edit how every instance of it will play: its speed, how it loops, the section or range of the clip that is played. If you edit the clip while it is in the player, the edits will only affect that clip while it remains in the player.

Careful! Removing bins has a known bug.

How to use effects.

Each channel of video in Rouge gets its own filter with its own controls. The far left slider is the alpha of the channel, the far right slider is the intensity of the filter and the fx slider controls the effect. To change filters, use the drop down menu.

Click on the name of the slider to pulse its value.







Real-time rendered 3d

Compositions are little packages of goodies that hook up to Rouge’s controls: geometry, materials, lights, textures, and algorithms. They run off of assorted controls available on the UI. Not every composition uses every control. You can see the audio levels that act as controls in the bass, mid, and treble buttons, and override the levels by clicking the audio buttons.
You can change compositions using the drop-down menu.




You can change how your four channels are composited together with the composite buttons.  Alpha, gamma, and contrast control your final output image settings. The Smooth slider controls the smoothness of all of your other control inputs: crank it up for lingering fades and epic camera sweeps and turn it down for intense flashes. The Speed slider controls any algorithms that use speed, usually motion algorithms.

The Audio slider controls the volume of the audio before it is analyzed. You can choose between using audio from your microphone or from an audio file.

Output Controls
Setting up your projector output.

You can set your monitor and projector resolutions by entering the dimensions in these fields. Click Enable Output to extend Rouge onto the projector and enter perform mode. The Simple output does nothing to alter the output. Keystone allows for horizontal and vertical keystoning and the Kantan shows allow for gridwarping and projection mapping.




This is a preview window of your unadulturated, pre-show output.




The Save button will let you save a version of Rouge that includes your clip bins. Be sure to save your file in the same directory as Rouge077.toe. Repop will repopulate your dropdown filter and composition menus for on-the-fly filter creation. The GPU meter will let you know if you are running out of GPU memory.


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