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Regional discounts, visual soundscapes, and our Vuo intern's story

Par : jstrecker

In this post, recent updates about the Vuo community:

  • Vuo Pro discounts in Latin America, Africa, Turkey, and Russia
  • An interview with artist Joëlle Snaith on her visual soundscapes
  • What it's like to be an intern with Team Vuo
  • New features in Vuo 2.2 and 2.3

$120 off Vuo Pro — now until July 31

Par : jstrecker

If you've been enjoying the free version of Vuo but are craving those Pro features, now is an excellent time to buy Vuo Pro. Through the end of July, instead of the regular price of $299 USD, Vuo Pro is just $179 USD.

Description of discount on black background with colorful blobs at the corners

What makes Vuo 2.0 more comfortable to use?

Par : jstrecker

We've renovated Vuo's user interface for the upcoming 2.0 release. Here's a preview of what's changed, including a first glimpse of Vuo 2.0 in action in our new Quick Start tutorial.

Get ready for Vuo 2.0 — free for personal use and small organizations

Par : jstrecker

Our next release, Vuo 2.0, will be our biggest yet. If you're a video editor or visualist, Vuo Pro 2.0 has special new features for you: the ability to create plugins for Final Cut Pro X and for VJ apps like Resolume. For everyone, you'll be able to bring your ideas to life faster and easier than before, with more flexibility in creating GPU-accelerated graphics, easier-to-use subcompositions, and hundreds of other improvements.

Blackmagic support and more in Vuo 1.2.7

Par : jstrecker

We’ve just released Vuo 1.2.7 — a free update if you’ve purchased any previous Vuo 1.2.x versions. We're also excited to share some videos of Vuo in action in Teo Dumski's Cloud Theater.

Vuo with rain sensors and lightpainting and dancing, plus a tip

Par : jstrecker

Since the Vuo 1.2.6 release in June, we’ve published three new and remarkable community spotlights. Also we have a tip to share about Vuo’s keyboard shortcuts.

Vuo Boxing Day / New Year sale — 25% off

Par : jstrecker

From December 26 (Boxing Day) through January 6 (US National Bean Day), we're offering a 25% discount on all purchases. To take advantage of this deal, add Vuo to your cart and enter this coupon code at checkout: 12boxingdays

Whether you're celebrating Polar Bear Swim Day, Sherlock Holmes's birthday, or International Cello Day, consider treating yourself to an update to Vuo 1.2 or a promotion from Vuo to Vuo Pro. Gift licenses for friends are also 25% off.

Do you qualify for the academic or bulk discount? If so, you can get a super discount by combining those with the 25% off.

During 2016, Vuo gained many new features, including projection mapping, an interface with NI mate, and numerous image effects — and we've put together a little video highlighting them. Please help the Vuo community grow by sharing the video with your friends and collaborators (who can get 25% off for the next 12 days!).

Team Vuo

Vuo 1.2.4 release, nightclub lighting, and new tutorials

Par : jstrecker

Greetings, fellow Vuoers! We've just released Vuo 1.2.4. It's a small increment in the version number but a big chunk of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

What's new in Vuo 1.2.4

Vuo 1.2.4 is the noisiest Vuo release yet — with 7 new types of noise added to the Make Noise Image node. You can now choose between gradient noise, value noise, cellular noise, and dot noise, on either a rectangular or triangular grid.

Screenshot of gradient noise, value noise, cellular noise, and dot noise, on rectangular and triangular grids

If you're projecting noise onto a planetarium dome or mapping noise onto the surface of a sphere, you get the same variety of noise types with the new Make Spherical Noise Image node.

Screenshot of noise on spheres

You can now generate noise with more depth and complexity using the new levels (octaves) options on the Make Noise Image, Make Spherical Noise Image, Frost Image, and Shade with Frosted Glass nodes.

Screenshot of the Frost Image node with multiple noise levels

We've added a bunch of new image filters, including Sharpen Image, Make CMYK Halftone Image, Make Stained Glass Image, and Scramble Image.

 Sharpen Image, Make CMYK Halftone Image, Make Stained Glass Image, and Scramble Image

Vuo 1.2.4 comes with blurs galore. We've added two new blur nodes, Blur Image Radially and Blur Image Directionally, and the choice of Gaussian, linear, box, and disc kernels. For faster performance or a distorted effect, you can now adjust the blur quality. You can apply a mask to blur only part of an image.

Screenshot of 4 different types of blur applied to the same image

Besides all these image nodes, we've added a Filter Skeleton node that makes it easy to integrate Vuo with NI mate for Kinect skeletal tracking.

Animated GIF demonstrating the new Filter Skeleton node

In Vuo 1.2.4 you'll find some handy nodes that do math so you don't have to — Change Speed (based on the popular node by VJ SATOSHI), Arrange Layers in Row, Arrange Layers in Column, and new Anchor ports on layer nodes to position layers.

Screenshot of a group of 4 layers positioned by the new Arrange Layers in Row/Column nodes

Besides Change Speed, three other new nodes in Vuo 1.2.4 came from the Vuo community: alexmitchellmus's Bit Crush Audio and Ring Modulate Audio nodes for making electronic music effects and the Comb List node based on VJ SATOSHI's "List Skip Pick" node.

Vuo 1.2.4 includes a boatload of bug fixes, including many bugs reported by the community. (Thanks to all of you who submitted bug reports!)

We no longer support Mac OS X 10.7. To run Vuo 1.2.4, you'll need OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 through macOS Sierra 10.12.

Download Vuo 1.2.4.

Community spotlight: Lights and 3D audio at a nightclub

Justin Beardsell (meno) has been using Vuo at Ministry of Sound in London. Complementing the venue's new Dolby Atmos 3D sound system, Justin has added a lighting controller that makes the LED lighting rig in the ceiling visualize the roving speakers. Vuo serves as a bridge between Dolby Atmos and VDMX + Quartz Composer, receiving OSC messages, filtering them, and routing them to their destination.

To learn more, read our interview with Justin.

Have you used Vuo in interesting ways? Do you know someone who has? Tell us about it! We're always on the lookout for projects to feature in community spotlights.

Animated GIF of Justin Beardsell's installation using Vuo at Ministry of Sound in London

3 ways to share your compositions

We love seeing compositions created by the Vuo community, whether they're super polished exhibitions or just little experiments. When you share a composition that you've made, you're giving other community members the opportunity to learn from and possibly remix your work. Where can you share compositions?

  1. Vuo Composition Gallery
  2. Vuo Facebook Group
  3. @vuoflow on Twitter

The first composition you share in the Composition Gallery earns you 50 votes to spend on feature requests. Each composition after that earns you 5 votes.

New tutorials: Kaleidoscopes and QLab

Two community members have recently shared informative Vuo tutorials. For QLab users, wmackwood has created a video tutorial on using QLab to control Vuo via OSC. From Magneson comes his fourth Vuo tutorial, Non-stinking kaleidoscopes — Part 1, on creating kaleidoscope visuals for a refined palate.

Do you have knowledge to share? By creating a Vuo tutorial, you help other community members get better at Vuo, and you get 20 votes to spend on feature requests if we choose your tutorial for our tutorials page.

Team Vuo

Vuo 1.2.3 release, installation art, and a tip

Par : jstrecker

Vuo 1.2.3 released

We've just released Vuo 1.2.3, which adds a node for projection mapping — with support for corner point adjustment; edge blur, gamma, and crop; overall gamma; and perspective and affine projection. Thanks to iason for suggesting this feature and Imimot for helping fund its development!

In Vuo 1.2.3, we've added lots of other features, too, including a Save Data node that can write text to a file, input editors for picking devices such as audio and MIDI, and support for newer Kinect models (1473 and 1517). And we've fixed many bugs.

Vuo 1.2.3 is a free update for anyone who's purchased Vuo 1.2.0 or later.

Screenshot of a projection mapping demo video

Community spotlight: A virtual forest installation

The artistic folks at Out of the Box Productions recently presented an interactive installation in Toronto that used Vuo to evoke a multi-sensory virtual forest. Created by Gwenyth Dobie, with William Mackwood (wmackwood) leading the technical integration, Rallentando was "a response to our experience of 'hyper living'". It offered the audience "a gradual slackening of tempo, leaving behind the distractions of contemporary urban life".

For more about Rallentando and how Vuo played a part in it, read our interview with Gwenyth and William. Plus, see William's composition Nature Movement in our gallery.

Screenshot of the Rallentando video

Earn votes by making a tutorial

Have you run out of votes to spend on feature requests? You can earn more votes by buying a new copy of Vuo or an update, sharing compositions, submitting helpful bug reports, contributing good code — and now, by creating a tutorial. When you create a tutorial and we add it to our tutorials page, you get 20 votes. Two community members, Simon Boas (sboas) and Magneson (Magneson) have already contributed some really instructive tutorials. If you've made a tutorial that you'd like to submit, please contact us.

Tip: Translating from Quartz Composer to Vuo

A lot of you know Quartz Composer pretty well and would like to translate your knowledge over to Vuo. We'e put together an FAQ to help you do that: What do I need to know if I'm coming from a Quartz Composer background?

Here's an example that illustrates several of the similarities and differences between Quartz Composer and Vuo.

The top level of a Quartz Composer composition that displays a cylinder with trackball interactionThe middle level of a Quartz Composer composition that displays a cylinder with trackball interactionThe bottom level of a Quartz Composer composition that displays a cylinder with trackball interaction

A Vuo composition that displays a cylinder with trackball interaction

3D objects — In Quartz Composer, the Cylinder patch controls the parameters of the cylinder and renders it in the viewer. In Vuo, the creation and the rendering of a 3D object are split into separate steps. The Make Tube node (which you can find in the Node Library by searching for "tube" or "cylinder") creates a tube. In the composition above, the tube is immediately sent to Render Scene to Window to be rendered. (An advantage of splitting the creation and rendering into separate steps is that, if you wanted to, you could group 3D objects together and build up a hierarchical scenegraph before rendering.)

Trackball — In Quartz Composer, you add trackball interaction to a rendered scene by enclosing it in a TrackBall environment. In Vuo, you connect the output of the Make Draggable Camera node to the Objects input of Render Scene to Window. (You can add other kinds of cameras, too, with nodes such as Make Orthographic Camera, Make Fisheye Camera [Vuo Pro], and Make Stereo Camera [Vuo Pro].)

Lighting — In Quartz Composer, you add lighting to a 3D object by enclosing it in a Lighting environment. In Vuo, Make Tube and other 3D object nodes have Material input ports that control the lighting. In the composition above, the Material ports have been set to accept colors (right-click on port > Set Data Type > Color, or connect a cable from a color output port). Color Materials automatically have lighting applied. (If you want more control over lighting, you can use shader nodes such as Shade with Color and/or lighting nodes such as Make Point Light.)

Node execution — The Vuo composition above has a node with no counterpart in Quartz Composer: Fire on Start. Without this (or a similar) node, the Share Value and Make Tube nodes wouldn't do anything. With it, the Share Value, Make Tube, and Render Scene to Window nodes each execute (evaluate) one time when the composition starts, causing the tube to be created and rendered.

Both Vuo and Quartz Composer have rules about when nodes/patches execute. In Quartz Composer, the rules are based on the display refresh rate, execution modes, interaction ports, and the idea of data being "pulled" through the composition by rendering patches. In Vuo, the rules are based on events that "push" data.

In Vuo, you can watch events moving through the composition by enabling Show Events in the toolbar and running the composition. Exercise: Try running the composition shown above (ShowDraggableCylinder.vuo) and some variations (ShowDraggableCylinder-Wave.vuo and ShowDraggableCylinder-Keyboard.vuo) with Show Events turned on.

For more info and examples of translating from Quartz Composer to Vuo, see What do I need to know if I'm coming from a Quartz Composer background?.

Team Vuo

Vuo+CoGe contest, features for Vuo 1.3, and tips

Par : jstrecker

Contest starts today — create an effect for CoGe

We're getting together with Imimot, makers of CoGe, to host a contest for the most awesome image filter made in Vuo. The winner will get a Vuo Pro license and a CoGe Single User license.

To enter the contest, create an image filter composition (File > New Composition with Protocol > Image Filter) and a video demonstrating how it works. For details, see the full instructions and rules.

The contest starts today and runs through Sunday, March 13, 11:59pm GMT. The winner will be chosen by a poll that will be open for voting March 15–22.

Features for Vuo 1.3

Thanks to the community's feature requests and votes, we have a great lineup for our next release. Vuo 1.3 will include:

For the full list, see the feature requests chosen to implement.

We're getting new feature requests every week. You can get a rundown on the Vuo Facebook Group every #FeatureRequestFriday.

Your votes help determine the features that go into Vuo. Features that have been already been added to Vuo because of votes include HID input, serial input and output, barcode reading, the ability for a composition to go fullscreen on startup, the ability for a composition to launch an app, and snap-to-grid on the composition canvas.

Tip: Organize cables for an easy switch to a different rendering destination

Azy (Azy (@krezrock)) shared a tip that can save time when you're changing a composition from one that runs on its own to one that runs inside of CoGe or VDMX. If you initially design the composition to send its output to a Render Scene to Window or Render Layers to Window node, you might have to move a lot of cables around to reroute the output to an image published output port. Azy figured out how to avoid this problem: use a Combine 3D Objects or Combine Layers with Transform node to bundle the cables.

Tip: How to make Process List and Build List play nice with other triggers

We've gotten a lot of questions about how to iterate through a list with the Process List and Build List nodes. If you're looking for a way to do something repeatedly, these may be just the nodes you need. Here's an answer to one of the most frequently asked questions: Why is the output of Process List getting jumbled?

Team Vuo