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Who Sabrina Verhage and Carolien Teunisse
When Sun, Feb 19th 2017 - 12:00 until Sun, Feb 19th 2017 - 17:00
Where FIBER, Tolhuisweg 2, 1031 CL, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spread the word: Creative Coding Amsterdam is teaming up with Creative Coding Utrecht to share knowledge!

Sabrina Verhage and Carolien Teunisse will teach the basics of vvvv in a sunday afternoon on the 19th of February.

https://www.facebook.com/events/366263613742516/

Lucidlien, Friday, Feb 3rd 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

Who schnellebuntebilder, tonfilm, elias
When Sat, Feb 11th 2017 - 12:00 until Sat, Feb 11th 2017 - 18:00
Where schnellebuntebilder, Rudolfstr. 11, Berlin, Germany

Hello again,

Our vvvvorkshop series will continue.
This second session will be aimed at beginners - in VL.
Yes, you read it right, this time we will dive into the next level of visual programming. Tonfilm and Elias are so kind to guide us through all kinds of object oriented spreading strategies and will teach us new ways of solving common patching problems.

What do you need to bring?

  • Windows laptop running vvvv
  • Please Install the latest version of vvvv and the AddonPack.
  • If you encounter any problems installing vvvv please contact us before the workshop
  • ( It’s fine to share a machine with two people, this is a good way to learn. )
  • 3 Button Mouse

There will be a fee of 20,00 € per attendee to pay for the room, we are booking for this workshop.
If you consider yourself a professional patcher or your company sends you here to become one, we use T.R.U.S.T here to encourage you to ask for a professional fee which is 200,00 €.

DATE 11.02.2017
TIME 12am - 6pm (resp. beer o’ clock)
LOCATION Berlin, Rudolfstraße 11 - Friedrichshain
https://goo.gl/maps/9D9u36WihDJ2

Please sign up here:
mailto:vvvvorkshop@schnellebuntebilder.de

Your’s truly,
schnellebuntebilder

Follow Us
@vvvvorkshop
www.schnellebuntebilder.de

sebl, Friday, Feb 3rd 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 7 comments  

previously on devvvvlopment: vl-networking-and-async


With beta35 (including VL) out in the wild and people apparently starting to use it (see forum threads about it) we're quite happy with the feedback so far. We know of people already including VL in their daily patching and getting the hang of it. Others are still more cautious and are waiting for better documentation or are hoping for node17 to open their eyes. All fair enough, no pressure.. in any case the question is of course:

What next?

One of the many aspects that vl will be different when compared to vvvv is its node-library. In vvvv we have a closed-source base-library (written in delphi and closely bound to the vvvv core) plus a wide range of open-source nodes including community contributions (written in c# via a plugin-interface). For vl we'll still distinguish between a base-library and the rest, but all libraries will work the same way, ie not be bound to the core. And not even need a plugininterface. And be open-source.

So from the beginning in vl we separated core from libraries and already have a git-repository including all of VLs libraries organized in neat packages (as you can basically already see in your beta35\lib\packs) that we're ready to open. Why haven't we done so already? Well, by releasing library source-code we're kind of committing to a style that everyone should be able to use to write nodes for vl. Therefore this is really a crucial part that we simply wanted to give a second look.

Jump to 49:55 for: Defining Nodes

Remember when at node15 we teased how to define nodes for vl? Everything already felt fairly simple indeed. The typeimporter, a breeze. As mentioned in previous blog-posts we've been continuously importing libraries ourselves since then and noted a few things that we needed to improve to make the workflow for future library developers even more convenient.

So this is what we're reworking at the moment and what we hope to be releasing soon:

  • the complete vl node library as open-source
  • documentation on how to import/write your own nodes/libraries for vl
  • documentation on how to package your libraries for consistent distribution

This will reduce the barrier for developers enormously because everything they have to do to contribute to the vl nodelibrary, will be very little vl-specific and very close to what any c#/.net developer is doing anyway.

Other than that our focus until node17 will continue to be the integration of vl with vvvv, improving documentation and adding the one or other smaller feature. So, that at node17 we have a strong foundation to teach on and hopefully even already some new, contributed libraries..

Until the next update,
good patch!

joreg, Monday, Jan 30th 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 3 comments  

Dear commercial users of vvvv,
dear devvvvelopers of contributions
and of course everyone else,
we hope to interest you in the following:

a) Short Story
b) Rationale

ad a) Short Story

We have a store now! Well more of a store-front really, but nonetheless. Consider this a start.

Here is how it works:

  • If you're buying vvvv licenses for a project, also make sure to buy licenses for all the contributions you're using that are available in the store
  • If you're developing a contribution and want (commercial) users to pay for it, then offer it in the store
At this point the Store is really nothing more than a wiki-page that lists all offers. Providers of the individual items are responsible for handling their own payment/invoicing/support workflow. Customers and vendors enter the store at their own risk! The vvvv group cannot be held responsible for any claims. (That is as legal as we can make it sound).

Here you go: Store

ad b) Rationale

As you all know, vvvv's business model is what others would call non-sustainable. It is a weird mix of being half-opensource and completely free for anyone to use without restrictions (how can you!?) unless their application is a commercial one, then pay! The whole model is based on an ancient social feature and we call it T.R.U.S.T We want to trust our customers as much as they have to trust in us. All nice and shiny, but does it work? Read for yourself.

Since the early days though, it was clear that the success of vvvv does not only stem from the fact that we're such genius programmers (citation needed!) but also from the fact that a lot of its users readily shared, first their patches and modules, later individual plugins and finally indispensable whole packs of nodes that extended the possibilities of vvvv enormously. And they did all that for free!

To at least symbolically support those developments and allow users to tip others, a few years ago we introduced a micropayment service called flattr. It was an experiment that pretty much failed, for different reasons I guess, not least because flattr itself still struggles to find its way...

Then of course the idea of a sorts of "appstore" for vvvv contributions always seemed obvious. We've had a few developers asking for it over the past years, not enough though to justify an investment in the fully-fledged webshop that was always requested. When recommended by us to run their own little webshop we got mostly two answers:

  • "That would be too much work." Yes, it would be an investment on your side that you'd have to risk. Same as we have to evaluate if it would pay off to set up and operate a multi-vendor shop with automatic invoicing/payment/customer-service...
  • "Ok, but nobody else is charging for their contributions and I don't want to be the first." This one is more interesting as it was not only brought up by developers but also by users who were afraid that introducing money into our little free-spirited contribution-sharing community could potentially harm it. Because once someone starts charging, everyone might want to charge and thus make everything just more complicated and expensive which in turn could drive away users...

All comprehensible thoughts, but here is the rationale why we are not afraid of this and why we now finally take this first baby-step in creating the Store page, which for a start at least is a central place to promote commercial contributions. Also note that contributions vvvv-message, dx11.pointcloud and automata-ui already charged for commercial use for a while now, if you read the fine-print, so this is really mostly to endorse that practice:

First: Money has always been part of our community in two ways: vvvv itself costs money (for commercial use) and hopefully users who create patches for commercial jobs always charge a lot of money. So far many contributors who gave their valuable stuff for free probably did so because they knew they can get enough paid patching-gigs they enjoyed in turn, so it didn't worry them too much. But preferences change and in a good economy it should be possible to contribute in different ways. If someone doesn't want to do patching-gigs or at least not only, as they more enjoy creating and perfecting libraries, then this should also be possible to make a living from, in our community. And of course it should be obvious how this is to the benefit of all participants of the equation. Plugins/Libraries that so far have been left unpublished because of uncertainty regarding commercialization, now have a clear endorsement which can only strengthen the ecosystem of vvvv as a whole.

Second: Will using vvvv become more expensive overall? Using vvvv has primarily become more and more cheap over the years since we haven't changed its pricing in 15 years and computers can run more and more outputs from one license. So paying for additional commercial contributions will merely bring its costs up to a more realistic level.

Third: Will everyone now charge for all their contributions? We hope that with the T.R.U.S.T business model (as elaborated above) we can be a role model and convince contributors to join our experiment and also still give their stuff away for free for non-commercial use. Like this, not much would change for the casual user and even for the commercial user who quickly needs to test options. Only when buying a vvvv license users will also be asked to buy licenses for contributions they use. Still we won't enforce the T.R.U.S.T model.

So yes, there is still the obvious inconvenience for developers to handle their own licensing but at least we hope by promoting commercial contributions through the Store we don't hold anyone back who didn't dare to offer their contributions for money.

Let's see where this goes..
The ribbon is cut, welcome to the Store
Happy shopping!

joreg, Monday, Jan 23rd 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 19 comments  

previously on VL: vl-progress-report-4

Networking is a huge topic and we just started scratching the surface. While in the process of implementing more features we want to stay flexible to unify nodes and namings to keep the nodebrowser tidy and the patching experience nice and easy! Therefore later mentioned nodes are published as experimental since they might be subject to signature changes still, meaning pin and node names.

things you know

the vivid blog reader already knows the drill: everything stays the same if you liked it just the way it was.

Simple VL UDP nodes
vvvv flavoured UDP send and receive nodes

Specify remote host (IP address), a nice port number, connect some data and bang the send to let your UDP packets travel over the network. Or open a server to receive bytes arriving on the specified port. The only difference to vvvv you might see is, that here you also get infos about the sender of the packets via the Remote Endpoint output (which is an IP Address and a port)

Simple VL TCP nodes
likewise vvvv flavoured TCP Server and Client nodes

same same for the TCP nodes: The client will try to connect to a server. And once the connection is established, you can send and receive bytes.
The TCP Server awaits incoming connections to talk to. The subtle difference here is the Tuple input, where you would expect the data pin. No one ever requested it, but now you can decide which packet should be sent to which client by specifying IP address and port together with the message. In case you still want to send the same packet to all of your clients, just set the address to 0.0.0.0 and port 0


UDP & TCP revisited

so why did it take so long, what's the goodies behind that?
Unlike the monolithic networking nodes in vvvv you can peek inside the VL ones. The goal was modularizing on a much lower level to be able to provide the very basics as nodes for the patcher:

  • Timeout on send and receive (you have that one via @phlegma in the TCP (Network Client Advanced) node in the addonpack)
  • access to Local Address and Local Port: means you can have senders and receivers bound to different networkcards (not just listening to any packet coming in on a certain port as it was now, or relying on the system automatically chosing the right card to send from)
  • amongst which cards are available and running, get all sorts of information about the network capabilities of the system
  • The guts of UDP and TCP are tightly built around Berekley Socket where you have tons of infos and code snippets on the web. untested yet, but you should be able to tinker your own networking magic, e.g. speak the raw IP protocol directly.
Socket base stuff
UDP and TCP nodes implemented on the base Socket type

read more...
woei, Saturday, Jan 21st 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 2 comments  

Who id144, maarja
When Thu, Jan 26th 2017 - 18:30 until Sat, Jan 28th 2017 - 16:00
Where Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, United Kingdom

Andrej Boleslavský's and Mária Júdová's new VR project DUST is going to be premiered in UK

DUST aims to spark a dialogue between digital technology and performing arts, and transform the way people see and experience contemporary dance. It is produced by Carmen Salas, and supported by Arts Council of England and Rambert Dance Company.

There are 3 occasions to get to know more:

26 JAN 2017 6:30-9:00 PM @ Bartlett School of Architecture, London
PIxLS public lecture together with Memo Akten, Patricia Okenwa from New Movement Collective and Syuko Kato

27 JAN 2017 1:00 PM @ Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol

28 JAN 2017 1:00-04:00 PM @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London

DUST
maarja, Tuesday, Jan 17th 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 1 comments  

just when you thought it couldn't get any better...

helo everyone again to the annual look back at the numbers, vvvv and you, ja, basically the two of you, produced with each other, together, this just passed year of 2000 and 16 since they started counting. if you're new to this and want to get yourself in the mood then don't hesitate to start reading about the 2015 numbers first. then come back here. i'll wait...

webwise

in order to get a hopefully meaningful picture of whats going on around vvvv.org we try to get numbers from different sources. one of which is the statistics we get from letting google track you around our website.

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
germany (+) 16.99% germany (+) 17.02% germany (-) 13.81% germany (+) 13.85% germany (-) 12.35%
usa (-) 10.72% usa (-) 9.87% usa (+) 10.74% usa (+) 10.90% usa (+) 11.76%
uk (-) 6.31% russia (+) 5.78% russia (+) 7.39% china (+) 5.44% japan (+) 4.85%
russia (+) 4.98% uk (-) 5.64% uk (-) 5.37% russia (-) 4.77% russia (-) 4.67%
italy (+) 4.97% france (+) 4.93% japan (+) 4.85% japan (-) 4.76% uk (=) 4.51%
france (-) 4.92% italy (-) 4.56% france (-) 4.12% uk (-) 4.51% china (-) 4.26%

and what you cannot see here is that in the lower ranks India had +11.5% and italy +9%. otherwise we seem pretty much stable compared to last year. only china and russia lost some of their interest. and japan, boooom, again. they seem to be very activvvve over there indeed, 万歳! (what can possibly go wrong when you're using symbols of a language you don't understand..)

regarding the number of unique visitors i have to remind you that we had this hacker-news incident in june which probably contributed around 5-8 thousand visitors to that figure.. so however you want to count this:

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
244.010 313.075 335.056 350.650 408.173 448.556 457.541

then again, in case you haven't noticed yet, we have this new forum. here is one of its statistics i found most interesting. do you see what i see? is the number of new topics per day actually growing here since the forum was inaugurated end of october? i guess we'll get a better picture of this next year.

downloads

2010 2011 2012 2013* 2014* 2015* 2016*
releases 4 3 5 5 5 4 1
core 45.700 32.100 36.000 45.000 42.500 38.000 29.300
addons 10.700 14.400 18.800 29.000 28.500 25.200 19.400

* x86 and x64 combined

with a record low of only 1 release this time we probably get the most accurate download/usage figures so far. there really wasn't a reason to download more than once and this is what we get. we're definitely planning for more releases this year, if only to get those numbers up again!

flattr

okok, i'm afraid at the moment it seems this flattr thing isn't really going anywhere. for over a year now the've been announcing a big rework (sounds familiar?) and it hasn't happened yet (not this part!). i wouldn't want to dismiss it yet completely, since the basic idea is still the right one but from my understanding they're developing this in a different direction. let's see... but then also you don't seem to like the idea so much to flattr some of the fellow users for them sharing a crazy contribution.. so lets make this short:

2014 2015 2016
vvvv income via flattr 74.60€ 216.22€ 17.66€

still thanks though everyone who did support us via this way!

licenses

i didn't think this would be possible, but see for yourself: the overall income curve clearly went up. in a non-NODE festival year! we couldn't be more happy about this...

..if not at the same time the number of individual companies who bought licenses, went down. and with it the number of different countries licenses were bought from. so that would mean more projects were realized by less companies.

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
countries 19 18 17 17 21 19
companies 52 61 69 81 102 90

hmm..

then let's have a look at the country statistics: germany's industry is still going strong. the uk it seems will have to proof itself in the next years, but look who made a jump to rank 3! what a surprise, it seems the vvvvorld operates outside of all economical assumptions.

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
germany 65% germany 55% germany 48% germany 55% germany 68%
uk 10% uk 25% uk 14% uk 15% uk 13.6%
switzerland 8% austria 3% switzerland 6% switzerland 6% russia 5.3%
russia 5% japan 2.8% japan 5.6% us 3.52% austria 3.8%
austria 3% russia 2.5% aut, aus, usa 4.22% austria 3.22% switzerland 1.5%
spain 2% france 2.5% russia, norway, czech 2.8% russia 2.93% France 1.6%

runners up are: usa and japan


so wellwellwell or should i say vlvlvl (you wouldn't hear the difference...), what do we make of all this?. vl what we've also learned this year is that numbers apparently have their own life and don't want to be interpreted too closely. so post-truth or postfaktisch as we say more poetically in the german speaking landscape, what it feels like on our side:

the release of beta35 took us about one year longer than we initially anticipated after node15. we made a few mistakes in planning our work combined with some more research necessary to get the fundamentals of thefutureofvisualprogramming (aka vl) right. with having beta35+vl finally out, we feel great relieve. both because we're now in a better position again to release more frequent updates and because using vl finally feels quite right and we're enthusiastically starting with the next steps (to be announced..).

again your input as users and contributors has been invaluable. the quality of the contributions we saw coming in over the past months was very uplifting. and don't forget this is a year of the NODE! we're working hard to get everyone to frankfurt this summer to learn from each other how to best make use of all that new stuff. don't forget to propose/request your workshops!

so thanks a thousand everyone. keep miss/using vvvv, do yourself a favor and try vl and keep buying your licenses as you did last year. with that simple formula everything will be fine!

all the bests for your 2017!
yours,
vvvv

joreg, Tuesday, Jan 17th 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 5 comments  

Who schnellebuntebilder, Sebastian Neitsch, Juliane Götz, lasal, intolight
When Wed, Jan 11th 2017 - 18:00 until Wed, Jan 11th 2017 - 18:00

TONIGHT!
We are super proud to be part of the grand opening of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
Together with Madhat Gmbh and the supercrew of Sebastian Neitsch + Juliane Götz, Sal Litre and intolight we created an audio reactive projection mapping show - made with vvvv, that will illuminate the Elbphilharmonie to the live orchestra in real time.
The event will be streamed live at: www.Elphi.me and Facebook, or can be watched at german television NDR.
(Uiuiui!)

mburk, Wednesday, Jan 11th 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 14 comments  

Who Martin Romeo
When Sat, Feb 11th 2017 - 10:00 until Sun, Feb 12th 2017 - 18:00
Where V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands

DATES
11th-12th of February 2017

WORKSHOP
As part of the V2_Community initiative we also invite artists & makers from our network to share their skills with the world. This workshop is arranged and hosted by Martin Romeo. It is a workshop on making interactive Art using Vvvv software and Kinect. To apply send an email to info@martinromeo.com.

WORKSHOP HOST
Martín Romeo is an Italian-Argentinian multimedia artist-based in Venice, whose research is directed to interactive art, ranging from video installations and dance performances. Artistic director and founder of the Toolkit Festival of Venice and the Screening Festival of Trieste, he presented his work in various European and International contexts. He teaches new artistic forms connected to interactive technology among others in Belgium, China, Germany and Italy.

www.martinromeo.com
www.avnode.org/toolkit-festival

WORKSHOP INFO
The workshop provides the tools to build a project based on the use of real-time multimedia (digital sets, audio-visual performances, interactive installations, etc.). The following topics will be tackled: problems and phases in the construction of a process, from production to staging, in order to realize one’s artistic work. The workshop explores in terms of both theoretical and practical points of view, the aspects that make up a show of contemporary dance or an multimedia installation. It aims to further understanding of the differences in the creation of these two art forms, namely the manner and timing by which the elements are used and combined: body, sound and image.

Video demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwFgpCNC_8Y

PROGRAMME
Saturday 11th Feb (10-18):
Presentation of Vvvv software, learning its functions and key features that will be used during the workshop. It will be taught how to program to get the real-time exchanges starting from the multiple webcam connection to map and change the surrounding environment with its presence or movement making it interactive.
Sunday 12th Feb (10-18):
Introduction of Kinect camera to connect the real to the virtual; recognition of the human skeleton, identification of the movements in space, use the infrared sensor and 3D scanner. It will be given the knowledge to evaluate what are the operating characteristics to create a relationship with the environment and image. This last follows, interprets and responds according to its change and the parameters that the director-artist has preset in the software assuming the matches. English
WORKSHOP LANGUAGE
English

REQUIREMENTS / MATERIALS NEEDED
It requires no specific knowledge: the course starts teaching the basics of Vvvv software (vvvv.org) and interactive environment with reference to contemporary art. The participants must have their own laptop (installation instructions vvvv.org/downloads | 32bit version + addons).
Install also: VLC (videolan.org/vlc).
Optional: a three-button mouse and a webcam.
PARTICIPANTS
Minimum 6, Maximum 12

APPLICATION DEADLINE
January 9

VIDEOS
https://vimeo.com/martinromeo

MORE INFORMATIONS
http://v2.nl/workshop-interactive-art-using-vvvv-software-and-kinect

Martin Romeo, Wednesday, Jan 4th 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

Who microdee
When Sun, Jan 8th 2017 - 17:00 until Sun, Jan 8th 2017 - 17:00

Hello vvvvolks!
For the first vvorkshop in 2017 this sunday we will continue where we left of previously with md.ecosystem on vveekend vvorkshops. Prepare your learning face!
See you on (not 8th postponed to) 15. January 17:00 CET at https://youtu.be/OuSVka5fXJQ
Cheers!

microdee, Tuesday, Jan 3rd 2017 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 2 comments  

anonymous user login

Shoutbox

~12min ago

karistouf: no way to have the handles more biggers ?

~50min ago

karistouf: any trick to see better the points in TimeLiner SA ? banging my head just to find and click correctly this little white point ;-(

~7d ago

TonyMark: @u7 nice

~7d ago

cznickesz: Hey guys, is kinect still the best thing to go when ist comes to skeletal tracking?

~8d ago

hrovac: @u7: really cool!!

~10d ago

sebescudie: @u7 : ayayay, amazing!