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Previously on vvvv: vvvvhat happened in October 2021


It is out!

This past month we're happy to have released vvvv gamma 2021.4, the latest and greatest (so far). It took us much longer than originally planned, but probably that wasn't much of a surprise to many of you. Still, we're trying to get better with our predictions. So for the freshly updated roadmap, we tried to be a bit more conservative for a start and rather update it along the way. But it should give you a perspective already for the coming year.

Also, we tried to improve the Features section on the website to hopefully give a better impression and overview of what makes vvvv.

Then apologies for silently skipping the last two regularly scheduled meetups, but we now have a date announced: On December 7th, 8pm CET baxtan the great will host The final meetup of 2021 where everyone is invited to join and show us what you're working on.

Contributions

We received updates to the following:

Gallery

Climate Stripes data visualisation by StiX

Jobs


That was it for November. Anything to add? Please do so in the comments!

joreg, Friday, Dec 3rd 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  
15th vvvv meetup

Mark the date! on December 7th, 8pm CET we gather to celebrate our 15th vvvvorld-wide meetup!
How will this work? Something like as always ;). So, fill up your bucket of popcorn and invite all your vvvvriends and vvvvamily to join us!

Want to share your work?

Please do! Anything more or less related to vvvv, yourself and your projects. Share some thoughts, share your funny fails. Or just ask some questions...

No sign-up, no line-up! We'll just have this an open call that anyone can join. Surprise!

The link to the live stream and the Zoom call will be announced before the meetup!

Any questions? Get in touch via meetup@vvvv.org. See you there!

baxtan, Friday, Dec 3rd 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

This has been a long time coming!

We've hoped to have this one out earlier, but finally, we can release it into your caring hands: The best vvvv gamma ever (so far). With tons of bug fixes, improvements, and new features. And without further ado, you can divvvve right into it:

Download vvvv gamma 2021.4.1

Bugfix release

  • 2021.4.1 on December 6, 2021

Get started
Buy a license

Here is to give you an overview of the most notable changes:

UI/UX

Improved patching performance

Part of the magic of vvvv gamma is, that it has the advantages of a visual live programming environment combined with the advantages of a compiled language. Getting those two to work together smoothly is one hard nut to crack. In this release, we were able to improve the patching performance with larger projects by introducing a new compilation and hotswap strategy. For details, see this discussion.

Hamburger menu

The new hamburger menu in the top right corner of the editor gives you quick access to Settings, Themes, Licensing information and the About page.

Yummy hamburger

Editor extensions

Are you missing a feature in the vvvv editor and don't want to wait for us to build it? Editor extensions allow you to essentially build plugins for vvvv itself. Available examples are a desktop color picker, a TUIO simulator and monitor and a Spout monitor. Read more.

But the best thing about extensions is, that they are just patches. So it takes just a few clicks to create your own. Read more.

Libraries

Updates to Stride 3d rendering

  • TextureFX: We added a vast collection of easy to use nodes for applying visual effects to textures
  • We added Pipet and MeshSplit nodes and fully reworked the Texture- and Buffer-creation nodes
  • Latest Stride comes with two new PostFX: Fog and Outline
  • We added a ShaderFX node factory that allows to easily write composable shader snippets
  • Materials can now be extended with custom shaders

FUSE - visual gpu patching

This release paves the way for the almighty new FUSE library, developed by dottore, everyoneishappy and texone. It allows you to use your GPU for things that typically require writing shaders. FUSE gives you access to procedural noise, signed distance field rendering, customizable particle systems, vector fields, fluid simulations and more, without having to write shader programs! Watch this video to see how to get started with FUSE.

FUSE - the almighty visual gpu programming solution

Video input and playback

We added stable support for the effortless playback of a wide range of video formats for both Skia and Stride. In addition, we added ImagePlayer nodes for the playback of image sequences. Read more.

The ImagePlayers can also easily be synced over the network. Read more.

Updates to Skia 2d rendering

  • 2d rendering is now fully GPU accelerated, which greatly improves performance in many scenarios
  • SkiaRenderer and SkiaTexture nodes now also work on AMD GPUs

Language

  • The "This" node can now be used in constructors as well as in generic patches. For details, see this dicussion
  • You can now use explicit type parameters. For details, see this discussion
  • You can now patch a stateful region with BorderControlPoints! See the "ManageProcess" node for an example

And these were only the highlights. For all the details, please see the changelog.

Licensing

The release of a new version is always a good moment to make sure you still have a valid license for commercial use. To check, log into your account here on vvvv.org and then view your vvvv gamma licenses.

In case, you simply buy a license the moment you start working on a commercial project. Don't forget that we also have monthly options!


What next? Expect the occasional 2021.4.x bug-fix release while we're starting work on the 2021.5 branch as per the updated roadmap.

Good patch!

joreg, Tuesday, Nov 23rd 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 2 comments  

Who Sune Petersen aka sunep
When Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 - 10:00 until Thu, Nov 25th 2021 - 15:00
Where MPLab , Kūrmājas prospekts 13, Liepāja, Latvia

I am hosting a 4 day workshop on data visualization/sonification a the UPDATE festival in Liepāja Latvia.

In October 2018 I was diagnosed with Leukemia (B-ALL) han have been through treatment from that day it was diagnosed in 2018 until late April 2021 where I took the last Chemo pill. I an now cured and well again.

In Denmark you can access all your medical data and is automatically collected on the common "sundhedsplatform" that all citizens have access to, where they can see their own data.

Seeing as a Patient in this treatment, the quite often daily blood tests are very important. After a while I could see some possibilities in using these data, it became obvious when I looked at the graph view of several of the blood parameters, here you can see Heamoglobin.

Heamoglobin levels over time

The workshop will take a subset of my blood data as starting point to see how it can be visualized/Sonified or whatever. It is of course also possible to use you own data if you have some interesting phenomenon you would like to explore.

The festival takes place in the physical world as well as online, so everyone can join. There are also other workshops and seminars that you can attend.

update.mplab.lv/

Disclaimer, as I have had chemo-brain for the most part of the past 3 years, the workshop is based on vvvv beta, I simply haven't had the headspace to get into it yet. I will welcome it if you dive into gamma, then I will try to join in the best I can.

sunep, Thursday, Nov 18th 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

Here goes!

We have a candidate for our upcoming release:

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Improved patching performance in large projects
  • A new Hamburger menu with easy access to settings and themes
  • Support for editor extensions
  • Language refinements: This node and explicit type parameters
  • Video: Support for the effortless playback of a wide range of formats, see Video Playback

Skia 2d rendering:

  • Now fully GPU accelerated
  • Skia to Stride now works on all GPUs
  • ImagePlayer to play image sequences as image

Stride 3d rendering:

  • TextureFX: a vast collection of easy to use nodes for applying visual effects to textures
  • Pipet, MeshSplit, Texture and Buffer nodes for VL.Stride
  • ImagePlayer to play image sequences as texture
  • New PostFX: Fog and Outline
  • ShaderFX node factory to easily write composable shader snippets
  • Materials can be extended with custom shaders

For full details of what's new, please consult the Change Log.

So please test and report your findings. If we don't find any complete show-stoppers within the next days, this is going to be it!

joreg, Wednesday, Nov 17th 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 1 comments  

Previously on vvvv: vvvvhat happened in September 2021


So,

we have a candidate for the upcoming 2021.4 release. It includes the latest updates for videoplayback and also a new thing called editor extensions, which are little tools to extend the vvvv editor. The best thing about them: Those are just patches as well, so it is really easy to make your own.

Next up: We're now fixing a few more buggers that showed up in the release candidate before we'll be releasing 2021.4 hopefully within this month. Then it's time to start planning the next releases and give you an update on the roadmap.

Also coming up: The November meetup on the 23rd!

Contributions

Here are some new bits for you to try:

And the following nugets got updated:

In other surprise news: A new vvvv book is out in Japan that also covers vvvv gamma.

Gallery

Currently showing at Galerie König in Berlin: A FUSE powered projection by Refik Anadol

Jobs


That was it for October. Anything to add? Please do so in the comments!

joreg, Sunday, Nov 7th 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

When Sat, Nov 6th 2021 - 17:00 until Sat, Nov 6th 2021 - 19:00
Where Galerie König, Alexandrinenstr. 118–121, 10969, Berlin, Germany

Berliners!

On short notice: A new exhibition is opening at Galerie König featuring works by Refik Anadol. Including this littlebig projection mapped onto the gallery building:

Refik tweets: Dear friends, super excited for our studio’s latest Public Art Project: Winds of Berlin opening @koeniggalerie tomorrow! This is a realtime AI Data Sculpture realtime visualizing the environmental data from a live API such as wind, temperature, humidty with natureGAN!

The artist will be present. Come join us for a tour!

joreg, Friday, Nov 5th 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

Here goes!

Available in experimental form since a while already, vvvv gamma finally will ship proper stable video playback options with upcoming 2021.4. So here is what we've got for you:

For both Skia and Stride - Something for everyone!

Video files

Typing "video" in the nodebrowser shows the VL.Video.MediaFoundation nuget. Reference it to get these nodes for video playback:

  • VideoPlayer (Stride): returns a texture for VL.Stride
  • VideoPlayer (Skia): returns an image for VL.Skia

Both play the same wide range of containers and formats and some more can be added by installing the Mediafoundation codec pack.

Image Sequences

For the playback of image sequences, find the following nodes shipping with the respective nugets:

  • ImagePlayer (Stride) and ImagePlayer (FrameBased Stride) for VL.Stride
  • ImagePlayer (Skia) and ImagePlayer (FrameBased Skia) for VL.Skia

Check their help patches for details on supported formats and some more fine-print.


For arguments regarding when to use the VideoPlayer vs. the ImagePlayers nodes, see the new chapter on video playback in the gray book.

Network synchronization

Yes, please! Using the ImagePlayer nodes, vvvv also offers to have them play in sync on multiple PCs.


Available for testing now in latest 2021.4 previews.

joreg, Wednesday, Oct 13th 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

Previously on vvvv: vvvvhat happened in August 2021


Aaaahoi!

The single biggest news this month: The FUSE team had their preview release party and people are since fusing aways like there's no tomorrow. Check it out, you don't want to be the last one who joins the hype! Any questions? Get them answered in the shiny new dedicated FUSE section of the forum.

In addition, we had two regular vvvv meetups which you should watch if you don't want to miss out on the latest shenanigans: meetup 13 and meetup 14.

And a secret tip: dottore giving an update on the status of the VL.Kairos project.

How are things regarding the upcoming 2021.4 release? Good, glad you ask! We've just recently merged the promised Settings UI, which is actually bigger news than what meets the eye. We'll have to talk about this separately... TextureFX have recently left the experimental stage and so have the Video- and TexturePlayers that still have an announcement pending. But really, latest 2021.4 previews already have all of this in for you to test. And still a few more things to come...

Contributions

Here are some new nugets that got freshly minted:

And the following got updated:

Gallery

Micron Audio - Molecular Level Solutions by Juan Hurle

Jobs


That was it for September. Anything to add? Please do so in the comments!

joreg, Monday, Oct 4th 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

Who all-ovvvv-us
When Tue, Sep 28th 2021 - 20:00 until Tue, Sep 28th 2021 - 22:00

Hello evvvveryone!
This September comes with two meetups! YAY! and this is an official invitation for you to join our well known online gathering on September 28th, 8pm CET! Bring your drinks, snacks and of course patches to share and discuss with the others.

Want to share your work?

You are more than welcome! Shortly before the meetup starts, we will share a link to the Zoom call here and on our Element chat! As always; do not forget to appear with your "name"+"vvvv"!

To join the call please use your "name"+"vvvv" and click on the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86374295289

Or watch the live stream

Questions? Get in touch via meetup@vvvv.org.
See you soon!

baxtan, Tuesday, Sep 21st 2021 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 0 comments  

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Shoutbox

~10d ago

andresc4: gamma+stride+fuse+standaloneapp+soputoutput+oscinput = lovvvvvveeeeeee!!!!

~12d ago

joreg: @pechart thanks for the flowers!

~12d ago

pechart: Just a big shoutout to the whole vvvv devteam and the friendly community! It's fantastic to export patches to standalone apps. THX!

~21d ago

daviddenker: We are looking asap for 3x Azure Kinect to rent or buy. Any kind of help appreciated! :-)

~24d ago

mediadog: Hmmm md.ecosystem link on staff pics page is not found

~26d ago

schlonzo: physics constraints and forces plz?

~28d ago

karistouf: thank you @gml but im thinking about and old version of vvvvv. There was a redraw with HSL of each pixels

~28d ago

schlonzo: no more previews? is there a 4.0 stable?

~30d ago

sunep: Live now. I perform live AV with Thomas Li after kiloton who is performing now. https://youtu.be/IG5oC6JvMeM