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Hardware Diagnosis Tools

General Purpose


  • USBview (Universal Serial Bus Viewer, Usbview.exe) is a Windows graphical user interface application that enables you to browse all USB controllers and connected USB devices on your computer. USBView works on all versions of Windows. USBView can enumerate USB host controllers, USB hubs, and attached USB devices. It can also query information about the devices from the registry and through USB requests to the devices. The main USBView window contains two panes. The left pane displays a connection-oriented tree view, enabling you to select any USB device.


  • MIDI-OX is a multi-purpose tool: it is both a diagnostic tool and a System Exclusive librarian. It can perform filtering and mapping of MIDI data streams. It displays incoming MIDI streams, and passes the data to a MIDI output driver or the MIDI Mapper. You can generate MIDI data using the computer keyboard or the built-in control panel.
  • Bome's Midi Translator lets you translate MIDI messages (e.g. from a keyboard or a control surface) to different MIDI messages, or to emulated keystrokes for controlling other programs.
  • some amazing midi tools

MIDI Loopback Devices

virtual midi ports/cables, to connect different software via midi:

Lighting Tools

  • WhiteCat a free open source lighting board enabling to work with DMX devices, midi devices. Cues, performance structure, ArtNet IN and OUT ( remoting VVVV is very easy using WhiteCat Cuelist and recording habilities, or getting data in Artnet from VVVV). WhiteCat is dedicated to traditionnal lights (dimmers). Coded in C-C++, searching for new coders :)
  • Schwartzpeter is a free lighting desk, ancestor of WhiteCat. It is remotable in midi (hardware and udp). Cues, patch, dimmer laws, chasers, midi receiving / sending, ascii import/export.
  • free ascii transcoding tool
  • MagicQ Pc lighting software fully featured pc editor for their consoles. Supports Entec, pepperoni, artnet outputs, 16 universes, cues stacks, media server support.


  • TightVNC is better than RealVNC, because it allows multiple clients to connect simultaneously.
  • Input Director is a Windows application that lets you control multiple Windows systems using the keyboard/mouse attached to one computer. You can
    • share a single keyboard/mouse across a set of systems. You switch which system receives the input by moving the cursor.
    • Input Director also supports a "shared" clipboard, in which you can copy data onto the clipboard on one system, transition across to another and paste.
    • since vvvv_beta20 you even can copy a selection of nodes on one PC and paste them into a patch on a second PC.
    • you even can use a whole KVM-cluster of PCs (each running ID as Master) and your laptop besides as ID-slave. no matter which PC is selected by KVM you can sweep over to your laptop and back. Input Director is definetely very addictive and always will be free for personal non-commercial use.
  • Synergy allows you to use your main mouse and keyboard to control other computers. You can configure the topology, eg, "I have another computer to the right of my main one" and control is transferred seamlessly when your mouse moves off the righthand side of the screen. Works reliably, it's free and will help prevent RSI!
  • BeyondCopy is a LAN hosts clipboard synchronism tool. BeyondCopy allows you to copy something in one computer, and paste it in another computer directly. It is useful if you have to work using two or more computers at the same time. File Copying feature works under Windows 2000/XP/2003. It is an open source software under GNU General Public License 3.0.
  • NetSetMan is a network settings manager which can easily switch between 6 different, visually structured profiles including: IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, DNS Server, Computer Name, Workgroup, DNS Domain, WINS Server, Default Printer, Network Drives, Run Scripts. a "must have" for laptops.
  • PortMon is a utility that monitors and displays all serial and parallel port activity on a system. It has advanced filtering and search capabilities that make it a powerful tool for exploring the way Windows works, seeing how applications use ports, or tracking down problems in system or application configurations. Debug output from any computer accessible via TCP/IP - even across the Internet. You can monitor multiple remote computers simultaneously. Portmon will even install its client software itself if you are running it on a Windows NT/2K system and are capturing from another Windows NT/2K system in the same Network Neighborhood.
  • Mirror, a commandline tool of Dominik Jain, makes exact copies of directories (or entire directory structures). It will overwrite existing files only if necessary and delete files in the destination that are no longer present in the source (unidirectional synchronization). Mirror can ignore files that match regular expressions or file masks. kalle made some handy modules integrating this tool into vvvv.
  • PsTools is a simple and light network management process.Usefull for boygroup. Allow kills,starts, copy... from one computer to other computers over networks.

Graphiccards Tools/Drivers

  • laptopvideo2go allows you to install the newest nvidia-drivers on any laptop with nvidia graphiccard
  • Powerstrip allows you to precisely set a graphiccards refresh frequency independent of the driver


  • EventGhost is an open-source automation tool for MS Windows, that can be extended through plugins. It can use different input devices like infrared or wireless remotes to trigger macros, that on their part control a computer and its attached hardware. After the user has configured everything to its needs, the program will run silently in the system tray and waits for an event to arrive. So it can be used to control a Media-PC with a normal consumer remote for example.

Programmable Input Emulator

  • GlovePIE allows to connect several things to vvvv via MIDI or OSC
    • P5 DataGlove
    • Microsofts Speech Recognition
    • Text to Speech
    • ForceFeedback
    • Multiple Mice
    • Nintendo Wii
  • AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows.
    • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks.
    • You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
    • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.

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~4d ago

joreg: Workshop on 30.11: Strategies for Sound Reactive Graphics: How to control everything through sound Signup here: https://thenodeinstitute.org/courses/ws23-vvvv-02-how-to-control-everything-through-sound/

~13d ago

joreg: The vvvv winter semester course program is out, starting with a free course on November 23rd: https://thenodeinstitute.org/ws23-vvvv-intermediates

~14d ago

LCA: ravazque, this guy is working on this v3 since ever. check: https://nuitrack.com/

~24d ago

~2mth ago

karistouf: done with vvvv beta :) https://vimeo.com/872242439

~2mth ago

joreg: Mapping festical call for projects: https://mappingfestival.com/en/call-for-projects

~2mth ago

joreg: Starting October 16: vvvv beginner class winter 23/24 Sign up here: https://thenodeinstitute.org/courses/ws23-vvvv-beginner-class/