Los Angeles April 2022 Community Meetup

On Saturday, April 30th, The Interactive & Immersive HQ hosted its first in-person community meetup in Los Angeles, California. It was a public and free event where people in the interactive and immersive field could come hang out with other like-minded folks. Over 60 people RSVPed for the event, including some TouchDesigner patrons: Jarrett Smith from Derivative; Matthew Ragen and Zoe Sandoval from SudoMagic; Harvey Moon from MB Labs; Dylan Roscover from The Experiential Company; Akiko Yamashita, Bileam Tschepe, and many more. The meetup started with ice breaker games, including seeing which attendant traveled the furthest – the prize went […]

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New Media Festivals You Should Know About

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned interactive developer, festivals that focus around art and technology can be a great place to catch up on the latest technology, learn cool new skills and techniques, and most importantly, network with people in the industry! In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the major new media festivals that you should check out. OFFF Website: https://www.offf.barcelona/ OFFF is a well known festival of digital art and design, attended by many artists and developers in the interactive and immersive community. Since the first OFFF festival was held in Barcelona in 2000, […]

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Python vs TouchDesigner Operators

Should you use Python or native TouchDesigner operators to perform a task in TouchDesigner? It feels like an eternal question with no clear answer! Some pros say “it doesn’t matter” and some say “operators always!” so which is it? In this post, I’ll dive into the thought process behind these decisions so you can make the best choice for your unique situation Preface As with anything in TouchDesigner, the context is important. There are tons and tons of ways of achieving any particular thing in TouchDesigner and often a bit of inefficiency is alright if it makes the overall workflow […]

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Windows Power Settings for Installations

For beginners who are new to using TouchDesigner or working in a performance or installation setting, best practices for settings and optimizations outside of your software tools may not be top of mind. Many of the settings related to the way Windows functions can have a huge impact on whether or not you run into issues like performance bottlenecks or the computer sleeping mid show. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the power-related settings in Windows that are crucial to adjust to make sure that you don’t run into any unintentional headaches. Where to Find Power […]

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3D Scanning with Apple’s LiDAR

If you have iPhone 12 or newer, or the IPad Pro 4th generation, you may have heard that there’s LiDAR capability. Now you can do a 3D scan of objects, buildings, or architectural space and import it to software to manipulate in, such as TouchDesigner. This blog will go over what LiDAR is, different apps that will be compatible to upload into TouchDesigner, and what unique possibilities this technology can bring. What is LiDAR? LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Range. LiDAR is a method to measure range by targeting an object or surface with a laser to calculate the […]

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