My Top Features – TouchDesigner 2020 Release

It’s that time of the year! It’s Christmas for TouchDesigner developers everywhere! The Experimental builds of TouchDesigner have now become the official stable builds. This means all the beta features we’ve been using and hearing about since the summer are now ready for prime-time productions. This is exciting as it comes to shiny new features but it also contains countless bug fixes, SDK and drive updates, and workflow tweaks. Let’s dive in! Awesome shiny features Kinect Azure support There was (is still…) a tough transition period between Kinect 2’s and the Kinect Azure. Support for 2 was dropped quite a […]

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Controlling Ableton From TouchDesigner

Many TouchDesigner developers join our community wanting to create stunning audio-visual performances or installations. Ableton is to go-to application for audio performances being used by DJs, producers, installation makers, and everything in-between. It’s flexibility, ease of use, and reliability have made it one of my favourites. But how do you get Ableton to play nicely with TouchDesigner? How can we control one from the other? There are so many control protocols and different tools built to do this, but sometimes I find them a bit time intensive to setup for most simple-to-mid-level setups. So in this post I want to […]

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Best TouchDesigner Palette Tools

Whether you’re just starting your TouchDesigner career or are an experienced pro, you’ve certainly reached for some tools in the TouchDesigner palette before. There are so many tools and techniques and examples that it can be hard to remember which ones are the go-to tools and which ones are more there for your learning. In this post I go over some of my go-to tools from the TouchDesigner palette that you need to know about. What is the palette? No this isn’t a stupid question. There are lots of developers who’ve never encountered the palette for one reason or another. […]

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Book Recommendations from The HQ PRO

Recently in the HQ PRO, our members have been talking about their favourite books inside and outside the field of interactive tech and immersive media. I’ve collated some of the hits here and tried to give you a quick summary of what each of them are about and why you’d want to read them. They span everything from tech, science, fiction, philosophy, business, leadership, and more. So this is your chance to give your eyes a break from the screen and level yourself up with some highly recommended reads. Tech / Science Our new fellow HQ teacher, Matthew Ragan, recommended […]

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The Top 10 Interactive & Immersive Blog Articles

Over the last several years, I’ve written over 100 articles covering all aspects of Interactive and Immersive tech and media. What follows are 10 of the best. They’re the ones that people have viewed and shared the most, as well as those that have prompted readers to reach out to me to provide positive feedback. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are The Top 10 Interactive & Immersive Blog Articles (click any of the titles to view the corresponding article): TouchDesigner beginner tricks TouchDesigner Operators You Need To Know Developing Large-scale TouchDesigner Projects GLSL terms you need to know for […]

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