Knob for Faster Expressive Results

jersmi's picture

This is about supporting creativity and expression. Vuo lacks tools for working quickly -- it can be difficult to set something up and see expressive results right now. In one sense this is a UX/UI issue -- modular software is particularly difficult when it can cover so many use cases -- how do you decide what to highlight?

Scenario: say I have a creative thread I wish to follow, a sketch, a seed. Like having a sketchbook close by, I want to be able to set up and explore possibilities ASAP.

To this end I wish I could load a simple 'knob' -- a Share Value in the form of a knob UI element, could just be a float value normalized to 0 to 1 range. Then I could quickly refine it with Calculate to set up an expressive range.

This idea applies to a majority of Vuo scenarios, here's a simple example: say I want to play with thin line widths on a 3D Object, say a Make Grid Lines Object -- I wish I could load a knob and quickly type an expression into Calculate, knob * knob * .01, connect and go. Two things get in the way -- event flow and parameter ranges on modules. The more parameters a module has, the more difficult it is to use as an expressive object. A tool like this would help.

Features (in order of importance):

  • Don't need to consider event flow because it will just work.
  • The knob could simultaneously be published (for creating comps to load in other software, VDMX, CoGe, Resolume) and still be used in a running Vuo comp.
  • The knob could be assigned to an external source via either OSC or MIDI.

Some think all parameters in modular software should be normalized. In lieu of this, it would be great to have some solution that considers these basics. Pretty sure these concepts have been hashed out a kajillion times by now from various directions....


Export Vuo projects as OFX plugins

OFX is an open standard for compositing software. BlackMagic Design's DaVinci grading/compositing software now has a couple of pretty advanced non-linear editing modes, and there's a free version of DaVinci that anybody can use.

I used Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects and would really like to be able to export plugins for those Apps too, but perhaps OXF is more accessible to the community given free version of DaVinci Studio. For plugin developers I expect that the Adobe plugin market is bigger than OFX so I'll FR that to and see what gets more votes.

here's a page of info about comping/editing tools that support the OFX plugin API. And OFX plugins and more.


Apply image filter protocols to movies (rotoscoping)

Implement "Image Filter" protocol for movies and "Filtered Movie" export option. Would pass the audio track through unchanged.
For the Community Edition, the same 1280x1280 image-size restriction as the current movie export feature would apply.


Notes from Team Vuo

Vuo Pro: 

No — available with both Vuo CE and Vuo Pro


●○○○ — Up to a few days of work


●●○ — Could expand community

Code sign and notarize exported apps

Title says it all ;)

The ability to code sign exported apps, a little prompter that would appear when exporting an app.

PS : Any coder would know if technically the mac app store would allow Vuo exported apps to be uploaded ? Or is that against some rules ?



Moderator note: 

Updated title
Notes from Team Vuo

Vuo Pro: 

Yes — requires a Vuo Pro license


●●○○ — A few weeks of work


●●● — Opens Vuo to a new audience

Also exported screensavers.


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