I am the Senior AV Broadcast Technology Analyst at Loyalist College where I primarily design, install and maintain campus AV, Digital Signage and Broadcast systems and equipment. I have also do some teaching for Camera, VFX and Audio/Video editing as well; I love my job. My background includes Broadcast Television, Video Production and Technical work. My passions include traditional and digital drawing, fictional creative writing, VFX, and cinematic video projects. I have also recently rekindled my interest in robotics and have tinkered with Arduino and Raspberry Pi and a few programable robots.
I find I most comfortably find myself in the chaotic limbo between the artistically and technically creative, believing one can indeed excel at both. Which is probably why I am loving VUO! :)
I keep coming back to this feature request and was thinking this time about how useful a feature request it would be for projection mapping or other distance related projector based projects.
I've often used HDMI over ethernet extenders to get signals to far away projectors but you can easily run out of display outputs. So I was thinking that if NDI were supported it could open up some possibilities of easily adding additional displays to ANY Mac even ones that only have few available options for connecting displays.
In a projection mapping composition you could be running the main composition on your most powerful Mac using some NDI Server nodes streaming the image feeds, and on secondary Mac minis or MacBooks you could have a simple Vuo exported Mac app with a Receive Image via NDI node with a Make Quad Layer node or something to align the projection. You would now only be limited by the power of your Main Mac (and number of other Macs you have available) not the number of display connections you have on your main system.
I realize you can often add more displays with external graphic cards or certain hubs, however you aren't as likely to invest in something like that for a single project. It's a lot more feasible to get your hands on a second or third Mac computer, so because of this I really think NDI would add a lot of value to Vuo.
Hey, so I'm going to be dabbling in some really basic serial communication in a bit. The idea is to use a contact closure (A hacked Staples Easy Button) to trigger an event in my composition. I have a couple copycat Arduino Pro Micros and a couple of Pro Minis on order and plan to put one inside the Staples Easy Button which would be connected to my Mac via a USB cable. The Micro has an ATmega32U4 chip which supports native USB-HID and the Pro Mini has an ATmega328P which supports USB-Serial so I thought that will cover either type of communication I might want.