Hap to Make VJs Happy: Codec Looks Better, Plays Faster on GPU, Free [Mac]

Hap as in happy sounds about right. Hap is a family of free and open source video codecs for Mac OS X. The notion is that the computer’s GPU – rather than CPU – does the heavy lifting of decoding frames. Because GPUs are optimized for lots of parallel operations in a way CPUs are not, that means the ability to use higher resolutions. And, best of all, you can get this for free. The code that makes Hap work is already up on GitHub, and you can begin using it right now if you’re in VDMX. I quickly polled …

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Apple's HTTP Live Streaming Proposal is Actually Pretty Cool, But it Needs Partners

It takes two to tango, and lots of people for a line dance. Yes, as the rest of the Web has noticed, Apple has just proudly touted the fact that it’s streaming its own press event in a format only people with the latest Apple devices can actually watch. Even Mac site TUAW, gearing up for today’s press event, thinks it’s pretty odd. But let’s skip straight to the good stuff: what’s this HTTP live streaming, anyway? The short answer is, it’s something cool – but it’ll be far cooler if Apple can acquire some friends doing the same thing. …

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Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming Proposal is Actually Pretty Cool, But it Needs Partners

It takes two to tango, and lots of people for a line dance. Yes, as the rest of the Web has noticed, Apple has just proudly touted the fact that it’s streaming its own press event in a format only people with the latest Apple devices can actually watch. Even Mac site TUAW, gearing up for today’s press event, thinks it’s pretty odd. But let’s skip straight to the good stuff: what’s this HTTP live streaming, anyway? The short answer is, it’s something cool – but it’ll be far cooler if Apple can acquire some friends doing the same thing. …

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In-Depth Windows 7 Preview, and Better In-Box Codec Support

Windows 7 running on a MacBook. Photo by Esparta Palma . Windows 7’s buzz has been overwhelmingly positive, in stark contrast to the rough ride upgrading to Windows Vista. The scene is of particular interest to visualists. The Windows OS, for better or for worse, is still the best OS out there as far as supporting a full range of the latest-and-greatest video cards. The Mac is restricted in its choices, and proprietary Linux graphics drivers – sadly – are still often plagued with issues. While it’s on Create Digital Music, and while the subject of the discussion is Noel …

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QuickTime X: Here’s What We Know

Hang X, dude? Apple is mostly talking about the Player app, but under-the-hood QT improvements could be meaningful to visualists and live visual apps. Okay, having gotten my rant about Apple’s extreme level of secrecy out of the way (I’m standing by that), we can at least talk about what Apple is saying about QuickTime X, cutting through the marketing as best as possible. We’ve known for some time that QuickTime X would be a ground-up rewrite – one badly needed. That could have some implications for compatibility, though, which is something to watch. The details are sketchy at this …

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QuickTime X: Here’s What We Know

Hang X, dude? Apple is mostly talking about the Player app, but under-the-hood QT improvements could be meaningful to visualists and live visual apps. Okay, having gotten my rant about Apple’s extreme level of secrecy out of the way (I’m standing by that), we can at least talk about what Apple is saying about QuickTime X, cutting through the marketing as best as possible. We’ve known for some time that QuickTime X would be a ground-up rewrite – one badly needed. That could have some implications for compatibility, though, which is something to watch. The details are sketchy at this …

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Apple Has a New QuickTime X, But We’re Not Allowed to Talk About It

Apple unveiled QuickTime X at the WWDC keynote. Here are their bullet point slides: Modern foundation Hardware Acceleration ColorSync HTTP Streaming I’m actually quite keen to know how the new QuickTime X works. What will it mean for live visualists? What does it mean for developers, not only on Mac but Windows? What does it mean for open source projects built on QuickTime, projects vital to music and visual applications and innovation? Here’s the problem: we’re not allowed to talk about that. Apple didn’t talk much about what’s in QuickTime at their public WWDC keynote. Now, they’ll start explaining all …

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Apple Has a New QuickTime X, But We’re Not Allowed to Talk About It

Apple unveiled QuickTime X at the WWDC keynote. Here are their bullet point slides: Modern foundation Hardware Acceleration ColorSync HTTP Streaming I’m actually quite keen to know how the new QuickTime X works. What will it mean for live visualists? What does it mean for developers, not only on Mac but Windows? What does it mean for open source projects built on QuickTime, projects vital to music and visual applications and innovation? Here’s the problem: we’re not allowed to talk about that. Apple didn’t talk much about what’s in QuickTime at their public WWDC keynote. Now, they’ll start explaining all …

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MSA QT: More than HD Fullscreen Video – Way More than HD (4096+ pixels, anyone?)

1080 whatever. Memo (Mehmet) Akten, musician, visualist, creative developer, and self-described “mad scientist” wanted to play a 4800 x 600 pixel QuickTime video file across two outputs. Well, not just two outputs, even – two outputs feeding three triple-head outputs feeding six projectors. There’s just one problem: most video apps choke on a file that big. They use textures on the graphics card to display video, but the maximum size of a texture is usually 4096 pixels. QuickTime Pro can handle the job, but not across multiple outputs. Solution? Build a new app: “Mega Super Awesome & mega super basic” …

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Add Mac Quicktime Support for FLV: Perian

I’m sure this is one of those tools which almost everyone knows about, but it’s useful enough that I’d post it if only a single person benefited: Perian is a component for which adds native Quicktime support for, notably, FLV (and a bunch of other formats nobody really cares about). This means you can play those downloaded FLV files in VDMX, 3L… any software which uses the Quicktime framework for playing video (feel free to chime in with the ones I’ve missed). So now you can youtube VJ in your favorite software.

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