Video: How To Colorbox (body visualizer)
For Geeks Only: XBox Kinect for MacOSX
“A visualizer for your body, it’s incredible.
A simple idea implemented so brilliantly.”
For those Digital Media Artists who are interested in using the Kinect with their Macintosh, I hope that my experience will help get you started. This tutorial is only for the visual aspect. As a nod to some sage gentlemen down under, who gave the Colorbox mad props all the way through until just before the end, I have not only created a “how to” but I’m also sharing for download one of the cooler compositions under development for the Colorbox.
What you need:
The Kinect for XBox, MacOSX 10.6.6, Quartz Composer, Synapse Tryplex Download
If you already have all of the above, download this Quartz Composer file:
We did the sound on a different computer using Synapse, Max for Live and Ableton Live. You’ll find details on how to use Synapse and download here.
So if you are starting with none of this installed, here’s what to do:
1. You need to have Quartz Composer which gets installed with a standard install of XCode on your Mac. XCode is on the install disc that came with your computer, otherwise you can get it from the App Store for $5, but even if you have to dig around to find your disk you’ll save yourself a headache.
2. You need Synapse to run the body control, and I prefer this download that includes OSCeleton Tryplex with Synapse. You don’t have to go through the long install for OSCeleton but if you do, you will have more flexibility (multiplayers, etc explained on the site).
3. Now for the plugins in the Quartz Composer composition that I created, you may have to help me out in the comments below and tell me what errors you are getting. You post errors and I’ll correct this with the complete list of plugins. You’ve already installed the Synapse/OSC plugins as instructed in the Graphics Library folder. You also need vade’s Particle Warfare which you’ll find in his little download box on the lower right.
Once you’ve gotten everything, launch Synapse, wait a bit and launch the Quartz Composition “Particle Handoff”. There are endless things you can do with the Particle Warfare patch. It’s worth looking into the sample compositions he provides.
The Particle Handoff is a simple composition that transfers the particle from one hand to the other when your hands touch. The color of the particles is controlled by two LFOs, one cycling up and and down in small increments and the other through the entire hue spectrum. I invite you develop Particle Handoff into your own and look forward to seeing what you do with it.
There are so many people to thank for getting this far I can’t begin to list them. Please pay proper tribute as you discover the great contributions from Chris, Casey, Sebastian, Matthias, Vade and many others. Let me know what questions you have.