Isadora 1.3.1f06 / 1.5.3f28

Provides interactive control over digital media
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Isadora is a feature-rich application that allows for interactive, real-time manipulation of digital media, including pre-recorded video, live video, sound, standard MIDI files and more.

You create an Isadora program by linking together modules (called actors in Isadora parlance), each of which perform a specific function on the media.

You make these programs interactive by linking actors to another type of module, called a watcher, which looks for information from the outside world (i.e. MIDI messages, mouse and keyboard actions, messages send over a Local Area Network).

The results are presented via the computer’s video displays, speakers, or MIDI interfaces.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of Isadora is that a new file is a blank slate – it won’t do anything for you until you begin to bring actors into the program and link them together.

For those just beginning, this can be a bit daunting. So, the developers have supplied a complete set of tutorials that lead you through the process of creating several Isadora programs.

In addition, you will find several example files included with the application. Looking at these may be the best place to start, as it will give you a sense of what you can do with Isadora and how to begin using it.

Main features:

  • General Features:
  • Real time Video Processing Modules
  • Choose from an incredible selection of video effects modules built into Isadora. Extend your video processing possibilities with our free FreeFrame video plugins. Or, add the optional Core Video upgrade (Mac OS X only) and your Quartz Composer patches instantly become Isadora modules.
  • Online Tutorials
  • Our ten online video tutorials will quickly allow you to use the program effectively
  • A Manual That’s Actually Useful
  • Our manual provides a comprehensive look into every aspect of the program, including tips on making the most of your machine
  • Control Panels
  • Create your own, custom user interface, including Dials, Radio Buttons, Sliders, and more. You can even use your own graphics to customize the look of the various controls.
  • Custom User Actors
  • Group together several modules into a single unit to be saved for use in other patches or shared with other users.
  • Snapshot Feature
  • Store and instantly recall every setting within a patch; invaluable for VJs.
  • Output Features:
  • Multiple Ways to Output Video
  • Isadora is primarily used to render in real-time to an external monitor or video projector. But you can also record Isadora’s output to a movie, or, on Mac OS X only, send the output to a DV camera or a super high-quality Black Magic video card.
  • Instant Compositing
  • Resize and composite multiple video images quickly and easily. This feature is invaluable when adapting a live performance to new theaters while on tour.
  • Up to Six Independent Outputs
  • With a fast desktop computer and multiple video cards, project up to six independent images on six different surfaces from a single patch.
  • Multi-Channel Sound Output
  • Send audio to a host of Core Audio compliant audio devices for high quality, multi-channel audio output. (MacOS X only).
  • Record Output
  • Record your work to a QuickTime movie with using our non-real-time rendering feature for high resolution output and perfect frame rates.
  • Interactivity Features:
  • Live Video & Sound Input
  • Isadora accepts up to four simultaneous live video and/or audio inputs
  • MIDI
  • Explore a full complement of MIDI input and output modules.
  • Open Sound Control Support
  • Implement the fast, high-resolution communications protocol of OSC. With OSC, Isadora can easily speak with numerous devices and other applications like OSCulator, Pd, MAX and others.
  • Serial Input/Output
  • Send commands to external that can receive commands via a serial port, including video projectors, video mixers and many other devices. (Requires an external RS-232 interface.)

last updated on:
August 20th, 2014, 10:28 GMT
file size:
20.4 MB
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operating system(s):
Mac OS X 10.4 or later
binary format:
Universal Binary
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What's New in version 1.5.3f28
  • A bug which caused User Actors to lose their settings if it was also stored in the Global Toolbox has been fixed. This most notably affected Matthew Haber’s Cornerpin actor, but other User Actors may have been affected as well.
  • The Picture Player no longer generates an error when taking an action that would cause the items in the media list to change, notably when using the Record to Disk feature and stopping capture. (ID=1176,1311,1312,1313)
  • If an unexpected error occurs when attempting to open a Live Capture Channel, the error information presented to the user has been greatly enhanced. This will allow better support when these unexpected errors occur. (ID=1066,1155,1156,1308,1315)
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