Citizen, I am glad you found my tutorial helpful.. I have plans to do more (some in the works currently), so please do check back now and again.
I personally read the entire manual twice before getting into any real projects, and found it very informative.. however; tutorials are lacking and I think that if a few of us on the forum made the effort to create even a couple that the documentation voids could be filled very quickly.
I know I appreciate browsing Skulpture's blog from time to time.
Graham is correct: whenever you can do this kind of processing beforehand, it means less work for Isadora to do, and more CPU left for other tasks. So do whatever masking you can beforehand, and for anything that needs to be live, use the Threshold actor.
Well, my first suggestion would be to simply ensure all of your media is already 800x600 or 400x300 (one or the other.) When you do this, and you understand which actors use the "Default Resolution" parameter, and how the "When combining media..." parameter works, you can be specific about what's happening. (Both of these are in the Video tab of the Preferences).
That being said, if you need to output to two screens from a single movie, I'd make it the proper (1600x800 or 800 x1200) size and use the Chopper actor to split it to the two stages.
I hope that gets you started. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.
i ended up getting After Effects and as you said -- so easy!
however, i'm still having trouble smoothly adjusting speed and intensity when i bring the files into Izzy. but i'll start that conversation elsewhere.
Apologies for the error in my last post.. I have edited to reflect what I now know:
So just for the record: The QC patches that I downloaded from Matthew Haber's site automatically select the most recent Syphon server, but the CeGe examples allow the Server Name and App Name to be specified. NI_mate V1.1 outputs Garbage to Syphon on a stream along side the "Ghost" and other image streams. When using Matthew Haber's Syphon Client with NI_mate V1.1, you will only see the garbage stream from NI_mate because it is the last in the list. The CeGe Extras folder contained the solution for me because of the published inputs "Server Name" and App Name". In Isadora, the CeGe "Syphon Client.qtz" actor can be hard-coded using these inputs Server Name = "Delicode Server" App Name = ."Delicode_NI_mate". The CeGe examples are part of the Quartz composer plugin download from the Syphon website!
The CeGe examples are .qtz files so they have to go in the User/Library/compositions folder or one of the other folders that you have pointed Isadroa to. They should not go in the FreeFrame folder because they have nothing to do with FreeFrame.