I had very good experience so far with a 2Om HDMI cable, never any problems and I did not need a signal booster (the cable was not so cheap though). I wish it was heavy flex rubberised cable though, it is not so nice to roll up after a show. I generally come out of a blackmagic mixer though, not just the mac output. I have started experimenting using the HDMI mixer also to route audio and this is not possible with DVI.
I also had good results with a cat5 extender, but once in a show when we used old gas lights, it would spit static when we turned off the gas lights during the show (we were even on a totally different power grid???)
@ [dbini](http://troikatronix.com/troikatronixforum/profile/274/dbini) I have found some great but not cheap, high quality flex cat5 and 6 cables from markertek here is one example but there are others-
I want to add one more thing re HDMI, if you are interfacing with video equipment (pro gear) you must stick to traditional video standards, so 1280x1024 will not work, just the standard (well PAL anyway) 576i/p 720p 1080i/p. These are the only real video resolutions. Some computers will not give you these proper video resolutions if you connect with a DVI cable, only if you use an HDMI cable. If you are connecting to a pro HDMI capture or HDMI video mixer you will have to stick with these standards. I have changed my setup to HDMI and now as I work most often with live video I keep my resolutions full and constant at the appropriate video standard (so capture size, stage size and beamer resolution are all the same). HDMI, even at SD mas made my capture and output qualtiy much much better.
I did notice now there are some more pro HDMI options available
and this one uses optical fibre and converts it in cable (however the design looks a little difficult as the cable tip needs a huge clearance.
I did have one mid-show F*up. The Iphone spent half an hour in an actor's pocket during the show, when it came out it had been switched out of the webcam app. Oops! When I grabbed the camera from them, it had been switched to the stock iphone camera app, which caused me some confusion (maybe the actor tried to solve it by opening up the camera app?).
But I re-opened Mini WebCamera on the phone, and Isadora picked it up again instantly. Show goes on.
We hadn't really had this problem in run-throughs, but I had considered covering the iphone screen with something transparent that would block the touchpad. Didn't have time to figure it out (ulp!) and also thought blocking the touchscreen would just cause its own problems.
I need to create a flipover, velcro screen cover so I can have the camera running without touchpad vulnerable to touching, but actor can see the frame. Also really quick to rip open and do stuff on the iPhone.
Airplane mode works with Wifi on, connected to the macbook's hotspot. Gave the network a password so everybody in the room didn't hop onto the network and jam it up failing to check their email repeatedly, and also turned off internet sharing on the Macbook because when internet failed, Macbook shut off the wifi (you don't want that wifi network if you stopped sharing internet, right?). Losing the wifi while connected necessitated restarting isadora to reboot the Mini Webcam driver.
Also, the iphone seemed to be more troublesome when it wasn't charged right up to capacity. Left it plugged into a/c until the actor grabbed it 1/2 hour into the show.
Isadora and Arduino examples from the old forum:
For some reason these just took me ages to track down again so I thought I'd repost them here for future reference.
[Isadora & Data Array actor | VJ Skulpture's Blog](http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=vjskulpture+data&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fvjskulpture.wordpress.com%2F2012%2F06%2F28%2Fisadora-data-array-actor%2F&ei=WZJQUPHwNMbm4QTrmYHwCA&usg=AFQjCNHMDlEKU1O7NwKtBZ1pBfoRGEu2nQ)
I use a lot of wireless joysticks, usually older logitech ones that are great and automatically pick up if they drop out. I have had to find a replacement and am using xbox 360 controllers. On a mac I get solid performance and if the connection drops you can press the connect button and be back in business.
I have had to switch and use this on a pc laptop. If the connection drops I have to restart Isadora to connect again, even though I get a connected status on the driver. Also when I move the patch from mac to pc, the same HID controller gives different names, I have to do the stream setup again every time- the combination of these two behaviours is driving me nuts. Does anyone own Isadora for windows and an xbox 360 controller- if you could save a blank patch with the buttons captured and numbered in stream setup.... Mark could you generate generic names for the HID devices so that mac to windows transfer works?
I have the same behavioural problem when I use the OIS library for connecting to gamepad controllers with openframeworks (the disconnecting anyway), I find it strange that I get the problem on PC but not mac, does Isadora use different libraries to access the hid devices on mac vs pc?
Great ! 1. APC plugged directly to my computer : I get all controls perfectly - thanx MIDI-monitor ! 2. MIDI-ox on my fellow's computer : took a little while for us newbies, but we managed to split MIDI signals, and, apparently, get to our goals !... Thanx a lot.
Yes! That's exactly what I was looking for. Didn't realize the input on SL++ had to be typed in the box. Thanks! At the risk of embarrassing myself further, I still can't figure out how to attach frequency watchers to individual inputs on a single channel. Hopefully it's not another obvious one!
I am familiar with blender but I already know C4D and Cheetah3D is similar to that in terms of UI whereas blender is completely different. If I had to do it again I might have learned Blender to begin with but I didn't and I don't want to try and completely relearn now.
There is a Osculator tool for this device
Run the exutable from above, change OSC port in Isadora to 8000(Preferences), set up Stream(Communication) rotary incr=1, decr=2 and try the patch I made.