Linking Isadora with scenic automation using UDP

  • Hi all,

    I'm interested in linking Isadora with a scenic automation software called Spikemark ([](  Spikemark has already been linked successfully with Watchout ([]( and/or [](  The idea would be that Spikemark would send Isadora the position of automated scenery and use that data to move the projected image along with the moving scenery.
    Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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    This would defiantly be a question for Mark the creator/owner.

    If it uses UDP then I am sure something is possible. 

  • Dear jshimon,

    I quickly perused the link you provided. Isadora doesn't have a "generic UDP" input feature like Watchout. It accepts either messages in an Isadora specific format (used by the Net Broadcaster) or Open Sound Control (OSC) messages via UDP. Implementing a such a feature would be a relatively significant task and, at the moment, would benefit a very small number of users. So, for the time being, I'm afraid I can't promise anything.
    Do you think there would be any way to convince the Spikemark people to implement OSC as a protocol for their software? The argument for this would be that it would mean that Spikemark would instantly be compatible with a huge number of applications, Isadora included. If all they are doing is sending numbers, it would be a relatively simple task to implement.
    Final thought: Is there any way to customize the UDP messages _Spikemark_ sends? If so, then perhaps one could create the OSC messages in Spikemark already.
    Best Wishes,

  • Spikemark definitely doesn't let you customize the UDP messages it outputs but it would be awesome if they could be convinced to add OSC output. In the meantime, it's pretty easy to make a little Spikemark UDP to OSC translator standalone app using MAX/MSP so if you know someone who can program MAX they could whip that up for you

  • Thanks all for the very quick responses.

    I'm in some contact with the folks at Creative Conners and will see what is available for OSC output.  If anyone here is interested in making the translator app MattewH suggested let me know.  If anything becomes available from the Spikemark folks I will post follow up here.

  • Dear shimon,

    If you like, you can tell them I'll get on skype for a quick conversation describing what is involved, in case that will help convince them.
    Best Wishes,

  • Mark,

    Thanks for the offer, I will see what they are up for and Message you specifics.

  • Did anything come of the effort to connect Isadora with Spikemark?

    It would be a great hook-up to have!

  • It might be worth a try. But I also know that Creative Conners is highly proprietary in their thinking. Still it would be nice if we could all get along!

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