I’m not here to start a fight! I’d just really like honest opinions on the various strengths and weaknesses of vvvv versus the alternatives, particularly Touch Designer. We’ve traditionally used .NET and Flash to create interactives but we’re looking to a future which is far more hardware accelerated and thinks in 3D and 2D together.
I appreciate any wisdom you guys have to share!
P.S. I realise different tools suit different types of work so it might be useful to know where I’m coming from: We’re a production company specialising in interactive work. We do a lot of projects in visitor attractions, museums and with large corporates. Often this work involves communicating information, not just pretty images. Currently our core tools are Flash, .net, and, increasingly, Unity. We produce assets primarily in Premiere Pro, 3DS Max and After Effects. Sometimes we create large scale, multi-machine installations or shows. We’ve done this with custom developed Flash systems and, where projection mapping is required, we’ve used Catalyst (Mac)
speaking of 10 years, vvvv is from tip to toe created for professional use. it came out of interactive media project business and its development was always focused on it. this might bring a steep learning curve, but when working on some project construction site and you know the system, you get unexpected problems solved quickly.
large user base which is super helpful and just amazing.
… but before you listen to personal favorites of users, just try it out!
download both, start working with it! give yourself different problems and solve them with both.
Wow, what an incredibly comprehensive, very useful set of responses. And I love the open-mindedness of your answers too. It seems that both products are blessed with lots of smart, constructive and co-operative users.
Don’t hate me(!) but, as @tonfilm alluded to, I made a comment on the Derivative forum that Touch Designer seems like a more professional tool. That was for two reasons: firstly, IMHO, TD looks like a fully fledged application because of its UI. Having said that, the more I play with vvvv, I find its minimalism charming and… kind of humble, considering the power that lies hidden away. The second reason is that the licensing model offers what sounds like direct support of the product, including bug-fixes and core application updates as well help in project development if necessary. That’s pretty unique, I think, and very appealing when we work with demanding commercial clients on tight deadlines.
Does anyone know if there is the potential for similar support (obviously at a cost) from the main vvvv developers? @tonfilm, is this something you could answer? … Especially with a new tool, it would be incredibly reassuring to know there’s help beyond this excellent forum, if time is tight and we’re desperate for a solution.
Many thanks again guys. Your responses really blew me away.
yes, you can always contact any of the devvvvs and ask for professional assistance. one of us should always have the time to help. and if not we will pass the job on to one of the many trusted users we know who can handle the request.
and we also offer custom developments, if you need support for a special SDK, hardware or something else. so, just get in touch.
I was in a similar situation and was considering both touch and vvvv. At first both looked alien as the logic was quite new. I was looking at studios using both the tools, with touch Obscura digital was rocking and in the other hand Strukt & Intolight with VVVV (there are more but these two took my attention in the beginning). First i tried touch but dint get pull through a long way as there was less tutorial back then to start(ofcourse there are more now including the mutek workshop). This is where VVVV rocked, there was more wiki sources to read and get started and forum was awesome, humble and constructive. After using VVVV for all these days now if i look back touch tutorials, we can easily point the same or better function inside VVVV. Infact i have asked this same questions to Antokio maybe 10 months back and as he rightly said when you already have everything with you why you want something else? I think its just your personal preference to choose, V vote for VVVV though because you can do amazingly complex stuff with simple things and simple is beautiful :)
@tonfilm, your note about the devs is extremely reassuring with the prospect of big commercial projects on the horizon.
@Urbankind, your response reassured me I’m on the right lines narrowing options down to TD and VVVV.
For what it’s worth, all my R&D time is now going into VVVV, thanks to the inspiration you guys have given me on this thread. This community really is an incredible bonus that makes VVVV even more compelling.
The only concern I have left is around video playback but I’m testing out the VLC plugin and hoping to look at the new ImageStacks plugin very soon too. Having said that, the standard video stuff is performing really well in the tests I’ve done so far.