Very new here to vvvv but excited about finding a new tool. I’ve got some experience with Jitter and Gem so not totally new to graphic type programs. I’m having some trouble wrapping my head around vvvv though and it’s very intriguing.
In Jitter I’ve built a vj type patch for experimental music that takes in 3 live feeds from firewire cams, and mixes them into a three panel projection. Each panel has a selection of composite settings and 3 or 4 shader fx (thanks to vade for those) that can all be triggered by various audio input settings or random parameters using a matrix (not a jitter matrix, but an input/output matrix). I can also mix in two video files on top of all of this.
In anycase, that’s where I come from to vvvv experience-wise and I’m wanting to know if this is possible with vvvv. Not that I want to build the whole thing again, but I’m just trying to see what the strength is of vvvv as opposed to jitter. I also thought that trying to build something I’m already familiar with might be a good way to learn a new program.
I’m WELL impressed with some of the examples I’ve seen but the documentation is obviously still in development and I can’t imagine how to get to a more advanced level based on the beginning tutorials. Funny thing about max/msp/jitter is that so much of the value of that package is actually the tutorials that come with the program itself (this isn’t a gripe at all, just a reflection on the struggle that often faces non-commercial software.)
Am I right in understanding that vvvv seems more involved in the ‘generative’ aspect of creating visuals, algorithmic etc? And some of what I’ve read has said that vvvv had audio concerns built into it from the beginning, but I’m not sure how I understand that? Also, I know that this has been discussed before both on the max/msp list and here, but can someone who’s used both jitter and vvvv discuss their differences a bit more in detail in terms of what each does well. I’m sure to an extent that you could accomplish very similar things with both, but I’m also sure that some things are easier in vvvv (spreads) and others in Jitter etc, but I’d like to hear from someone with more experience as to what those might be. I’m still not sure what the significance of spreads is, and I’m feeling like there’s likely a fundamental conceptual difference between jitter and vvvv that I’m not getting yet. Also, so much of my jitter programming involved designing a useful gui, I’d be interested if anyone has experience with the various gui soloutions on the site)?
Thanks again and sorry for the long post. I’d like to explore vvvv more and if anyone has any other tutorials or workshop materials that you wouldn’t mind sharing I’d greatly appreciate it.
looking forward to digging in more,