Media in Performance: Experiment with Isadora Part 1

For this project, I will be using an interactive media presentation software called Isadora. This software enables user to quickly and easily harness the limitless potential of digital media and real time interactivity with Isadora.

After installed Isadora, I started to follow online tutorials and explore the user interface, trying to understand the functions and features of each tools. Luckily there is a information/function page located on the bottom right corner, so when the cursor hovered over to any of the objects in the scene editor it will automatically display a statement to explain the function of that particular object (Figure 1).

Next, import media into Isadora and placing three objects called Picture Player, Movie Player and Projector, as its name suggested the Picture Player is to display the image on stage, the Movie Player is to play the clip and the Projector is to stream and customise the stage size of the movie at will. So I imported a video and an image to test it out how it might look like. The user interface is pretty straightforward as it only require to drag and connect the objects together in order to see the video outcome, it displays the combined video and image on the same stage. (Figure 2)

Using the previous two objects, the third object called  Mouse Watcher has been added to the scene editor as its function is to listen to mouse inputs from the user in order to enable the video follows whenever the cursor is. This is very interesting because it uses the two inputs, horizontal/vertical positions to determine and change the position of the video as I move the mouse. (Figure 3)

This time duplicate the same objects to display two videos on stage. However, instead of following the cursor I have entered a specific key to activate which video should follow the cursor when a particular key is pressed. In this case, a Ctrl key is assigned to video 1 and Shift key is assigned to video 2. Therefore, when Ctrl is pressed, video 1 is following the cursor and when Shift is pressed, video 2 is following the cursor, and this is how to make the two video showed on different location on the stage. (Figure 4)

By adding another object called Dots on scene editor as its name suggested, turning everything into dots to illustrate different kind of artefact and feels of it. By connecting the mouse vertical position to the dot size, the dot size will change dynamical as I move the cursor up and down the screen. Here it show in real time the changes will displayed on stage. (Figure 5)

Keeping the Movie Player and Projector on scene editor, then add tow other objects called Motion Blur and Difference or Ghost Effects. Motion Blur is to blur out the images as it progress and Ghost Effects is to change the moving area brighter and other areas darker as the video/image progress. (Figure 6)

So far so good, gained some technical knowledge in terms of how use add different kind of objects on Scene Editor and interact with different types of visual effects, I will be continue to explore Isadora the following day.

Isadora User Interface (Figure 1)
Combine Video & Image (Figure 2)
Video Follows Cursor (Figure 3)
Multiple Videos (Figure 4)
Video Dots Effects (Figure 5)
Motion Blur & Ghost Effects (Figure 6)

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