[PD] re(3): pd & director

enrike at ixi-software.net enrike at ixi-software.net
Tue Jun 24 21:43:56 CEST 2003

> But isnt it possible to communicate between director and pd over the tcp protocol? I'm not sure what netsend/receive do, but shouldnt that be possible as well?
Yes you can but i would advise to use Flashserver instead. Far simpler than dealing 
with the Director Multiuserserver. 
However, if you are working on Mac OS 9 i would use the OSCar xtra.
On Win or OSX you better use Flashserver external

Check this example for communicating Director to PD via flashserver:

I am not sure how familiar you are with Lingo but if you have any programming 
background it shouldn't be difficult to modify this example for your own purposes.
Its full with comments and ready for students to modify and reuse.

About video performance in director.
i havent really work that much with video. check this out to see whats possible (only 
Mac OS9 !!).

Its a tool developed by my colleague that uses video and pictures. It gets the rgb 
values from some points on the screen and sends them out to MAX/MSP and 
Supercollider using OSC protocole. Those variable numbers can be used to control 
different aspects of sound structures.

its not what you are looking for (its actually the oposite: control sound from a visual 
interface) but it mixes video and pictures applying different effects to the video and 
picts (transparecies, inks, blands, etc...). So you can get an idea if what can be 
done and  how fast it performs

you could also check the macromedia website to see if there is any xtra that allows 
for more control over video, but i never heard of it.

there is also a tool for real time video manipulation called vvvv or somilar but i don't 
really know if its any good and i think its only for windows.

hope this helps

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