Syphon and Projection Mapping with Mad Mapper :

New York City / Eyebeam

Saturday July 20th 2013


This is a live recording demonstrating the power of Syphon; Quartz Composer sends and receives HD mixes from of a sample of Syphon compatible applications

Modul8 (
Resolume (
Mad Mapper (
Simple Server (

Recorded in realtime with Syphon Recorder (


Learn how to leverage a multitude of visual tools to create powerful interactive experiences using Syphon, Syphon compatible software and Mad Mapper. This two part course you will:

Part 1:

Introduction to Syphon and Projection mapping:

Learn how to leverage Syphon to use various different visual software tools together, learn about various projection mapping software and techniques, featuring how to use Mad Mapper with, Modul8, VDMX, Resolume. Learn how to set up projects efficiently, make best use of the capabilities of various software, and learn about other off the shelf Syphon compatible software to experiment with in your workflows.

Additionally, we will be showcasing more in depth use of Mad Mapper, introducing projection mapping techniques and strategies you can use with any Syphon compatible software.

Part 2:

Advanced Syphon workshop - use Syphon to leverage creative coding environments like OpenFrameworks, Max MSP / Jitter and Quartz Composer, Processing and others, and learn about the lower level Syphon API for use in custom OpenGL enabled software. You will learn about how Syphon works internally, and how to leverage the Syphon plugins for programming environments, and how to set up and efficiently use Syphon in your own applications.


For those interested in the technical setup of the video:

Quartz Composer was used to composite the various Syphon streams, via the Syphon plugin for Quartz Composer.

v002 Screen Capture plugin captures the screen within Quartz Composer, 4 Syphon Clients pull frames from Modul8, VDMX, and Resolume Avenue 4 and "Simple Client" simultaneously (all at 720p resolution) with alpha channels.

Quartz Composer then composites these live video feeds together along with the Eyebeam logo, and then a single Syphon Server sends the entire mix to both the Syphon Recorder application, and to Mad Mapper simultaneously.

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