SS23 – 16 – Tracking and Depth Sensors
July 19th 2023 6-9 PM (CET) / In English Language / Online via Zoom
Depth cameras like the Microsoft Kinect give a set of extra senses to your TouchDesigner machine. They can be used to acquire much more information about the space they surveille than normal cameras. They allow programmers to know if and how people move in front of interactive installations. They can also be used to acquire pointclouds and use them directly or as a basis for further tacking or artistic experiments. Devices like the Oak-D camera even support object recognition right on the camera.
While it initially seems easy to set up a depth camera with TouchDesigner, they come with many constraints and getting smooth and reliable results out of them can be more challenging than anticipated. The raw signals have to be processes and often one needs to add a lot of programming logic to make them useful for meaningful interaction.
Dan will guide you through the setup of Kinect cameras, explain the pros and cons of different depth cameras product and provide you with helpful insight on the limitations but also the possibilities these devices bring to your TouchDesigner projects.
We have designed that module in a way, that you can participate even if you don’t own a device.
After the live lesson you will get access to the recording and the workshop files for one year.
This module is made for participants, who have a basic understanding of TouchDesigner, but do not need any experience with shader languages. If you just getting started, please visit our Beginners Course first.
- A recent PC or MAC Computer (discreet GPU recommended) with stable internet connection
- The latest build of TouchDesigner installed
- Zoom Client installed (please test your audio setup beforehand)
- 3-Button Mouse recommended
MAC users beware!
Many depth cameras, namely the Kinects will not work with MacOS.
About the Instructor
Daniel Molnar aka Function Store is a freelance TouchDesigner developer and artist, working on interactive installations and audio-visual artworks for clients from all over the world. He has a professional background in software development, produces music and shares TouchDesigner components and techniques on his YouTube channel and Patreon.
Student – One Sessions a 50 EUR
Professional – One Sessions a 100 EUR
Company – One Sessions a 250 EUR