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Siggraph 2008

Last week, Siggraph 2008 took over the Los Angeles Convention Center, and Cycling '74 was there to bravely represent Jitter to a huge crowd of CG enthusiasts, production professionals, and academics. For anyone who hasn't been to a Siggraph show, it is a huge, over-stimulating event for the computer graphics community, complete with academic talks, screenings, an exhibition hall, an art show, competitions, and a job fair.

CNMAT Summer School 2008

Recently, CNMAT at UC Berkeley held their annual MaxMSP/Jitter summer school classes at their beautiful Arch St. facility just off the UC campus. This year, for the second year in a row, I had the pleasure of teaching the Jitter Night School - a 3-night intensive of focussed tutorials covering a variety of Jitter topics.

The Adaptive Use Instruments Project

Recently I bumped into composer and performer Pauline Oliveros (PO) in San Diego. We got to talking about one of her current projects, the Adaptive Use Musical Instruments for the Physically Challenged. This project introduces software designed to be used in therapy sessions to give children with limited motor skills the opportunity to participate in music, and offer them an outlet for musical expression. I arranged for a follow-up interview by email so that we could learn more about what this p...

Max 5 and Attributes

Sometimes when you are programming, you need to be able to configure some information about how your computer will do its job. Over the years, programmers have come up with a number of different terms for these little pieces of information -- parameters, properties, fields, etc. In Max, we call them attributes. Attributes were first introduced in Jitter, where they make it convenient to manage the state of complex objects such as In Max 4.5, a few Max objects such as pattr (which i...

Announcing Max/MSP Version 5

Cycling '74 today announced Version 5.0 of its Max/MSP media development tools. This version represents a new era of Max programming, with a completely redesigned multi-processing kernel and a streamlined development environment built on a platform-independent foundation. With a new patcher interface, searchable database of objects and examples, integrated documentation and new tutorials, the new Max user will find a smoother learning curve while experienced users will see improved productivity.

An Interview with Vlad Spears

Daevlmakr sells a suite of plug-ins created in Max/MSP. I was able to spend a lot of time with Vlad Spears for this interview because he lives nearby in San Francisco...

Email to Customers (May 21, 2007)

Hello from Cycling '74 headquarters. We have three things to tell you about. Read more...

Your First Shader

Typically, when I talk to Jitter users about writing one's own shader programs for use with, I usually get glazed-over eyes and this sort of distant look of wonder. When I try to explain how easy it is, that look typically turns to one of annoyed disbelief. So, for a long time now I've been thinking about writing an article to de-mystify the process of writing your own GLSL shaders, and to help everyone avoid some common frustrations.

Cycling ’74 Releases Cyclops for Mac Intel

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music and video software company, today released Cyclops v. 1.3 which adds Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs running OS 10.4 or later. Cyclops, developed by Eric Singer of Code Artistry LLC, is a Max/MSP object for video color, grayscale and motion detection. It is a perfect solution for artists and performers who want to add video control to their work without investing in expensive standalone hardware or software.

Networking: Max talking to Max

Networking is a sometimes confusing world. There are many networking options built into Max, and this article will endeavour to make clear which option is best for your application.

A Video Interview with Matthew Lewis, Graphics Research Specialist

Matthew Lewis: Education through synesthetic study and play.

A Noisy Matrix

Many people already know that Jitter can be a fantastic tool for video processing, but what about audio? Used with a bit of cleverness, a matrix can be just the thing for that patching impasse. Following is a set of simple examples to get you started thinking about a matrix when you've run thin on patching ideas or need a more elegant way to manage your numbers.

Max/MSP 4.5.7 released!

Whew! It was a ton of work, and took a lot of long hours, but we’ve released Max/MSP version 4.5.7 – a free update to all Max/MSP 4.5 users. The update contains a litany of various bug fixes, some new pattr features, and support for our upcoming Pluggo 3.5.4 update. This version also is the first [...]

Jitter Recipes: Book 2, Recipes 14-25

The majority of these recipes are specific implementations of a more general patching concept. As with any collection of recipes, you will want to take these basic techniques and personalize them for your own uses.

A Video Interview with Daito Manabe, Performer

Turntablism takes on the visual dimension.

Jitter Recipes: Book 1, Recipes 0-12

Book 1 contains some clever solutions, advanced trans-coding techniques, groovy audio/visual toys, and basic building blocks for more complex processing.

Xray.jit objects released

Xray.jit objects have been released. These are divided into several broad categories pertaining to Geometry, Data, Video, and Simulation. The Geometry objects deal more with OpenGL situations. The Data objects operate on jitter matrices without consideration for what that data necessarily represents and are more geared toward the general matrix format. The Video objects on the other hand mostly deal with data that is in one of the common video formats such as 1 plane char or 4 plane char. Finall...

A Video Interview with David Tinapple, Video Artist

On visual programming for visual media. Watch David's video.

A Video Interview with John deKron, Media & Video Artist

Controlling a Media Facade: The Bix Simulator and VJ software ES-X. Watch John's video.

Cycling ’74 Releases Major Update To Jitter

Cycling '74 today announced the release of Jitter version 1.5, a major upgrade to its video, matrix and 3D graphics objects for the Max/MSP graphical programming environment.

Jitter 1.2.3 for OS X and Windows XP

Jitter 1.2.3 for OS X and Windows XP is now available for download

Jitter 1.2.2 for OS X and Windows XP released

Jitter 1.2.2 for OS X and Windows XP is now available for download