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dp.kinect: external using Microsoft Kinect SDK


dp.kinect is a native external for the Kinect which can be used within the Cycling ’74 Max development environment to control and receive data from your Microsoft Kinect.

Full details, beta releases, downloads, etc. are at

  • It is based on the Microsoft Kinect SDK.
  • Depth, color, playermap, infrared, and accelerometer data streams are available
  • Speech recognition and sound position streams are available
  • Pointclouds, face tracking/modeling streams are available.
  • Supports multiple Kinects on the same PC.
  • 32 and 64-bit support
  • OSC or native-Max messages
  • It was developed and tested primarily with Max 6.x. Casual testing also demonstrates it works on Max 5.1.9.
  • There is good compatibility with the output of the external as compared to my other external jit.openni. All output is supported and should be equivalent except the optional joint rotations are in a new format.

dp.kinect: external using Microsoft Kinect SDK

Sep 10, 2012 at 11:29am

I didn’t know if it would work on osx.
it doesn’t.
I’d love to test it on osx, btw :)

Sep 12, 2012 at 5:06pm

@Julien, unfortunately, Microsoft does not support Osx with their Microsoft Kinect SDK. Until that happens, it is impossible.
I have written an open source version that could be recompiled for Osx. Details are at
All it needs, is a Mac developer to recompile it and address any porting issues.

Nov 20, 2012 at 9:33am

We have completed a port of jit.openni to OSx. It is available at

Mar 23, 2013 at 8:55am

hi , I was trying to isntall it but it says that Kinect10.dll is missing when opening the dpkinect.maxpat , and it is not included in the ZIP I donwload from


I’ve got OpenNI drivers installed as well as PrimeSense NITE , would that work OK ?

Mar 25, 2013 at 8:32am

@Clement, please read the documentation provided on the same website from which you downloaded. It will provide you installations instructions and answer your question.

Aug 18, 2013 at 9:22pm

hi!! Is there any kin of guide to understand how to run the dp.kinect???
I don’t seem to get along using only the wiki provided….

Never used kinect before….then I’m even more lost…. if I include MAX in between = ) = )

is there any walkthrough? or something similar??

thanks for your help and time.
Appreciate it.

Aug 19, 2013 at 9:02am

The wiki explains the setup; follow the steps there to setup your computer and Kinect.
After that, then run the patcher included with dp.kinect. Play with it. Learn from it and the wiki.
If you need help learning Max, I recommend the Forums here on the cycling74 website.

Aug 25, 2013 at 12:10pm

I didn’t realise, for example, the Berling speech, and slides you had, would be nice, to include them as documentation, I think.

I apologise, for my doubts.
Really nice work.
Much appreciate it.
Now having fun with it = )

Again, sorry. You kick ass!! = )

Aug 25, 2013 at 3:43pm

Good idea regarding the slides. :-)


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