TouchDesigner 204: Real Lights in TD & GrandMA

You'll get 6 MP4, 1 XML, 4 TOE, 3 GZ and 1 TXT

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Intensive workshop about light programming and design
using profits of both GrandMa and TouchDesigner,
produced in Collaboration with Pavel Zmunchila ( Setup Designs )

In this course we cover approach of Light setup and control in both TouchDesigner and GrandMA, also going very detailed to integration of both programs, including topic of using MA3D for visualization of Lights controlled by TouchDesigner.

At last part we also discovering the approach of using Lasers in TouchDesigner with focus of secure using of lasers.


Course Contains 10,5 Hours of Videomaterials as well a TouchDesigner Projects and GrandMA showfiles

Course Program:

Part 1 - Intro to Light Design( 53 min)

  • A general introduction to working with light.
  • An overview of the different light fixtures, their features, and control systems.
  • Lighting control protocols and standards.
  • Pros and cons of TouchDesigner and MA Lighting’s control systems. Several powerful reasons why you need to use them both right now.
  • A bit more about the general logic of MA Lightning.
  • The first run of MA onPC: Denial, Anger,Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
  • Part 2 - Intro to GrandMA( 1 hour)

  • Patching fixtures in MA. The use of Lighting fixture Library.
  • How to run your 1000-fixture set, How to deal with touring etc
  • The way to control: Parameter counting in MA and DMX channels in TD.
  • Peculiarities of construction and operation of the system.
  • Part 3 - TouchDesigner ( 1,5 hour)

    • Efficient way to build the DMX Chart using Script CHOP
    • Networking in MA. Network addresses in MA onPC and Lighting desks.
    • How (and when) to connect up to 15 consoles in one network?
    • Master and Backup systems. Sessions, permissions, worlds.
    • Setting up a Loopback adapter and Connecting MA onPC to MA3D.
    • Patching the test scene with 100+ fixtures. Import of 3D models to MA.
    • Exporting tables and coordinates of the fixtures from MA into TouchDesigner to create a pixel mapping engine.
    • Setting up incoming and outgoing data streams, using ArtNet Inputs.

    Part 4 - GrandMA -Sequences ( 75 min)

    • Previews, presets, sequences, cues, effects, control panels, cuelists, fixture properties and more.
    • Sequences
    • CUEs
    • Graph Editor

    Part 5 - GrandMA ( 1 Hour)

    • Fixture Groups
    • Setting up Transformation in MA3D
    • Bitmapping in GrandMA
    • Programming FX

    Part 6 - TouchDesigner ( 1,5 hour)

    • CHOP processing optimisation
    • Automatic generation of DMX Charts from GrandMA XML
    • Setting up Replicator for MultiUniverse projects
    • Pixel mapping in TouchDesigner

    Part 7 - TouchDesigner ( 1 hour 20 min)

    • Additional opportunities to expand the functionality of MA, using TouchDesigner and Ableton:
    • Advanced MIDI control. Configuring MIDI and DMX Remote inputs to connect to external control devices.
    • OSC integration.
    • The use of Ableton as an external timeline with MIDI notes and envelopes

    Part 8 - Laser Graphics in TouchDesigner ( 55 min)

    • Understanding of Laser mechanics - or how avoid the scanner burning
    • Laser CHOP
    • Etherdream CHOP
    • Sollingeer LA Toolbox
    • Controlling Colors
    • Masking Laser output

    Part 9 - Moving Heads ( 70 min)

    • Two techniques for tracking moving heads with TouchDesigner and MA.
    • Pan Tilt Calculation based on 3D coordinates in TouchDesigner using Script CHOP
    • Baking up the Laser and DMX Data
    • Controlling GrandMa from TD