real-time & offline video tracing in Beyond

Discussion in 'Lasershow Designer BEYOND' started by meeble, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. meeble

    meeble Well-Known Member

    real-time / offline video tracing / raster scanning in Beyond


    Are there plans to incorporate real-time video raster scanning and or video tracing in Beyond? Non-real-time / offline video tracing would be very useful as well. i.e. the ability to convert a QuickTime movie to vector lines/shapes.

    Last edited: Mar 2, 2013
  2. Pangolin

    Pangolin Staff Member

    Yes, we've done a lot of work in this area.

    Already in the latest version of BEYOND (build 535 or later), we support a new effect, which allows for the application of any kind of visual media to any kind of laser output. So for example, if you want to create a raster image (from a bitmap or from a video file) all you need to do is load in one of the blank raster frames we supply, and apply a video effect on top of that, and walla, real-time video impressed on the laser imagery. Obviously it works not only for raster patterns but regular outline imagery as well. So if you want to effectively re-color any laser imagery using a bitmap, video, whatever, it can be done. You can find this in the effect editor. It is a Key Effect, called Recolor by video. We have a similar one called Bump mapping by video.

    In addition to this, BEYOND has a way of turning bitmaps into laser imagery (raster to vector converter) using the QuickTrace tool like QuickShow, but there is a more advanced version too, which you will find on the Edit menu.

    We're also working on incorporating an enhanced version of our VST utility that was available for LD2000 users into BEYOND as well.

    Best regards,

    William Benner
  3. meeble

    meeble Well-Known Member

    That is good news! I will be emailing you about how to get the latest build of BEYOND to start trying out those features. :)
  4. meeble

    meeble Well-Known Member

    Just to clarify... BEYOND can create vector laser points from a video file and/or a live video feed?
  5. meeble

    meeble Well-Known Member

    Hey Bill,

    I tried adding both the "Recolor by video" and "bump mapping by video" effects to various cues, but I couldn't find any way to select a video file or video feed. Where do I select the video?

    Also, I haven't been able to find the blank raster frames anywhere.

    Just to reiterate, I'm mostly looking for a good tracing algorithm to create vector frame animations from simple, black and white After Effects generated video files.

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  6. twilo200

    twilo200 Member

    video stream

    This subject is advanced for me so if you could tell it to me like I'm a 5 year old, it would be good. I have the latest version of Beyond. I have a client who wants me to raster a live video feed. Can this be done? I do not need it to look perfect just try to recreate colors and shapes. It is for a art installation.
  7. meeble

    meeble Well-Known Member

    Hi Twilo.

    So far, I haven't been able to figure out how to do any kind of video tracing or video raster scanning in BEYOND. Bill said that it is possible, but after many hours of trying to figure it out I am stumped. Perhaps Pangolin will come out with a exhaustive user manual soon that covers every feature/parameter/setting/tool available in BEYOND. For now, all we can do is wait.

  8. meeble

    meeble Well-Known Member

    Any updates on these features or the documentation of them, Bill?

  9. Bob@Pangolin

    Bob@Pangolin Staff Member

    I'm not Bill,

    But I Do know that people are working hard on the manuals as we speak.
    Its not finished yet, but where on track.. So to say.

    Best regards,