DMX Effects Engine Real-time Generators
Lightjams Is a Big Effects Engine
All outputs are computed using real-time generators. This is very different from the step-by-step programming style of traditional lighting controllers and is a better fit for interactive performances. When doing step-by-step programming, you basically need to tell the controller all possible states, which is near infinite when dealing with interactivity and wanting to give more control to the performers.
Avoid Costly Custom Software Development to Encode Interactive Logic
Lightjams lets you define your interactive logic and boundaries using simple and powerful statements. Lots of things that previously necessitated the use of custom software programming can now be achieved with Lightjams alone. This greatly reduces the overall interactive installation cost. See the command line tips to get you started with the Lightjams logical syntax.
Using real-time generators doesn't mean you can't achieve great step-like results. Want a fancy sequencer? The next video shows how to create a monome like step sequencer and as a bonus, links the step speed to the Wiimote movement.
Lightjams is also perfect for controlling your moving heads and creating exactly the effect you want. Let's create a searchlight like pattern with two moving heads (Martin Mini Mac).
Everything Is an Effect
Under the hood, be it a wii axis or a midi note, it has a corresponding math function or variable. This allows you to manipulate and transform all inputs from the command line.
Shapes can be stretched, delayed, mixed, accelerated or slowed down, all in the most natural way possible. The result are movements, color changes and fades that looks real.
Add Your Special Touch
You begin by selecting an input in a few clicks and then continue your journey tweaking it by hand using the hundreds of functions and variables available. You can remap user input to follow a curve, add fade, delay, smooth and even set a movement threshold.
Hello Command Line
The full-featured command line editor with syntax highlighting, auto-completion, in-place help and unlimited undo/redo feels just right. All is there to support your creative flow.
Ok. I should not add another movie but I can't resist showing you some bouncing balls. The next video achieves nothing useful, but demonstrates the expressive power of Lightjams.