Video Tutorials

Below is an index of the our online video tutorials hosted on YouTube.

Tutorial 1 – The Basics

Covers the basics; after an introduction to the main editing window, learn how to play and view movie by adding actors to a scene and linking them together.

Tutorial 2 – Compositing Images

Builds on tutorial one by showing how you can quickly resize, reposition multiple movies on the stage. Includes tips on the most efficient ways to change values to get the results you want, and using the mouse as an interactive controller.

Tutorial 3 – Using Scenes

How to use Isadora’s “Scenes” feature to organize and structure your performance, how to transition from one scene to the next, and how to use keys on your keyboard to trigger those transitions.

Tutorial 4 – Performance: Best Practices

Important tips on getting the best performance out of Isadora.

Tutorial 5 – Using Effects

How to use video effects to manipulate images within Isadora, how to interactively manipulate those effects, and how to chain one effect into another.

Tutorial 6 – Value Scaling – Part 1 | Part 2

Fine-tuning the way values are scaled as they pass from one actor to another is the key to sophisticated control over media with Isadora, especially when creating interactive environments. This tutorial is required viewing for those who wish to get the most out of the program.

Tutorial 7 – The Self Generating Patch

Reinforces your understanding of Value Scaling as presented in Tutorial 6 with a self-directed exercise that features two key actors: the Wave Generator and the Envelope Generator.

Tutorial 8 – Live Video

Goes over the process of setting up and using one or more live video feeds in your Isadora project.

Tutorial 9 – Interactive Control with Live Sound

Shows how to use live sound input to interactively contol media in Isadora. It focuses on the Sound Level Watcher, showing how it can serve either as a continuous controller or as a trigger.

Tutorial 10, Custom Interfaces with Control Panel – Part 1 | Part 2

Isadora’s Control Panel feature allows you to create a custom user interface, with buttons, sliders, knobs and more. These tutorials cover the basics of creating, editing and using the Controls and how to connect them to the actors in your patch.

Tutorial 11, Interactive control with MIDI – Part 1 | Part 2

Isadora supports a complete set of actors for MIDI input, allowing a wide range of sensory input devices for real-time interactive control. This tutorial shows how to connect a MIDI device to your computer, to use the Status Window to monitor incoming MIDI events, and how to use the Note On and Note Off Watches as triggers to manipulate your patch.

Tutorial 12 – Playing and Manipulating Sound

The standard version of Isadora allows you to play and manipulate sound in a number of ways. This tutorial covers the Sound Player actor, file formats it will play, and builds on Tutorial 11 (MIDI) showing how the parameters of the Sound Player can be manipulated in real-time using a MIDI Device and the Control Watcher actor.

Tutorial 13 – Activating Multiple Scenes

Isadora’s potential can be greatly expanded through the use of Secondary Scenes; extra scenes that are activated in addition the primary active scene. This tutorial illustrates this feature by addressing the common need to play music in the background while moving through other scenes.

Tutorial 14, Creating your Own Actors – Part 1 | Part 2

Isadora’s User Actor feature allows you to create new actors based on several other Isadora actors. This feature is key if you have a complex group of actors that you need to use repeatedly within a document. This tutorial builds on Part 1, showing how User Actors can also be used to create “global variables”, settings that can be changed once and automatically appear everywhere else in your patch.