Isadora 3 Pricing
Please see this support article for Isadora 3 pricing information.
Please see this support article for information on how to apply for the academic discount.
Updated TroikaTronix Support Policy
Please see this support article for the updated version of the TroikaTronix’s Support Policy.
Please note that as of the release of Isadora 3, Isadora 2.6.1 is the only version of Isadora 2 for which we will be providing technical support.
Please check out this support article for the full details on Isadora 3’s System Requirements.
Isadora 3 is supported on Windows 10, macOS 10.11.x (El Capitan), macOS 10.12.x (Sierra), macOS 10.13.x (High Sierra), and macOS 10.14 (Mojave).
Isadora 3 will run on almost any contemporary Mac or Windows computer, however, your system requirements may vary based on the scope of your project.
Isadora is not supported on tablet devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro, Linux machines, and systems which run macOS on non-Apple hardware.
Isadora is not designed for use with external graphics cards (eGPUs) or machines that have multiple discrete GPUs.
Running Isadora on machines utilizing unsupported hardware configurations may have unexpected and undesirable results in terms of performance and usability.
We recommend you carefully research computer equipment to find the best option for your project needs and budget. If you’re looking for help finding the right computer, feel free to post on the TroikaTronix Community Forum to ask for suggestions.
Using Isadora on a Windows Laptop
Windows users on laptops should should follow the steps in this support article to properly configure their computers before working with Isadora.
Most Windows laptops with dedicated graphics cards also have integrated Intel graphics chips and energy saving features, (which are enabled by default), that dynamically switch which graphics card any given application is using based on its current performance requirements. This process of switching graphics cards on the fly causes problems with Isadora (and a number of other live video applications).
In order to run Isadora properly on a Windows laptop with both a dedicated and integrated graphics card you must configure your computer to utilize only your dedicated graphics card for Isadora.
New Isadora 3 Manual
Please see this link for the new Isadora 3 Manual.
TroikaTronix Digital Sponsorship Program
We will launch the TroikaTronix Digital Sponsorship program, and release and update to Isadora 3, during the summer at Isadora Werkstatt Berlin 2019.
Artists who need Isadora but cannot afford to pay full price for a license can request a year-long subscription to Isadora on a sliding price scale. We are still working out the exact details, but in general terms, it will work like this:
Artists who wish to apply for the sponsorship will have to answer the following questions:
- What do you plan to do with Isadora?
- How will Isadora affect your artistic practice in the coming year?
- When people pay for Isadora, we use the income to make the software better. If no one paid, we'd eventually have to close our doors. With this in mind, why do you feel that we should give you a discount?
- How much can you afford to pay? (Here, there will be a pop-up menu showing prices ranging from 10% to 90% of normal price.)
We will select our sponsored artists based on their need as well as the sincerity and passion with which they answer these questions. At the end of the year-long sponsorship, the sponsored artists will be required to share their resulting discoveries and experiments with Isadora users on the TroikaTronix Community Forum and social media. The artists who participate in the TroikaTronix Digital Sponsorship program will also be required to credit the sponsorship program and TroikaTronix if the artist's work is exhibited publicly/on social media or featured in any news coverage. (This also applies to subsequent works that are derived from what the artist developed while participating in the TroikaTronix Digital Sponsorship program.)
New TroikaTronix Plugin Page
We have created a new page on the TroikaTronix site specifically for sharing Isadora Plugins, Patches, Themes, and User Actors/Macros. We will have a short knowledge base article prepared about this in the near future.
All official TroikaTronix Plugins will be uploaded there, including Rutt-Etra, the TroikaTronix GLSL Shaders, the TroikaTronix FFGL Plugins, and the Artnet Plugins. It is staff-moderated and user-submissions are very much encouraged!
This is also where we will be uploading various other plugins, (such as the depth-map camera plugins, body-tracking plugins, NDI input plugins, and PJ Link plugins), as they are completed.
New Licensing System!
Licenses for Isadora 3 are cross-platform(!) and can be activated and deactivated on a computer within the program itself and can also be deactivated through our new License Portal, giving users the power to easily move a license between their computers as needed.
If you upgrade to Isadora 3, any existing Isadora 2 and/or Isadora 1 license(s) you own will remain valid so that you can always go back and work on your legacy projects in their original version. We plan to release a version of Isadora 2 that will use the new licensing system so that license management will be easier for all users running legacy Isadora 2 projects in the future.
Please see this support article to learn about the new License Portal.
Isadora 3 License Types
Choose which license type is right for you:
Monthly and Yearly Subscription
A monthly or annual subscription to Isadora. While your subscription is active, your license is automatically upgraded to the latest version of Isadora. This option is ideal for independent designers who work with Isadora on a regular basis. For each Subscription license you purchase you can activate Isadora on up to two computers, though you may use only one of those two computers at a time.
Activates Isadora for a 7-Day rental period. Each Rental license you purchase allows you to activate Isadora on one computer. This option is ideal for short-term uses such as experimenting with a licensed copy of the program before purchasing a full license, operating Isadora for the run of a production, or for the participants of workshops.
Buy-to-Own: Isadora 3 Perpetual License
Once you activate Isadora on a computer with a Perpetual license it will work on that machine forever, (except if you reformat your hard drive or deactivate the license on that computer). Please note that moving from Isadora 3 to the next major release of Isadora will be a paid upgrade for buy-to-own licenses. For each Buy-to-Own license you purchase you can activate Isadora on up to two computers, though you may use only one of those two computers at a time.
Buy-to-Own: Isadora 3 USB Key License
Ideal for bouncing between multiple computers that don't have internet access or for universities that wish to have licenses that students can "sign out" and return. The USB Key only allows you to run a licensed version of Isadora when it is plugged into the computer you are using, but you can move it easily between computers that do not have internet access.
If you already have an Isadora USB Key license, you do not need to buy a new USB Key for Isadora 3; you only need to purchase the upgrade to Isadora 3. (7-Day, Monthly, and Yearly licenses cannot be tied to a USB key!)
Users with a buy-to-own license for a prior Isadora version can upgrade to the current version at a discounted rate. (Existing licenses cannot be converted to the subscription model.)
New Stage Setup
Isadora 3 features the new Stage Setup, introducing extremely flexible control of video output. This all-new, highly configurable interface allows you to send the same video to multiple projectors simultaneously, show a different video on each, composite several videos together, or any combination in between.
Quick Start Guide
Please see this support article for the quick-start guide for the new Stage Setup.
Stage Setup Replaces Stage Preferences
The old Stage Setup and Stage Live Edit now exist in the new Stage Setup and all of the settings for making and adjusting stages have removed from Isadora > Isadora Preferences > Stages and moved to Output > Stage Setup.
Cmd/Ctrl+2 opens the new Stage Setup (just like the keyboard shortcut for the old Stage Setup).
Pressing +/- will zoom in and zoom out on the Layout Editor View.
Stages and Displays
The new Stage Setup system allows:
- Up to 48 Stages total
- Up to 16 Stages (1 display per Stage)
- Up to 16 physical displays
- Multiple displays to be assigned to a single Stage
- Up to 48 Virtual Stages
- Automatic blending and manual adjustment of curves.
- Keystoning and flipping
- Custom sizes for Stages, displays, and their floating preview windows.
- Splitting a display into halves, thirds, and quarters
- Syphon/Spout, Blackmagic, and NDI output of Stages and displays.
New Stage Type: Virtual Stages!
Virtual Stages are Stages that have with no physical displays assigned to them.
The new Get Stage Image actor can be used to pull content rendered to Virtual Stages back into your patch. You can also send content to Virtual Stages for the express purpose of recording it to disk.
As part of the implementation of Virtual Stages in Stage Setup, the “Virtual Stage” actor has been renamed “3D Renderer” in Isadora 3.
Assign Multiple Displays to a Single Stage
The new interface lets you assign multiple displays to a single Stage and automatically blend them!
Arrow Keys for Precision Adjustments
When adjusting the placement of multiple Displays assigned to a single Stage, you can click on the Stage in the Layout Editor View and use Arrow keys to move them. (Without shift is one unit [pixel], with shift is 10.)
The Stage List along the left side allows you to add, delete, duplicate and re-order Stages, the total resolution of each Stage, and what displays are assigned to each Stage.
You can also rename Stages to your liking. The Stage names conveniently show up in all your Projector actors so it's easy to remember which Stages are for which video surfaces.
The bottom of the Stage List is also where you can find the button for the Blend Maker.
Mark added a major feature in the form of a Blend Maker with numerous options.
Resizing and Splitting
Both Stages and displays can be assigned custom resolutions, as can their floating preview windows.
Displays can be divided into halves, thirds, or quarters to support a wide range of hardware such as the Matrox TripleHead2Go and the Datapath Fx4.
Stage/Display Output via Syphon/Spout + Blackmagic and NDI!!!
You can now output the content from any Stage or display via Syphon/Spout, Blackmagic device, or NDI! (NDI Input will be available as a plugin soon!)
Keystoning and Flipping
You can keystone and flip each individual display directly in Stage Setup.
You can also flip each Stage or display’s output.
A use-case for flipping the displays: your projector settings aren't correct, you don’t have a remote, and you don't want to physically touch the projector to change the flip.
Please see this support article for information the optimal way to configure your system's displays for the best performance.
At the top right of the Stage Setup, click on the button that says "Show Display Overview" to see how your computer’s displays are configured, their display numbers, general identifying information, and refresh rate.
OpenGL Info Buttons
If you click the OpenGL Info button at the bottom right of the Stage/Display Settings, it will give you info about the fullscreen window, the preview window, or both (if both exist). (The OpenGL info features have been removed from Isadora Preferences.)
IzzyMap Numeric Point Editing
Mark added the oft-requested numeric editing of mapping points in IzzyMap!!!
Threaded Media Engine
The entire media engine runs in a separate "thread" or process from the main, user interface thread. This is a major development because, for Isadora's entire history, the engine and the user interface ran in the same process. That mean delays in handling the user interface (i.e., drawing the actors) could glitch or otherwise interrupt the multimedia engine. But no more!
For example, on macOS, when you choose a menu item from a menu with the mouse, the operating system fades out the menu image over 200 mS period. In the past, that would have caused a 200 mS glitch in the playback. But now, since the user interface thread and the playback thread are separate, this unacceptable interruption will not happen.
Important: You may notice that the number of cycles shown in the display is slightly less than you've experienced in the past; don't let this concern you. It has to do with the way in which the timers fire in the threaded system. The key thing to pay attention to is the frame rate. This should be very solid, even if you do things that would have caused problems in the past, like madly scrolling the Scene Editor when it has lots of actors in it.
Mark did a lot of work “under the hood” that improved video playback. This includes:
Stability improvements for the AVFoundation ('performance') background movie player on Mac.
Windows Media Foundation playback addition/improvements on PC.
Mark updated the HAP in AVFoundation framework to the very latest version and created an updated version of the Hap Codec for Mac and PC.
H265 movies now play on PC, but we are still in the process of optimizing this
The typical extension for these is MKV, which has been added as a possibility on Windows but not on macOS.
AVFoundation will not play these MKV movies.
QuickTime will play the audio, but the video is black.
Recommended Formats for Video Media Playback
We recommend the formats listed below because they have been extensively tested by our team, and demonstrate the best possible performance and cross platform compatibility:
hapQ.mov (High Quality)
hapA.mov (Alpha Channel)
hapQ.avi (High Quality)
hapA.avi (Alpha Channel)
Apple ProRes 442.mov (macOS only)
Appel ProRes 4444.mov (macOS only, Alpha Channel)
.wmv (Windows only)
H264.mp4 (Does not support interactive playback, e.g. reverse speeds or scrubbing)
H264.mov (Does not support interactive playback, e.g. reverse speeds or scrubbing)
Mp3 - Audio only
Cross-Platform Movie Compatibility Options
On Windows, the installer now downloads the requisite redistributables as well as the GDCL MPEG-4 DirectShow Filter from Renderheads. You will find that many MOV formats will play fine using DirectShow under windows. Most importantly this includes HAP, but also we had success with MP4, Photo JPEG and DV. Other Apple specific codecs like Apple ProRes and the Animation codec will not play. Similarly the Mac version can play Windows AVI files in a variety of formats, including HAP, Photo JPEG, and DV.
Importantly, Mark discovered that the HAP codec for Windows is woefully out of date. There are two entire formats that it would not play. Mark fixed one of those two, and that brought it into closer alignment with the Mac codec. (TroikaTronix will create our own Github for the Windows HAP codec so you and others in the world can benefit from Mark’s work on this.)
Program is now 64-bit
Isadora 3 underwent a massive overhaul to the entire code-base of the application to ensure its future longevity. This translates to future-proofing Isadora (as macOS 10.15 Catalina will not run 32-bit programs), faster processing, better performance and frame-delivery, and importantly, the removal of many deprecated 32-bit QuickTime elements.
Isadora 3 implements a long-requested feature: Blind Mode!
It's at the top of the Scenes menu (which also displays the keyboard shortcut ) and functions like blind mode on a lighting console, allowing you to keep running cues in one Scene while editing a different, inactive Scene without having the Scene you're editing show up in the output. You can even use Go Triggers and/or Keyboard Watchers and Jump actors to keep activating other Scenes while you’re editing an inactive Scene in Blind Mode!
Please note that in 3.0.1 you can only edit inactive Scenes using Blind Mode; if you have Blind Mode targeting your currently active Scene, any changes you make are live.
New Linking Features
Detach Link at Input and Detach Link at Output
Cmd + 3 will now detach all currently selected links from a single input, allowing you to reattach them to a different input.
Cmd + 4 will now detach all currently selected links from a single output, allowing you to reattach them to a different output.
In Isadora 3, if you delete a video actor between two other video actors the connection will automatically “heal” itself (and the output won’t go black!)
Grey "Ghost" Line
In Isadora 3, if you detach one end of a link, the connection is not broken (meaning video will not cut to black while you’re re-patching something). A grey “ghost” line remains behind to indicate this.
This change has been made to specific inputs on the following actors:
Blob Minimum Distance
Blob Target Proximity
Classic Data Array (Deprecated)
Get Global Values
Key Table Watcher
Matrix Value Send
Max Value Hold
Min Value Hold
Classic Movie Player (Deprecated)
Classic CI Movie Player (Deprecated)
Classic Texture Movie Player (Deprecated)
Classic Movie Player Direct (Deprecated)
Classic Sound Movie Player (Deprecated)
OSC Multi Listener
OSC Multi Transmit
Send Raw Midi
Send Serial Data
Send Sys Ex
Set Global Values
Sound Level Watcher++
TCP Send Data
The Movie Player now fully implements timecode!!!
You can now use timecode with the Movie player! Want to jump to the 30-second mark in your video? If you've got it set to use timecode, you can just type "30,0" into the position input to go to 00:00:30:00 (Hours:Minutes:Seconds/Frames)
New Movie Player Menu Options: Use Timecode and Use Percentage
The Movie Player actor can now use Percentage (as in Isadora 2.6.1 and earlier) or Timecode for "position" (input and output), "play start", and "play length"!
Remember that this conversion is not lossless. There really isn't any way around the fact that you need to reset the 'scale min' and 'scale max' as well as [obviously] the absolute min and max for the time values when you switch between Timecode and Percentage. If you undo this operation however, you should end up with exactly what you had before.
In the Scene Editor, simply right-click on a Movie Player actor and select "Use Timecode" and "Use Percentage" to switch between these two modes. Provided that there are no other actors in the way, the Movie Player will also automatically shrink and expand itself so that you can see the full timecode (or percentage) value.
In Timecode mode, the Movie Player's "play length" parameter will change to "play end"; the total length of the movie file.
If you change the "play end" value to be greater than the full length of the movie file, the value will turn red to indicate that something is amiss.
Manual playhead and position adjustment has arrived!
You can now move the loop points by dragging the two triangles above the green bar at the bottom of the Movie Player actor. This is the same as entering values into the the 'play start' and 'play length' inputs and is undoable.
You can now jump a movie to a specific point by double-clicking on that portion of the green bar.
Play, Stop, Pause, and Mute Buttons!
To improve quality of life and allow for rapid-response in a rehearsal setting, Mark added play, stop, pause, and mute buttons at the bottom right-hand corner of the Movie Player actor:
Play - If the movie is stopped (unloaded), then start it will start up again. If the movie is paused, it will be unpaused.
Stop - Unload the movie. (This has the same effect as setting visible to off.)
Pause - Set the movie speed to zero.
Mute / Unmute - Click the button to set the volume of the Movie Player to 0. Click it again to restore the volume specified in the 'volume' input.
Note that none of these settings are persistent! If you leave the scene and come back, they are all reset to whatever the 'visible', 'speed' and 'volume' inputs say at the actor's inputs. Additionally, these buttons will not appear on a Movie Player that does not have media loaded into it.
NEW - MIDI Timecode Support
Isadora 3 adds input support for MIDI Timecode (MTC)!
Once you go to Communications > MIDI Setup and select the source of your MIDI Timecode, you can use the MTC reader to make use of the incoming MTC data
New Timecode Display
The new Timecode Display is at the bottom right of the main application window. This will show "--:--:--:--" if no Timecode is being received or if it's invalid somehow, or the current timecode input if valid MTC is being received.
Along with displaying HH:MM:SS, the timecode value has an internal field that indicates the timecode rate. For a new actor, the rate setting for all timecode values is set to "document default", as set in this pop up menu.
New Data Type: Timecode
Timecode is its own data type now, like float, integer, string, etc.
These are the supported frame rates:
- 30 Drop Frame (29.97)
The new data type gives you some big advantages in terms of conversion:
If you connect a timecode output to a float input, the value is converted to seconds.
If you connect it to an integer input, the value is converted to frames.
If you connect it to a string input it is converted a string representation as HH:MM:SS/FF.
When entering MTC values commas or semicolons can be used as placeholders for "00" (just like AfterEffects!):
30,0 = 00:00:30:00
,1,30, = 00:01:30:00
1,1,30,0 = 01:01:30:00
30,15 = 00:00:30:15
2,45,7 = 00:02:45:07
2,,0 = 00:02:00:00
2,,15 = 00:02:00:15
Add a forward slash to specify framerate:
30,0/3 = 00:00:30:00/30
45,0/6 = 00:00:45:00/60
Mixing Timecode Rates = Confusion
It's best to make sure that all of your video media uses the same frame rate as your incoming MIDI Timecode.
While we HIGHLY recommend you match all of your media frame rates to your MTC rate, but if you are a masochist and want to work with mismatched rates, things like the Timecode Comparator should be up to the task (in certain cases). For example 00:00:00:05/30 (five frames into a movie that runs at 30 frames per second) is equal to 00:00:00:10/60 (ten frames into a movie that runs at 60 frames per second), so this Timecode Comparator actor will trigger at the correct time.
Just remember that 30 seconds and 15 frames into a 30fps movie is not the same as 30 seconds and 15 frames into a 60fps movie!
00:00:03:15/30 =/= 00:00:30:15/60
00:00:03:15/30 = 00:00:30:30/60
One solution for this problem is to internally work with all timecode locations as seconds instead of timecode. (If you connect a timecode output to a float input, the value is converted to seconds.) This solves the comparison issue of dealing with two frame rates that are different since you can convert them into a precise time value measured in seconds, then compare them.
The Timecode Calculator, MTC Compare, and MTC Movie Locker actors also use the new MIDI Timecode data type and are quite useful for working with timecode.
Please note that any 3rd-party FF, FFGL, or custom Isadora plugins will have to be 64bit in order to work with Isadora 3.
The previous 32bit FreeFrame effects cannot be loaded, so the official TroikaTronix FFGL Plugins have been updated to 64-bit format and uploaded to the TroikaTronix Plugin Page.
Do NOT mix 32bit and 64bit plugins in your plugin folders for Isadora 2 or 3 (this can cause issues when you launch the program!)
Please see this support article detailing where to install new plugins for Isadora 2 and 3 on Mac and Windows.
Isadora 3 User Actors/Macros vs. Isadora 2 User Actors/Macros
Isadora 3 User Actors/Macros now save with the extension ".iau3". (These cannot be used in Isadora 2.)
Isadora 2 (".iua") User Actors/Macros can be used in Isadora 3, but when you save them, Isadora 3 will save copies of them with the new extension ".i3ua" rather than overwriting your Isadora 2 ".iua" User Actor/Macros. This will prevent accidentally overwriting Isadora 2 User Actors/Macros while using them in Isadora 3 (which would otherwise make them unusable in Isadora 2).
FreeFrame (FF) and FreeFrameGL (FFGL) Plugins
Pete's FreeFrame Plugins are no longer supported in Isadora 3.
The Actor ToolBox Filter for FFGL filter was removed because 64-bit FF plugins are rare/non-existent, so "FF" now contains all FreeFrame plugins, GL or otherwise.
The ArtNet Plugins have been updated to 64 bit.
Mark is working on updating Rutt Etra to 64 Bit
TroikaTronix GLSL Shaders
GLSL Shaders can be used in both Isadora 2 and 3.
There are two new Troikatronix GLSL Shaders! TT Edge Blend (which will be fixed shortly) and TT RGB Modulation.
We are working on cool, new example patches for the TroikaTronix GLSL Shaders.
You can learn how to use GLSL Shaders from this TroikaTronix Knowledge Base Article.
New Actor Toolbox Filter: Color
There is a new Toolbox Filter called color that contains the different actors used for color conversion. Please note that actors that generate video, such as “Background Color”, have remained in Video Effects.
Get Stage Image Actor - NEW Actor
The Get Stage Image actor captures the output of any Stage or Virtual Stage and makes it into a GPU video stream that you can then route back into your patch.
Value Changed Actor - NEW Actor
The Value Changed actor compares each incoming value to the last value that was output. If the difference between those two values is greater than or equal to the “min chg” property, then the value is passed to the ‘value out’ output and a trigger is sent to the ‘trigger’ output.
// iz_input 1 "custom first input"
// iz_input 2 "custom second input"
// iz_output 1 "custom first output"
return arguments + 1;
Live Drawing Actor - New Input and Renamed Inputs
The ‘reset stroke’ input has been renamed ‘erase curr’. It erases the current stroke.
NEW INPUT: An input named ‘erase last’ has been added. It erases the last stroke.
The ‘reset’ input has been renamed ‘erase all’. It erases all the strokes.
Measure Color Actor - Added Alpha Output
The Measure Color actor now has an "alpha" output parameter.
Shuffle Actor - Limit Added
The Shuffle actor has been limited to 1,000,000 items and we updated the help text to indicate this.
The actor previously named "Classic 3D Renderer" in Isadora 2.6.1 has been renamed "Classic 3D CPU Renderer" and is still deprecated in Isadora 3. (Deprecated as of Isadora 2)
The actor previously named "Virtual Stage" in Isadora 2.6.1 has been renamed "3D Renderer" and is newly deprecated in Isadora 3. (Deprecated as of Isadora 3)
Due to the new Virtual Stages in the Stage Setup, the name of the Virtual Stage actor was changed to 3D Renderer.
This actor has been marked as deprecated in Isadora 3 because it is not really needed anymore.
Though the newly-renamed "3D Renderer" actor will still continue to function, Virtual Stages now exist as part of the Stage Setup and all the orientation-control aspects of the actor can be handled by a 3D Stage Orientation actor.
Throughout the program, all references to the "Virtual Stage" actor have been changed to "3D Renderer" and the other 3D actors now refer to it as a 'renderer'.
The actor previously named "Capture Camera to Disk" in Isadora 2.6.1 has been renamed "Capture Camera to Movie" in Isadora 3.
The actor previously named "Data Array" in Isadora 2.6.1 has been renamed "Classic Data Array" and is newly deprecated in Isadora 3. (Deprecated as of Isadora 3)
There is a new version of the same actor in Isadora 3, still called "Data Array", that is better equipped to deal with extremely large datasets. (New as of Isadora 3)
The actor previously named "Stage Size" in Isadora 2.6.1 has been renamed "Get Stage Size" in Isadora 3.
Removed Classic/Legacy Actors
All Classic Movie Player actors will no longer function. Unfortunately, removing the older QuickTime dependencies within the program meant that we had to remove a number of classic (i.e. "legacy/deprecated") Isadora actors. These actors were CPU-based, had already marked as deprecated in 2.6.1, and have been removed in Isadora 3:
Classic External Video Output
Classic Movie Player Direct
Classic Movie Player Direct Core
Classic Movie Player Direct Device
Movie Player VR
Updating Files to Isadora 3
When updating an old Isadora patch to Isadora 3, the program will attempt to replace the removed and classic cpu-based actors with their newer, GPU-based equivalents if possible.
Additionally, whenever you open an old file in a never version of Isadora, the default prompt offers to create and open a copy, leaving the original file unchanged so that you can still open it in the version in which it was created.
Main User Interface Updates
Stage Status Indicator
When you hot plug/unplug a display it forces Isadora to hide and then unhide the Stages and thus we felt some kind of feedback about the Stages was needed in the main UI. Down at the bottom right of the main application window, next to “Cycles”, Mark has added an indicator for the current Stage Status.
If the Stages are shown, this will say either "FULL" for fullscreen mode or "PREV" for preview mode, otherwise this indicator will say "OFF".
At the bottom right of the main application Window, Mark added a visual indicator that should help gauge when you are running up against hardware limitations or inefficient patching.
The “LOAD” bar indicates how long it is taking to render each frame, specified as a percentage of the available time per frame at the Target Frame Rate.
When your patch is running smoothly, this indicator will be green and the percentage value will be somewhere below 50%. If your patch is starting to reach your the limits of computer's hardware capabilities, you will see this number rise and the indicator will turn yellow. If this indicator turns red and the percentage is near or above 100%, you should revise your patch to lessen the load on your hardware.
Short version: The bar transitions in color from green to red as the load increases. Small number + green bar = good, BIG NUMBER + RED BAR = BAD
For the first time ever you can create your own custom themes for Isadora.
To access this feature, go to the menu in Isadora and select View > Show Theme Editor.
You can select a different theme to use by going to the menu in Isadora and selecting View > Themes.
You can move your themes between computers by going to the menu in Isadora and selecting View > Open Themes Folder and then copying the files to another computer.
Here are some Isadora Themes made by Ryan Webber (Dusx) which are available on the TroikaTronix Plugin Page.
DX - Rustbelt (Click the name to download)
DX - Live10 (Click the name to download)
Isadora Preferences Updates
Reset Isadora Preferences from the Isadora Menu.
Isadora 3 adds two new options to the Isadora menu, “Reset Preferences” and “Open Preferences Folder”. These were added for technical support reasons and make it much easier for users to reset and/or backup their Isadora Preferences files.
Go to the menu in Isadora and select Isadora > Reset Preferences and Isadora > Open Preferences Folder. After you reset your Isadora Preferences, make sure that you close and re-open Isadora to complete the process.
Isadora > Reset Preferences
Isadora > Open Preferences Folder
Display Refresh Lock
To see this setting, go to the menu in Isadora and select Isadora > Isadora Preferences > General > Frame Rate / Tasks > Display Refresh Lock
Isadora 3 includes a new setting “Display Refresh Lock” in Isadora Preferences for macOS. It allows you to choose if Display Refresh Vsync is Off or On, with two different options for on.
If this option is set to Off, Isadora uses the 'traditional' Target Frame Rate. The internal or external displays should have no affect.
If this option is set to Scale, Isadora will lock to a scaled down frame rate. It will reference the of the external display(s) if present, or the internal display's refresh rate otherwise. For this option, Isadora will automatically scale the refresh rate so that it falls in the 24-30 fps range.
If this option is set to Full, Isadora will lock to the frame rate of the external display if one is present, or the internal display otherwise. Note that this is labeled "May Reduce Performance".
If you are set to Scale or Full with no external monitor present, but then you plug one in, Isadora will switch the lock to reference the external display automatically.
User Interface Timecode Settings
To see these settings, go to the menu in Isadora and select Isadora > Isadora Preferences > General > User Interface > Timecode Rate for New Files / Actors Default to Using Timecode
With the addition of timecode, there are a couple new Isadora Preferences that relate to timecode; "Timecode Rate for New Files" and "Actors Default to Using Timecode" (both of which are pretty self-explanatory).
Scale to Default Resolution
To see this setting, go to the menu in Isadora and select Isadora > Isadora Preferences > Video > Scale to Default Resolution.
This has been marked "Legacy" and raises a warning. It was intended for use with the outdated CPU-based plugins.
Scale to Default Resolution
To see this setting, go to the menu in Isadora and select Isadora > Isadora Preferences > Video > Scale to Default Resolution.
This has been marked "Legacy" and raises a warning. It was intended for use with the outdated CPU-based plugins.
To see these settings, go to the menu in Isadora and select Isadora > Isadora Preferences > Stage
Almost all of the settings from the Stage tab of Isadora Preferences were moved to Output > Stage Setup.
To see these settings, go to the menu in Isadora and select Isadora > Isadora Preferences > Warnings
There is a new warning for when "When Combining Video" is set to "Scale to Default Resolution" as this is a legacy setting and should not be used.
There is a new Mac-only warning that occurs if "Displays Have Separate Spaces" is enabled in your System Preferences.
There is a new Windows-only warning that occurs if "Windows Peek" is enabled.
The following warnings were no longer relevant and have been removed:
- "When video input resolution is too high"
- When the preferred QuickTime Audio mode is not enabled."
Defaults for certain controls were changed to minimize setup time and speed up workflow.
Scene Select Control
“Click Activates Scene” now enabled by default (in 2.6.1 default was disabled)
“Lines Before Current” now defaults to “0” (in 2.6.1 default was 2); eliminated superfluous spaces before current Scene
Bin Picker Control
Default size is larger; accommodates 4x2 grid of video files (in 2.6.1 the default was tiny and had to be expanded)
Media Type default is “Video” (no change) with “Display All of Selected Type” enabled by default (New)
Media Type now includes “3D Model”
Default Item Width was doubled to make it more usable.
Media View Panel Updates
Auto-Adjust Media Numbers state is now remembered upon re-opening a file.
The HQ and SQ flags were removed (they were a QuickTime feature)
Mousing over media in the Media View now gives a "rating" of reverse playback and interactive control (scrubbing) for each video file on a scale of POOR-GOOD-BEST
Serial Connections Updates
Isadora 3 adds ability to use a wider range of COM ports on PC.
Keyboard Shortcut Updates
Cmd/Ctrl + "-" is now Zoom Out
Cmd/Ctrl + “+” is now Zoom In
Cmd/Ctrl + “0” is now Default zoom
These same keyboard shortcuts now have been added to the "hotkey" commands in IzzyMap and the Stage Setup.
This means that the zoom shortcut keys are now the same everywhere: Scene/Control Editors, IzzyMap and Stage Layout.
The zoom menu shortcuts are only active when you have focused on that view. (I.e., if you're focused on the table view, they don't operate.) To reinforce this, Mark added a focus indicator to the Stage Setup that is the same as Izzy Map (blue border).
When the zoom shortcuts are not valid, they will now grey out properly.
Alt+click and drag now drags in the Scene Editor, IzzyMap, and Stage Setup.
Alt+scroll wheel now zooms in and out in the Scene Editor, IzzyMap, and Stage Setup.
Cmd/Ctrl-Shift + "+" is now Expand Actor shortcut
Cmd/Ctrl-Shift + "-" is now Collapse Actor shortcut
Cmd-Option + M / Ctrl-Alt + M is now Midi Setup Window shortcut (formerly Cmd/Ctrl + 0)
Cmd/Ctrl + 9 is now Stream Setup (formerly Cmd/Ctrl + 4) - (This was changed because Serial Port Setup is Cmd/Ctrl + 8)
Cmd-Option + O / Ctrl-Alt + O is now All Notes Off
Menu Option Updates
Isadora > Reset Preferences (New Feature)
Isadora > Open Preferences Folder (New Feature)
View > Timecode (New Feature)
View > Show Theme Editor (New Feature)
View > Open Themes Folder (New Feature)
Actors > Detach Links at Input (Renamed from "Reconnect Link")
Actors > Detach Links at Output (New Feature)
Actors > Set Time Options > Use Timecode / Use Percentage (for Movie Player, New Feature)
Output > Stage Setup (Cmd/Ctrl + 2, replaces the old Stage Setup)
Help > Activate... (in Demo Mode, New Licensing System)
Help > Deactivate... (on a computer that has already been activated, New Licensing System)
Help > Offline Activation... (New Licensing System)
Help > Offline Deactivation... (New Licensing System)
Help > Go to License Portal… (New Licensing System)
Help > Register… (Now only visible is USB + Demo Mode Version)
Help > Upgrade… (Now only visible is USB + Demo Mode Version)
Help > Download Plugins... (Renamed from “Get Additional Plugins...”)
Help > Contact Support... (Renamed from “Submit Bug Report…”)
Isadora Preferences > Video > Video Input Settings > Load/Save All Settings When Starting/Stopping Live Input (QuickTime feature, Removed)
Isadora Preferences > Video > External Video Output (Legacy Feature, Removed)
Isadora Preferences > Video > OpenGL > Shared OpenGL Resources (Removed for now)
Option has been removed and this setting is now forced on, even if you loaded Isadora Preferences where it used to be turned off
Tests have shown that Isadora works with this enabled on a machine using multiple identical graphics cards.
Tests have shown that Isadora 3 does not work with this disabled on a machine using multiple graphics cards that are not identical.
This may be re-implemented later.
Isadora Preferences > Stage > Preview Stage Size (Moved to the top of the Stage Setup)
Isadora Preferences > Stage > Stages (Moved to Output > Stage Setup > Stage List)
Isadora Preferences > Stage > Stage Preview Control Settings (Moved to Output > Stage Setup > Stage/Display Settings)
Isadora Preferences > Warnings > When video input resolution is too high (Legacy warning from Isadora 1)
Isadora Preferences > Warnings > When the preferred QuickTime Audio Mode is not enabled (QuickTime-based, Removed)
Scenes > Edit Go Triggers > Keyboard > Key Select, use of arrow keys as "Go Triggers" (Interfered with some basic navigation functions, all arrow keys removed from list of possible keyboard "Go Triggers")
Scenes > Edit Go Triggers > Keyboard > Key Select, use of Tab (Interfered with some basic functions, removed for list of possible keyboard "Go Triggers")
Output > OLD Stage Setup (Removed, functions moved to Output > Stage Setup)
Output > Stage Live Edit (Removed, functions moved to Output > Stage Setup > Stage/Display Settings)
Output > Compression Settings (Removed and settings combined into “Output > Record Stage Settings”)
Output > External Video (Legacy, Removed)
Output > External Video Out Device (Legacy, Removed)
Output > External Video Out Mode (Legacy, Removed)
Media View > HQ and SQ Flags (QuickTime-based, Removed)
Removed (to be re-implemented in the near future)
Output > Sound Output Setup (Removed temporarily for a re-work)
Input > Live Capture Settings > Sound Input (Removed temporarily for Windows)
NDI Input Support!
NDI input for Isadora 3 will come in the form of a new plugin and will be released on the new Plugins page when it is completed.
Body Tracking Plugins
We are still finalizing development on depth-image capture from Orbec Astra, Kinect, Kinect v2, and RealSense cameras. We will release these as they are completed on our new Plugins page.
64-bit Rutt-Etra Plugin
The 64-bit Rutt-Etra plugin for Isadora 3 will be released on the new Plugins page when it is completed.
PJ Link Plugin
The PJ Link plugin for Isadora 3 will be released on the new Plugins page when it is completed.
Cool new example patches for the TroikaTronix GLSL Shaders!
An All-New Video Tutorial Series!
Reworked Advanced Sound Support
We are still working on the implementation of some of the more advanced sound features from Isadora 2. The reason for this is that they were QuickTime-dependent, and as we have dropped QuickTime, we will need to take the time to re-create these features (such as Sound Output Settings).
The good news is that we have found a new sound library called SoLoud. Here's why it's great:
Everything involved in this library is liberally open sourced; no GPL or LGPL.
Unlike a lot of libraries out there, it allows you to play multiple voices and to control each voice's volume, pan and pitch -- exactly what we needed!
Implied by the pitch change feature, this library does resampling (though they may not yet be of the highest quality) which MOST of the others (PortAudio, libSndIO) do not give you.
It supports a huge range of backends to actually get the sound out to devices like XAudio2 (Win), Port Audio, CoreAudio (Mac) and several others.
It features emulators for some old gaming chips (VIC-20 anyone?) but -- best of all in this category -- this incredible funky, retro sounding voice synthesizer which I didn't need at all but will not be able to resist putting into Izzy. ;-)
Both the Windows and the Mac version of Isadora use SoLoud, and while the AU actors are still Mac only, it is a big step forward for us to have the Mac and Windows sound systems using the same library.
So while the release version of Isadora 3 may be a bit of a step backward in terms of advanced audio features, we assure you that we're aware of this and that we've already laid the groundwork to start rebuilding the features we lost when we cut QuickTime out of the program.