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My New Light Animation Software
« on: March 22, 2011, »
Hi Everyone,

A couple of weeks ago I started to put together my concept for light animation software. The idea has been mulling around in my head for the past year, since I went holiday light crazy. I have decided to release what I've put together so far to solicit some feedback.

I wasn't very thrilled with what was currently available on both the free and consumer/commercial market. I made do with a couple of software packages, but they all had one thing in common. They were sequencing software which made it time consuming to properly animate and synchronize to music. I have a lot of experience with both computer animation and video editing/compositing software and thought these model where much more efficient and productive than sequencing. So, I finally started my own software project that harnesses the power of computer animation and video compositing.

My editor is called Olive Studio (as in, "olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names...". A pre-pre-pre release is available at:

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and I've include a screenshot with this post.

The application has limited usefulness at this time. But you can save and load projects, create light and RGB controllers with DMX settings, add displays for animation preview, and add tracks with lighting effects. It is enough for this week.

If you do choose to check it out, add a couple of lighting tracks, then drag some effects from the palette and drop them on the tracks. You can drag the effects around, change their duration, and customize their settings. Even though the effect palette has a number of icons, only two effect are implemented: On and Fade. After you put an effect on a track, you can assign light channels to the effect and run the animation using the playback controls (don't expect to see anything during playback. The values are output to a debug screen, but I can assure you they are the correct values).

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to play with Olive. Please post any questions or comment either here or at my site.

--Matt
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Re: My New Light Animation Software
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looks really promising...   i like it
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Re: My New Light Animation Software
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2011, »
Thank you. It looks like the audience is filing in for the show and we're watching the pre-trailer commercials and movie trivia.
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olive the other reindeer,
that is clever

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Downloaded - it looks very promising  :)

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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2011, »
I wish I could take credit for the name, but I borrowed it from an animated movie You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.

I'm working on outputing to DMX this week. I'm prioritizing DMX output over the display editor because it's actually going to be easier and have more impact. When I get it implemented, I will make an immediate release.

Thanks again for taking a look at it.

--Matt
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I have registered and never received any instructions in my e-mail. I have tried to log in and have a new password sent and still dont get any e-mail even though it says the e-mail has been sent.


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It looks like you eventually got logged in. If not, send an email to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login and I will fix your account.

Also, I relaized that I didn't give authenticated users rights to post forum topics. That has been fixed and if anyone wanted to post something, you can now.

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