TouchDesigner for Live Visuals

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A beginner workshop on real-time video manipulation for live performance and interactive installations, with artist Yasushi Harada.

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12 hours total over 3 sessions // $125, or $90 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST), all equipment provided

Session 1: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 6pm—10pm

Session 2: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 6pm—10pm

Session 3: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 6pm—10pm

Extended subsidiy available for this workshop. See registration page for link to application.

Prerequisite: General computer literacy (e.g., saving files, facility with a mouse and keyboard) is required.

This workshop introduces you to live video manipulation for performance and interactive installations using TouchDesigner (

If you're dizzy after reading the extensive list of features TouchDesigner offers -- realtime 3D rendering & compositing, projection mapping, lighting & audio for live shows, VR tools -- this intro workshop is a good place to start familiarizing yourself with the software and meet other beginners too!

The instructor will encourage participants to keep in touch through Slack and the TouchDesigner Study Group he organizes in Vancouver.

Topics covered:

  • Video playback
  • Various inputs and effects
  • Various operators and ouputs
  • User interface
  • 3D rendering
  • Audio reactive
  • Projection mapping

Open lab time will be given to participants, with instructor available for questions.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own video files on a USB drive; instructor will also have a small selection of video files on hand.

All equipment and software provided. However, participants wishing to bring their own laptop must install and register the latest free version of TouchDesigner (downloadable here: before arriving to the workshop, and bring a mouse with 3 buttons.

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Yasushi Harada is an interactive developer, technical director, and visual artist based in Tokyo. With a background in psychology, he later found his passion for creating visuals with programming languages while he was working at a creative agency. He has worked for brand activation events, museum exhibitions, night club events and music festivals and has focused on creating live visuals and interactive installations mainly with TouchDesigner in recent years. He is also a producer of TDSW (Tokyo Developers Study Weekend), one of the most active TouchDesigner communities in Japan.

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