Mad Mapper

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Features and concept

As of this writing ‘projection mapping’ is one of the fastest growing mediums, being used in a variety of artistic and commercial projects. The basic idea: take a projector, point it at a physical volume like an object or an architectural element, and then map an image onto it.

The MadMapper provides a simple and easy tool for mapping projections. It removes a lot of the confusion related to this medium, effectively demystifying the process, allowing you, the artist or designer to focus on creating your content, and making the experience of mapping textures to physical objects in real time, fun.

MadMapper is built around the idea of sharing video content between applications.
To accomplish this task, MadMapper uses a Mac OS X based framework called Syphon.
Any application that can send its output the Syphon server, the video is automatically available to MadMapper for perspective transformations and warping.

There is an ever-growing list of software supporting the Syphon framework, such as:

Quartz Composer
Arkaos GrandVJ
Arkaos MediaMaster
Processing (soon)
Resolume via FreeframeGL
Isadora via Matthew Haber’s Actor
AV Mixer Pro

The approach that one should assume with MadMapper is that it is extracting elements from a source, generally referred to as “the input.” This “input” can be any material you import into MadMapper, such as an image, QuickTime movie or Syphon input. These extracted elements are called “surfaces” that consist of multiple geometric primitives, such as a quad, a triangle or a grid. These surfaces can then be transformed and arranged as desired within the video canvas called “the stage.”

– Unlimited amount of mapped elements
– Quads, triangles and masks elements (more to come)
– Grid Warping (up to 30 by 30 subdivisions)
– Unlimited undo levels
– Multiple selection of elements
– Named selection sets
– Save and Load configurations
– Opacity and Blending modes for each element
– Flipping options
– Master opacity to blackout the whole projection
– Display of Images, Quicktime movies or Syphon inputs
– Export as SVG / PNG / PDF
– Spacial Scanner to turn your video-projector into a 2d screen


To be able to install MadMapper on your computer, you will need:
– an Intel Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6

Once you have 10.6, MadMapper should run on any Mac.
However, having a recent powerful graphic card is recommended.

In order to use the Spacial Scanner function of MadMapper,
you’ll need either a QuickTime compatible Firewire camera
or Canon camera models that are compatible with the Canon EDSDK.

  • EOS 1D Mark III
  • EOS 40D
  • EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • EOS DIGITAL REBEL Xsi/450D/ Kiss X2
  • EOS 50D
  • EOS 5D Mark II
  • EOS Kiss X3/EOS REBEL T1i /EOS 500D
  • EOS 7D
  • EOS 1D Mark IV
  • EOS Kiss X4/EOS REBEL T2i /EOS 550D
  • EOS 60D
  • EOS Kiss X5/EOS REBEL T3i /EOS 600D
  • EOS Kiss X50/EOS REBEL T3 /EOS 1100D

You may also use USB based cameras however we do not recommend this as the image quality provided may produce a low quality scan.

We highly recommend that you try the demo of MadMapper to make sure that your hardware is compatible prior to purchasing the software.

MadMapper is currently developped by GarageCUBE and 1024 Architecture

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