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User's Guide

The essential reference to PixelConduit, the User's Guide contains both high-level overviews and tutorials of specific techniques.

You can download either the complete 140-page book as one PDF or individual chapters.

Individual chapter PDF downloads are available in the Table of Contents below.

User's Guide Table of Contents

1. Introduction

  • What is it?
  • Who is it for?
  • Interfacing with other video software

2. Getting started

  • PixelConduit user interface
    • Project window
    • Project window tabs
    • Viewer window
    • Previews and scopes
    • Conduit Editor window
    • Sliders and Controls window
    • Notes on using sliders in the project
    • Project Script Editor window
    • Other windows
  • Setting up the project
    • Project settings
    • Free Run and Timeline modes
  • Node widgets in the Project view
    • Node widget connection types
    • Display
    • Multi-screen output using Matrox GXM
    • Other video outputs
    • Video sources
    • Supported file formats
    • Live Source
    • Effects
    • Capturing video
    • Other node widgets
  • Creating animation in PixelConduit
    • Keyframe animation
    • Procedural animation
    • Cue-based animation
  • Exporting to a movie file or image sequence
  • Recording live video
    • The capture session
    • Recording original streams vs. Rendered capture
    • Recording original video streams
    • Using Rendered Capture
  • Video capture quick start tutorial
    • Setting up live video and a Conduit effect
    • Viewing the incoming video image
    • Choosing a recording mode
  • Performance tuning and troubleshooting
    • GPU limitations
    • Disk speed limitations
    • Latency and frame rate mismatch
  • Extending PixelConduit

3. Using the Conduit Effect System

  • References and other documentation
  • How values are transferred from PixelConduit to the effect
  • Effects essentials – the “Conduit Cheat Sheet”
    • What's a conduit?
    • What are sliders and color pickers?
    • Where's the eyedropper tool?
    • Where's Brightness & Contrast?
    • How to use Levels?
    • What's alpha?
    • What's premultiplied alpha?
    • What's a matte?
    • How do I mask an effect (i.e. limit an effect so that it renders only within a specified matte)?
    • Problem: transparent areas are displaying as bright.
    • Problem: composited object has a black outline.
    • What's gamma?
    • What's linear light?
    • What's floating point color?
    • What's HDR?
    • When to use the Bezier/Cubic Curve nodes instead of Curves (RGBA)?
    • How to rotate an image?
    • What's the difference between Place Over and 2D Transform?
    • How to create a macro (or capsule)?
    • How to package multiple nodes into one?
  • Drawing custom shapes
    • Creating shapes
    • Editing shape points
    • Working with smoothed curves
    • Viewing shape controls in another node’s context
    • Exporting and importing shapes

4. Live control and performance

  • Stage Tools Overview
  • Getting Started with Stage Tools
    • The project’s control room
    • The cue robot
    • During the show
    • What next
  • Overview of Stage Tools windows
    • Designing cues in the Cue List window
    • Running the project
    • Using the Info window
    • Live Titles window
  • Combining Stage Tools node widgets
  • Hardware control protocols
    • MIDI: connecting to musical control hardware
    • DMX512: connecting to light controllers
  • Triggering events and clips
  • List of node widgets in Stage Tools
    • Audio Input
    • DMX Source
    • Live Titles
    • Perspective Warp
    • Playback Control
    • Stage Tools Trigger

5. Custom rendering

  • The Supernode – how to nest effects and make custom plugins
    • Loading a conduit asset
    • Modifying the interface
    • Creating a custom interface element
    • Adding an action to the button
    • Editing a nested conduit
    • Saving as a plugin
    • Printing info from a script
    • Appendix: tutorial materials
  • Rendering graphics and text with the Canvas node - a scripting tutorial
    • The Canvas API
    • The Canvas node
    • Enabling the button
    • Adding text
    • Making the counter animate
    • What next?
    • Assets
    • On-screen controls
  • Making Rain – creating an animated particle effect
    • Editing scripts outside of Conduit
    • Painting the drops in the constructor function
    • Putting the GPU to work
    • Tweaking the rain look
  • Conduit Effect System reference documentation
  • Scripting the PixelConduit project
    • Standard objects in the PixelConduit project
    • Finding out object properties
  • Deeper with data using script node widgets
    • Script Widget
    • Connection data types and the Map object
    • Creating custom user interfaces

6. Compositing workflows

  • Pro Pixels – working in raw YUV video, Cineon/DPX and OpenEXR
    • Raw video: unmodified YUV in and out
    • Exporting raw YUV
    • Working with film images: Cineon/DPX file format
    • OpenEXR: the floating-point multi-channel connoisseur’s choice
    • Exporting to OpenEXR
    • Choosing between export file formats
  • Drowned World – a creative compositing tutorial
    • Drawing the foreground shapes
    • Color for the mood

7. Automating workflows using Render Automation

  • The elements of an action
  • The Batch Actions window
  • Importing source files
  • Setting up exports
  • Telling the project how and what to render
  • Executing the batch
  • Modifying effects within actions
  • Working with stereo 3D content

8. Working with stereoscopic 3D

  • A starter guide to stereo 3D production
  • 1. Getting the streams flowing: Importing (and perhaps splitting) video
  • 2. Viewing 3D
  • 3. Going deep or staying shallow: Adjusting the 3D effect
  • 4. Cross-eyed and painless – fixing alignment issues
  • 5. Color, gloss, shadows: Using effects in 3D
  • 6. A good use of space – creating 3D layers
  • 7. Exporting 3D and using batch automation
  • 8. What’s next? Advanced topics