In the past decade, the attitude was surely “right.”
Greg started Derivative with as a few men company with Rob Bairos and steadily growing 10 - 12 people companies with terrific “hard-core” user base. I was very happy to hear this from Greg in this recent visit.
Nowadays, $1,000 MacBook w/GeForce is far faster than $50,000 PersonalIRIS in early 1980s like you show on my YouTube channel.
A iPhone is also faster than arcade box in 1980s on which RidgeRacer was running.
In short, the difference of $5,000 high-end monster box and $1,000 of MacBook is almost nothing.
In other words, to get “critical mass (roughly 90 - 95% of the group is a common people like me” involved with TD community is one of the most important factors for both Derivative and Early adaptors like y’all for the coming decade to grow faster and bigger.
In my history with Greg in 1980s-1990s, we both enjoyed good (fair? so-so?, whatever) sales in a several leading-edge industries like Namco/SEGA.
SESI, then, enjoyed the same things in Hollywood.
We did not forget to offer schools a big discount for a set of SGI/Prisms/Houdini in order to supply animators to the industries. Like Softbank, in the launch period, give iPhone 3G/iPad 3G for free with 2 years commitment. (ie. Prisms/Houdini was positioned as our important future revenue sources and SGI was “worthless and substantially free” in my marketing focus.
But I recall we somewhat misunderstand something.
“High-end” or “leading-edge” tool and digital content is “double-edged sword”, especially, in Japan. It is too much costly in terms of support for software vendors, as well as end users.
Thus, big investments suffered those big industries in 1980s-1990s and was merged by the Bad Money.
As you see here, our unique subcultures influencing Western countries are based on hundreds of years of “Wabi-Sabi” aesthetics in its nature.
From a commercialism point of view, “Bad money drives out good” like we saw with Microsoft, Autodesk (3DS Max) and motiondive(?).
Bad money always buy arms and pillages food as you see in communiist China and U.S. in the recent decades.
Similar things happens in software/web service industries in the past two decades.
I’ve never seen your artworks yet, but I guess it’s good for you, in you specific case.
In general, we, common people is looking foward “a super man” or “a super star” from a few % from a “critical mass” as in the case with art scene and entertainment industries to grow healthy hierarchy structures of user community.
At least, Greg is carefully watching to grow this “mass” for the coming decade with over 20 yrs. of marketing/technical experiences since he launced SESI with Kim Davidson.
I think this is a universal (ie. not specific to Japan) RFE from the rest of the world, but priority should be to fix TD077Pro for the on-going high-end users due to the limitation of resources, I guess.
Once, we Japanese thought alphabet was “cool” but we realize that Japanese characters are cool, cooler, coolest, too, like ya’ll see in most Western countries.
ImageSearch TouchDesigner Tutorial
derivative.ca/wiki/index.php … Search_Vid
…inspires me new installation style and VJs events to be happened in the near future in Tokyo and all over the world (common people like us get frustrated with the stupid government parties and too many stupid and flassy politicians) to cast strong political messages without a fear of copyright protection.
My small personal anxiety is that Microsoft fonts is not cool with which TD is running…