We hope you are safe and healthy wherever you may be in the world. We’ve been busy preparing a big update for you this month! We are excited to release our native support for Nvidia Flex particle simulations and we’ve also added some new features to help enable live streaming which many of us are experimenting with during these challenging times.
For streaming from TouchDesigner we’ve added a couple of things.
First we have the NDI TOPs now available using Non-Commercial licenses. This will allow anyone to send a TouchDesigner TOP with audio to streaming social services such as YouTube, Zoom, Slack, Skype and more. There are 2 recent Blogs in the COMMUNITY section that discuss how to do this using NDI Tools that you will find helpful for setup tips.
Second, the Video Stream Out TOP now supports RTMP streaming which lets it send video and audio to and service that ingests RTMP streams. Twitch and Mixer are examples that work great, and Youtube should as well but we are currently still working out some issues connecting to YouTube, your mileage may vary.
The biggest feature we are announcing in this build is our built-in Nvidia Flex support! Nvidia Flex is a particle-based physics simulator that uses a particle representation for all object types. The behavior in the simulation is defined by the type of substance: rigid, soft, fluid, rope, cloth, and because all bodies in a Flex simulation are represented by particles, all substances can be simulated together seamlessly without the need for multiple solvers. As a Nvidia SDK that requires CUDA, this feature’s system requirements are a Nvidia GPU on Windows.
Check out the Nvidia Flex OP Snippets for an introduction and you can also refer to this Nvidia Flex help page for additional information.
TDAbleton v1.23 is also a major update you should look at. Installing TDAbleton has always been a little challenging but no longer, we now have a built-in TDAbleton installer that takes care of everything in 1-click! Furthermore, a new Update System allows you to add the new TDAbleton package to your project and update all your components with 1-click. There are also a dozen other new features and fixes to check out in the release notes.
The Kinect Azure CHOP and the Laser CHOP got some new features, so if you use them check it out.
And of course we’ve been very busy working on all your bug reports, thank you for the time you’ve taken to provide us with reports and examples to track these down. You’ll find the details of dozens of bug fixes and improvements at the bottom of the Release Notes.
Thanks, we hope you are all safe and healthy!