Tagtool <3 Resolume <3 Neonrost

We're very excited to bring you a guest tutorial on how to use the wonderful Tagtool for iPad as a source in Resolume, using the magic of Syphon.

But before we dive in to the techy goodness, you may be wondering what Tagtool is. I'm glad you asked!



Tagtool is a wonderfully fun application for the iPad, which allows you to unleash your painting skills, and animate and play with the result, all within a simple and intuitive interface. You can even link up multiple iPads via Wifi and draw and play collaboratively. We've had a lot of fun with Tagtool, and we're sure you'll agree.

For more info on Tagtool check out http://www.tagtool.at

Then before I leave you with the tutorial itself, I just wanted to say Tagtool one more time. Tagtool. Now I'm done.

Using Resolume & Tagtool

Workshop at the University of Applied Arts on the 22nd May 2013

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This tutorial will guide you to the basic steps of how to setup a Tagtool session within Resolume. We use a Macbook Pro – 2.66 GHz – Intel Core 2 Duo – 4GB Ram (DDR3) connected to one projector and one iPad 4 running the latest Tagtool version.

Download the free trial-version of Air Server (4.6.5) to receive the video signal of the iPad. Configure the software settings>Mirroring and change to optimise for “Projector (1024×768)”. It´s important that Laptop and iPad are connected via the same wireless network.
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On the iPad open the Airplay settings and select the laptop as the streaming device.
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To finally receive the Tagtool output in Resolume Arena just enable the built-in Syphon module within the Preferences>Video Preferences.
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Now fire up your iPad and launch the Tagtool app – the laptop is already getting the desktop screen transmitted. Create a new composition according to the size of the syphon stream – 1024×768. In the very right area select the “sources” tab and left-click the syphon source. Render settings and transform settings are correct – so we simply drag&drop this item into the video layer.
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Depending on the WiFi signal strength and the resolution size we had a good performance with 1024×768 – but the laptop was struggling with performance as soon as more video layers or effects were added. The frame rate dropped at 3 layers to 14 fps and we stopped the experiment there.

You will get better performance with project sizes like 640×480, but you will have to crop the video stream of the Tagtool. Anyway! Endless fun ahead!


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Thanks to the lovely folks at Tagtool and Neonrost for providing this wonderful app and tutorial. Austria VJ maffia!

Posted by Joris on Monday June 3, 2013 at 14:58 Tags: Syphon * Tagtool
Comment from He2neg:

So Tagtool is free now and i want to let it in my Setup....

Did anyone allready managed to get it inside resolume (on Windows) wireless?
So... without a Av Adapter & a Capture Card....

i will start testing and playing around soon and will post my results here but maybe someone allready did it and want to help me with a shortcut ;)

Comment from He2neg:

OKay, it was way more easy then i thought....

The Tagtool Devs have a beta called "tagtool player" this you can open on your System and create a session.... Now join the session with the client (ipad).

~The tagtool player is allways jumping into fullscreen mode (bit anoying but i can live with that..) Holding cmd / contr while starting give you some acces to some settings~

Now comes the good old NDI Scan converter to grab the "Unit secondary Display" of the tagtool player and voilá we have a tagtool output inside the Resolume source panel as NDI stream...

100% free and i love free stuff...



Few addings:
when you leave the tagtool app youll need to rejoin the session, but everything will keep running.
Free Limit i found:
- only 10 saved paintings for copy & past
Pro Version cost 9,99€


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