The next update to the Gener8 modules which I am currently busy working on will be another fairly major one!

As well as solving some of the bugs, and making many smaller changes to lots of functions, I have come up with a few things I’d like to share with you here.

New Time-code system
The first big change to the system is the inclusion of a new time-coding protocol.

Previously the modules have been running using the beatPosition system originated by Garagecube with their BPM module, but I wanted to introduce something that could distinguish musical bars and beats, and also deal with looping of bars.

The new time-code is generated by the Launchpad module, which frees it from the BPM module.


All of the previous functions available from the BPM module are now available from the Launchpad. And it can be synced up to an external MIDI clock (but sadly the frame resolution used by the modules means that it cannot generate its own MIDI clock).
STATUS: Completed

Sound Router Module
The Sound Router module is finally compatible with Gener8 Clip changes.
I’ve used the latest version of the Sound Router, so all the functions are there, they just apply to the Clip, not the layer.
STATUS: Completed

Envelope Gradients
In the last version I introduced editable envelopes for recording and controlling keyword changes, in the next update this feature is further improved with the ability to fade controller values between envelope points. Subtle fade outs will now be a very simple task!

STATUS: Completed

Beat Markers & Snapping in the Timeline
Oh yes, all those tricky little envelope points will now just stick themselves to the nearest beat marker, making tight editing a very fast process.

STATUS: 95% completed.

Timeline Zoom
At last we are no longer restricted to a small window to edit movie length files. Zoom in the timeline and scroll to the very frame you desire…

STATUS: Completed.

Time Bending Markers
This is a fun concept that I realised was possible some time ago, and now it is actually working. Imagine taking a video of a dancer, and re-synced their movements to a different rhythm. And with the power of Modul8 you will now be able to acheive effects like this in real time.

The markers allow you to stretch and reduce the speed of any section of your Clip, and you can use an unlimited amount of markers per Clip.
STATUS: 80% Completed.

MIDI Trigger inputs for Clips
Each Clip-Slot in the Launchpad module now has an option for a MIDI trigger input (as well as the previously added trigger output).
Extremely useful for VJs who use applications such as Ableton Live, or external MIDI controllers to trigger video elements.
There’s also a mapping option for easy set-up. Simply put the Launchpad into mapping mode, then press the desired button on your controller and that’s that.

Each of the 5120 Clip-Slots can have it’s own MIDI trigger, and triggering this way overrides the Launchpad’s quantise function to keep things tight.
STATUS: Completed.

REVISED Auto Loop function
The Auto Loop function in previous versions of the Editor module was a little over complicated, so I have revised and re-written the whole thing.

The new Auto-Loop is mostly totally automatic. It compresses or expands your media file to fit to the closest musical bar. It’s natural state is on, so as soon as a new media is selected, you know it will be ‘in time’.

There’s also an option for half and double time for quick speed-ups etc.


And, as before, Auto-Loop tracks any changes in the BPM (and now tracks changes to the time-signature too) and makes the appropriate adjustments.
STATUS: 80% Completed.

Clip Library Tags
A little addition to the Clip Library module which allows you to Tag your Clip files, helping you to sort through your huge swathes of funky visuals.

STATUS: 90% Completed.

and, last but not least…

The Developers Module
A simple module that gives you all the code you need to make your own Gener8 ready modules.

If you wish to have your own custom modules which respond to Clip changes, and allow you to save all of their parameters into the Clip Library, then with this basic script you should be able to. Or, perhaps transplant the code into something you’ve already created…
STATUS: 70% Completed.

When will it be ready?
Well, the release date for this lot is difficult to predict, but I’m going to dare to say that I’ll have it ready in one months time, which puts the release date to: April 1st 2012.

We’ll see you then, I hope!