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Cycling '74 Releases Cyclops 1.1

Video input analysis system gains Mac OS X support By Dave Nagel
Cycling '74 has released an update to Cyclops, a video input analysis system for the company's Max/MSP graphical programming environment. The new version adds support for Mac OS X and other features. It's available now for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.

Cyclops is an object for Max/MSP. Max is generally used as a development environment for creating applications and interactive presentations for live performances. The software allows users to build programs, or patches, through the use of graphical symbols, which range from objects that perform calculations to interface elements. MSP adds a number of these objects for building patches specific to audio for controlling the flow of signals. The combination of the two is known simply as Max/MSP.

The Cyclops object for Max is designed takes input from a QuickTime-compatible source (capture card, FireWire, USB), analyzes the frames and then outputs Max/MSP control messages based on the content of the frames. It can also analyze specific portions of an image and supports grayscale, threshold, difference or color analysis on the video image. The new version, aside from gaining Mac OS X support, also adds support for Jitter, another extension for Max/MSP that adds video, matrix and 3D graphics processing. It includes the jit.cyclops object, which allows users to use the same analysis functionality as Cyclops in Jitter.

Cyclops is developed by Code Artistry and distributed by Cycling '74. The new 1.1 version is available now for $99 for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Updates from version 1.0 run $29. Max/MSP sells for $495. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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