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GarageCUBE Releases Modul8 V1.0 for OSX

New VJ software for real time video mixing and compositing (July 01, 2004)

GarageCUBE has just released Modul8 V1.0 for OSX. Modul8 is a revolutionary application designed for real time video mixing and compositing. It has been designed for VJs and live performers. Created by professional VJs and developped by real time imaging specialists, all coming from the video game industry, Modul8 offers a state of the art user-interface combined with very high performance.

Unlike most of the other video mixers, Modul8 really allows you to create the composition you want instead of being stuck with a predefined set of filters. And by composition, we mean both spatial and time composition: In Modul8, you can move, rotate, scale your original media just like in a simple image editor - but all in real time.

Modul8 supports all quicktime codecs, flash animation and almost all the image formats you can think about. Simply drag and drop your files to the media panel. They are ready to be mixed. Modul8 works in full resolution, no scale down is done. The output resolution can be in PAL, NTSC, SVGA, XGA or higher. Same for your movies, not one single pixel is lost, we render your media as they have been compressed with the maximum possible quality and highest possible resolution.

To reach this kind of performances, we push your hardware and the OS to the limit: The full rendering is done through the GPU of your graphic card, each pixel modifier has been Altivec optimized and the whole architecture of the sofware is fully multi-threaded. Everything has been done to lower the latency as much as possible at every level of the application. For example, the movie swapping and looping are pre-buffered to avoid any latency.

Modul8 is able to manage up to 10 different layers each one having its own settings and media. Layers can be re-ordered at any time with a simple drag and drop. Full per pixel transparency is computed between the layers allowing you to obtain an incredibly high quality mix of images. Because we know how important the transparency is in compositing, Modul8 is able to read the full alpha channels from the media. We also offer five different luma-key functions for media that do not support an alpha channel.

Modul8 works in full 32 bits color including an 8 bit channel for transparency, plus three channels for red, green and blue. You can at any time modulate the channels (both color and transparency) of your media without even slowing down your composition. Altivec optimized filters allow you to change the contrast, the saturation in both positive and negative form.

Modul8 supports a preview panel that can be used at the same time as the final output. This panel lets you see the output and much more. You can display hidden layers to prepare the final composition before it is sent to the display output (just like with DJ tables). This preview panel can also be used to move your layers in space with a simple mouse drag.

Modul8 supports direct keyboard and full MIDI connectivity. The whole user-interface can be configured to react to MIDI and/or to keyboard. Modul8 automatically detects and links your external MIDI controller to the user-interface. All you have to do is to move your external fader or your button and Modul8 will interpret the MIDI message and link it to the button you have selected. You don't even have to know about MIDI messages. Modul8 is also able to react directly to sound input - simply plug a microphone to your machine and link the sound input to the desired effect.

A typical problem of real-time video application is memory management. In some case, you may want to work with very short loops that can stay in memory to obtain very high frame-rate and in some cases you may have long videos that need to be streamed from disk. Modul8 supports three different memory storage solutions that can be selected for each media: full memory (the media is entirely decompressed in memory for optimal frame rate), compressed in memory (the media is stored compressed in memory), streamed from disk (the media is streamed directly from the disk using nearly no memory). By mixing these different storage modes, you can create compositions with very high frame-rate and long high quality video.

A demo is available online at

Price is 295 Euro for the full version and 145 Euro for the educational version.

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