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openFrameworks Essentials by Denis Perevalov, Igor Tatarnikov

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The video synthesizer application

A video synthesizer is an electronic device or a computer program that generates and transforms a video signal in a complex way. Video synthesizers are used for creating live visuals for DJ sets and performances, or serve as a visual part of interactive installations and mobile apps.

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Probably the most famous analog video synthesizer was made by John Whitney in the middle of the twentieth century. Visual effects, obtained with the synthesizer, are demonstrated in his film Catalog (1961). It's worth watching on YouTube.

Throughout the book, we will build our own video synthesizer application. We will start with a simple project in the next chapter and will extend it by adding new features with each new chapter. ...

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