LightNet and LightSync

LightNet and LightSync

Lightact supports multi-server syncing and playback. It does that with LightNet and LightSync functionality introduced in v3.0.5. LightNet allows different Lightact instances on the same network to communicate with each other whereas LightSync is Lightact’s proprietary timecode protocol, which allows one Lightact instance to act as a master to which … Continued
TCP & UDP

TCP & UDP

Lightact allows you to send and receive TCP, UDP or OSC messages. The key differences between them are: UDP: an internet messaging protocol (User Datagram Protocol), that is very common in entertainment. It’s very fast but you don’t get a confirmation of a successful transmission. Art-Net is based on that … Continued
OSC

OSC

Lightact allows you to send and receive OSC messages. OSC stands for Open Sound Protocol (opensoundcontrol.org | Wikipedia page). The protocol is built on UDP but includes some features that make it more useful for entertainment. For example, an OSC packet can include several variables of different types. Receiving OSC To receive … Continued
Spout

Spout

Spout is a framework allowing you to share texture between different Windows applications. You can read more about it here. Lightact allows you to both send and receive textures with spout. Sending spout To send a texture from Lightact using spout you should first open the Devices window by pressing … Continued
NDI

NDI

Newtek’s NDI is a network texture streaming protocol. It allows you to stream textures between several devices on the network. Lightact allows you to receive a texture from several NDI sources and transmit several textures with NDI. Sending NDI In order to send a texture using NDI, we open the … Continued
MIDI

MIDI

Lightact can read incoming MIDI signals. If you connect a MIDI USB device (such as KORG nanoKontrol2, for example) and want to read its MIDI signals, the starting point is to open Devices window. When it opens, right-click somewhere in the empty area, hover above MIDI and click on Add reader. A … Continued
RealSense

RealSense

Lightact works with Intel RealSense depth cameras. You can use their depth feed for various purposes, interactive installations being probably the most common application. To import their feeds (depth or RGB) you should first open the Devices window by pressing F7 or going to Window and then clicking on the … Continued