GeoPix LED Pixel Mapper


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Overview

The GeoPix Pixel Mapper is a robust, multi faceted software solution for managing, mapping, and driving many thousands of pixels. From conceptualizing and testing ideas to running, and automating shows this software simplifies the complex nature of pixel mapping and allows users to focus on creating and executing on a unique visual experience.



Panel Editor

The Panel Editor gives you the ability to create and define your own custom led panels. These can be any shape and size, strips, or arrays, circles, or anything you can imagine or create. Coordinates can also be manually keyed in per led if specific accuracy is needed.


Generators allow for procedural creation of certain types of shapes, like arrays, arcs, noise patches and grids. Multiple generators can be active at once and even blended with each other to produce interesting results.

After a panel is created, you can then export it to disk for later use in the PixelMap Editor. Panels are saved as tab separated X/Y/[Z] coordinates in plain text format for easy outside manipulation.



PixelMap Editor

The PixelMap Editor is the heart of GeoPix. Here you lay out your led panels according to device/controller output. You can add, remove, swap selected led panels, as well as move, rotate, and snap them to borders of other panels.

For more symmetrical layouts panel coordinates can be manually entered. Entire Device Layouts can be saved and loaded from disk for quickly switching between various mapping layouts.


The visual panel selector makes it easy to see what panel preset you’re selecting out of your library of definitions.

In addition to laying out your PixelMap, you can enter a sub-tool that allows you to marquee select pixels to quickly create and export pixel maps. These can later be used to limit where certain animations are displayed.



SmartClip Editor

The SmartClip Editor is a tool that allows you to create “SmartClips” or animation presets of several parameters like maps, masks, video clips, video tiles, as well as spout video sharing.

Using drag and drop, you can drag external video clips into the window onto the main background or onto flexible video tiles, and arrange them in different ways. The advantage here is that you can place one type of content on strips and another on panels. You can then save this as a smart clip and use it in other areas of GeoPix.

In addition to all of that, you can also textually tag your smart clips for easy and quick sorting in Performer Mode when VJ’ing.



3D Visualizer

The 3D Visualizer is a virtual 3d environment meant to simulate a physical setup in realtime and allow you to see how clips, effects, and various mapping and masking styles will look on led’s with out having to connect or run anything.

Any entire show can be concepted and built inside the visualizer before even committing to it.


3D geometry created in another piece of software can be imported into the visualizer by drag and dropping it onto the light gray square in the top left. 3d lighting can be simulated in the visualizer, which digitally casts light onto the surrounding 3d geometry.

Groups of panels in the PixelMap Editor can also be assigned to Geo Groups. This comes into play here in the visualizer where you can select various geoGroups and move them around in 3d space. It’s worth noting that moving them in the visualizer does not change their mapping coordinates.



Performer Mode

Performer Mode is the the performance engine where all the design work done in the other tab’s comes to life. Smart Clips can be sorted by tag and by function (clip vs effect) and dragged to the left/right deck.

There are a plethora of controls here that need more detailed documentation and for that please check the video below!


In each tab, there is a question mark icon in the top right that when clicked will give you a floating window of help information. This is especially useful for the performance tab as there are many controls to take note of.

There are also floating windows that can be accessed in the top right for midi controller mapping and OSC mapping. Both operate the same way by moving a slider or knob or button on your controller, and dragging and dropping the assignment square to a digital control in GeoPix.

This creates a red square outlining the button, showing that the connection has been made.



Automator

Automator is a unique tool that allows you to build a playlist with clips of various lengths and attributes, even allowing the automation of effects and other controls in performer mode.

A playlist can last several minutes, or several hours. Playlists can be set to loop infinitely, or a finite number of times before redirecting to another playlist.

The play/pause, and reset controls can be mapped in the same way as controls from Performer mode for remote access to an inaccessible computer via touchOSC or midi controller.




Settings Menu

The settings menu is full of backend options like save paths and UI variables. The most important column is the device connections column where you set all your pixel controller output settings.

Right now there are presets for serial over USB, Art-Net, and OPC. These presets are for specific devices but can be used for other devices communicating over the same protocol.


In the settings there are some other utilities such as the Update Manager, and the Activation Manager. Update Manager will alert you of any updates when the software starts, and the activation manager is explained in detail on the getting started page and in the activation video below.

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