live coding networked visuals
Hydra is a platform for live coding visuals, in which each connected browser window can be used as a node of a modular and distributed video synthesizer.
To get started:
- Close this window
- Change some numbers
- Type Ctrl + Shift + Enter
Built using WebRTC (peer-to-peer web streaming) and WegGL, hydra allows each connected browser/device/person to output a video signal or stream, and receive and modify streams from other browsers/devices/people. The API is inspired by analog modular synthesis, in which multiple visual sources (oscillators, cameras, application windows, other connected windows) can be transformed, modulated, and composited via combining sequences of functions.
- Available as a platform as well as a set of standalone modules
- Cross-platform and requires no installation (runs in the browser)
- Also available as a package for live coding from within atom text editor
- Experimental and forever evolving !!
Created by olivia.
For more information and instructions, see:
the documentation on github,
a list of hydra functions,
a gallery of user-generated sketches,
Hydra Book, and more tutorials and examples.
There is also an active forum and facebook group for hydra users+contributors.
If you enjoy using Hydra, please consider supporting continued development <3 <3