GENER8 is a plug-in module family for the Garagecube live video performance application MODUL8 which runs on Mac OSX.
GENER8 is not a simple module, and requires quite a nice machine to run effectively. GENER8 is compatible with older versions of MODUL8, but it will take advantage of newer features available in the current versions.
- 2.0 GHZ intel core duo recommended minimum*
- 4-8 Gb RAM*
- OSX 10.4
- MODUL8 2.5 (2.9 recommended)
* These hardware requirements are subject to the media content you are performing with.
Graphics cards play an important role in processing video and if you are considering purchasing a new machine for your performances make sure to buy the best you can at the time.
The above requirements are for minimum operation.
Aside from buying a newer machine there are ways to improve performance when using GENER8.
It is advisable to use more Clips and less layers, when it makes sense to your composition. Each layer adds another instance of the GENER8 Editor module (ie, with 6 layers running, there will be 6 Editor modules running), so therefore more layers require more processing. Because GENER8 stores all of your layer information as clips, and each layer can hold up to 800 clips (but only outputting 1 at a time of course), you will find that you no longer need to use as many layers as before. This should free up some processing time and make everything happier.
Experiment with difference compression method & codecs for your media.
Some of the GENER8 modules have a large screen footprint (particularly the Launchpad), so remember to use your screen ‘workspaces’ (cmd 1 > 0) to free up your screenage.