Mapping Toolkit 2D
- by Joanie Lemercier
- in blog
- posted décembre 27, 2014
The mapping toolkit is a series of tools for creatives, to create visual content for projection mapping.
It’s comes as a pack of patches / modules developed with vvvv.
MAPPING TOOLKIT – 2D
A tool to animate vector files (svg format), and simply produce visual content in realtime.
Points, lines and polygon animations are available.
MTK is free for non commercial use, but get in touch if you want to use it for a commercial project.
Check also vvvv licence
examples of use: projections onto origamis (project: paper and light)
– install vvvv and its addon pack (vvvv 45beta33.3 32bits recommended)
– download MAPPING TOOLKIT 2D, unzip in the vvvv folder.
– run the app.
– Select your svg file in the drop down list. Files are located in the content/ folder
– play with the sliders and buttons in the GUI window
– use the output for live projections, or use FRAPS to record the output.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR SVG FILES
– FROM A VECTOR SOFTWARE
You can use illustrator, either full screen on your projector output to map directly, or with a picture on a locked layer as a reference.
Make sure you only use the line tool, and the Pen tool (but don’t use any curve).
If your SVG file doesn’t load up, open it in a text editor, it must contain: lines, polylines, polygons (paths are not supported yet).
– FROM A 3D SOFTWARE
In most 3D softwares, you can export a view from a 3D scene as vectors. In Cinema4D, you need to use the “Sketch and Toon” plugin to export to .ai format, and then use a vector software (try the great freeware: Inkscape) to save as .svg
Here’s a template for c4d with some material presets you could use. C4D_to_AI.zip
If you have any request for new functions and changes, feel free to leave a message in the comments below. Our studio is also available for custom software development.
Justin Woodmars 30, 2019 at 7:49
Thanks for this tool! Can you help me get things moving/animated? =) I tried clicking the buttons and playing with the sliders and it has got me this far:
I feel like I am missing something obvious that will kick it all into action. I was able to play an mp3 but that didn’t seem to activate anything for me. If you could help me to see some animation over the image and point me in the right direction to the best places to start playing with and changing that animation I should be able to go from there.
Thanks! I really appreciate the tool and your help.