MadMapper 5.0

Supports video and light mapping for various types of live shows.
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MadMapper is intended for video and light mapping. Thus, this tool can capture data from different surfaces in a virtual scene, which is then saved as texture maps. Then, the resulting maps can be used to create lighting effects on static objects. You should know that light mapping is a professional activity and, as such, it requires knowledge on the field of 3D design. Fortunately, there are several video tutorials to get you started.

The application has a modern, carefully crafted, interface. In this regard, it is easy to manage various projectors, control lights, fine-tune 3D calibration and browse available textures. The typical workflow consists in choosing a projector and then mapping an image onto a physical volume, such as objects and buildings. In this respect, the tool is great for live shows, including architectural video projections, stage design and art installations.

The tool comes with various handy features. For instance, there is a 3D spatial scanner, which creates a 3D scene by scanning an object. Likewise, you can use the built-in material editor to generate material and textures. There is even a live code editor for on-the-fly editing of materials. Luckily, MadMapper integrates with any application based on a Syphon server, from where the tool can retrieve video and light mapping data.

In short, MadMapper is recommended for video mapping, as it allows managing multiple aspects of your projection. Regrettably, it feels somewhat slow when you connect many projectors simultaneously. Luckily, there is a trial version you can download from the developer’s site, which allows trying all the features, except for saving or loading projects. Finally, if you are satisfied with the product, it is possible to buy it or rent it for a limited period of time.

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Pros

  • Allows managing various projectors, controlling lights, fine-tuning 3D calibration and browsing available textures
  • 3D spatial scanner
  • Built-in material editor
  • Live code editor
  • Several video tutorials
  • Integrates with Syphon-based applications

Cons

  • Feels somewhat slow when you connect many projectors simultaneously

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