Syphon is an open source Mac OS X technology that allows applications to share frames - full frame rate video or stills - with one another in realtime. Now you can leverage the expressive power of a plethora of tools to mix, mash, edit, sample, texture-map, synthesize, and present your imagery using the best tool for each part of the job. Syphon gives you flexibility to break out of single-app solutions and mix creative applications to suit your needs.
Syphon provides an ecosystem for sharing imagery between applications and new media development environments. Syphon is designed to be efficient and will not duplicate resources unnecessarily, keeping your frame rate and best interests in mind.
- Hardware acceleration on the GPU - Servers and Clients share video on the graphics card - where it belongs, allowing for HD or larger video at 60 FPS
- Alpha-channels - share rendered 3D content and video with masks and keys, allowing compositing to happen easily and naturally.
- A simple SDK so developers can add Syphon to just about any application
- Compatible with MacOS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later.
The list of Syphon enabled applications keeps growing. Here are is a sample of interoperable applications, inlcuding live performance, content creation, show control, visualizers, development, creative coding, live coding, patching environments, game engines, projection mapping, and capture tools.
You can mix these tools and more to find unique solutions to your creative problems.
Syphon.framework allows 3rd party developers to leverage frame-sharing in their applications or plugins. A simple Objective-C interface allows the publishing and acquisition of frames in very few lines of code. Under the hood, Syphon uses the power of IOSurface plus a selection of Cocoa and Core Foundation technologies to manage the communication between servers and clients. (download, documentation)
A pair of applications to test Syphon functionality (download)
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Syphon is designed for and by new media technologists, realtime video artists and visualists. It is a labor of love, developed in the spare time of the authors. It is open, free and a gift to the new media community. If Syphon is useful to you or an application you are developing, please consider contributing or sponsoring to help continue development and support the cause.
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Syphon.framework, test suite, and our provided reference implementations are licensed under a Simplified BSD software license.