TouchDesigner for Live Visuals For Beginners

A beginner workshop on real-time video manipulation for live performance and interactive installations, with artist Yasushi Harada.

About this Event

This workshop will take place over video conferencing.


9 hours total over 3 sessions, online // $58, or $30 for members

 ** By donation for those facing reduced income due to COVID-19. Those who can afford the Regular or Member Rate at this time should continue to use those, as it goes directly to helping pay for the instructor.


Session 1: Fri May 7, 6pm - 9pm

Session 2: Fri May 14, 6pm - 9pm

Session 3: Fri May 21, 6pm - 9pm


All times listed are Pacific Time  


Prerequisites, recommendations, and requirements:

  • Before the first session of this workshop, participants must download and install the free software TouchDesigner Non-Commercial, available here: Please check that your computer meets the minimum requirements to run the software.
  • Participants must bring their own video files to use during exercises.
  • It is recommended that participants use a mouse with 3 buttons, as it makes the workflow much easier.
  • To join the workshop, participants must download and install Zoom Client for Meetings, available free here:


This online workshop introduces you to live video manipulation for performance and interactive installations using TouchDesigner (

If you're dizzy after reading the extensive list of features TouchDesigner offers -- realtime 3D rendering & compositing, projection mapping, lighting & audio for live shows, VR tools -- this intro workshop is a good place to start familiarizing yourself with the software and meet other beginners too!


Topics covered:

Video playback

Various inputs and effects

Various operators and ouputs

User interface

3D rendering

Audio visualization

Live effects for video conferencing

Streaming from TouchDesigner


Open lab time will be given to participants, with instructor available for questions.

Participants must bring their own video files to be used during workshop exercises, and are encouraged to use a mouse with three buttons.

This workshop will be video recorded for participants to review after the workshop.

Yasushi Harada is an interactive developer, technical director, and visual artist based in Tokyo. With a background in psychology, he later found his passion for creating visuals with programming languages while he was working at a creative agency. He has worked for brand activation events, museum exhibitions, night club events and music festivals and has focused on creating live visuals and interactive installations mainly with TouchDesigner in recent years. He is also a producer of TDSW (Tokyo Developers Study Weekend), one of the most active TouchDesigner communities in Japan.




Want access to discounts?

If you're taking even a couple of workshops, it's worth signing up for a Producer Membership (Basic or Extended):

Or redeem the Video Bucks you earned by volunteering:



Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!

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