And away we go
So here we go. This project I have been working on literally around the clock, seven days a week, for the last few months, and before that, on and off for about 3 years is finally ready for release. It wasn't supposed to go this way, but it is what it is, and here it is.
It was supposed to be a video analysis program, where you would draw lines, circles, and squares and such on a video, and be able to analyze angles and distances, and the speed of objects moving in the video.
But at some point, while working on the video analysis software, it occurred to me, that instead of drawing a line, I could draw a saber and use it for doing movie style special effects. So I duplicated the video analysis xCode project, renamed it SaberFX, and started to work on it as a video effects program.
Initially I started drawing colored lines over the top of the toy saber in the videos, just as in the video analysis software, and then later, that would be rendered into a glowing saber when the video was created. And that worked great, but what if instead of drawing a colored line, we could draw the fully rendered saber in real time, during the drawing process. Would it really be possible to have the fully rendered saber drawn in real time, tracking the mouse movements? So I set about merging the rendering code with the live drawing code, compiled the project, and ran it.
I honestly wasn't expecting much, and figured it wouldn't run properly the first time, and even if it did, it would be too slow to be used as the basis for the UI. To my surprise, I selected the saber tool, and clicked and dragged from the handle, and there it was, in all its glowing glory: a saber, being rendered in real time and dragged around by it's end point.
I guess I'm easily impressed, but I thought it was one of the coolest things I'd ever seen. It's amazing how powerful our computers are these days to be able to do this. The live drawing works for all the tools in SaberFX.
So that's the story, and now it's in your hands. You be the judge (and the Jedi), and take it as far as you can.