by Jonathan Reus at STEIM

This app will work for both models of the Kinect camera. You can find the model number on the bottom of camera on its stand, where it will say either 1414 or 1473. Many people have been using the kineme plugin to force the camera to spit out the camera signals to software, but the kineme plugin has never been updated to work with the second release of the kinect camera, the newer 1473 model.

Big thanks to Jonathan for taking the time to put this app together using OpenNI.  Please post comments or feedback if you find any issues with the app, thanks.

NB This is provided with no guarantees or obligations. Just trying to be helpful. 





Download the app from the link above. Unzip it and then manually place it in your documents or application folder. 


STEP TWO Install the syphon plugin, if you have not already done so before.

Choose the plugin you prefer from the plugin links on the right of the page.
Since I am an Isadora user I chose the one for Quartz Composer.
Follow their instructions to put the plugin in the specified directory in your computer. This may depend on your operating system. On Snow Leopard 10.6

MacintoshHD>Library>Quartz Composer Plug-Ins>Syphon.plugin

STEP THREE Install OPEN NI Libraries (Mac Only)

Choose your platform
Folow the instructions to download
Install the package using Terminal commands as follows

Unzip the file

Find the application 'Terminal' which resides in your applications folder, inside a folder called 'Utilities'

Open a new blank terminal window, from the menu bar >File>New

Next you have to navigate to the location of the unzipped folder called 'OpenNI_NITE_Installer-OSX'

To do this you can type >cd and then a space

Then drag the folder onto the next space, and Terminal will write in the directory address automatically. Then click on the Terminal window again, and hit return. 

> cd ./OpenNI_NITE_Installer-OSX


Then type or paste this next line of code into the Terminal window to run the installer

> sudo ./

Now you can close the Terminal window and quit the Terminal app


NB You only need to do steps one to three the first time you do this. After that the NI-Syphon app will be able to grab the depth map image just by launching the app.  

Launch the
It may take a few seconds to grab the depth map image
Once it has grabbed the image, you can celebrate ;)

You can now receive the camera image in any software that can receive a syphon feed.

In Isadora you would use the syphon client actor. This should show up in your tool bin once you have installed the syphon plugin. Click in the input parameter and select the syphon stream. Connect the output of the syphon actor to a CI Projector actor, or convert to 'video' using the 'image to video' actor so you can connect the video stream to non Core Image actors.