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.
  • Out-of-the-box support for Quartz Composer, FreeFrame GL, Max MSP Jitter and Unity Pro
  • A simple SDK so developers can add Syphon to just about any application