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Cake Mapping in 10 Minutes

Quick cake mapping
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This 10 minute crash course will show you how to use MapMap software to quickly projection map a cake.


00:00 Intro
01:18 Input in MapMap Software
05:45 Output Mapping
07:57 Source Switch (Mac)
08:19 Source Switch (Windows Workaround)


This video assumes you already have two things in place in order to complete this tutorial: 1) You have a 5-tier cake or something in the shape of a 5-tier cake to project on to, and 2) You have a projector correctly connected up to your laptop or computer. 

The recommended dimensions of the cake are for square-based tiers, each 5 inches high. The tier sizes increase by 2 inch increments as you go down the cake: starting with 8 inches at the top, then 10 inches, 12 inches, 14 inches and 16 inches at the bottom.

This video will show you the basics of using a free projection mapping software called MapMap. First we will import a guide into MapMap and use this to set up our input meshes. The video will then show you how to map the projector’s output to the physical cake. 

Once the output mapping is complete, Mac users must change the mesh’s source in the inspector of the Layers tab from the guide to the video content you want displayed on the cake. Windows users have to follow a different workflow and instead, in the Paints tab, change the video file location from the guide to the video content.

MapMap can be downloaded here:

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