Resolume 3.1 is here. The big news: a VJ app, an audiovisual app that supports Flash playback natively. Channels work. ActionScript 3 code (finally!) works. For Flash fans, of course, this is utterly huge – and if it means a few Flash-programmers-by-day become VJs by night, I’m all for it. (Now, if we could just get Processing working as elegantly in a VJ tool…)

The biggest feature for non-Flash users is likely to be a beat-synced video looper.

For more creative projection, layer size adjustments and improved keynoting means mapping your visuals to the real world is easier than before.

For audiovisualists, there’s clip panel updating for easier integration with other software and

And because many of our readers speak languages other than English, there’s foreign language support. (If only we could do that with the site, magically! I want my Star Trek universal translator!)

Of course, more than new features, better stability is likely to be the single most important improvement. I’d be curious to hear your frank thoughts on how this relatively new platform is working in your sets – good and bad.

The only potential downside – PowerPC is no longer supported – though that seems a good move to me, especially if it means more focus on testing Intel platforms.

Full text from the Resolume team:

Stability Improvements & Bug Fixes
We have spent a lot of time stress-testing Avenue and have fixed a lot of crashes and bugs. Avenue runs a lot more stable again. Stability remains our main focus.

Flash Playback
What can we say? Sorry it took a while … but … IT ROCKS!!! Flash animations have this crispy colourfulness that you just don’t get with video. Flash playback in Resolume has full alpha channel support so transparency looks great. Communication between Flash and Resolume is ActionScript 3 compatible and more powerful than ever so you get perfect live control over your animations with sliders, buttons and text input in the Resolume interface. Programming in AS3 is an absolute joy compared to AS2. We love it, and we hope you do to. Checkout the Manual for a new Flash chapter with all the details. And checkout the samples in the media folder. Start making your own generative visuals!

Layer Width and Height
This was a much requested feature that makes scaling all the clips to a fixed size a lot easier. This is great if you have content in different sizes, it will scale them all to one size. And it makes setting up a multi-screen projection with the Matrox Dualhead or Tripplehead a lot less work too.

Video Beatloopr
Why should the AV guys have all the fun? The BeatLoopr also works on video clips without audio now. Set your video clip to BPM Sync and st- st- st- start play- play- playing.

Improved AV Slider
Moving the layer Audio and Video sliders at the same time is much improved. Between the Audio and Video slider you now see a proper AV slider that you can grab and adjust the audio volume and video opacity relative from each other in one fell swoop. Small details make all the difference.

Improved Keystone plugin
Keystone = video mapping! The keystone plugin allows for extreme deformation of video so you can map it onto objects. Combined with masks you can map video on any surface. Enjoy!

New Effect: Shift RGB
If you miss the RGB Delay from Resolume 2 then is an adequate substitute. It has different modes for displacing the RGB channels in the video.

Load an effect with 0% Opacity
Hold down the Alt key when you drop an effect and it will be loaded with 0% opacity. This way you can load an effect on the composition without becoming instantly visible so you can do a subtle fade-in. Smoooooth.

Master Output Audio Delay
When outputting the video to a projector via a mixer the video will always be delayed a few milliseconds before it’s displayed. This becomes a problem when you also output audio from Avenue because the delay on the audio as it travels through the mixer to the PA is usually less than video. To compensate this you can now set a delay on the audio output in the preferences. This way your audio and video will match up perfectly. Pro stuff!

Audio FFT Input Gain
When the incoming audio is very weak you can now amplify the entire audio FFT analysis signal in the preferences.

Clip Panel Updates
A lot of people are sequencing Avenue via MIDI with Ableton Live or via OSC with Max Patches. For this situation it’s not handy for the clip properties panel to always show the latest triggered clip. We have made a switch for this in the Preferences where you can switch off the Clip panel updating when receiving MIDI or OSC.

Mac Intel Only
Resolume is no longer a universal binary but is Intel only on the Mac.

Español, Català & Français
Besides English, German and Dutch the Resolume interface also speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan and French now.

  • Stability? Well I crashed it 10 seconds after launching with the demo footage.

  • Crashed again and again.

  • If you are still experiening crashes then please send us the log file that Avenue creates on your computer:
    MAC: /Users/[username]/Library/Logs/Resolume Avenue 3 log.txt
    PC: C:/Documents and Settings/[username]/Application Data/Resolume/Resolume Avenue 3 log.txt

    Hopefully that will show us what is going wrong ;-(

  • on the flip side, ive been using Avenue pretty much since it came out and havnt realy had too much of a problem with it crashing. having said that, further improved stability is always a good thing 🙂

    flash & actionscript 3 are great additions to Avenue, it means im going to have to finaly get my head around them properly! the video looper is great. i shall be giving the new version a proper gig testing tonight 🙂




    ps. SSSSSSSS!

  • John

    Still crashing for me as well… CLICKS UNINSTALL

    I bet the creators make you install some crappy third party gamer video card driver to 'fix' the crashing issue.

    Frankly, GRANDVJ blows Resolume away!! It plays every video file type under the sun and uses FFMPEG so it's ROCK SOLID STABLE! Been using it since the beta and have never had a crash at a GIG. Thats what I need. I can use Ableton for audio thank you very much!

  • flamer

    Peter et al, please disregard the flaming, but

    @John :
    trigger happy vj's (I shudder to call you even a vj) like you who are content clicking away mindlessly at the next unrelated clip can keep your GrandVJ.

    VJ applications like Resolume and VDMX are for people with actual creative insight. People who enjoy pushing the boundaries and turning boring stock footage into data-driven and audio reflective art.

    Fresh releases are always a little buggy. Show some goddamn patience and submit a bug report. The guys who write these apps spend too many hours coding for idiots like you to not appreciate all the effort that goes into such amazing software.

    VJ app coders everywhere – keep up the damn good work.

  • ParkerLewis

    The big news: a VJ app, an audiovisual app that supports Flash playback natively. Channels work. ActionScript 3 code (finally!) works.
    Come on, where's the big news? arkaos grand vj does all this since a year now, actually since version 1.0.. Even the old arkaos vj midi had basic support for Flash with dynamic text..

    @flamer (you chose the right nick) judging people's creativity on the app they use is like judging a man on his skin color.. If you really are someone creative then you should be capable of doing great things even with Windows Paint.

    Okay it's probably not the place to complain about software crashes and it's certainly not fun for the Resolume guys to read comments like those from VJ Lambency, emirarkman and John, I can get that. But if "those guys who write these apps" spend many hours coding, they should also have spent many hours testing before releasing a buggy final version and making big news of it, it would avoid reactions like that.

    Personally, creative experiences with an app that crashes every now and then is not a problem when I'm alone at home, but when I'm live I don't like my "creative insight" to be cut by a software crash, I don't make gigs to show people my great desktop wallpaper.

  • @john/@flamer: Do submit bug reports – uninstall if you like, but send that bug report. Do not assume the video back-end is the only factor in stability. Do not assume that someone using GrandVJ is any less artistic than someone using VDMX. It's just a tool; any of these is capable enough that you could make a fantastic or a terrible VJ set if you like.

  • It always hurt when people says the ArKaos tools are not for creative peoples.
    It's true that we have a simpler interface but it's with the intent of giving more fun mixing medias…

  • VDMX has a feature that when it crashes it writes the info and then just asks you if u want to send it.

    i find that great i just have to click on the ok button and they got them crash report.

    Do you think we users want to do all the " hustle" of looking for the log file , going into our mail boxes and sending the developers a mail?

    i prefer to just click ok on a pop up window.

  • i thought arkaos was for lighting guys who fancied they'd make a good vj once they'd downloaded 20 stock footage clips…

  • I've seen people do absolutely dreadful sets in ArKaos. I've also seen people do amazing sets. GrandVJ is a completely different program from the original. Look, folks, there's really no reason to hate any visual tool out there. All of them — ArKaos included — are made essentially as labors of love by small groups of independent developers. It's an entirely "indie" scene. I don't think any of these apps is perfect. I think we *should* be criticizing them – constructively. But come on, we don't need the trolling… leave that to music fanboys arguing about Reason and Pro Tools. Do we need that in the visual community, too?

  • Dpix

    New to Resolume 3 but love the av abilities, I use Ableton Live too. Interface is way better than old and new codec worth investigating. Initial stability a prob, but this weekend better with DXV codec. Duh a learning process, updates always bring transition and workflow issues…

  • Flaming discussion haven't few interest…

    About vj scene discussions a la macvspc protoolsvslogic…

    well vj scene is a bit indie but there are a lot of "integrist" out there too, Peter.

    Why don't leave all and start to understand the "tool" concept exposed by Peter (and others)

    Which is the best av show/performance?
    Why I must make in these way?
    Which value has you/my/you/our/them opinion?

    and the most important…

    Do you have friends, guys? or are you leaving alone keep closed with a net connection?

    Live and let live.

    Criticism is useful when your focusing on resolve the problem, it is not enough with pointing at it.

    Just my 1,50… not really 2cents.


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  • Unregistered users usually don't send bug reports. (It's an Orwellian thing)

    But they also get ZERO tech support, and no one's shoulder to cry on!

  • <blockquote cite="charles lee">But they also get ZERO tech support, and no one’s shoulder to cry on!

    INCORRECT. We offer support to everybody:

    Actually, the majority of support questions we answer is from people before they buy Resolume.

  • Sebkowski

    Well, stability is crucial for a professional use. I'm doing club installation and i'm very confident with arkaos product, i had a look at resolume3 and those club owner who bought it were very disappointed and finally not using resolume2 cause of the low output resolution and resolume3 cause of stability. I hope they will quickly update it with stability in mind cause the software sound very interesting.
    Also visual are not displayed on lowres display anymore, the most basic projector will already need at least 1024/768 and running native res clip on few layers is only possible with arkaos.

  • Tortex

    Flash support means, for me at least, I'll be using this alongside VDMX heavily.  I've been a AS3 developer since it came out, I'm very happy a VJ tool is supporting it.  Now all I need are some cool ideas 🙂

  • v

    AS3 Flash integration is done really good, the concept behind it is very smart. I would say that there is no better solution than this.