Major new goodies include, from left to right, mask blends, keystone plug-ins for your projection mapping enjoyment, and effects like the lovely Cube Tile.

Resolume in 2009 set out a new course for the visual performance software, and more than many of its live visual rivals, was particularly ambitious about melding audio and visual media. Fortunately, that ambition has been accompanied by a steady stream of updates refining functionality and stability. The latest is release 3.1.3; new in this build:

  • Better external MIDI sync clock, ideal for working with software like Ableton, Traktor (more on that in a moment)
  • New effects and sources: Shift Glitch (fx), Strobe (fx and source), Static (fx and source), Cube Tiles (fx)
  • Mask Blend Mode (yeah, about time)
  • Video mapping aka projection mapping feature, with new keystone plug-ins
  • Grab a PNG from video quickly
  • Load multiple videos quickly, automatically dropping them on layers
  • Improved stability, fixes, z rotation fix
  • Switch decks without interrupting video
  • Improved OSC support
  • Better support for NVIDIA graphics cards, Windows 7 / Vista, and many other fixes and improvements

Resolume Avenue 3.1.3 Released [Resolume Blog]

But enough of these changelogs — let’s talk about how to use MIDI sync. Below, a tutorial from the Resolume folks demonstrating MIDI sync with Ableton Live (though the same technique could be applied to any MIDI Clock source you like – even hardware). Anecdotally, MIDI clock support in Live has been one of the complaints I’ve heard most often from Ableton users, but then, it’s nice to see Resolume working on it.

For a written tutorial for Windows and Mac – again, relevant to any MIDI software, not just Live, though Live is the example:

Controlling Resolume Avenue with Ableton Live [Resolume Avenue Manual]

Resolume Avenue & Ableton Live MIDI Sync from Resolume on Vimeo.

  • What we need is a user friendly app wich handles both A & V integrally, sort of a Vegas but for live performance, freeframe support, vectorial graphics etc. Resolume Aveue is going that way, but are far from it. I think Ableton should have done this a long time ago, it' so evident!

  • Johnny

    Completely agree I can't imagine trying to get all this working effectively in a performance setting. The ideal app would integrate the live midi channel strip with a window with videos where you can sync up video clips to tracks, so you could for instance build up a song live, drums (certain visuals), bass (other visuals overlayed) etc and then it could become a fully integrated audio visual performance piece. Needing a 2nd computer is a big drawback too as I won't want to have to rely on anyone else besides myself to put this all together.  With all of these companies out there focusing on their niche I can't believe noone is designing an app solely for this purpose. we are all waiting, and these clunky setups are holding us back.

  • ken

    Agreed. I played around with Resolume3 for the past few days, and while it IS cool that you can do that via clips from Ableton, Resolume has crashed my computer more than it has by itself in the past 6 months (its not THAT bad!!!), which is a huge factor leading to me not being so sure about it. It is nice that its not over-the-top cpu heavy, but that kind of thing would be eliminated even more if ableton was to just include code for this in the LIVE software, esp since M4L is now available.
    two things can now make Live perfect (since they just added serato.. :D)
    Native OSC support, and Video tracks. they've got audio/midi clips, now all we need is video clips. please Ableton. please.

  • Ditto.  It'd be natural for Ableton Live to move into VJ territory.  Perhaps some genius M4L programmer can make some patches that make VJing with Live a real possibility.  That would be mega sweet.