Sure, the makers of Resolume are emphasizing content creation stuff because … there are no live gigs. But that just reveals something we already knew was true.

See, just as tools like Ableton Live proved that improvisatory, real-time workflows made music production faster, the same is true in visuals. It was always possible to record stuff in Resolume for on-the-fly motion graphics, music videos, and the like. (Deadlines wait for no one!) Now with 7.2.0, they’ve expanded that functionality. And when the gigs do return, this could still be a major boon.

So, here’s what’s on offer.

Clip Renderer. Rendering individual clips to files speeds up all kinds of visual production. It might make you reach for Resolume even in place of After Effects, Premiere, and the likes for some jobs.

Everything about their implementation is great. Clip length sets the recorded clip duration. It’s offline – both ensuring frame-accurate output without any blips, and leaving your GPU free to keep rendering live (so it just renders offline in the background).

And best of all you can just right-click on any clip – or make a queue of clips to render with drag and drop.

Well, Hell, yeah to this! Queuing clips, rendering in background – full quality.

Record directly to the right codec, frame rate. The other big plus here is record once without transcoding. That now supports all versions of DXV 3 and ProRes. See recording support information. In Alley, the higher-end media server version of Resolume, you can even convert to all ProRes formats. That’s true on Windows, too, not just Mac.

Better ProRes playback. Another reason you might actually use ProRes is that you can now use it live as a VJ format (or content production) with much greater performance. That’s handy as not everyone will be savvy enough to let you exchange files in the lesser-known DXV format.

Improved NDI (think OBS and streaming). NDI is the popular common denominator means of running video output to streaming tools like OBS. Improved NDI support (4.5) means smoother support for OBS. So since “live” these days means “streaming,” some good news there, too.

Oh and they have a nicer Noto Sans font which improves Chinese and Japanese language rendering.

Plus, since we need something to play with, there’s a new Pixel Blur higher-quality blur effect and Bloom. Think of this as either a way to match the blurred vision we all have now from stress, or to be more optimistic, a means of putting everything in a beautiful dreamworld of fantasy.

This and all the latest news is on their blog: