Resolume Avenue 3.1.3 Released

So, 2009 is coming to an end and we're happy to present you a free Resolume update before Christmas. This version is again more stable, has smoother deck switching, improved MIDI clock, new effects & blend modes and loads of other improvements.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you had a good 2009. For us 2009 had some stressful periods but we're extremely happy with the direction we have taken with Resolume 3 and all the improvements we made. And we're grateful that we could welcome so many new users in 2009. We're looking forward to all opportunities that 2010 will bring!

Now it's time for us to drink a glass of Champagne and for you it's time to download Resolume Avenue 3.1.3.

Cheers!

Stability Improved
Stability remains our main concern and we managed to fix a couple of potential crashes so this version is even more stable.

Smoother Deck Switching
We have spent a lot of time fine-tuning the deck system to interrupt the playing video as little as possible. Deck switching is now a little bit faster but (more importantly) it does not interrupt the video as much anymore so you can comfortably switch decks during your performances.

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MIDI-Clock Improved
Our audio programmer Tim spent a lot of time improving synchronization via external MIDI-clock. Avenue now follows the external MIDI clock signal more accurately so your clips play sync with Ableton Live, Traktor or any other software or device that can send a MIDI clock.
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To learn more about MIDI clock checkout this new video tutorial made by Joris on how to sync Avenue to Ableton Live using MIDI.

Z Rotation Fixed
Finally! Thanks to OpenGL expert Daniel Berio. We're looking forward to January when he joins us full-time to work on new features and improvements. Checkout his website: http://enist.org

Shift Glitch Effect
This effect copies a random slice of the video and puts it back in at a different (random) size and position. In Resolume 2 this effect was called Barshift. This version is more tweakable because it has extra Frequency and Size parameters.

Stroboscope Source
Does exactly what you would expect. The two alternating colours are black and white by default but can be adjusted. Including alpha! Please be careful with this one, high contrast, fast flickering images can cause epileptic attacks.

Strobe Effect
The Strobe effect flickers the video on and off, the "background" can be adjusted to any colour.

Static Effect & Source
Also does exactly what you expect, generate static noise ;-) 3 different kinds actually, colour, two-tone and grayscale. Available as a source and an effect. The effect version is great for pushing some grain into a clip when you slide the opacity of the effect down to ~20%.
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Thanks Matias!
Some of the new plugins (Shift Glitch, Strobes & Statics) are made by Matias Wilkman and are completely open source so you can modify them! We hope it will inspire many programmers to learn and create FreeFrameGL plugins. Checkout his blog: http://matiaswilkman.blogspot.com and the plugins source code: https://www.assembla.com/wiki/show/ffgl/

TimeSwitcher
Due to popular demand the Timeswitcher is back. We never knew it was so popular in Resolume 2 so we have rewritten it to work with Resolume 3. You'll find it among the blend modes and transitions on every layer. For all newbies, it switches the layer on and off at a frequency determined by the video opacity.
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Mask Blend Mode
You can now turn any layer into a mask for all underlying layers. Because the masks for clips, layers and composition can only be a still image this is a welcome addition if you like to work with animated masks. Select "50 Mask" from the layer's blend modes, slide it to 100% opacity and of you go. Works with any footage, does not have to be grayscale.
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Cube Tiles Effect
Crawl inside a cube where your video is tiled to all 4 walls, let it spin and you think it will look like a bad video effect from teh 80's. Surprisingly, (most if the time) it actually looks great ;-) We're surprised how this cheesy experiment turned into a versatile and useful effect that even 3D haters will like.
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New Keystone Plugins for Video mapping
We have seen a lot of architectural video mapping projects in 2009 and 2010 will undoubtedly bring even more. We have therefore created 2 new Keystone plugins. Keystone Crop and Keystone Mask. For cropping and masking the video without deforming it. The normal Keystone plugin now has a "Show grid" parameter so it's easier to see the outlines and make precise adjustments. We're looking forward to see your video mapping projects in 2010!
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PNG Snapshot
We needed a fast way to grab a frame from a video so we can quickly create all the still for our footage releases. So we added this snapshot feature. We hope it's useful for you too. Press Ctrl(Command)+Shift+P to create a PNG image from your composition.

Quickly load a LOT of videos
It's now a lot easier to load a LOT of videos at once. Just select as many videos in the file browser with SHIFT and drag & drop them on one of the columns. (Column 1, Column 2, etc) This will make Avenue load all of them and distribute them to all layers. It's these small things that make your life as a VJ much easier ;-)
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OSC Improvements
Some main menu items are now accessible through OSC, the most important are the items in the output menu.
To set the output to fullscreen on your second monitor do this:
/application/fullscreen/ 1

The mapping of lists has changed, cuepoints, beatloopr, clip triggerstyle, mixers etc are actually lists. It will make it easier to just send an index instead of a value that actually corresponds to one of the values in the list. So instead of passing in a real value you should now send an index.
Examples:
/activeclip/video/position/pointsofinterest 2 (sets the third cuepoint)
/activeclip/video/position/jumptopointsofinterest 2 (jumps to the third cuepoint)

This means that your current implementations might be broken because the behaviour of for instance direction has changed as well.
/activeclip/video/position/direction 1 (sets the direction to forwards, 0 = backwards, 1 = forwards, 2 = pause, 3 = random)

This change has opened some more possibilities, for example use the following message to change the blend modes of the active layer.
/activelayer/video/mixeroption1 0 (Changes the blend mode to the first one in the list, 0 to n-1 options).

Other Additions and Improvements
- Added Distance parameter to SHIFT RGB effect
- Added support for FFGL Text parameters
- Redesigned audio device setup code this fixes problems with ASIO drivers and audio playback on Vista.
- Right click on enabled RGB button switches them all on
- Enabled mouse wheel on clip tempo and layer opacity (layer transport panel) Thanks to the Kijkbuiskinderen!
- Rectangular textures (NPOT) is now turned on by default on NVIDIA cards. This makes rendering a bit faster, especially on HD resolutions.

Fixed Bugs
- [fixed] Decks stay in composition although they are cleared.
- [fixed] Remove all composition key mapping also removes menu shortcuts
- [fixed] MIDI mapping is displaying strange character strings
- [fixed] Drag an audio clip on an audio clip that is being previewed causes crash!
- [fixed] Shortcuts on RGB switches only turn on
- [fixed] Resync not working correctly (on xp)
- [fixed] Cannot change audio sample rate on 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
- [fixed] Avenue won't start with some capture devices
- [fixed] Time indicator not visible for Audio clip in timelinemode
- [fixed] Composition level shortcuts are not cleared when a new composition is created
+ many more

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cheers!
Edwin & Bart & Tim & Joris & Daniel & Matias

Posted by bart on Tuesday December 15, 2009 at 11:19
Comment from yochee:

hohoho, this really sounds awesome guys. especially the keystone mapping helper.. thought about that before, maybe to visualize axis-changes etc.. well, great!

i´ll install tha update immediately..


edit: runs smoothly and clip loading is much more fun with the column loading now!!

Comment from GeeEs:

:P ... Yeah! You just made my day again!

Last weeks I did some small gig's and I can say I fully switched from 2.41 to Avenue! (used the last beta) Once in a while I had a minor software crashes, 1 time in 10 hours I guess, and probably due to my own fault and nasty switches i made... So it seems and feel to be really steady. Can't wait to try the last final release now!

Great job guys!

Comment from willcopps:

Yes! Thanks so much! Can't wait to try it out today... and perfect timing...I'm implementing some OSC for the first time tonight!

-Will

Comment from gpvillamil:

Nice one, extremely stable and really making the most of the new architecture.

As far as I can tell, all the issues with OSC becoming saturated have disappeared. I've been running the step sequencer at 300bpm for a while, and it is still keeping up nicely.

Comment from gradek:

oh yeah, good news indeed. will get my Touch Resolume, update online ASAP.

gpvillamil, 300bpm really? wow what kind of music plays that fast, or are you doubling up something at 150?

Comment from Godzil:

Thanks for that update, guys.
But i have one problem after upgrading. Avenue is not responding to notebook's microphones. I'm trying all options but nothing happens.
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Comment from gpvillamil:

gradek wrote:oh yeah, good news indeed. will get my Touch Resolume, update online ASAP.

gpvillamil, 300bpm really? wow what kind of music plays that fast, or are you doubling up something at 150?
Yeah, doubling up!

I still have pending your request for beat multipliers in the sequencer... will roll that out shortly.

I also set it so you can use OSC bundles or not, so that TouchOSC can be used simultaneously.

Comment from francoe:

Im trying the demo, and found some little differences with the 3.1.1 version, that disconcert me.

Casually, yesterday i was exploring the posibilities of avenue 3.1.1 without any footage, just using the gradient and other included fx (Yap, is very limited but i like it).
So, now open the new release and try to drop any of the new sources (strobo & static), looks great.
I drop a radial blur over it and, Oh, whats happen here? the image goes black.
I tried then the iterate, and the same thing.
Then I loaded the yesterday comp, and try it to play the stuff, but all clips goes black.
When I try to come back to the initial deck, the strobo/static clips is no more there anymore
(im sayin thats if i dont save the comp, when i schitch over the decks, my clips dissapear) .
Ok, the clips goes black, because they are a stack of fx over a gradient source.
I can make it visible my clips readjusting the alpha and opacity controls, but the result is not the same.
Im thinking, theres a substancial modification of the blends? I mean, something like IRE level change?

Another thing that surprised me is that you can't set the audio Master Output Channels to No Output.
The past demos do that?
I don't mind the watemark for a try, but that 'resolumeblue' voice is making me mad! :D

Oh, i love the new adds!

Comment from edwin:

Francoe, could you explain exactly what combinations of sources and effects results in a black image.
Now it's hard to reproduce as i don't know exactly what it is you did.

francoe wrote:I don't mind the watemark for a try, but that 'resolumeblue' voice is making me mad!
LOL, it actually says 'resolume avenue'. But if you turn your volume down you won't have to listen to it.
But i guess that's why you wanted to select 'no output'. We actually need an audio device to run the BPM, the internal clock for the BPM is controlled by the audio card for perfect timing.

Comment from edwin:

Godzil wrote:Thanks for that update, guys.
But i have one problem after upgrading. Avenue is not responding to notebook's microphones. I'm trying all options but nothing happens.
I checked in OSX and Vista and all seems to work fine here. I noticed that your buffer size is set to 64, and that might be a bit smaller then you card may handle. Could you try a buffersize of 1024 and see what happens?

Comment from VJ Escapation:

Oops! After updating Resolume Avenue all video's with added audio won't work! Even the demo-footage.

When i click it gets stuck on the yellow loading bar:-(

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EDIT: BTW, i'm on a Mac(book pro) (Mac OSX 10.5.7)

Comment from Godzil:

edwin wrote:
Godzil wrote:Thanks for that update, guys.
But i have one problem after upgrading. Avenue is not responding to notebook's microphones. I'm trying all options but nothing happens.
I checked in OSX and Vista and all seems to work fine here. I noticed that your buffer size is set to 64, and that might be a bit smaller then you card may handle. Could you try a buffersize of 1024 and see what happens?
Yep. With 1024 it work fine! Thanks ;)

Comment from VJ Escapation:

Haha, I see you added "Fireworks" and "Snow Flakes" and more to the Particles effect, handy;-)

But....the effects are broken as well, they work for the first time, but upon selecting an other one...nothing happens, it does not even appear in the Clip/Layer or Composition effects:-(

When I restart Avenue, it is working again, until l select an other effect or effect-setting.

Comment from bart:

VJ Escapation wrote: When i click it gets stuck on the yellow loading bar:-(
This happens sometimes when Avenue is confused about the sound card. Go into the Preferences and on the Audio tab select the correct audio device. That should fix it.

Comment from VJ Escapation:

This happens sometimes when Avenue is confused about the sound card. Go into the Preferences and on the Audio tab select the correct audio device. That should fix it.
Thanks, that fixed it. However, the effects still only work when I drag them into place, no more clicking? :|

Comment from VJzoo:

Nice work with the new release, its a lot more responsive and stable :D

Comment from francoe:

edwin wrote:Francoe, could you explain exactly what combinations of sources and effects results in a black image.
Now it's hard to reproduce as i don't know exactly what it is you did.
Edwin, sorry about the delay.
Ok, that thing is not a real problem at all, i mean something is a little different in the blends (gamma, offset..). Cause I can recompose the clips adjusting the values.
I make you a very cheap example of what kind of combinations, because is very large to describe it clip by clip.
Here is: http://vimeo.com/8260586
But suppouse that you stack over a gradient source:fragment + iterate + video wall + stripper + radial blur.
Then you save your Comp, reopenit in 3.1.3, and the clip goes black if you don't readjust the blending values.
edwin wrote: LOL, it actually says 'resolume avenue'. But if you turn your volume down you won't have to listen to it.
But i guess that's why you wanted to select 'no output'. We actually need an audio device to run the BPM, the internal clock for the BPM is controlled by the audio card for perfect timing.
Oh, I swear that he's talking to me about blue things!! :lol:
By the way, actually you can select the 'no output' in 3.1.1, and have a perfect bpm timming.
Tell me if I wrong, but i think that the bpm are manager by the audio card clock only, and don't have implicances over the output channels that you selected.
Again, isn't a problem. I just will turn on my old AM radio, and play with it.

At this time, i think that this new version really rocks.
(sorry about my neardenthal english)

Comment from corunography:

Hi Resolume!

Thanks for the updated version!! I ordered version 3 when you originally allowed pre-ordering back in the day. Haven't really used it live just yet though.

I have a few critiques after using the latest version:

1. The deck switching is better, but it still isn't quick enough / fluid enough to use in a live environment. Atleast, for how I trigger clips. Basically, I have 20,000 video clipz divided into genres and years. When a DJ spins a track, I QUICKLY sift through my material, and line up 4-5 decks of material, and trigger them while I am adding more decks. I can't seem to do that as quickly with vesion 3 as I could 2. Whenever i drag a deck into a composition, it defaults to the last deck, so dragging lots of decks into a composition is difficult. And when i am sifting around looking for the right deck, the video strobes as the new clips are loading.

are other people still frustrated with the deck switching / live composition building?

2. Maybe make a button to collapse all of the compositions in the browser? Whenever I load the project, I have to collapse all 65 compositions I created.

3. Make a composition hold more than 19 decks? In version 2 I could have a folder with as many decks as I wanted. It would be great to have the ability to organize my material more thoroughly without breaking the folders every 18 decks.

These are my only major things preventing me from gigging with the new version. Are these kinds of updates a priority before version 4?

THANKS!!

Jon
http://www.myspace.com/avclubvisuals.com
http://www.avclubvisuals.com

Comment from francoe:

yeap corunography, im frustrated with that too.
But I think the guys have a good reason to do it (maybe some structural limitation of coding, but who knows).
I don't manage a lot of clips like you, but anyway I need to make precomps of everything.
At least for me, is a very difficult job to find a clip on the fly.
Sometimes I know where the clip is, but I decide to not loading the deck,
cause 'this PC' drops a LOT when I do that.
Yes, I think we miss that sensation: run Resolume 2... Wow, Im god!
But maybe I need just a hardware update. So I can't judge it.

I like the 'collapse all' button idea. Same problem here about that.
That kind of little things make the difference. :D

Comment from daxx:

Hi,

I solved this problem in the following way:

I don't make pre made decks in resolume avenue. I just sort all my clips in different themes/groups on my macbook pro. When I'm performing I just have to scroll trough my folders on the computer and than I just drag and drop files into resolume.

You can even add multiple files in that way.
In that way the computer doesn't slow down and you can go trough all of your content in a very fast way.

grtz

Comment from Sugeye:

What about Traktor... the most missing tech between Resolume and DJ software (like traktor) is the timecode sync. I'm dreaming about this fonctionnality, we can do loop, scratch, cue point audio and visual at the time.

Midi clock is cool, but is more for Live set than DJing.
DJ or DVJ need timecode sync.

However, great job from the Resolume team.

Comment from Luminescent drive:

Hello! Happy new year to everyone!

I have a troubles with MXo2 mini. I cant run it in resolume. Using windows 7 with the latest matrox drivers. Does anyone know how to fix this!

Thank you for your help!

Marek

Comment from HerrNieDa:

as far as i know the maxtrox mxo is only for osx

Comment from Joris:

The Matrox MXO2 mini is available for both Windows and OSX. Waht exactly are the troubles you're having?

(btw, in future it's better to start a new thread for these kinds of questions)

Joris

Comment from Luminescent drive:

ok.. sorry for that.


Well the trouble I have is that the Resolume can't see the MXo2 in sources. The only way to grab the signal is via the original matrox software coming with MXo2.

I've tried everything from upgrading the firmware, reinstalling ect.. nothing seems to be working.

Thanks for any help!

Marek

Comment from Joris:

The problem is that we don't have a MX02 on hand to test with.

Are there any other users out there with experience with it?

Comment from SystemD:

I have the same problem with my MOTU HDX-SDI.
Resolume can't see the source, firmware and drivers are up to date.

Thanks :)

Comment from mandawah:

Hi there,

I am follwing up on corunography post (Dec 27 2009).

To answer your question: yes, I am also frustratred with deck switching / live composition, well by everything that is related choosing the right clip to play.

I think I would like to use R3 exactly the same way as you (that seems to be a pretty low requirement for the best VJ software in the world): QUICKLY look for the clip I want to play NOW!

That is what is still preventing me from using R3 for real (I stick to R2). This is too bad, I already reported this issue, and was hoping that R3.1.3 would eventually fix it.

Another thing I noticed: let say I have a composition with 30 decks. I save the composition and quit. When I re-open R3, it loads my last composition (OK) but everytime with a random subset of decks.

And double-clicking on a a deck name takes ages for loading it.

Sometimes I revert to daxx's solution, but that is really a pitty.

I really like Resolume and the team is nice when answering questions.

I am sure they do their best, but I don't understand why they don't focus more on this kind of issues.

Regards.

Comment from Luminescent drive:

Hi!

Any progress with MXO2 issue?

I would really love to have this working under the resolume.

Thanks!

Comment from mfo:

Luminescent drive wrote: Any progress with MXO2 issue?
I would also like to know this!
Especially as Joris wrote:
goto10 wrote:We're aware of the issues some people have with MXO2 mini, and we're in contact with Matrox. To be continued ;-)
(From this topic: http://www.resolume.com/forum/viewtopic ... 05&p=27663)

Is there any progress on MXO2 integration with Resolume on Windows? (Win7 64bit in my case)

Best,
Marcel /// MFO

Comment from Joris:

We've been keeping ourselves busy with Resolume 4 for the past few months, so no progress on the MXO2 front I'm afraid. It's still on the to-do list though.

Joris


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