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Avenue 4.5 and Arena 5

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Composition

The composition is a complete performance. When you save a composition, all of the Resolume settings are saved with it.

The Composition > Settings menu option enables you to set the name and description for the composition and its output resolution. All processing in the composition will happen at this resolution.

Tip! The first time you launch Resolume 4, you'll be asked you if you want to import any compositions from Resolume 3. So you can breath easily, all your comps are still compatible. After the first launch, you can still find this function in the Composition menu.

The drop down menu to the right of the tab provides the same options as the Composition menu at the top of the screen.

Dashboard - This is used to quickly access parameters you use a lot. Please see the dashboard chapter for more info.

Audio Effects - If you have applied any audio effects, they show up here.

Volume - This controls the global volume of the composition. Fading this right down will mean no sound is output.

Pan - This pans the audio between the left and right channels, affecting the whole composition.

Mask - If you created a mask, it will show up here. You can use the B and X buttons to respectively bypass and eject it. Use the I button to invert it.

Video Effects - If you have applied any video effects, they will show up here.

Fade Out - This is the video equivalent of the volume control. Fading this parameter down will fade the entire composition's video output to black.

Scale - Scale the output video.

Rotate X, Rotate Y, Rotate Z - Rotate the 3D surface that the output video is drawn on.


Global Composition Controls

With these controls you can quickly eject (X) or bypass (B) all the layers in the composition. Also you can fade the entire output to black with the master opacity fader (M).

Press the Composition button to see (and hear) a preview of the output.

You can find the global composition controls at the top left of the interface.


Global Speed and Direction Controls

With the global speed and direction controls, you can quickly change the playback speed for all the clips that are currently playing. So when the music suddenly stops, or becomes very hectic, you can have your visuals react accordingly. Also you can change the direction in which they play (forwards or backwards), as well as set them all to random mode.

Tip! By right-clicking the button you can 'pin' the direction controls. That way, every clip you trigger will automatically be set to this play mode. So when you right-click the R button, it becomes pinned, and every clip you trigger will be set to random playback, regardless of how it was set before.

Note that the global speed control has no effect on BPM-synced clips. For more info on the direction controls and BPM-synced clips, check the transport section.

You can find the global speed and direction controls by choosing View → Show Layer Transport Controls, they then appear in the top left of the interface.


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