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The Preferences give you access to settings that affect the way that Resolume works overall.

General Preferences

Here, you can set the directory (folder) that Resolume will use to store recordings that you make and whether to record Video and/or Audio. See the section on Recording for details on how this works.

Also, you can choose whether or not Resolume should update the clip panel when a clip is triggered. You'll want to turn it off when you are for instance using an external source for triggering a sequence of clips (via MIDI, OSC or DMX for instance), while you are applying effects on another clip at the same time.

The Clip Start Offset allows you to let a clip start an amount milliseconds further into the timeline of the clip, to compensate for delays with MIDI triggering and/or long cable runs.

The Arial Unicode checkbox changes the font used by Resolume. If you are using non-latin characters, and having trouble displaying them correctly please enable this.

When Quit Confirmation in enabled, Resolume will wait for you to confirm your choice when you've decided to quit. With this disabled, Resolume will shut down immediately when you hit CTRL/CMD+Q or choose to quit via the menu.

Tip!! Turn off the Quit Confirmation in combination with the 'Trigger First Clip when Composition Has Loaded' function found in the Layer menu to use Resolume for fixed installations where the computer starts up and shuts down automatically.

Audio Preferences

The audio tab presents you with options that control how audio should be output from Resolume:

Under Audio Output Device you can select the device that Resolume should use for audio output. If an ASIO device is selected, an extra button will be displayed that enables access to ASIO settings.

You can then select which channels should be used for the main output via Master Output Channels. IF you are using an audio device that supports more than two channels you can choose the channels used for monitoring the preview audio via Preview Output Channels.

Higher sample rates provide higher quality audio but will require more processing, especially if audio effects are in use. The default will usually be okay.

Higher buffer sizes will introduce more latency into the system but setting the buffer size too low may cause glitches in the audio. 512 or 1024 are usually safe choices.

Under External Audo FFT Input you can the audio device and channels that should be used for external audio analysis.

VST Plugin Directories are the directories (folders) that Resolume should look in for VST audio effects and sources.

Video Preferences

On the Video tab, you can select the directories (folders) that you want Resolume to look in for Freeframe 1.5/FFGL compatible video effects and sources.

You can also disable global effects and blend modes. This much reduces your flexibility - when using this option, only a basic Alpha blend will be available for compositing layers. However, it will make Resolume run much faster when dealing with high resolution video, so it can be useful for specific performances.

The Scaling Quality allows you choose between two different algorithms when scaling your clips up. Trilinear gives the best result, but you may want to go for the 8 bit glitch look that you get with Nearest Neighbor.

You can set the preview monitor background to display transparent pixels on a dark checkerboard, a light checkerboard, or just as black.

MIDI Preferences

Here you can enable or disable MIDI input and output from and to devices, select how Resolume should deal with MIDI clock messages and load and save MIDI maps. See the section on controlling Resolume with MIDI for more on this.

It also gives you three options for interpreting Midi note values, so you can use the same notation used by Live or Traktor.

OSC Preferences

Here you can enable or disable OSC input and output, as well as set the relevant ports and IP addresses used by OSC. For more info check the section on controlling Resolume with OSC.


This section allows you to change the default import settings for video and audio files. Whatever you choose here, will be the default setting for files that you import from that moment on. So for instance, if you always use your video clips on BPM Sync and 'play once and eject', you can choose these as the default settings.

Note that this does not affect clips that were already imported. Also you can still change this setting for individual clips after importing as well.


This tab simply provides an easy link to the Resolume website, where the latest update of the software will be available.


See the earlier section on Registration for details of how to use this tab.

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