This Resolume Arena & Avenue 6 tutorial brings you up to speed with some of the most useful new features of this latest and greatest version of Resolume. Aside from the speed and performance improvements, you will learn how to customize the interface, use layer mask mode, create custom thumbnails, make use of the improved effects interface, animate with envelopes, utilize persistent clips, use fader start to trigger clips, display FFT gain directly on the interface, create smarter shortcuts, and learn about some other small interface tweaks to make you a more efficient VJ.
This tutorial is all you need to get started mixing live visuals with ArKaos GrandVJ & GrandVJ XT. All the fundamental features are explained such as layers, copy modes (blending modes), transitions, faders, effects, and triggering visuals sourced from HAP encoded video files.
The interface and its functions are explained in-depth, with a focus on getting started quickly. All basics are covered, you will be able to load visuals, create layered compositions, and have your visuals ready to be displayed to an audience on an external display after viewing this training for version 2.3+ of ArKaos GrandVJ (and XT).
All things alpha channels are explained in this tutorial for Resolume Arena 4 & 5, and Avenue 4. You will learn how content with alpha channels work, along with some of the advantages of using single element loops such as shapes. Techniques to create variations from your existing alpha content are explained, specifically shapes and formations using the Kaleidoscope and Iterate effects.
This tutorial also goes step-by-step to show you ways to create versatile backgrounds using a mix of Transform properties and various effects such as VideoWall and Mirror. Backgrounds that are easily customizable and can further extend the use of your existing content.
The methods outlined allow you to add remixed content to your collection easily using the power of Resolume. Some of these techniques work well with non-alpha content so be sure to try them out to get the most out of your library.
→ View Shapeshifters for 50 looping shapes with alpha channel
This VDMX tutorial goes in-depth with the LFO plugin and how you can use it to animate any parameter. We explain what an LFO waveform or curve is in regards to animation, how the LFO interface works, what standard curves are available to use, ways to customize your own curves, and how to automate parameters with LFO waveforms.
We show the results of assigning different waveforms as data sources to effect parameters and provide suggestions such as which curves may work best with certain parameters. There are three practical examples we go over: looping a zooming logo with the Cosine waveform, creating an infinite looping Kaleidoscope effect with the Ramp curve, and using the Random waveform as a data source for glitch-based effects.
This CoGe tutorial (version 1.7+) demonstrates 3 different techniques to layer your visuals with masks or mattes. By using black and white content, we can display content through the white areas of footage with these various masking methods. The first technique involves using the Multiply blend mode to mask all layers below a black and white mask layer. The second demonstration explains how to use the “Mask with Layer” effect to select specific layers we wish to mask. The last technique shows how to create a mask overlay using an alpha channel that reveals the bottom layers only in the transparent areas while keeping masked content on top. We show how this techniques can be applied to a plain white logo to make it more visually interesting.
In this Resolume tutorial for Arena 4 & 5, and Avenue 4 the DocOptic team demonstrates several quick tips and tricks to help improve your workflow and enhance your live visuals and VJ sets. The following tips & tricks are covered: distributing effects stacks, how to quickly remove black backgrounds, quick access to dashboard controls by using presets, using math to change the values of parameters, loading your content packs and visual sets from compositions, how to make a simple glow effect, and creating quick masks from colored content.
These are techniques that we use on a consistent basis and hope they will help you to become more efficient with Resolume.
This Resolume tutorial for Arena 4 & 5 and Avenue 4 shows you a technique to display a mask overlay (also known as track matte) that both displays visuals within the mask and sits above all layers below it in the layer hierarchy.
The technique involves creating an alpha channel from black & white visuals to mask out footage. The resulting masked footage is then set up as a layer router which is then routed to another layer that is overlaid on top of a background visual. In software such as Adobe After Effects this is referred to as a track matte.
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This VDMX tutorial goes over 10 of our favorite workflow tips. These tips can help improve your workflow, save you some time, and provide additional insight on how to navigate through the VDMX interface to make it work for your needs.
The following are covered in this tutorial: time-saving keyboard shortcuts, easy BPM automation, quicker access to your media, saving and recalling the state of fx & parameters, quick access to user paths, removing backgrounds from your footage, using the control surface for easy access to favorite parameters, triggering media with saved settings, using marks to trigger media playback position, and using applications as media sources.
Resgen is a set of realtime, generative visuals created by the DocOptic team using only Resolume (Arena 4 & 5, Avenue 4) built-in sources and effects. This overview/tutorial goes over the various features and generative visuals included in the set. Also covered are some tips and techniques when using generative visuals in Resolume including creating new visuals based on Resgen clips, using and altering dashboard controls, blending layers using alpha channels, linking parameters to BPM, and a preview of the audio reactive clips included in the set.
This video explores the flexibility and customization of generative visuals inside of Resolume without the need for third-party software or plug-ins.
→ View Resgen Generative Visuals in the DocOptic Shop
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This tutorial demonstrates a way to record video mixes from MixEmergency by using Syphon technology on the Mac. We show you how to setup Syphon Recorder, a free software package to capture both audio and video output from Serato and discuss all the various settings for optimal quality.
By using Syphon to record your video mixes, you have the option of choosing various codecs and output resolutions to save video that is both post-production friendly and of higher quality.