Your first music video #2

In resolume, software, vjing on August 31, 2012 at 00:51

In my first post of this series I sketched, which applications I will use to create a video clip for one of my songs. You may remember my lengthy and perhaps confusing description of a workflow, which finally results a movie file, that I can upload to Youtube or Vimeo. For this first try, I will check out the third way. Let’s go on.

Keeping the goal ever present means in this case, what video format and compression should I use? Many websites agreed that these settings are useful:

  • Dimension: 1280 x 720 pixel
  • Format: Quicktime movie
  • Compression: H.264
  • Frame rate: 25 per second
  • Audio: AAC, 44.1 kHz

Maybe a dimension of 1920×1080 or 1440×1080 is better for HD video. I learned, that it is useless to set the frame rate to 29.97, because Vimeo converts all HD videos only up to 25 frames per second in order to optimize playback performance. Ok, that means our goal is clearly formulated and we can create a video. Please refere to my first post, if not everything is clear.

We have to activate Syphon in Resolume Avenue. Go to the Preferences/Video dialog and check Syphon Input & Output.

The default dimension of your Resolume project could be not correct, so open the menu “Composition/settings” and set the dimension to 1280 x 720 pixel.

After that start the Syphon Recorder and open the Preferences. Change the Video settings like in the list above. The shown dimensions are just an example. This depends on the power of your system.

Now we are are almost finished. Press Syphon Recorder’s Record button and start Resolume’s visuals. Stop the recording and you will find a move file on your hard disk. Yeah!

Unfortunately, my video didn’t contain any audio. I don’t worried about that, because something just had to go wrong. It was clear to me, that I have to postprocess my recording, for getting the right starting and ending point of the final video.

So, the postprocessing is the last step. I don’t own Final cut, but I helped myself using iMove 11, it came with my iMac. I imported the silent video and audio file into the application. It takes a bit time to find the settings, in order to get the result I expect: Go to the menu Shared/Export using quicktime... Press the Options.. button, than the Settings.. respectively Size.. button and enter the values from above again.

That’s it! You got your first video ready for upload to Youtube or Vimeo, but this is only the beginning. To be continued.


  1. Nice informative series of posts, It will be very useful since I have exactly an iMac with Mac OS X 10.6.8, also use Ableton Live and already have Quartz Composer on my Mac, so I just have to wait until I get how things work to download the Resolume Demo, this will be really helpful on video if you ever get the chance to do it!
    Best regards!

    • Thanks for your comment. I think it’s the best thing that I just continue my “masterplan” and my series. Maybe one or the other post will be helpful. I’m not quite sure, whether I will make a video about that stuff. We will see. Greetings!

  2. Hello everyone, I have updated this post, because I found better preferences for the Syphon Recorder.

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