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Utilities

Properties

The optional Properties plugin contains a collection of settings for tracks or rack chains which are not directly available in the interface of Ableton Live. In this way, Properties behaves differently than other plugins: only one Properties plugin can exist on a track or in a chain. When there are two Properties plugins on one track, only the left of the two will be used. The other device will display a warning.

Properties

Scope

The Properties plugin has different settings available depending on the type of track/chain it is added on. Also, some settings are not applicable for chains, and are disabled when the Properties plugin is added onto a chain.

Since multiple chains can exist in a track, chains can have different settings than their parent track. Chains within a track can be blended with different settings than those used to blend their parent track with other tracks. Therefore, a Properties plugin's scope does not leave the chain. You can put a Properties plugin on each chain in an Audio Effect Rack and also put a Properties plugin on their parent track without conflicts.

Parameters

  • Blend Mode Blend mode is a setting that defines the way the outputs of tracks are mixed (more detail here). This setting affects the entire track or chain on which the Properties plugin is added.
  • Mute Audio Stops audio from passing through the device.
  • Mute Video Mutes all video processing on the chain or track.
  • Link Opacity to Volume Enabled by default, but can be switched off when it is not desired to have the volume fader of a channel or chain control the opacity of the video output as well.
  • Follow Routings Enabled by default, but can be switched off when it is not desired to have the video signal follow the audio routings in Live. While disabled, the video output of the track will always be routed to the Master track.
  • Use 32bit FBOs By default Videosync uses 16bit FBOs (Frame Buffer Objects). This is fine for most use cases, though when exceptional color depth is required on a channel or chain, you have the option to switch to 32bit FBOs. This is great for getting smoother gradients between colors. However, this setting affects ALL devices that live in the signal chain (including racks), possibly increasing the GPU workload by a substantial amount.
  • Scaling (Audio Tracks only) Defines the scaling mode for this track. Scale to Fit scales the video to fit the window while keeping the original aspect ratio. Scale to Fill scales the video to completely cover the window while respecting the original aspect ratio. Stretch to Fill stretches the video to completely fill the window, not respecting original aspect ratio. Original does not alter the video in any way.
  • Video delay (Audio Tracks only) Sets a delay on the playing video to correct possible latency when using video hardware. This value acts as the 'Track Delay' setting in Live, except the 'Video Delay' is only applied to playing video files, while the 'Track Delay' only delays audio.
  • Send Type (Return Tracks only) Sets the 'Pre/Post Toggle' value of the sends like the buttons above the master track's fader. This button must be set exactly like Live's native buttons to get the expected behaviour.

Status

The optional Status plugin does not have any usable controls, but is there to display the connection state, frames per second and maximum frame time. This is especially useful when you're running Videosync remotely over a network and want to keep an eye on its performance from the system that runs Live.

Status