- Live Versions: 8.4.1 - 10, Standard and Suite only
- Operating System: Mac, Windows
Video files can be imported into Live Standard and Suite.
- Understanding video files
- Recommendations for optimal playback of video in Live
- Recommended codecs for Windows
- Recommended video conversion tool
- Recommendations for encoding video when exporting
- Mac exclusive formats
- How to make a video window fullscreen
- Troubleshooting issues with video
A digital video file (e.g. .mov, .mp4 or .avi) is a container that encapsulates one or more video and audio streams. Each of these streams again is encoded using an industry standard codec (e.g. mp3 or aac for audio, H.264/AVC or MPEG-2 for video).
We recommend using videos with a keyframe every frame, or at least every two frames. Lower keyframe amounts will result in higher CPU demand, possibly resulting in stuttered or glitchy playback.
- For videos up to 1080p we recommend using Photo-JPEG
- For high resolution videos, use H264
- As container file format, the best choice is .mov or .mp4
Note: Encoding in these formats requires more disk space. When exporting the video file, you can choose different video encoder options if you want a smaller file size.
The 64-bit version of Live can use any DirectShow compatible demuxers and decoders that are available on the computer, but on a fresh Windows system, only a limited number of video codecs are installed by default. That's why you might need to install additional codecs. Live has been tested with this codec:
- Haali Media Splitter (also known as MatroskaSplitter), direct download here (right-click and select 'Open in new tab')
Important: Windows defaults to the first installed codec pack. Therefore if you are trying out different codecs, you need to uninstall one in order to be able to use the other.
However, it is possible to avoid this by installing k-lite codec pack which allows you to directly pick which of the ones installed should be used.
We recommend using MPEG Streamclip if converting videos for better playback in Live.
When encoding uncompressed video, use as many keyframes as possible (optimally encoding with keyframes exclusively), which will noticeably enhance responsiveness and lower CPU usage. If you wish to have a smaller video file size, you can reduce the keyframe amount.
In Live, you'll find the "Encoder Settings" in the "Export Audio/Video" dialog after enabling "Create Video". The options available depend on which encoding method you select (which varies depending on your operating system).
Although some Windows codec packs may claim to support them, certain Mac-only proprietary formats such as M4A or ALAC may not work on Windows. In these instances we recommend converting the file format first using MPEG Streamclip.
Double click the video window. This will toggle fullscreen view on and off (when double clicking again). If the video window needs to be fullscreen on a second monitor, drag the window there before double-clicking it.