Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in animation, excitement, software, video, vj

i’ve been wanting to run video plugins since before Max for Live came into existence and Max/MSPs VIZZIE VJ modules seemed perfect as Ableton plugins. so i swapped out all the non-MIDI automatable parts and shoehorned some plugins together.

(VIZZable has a new home!)


These plugins are completely compatible with the amazing V-module suite by Fabrizio Poce. These two projects have now merged to provide a comprehensive suite of video, effects and real-time graphics tools for Live. If you’d like to become involved in testing and developing these plugins please join us in this google group.

Change list
V 0.9.3
  • Updated auto-connect v 1.0
  • Syphon output added to the viewr module
  • new midigrid device – receives midi notes and outputs white squares.  originally made for the novation launchpad but will work with any midi input
  • new 2switchr device to toggle video between two different outputs
V 0.9.2

  • All modules can now auto-connect (thanks to Chris Gough from the Jitter in Live google group)
  • All module’s preview windows can be disabled by clicking
  • Viewr GL optimized
  • Viewr can now toggle menubar in fullscreen mode
  • Viewr acts as a central hub to all other VIZZable modules allowing toggling of module preview windows and setting global resolution for all modules
  • New Previewr device, similar to viewr but without global controls or fullscreen
  • New Zamplr effect module
  • Playr has several performance improvements
  • Playr now properly saves loaded movie folders with live set
  • Clicking the Playrs name below the preview window activates a FPS meter and unique frame toggle for performance monitoring
  • VIZZIE preset code removed – presets can be saved in Live browser
  • Effect modules are now bypassed when device is deactivated.


  • All parameters can now be automated with clip envelopes
  • Code cleaned up
  • Scribbler bugs fixed
  • All devices now connect using the same drop down system as V-module
  • Player now has selectable resolution
  • all devices frozen and outputs plugged with “.” to prevent stack overflow errors
  • Grabbr – webcam source now selectable
  • Playr – clips in drop down now save properly



  1. Jerrem
    January 17, 2011

    awesome! but do you need max for live to use your plugins? probably yes. but still looks awesome!

    • bob
      January 17, 2011

      yep, you need max for live.

      • Ben
        January 16, 2013

        Hey man, really like Vizzable, but i need some help. I’m using the Recorder plugin to export the video to a .mov file but it doesnt seem like theres any way to up the resolution of the final file. I tried to link the Viewer to it but there’s no output, is there a good way to export my session in HD from vizzable?

        • bob
          January 16, 2013

          If you’re on mac, the recommended way to record your set is through syphon and syphon recorder.
          There’s currently a bug in the auto connect within vizzable that effects some machines and prevents output, particularly with the viewr module. the viewr should, however, still control the resolution of any other module in the set. So, if you are on windows give that a shot and sit tight – There’s a bug fix for the auto connection coming out shortly.

  2. Adam S.
    January 19, 2011

    Wow! The possibilities seem endless. Great work.

  3. Matt
    January 20, 2011

    Looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it out when I’ve upgraded my Ableton. Keep up the good work!

  4. cosimo
    January 22, 2011

    Hi, great job.
    I always wanted something like this inside Live, a sort of Modul8.
    I hope you can improve it and make even better than Modul8.
    Keep up the good work.
    All the best.

  5. Mike
    January 25, 2011

    Unfortunately I can just see small black frames where the videos should be. Any tip how I can solve this? I have to admit I’m just a beginner with Max4Live.
    specs: Win7 x64, Live 8.2.1, Max 5.1.7

    • bob
      January 25, 2011

      sit tight, i’ll release an update in the next day or two which should address this.

  6. Mike
    January 25, 2011

    i was working on just this thing but since you beat me to the punch i’m just going to use these! Genius, thanks so much!

  7. ctrlfreq
    January 25, 2011

    This is fantastic, just the tool I needed.

  8. Tharon
    January 28, 2011

    Awesome! Exactly what I was looking for. 20 min into it and already have the basic set up I wanted for my bands next show. Will def credit you if someone asks how I did it!

    • bob
      January 28, 2011

      great to hear! post some vids, would love to see it in action!

  9. Eric
    January 28, 2011

    Player, grabber, and viewer all work great but every effect plugins pops up with a stack overflow error

    • bob
      January 28, 2011

      yep, you need to make sure the effects inputs and outputs aren’t labelled the same or aren’t left blank – if they are the effect will get stuck in a loop and cause a stack overflow.

  10. BellectroniQ
    January 29, 2011

    MASSIVE THANK YOU :D Really appreciate you made this as its exactly what im after and you just answered all my questions and then some. Will be definitely purchasing M4L now. Thanks again!

    • bob
      February 2, 2011

      thanks, glad you’re into it :D

  11. Leon Trimble
    February 1, 2011

    I got some good advice of how vizzie needs improving from vade:
    I’m a bit lost with some of it, hope you can optimize the things…

  12. Engine
    February 2, 2011

    What up Dude ? Great, but a vizzplayer does not work ?

    • bob
      February 2, 2011

      hmmm… it should be fine. try toggling the monitor modes. also make sure you’re using the latest max and ableton versions.

  13. Michael Coelho
    February 9, 2011

    Great work! I saw this a little while back over at Create Digital Music, but just now got around to downloading the modules. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I don’t have the programing chops to do this, so thanks! My download didn’t have quite as many modules as your demo showed?

    • bob
      February 9, 2011

      glad it’s working for you. there should be 22 plugins all up. some of them might look a bit different in the demo because they were still in-constructo.

  14. Zhiwan
    February 9, 2011

    Hey this is freaking awesome. I am downloading now and can’t wait to try it out. Thanks so much for taking the time to make this!

  15. Alloy
    February 14, 2011

    Fantastic – thank you! This is just what I’ve been wishing for. The fact that I can build my own combinations and control parameters with m4l LFOs and side-chaining devices (apart from clip envelopes and automation) is amazing – it leaves other VJ software IN THE DUST! Thanks thanks thanks again for posting this.

  16. BellectroniQ
    March 4, 2011

    Hey just made my first video with your awesome appliance!

    Thanks for Vizzie :D

  17. BellectroniQ
    March 4, 2011

    ^ I meant Vizzable!

  18. irma
    April 14, 2011

    Thank you very much!

    Just a question,
    I am a new user of M4L and Ableton and I would like to know how could I install VIZZable on Ableton.
    I am sure it is a stupid question,
    but I really don’t know how to do that.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    • bob
      April 14, 2011

      Hi Irma,
      there’s no need to actually install VIZZable. Simply unzip the folder where ever you’d like then drag the plugins into a midi track. You can drag them in from either the folder or from the live file browser.
      Have fun!

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  21. h_double
    May 8, 2011

    This is an amazing set of tools! I made a little proof of concept clip:

  22. electronic djs
    August 12, 2011

    Wizzable plugin is TOP. Thanks for sharing DL link!


  23. ha ha ha
    August 15, 2011

    hi, what video format does the player use?

    • bob
      August 16, 2011

      it’s built using jitter and jitter works with quicktime *.movs.
      for performance photojpeg is a good codec choice.

  24. Marty Lake
    August 20, 2011

    Hi! I can’t get it work =(
    It’s playing videos that I load (in the preview screen) (I m looking for the button to get them stop if I don’t want them to play until the end)

    But the module don’t want to link in auto, or in the same setting (eg. stream1, stream1), and the preview screen is black ='(

    • bob
      August 23, 2011

      Hi marty – first things first – make sure you’re running the latest versions of both ableton and max/max for live. the auto connect won’t work with older versions and it’s likely other things will break too.

      there’s currently no stop button on the playr module – what i tend to do is route the playr through a mixer and then use the mixer to turn of the video channel. hope that helps – send me an email if you need some more in depth help. or join our google group!


  25. leon
    September 23, 2011


    is it possible somehow to send pixelized video to midi? (or any kind of video motion)
    i mean to play with the webcam and generate some sounds


  26. Nicolas
    September 30, 2011

    all I have to say is you are AWESOME!!

    • bob
      October 3, 2011

      That is indeed possible but not currently with vizzable. I do remember seeing like it done. Have a google for “max for live video musicbox” and you might find it.

  27. Sham79
    September 30, 2011

    Love your plugins, been playing around with them for a couple of hours absolutely glitch free. Makes me wish I knew M4L better so I could help develop new devices.

    Good job!

    • bob
      October 2, 2011

      Thanks. You don’t need to be a m4l guru to help us develop the plugins. Join our google group and you can help us test and pitch ideas etc!

  28. Philip
    October 21, 2011

    fantastic plugins,great work,i am running ableton 8.1.3 and max 5.1. the plugins are loadfing ok. grabbr is working but nothing is coming up in viewr. is this because of the version I am running or am I missing something else. looks like lots of fun to be had with this, thanks

    • bob
      October 21, 2011

      correct. update ableton and max and it will work fine.

  29. Sham79
    November 23, 2011

    Thanks Bob,

    I will check out your google group very soon.

    Is there any reason why the VIZZable plugins will not succsesfully load once saved on my machine. I can build from scratch pretty quickly which is mostly what i do when i’m playing around but have discovered that Video and streaming fails on my PC once I save a set with a VIZZable effects chain within. WIN7 64

  30. Sham79
    November 23, 2011

    I take it back!

    just gathered VIZZ files in to project folder and the problem fixed itself except that AUTO function does not work on reboot, but I can get around that.



    • bob
      February 6, 2012

      sounds like you might need to update your version of max.

  31. Ralf Briechle
    December 9, 2011

    thank you for this great work.
    But i have problems with syphon out. I cant get the signal in another
    application. Do you habe a tip?
    Thanks Ralf

    OSX 10.6.8
    Live 8.2.7

    • bob
      December 9, 2011

      hi ralf,
      what version of max are you running?
      do you have syphon client installed – would be good to test connectivity with that.
      also, make sure the syphon button on your viewr module is yellow.

      if all that fails email me a screen shot?


  32. Jules H
    February 20, 2012

    Hi Bob

    I’m new to Vizzable and can’t seem to make it work. I tried to watch your tutorial vids but they’re a bit ahead of where I am. I have a playr in and a viewer. i have dropped a folder of short QT’s into the playr but don’t see any videos playing. Can you help me? What should I be doing? I am on Max 8.2.7 and have downloaded the Vizzable devices from your site which show me that they are 0.9.3.

    Your help would be much appreciated.



    • bob
      February 24, 2012

      Hey Jules,
      So far so good. what you might be missing is the playr module responds to midi notes so if you have a midi keyboard or similar: set that as your midi in and set the track to “monitor in” or record arm. then as you play notes, videos will be triggered.

      Your other option is to create clips with midi notes in them and then trigger use them to trigger video.
      let me know how you go and don’t forget to join the google group here:

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  34. RH
    April 29, 2012

    **Has anyone mapped for the novation launchpad??

    • bob
      May 6, 2012

      as in midi mapped? There’s nothing stopping you. I’ve used the launchpad extensively. I’m also working on plugins especially for the device:

  35. jorge
    June 19, 2012

    hi Bob, just one thing, the viewer doesn’t seem to work… i chain it to the grabber or the player and all i get is the preview window from either of those two but the viewer sits black… any thoughts

    thanks, you’ve built some amazing software

    • bob
      June 19, 2012

      What OS, ableton version, max version?

      The usual cause of that sort of thing is an older version of max. latest version of max 5 is the go.

      • jorge
        June 20, 2012

        i have max 5.1.8 and live 8.2.1

        • jorge
          June 20, 2012

          os 10.7.4

          • bob
            June 20, 2012

            it’s possible it’s a lion thing. those versions of max and live should be ok but try upgrading to max 5.1.9 and live 8.3.
            could you send me a screenshot of your vizzable set up?

      • jorge
        June 20, 2012

        Hi Bob, here’s the pic:

        didn’t know how to do it, here’s a link to the twitpic
        could there be another way, i actually can’t afford the upgrade for live… i’ve downloaded the max upgrade but live has to be upgraded too

        • bob
          June 20, 2012

          From the pic it should work. Have you tried manually connecting them? IE set grabbr out to video1 an viewr in to video1.

          My guess is it’s a lion issue and upgrading max and live might fix it. If you’ve got live 8.2 it should be free to upgrade to 8.3? I can see a download for 8.3 when I log into Ableton.

          Also try a system update to make sure QuickTime and everything is up to date.

          If these things don’t work it might be good to hit up the jitterinmax4live- google group to see if anyone there’s having the same issue?


          • jorge
            June 21, 2012

            thanks Bob, it actually worked by manually connecting them
            now there’s one more issue, when i put on an effect it says “stacks overflow” and doesn’t work. Any idea what’s that about?

          • bob
            June 21, 2012

            That can happen when the an effect has the same input and output. If your sending in on video1 you need to send out on video2. We’ve actually fixed that in the auto connect module – it seems that’s what’s broken for you. Could you post the issues you’ve had on the google group? The author of the auto connect module is there, it’d be good to get him in on it.

          • jorge
            June 21, 2012

            ok great, I’m on it

  36. cami
    July 6, 2012

    Hey, you haven’t made a version of VIZZable that’s compatible with Max for Live 6 yet?? I got a trial of max for live 6 just so i could try using these plugins and now they won’t work :(

    • bob
      July 6, 2012

      hmmm… the plugins should work fine with max 6 even though they’re written in 5. If you’re just using trials go grab the max 5 trial and see if that fixes the problem (make sure you’ve got this too: )

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  38. Kz
    October 8, 2012

    Really, really good work! A longer time I was looking for something like that and now I found it for free and for m4L! Thank you very much!

  39. Jeremy
    October 29, 2012

    Hey Robert, just came across these utilities, awesome stuff!

    Only problem I’m having is a loading delay in loading the videos – any way to preload the playr videos into ram?

    Big thanks!

    • bob
      November 30, 2012

      hey, no ram preview is available – best bet is optimizing your video files to be photojpeg at just below 75% quality. let me know how you go!

  40. Jeremy
    October 29, 2012

    Ps. I’m trying to use this for live triggering…

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  43. Andreas Bolldén
    August 6, 2013

    Hi Bob. I installed Vizzable yesterday, and its fantastic! Thanks a lot!
    I want to insert a photo or a video in just the top right corner. Is there anyway of doing that?
    Ive only managed to mix in a photo / video which take up the whole screen.

    • bob
      August 6, 2013

      you can use the zoropr to zoom the image back but it currently doesn’t have a wrap mode that blacks the edges (I’ll implement this in the next release). the easiest thing might be to adjust the video or photo itself before importing it. New version isn’t far off!

  44. Faust
    October 9, 2013

    Hi! I have problem.. why when i make WARP for av clip as a result I have no sync audio and video?
    ..thanks in advance!

    • bob
      October 9, 2013

      Make sure you leave the end marker at the end of the file. Check out the clip slot video above, I mention/demo it there.

  45. synthjunkie
    October 9, 2013

    I’m looking for the ability to trigger a video when a scene is started. I load all of my patterns in clips and want to load videos as clips and have them start when I start the scene. I saw your video saying you can now do this with Ableton 9 and VIZZable 2. Can this not be done with Ableton 8? I really don’t want to upgrade right now. Thanks!

    • bob
      October 9, 2013

      Yep, you can only do that with live 9. You can try the older version of VIZZable which let’s you trigger clips with midi notes. VIZZable2 is far superior though. If you really want to work with video in live, it’s worth the upgrade.

  46. synthjunkie
    October 12, 2013

    Thanks for your response. I have to stick with Live 8 right now since I have everything working and don’t want to introduce more risk for the rest of the shows this year. Is there a manual or other support anywhere? I have a few ??…1-Do I need a separate player for each clip I want to trigger independently or can I set a midi note for each clip within a folder inside 1 player. 2-When using the mixer, can I have a default player that it goes back to after playing another clip? I want to trigger a video then have it go back to another clip when done (sort of like a screen saver). Thank you for your help! Awesome plugin!!

    • bob
      October 12, 2013

      You only need one playr. MIDI notes c1 and up trigger clips (might be c0, i forget). Re reverting back to a clip – you could probably do this with some sort of midi automation but it’s not a feature built into VIZZable 0.9.3 (would be significantly easier in VIZZable2). Although if you want to stick with live 8, I’d probably look into alternative video solutions like resolume or VDMX. VIZZable2 made has some major performance improvements that put it’s performance on par with commercial VJ software whilst VIZZable 0.9.3 is slow in comparison.

  47. synthjunkie
    October 24, 2013

    Thanks again! I finally got just about everything working. I’m just triggering clips so I really don’t need to spend more money on resolume and will eventually upgrade to 9 once our show has some downtime. The last thing I need to figure out is how do I control the volume of a video clip from within Ableton? since Vizzable is inserted into a MIDI track there doesn’t seem to be a way to route volume to someplace where I can independently control it. Is it possible?

    I appreciate your help! I will be using this much more when I upgrade to Live9!

    • bob
      October 24, 2013

      VIZZable 0.9x doesn’t really support audio. The fact you can hear things is really sort of an accident and all audio is being handled by max so you don’t really have access to it without modifying the patches.

      I’d suggest decoupling the video and audio and playing the audio in an audio track. VIZZable 2 has native audio support and audio is piped straight into ableton.

      If you really need to work with the audio and video coupled in live8 I’d suggest trying V-Module. I believe you can use the video rack and spigot device to pull audio from the clips.

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