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Use the eSession plug-in to add video playback functionality to Ableton Live’s Session View. Drag video files into Session View clip slots and play and treat them like audio clips (edit Warp markers, loop points, start/end point etc.).

Adding an eSession plug-in to your Live set

To add an eSession plug-in to your Live set just drag the plug-in from the EboSuite plug-in folder to an audio track. An eSession plug-in can only be used on an audio track in Session View.

Note: The eSession plug-in only works with clips on audio tracks in Session View. Use the eArrangement plug-in to use movie clips on audio tracks in Arrangement View.

Using eClips for the first time

When you use the eSession plug-in for the first time, Ableton Live will show a message, warning you that Session View does not support video playback. But that is exactly what the eSession plug-in will add! To avoid this interruption in the future please select ‘Don’t show again’ and press ‘OK’. Now you won’t see this warning ever again and rightfully so, because thanks to EboSuite Session View supports video playback now.

Loading a video

Simply drag a movie file into a Session View clip slot to play it in Session View. The audio track will be played by Ableton Live, the video track by the EboSuite application. Many video codecs are supported, but the Hap video codec is preferred, since this video codec is optimised for live video playback (see the section about video codecs).

Warping, looping, editing

Using the eSession plug-in enables you to treat video files like audio clips and edit their Warp markers, loop points, start/end points etc.

Note: When you use Live 10 you’ll need to press the ‘save’ button in the Sample section of the audio clip playback properties each time you edit/change the Warp markers. See the ‘Using Warped clips‘ section of this manual for more information.

Opacity Mode

The opacity of the video is automatically linked to the volume slider of Ableton Live’s audio mixer. A lower volume will result in a more transparant video (fade out). You can control the video opacity manually by setting it to Manual in the eSession interface.