SOLVED: Windows 10, Ableton Live 10 & Video

Posted: April 13, 2020 in Ableton Live
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Its been over 3 years since I posted anything here, but this was so frustrating, I thought I would post all the solutions in one place if it could potentially help you save a few hours of tearing your hair out.

Its Easter Monday. One of my tasks today, before the end of the long weekend was to create a soundscape for my friend Adam’s short animation. Sounds easy enough, but I wasted hours trying to get Ableton to load and export video.

I am running:

  • Windows 10 Home (1903) 64-bit
  • DirectX 12.0
  • Ableton Live 10.1.9
  • Laptop with:
    • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060
    • Intel Integrated Graphics 630

 

PROBLEM : Can’t load video in Ableton Live 10 using Windows 10
SOLUTION: Install Matroska Splitter and FFDShow.

When I tried to drag a video in to the timeline in Ableton, it would crash or show error messages like “The file could not be read. It may be corrupt or not licensed”.

See: https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/209773125-Using-Video

The first option, CCCP did not work for me. Neither did K-Lite Codec Pack Mega.

Only Option 2, Matroska Splitter and FFDShow, solved this issue.

 

PROBLEM : Video not playing in Ableton Live 10 using Windows 10
SOLUTION: Set NVIDIA to Integrated Graphics

Now that I could load the video, it wouldn’t play in Live. Instead I would just get a black screen in the video player.

In my case, I have a laptop with:

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060
  • Intel Integrated Graphics 630

See: https://forum.ableton.com/viewtopic.php?t=232488

Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and select “Manage 3D Settings”.

Click on Program settings, and add Live into the list.

Set the preferred graphics processor to “Integrated graphics”.

 

PROBLEM : Can’t export video from Ableton Live 10 using Windows 10
SOLUTION: Set the Export PCM Bit Depth to 16

The final problem was that I couldn’t export the video. Live would export the WAV and then just crash.

See: https://forum.ableton.com/viewtopic.php?t=231960

  1. Click on File > Export Audio/Video
  2. Set the PCM > Bit Depth to 16
  3. Select the Video Encoder Settings as you wish
  4. Click Export
  5. Voila!

 

And that’s it. I hope this one consolidated is helpful to you. Seem like a lot of people have issues with Live and Video.

 

Cheers,

Your friendly neighbourhood Ben X Tan.

Comments
  1. k1 says:

    Also: when installing Matroska Splitter, tick “enable AVI”!

  2. Pedro Rodrigues says:

    OMG! That works, thanks a lot Ben X Tan!!
    Your post save me hahaha!

  3. Eatunes says:

    Hello Thank you very much for your reply.

    I had done all the installations.
    I can know load the video but it’s still black screen says : « impossible to decode the video file »

    I have a nvidia gt 720.

    Any ideas ?

    Thanks a lot 🙏

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