Viper Setup Guide

If you want to get started with Viper, you have come to the right place! The following is a step-by-step of how to get a midi trigger working for Viper.

For the demo, I will be using a Pro Tools session on Mac, with a very artistic video I made of a screen saver. I will start in timecode view, grid mode and using the multitool.

First thing to do is to make a new track for Viper:

Viper must go on an instrument track in Pro Tools:

Here is our new instrument track:

Let’s give it a name.

Then we will add Viper to it.

Viper’s two windows appear. The plugin window lets you customize the wipe and the transparent window display it.

Let’s move the transparent window over the video:

…and move the plugin window out of the way of our track:

We’ll make a marker to show where we want our wipe to hit. We have left the wipe duration at 2 seconds so we’ll need to trigger the wipe 2 seconds before this marker.

Okay, here’s where we’re aiming for our actor to start speaking.

Let’s zoom in to create our wipe midi region.

To create our midi note, we’ll use the pencil tool:

…and we’ll change the track view to ‘notes’:

Using the pencil tool, we’ll draw any midi note of any length. Viper will be triggered by the start of the note only.

Now, we can go back to ‘clips’ view to sync up our new midi clip.

Because we have been working in grid mode, our note is nicely lined up to the frame. Now, we need to make the clip 2 seconds long. (Technically, the clip can be any length, as long as the note is 2 seconds before the end.)

We’ll go back to the multitool.

And we’ll cut our clip at the start of the midi note (key command: a).

If we select the clip, we see it is 1 second and 13 frames long. We want it to be 2 seconds long.

…so, we’ll change our selection to 2 seconds.

…and press enter.

We’ll consolidate our selection into a 2 second clip.

We now have our midi trigger clip, with a midi note which starts two seconds before the end of the clip.

It’s so beautiful, we’ll have to name it.

We’ll probably save this clip into our template, so this is nicer than ‘Viper-02’.

So now, we put our cursor where we want the wipe to hit – on our marker.

Then, we cmd + ctrl + click (using the hand tool) on our clip to align the end of it with the cursor.

Now we are ready to hit play and see our wipe in action.

We hit play and watch as the playhead passes over the midi note and starts the wipe. The two lines meet neatly on our marker and our actor starts to speak.

And that’s it!

Here’s the whole process in a GIF:

And you can grab my Pro Tools session here.

As always, for any questions please get in touch here. If you want to try Viper, you can find it here.

Venn Audio featured on Integraudio!

by Adam

Integraudio is a music blog with plugin reviews, mixing and production tips, interviews and hardware reviews. Check them out to find the best free plugins and learn a new technique or two.

The guys at Integraudio featured both V-Clip and Freeclip in their article on clippers:
https://integraudio.com/7-best-clippers/

If you head over there, you can see how they stack up against the competition and see what other people think of their features.

Our new plugin – Viper!

by Adam

We have released our second paid plugin, and this one is for audio post production. To cue actors for voice recording and ADR, recordists traditionally use 3 beeps, then the actor speaks on the imaginary fourth beep. However, it is becoming more common now to use visual cues (‘wipes’ or ‘streamers’) on the screen, and the actors speaks when the two lines touch. Viper is a simple plugin that generates these wipes, triggered by a midi note.

If you are still using beeps to cue performers and you run your video on a second or third monitor (rather than a dedicated video device for your DAW), give Viper a try. Actors are getting used to having second or third cues to keep them in time during a long sentence with pauses, and it doesn’t have to be too expensive to make it easier and more comfortable for them.

If you are about to make an upgrade from an old Mavericks machine deep in the Foley cave that runs unsupported wipe software and you need something Catalina- or Big Sur-compatible, give Viper a try. Automatable choices of colors can make it easier for you to cue the Foley artist to the footstep or the cut.

If you are building a new studio and you are overwhelmed by the cost of hardware and software licenses, give Viper a try. It doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars to generate an onscreen wipe.

Viper sits in your template, ready to record when you are. Select and save your settings, automate your preferences and preview your wipe all from within your DAW.

See the demo here: https://youtu.be/ytcEt4OQLZc

Get the free trial here: https://www.vennaudio.com/product/Viper/

Allowing unsigned/un-notarized applications/plugins in Mac OS

by Adam

Apple’s official help page.

Mac OSX Gatekeeper protects its users from installing untrusted software. Older versions of Venn Audio products may not be verified by Apple and can trigger a warning on Mac OS.

Mojave/High Sierra

Depending on your settings, you may see a message, “the developer cannot be verified”. If you receive this message, try to follow these steps:

  • Go into System Preferences → Security and Privacy.
  • On the first tab, when an unsigned application is blocked from loading, there is an ‘Open anyway’ box which appears there.
  • Click it!

Catalina and newer

Catalina ramped up the security requirements and not only requires the developers to be verified, but the software to be notarized (scanned for malware). Allowing unverified software now requires a Terminal command, for example:

spctl --add "/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/V-Clip*"

If that does not work, you can disable Gatekeeper entirely using the following Terminal command:

sudo spctl --master-disable

Once you have installed and run your plugin, you should be able to continue to run it when you re-enable Gatekeeper:

sudo spctl --master-enable

If you have any problems/questions/feedback or need any more help, we always like hearing from you via the contact form.