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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 5, 2013

MixEmergency 2.3: 5 years old and 30% off

Why is it that music mixing is as popular as ever, yet video mixing seems to have died off?  One would think that given the ease of accessing a video these days, there would be more video DJs instead of just DJs alone?  Sure, we can complain that video files are usually too large, and that they are also harder to find – but compared to actually trying to mix with DVDs or VHS tapes, video mixing is actually pretty easy.  I think one reason why it is not as embraced as music, is that there are no tools out there that make it easy on the DJ.

Before video mixing was introduced in VDJ, there were actually physical mixers that were built to handle such a thing.  Some of these even had built in screens that allowed the DJ to preview what he was about to mix.  Many of …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 2, 2013

Optoma HD25 and HD25-LV Projectors Review

Do you remember what kind of projectors most of us had to use back in the day?  These were really projectors; they were screens of glass that could be emitted onto another blank screen.  These were mostly used for teachers who wanted to explain a math problem on the board without having to erase what was on the chalkboard.  Today, you might see these in a classroom, but closer to the back of the room with all of the stored relics that are no longer used.  Most modern classroom have a digital projector which is safely mounted above the classroom.  These don’t need to have clear transparency to work, they can do just as well as a video camera that monitors the page turning of a hardcopy textbook.

Since they are expensive and sensitive, they are usually locked up and kept away from students.  But that doesn’t mean that projectors …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 17, 2013

Theater 3D Preview

I think that in terms of computing, we will eventually reach a limit to what type of screens and monitors can be produced.  Currently, the performance of a monitor is largely based on how well a graphics processer can produce graphics.  To a DJ this might not be as significant as to, let’s say, a video DJ – but graphics can and will hurt the performance of a DVS if they cannot be coddled by whatever hardware is currently available.  A DJ or producer who wants to run two monitors might find themselves in a dilemma.  Their current graphics card may not be robust enough to handle two monitors at the same time, so they have to make the decision to upgrade it.

Another option that might become a viable option is to use a newer television.  Older televisions have been used as computer monitors, but not with great success.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 27, 2013

Algoriddim vjay 1.2

I would have to say that video DJing has never been popular during any of the years that gear was released for it.  There have been video DJs who have intentionally programmed their own sets and shows using videos – that is one thing, but true free form DJs have never had the chance to really work videos into their sets.  There is just too much to worry about and too much to store.  A single video takes as much space as thousands of songs, so the space problem is not going away any time soon.  The real problem though, is not storage, it’s the gear.

Back, maybe five or six years ago, the options to DJ video were limited.  You have add-ons to DVS programs that allowed people to mix video using their computers – but to have full physical control over videos you needed some expensive hardware.  In …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 16, 2013

4K Displays

Night clubs and other types of entertainment establishments have figured out that adding more tech to their logistics only improves the workflow and adds to the enjoyment of others.  ID scanners are quite common these days, and I’ve even seen some bars and small joints using them in conjunction with an iPad.  For a DJ who gigs nightly at a club, having technology already integrated into the scene makes things much easier.  It’s a frustrating thing to try and search for a power strip in the darkness of a club, just so you can plug your laptop in.  It is even more frustrating when you have no place to put that laptop.

I think clubs would do well by introducing their own forms of monitors and screens.  Some of them already projectors in use which broadcast light shows and other images, but having a screen in the back of …