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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 6, 2014

Integrated Serato Video

Can video DJing actually become so common that people in the club start expecting it?  I think that the thought of it sounds nice, but in reality we are far from being able to get this done.  Do you remember back when mobile storage was pathetic?  I remember having a hard time saving a word document to a floppy drive, unless I wrote less than a few thousand words.  The advent of the first 1 gig USB drive has been pretty amazing when you think about it.  Without portable media, DVS in general would not be a strong platform to work with – but we are enabled by the gear around us.

The size of a regular music video is sort of analogous to where we were when we wanted to put a mp3 on a floppy drive.  The amount of time and work required to do it was just …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 6, 2014

SIM2 Crystal Cube Coffee Table Projector Preview

As flat panels and touchable displays become more common in the computing world, you would think that DJs would make better use of the tools we have around us.  This is true to some extent, as we see many computers and tablets being integrated into the current DJ setup.  The one thing we have not seen very much of is a shift in how clubs and venues use projectors wisely.  Most DJs will have to rely on their laptop or whatever it is they bring with them to get them through the night.  This is the norm since most DJs are used to using their own gear in a random setting.

What if the club was able to project what a DJ sees onto a wall rather than leaving it up to them get their laptop screen at the right angle?  So far, clubs seem to cater to what the …

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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
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 …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 28, 2013

MIXVIBES ADD VIDEO PLUG IN

Before Serato had a solid footing in the DVS market, there were other less put together alternatives to the same problem.  DJs want to be able to spin mp3s using vinyl control records, but the technology and software that existed at the time was problematic at best.  It was very difficult to use without the feeling that it might crash if you overloaded the program.  Virtual DJ was one of the first sorts of open source programs that could be used with an aftermarket USB card – but even in the beginning, there was functionality that allowed it to be used with video DJing.  Video DJing never became as popular as some would imagine, but it is not due to the lack of creativity within a DJ’s head, it came down to logistical problems.

Since videos could often be a gigabyte or more at time, the thought of storing hundreds …