Tag: video quality

Serato + ME = Winning!

Since my long overdue upgrade to using ME as my video plugin, I have now been using it for a few months and I thought it would be prudent to post up a quick overview of the program, what I like about it and also my screen layout for people (mostly DJs) to look over and get an idea of the work flow, so here is the basic layout

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So, ignoring the Latest Import Folder being completely un-organised, this is my basic screen, Serato in the back ground, and ME on top. As you can see it is relatively easy to make ME fit over top of a normal Serato Layout since everything can be freely moved around the screen

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This one shows the Sequencer options which is one of the best things ever! I really wish Serato would make a built in Sequencer to use with like cue points and samples etc… But the sequencer in ME is very powerful, allowing you to use multiple fx to trigger on beat (similar layout to fruity loops) and to create different sequences you can save and trigger at will

For control of everything within Serato I use dicers, for ME I use a midi/usb connector to the mixer and I also use TouchOSC on my iPad to control both Serato and ME

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Here is my TouchOSC layout, its a work in progress as I am adjusting it to suit my play style but its almost finished!

So, since switching to ME instead of using Serato Video for my video DJn (mostly at Bar Fly) there is some noticeable differences that I like and loving

1. ME outputs videos at a much higher higher quality

2. ME is adjustable so you can move it around and show or hide windows and is still fully integrated with Serato

3. The Sequencer! This just kicks serious ass! And really allows you to focus on other things rather than trying to mess around with fx etc

That about sums it up, there is differences with fx and transitions but thats not really a big issue since they both come stocked with a lot of options, some different, some the same. There wasn’t much of a learning curve as its pretty simple to use, just a little messing around at first while you get use to it but thats to be expected and once I upgraded to Mavericks OS it has been running very smoothly with no problems. Overall ME is a great product, I just wish Serato would either merge ME fully into their system or sort their shit out and put some more development work into their own Serato Video Program as it has had very little change since its original release, so ME is just really blowing them out of the water.

Chur.

Video DJn Prep Work

So, for those who might be interested what I do with a lot of my time, quite a bit of it is obviously geared towards DJn and sorting thru the mountains of music available out there and trying to find the right mix or making the right mix of a song to suit my needs. While this is standard for most DJs, things are a little more harder for me because I also do Video DJn

(basically I have the video playing at the same time as the song, for those who don’t know, It requires the use of mp4 video files and what ever I do with the audio it is also shown with the video like loops, scratch, cue etc)

As you can imagine finding music videos is hard in itself, finding high quality ones is even harder and then finding videos with an intro or that are practical for a club is well yeah, hard! So I spend a lot of time doing my own video edits, some are just simple edits like making an intro for a track

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or replacing the audio from a video track with a higher quality audio file while other edits can take a lot longer to make depending on what I want to achieve (like adding in remixed intros etc)

While I am pretty good at this process now and it really doesn’t take me long anymore at all to bang out a simple edit, the time consuming part is often waiting for the conversion process to finish which can take anywhere from 10mins to over an hour depending on the video quality.

Then there is some of the Video mixes I do, these take longer, mainly because I like things being a certain way so I tend to spend a lot of time first re-doing the sound recordings

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and then editing the video transitions, so the work screen can often look a little something like this

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and can be a longer process, but at least the finished product is usually very good (at least I think)

http://vimeo.com/43451987 Or you can see for yourself here 🙂

The program you see is Sony Vegas HD Platinum 10.0, I have been using Vegas for years and is a really easy to use and basic but effective program, however it is time to start learning on some other platforms as well so next posts will be my journey into learning how to use Final Cut X and Logic Pro

Chur!