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30Apr/100

Serato Video SL gets a re-fresh

If you DJ and want to step into the video world, serato Video SL is by far the cheapest, and arguably, the best way to go. Video SL 1.2 just became available and it has some interesting upgrades. Full description and link to download after the jump:

For those of you that do not know about this software, basically, it allows you to easily DJ music videos. You need to have Serato Scratch Live (SSL) installed first. Then you purchase this Video SL plugin, install it, and it all works together seamlessly. It helps if you have the Rane TTM-57 mixer due to the fact that most of the video software is controllable with your normal mixer controls. Otherwise, you would need a separate midi device to control it. Its quite amazing and fun to DJ with videos.

So, this is the first upgrade in almost a year so there are some pretty interesting upgrades here. All of them are below, but here is a quick sum up:. Windows users no longer are forced to use quicktime, The 57 gets new top level effects, New video effects,  All new text and still image effects to name a few. Below is the full release notes. Click here to go to serato's page and get your upgrade.

From Serato:

VIDEO-SL version 1.2.0 (build 12020)

This version of Video-SL is largely a feature release but also contains fixes for a few bugs and compatibility issues identified in version 1.1.1.

What's new in 1.2

Features:
Direct Show engine: There is a new Direct Show based video decoder engine for increased performance and wider format support on Windows. It is setup to be the default video decoder on Windows so Quicktime need not be used by Video-SL at all. There is an option to force Quicktime to continue decoding videos on Windows.

57 Audio Effects:
When enabled on the VSL Setup area (on the 'Effects' tab) they will be automatically applied on top of the existing effects slots and will respond to changes in parameters of the 57 audio effects. These include:
- Flanger
- Phaser
- Desecrator
- HP , LP and BP Filters
- HP Echo (and HP Hold Echo)
- Echo (and Hold Echo)

DJ FX Audio Effects
Similar to the 57's audio effects, when enabled these will now affect the video appropriately and automatically when an audio effect is engaged inside Scratch Live.
This feature requires the final version of Scratch Live 2.0 or higher to work

All new text effects:
These are on the 'effects' tab on the VSL setup area and will show up at the bottom of your effects lists when created and added.
Supports 3 different animation types and a range of parameters can be assigned to the effect parameter knob. All installed fonts should be available.
This feature requires the final version of Scratch Live 1.9.2 or higher to work

All new Image effects
These work exactly like the text effects. You can use the 'browse' button to select the relevant image file.
Like the text effects above there are a variety of options for setting size, position and animation.
This feature requires the final version of Scratch Live 1.9.2 or higher to work

Updated installer
Installers now install Scratch Live 2.0 and the latest (at time of writing) Quicktime version.

New Effects:
Delay Grid
Shows a grid of the past 16 frames to be played. Each update one frame will change.

Frame Pulse
Pulses the edges found in a video frame in a given time period.

Frame Freeze
Freezes a frame of video for a given time period.

Swap transition
New transition that animates a 'swap' between the two sources.

Bugs Fixed:
Fixed auto xfade speed not being remembered properly
It was showing the correct state on the GUI but not in what it was really doing.

Correctly load vsync setting
Was visually correct but what was being used could be wrong

Correctly load aspect ratio setting
Was being ignored when starting in offline player mode.

Tweaks
Force quicktime on windows option
There is now a preference that can be set to force Video-SL to use Quicktime instead of DirectShow. Key is AlwaysUseQuickTime

Removed all Quicktime yuv decoding (on Windows)
A bug in Quicktime could cause crashes when using QT versions later than 7.6.2. With the introduction of DirectShow this isn't such an important optimization so has been removed for Windows users.

Tweaked grid fade's fade points
Previously these were not very well placed and there wasn't enough travel between the initial fade points. The transition should now be more useful.

Downloads:
Windows: www.serato.com
Mac: www.serato.com

As with all releases, we highly recommend that you try this new version at home before playing out live with it!

Documentation
Video-SL Manual: www.serato.com

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