Software for showing videos in a club?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Jim Patterson, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. I'm a DJ and our club has a big video screen we show music videos on. We
    just got the go ahead to upgrade to a computer instead of using the DVD
    players, and I'm wondering if anyone has any idea what kind of software we
    could use.

    Is there any software that supports dual display so that we can preview on
    one monitor and show the videos on the other? Also it needs to be able to
    crossfade two different videos so we can have one play seamlessly after
    the other.

    I know there is AUDIO software that does all this, but I'm not so sure
    about video! Any suggestions? We'll be using Windows XP and a 2.8
    Pentium 4 by the way....

    Jim Patterson, Aug 4, 2003
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  2. Jim Patterson

    MSu1049321 Guest

    A very slick way to do this (though a little pricey) would be the new video
    toaster3 from newtek. See, among it's many cool attributes, it can store video
    clips as if they were in virtual, individual cart machines or CD/DVD players,
    and the video switcher lets you manually or auto-trip these into play as you
    hit the "take" or "dissolve" or "wipe' buttons. And it automatically re-cues to
    the first frame every time you hit take. These takes can be looped or have
    their speed changed on the fly as well, forward or reverse. Of course, it also
    has many, many, interesting organic wipe deisgns and patterns, so many that I
    think users should have to fill out a permission slip before they go all
    "switcher solo" with it. (party on, Wayne!)

    Anyhow, if you wanted to organize, display, and effect between numerous video
    clips in real time, just like a DJ can play with audio, this is one option that
    can do all that and more, within one unit, one interface. It also has a
    built-in editor, 2-d and 3-d animation and paint programs, DVE's to warp and
    mutate your video, turn it into multi-images and the like, and a nice
    character generator for making animated 3-d text. You could throw that on a
    projector and use it to make logos to fly around the room or project on the
    dance floor, etc. yes, it costs. If budget is tight, try to find someone with
    a version 2.0 to sell. (3 just came out in the last couple months) There may
    also be half-price discounts for academic users, if you know someone in college
    right now...

    It runs on a high-end PC, has an optional breakout box for all your audios and
    videos in and out. The whole schmeer can be rack-mounted like stage amp gear.
    See the videotoaster boards at for details. Oh, and it can also
    streamcast live to a club web page if you wanted to...;-)
    MSu1049321, Aug 4, 2003
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