With the release of djDecks DX, it is now possible to play video and karaoke files with djDecks as well. djDecks is capable of playing most video files that can be found. They will be shown together with your music files in the browser. The default chiron skin includes basic video functionality, but other skins can be downloaded on the forum that are more suited for video mixing. Some skins allow you to select to show only video, audio, karaoke or all files.
Most video skins have a preview display that shows how the mixed video looks like, as well as a preview display for each deck to see the video that is playing on that deck. In the default skin, the preview display can be found on the Console tab of the mixer window. To show the video in full-screen, you can use Menu->Video Display. When you only have one monitor, you will see the video on it in full-screen. Clicking the video will hide the video. When an external display is connected, djDecks automatically recognizes it and shows the display on the second display instead. Usually the resolution of the display matches the aspect ratio of the screen, but sometimes especially on older wide-screen displays, the resolution could be 4:3, which will then be stretched to 16:9. If this is the case, you have to let djDecks know the aspect ratio of the display by right-clicking the video output and selecting the correct aspect ratio.
By default the video crossfader is linked to the audio crossfader, but some skins allow you to move the video crossfader independent of the audio crossfader. On the default skin, you can find the video crossfader under the video preview on the Console tab. The default transition is to fade from one video to the other, but it is possible to select a different transition from the transition drop-down.
These transitions are hardware-accelerated pixel shaders which you can also create yourself. If you want to have a look at them, the files can be found in Program Files\djDecks\support\transitions. They can be opened with a regular text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++.
Effects can also be applied to each video. These are also pixel shaders which can be created or customized yourself by creating the .ps files and saving them in the support\effects folder. In the default skin, you can select the effect for deck 1 and 2 at the right side of the Console tab. Right of the drop-down, there is also a strength knob that can be used to control the strength of the effect.
Playing karaoke files works in the same way as playing video files. djDecks supports .cdg files and zipped .cdg files. Some skins have more karaoke features such as a singers list.
On the Console tab at the right-top, you can select to show the display from a web cam or other video source. The slider below the drop-down fades between the video display from the decks and the web cam. Slide shows work in the same way. Simply select the folder with the pictures you want to show and the slide show will start playing. Currently the slide show speed can not be changed from within djDecks, but you can alter it manually by editing the config.xml file in your user settings folder. (Menu->Open Settings Folder) SlideShowTime is the value that needs to be changed while djDecks is closed, which expresses the time of one picture in milliseconds.
Basic support for overlaying text on your videos is included too. Currently, the font can not be altered from within djDecks, but you can alter it manually by editing the config.xml file in your user settings folder. (Menu->Open Settings Folder) VideoTextFont is the value that needs to be changed while djDecks is closed. When you change the text (also done from the drop-down on the Console tab), the new text will be shown as soon as the current text scrolls off the screen. There are also some variables that you can use in the text such as %[Title], %[Artist], %[Album], %[BPM]. These variables are case sensitive so they must be typed exactly as shown here.
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