Ok I'm quite excited about this. It's taken a while to put the format together and test it but here finally is the first AcidGFX "loops pack".
This is a collection of the best selling backdrops from the shop along with a few which haven't been released yet outside of this DVD.
The DVD is intended for use in Pioneer DVJs and home DVD players, but the downloaded ".ISO" file will also work as a "mounted image" on a computer.
This is different from our previous releases in that it's not a video mix, but is separate clips instead. The clips are also all slow-moving, which is another new one for AcidGFX. more info...
Note For Pioneer DVJ users:
There don't seem to be many slow-moving clips around and just slowing clips down can result in jerky playback. These clips all give you plenty of scope for silky-slow movement with no jerkiness.
There are 12 clips total on this DVD and each clip is 3-5mins long giving you just under an hour of video in all. Despite being slow-moving, the clips tested well with most types of music.
Most of the clips are based around particles and flight and are framed in open space (i.e. rather than closed rooms for instance) which means they won't impose borders when mixed with other content and makes them easy to use.
You can use them on their own, as backdrops to mix over and build up some layers, or easily key out the background and use them as foreground layers over other material. The videos all start from black and have a 5-sec gradual fade to black at the end so won't "jolt" the viewer when the clip repeats.
The DVD is encoded at a rich 8mbps to give the best possible quality. The clips all move slowly too so there is no scope for picture-break-ups.
When you put the DVD in, you are presented with a menu of the clips, spread over two pages. The navigation is deliberately chunky with large text so that the menu is easy to use even on small preview monitors. Select a clip from the menu and it will play and loop forever.
Alternatively you can select "play all" to play each clip in sequence, or "shuffle" to play the clips not in order. The "play all" and "shuffle" sequences are playlists whcih run for over 6 hours each and will cover you nicely if you need a break from the mixer, or should be long enough to accompany most DJ sets if you're using the DVD as standalone visuals.
This DVD has the all-important DVD-flags set which allow you to actually mash up the loops on your DVJs and adjust the speed etc rather than just watching them in "restricted mode" like normal copyrighted discs.
Run-time: 58 mins
Standard: PAL & NTSC (by download)
Type: Separate clips, DVD-Video (not data)
Download size: ~3.2gb
We did a beta test of this DVD to iron out any of the kinks - below are some of the comments from the testers:
"Picture quality is great. Clips with small elements (e.g. particles) appear extremely sharp (larger elements are also great, just seem to be slightly more affected by aspect ratio and standard definition playback on HD screen stretching on my set-up, but that's normal - looked as good as or better than other visuals DVDs I have).
Tested it with a wide variety including house, dance, pop, lounge, chillout, and it works well with all of them."
"I have thought long and hard about how to make it even a better product - I'm the critical kind a guy -, but I concluded that this is a top-notch product with hopefully more to come!"Once purchased, you will be taken to a download url where your DVD will be waiting for you to download. Please make sure you read our DVD download/burning guide before purchasing downloadable DVDs.
You can choose which format you'd like the video in at the download stage. The USA, Canada, Japan and South Korea use NTSC, everyone else should download the PAL version.
Currently this DVD is only available as a download. If you want a copy on DVD then add one of the "DVD Burn" items from the "DVDs - Other" shop category.