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Serato Video - now in public beta
Serato Video - now in public beta
Posted by Gizmo on February 29, 2012 :

Serato, Video, beta

Video is about to be the next big thing. Most software vendors have been handling the moving medium for some time now, but Serato have now made their Video-SL plugin cross-platform i.e. SSL and ITCH, and called it Serato Video. We saw it briefly at NAMM, but now you can try it for yourself - Serato Video is now in public beta.

No press release this time round, so I've lifted this from the beta forum: 

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the Serato Video 1.0 Public Beta. Please make sure you are familiar with the Conditions of Use and read the following release notes carefully before downloading.

Note: Before running the Serato Video 1.0 Public Beta, you will need to upgrade to the latest beta versions of Scratch Live ( and ITCH (

What is Serato Video?
* A new video product that replaces Video-SL.
* Works with all Scratch Live hardware and all ITCH hardware.
* Incremental improvements to current Video-SL version
* Free update to all current owners of Video-SL.

What does it do?
* Allows you to mix videos
* Two FX slots per video with on/off button and wet/dry knob.
* Multiple Transition FX.
* Audio - Video associations.
* Saved FX.
* Independent Text and Image FX.
* Linked controls on supported hardware (Faders, EQs).
* Same user experience and GUI for both Scratch Live and ITCH.
* Improved output options for Text and Image FX
* Image and Text FX can now be displayed over just left, just right, or whole mix. This allows you to display messages / DJ Logo / images for your whole set, rather than just per video.
* Collapsable image, text and fader windows - don’t use what you don’t need.

Known Issues:

* Preview window displays incorrect aspect ratio.

Known issues will be addressed during this beta period.

If you want to play, you'll have to use the latest versions of SSL and ITCH. Some of you will no doubt be running older versions that you're happy with, so see this SSL post and this ITCH post on how to run multiple versions.

I've had an alpha version since NAMM, and in my brief plays, I've had a lot of fun. I was truck by how I used it in different ways across the VCI-300 and Twitch. The contrast between using jog wheels and buttons was evident, and made it much more interesting that using turntables. Let's remember that the turntable wasn't designed to use video, so anything goes as far as video is concerned.

So what happens to MixEmergency - Inklen's own and seemingly more popular video software that used Scratch Live as a control environment. It has to be pointed out that this has been entirely unofficial, but as of the latest versions of Scratch Live, that back door has been firmly shut.

If you want to continue to use MixEmergency, you'll have to stick with old versions of SSL. You can still use ME though, just not with the vinyl control that SSL offers. Inklen don't seem too phased though - while that state the end of compatibility, v2 is being teased. I'm interested to see where that goes.

So over to you. Please share your thoughts on video, and also experiences on using this beta version of Serato Video. But bug reports should be made over at the relevant Serato forums.

NOTE: No further comments are being accepted.
14 comments to this story

On February 29, 2012, masterbender said this:
yeah, time to set up the big screen :P

On February 29, 2012, Crash Override said this:
Anyone else encountering problems launching videos in the beta version? Installed the beta version, running Itch on my MAC with an NS6 but can't seem to get the video plugin up and running....

On February 29, 2012, prevolt said this:
This is only good news for Itch users, and because there's no MIDI control in Itch yet, it's not even very good news for them. Serato Video=Video SL=a big deal if it's still 2008.

In the 1st month you could get Video SL I switched to Serato and sold a really nice mixer/soundcard setup because you HAD to have the TTM57SL to do video. The most badass and stable DVS company was moving into video.

4 years later, very little has happened, and Serato's reputation is eroding away.

NI, if you're listening, add video to Traktor (or license Mix Emergency).

On March 1, 2012, Ryan said this:
unsure.gif Where do I go to get the BETA Serato Video? I tried to go to Serato's website, but can't go to the page

On March 1, 2012, Gizmo said this:

On March 1, 2012, dj420 said this:
I got the beta going on my VCI-300mk2 and just played with it for a minute. Further testing is needed, but what I did experience was surprisingly solid and smooth. I typically use SSL and ME with turntables, so I left Scratch Live at 2.3.3 (to ensure ME compatibility), and updated Itch to 2.2 to run Serato Video. I'm thinking that this will be awesome for playing around at home, or in a hotel room - but not replacing my SSL/ME setup for club gigs. Serato Video appears to be a stable version of Video SL that works on Itch or SSL, but is definitely still WAY behind ME feature-wise.

On March 1, 2012, djeloy said this:
You can see a preview of MixEmergency 2.0 here:

On March 1, 2012, DVJ SOUTH said this:
Serato Video Still Squishing The Playlist = Unexceptable

Get with The Program SERATO

On March 2, 2012, ItsPenfold said this:
Worked great with the Twitch for about 15mins, then the Twitch started lagging. I had to hit buttons 3 or 4 times before they did anything. wacko.gif

On March 2, 2012, sinjintek said this:
might be great if i could fully control the video. my V7 will play videos and control time, but i have no access to the video crossfader, channel faders, or video effects.

with SSL i can use a 3rd party midi device (the DJ2GO makes a nice mini video controller), but with Itch we have no midi options.. and apparently no keyboard shortcuts (that i can find).

i'm sorry to say that so far this experience only deepens my feeling that Serato has a nasty chokehold on the Numark V7's potential. oh well, time to pull out the zero4 for SSL.. this should prove interesting.

On March 4, 2012, Ragman said this:
"Serato Video Still Squishing The Playlist = Unexceptable

Get with The Program SERATO"

It's in beta dood not the final release version. When you downloaded it you agreed to be a beta tester and report issues on the Serato website. Not bitch about it on here.

On March 13, 2012, mista 1,2 said this:
How did I miss this, I've been waiting for this beta ever since it was announced at NAMM. It's testing time. Thanks Gizmo

On March 14, 2012, Jack said this:
Why do these still have CD players built in? It's 2012 for cryin' out loud. lol

On March 14, 2012, Jack said this:
^^^ ooops, wrong thread

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