How to use Serato Video software to enhance your DJ performance
Serato Video is a plug-in for Serato DJ software that allows you to display and manipulate video content, in the form of transitions, FX, and video mixing. It's all controlled by your Serato compatible hardware, third-party MIDI controller, or mouse and keyboard. You can use Serato Video to add visuals to your music, create live video mixes, or even make your own music videos.
In this article, we will show you how to get started with Serato Video, what file formats you can use, and where to find video content to use. We will also give you some tips and tricks on how to use Serato Video effectively and creatively.
How to get started with Serato Video
To use Serato Video, you need to have Serato DJ software installed on your computer, and a Serato DJ Enabled or Serato DJ Upgrade ready device. You can purchase Serato Video as part of the Serato DJ expansions pack bundle from the Serato website[^1^]. Once you have done this, you can enable the Video plug-in via the Expansion Packs tab, under Setup on the main Serato DJ screen.
Once you have enabled Serato Video, you can click the Video panel toggle near the top of the main Serato DJ interface, and the Serato Video panel and output screen will appear. You can then drag and drop video files from your library onto the virtual decks (or straight to the video windows), much like you would with regular audio files. The small video panel that appears below the waveform display allows you to select transitions, FX, font and more.
What file formats can I use and where do I find video content to use?
Serato Video supports the following file formats: .mov, .m4v, .mp4, .avi (Windows only), .mpg, .mpeg, .dv, and .qtz (Mac only), with a range of video codecs. We recommend using .mp4 files as they are one of the more widely available file formats and usually work without issue. It's also recommended to have the latest version of QuickTime Player installed, to ensure smooth playback and optimal performance.
You can find tons of great free content for Serato Video owners from the Serato Video Free content page[^1^], including the Beeple, DJ Ego, and I love Quartz packs. They all come loaded with high-quality video files that are royalty-free - so you'll have a fantastic starting point. You can also use the Media Crate function to automatically add video content to your mix and is the simplest way to get started[^1^]. There are also plenty of good royalty-free video sample websites all over the internet that you can explore.
How to use Serato Video effectively and creatively
Serato Video gives you a lot of options and flexibility to enhance your DJ performance with video content. Here are some tips and tricks on how to use it well:
Use transitions wisely: Transitions are effects that change from one video clip to another. You can choose from different types of transitions such as fades, wipes, slides, etc. You can also adjust the transition length and direction. Transitions can help you create smooth and seamless video mixes, but don't overuse them or they will become distracting.
Use FX creatively: FX are effects that alter the appearance of your video clips. You can choose from different types of FX such as color filters, distortions, strobes, etc. You can also adjust the FX parameters and intensity. FX can help you add some flair and excitement to your video mixes, but don't apply them randomly or they will become chaotic.
Use text and image overlays: Text and image overlays are effects that add text or images on top of your video clips. You can choose from different fonts, colors, sizes, positions, etc. You can also adjust the overlay duration and opacity. Text and image overlays can help you add some personality and branding to your video mixes, but don't make them too large or they will obscure your video clips.
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