Now here’s an interesting volley being fired from the Mixvibes team. Cross 3 has been announced, and while there’s a few nice extras like coloured waveforms and more audio formats supported, the big news is that video is no longer an optional extra, but is in fact standard, and a balls out standard as well.
Here’s the very video focussed word from Mixvibes:
Mixvibes Cross 3: Video DJing reinvented
Mixvibes introduces Cross 3, its new flagship Mac/PC software bringing major video features, frequency colored waveforms and more.
Full video system NEW
Video is a fantastic way to make a DJ set more exciting. Cross 3 can be used to simply playback video clips or go more experimental. DJs can choose their level of complexity, take control of the video mixing or let the software do it automatically so that it follows the music.
2 full featured audio/video players
Large video output bar
Mixer and effects can control only video, only audio or both at the same time
HD external output from the computer’s display port
35 video transitions and 18 video effects
Video output recording
Sync videos to any of your tracks NEW
Cross allows you to put up a proper show with synced visuals… with the flexibility of live selection that DJs love. It’s easy: prepare a few video clips, and play them on top of all your tracks.
Load audio and video separately
Sync the BPM of the video to the audio
Save audio/video combos in one click
Video for every DJ NEW
We believe that DJs should try video mixing. Therefore, the core video features are now available in all 3 versions of Cross for Mac/PC: Cross DJ Free, Cross DJ and Cross. Make no mistake, Cross is a DJ software with powerful video features, not a VJ software.
World’s first video sampler NEW
For the first time in a DJ software, Cross gives you two 4-pad video samplers:
Easily add VJ loops to your mix
Hot video sampling: sample any part of the video playing in the deck
Edit video content straight into Cross with the sampler: no need for third party software
Save your video sample banks
Put your own content in Cross & record your set NEW
Live webcam input: display live footage from the party
Titler: add text or images to the output
Record video mixes
Frequency colored waveforms NEW
Cross 3 introduces the long awaited Frequency colored waveform feature. We’ve redesigned the waveform to display low, mid and high frequencies. The track’s structure and energy becomes much more understandable. It’s like seeing inside the sound. 3 modes are available: Legacy (Yellow + Red), Nexus (Blue) and Spectrum (multicolor.)
New EQs and Apple Lossless + WMA support NEW
New EQ preset, modeled on the classic DJM series: turn your controller into a club standard mixer
Support for Apple Lossless & WMA formats
Cross, a more attractive package than ever
Cross now offers the full package of modern DJ software: colored waveforms, 4 decks, sampler, key detection, effects, MIDI, CDJ & Vinyl control, iOS remote and more. But Cross even has a few unique tricks of its own:
Advanced video playback and video sampling
Rekordbox sync: allows every DJs to use his Cross collection on club standard CDJs
Open product: works with any hardware and any software
Whether you’re a club DJ who seeks perfect integration with Pioneer systems, a user wanting to add video to his sets or you’re simply tired of closed DJ system, give Cross a try by downloading the free version today. It’s time to switch.
New product page: www.mixvibes.com/products/cross Available in 3 versions:
Cross DJ Free:
2 decks + mixer
iOS remote support
Cross DJ adds:
4 decks & samplers
Snap, Quantize & Slip
Full video features
CDJ control (HID)
Vinyl control (DVS)
Pricing and availability
109.99 € / $129.99 / £89.99 for Cross 3
44.99 € / $49.99 / £34.99 for Cross DJ 3
The upgrade to version 3 is free for all previous users.
So Cross 3 gets video as standard. It’s a logical move and one that sees their standard offering have a big feature that either doesn’t exist or has to be paid for in the big 2. But Virtual DJ has been video friendly for years, and in recent times has even gone as far as to offer a video subscription service. But if video is of little interest to you, then you’re getting some DJM EQs, Apple lossless and WMA support, plus coloured waveforms that make Cross 3 look like Traktor and Serato DJ.
Yay video. But do you actually use it?
Continuing our dig into the future, I thought it would be a good idea to get some insight into how you guys view video in the whole DJ scheme of things. So I created a poll that paints some broad strokes, but should give us a better idea of where the land lies.
If you’d be so kind as to fill in the poll, and then we can kick around if video has a future in DJ circles, or if it’s just something that being endlessly touted by software companies when really the interest is minimal.