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Numark have formed a partnership with ArKaos, a leading provider of technology for live visual performance. The first product of that partnership - the NuVJ Video Controller
was on show at Frankfurt.
The NuVJ is the result of the combined expertise of Numark and ArKaos to create a hardware/software product that is a natural extension of the DJ set up and Numark say that it is the perfect tool for DJs who want to synchronize video with their musical performance. The hardware controller is designed to work seamlessly with existing DJ gear and the software is compatible with most computers and laptops.
The NuVJ allows DJs to incorporate images and video clips in much the same way as mixing music and Numark believe that it makes a perfect video counterpart to an audio setup.
With the NuVJ, the VJ can trigger images and video clips, add effects to them, mix them through an onboard DJ style crossfader and tweak them in order to create unique and spectacular shows.
The NuVJ features internal generation of patterns and backgrounds, real-time effects, crossover patterns, and numerous additional features including automatic mode where it will run by itself to the beat of the music. The controller interface has been designed to be intuitive to makes it easy to use and fun to play live.
While other products rely on hardware to mix video, ArKaos uses the power of graphical cards present in every computer which they say allows higher resolutions, more complex effects at a very affordable price.
The NuVJ runs on PC and Mac, and can be used on both laptops and rack mounted servers.
Numark CEO John E. "Jack" Oâ€™Donnell had this to say about the NuVJ Video Controller, â€œThe NuVJ is a terrific, easy to operate video controller that makes it fun and easy to incorporate a variety of visual content into a DJâ€™s performance, enabling DJs to take their craft to an entirely new level.â€�
Marco Hinic, founder and CEO for ArKaos was equally enthusiastic about the new product and told us, â€œWith a very cool appearance, the NuVJ is both easy to operate and fun to use. I believe it represents a significant step forward in terms of both intuitive design and its feature set for todayâ€™s demanding DJ.â€�
Compatible with Windows 2000 and XP, Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4
Live camera support through USB, Firewire or DV
Number of simultaneous live cameras only limited by hardware capacities
Rich assortment of visuals right out of the box
Large selection of artificial patterns and backgrounds
Supports JPG, BMP, GIF and PNG image files
Multiple video decompression interfaces using : QuickTime, Macromedia Flash, Video for Windows, and Direct Show
Supports AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV, and SWF video files
Manual or automated BPM discovery feature
Stand-alone play capability for unattended operation
5 levels of graphic card compatibility to support a large range of computers
Cell visuals and effects can be edited while running
Clean and intuitive layout
Dual large rotary wheels for scratch, scrub and pitch functions
Illuminated pads for each of the two channels for assigning and selecting visuals
A/B Auto Fade buttons on each channel for switching sides of the crossfader
Tap BPM for synchronizing visuals to the music
Large backlit LCD to display messages sent by the software
Instant black (or any other color) button
Many 360 degree rotary controls: 2 for the effects on each bank, 3 for the master effect. 2 for the master brightness and contrast, 2 bank selectors