vjay for the iPad is out, lets you mix videos in real time

Bryan is busily using his new iPad for sound mixing these days, but things are happening in the video mixing world on iOS as well. Video DJing, to be exact. vjay is a new $10 (which is 50% off normal price) app for the iPad that lets you mix video in real time.

You can think of vjay as a video DJay app, or as real time video editing. You have tools like mixing, scratching, transition effects, special effects, and of course the ability to use your own media from the iPad. To be more specific, here’s the full list of features from iTunes:

✔ Direct access to user’s media on the device (music videos, movies, camera roll footage, music)
✔ iTunes Store integration (search, browse, preview and purchase artist music videos)
✔ Built-in camera integration
✔ VideoScratch
✔ Video Transitions
✔ Audio Visual Effects
✔ Live recording with direct export of movie files to the iPad’s media library
✔ Fullscreen mode
✔ Support for external displays through Digital AV Adapter (HDMI) and AirPlay for streaming video and audio
✔ Audio Visual 2D FX Pad
✔ Colorized EQ
✔ Slow-motion (time stretching)
✔ Split A/V crossfade mode (crossfade video independently from audio, and vice versa)
✔ Advanced Audio Tools: Waveforms, Auto-Gain, Automatic Beat and Tempo Detection, Beat-matching, Slicing, Auto-Sync, Pitch-bending, Cue Point, Looping, Speed Change, Reverse Playback

It should however be noted that the full specifications list content up to 720p as being compatible. That means that this won’t be able to use the highest quality footage from an iPad 3, which is a bit ironic, but then again this type of real time video mixing requires a lot of power. That’s also why only the iPad 2 and iPad 3 are supported, no first generation iPad. The app also requires iOS 5.1, which is why you’re not seeing me playing with it. There’s a 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak out, but with the upgrade to that (from 5.0.1) requiring a wipe, I can’t be bothered for the sake of this app.

The app is meant as a performance tool, with powerful integration with both HDMI output and AirPlay to let you display the output video on an external display while maintaining controls on the iPad itself. There is however a recording mode that lets you save your creations as well. Finally, there’s integration with the Numark iDJ Live DJ controller, which is the ultimate setup for this new app.

iOS seems to be getting all the cool apps, and this is just another example of this. A very polished, powerful app that (like with Bryan’s apps) can be a reason to get an iPad all on their own. Considering what this can do, the $20 normal price isn’t too high in my opinion, but obviously it’s not a bad idea to grab this while it’s at the $10 price point.

[vjay | iTunes]


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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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