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April 5, 2022

Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro features and do you need them

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — Piotr @ 10:57 am

If you want to create CD+G songs, there is no better tool that Karaoke CD+G Creator. It is simple, fast, feature-rich, runs on most Windows machines and will create a great looking CD+G song in no time. But wait, there also is a Karaoke CD+G Creator Professional version — what does it do? Do you need it?

Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro

Duets

If you would like to create a song that displays lyrics for two singers at the same time, Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro has you covered. It has advanced lyrics mode, where you can separately synchronize lyrics for each of the singers and then create the song with split screen for two singers to sing their parts

Scrolling
CD+G does not allow a lot of bells and whistles in the visual department. Its 288×192 resolution limits the quality of the text and low throughput may cause lyrics to stay behind if the song is fast. Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro allows to use scrolling mode where lyrics move from the bottom to the top of the screen while being highlighted.

Images
Sometimes it is convenient to display image and lyrics at the same time. In other times it just looks better. Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro can do it with it advanced overlay technique. You may either define the area of the screen that will be used for lyrics, leaving the rest for images, or you may display images over the lyrics at the precisely defined times (this comes useful if you want to present guitar chords in addition to the lyrics)

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Batch processing
If you create a lot of karaoke songs there comes a time you want to create a lot of them at once in batch mode. This also applies to importing MIDI karaoke songs — Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro will take a set of files and process them in one go without operator.

Customization
When you spend a lot of time with the particular software tool you want it to act and look the way you like it. Karaoke CD+G Creator Pro has customization options that allow to create color schemes to better suit your work.


April 1, 2022

Use software MIDI synthesizer to create karaoke song

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — Piotr @ 8:58 am

Karaoke CD+G Creator is a tool of choice for many professionals to create CD+G karaoke songs. And with its easy to use graphical interface it can be serve even beginners to author their CD+Gs. And with MIDI software synthesizer creating great sounding backing tracks for your karaoke creations is also a very simple task.

MIDI files contain music in condensed format, instructing computer on what notes should be played, what instruments to use, etc. All soundcards can play MIDI, but the quality of the playback differs. Software MIDI synthesizer converts MIDI format to WAV or MP3, making it usable in any scenario you want.

First you have to start MIDI import wizard by selecting Import MIDI karaoke wizard from File menu. Karaoke CD+G Creator will prompt you to download and install software MIDI converter. It will take a while and you will be presented with a Import MIDI window.

Import MIDI karaoke wizard

Now you have to choose the MIDI file you would like to convert. Make sure that Software synthesizer is selected. Processing may take a while, but after it is finished you will be presented with familiar soundtrack view in Karaoke CD+G Creator.

Another great thing about MIDI karaoke is that a lot of it contain already synchronized lyrics, which of course are recognized by Karaoke CD+G Creator and imported with their timing instructions, making the most tiresome process of creating karaoke songs non-existent. You may play the song and make sure that everything got imported correctly and that the words are in sync. You may also remove some of the text, as MIDI karaoke sometimes contain additional textual information.

Once everything is to your liking you may go ahead and create CD+G song by using Create CD+G File from Create menu. Once the song is ready you may play it back in Power CD+G Player.

March 19, 2021

Improved CD+G Import in Karaoke Video Creator and Karaoke CD+G Creator software

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — Piotr @ 2:11 pm

Version 2.5.5.1 of Karaoke Video Creator and Karaoke CD+G Creator has improved algorithm for lyrics recognition in CD+G import module. With this version our karaoke maker should get the lyrics almost 100% correct for most of the songs. Also it copes much better with CD+Gs that use fancy display modes (eg. from Karafun). We use advanced OCR (Optical character recognition, technology that convert graphics into text) algorithm to make editing CD+G easier and faster.

To import CD+G song select Import CD+G File command from File menu or click Import CD+G File button on the toolbar.

First you need to select file containing CD+G songs. Two file formats are supported — CDG BIN file. If you use CDG file, Karaoke Video Creator will automatically look for MP3 file of the same name and use it as a soundtrack.

If Insert ‘Clear Screen’ events automatically is checked, Karaoke Video Creator will detect when entire screen is erased in CD+G song and will insert ‘Clear Screen’ events at the same places in the imported song. This help to maintain the text flow for page-by-page songs (SoundChoice songs give very good results with this option enabled).

Import process takes a while (up to half a minute on a slower computer). Once it is completed you will see the imported lyrics in the lyrics editor. Please check for spelling mistakes, as some of the characters may be recognized incorrectly.

March 15, 2021

Exact display time in Title/Credits image of Karaoke CD+G Creator

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , — Piotr @ 4:47 am

Version 2.5.4.2 of Karaoke CD+G Creator adds a way to precisely synchronize Title and Credits images. This feature was available before, but did not work as expected.

To set the exact time the image should be displayed you need to open Title or Credits image properties from CD+G Settings or Create CD+G File windows and set appropriate values in Synchronization settings.

Karaoke CD+G Creator Display Image settings

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