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March 25, 2021

Silence detection in MP4 in Siglos Karaoke Professional

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , — Piotr @ 5:29 am

If you are running your show using CD+G songs, you should be familiar with silence detection, which allows to skip silence at the beginning and at the end of the song to make the show go smoother and faster. However you might not know that the same option is available for MP4 songs — you need to enable it in Settings / KJ.

Skip silence for all types of files in Siglos Karaoke Professional

Now Siglos will scan all video files are remove silence at the beginning and at the end.

Please remember that skipping instrumentals is only available for CD+G files.

March 24, 2021

Add Empty button in Siglos Karaoke Professional

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , — Piotr @ 2:37 pm

When running a karaoke show sometimes you want to add a regular singer before he shows up and requests songs, just to reserve his place in the rotation. With Siglos Karaoke Professional you can do this using Add Empty button, which adds singer to the rotation and does not require any songs to be assigned to the singer.

Add empy in Add Singer window of Siglos Karaoke Professional

You may later assign songs to the singer by double-clicking her/his name in the Rotation list or by using Quick songs window.

March 23, 2021

Send message to host added to Siglos Karaoke Professional

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , , — Piotr @ 5:42 am

Version 2.3.5.3 of Siglos Karaoke Professional adds one more option to remote interface. If you enable ‘Message host’ button, it opens the page that allow your customers to send you messages that appear in the remote queue among remote requests (messages are marked by different color).

Message host in Siglos Karaoke Professional

This may be used for ‘Remove me from the list’ or ‘Do you have song …’ messages that will allow to run your show more smoothly.

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

March 12, 2021

New file formats support in Karaoke Converters

Filed under: Software — Tags: , — Piotr @ 4:04 am

Starting from version 2.1.10 Power CD+G to Video Karaoke Converter and Power CD+G to MP4 Karaoke Converter can use MP4 and MKV files as video backgrounds. This works in addition to still backgrounds. AVI video files had already been supported.

February 24, 2021

Siglos Karaoke Professional 2.3.3 introduces Audio Panel

Filed under: Software — Tags: , — Piotr @ 7:40 am

We have added a new button to Rotation window in Siglos Karaoke Professional that allows to open Audio Panel, a collection of audio-related controls all in one place.

It gives you access to karaoke playback volume, fill-in volume, key and tempo adjustment, and lyrics advance control (this is the same as Lyrics Advance setting in Display options page). Lyrics adjustment allows you to fix songs in which lyrics and audio do not match. Also it may be used to fix the delay introduced by a sound card. By default this setting resets for every song, but you may make it stick in Settings / KJ cont.

Happy singing!

February 11, 2021

Skip Instrumentals in Siglos Karaoke Professional 2.3.1

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , — Piotr @ 7:17 am

We are extremely happy to announce another technical advancement of Siglos Karaoke Professional. If you go to Settings / KJ you will find Detect and speed up instrumentals section.

It works for CD+G files only (ZIP format as well). Siglos will scan the file and look for moments that display does not change. In almost all cases these moments are instrumentals like guitar solos. If you would like to skip them, Siglos gives you two options:
1. Fade and skip will gently mute and skip the instrumental
2. Speed-up will fast forward the instrumental part (the quality of the speed up depends on the music)

Using this option can save you time on busy nights when patrons sing Master of Puppets after Highway Star.

You may also fine-tune individual songs in the database to enable instrumental detection only for some of them — you can do this in Edit Song window opened from Song Details or from database window.

February 9, 2021

Text snippets in Karaoke Video Creator and Karaoke CD+G Creator

Starting from version 2.5.1 both Karaoke Video Creator and Karaoke CD+G Creator have the ability to define text snippets that can be inserted using predefined shortcut key.

Text snippet is a part of a song (lyrics and events) that can be reused. You may define as many text snippets as you like, you can also move them between computers.

To define a text snippet:

Select the text you would like to save as a snippet

  1. Choose Text snippets from Edit window or right-click the selected text, choose Insert text snippet from a drop-down menu and then choose Edit snippets from a submenu
  1. Text Snippets window will open. You will see the text you have selected in the Preview field. Your snippet will be auto-named (you may change the name of the snippet by typing the new name in the name field and then clicking Rename button)
  1. You may switch between snippets by selecting them from the drop-down list. You may also remove currently selected snipped using Remove button
  2. If you would like to insert a snippet using keyboard, you may define the hotkey for it. To do this use Assign hot key button. You may use combination of alphanumeric keys with SHIFT, ALT and CTRL.
  3. Selecting Close will save your snippet collection. Cancel will abandon the changes.

To insert a text snippet:

Position the cursor in the place you would like to insert the snippet and select Text snippets from Edit menu, choose the snippet to insert and click Insert

or

Right-click with your mouse and choose the snippet from Insert text snippet submenu

or

Use the hotkey defined for the snippet

To copy snippets to another computer:

Choose Export from Tools menu in Text snippets window. You will be able to choose a location of the file. All snippets will be saved. Move this file to a destination computer and choose Import there. You will be presented an option of replacing the snippets or appending them (with renaming if necessary).

January 30, 2013

CD+G import in Karaoke CD+G Creator

Filed under: Software — Tags: , — Piotr @ 2:17 am

Today we have published Karaoke CD+G Creator 2.4.1, which has an amazing new feature – CD+G file import. It is an intelligent tool that allows to load existing CD+G songs into Karaoke CD + G Creator, so you may edit and re-create them without having to synchronize the song.

You may download it from our website. Here is the link for the regular version:

http://www.powerkaraoke.com/download/karaokecdgcreatorsetup.exe

And Pro version:

http://www.powerkaraoke.com/download/karaokecdgcreatorprosetup.exe

I have also created a tutorial video that shows how to use this feature:

http://youtu.be/_IuWsiSQyUE

In a couple of days we will also publish Karaoke Video Creator with CD+G import feature.

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