Some people like to mix music; others, known as “video DJs,” enjoy mixing video clips. If you fall in the latter camp,
has a solution for you: the recent release of GRID 1.3. The company’s video DJ application has room for 128 QuickTime movies in one window and takes advantage of G4 Altivec and OpenGL hardware acceleration to deliver full resolution playback.
The new version features basic support for Macromedia Flash, a volume control slider, thumbnails that now default to the poster frame, and the need to double-click empty movie cells to load clips — so you don’t accidentally summon a dialog box during a video DJ performance.
GRID’s system requirements call for Mac OS X v.10.2.4 (Jaguar) or higher, a G4 processor, and QuickTime 6. Vidvox notes on their Web site that all their software is now optimized for the Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X v.10.3 (Panther).
The company also told MacCentral that current GRID owners should receive an e-mail with a link to download the 1.3 update, which is free. New users can download the full version from the Vidvox Web site; it’s fully functional but disables the output after 15 minutes. A single user license is US$75, while a 10-user site license will set you back $250. If you want an unlimited site license, you’ll spend $500.