Karaoke Surgeon
4620 Derby Lane, Doylestown, PA 18902
Tel: 866-423-0413, 215-371-3909 (F)

Tuesday: May 1, 2023

Dear Customer,

In this month's Karaoke Surgeon newsletter, we will discuss the KCreator Module found in KS2.

The User Guide contains a written description of this module and, of course, we have a training video which walks you through the steps of using this.

In this newsletter we do not want to duplicate this information, rather, we will focus on the files created from this module. And we begin with a question.

Why The Quality Difference Between These Two Files??

CD G (also known as CD-G, CD Graphics) is an extension of the compact disc standard that can present low-resolution graphics alongside the audio data on the disc when played on a compatible device.

The CD G specifications were published by Philips and Sony as an extension of the Red Book (CD standard) specifications. The first CD to be released with CD G graphics was in 1985, which means it is 50 years old !

The audio quality found in these CD G files is fine. The problem is with the graphics quality. These files use a resolution size of 300 x 216. When a CD G file is displayed at this standard size the quality is acceptable but, when you enlarge the file the quality deteriorates and the graphics become fuzzy or jagged.

In addition to a CD G output KCreator also offer an mp4 file option. When this option is chosen KCreator creates an mp4 file directly. It does not create a CD G file first and then convert it to an mp4. This is an important distinction because if a CD G file is converted it will still have quality issues because it was initially created at 300 x 216 and then enlarged. However, if an mp4 file is created directly - as we do in KS2 - the original created size is 1080 x 778. This much higher resolution gives us much better quality.

As most of you have probably surmised by now, the answer to the question posed at the beginning of this newsletter is: the top file was created in KCreator as a CD G file and then enlarged in the main KS2 screen. The second file was also created in KCreator but, as an mp4 and enlarged in KS2's main screen.

The quality difference is significant.

Below is a link to the entire Karaoke mp4 file created or authored in KS2. We have purposely chosen to leave the vocals in the audio so you can not only assess the quality of the graphics, but also assess the accuracy of the timing as judged by the color change of the lyrics.



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James Todd
Karaoke Surgeon