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GIF Jockey is a revolutionary app that lets you play with GIFs in a totally new way. The app is almost done and ready to launch for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android, but I've run out of funds, so I'm turning to Kickstarter to raise the funds I need for the final month of development. 

Before you read on, try the live demo RIGHT NOW: gj.giphy.com

Have you ever wanted to be a VJ?

Most VJ apps require a computer science degree to even make sense of -- GIF Jockey is for the rest of us. GIF Jockey can play any GIF at any tempo, in sync with music. You can use it to project visuals for a live concert or at a party with your friends. It's designed to make VJing accessible to anyone, even a total beginner. Matching the beat is as easy as tapping your keyboard. You can use GIFs from your computer or from the ever-expanding library on GIPHY.com.

Let me tell you, when the GIFs are playing in harmony with the music, it's... a thing of beauty.

GIF Jockey is a project I've been developing for over a year now. It's still in beta but already being used by professionals like Dj CUTMAN. I’m using Kickstarter to help me finish the final phase of development. With your help we can make GIF Jockey stellar!

Slated for release in June, GIF Jockey will be a free (yes, free!) app for iOS, Android, OSX, Windows and Linux. Backing this Kickstarter will give you access to the premium version for more than half off the launch price, giving you access to larger GIF banks and unlimited custom collections, with more features in the works!

To see GIF Jockey in action, check this video from Dj CUTMAN, recorded live on his Twitch stream. All the visuals behind him are controlled by GIF Jockey and composited with the free streaming program OBS:

Also check out this coverage from The Creator's Project: Everyone's a VJ with GIF Jockey.

  • Sync GIFs to any tempo
  • Perform live with real time effects - blend, change direction and more
  • Import any GIF from your hard drive or GIPHY.com
  • Save custom collections for quick-loading later
  • Keyboard control (on Desktop)
  • External display support (on Mobile)

But just to show you all I'm serious about this, I'm going to promise one more major feature if this campaign is funded... 

I will add full MIDI support to the desktop version of GIF Jockey, meaning you can configure any MIDI device to trigger GIF Jockey and even sync to any program with a MIDI clock output. If you’re a DJ looking to add visuals to your setup, this will make integrating GIF Jockey even better.

BETA ACCESS - $1

Every backer will have access to GIF Jockey on their platform of choice a month before it launches. Along with this exclusive look, you’ll have access to exclusive video tutorials showcasing how to get the most out of the software and how to integrate it with a live setup.

GO PRO - $9

When GIF Jockey launches, the premium version will be available for $19.99. That means for just $9 today, you’ll be getting over 50% off the list price. That’s a steal.

STICK IT - $15

Show off your love for GIF Jockey with a slick clear decal, featuring the iconic GIF Jockey logo. Goes great on a laptop or tablet.

CHEAT ON ME - $25

Get your very own laminated cheat sheet - a handy resource featuring all the controls and keyboard shortcuts in one place. Guaranteed to survive even the wildest parties.

WEAR IT - $60

Be the coolest person IRL with the official GIF Jockey t-shirt.

SWAG PACK - $100

Get the t-shirt, cheat sheet, sticker and a lenticular post card - it’s like a real life GIF you can hold in your hands!

COVER ME - $125

The essential tool for playing live with the Mac version of GIF Jockey - a high quality keyboard cover that shows you all the keyboard shortcuts and keeps your keyboard clean while playing. MACBOOK ONLY!

SUPER SWAG PACK - $200

Get everything you see here, plus your name in the exclusive list of backers on the web and app versions of GIF Jockey!

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - $500

You’re on top! You’ll get exclusive support, all the swag and your name and URL in the exclusive list of backers on the web and app versions of GIF Jockey!

Launching this app in just a couple months is already ambitious, but with enough support... 

$15,000 - LAUNCH PARTY

I will throw a launch party in NYC or PHL and stream it live on Twitch. Lineup and full details TBD.

My name is Christian Montoya, although many people know me as Decktonic. I’ve designed and developed many successful apps including Draw Something and No More Kings. I started Montoya Industries to bring GIF Jockey into the world. I already have working, nearly-complete versions for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux, but I’ve run out of funds, so I’m turning to Kickstarter to raise the funds I need and allow myself to focus on this app so I can get it ready for launch.

I’ve been producing electronic dance music for 6 years now. I’ve played a bunch of shows all across the country and I’ve appeared on stage with many talented VJs. In that time I’ve done plenty of research on VJ software and realized that they are often extremely expensive and/or incredibly difficult to use. There’s really nothing on the market that can be considered “entry-level” or accessible to beginners. I’m hoping that GIF Jockey will change all that. Anyone can use it, even if they have zero experience with VJing or DJing. Plus, the great thing about GIFs is they are easy to find and lightweight (compared to the video files often used by VJ software). I think GIFs can introduce people to the joy of VJing in the same way that MP3s introduced people to DJing. I hope you will help me realize this goal!

project image made with Medialoot's Responsive Showcase Mockup Pack

Risks and challenges

With any software project, there are going to be unexpected bumps in the road that may delay the project delivery. I've tried to be as conservative as possible in my estimate and I'm confident that GIF Jockey will be ready for the world in June, but if issues come up I plan to be as transparent as possible. Furthermore, while I intend to support multiple platforms, I can't guarantee that there won't be bugs for some users. Rest assured that I will try to address every issue, and if necessary, will issue refunds when appropriate.

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    BETA ACCESS. Play with GIF Jockey on your platform of choice before the release date. Includes exclusive tutorials from Decktonic & DJ Cutman.

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    CHEAT ON ME. The official GIF Jockey cheat sheet, showcasing the full play mode layout and all the keyboard shortcuts. Laminated and shipped to you. Plus beta access and the premium version of GIF Jockey.

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    SWAG PACK. The t-shirt, cheat sheet, sticker and a lenticular GIF postcard featuring a horse riding another horse. Because it's GIF Jockey. Plus beta access and the premium version of GIF Jockey.

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    COVER ME. The official GIF Jockey keyboard cover, for your Macbook. Be a VJ pro with your keyboard. Essential for playing live! At this tier you will also receive the cheat sheet, beta access and the premium version of GIF Jockey. Remember, MACBOOK ONLY!

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    SUPER SWAG PACK. Everything you see here - keyboard cover, t-shirt, cheat sheet, sticker and the lenticular post card, plus beta access and the premium version of GIF Jockey. Plus, for being this cool, you get your name in the credits on the GIF Jockey web site and inside the app as one of the producers behind GIF Jockey. Remember, the keyboard cover is Macbook only - if you don't have a Macbook, you can have a second t-shirt instead!

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