The History panel is useful for three main reasons:
- Viewing or editing what you played during a previous set
- Exporting your set to the Serato Playlist website or to other formats
- Enabling live playlists
Pressing the HISTORY button in Serato DJ opens History panel. This is a complete log of all the tracks you have played (in sessions) and allows you to export your Serato DJ session information as a data file or to Serato Playlists.
Each session is cataloged by date and time. Using the drop down arrow, you can navigate to and view detailed information of any previous sessions. There are columns for the period (i.e. date of session), name of track and artist name.
In addition, these other categories listed below will give you more detailed information about your sessions.
Start Time When viewing a track row, the start time of the track is displayed. When viewing a session row, the start time of the session is displayed with the date (in real time value).
End Time When viewing a track row, the end time of the track is displayed. When viewing a session row, the end time of the session is displayed with the date (in real time value).
Playtime When viewing a track row, the total played time of the track is displayed (e.g.00:03:00). When viewing a session row, the total elapsed time of the session is displayed with date (e.g. 10/09/08 01:38:16).
Deck The virtual deck the track was played on will be displayed under the deck column. In the track row, either left or right is displayed. The offline player will be listed as offline.
Notes Use this field to list particular information about your tracks and each session (i.e., note how you transitioned from one track to another).
Start Session / End Session To start or end a session, click the corresponding button.
Insert Track If you wish to add information for tracks not played in Serato DJ into your session
(e.g., if you played one of your favorite vinyl or CD), select the track you want to insert after and click the insert track button. Double click the inserted track fields and edit your information accordingly. (Note that when exporting an ...m3u playlist [see exporting below] inserted tracks will not be present.)
Export session information as a data file. Exported files can be located in the History Export folder contained in your Serato folder. Select a session, then choose your preferred file format, and click export. There are four possible export formats:
- Serato Playlists (SEE SERATO PLAYLISTS FOR MORE INFORMATION)
- Text, to create a simple text file with your session information contained within.
- .csv, to create a file for use in spreadsheet software.
- .m3u, to create a playlist le, which can be imported into media players. Note that an .m3u does not contain audio itself, it only points to the location of your audio files. (Inserted tracks within sessions will not be included in an .m3u playlist.)
TIP: To make a new Serato DJ crate containing your session information, select a session and drag it to the + plus crate button. (This will automatically name the crate with the session date).