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#1 12 years ago

A very unorthodox but interesting way to play Swamp, involving a climb out of and back into the starting point camp to take out the harder to kill mercs along the Hummer drive route first. I was going for a sub 15 minute level time, but wound up with 15:43. I did succeed in my goal of no scratch on Realistic though.

The return route to the Hummer was chosen for it's easy access, and to keep the Hummer drive as action filled as possible (ie: more mercs to kill on the drive). It is however full of spots along the ridgetop that can result in instant death if you stray too far either towards the cliff or away from it.

I used 4x speed video editing on the ridgetop runs out of the camp & back to the Hummer to keep the file size low and the video more action filled. Music is by Soundgarden, songs in order of appearance are Rusty Cage, Jesus Christ Pose, & Let Me Drown.

Recon: Ridgeline Reconnoiter (approx 175MB) Jack be nimble, Jack be quick!




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#2 12 years ago

Interesting. I never would've traveled that path. Great job.




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#3 12 years ago
Captain AmerikaInteresting. I never would've traveled that path. Great job.

Thanks, I put off making this for some time, and although it's certainly not the hardest level to play, it is by far the hardest to do no scratch without jumping the fence, so I gave up on that.

I'm a bit dissapointed I didn't find out how to compress video with better clarity and equal file size until just after posting this, but at least my next movies will have a sharper look to them. Turns out Xvid is indeed better in image quality and every bit as efficient in file size if not more so than WMV9 like I'd heard people say, it's just a matter of configuring the compression parameters properly.

Using VirtualDub to compress seems to require separating audio from video (demuxing) first though, then rejoining them with NanDub. Now I just have to find out how to add the music without running the video copy through twice if I can, if not you can do Direct Stream Copy, not an option in Movie Maker.




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#4 12 years ago

You working on any other videos? Do you think you could make a run through video of you beating the last level, people seem to be having problems completing it. If you want to, if not, no big deal, I just thought it'd be a cool thing to do for the nubs.




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#5 12 years ago
Captain AmerikaYou working on any other videos? Do you think you could make a run through video of you beating the last level, people seem to be having problems completing it. If you want to, if not, no big deal, I just thought it'd be a cool thing to do for the nubs.

Not curently making any videos, I've been spending some time learning how to make them better instead, using Xvid and VirtualDub. There's more yet to learn, but thus far I've managed to pull off some pretty good results. Here's a before and after compression clip of part of Swamp: Before Compression Explorer Link http://media.putfile.com/Swamp--70/original Firefox Link http://media.putfile.com/Swamp--70/640 After Compression http://media.putfile.com/Swamp-After/640 I haven't decided if that's the final profile I want to use for compression, I may take the sharpness down a tad. It's basically about 20.6% of the original in file size, yet though it's enlarged from 512x384 to 640x480, it's very close in quality. As for the Volcano run through, already did that and posted it long ago, but it doesn't have in game sound, as that was before I bought Game Cam. I'm hearing from a friend that he's been getting Fraps to work with the same onboard audio I have with no audio sync probs since version 2.7.0 or so. I tried it back when it was 2.6.2, so I may give it another shot. If it wasn't the build version it's probably my intel chipset on my MB or my having only 1GB RAM. Volcano video http://www.gamingforums.com/showthread.php?t=218289&highlight=Ascension




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#6 12 years ago

You need more than 1 gig of RAM? I thought HD space was the most important thing. But I guess I can see how you'd be better off with another stick, seeing as all RAM does it store data for short periods of time, and working with lots of uncompressed video files would put all your RAM to work.

Again, great job on the videos. I hope you keep making more.:D




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#7 12 years ago
Captain AmerikaYou need more than 1 gig of RAM? I thought HD space was the most important thing.

Video editing is very CPU intensive, the RAM can help to share the load when your proc gets loaded up, and it often does.

I'll probably go AM2 dual core after it goes down in price, as I want to wait for DX10 anyway. I was just readind a review on the new Quad SLI stuff and the X1900XTX/X1900 Crossfire setup beat it on lots of the higher game settings on certain games because the Quads stuff is still too unstable. Probably just a driver thing like when dual SLI first came out.

"Beat" is actually a relative term though, cuz there were no spec given for the Quad on many high settings cuz it just wouldn't do anything I guess in certain circumstances. Nvidia is working out a way to make the Quad cards shorter and more efficient though, so it will likely improve a lot soon. Their backs are against the wall really after that Dell demonstration on it last year. They're suppposed to ship soon so they've got to do it quick.