Self Destruct: Video

I created a video for Self Destruct, mostly to test out some stuff for the Ciellus trailer:

I’ve still got a few problems to fix, but it’s at least turned out better than the Camtasia capture 🙂

Anybody know anything about video codecs? What’s the best one to use to preserve crisp graphics and high framerate?

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  1. Shinji16 on June 12th, 2008

    A lot of LP’ers (Let’s Play: where people play games and comment on them. Search YouTube for examples) use CamStudio, which is what I’ve been using for my videos. I’ve had trouble with the sound, but I think that’s a personal hardware issue, and not an issue with the program. Camstudio is a free program, and also has it’s own codec, which is a breeze to install. Email me with any questions shinji@thieves.org

  2. Conor on June 12th, 2008

    I find FRAPS is the best program for capturing games. WMV is a good format for a high-quality but small file size. You can use windows media encoder to make .wmv files. Of course these days people expect videos to be on YouTube or some other flash player, which means it will be horrible quality.

    Self destruct is great by the way. Get’s my vote (one of my votes anyway) in the contest.

  3. Shinji16 on June 12th, 2008

    Oh gosh, where are my manners… I forgot to say the game kicks ass. Job well done.

    Also, Conor, I would have brought up FRAPS but it has been nothing but a nightmare to me. I can’t get it to run… period. Camstudio, first time no issues. Other vid-cap software also gave me the biggest headaches in the world. *shrug* Maybe it’s just me, who knows…

  4. Terry on June 13th, 2008

    Cheers, both of you 🙂

    I probably should have been more descriptive with the post – what I’m actually looking for is a video compression codec, not a screen recorder – I really want to get as close to as perfect quality as possible with the Ciellus video, so I’ve been messing about with recording keystrokes in game, then outputting single frames in a playback along with a soundcue file. The video above is my first experiment with that!

    I’ve managed to preserve the high frame rate, but unfortunately, the codec I used to compress the video (It’s DivX 4 high motion or something like that) has too much of an impact, making things a bit blurry. There’s also a sound sync issue, but that’s a separate thing I’m looking at 🙁

    Anyway, I’ll work it out, I’m sure 🙂

    Fraps I’ve tried, but I’ve never had much success recording my own games with it – I don’t think it likes Allegro’s screenmodes. And Camtasia/Camstudio is excellent (I used it for the Art of Theft playthrough), but it can’t really handle anything above 30fps 🙁

  5. Shinji16 on June 13th, 2008

    Ah… sorry to have misunderstood. Usually DIVX is what gets used, but beyond that I have no idea.

    Also: http://youtube.com/watch?v=SSDCpV87MLs

    Better one will be up soon, as I’m averaging around 100 waves, so who knows…

    Anyways, thanks again for an awesome game, and good luck in the compo!

  6. Terry on June 13th, 2008

    I like your Mediocre Tatsujin concept 🙂 Nice video capture too!

  7. Shinji16 on June 14th, 2008

    “I like your Mediocre Tatsujin concept”

    *blushes* Thank you! I’m going to be putting a lot more up in the next few days, so keep an eye out. Also, please feel free to contribute! I’m debating making a new YT account just for the vids, so they’ll all be posted under one channel, or something like that…

    As for the video capture, that’s good ol’ Camstudio, then rendered in Windows Movie maker.

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