I recorded another timed Culling of Strat run for a video, using Fraps at full screen quality 30 FPS.
My hard drive did not eat it this time.
The damn thing was 43 gig in size.
Running length, 23 minutes. Almost two bloody gig a minute. And I don’t even record in-game audio, because I do a voiceover afterwards.
The single biggest obstacle to creating videos for you that I face is compression.
I’m using an open source program called VirtualDub that is very, very good. It sees what codecs you have installed on your system for video compression and includes those as options. It also lets you line up multiple AVI files in sequence, add an audio file and merge it all together.
My issue is I can’t find a compression codec to use that reduces the files size small enough to be realistic, and still look fairly clean.
I’ve got DivX installed, and I have used it in the past, but for some reason it will not work now. The codec, when selected, does not like the video file, and I have no idea why.
I’m trying different things, and right now I’m using a different codec that is reducing the 43 gig down to about 230 MB, which is some serious compression. My only concern is the picture isn’t as clean as I recall DivX being, and as I said… it’s still something like 250 MB in size, which is too big for YouTube hosting.
The video voiceover and recording is done, I just need to nail down the best compression to use.
I’m a neophyte to this stuff. Are there any experts out there that can help with suggestions or advice on this stage?
If so, I’d be much obliged.
Oh, and regardless, I’d expect to see a Bear video up later tonight at some point after I get home from work. It’s done, it just needs uploading somewhere that can handle it.
Edit: The YouTube video posted by Sythe proved to be the near perfect solution for all my concerns. The video explanation was excellent, the YouTube post itself contained links to all the files and sotfware he used during the tutorial, and for more information I was able to go straight to the written tutorial he developed the video from. Very solid for future videos.
Wait, why future videos?
I’ll freaking tell you why.
Because I made the mistake a long time ago of thinking that playing games on a widescreen monitor displayed at 1440 x 900 was an acceptable choice.
When I record, any recording uses the 1440 x 900 settings. And the core issue why my video compression keeps not working, is that the methods (DivX, H.264, etc) that are clean and modern (modern, HAH!) can’t handle that resolution.
They give me errors telling me that the width must be in multiples of 12, and fail.
The H.246 based compression run I did last night not only failed, but actually took Windows Explorer down and crashed my system just opening the folder the finished product was in… 4 times in a row.
Now, this is where I keep coming back to the fact that i clearly don’t know what the f(&*^ they’re talking about, because when I divide 1440 by 12, I get an even number, 120. That tells me that 1440 is a multiple of 12. And 900, divided by 12, is 75. Damn me, but that also looks like a whole number result, a multiple of 12.
So, second video run is full of fail.
I’m doing two things right now, and then I’m moving on with my life, having lost an entire week of free time in the evenings screwing with this video.
I made the movie using a crappy compression codec that had the virtue of, like, working. The resulting file size was almost 500 MB, though. I’m uploading that to FileFront, so at least I can have that available for people to download and watch if there is an interest. It is watchable, it’s just not up to my spoiled standards.
The other thing I’m doing is swapping out my beautiful, precious widescreen monitor for the standard I’ve got, and I’ll change my screen resolution settings, and try another video with the new settings and see if it works better.
For now, though, I’m moving forward with other stuff. Too much frustration from trying to do things that magically don’t work for me when other people don’t even mention ever having a problem on the internet make me too nutso.