Our Adventure into Video!

So, I’ve been talking for a while about trying to capture gameplay videos for the site. Well, I finally got a rig that can handle what I’m throwing at it, and I’ve spent 3 days learning things like how to record, simple editing, and the most important, how to encode the videos in the best way to deliver them on the web. I’ve tried services like Youtube and Viddler, and even creating an .flv file locally and embedding it right here on our site. The benefit of doing it myself is that I control how much of the original video’s quality is retained during encoding, where you don’t really have that control on the other services. I’ll give you the examples below.

The first video is from our account on Viddler.com. It does look pretty good, but if you blow it up, the loss of quality becomes apparent.

Viddler

This one is using an .FLV that I created before I uploaded it to Viddler, and for some reason, it didn’t retain widescreen (you may want to go fullscreen).

FLV to Viddler
So, that’s where we’re at so far. I hope to have some MLB 2k10 and MLB 10 The Show footage ready for the site soon after we get the games for review.

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  • I wouldn’t recommend using Viddler at all. First, you aren’t allowed to upload gaming footage to their site. And second cause the quality is obviously crap. YouTube while most popular is still the best IMO. The HD turns out incredibly well. Using the Intensity Pro here are my settings for when I upload and it turns out amazing quality:

    Name: YouTube
    Description: H.264 video at 12 Mbps with AAC 44.1kHz audio
    File Extension: mov
    Estimated size: 5.15 GB/hour of source
    Audio Encoder
    AAC, Stereo (L R), 44.100 kHz
    Video Encoder
    Format: QT
    Width: 1280
    Height: 720
    Pixel aspect ratio: Square
    Crop: None
    Frame rate: 30
    Codec Type: H.264
    Multi-pass: On, frame reorder: On
    Pixel depth: 24
    Spatial quality: 50
    Min. Spatial quality: 50
    Temporal quality: 50
    Min. temporal quality: 50
    Average data rate: 12.288 (Mbps)
    Maximum data rate: 12.288 (Mbps)

  • Anonymous

    Raven FTW! The videos look good.

  • Looks good. “Stop shooting me!”
    The edge of the second video is cut off by the right side of the page (Recent Podcast, Psnation team, etc.) I can’t see the full screen button

  • Vedderist

    wow that capture card is working a treat. Great Job.

  • madeup6

    Yeah Direct Action for that win!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vedderist

    wow that capture card is working a treat. Great Job.

  • madeup6

    Yeah Direct Action for that win!!!!!!!!!!!!