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*disclaimer, before you ask questions, read through it, see if it's answered, if you feel that it's not as clear as it should be, state which part of it, and why it isn't clear or basics of what you don't like about the tutorial, and i'll try to adjust it, but not guarenteeing that i'll change it just because anyone says so, hehe, but i'll respect the viewing comments of everyone as well. Thanks everyone!*<br />
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new member 101, read this, and smile, because when ur done, ur "on the way" of being one of the many 31337 videotographers of halo pc, ce, etc and various other games.<br />
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I am Le_Loup, -=RM=-Le_Loup to be exact, and i've made 10-20 halo videos, some long, some short, mostly about stunts, or random stuff. But lets think up a simple video sequence.<br />
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So you want to make a video, right?<br />
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You want to do it, but arn't sure how people record it?<br />
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Few things then,<br />
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What you need before you make a movie is this, or at least a few of these.<br />
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Recording Programs<br />
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1. Fraps (trial or full if purchased, used to run in background, and film a game, during gameplay).<br />
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2. GameCam (good program also, however, I recomend fraps over it, to gather sound and video footage @ same time).<br />
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Video Editing Programs<br />
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1. Windows Movie Maker<br />
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2. Adobe Premiere (regular, pro, or elements will suffice, but only for pro's)<br />
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3. Sony Vegas (I'm not sure how to use it yet, but it's similar to the style of adobe and windows movie maker, so not 2 hard to figure out).<br />
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Media Players to play it (depending save type)<br />
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1. Windows Media Player<br />
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2. Quicktime<br />
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3. Real player<br />
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Ok Step 1, get coffee, pizza, chips, pop, or whatever your lan party or online gaming party food to boot, should be. Smile<br />
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Step 2,<br />
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Gather some friends online, or prepare to join some random games,<br />
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Step 3, Load fraps, have it minimized, nothing much, pick where you want the videos to be saved, settings, etc, (if it's the most recent, max it, no difference in quality really...).<br />
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Step 4, Load choice game, (halo pc, example)<br />
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Step 5, Go into whatever server you want, or make your own, stunts or prepare for ownage,<br />
*note, being on another server = lag = odd vids, however your own server if possible = no lag, PING lag that is, but if your have a not so great video card, expect some video slow downs....expected when recording the game to your harddrive while using your harddrive to play....*<br />
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Step 6, use fraps (usually F9 key) to record then stop recording, different points which you think are cool, etc. (your the videotographer, you get to pick EVERYTHING hehehe).<br />
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Step 7, leave the game, and open the folder you saved the videos to (default is where you installed fraps, otherwise, wherever you saved it to).<br />
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Watch the video files in say, windows media player (presuming you used fraps, these are .avi's, basic video format, easily useable in windows media player 9 or 10).<br />
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Then delete the ones "you don't want", and do note that they are randomly numbered, even though they are dated, etc.<br />
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Ok, So now you've created video files, maybe some screenshots along the way, but wait, your either A. confused, or B. all set to make a video, but unsure of what's next?<br />
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Lets see,<br />
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Windows XP usually comes with WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER, so i'd suggest you open it up, by going to the START MENU, then PROGRAM FILES, then ACCESSORIES, then it should be somewhere there, (default that is...).<br />
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Load it up, and go to the COLLECTIONS tab.<br />
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This is where you literally drag ALL YOUR VIDEOS to.<br />
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Default, this might be confusing at first... but take a moment and re read this part if you need to.<br />
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Default in windows movie maker, when draging multiple video clips in, (easy, select, and literally drag into the center of it). The videos will go into their seperate COLLECTIONS FOLDER, with the name of the folder being the same as the video file name.<br />
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Now don't panic, they didn't disapear or go somewhere else, they are each individually in another folder of their own INSIDE WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER.<br />
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*example of the collections area with various folders, etc*<br />
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<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/Le_Loup/WMMOrganizing101.jpg" border="0" alt="" onload="NcodeImageResizer.createOn(this);" /><br />
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You can now drag them all individually into say, the top folder, or something, Smile Just to, work with it easier.<br />
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Now that you have your video's in windows movie maker, and you just want to throw it all together, and call it a vid when saving it? well hold it right there partner, hehe. You can't just throw em together and call it a vid now can you? Yes it's a sequence of clips like any other video, but what about timing? presentation? Intro? credits? O_O Don't forget possible bloopers!<br />
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Ok, even though i'm a stunt video maker, here's a concept, basic and simple.<br />
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For the "average" pwnage video i've seen, they've always had this "theme"<br />
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Intro : *Your UserName Here* 's 31337 (eleet) pwnage, or random or ownage video, (various other terms can be used, heck, get a dictionaire if you want to get different words for it).<br />
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Introduce the video, basic fun parts, nothing much, at most 20 seconds (don't want ppl reading for what might be the entire vid now do you? Because you want to keep their interests fast!).<br />
(Check the menu's to add a new title / intro, and fill in the blanks there).<br />
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Ah the middle, the content, lovely.<br />
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Middle: Centerpiece, sorta like the main course in a turkey dinner, or christmas dinner, all sorta of goodies, various tastes and food delights, etc.<br />
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Ok, so your not sure how to order the video's? Ok, so what? just drag them to the timeline, and presto, they are there, now that they are in, lets just pause for now, and go rap up some basic credits.<br />
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Regarding Credits, just add in some credits, Special thanks to whoever, what gametypes you may have used, maps, honor bungie of course, hehe, and also, check out the fact that you made it, this is your creation, so thank everyone for checking it out, or just say, "the end" and leave it at that if your not sure of what to do.<br />
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Now halo movies usually have some form of audio involved, usually hard rock, rap, or the odd silly music (like mine sometimes). But what i've discovered is a trend of some of linkin parks music is exceptionally well developed, not just music, but I mean, it's a concert, it's wow, but that's my opinion and i'm an audiophile etc.<br />
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Pick a song, OR<br />
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just drag a dozen songs into your collection folder, (they all go to one folder, fyi), and you can use WMA or MP3 in windows movie maker.<br />
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<font color="orange"><b>*Note, wma or mp3 VARIABLE BITRATE makes the song STRANGELY LONG, use 128,160,192,224,256,320kbps rates preferably only*</b></font><br />
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Now since you have various mp3's or wma's, in windows movie maker now (or just one), go to the beginning of your timeline (far left), and drag a mp3 or wma to the music "line" on the timeline, and move it to WHERE you want it to START.<br />
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Now in the menu when you select the audio file that's in the timeline, you can pick in the menu, if you want the music to suddenly be there, OR fade in/out, or volume (louder, quieter, etc).<br />
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Now i've typed alot of stuff here, and basically you can (in the preview window of windows movie maker) click PLAY now, and test it out, see if it's "right" for you, and you can adjust it to your hearts content, (or until you fall asleep) hehe.<br />
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And final note, TO SAVE the video, for the HIGHEST QUALITY (so it's saved in high definition approximately, but at the same time, you can resave in any format at a later time).<br />
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Go to the FILE MENU, select SAVE AS, then, pick location to save it (folder), then choose the name (USERNAME, Pwnage Video).<br />
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BUT do not save yet, to actually get the HIGHEST quality, I have a screenshot of the "ok" quality, but you can max it out still.<br />
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<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/Le_Loup/bitrate.jpg" border="0" alt="" onload="NcodeImageResizer.createOn(this);" /><br />
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Once you pick the bitrate, I suggest 2.1mbps (or as close to it as you can), so that you can have the highest quality and resave it to anything lower as it might be required for other websites.<br />
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But after writing this out, all comments would be great, so I can update, make notes, etc.<br />
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Respectfully, And A New Addition to the HaloPc.net Forum,<br />
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-=RM=-Le_Loup<br />
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Credits go to Me, because I created this tutorial from scratch.<br />
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Again, all updates and suggestions will be taken to heart, and thoughtfully adjusted, and discussed as required, Thanks all!<br />
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*Side note, if anyone has seen this posted on halopce.com, it's because I created it there, and it's my tutorial, just finalizing that* <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Thats great but you should post this as a Faq <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
 

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*um where*<br />
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Sorry man, I looked, and I must have had a brain fart.... any thoughts?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">*um where*<br />
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Sorry man, I looked, and I must have had a brain fart.... any thoughts?</div>

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</div>Go into the Faqs section under Software, you will see faqs on the right hand side then click new answer and go from there.
 

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Sweet! now noobs can make vids!! Great tutorial <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 
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