I featured yesterday a couple of bits from Travis' very professional looking videos, and today I have more from him. Continuing the tradition of the blog ( Eva's posts from last year come to mind), we are always happy to offer suggestions and tips from experience of our group members, and he came up to me with this valuable selection. Take it from here, Travis!
"Thanks Kat, especially for this bogus intro that was not in the notecard I sent you but you add between quotation marks anyway."
- Ok, ok, I have split personality issues. Now enjoy what he really wrote. :p Going with the text, some more screenshots from his work, continuously in progress, that you can watch beginning from his Vimeo profile.
"I see that Serenity has already created an introduction to Machinima, but I thought a few additional tips and tricks might be handy."
Under General, make sure Fraps window always on top is checked, and Run Fraps when windows starts is unchecked. Then in the Movies tab, pick 30FPS from the VIdeo Capture Settings, then make sure Record Windows Sound and Record external input are both unchecked. Make sure Hide mouse cursor in video is checked as well."
"The average screen size is 1920 x 1080, which is total overkill and will result in either a huge filesize or it will get scaled down when you export from your video editing program. It will also be an unnecessary strain on your FPS. So in Firestorm, hit Ctrl + D to open the Advanced Menu, then pick Set Window Size. The dropdown shows you several common screen dimensions, and what their common format name is. I typically use 1280 x 720. Reducing this size before you record will drastically improve your framerate and reduce the size of the files you record."
"To get the best graphics quality with the minimum impact on your framerate, I set the graphics slider to Medium or High, then go to World > Photo and Video > Phototools > Light and check the box that says Enable Advanced Lighting Model. Then under Shadow Types, set it to Sun/Moon and Projectors."
And so, thank you Travis for providing more tips to all you guys out there who want to try your craft at shooting a video! It can be very simple, something new to check out especially if your hardware is not rubbish. Your favourite song, a cool dance, place, piece of furniture that makes you go "That'd be nice to film!". Who knows. This community is all about sharing and involving one another, after all.
Speaking of which, once more I tell you: if you want to contribute your own way to the blog, hit me up with even as little as a suggestion. It can work wonders, and I am very grateful to those of you who have done it in the past! Have a great day.