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Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 4:53:09 PM   
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Ok my fresh faced recruits welcome to Basic Training.

First off let me say that I am not placing myself as the repository of all knowledge, and I'm sure that many veterans might cringe at my efforts to provide (hopefully not erroneous) material. I know, I feel a bit of reticence actually putting myself out there too ...

Many of you know me as a Tracker programmer & WITP / AE devotee. I am not currently engaged in a game and consider myself to be still learning the new system - so please bring to my attention any errors I make.

These tutorials as initially focused on getting absolute new players familiar with the various interface commands, but will hopefully be expanded to include more complex issues later.

It is not filled out yet, but it is a beginning and I hope over the coming weeks to include more advanced topics after the basics are worked out.

The video's are not full video mode and are only captured at 9 frames / sec to keep their size reasonable. The hum in the background is my CPU fan going crazy, but I'll endeavour to refine my tutorials and buy a proper mic at some stage.

If anyone else wants to help, you can download some video capture software, I'm using Camtasia Studio (which has a 30 day trial) and give it a go ... I'll give you rights to collaborate and you can upload your material too (PM me)

Like many information projects (wiki) that have started, this might run a quick course too, but I hope not. Give me some suggestions and I'll see what I can do.

I don't believe I am infringing on the game software rights, but if I am please tell me and I'll take the material down.

You can have a look here:- http://sites.google.com/site/n01487477/Home

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 5:14:36 PM   
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Great idea. Thats exactely the stuff many newbees will welcome.

If I may throw in some constructive critizism I'd try to set the noise of your mouse clicking to 0 and also try to avoid running a tea boiler in the background (first video). It took me a while but I guess it's not a boiler but the fan of your PC. You really need to clean this one. ;)

Maybe you can also improve the frame rate and try not to move the center of attention around. Just the window running the program should be better for orientation. If this means too much data (filesize) you could use youtube for hosting.

Actually this sounds now like a lot of critique but I really like the stuff you've done here.

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 5:29:23 PM   
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Hell---"stuff newbies will welcome."  This older player (trying to get a firm grasp of this monster) greatly appreciates the work and PLEASE add more! 

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 5:41:55 PM   
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This is a really good idea, and one I'd be happy to contribute to, as hopefully would others - but I do think the YouTube solution for the storage would work better.

Hows about a requests section, and then people could do them as they are requested, and as they feel they know how to do it - and a common naming convention to YouTube and Robert is your uncle?


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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 5:50:31 PM   
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Thanks guys for the support, I agree that YouTube might have been a better solution, with an index page which I'll manage (or not - if this thread does that)...

I'll buy a mic tomorrow and see about revamping what I've done already and see if I can expand into other areas as well.

Cheers

--Damian--

PS. Good to see you JohnIII, I'm sure I'll be dealing with your economy in the near future

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 5:52:23 PM   
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wow.... this sounds great (newbie speaking)
too bad the fire wall at my office blocks this site..
now the question is how can I leave work early to see this..

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 5:55:20 PM   
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Nicely done. My only critique is on waypoints. Refueling options are a must. Inertia is the enemy of initiative, I respect your effort here.

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 5:59:31 PM   
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Wow!

BTW, I'm not so sure it's a good idea to use the YouTube format because that might squeeze the videos into a smaller size.

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 6:30:14 PM   
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nicely done,but videos seem to get stuck? or its my player =/

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 6:46:49 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: n01487477

Thanks guys for the support, I agree that YouTube might have been a better solution, with an index page which I'll manage (or not - if this thread does that)...

I'll buy a mic tomorrow and see about revamping what I've done already and see if I can expand into other areas as well.

Cheers

--Damian--

PS. Good to see you JohnIII, I'm sure I'll be dealing with your economy in the near future


Damian,

THANKS SOOOOOOO MUCH! You are correct. I am sure that I will find new and exciting ways to toally screw-up the Japanese economy very SOON!

Nice work as always with this. You have been a great credit to our Forum and I greatly appreciate your work and help.


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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 7:55:52 PM   
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Excellent idea and effort, but the graphic resolution will need to be a bit better.

Thanks,

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 8:20:09 PM   
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Just saw your tutorials. Brilliant!! A great tutorial group.



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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 8:34:07 PM   
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Now I know to make a "continuous supply".  It has bedeviled me that I couldn't get that to work in my games.  Thank you.

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 9:38:00 PM   
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Really great Damian, but i would also like to see at least small improvements in sound and
graphic quality. Can´t you double the bitrate ? Files should still be not too big.
The idea is VERY good as this thread shows.

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/20/2010 11:47:11 PM   
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I own the game since 2 weeks now and honnestly, I was desperate cause too much thing that I dont know how to... Your videos are priceless for me, THANKS!!!!!

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 12:16:23 AM   
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Don't worry Damian, John will try to see if I can help. When I cannot, then we will move up the food chain to Q-Ball and Mike S. before we come to you. 

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 1:27:29 AM   
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Ok guys,
I've taken your suggestions on board. I'll remaster these video's in full motion and improve the sound over the next few days, as well as look for a better location to upload them.

Any suggestions from the choir as to what you'd like me to do next?



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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 1:40:35 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: n01487477

Ok guys,
I've taken your suggestions on board. I'll remaster these video's in full motion and improve the sound over the next few days, as well as look for a better location to upload them.

Any suggestions from the choir as to what you'd like me to do next?




Can you do something about the accent...

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 1:46:30 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: n01487477

Ok guys,
I've taken your suggestions on board. I'll remaster these video's in full motion and improve the sound over the next few days, as well as look for a better location to upload them.

Any suggestions from the choir as to what you'd like me to do next?




Can you do something about the accent...



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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 1:59:05 PM   
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Ok guys,
I've taken your suggestions on board. I'll remaster these video's in fps and improve the sound over the next few days, as well as look for a better location to upload them.

Any suggestions from the choir as to what you'd like me to do next?

Can you do something about the accent...

I can't sing (and apparently now - talk)

Did a few more today, just filling out some things & wasting time. I think I'll just do them now and later go back and make them better when I find a good solution, as I looked at YouTube and Photobucket but nothing gave me quality I wish for esp. at full screen. I got a mic and I think the sound quality is at least better now.

Cheers
Damian

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 3:09:36 PM   
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These are excellent - many thanks
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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 3:14:23 PM   
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These are an excellent idea!

very well done


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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 6:59:36 PM   
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Have you had a look at Jing? Windows and Mac versions free and will upload to the Jing 'cloud'.

http://www.jingproject.com/

May be just what you need.

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 9:07:02 PM   
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Bit of screen capture using Jing, seeing if the quality is better. No sound recorded, was just looking at video quality.


Screencap

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 9:31:05 PM   
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Jing does a good job, I think, in capturing the screen, but the associated web storage is not very useful - far too limited. By saving it locally as a .swf file and putting it into in a shared Google Docs location to download....

Google docs new storage system

Any opinions?

Roger

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 9:50:49 PM   
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Camtasia is very good. The Bitrate is the problem. A bit higher for both
Video and Audio and it will be a dream to look at. The question is if the increased filesize
and the expected traffic will be a problem. Why can´t Matrix host these files ??
Youtube can never show the details we need in such a small window. Lol, i would need a microscope....

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 11:27:14 PM   
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Your mission, Mr Phelps, is to top this tutorial video. If you or any member of your team is compromised, we will disavow any knowledge of your tutorial.

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/21/2010 11:39:49 PM   
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Your mission, Mr Phelps, is to top this tutorial video. If you or any member of your team is compromised, we will disavow any knowledge of your tutorial.


smokin' a butt while pushing chits? THAT is so COOL! i'd be worried about a loose "meteorite" burning a hole in the terrain, though...

edit: forgot to mention that pushing chits, smokin' a butt AND wearing sunglasses is also badass...

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/22/2010 2:12:43 AM   
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from a newbies point of view..
one word
AWESOME !!

thanks !
major help for me

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RE: Some Basic Training Video Tutorials - 1/22/2010 2:21:26 AM   
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Helluva an idea! Thanks!

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