Back when I walked uphill both ways to get to Molten Core – I used to do video recording for my guild. Back before the days of YouTube, when you uploaded your video for sharing via FileFront, I was somewhat prolific with FRAPS and Adobe Premiere Elements. At some point several years ago, I ran out of the time that was required to produce the videos, and it fell to the wayside.
However, when someone mentioned yesterday that it would be interesting to see snippets of people’s UIs in combat, I decided that perhaps I would dust off my director’s chair and play around with some video again. I mean, I still have a fully liscened copy of FRAPS. I had already been waffling with updating my Adobe programs for several…years and decided to go ahead and upgrade the software, although mostly for the photoshop aspect (seriously huge upgrade, I was running Premiere Elements v. 2 – and upgraded to v. 9! That should tell you how longs it’s been since I’ve played around with this stuff!).
Here I was – capture software, editing software and a shiny new YouTube account all in hand.
I logged in, and headed out to Durotar to try and get a short snippet of my UI in combat (the AV queue failed me, so I was resigned to having to get a raid shot during trash this week). I had remembered the basics of how FRAPS worked, I had remembered the basics of how Premiere worked. Surely it would be like riding a bike and all come back to me, right?
Apparently in the (*starts counting on hands*) five (?) years since I’ve done any WoW video capture a lot has changed! But because I think it might be fun to have some guild videos again, and maybe do some things here on the blog with video, it’s something that I’m toying with spending some time becoming re-acquainted to handle. And what that means is that I have some questions for those of you out there that have some experience with in game video capture.
- Is FRAPS still the best video capture program for WoW, or is there something better out there?
- My frame rate in Durotar plummeted to almost an unplayable rate, so I can’t imagine what it would be like in a raid setting. What are the ideal settings for FRAPS to ensure that you do not have too much loss of functionality in game?
- For my editing software I need to capture Full Screen or I will run into quality issues – but I recorded at 60 fps, and I’m wondering if I shouldn’t drop that down to 30, or lower?
- What are the recommended computer (PC) settings for video capture?
- Is there a certain amount of memory that you should be running if you intend to try to do video capture?
- Is there a way to have a paid subscription on YouTube that is advert free, and offers priority uploads?
- In my minimal research last night it seems that FRAPS and Premiere no longer play particularly nicely together, however I did find a way to get a fairly crisp HD video uploaded to youtube, has anyone else had negative experiences with Premiere making FRAPS recordings blurry to the point they aren’t usable?
- I used to have to convert/compress my AVI files to a smaller file type to upload, is this still required?
- Note: I was able to upload directly to YouTube from within the Premiere program last night, at several quality settings, I think that this probably handled this for me – and running my video through a compressor like DivX isn’t necessarily required anymore?
- In some of the limited research I did last night, I saw some people that use Premiere running conversions/compressions through QTPro. Does anyone have experience with this? Is it needed? Is it something that is worth picking up and using?
- If I want to do Narration, can you recommend a voice recording software?
- Someone on Twitter mentioned a program called Audacity.
- And lastly – does anyone have any good resource websites or books that they’d recommend?
While I intend to trudge my way through the information I can find, any recommendations or suggestions are more than welcome!
I did manage to snag some footage of my solo UI for our UI discussion thread, and I’ve added the video to my Power Auras post so people could see my auras in action. But since you’ve stuck with me so far, I thought that I’d share the video here as well. (Note – you may have to actually click through to YouTube for a better resolution and picture, as the embed seemed blurry in my power auras post. I’m still learning how all this stuff works!)