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Losman
19-11-2007, 10:12 PM
TXU Video Competition - November - 2007


Our latest writing competition introduced some new "talented writers" here at TXU, Congrats to the winners and all who competed.

Now its time for our Video specialists to show their 'talents"..

For all who wish to participate in this Competition, you will have *4 weeks to prepare a Video with these Guidelines:

*The Length of this competition has been extended..


General Rules

Entries must pertain to the X-Universe - and a Theme would be nice.
Entries Time limits should be 1 min or more, but not to exceed 5 min.
Entries must be unique, new works and not copied
(Copyright infringements will mean disqualification)
Entries must not be XXX rated or 18 rated (remember we have young pilots here)Type of video Format we recommend is DIVX as it is small and of good quality - we can recommend the following DIVX Websites where you can get FREE DIVX player & creator:

(Free) The DIVX website (player) is here: http://www.divx.com/

(Free) DIVX Creator:
http://labs.divx.com/DrDivX




Categories


There will be two categories ( Two different competitions)

- Screenshot video - (random or Theme based)

- Normal video - (story or theme based)



Entries must be recieved by January 2nd..Following which there will be a week for Judging and voting.. You can also check the TXU calendar link here (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/calendar.php) for more Information..

Entries should be posted in this thread..

If you have questions or concerns pertaining to the rules or this competition in general, please post them here..

The winners will get the special TXU Competition Winner badge to proudly display..Which will also give you access to the TXU Chartered Members Lounge...
There will also be a unique TXU email address up for grabs..



Good luck and above all have fun with it...

The Competition Team



Special thanks to SSwamp_trooper for providing the links to DIVX.
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[EDIT BY SSWAMP_TROOPER]

Following videos been submitted:

TheDeadlyShoe's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=89443&postcount=12)
Anon loyalist's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=90176&postcount=18)
exogenesis's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=91923&postcount=35)
SSwamp_Trooper's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=92000&postcount=40)
Mishra's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=92165&postcount=45)

SSwamp_Trooper
23-11-2007, 08:03 PM
I see you announced the competition, i just got back from London, 4 boring /tiring hours so i won't be jumping into the video editor just yet. i will make an attempt at this sometime, and hope others join.

NovaCatt
23-11-2007, 11:46 PM
Hiya Peeps, :wave:

@ Sswamp_Trooper.......
Hiya Mate,
Mate, With Your Vids, You're Sure To Win!! :p;):lol::grin:

I Would Have A Go, But I Don't Think My PC Could Hack It, Especially While Trying To Make A Vid Clip Amidst All The PPC Spam That Goes On Inna Cap. Ship Fight..... :cry:

I Was Doing A Kill Xenon Core 2 Mission Lastnight That Involved Half A Dozen J's & K's Loaded With PPC's, All Firing At Me........ :x
After The First Few Hits On My Shields, I Had An Mega Lagg-Fest....:shock::cry: {See My Siggie For My PC's Spec's}

Hmm..... Actually, I Think I Might Have A Go At This, After All....

Cheers & Thranx

SSwamp_Trooper
24-11-2007, 04:41 PM
A Guide to creating a video of x3 or x2.

Let me start of by saying that there are many ways to create a good video, i'm telling you my way.

1. Recording x3






- Software:
Many people use a program called FRAPS (http://www.fraps.com/). This program is brilliant, even as a trial version (there is no trial period, but there are limitations inplace). The free version can record for 30secs in AVI format, can take screenshots at a press of a button in jpeg format, and has an FPS counter at an optional corner of the screen which is not visible in the videos and screenshots.
The are other ways to record other than fraps, the way i used to record x3 or x2 before i heard of fraps was by recording to a VCR and back to my computer again via a TV tuner (which i don't have anymore). This way lets your computer run the game at the normal FPS (Which averages 80 fps on my machine, while fraps slows my computer to 10fps). However there are a lot of drawbacks, its time consuming, poor quality and is likely to go wrong. Its your choice, but most people can't do it this way as they don't have the required hardware.

[Example using FRAPS: CLICK HERE (http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1392395M9hzeddt)]
[Example using VCR: CLICK HERE (http://www.veoh.com/videos/v348025pzGyaETC) ]

- Recording using FRAPS
Well its simple to record, once your are ready to record press F9 and if you want a screenshot press F10. simple as that.- My tips on recording
When i started recording videos (not the screenshot ones), there wasn't much thought in them. And if there was a fighting scene, i was actually fighting.
[Example of a very basic fight scene= CLICK HERE (http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1527922qb46gnFd)]
Was i actually fighting?, were they actually enemies?. To answer both of them, NO. Instead they where my ships that i cheated in if I remember correctly using LV cheat scripts. i told the 3 busters to follow my TS, the TS was travelling to the trading station i think. while i was in the disco with the autopilot on following the ships and i was controlling the camera and pressing the fire button.
This may not have the same feel as actually fighting, but it is much easier to record battle scenes on the outside view. one alternative which i have done is to be in the inside of a buster and follow my ships attacking something, this way you get a much better action clip, but it is far more random and you maybe killed. On my video 'The humble merchant Ep1', at the end you see a silkworm missile coming towards me and i stopped it just before it hit me, well if i showed you the rest of the clip you would see my ugly ship blow up :furious:. So a bit of cheating there.
One last tip on recording, don't settle for one clip of something, as it may not fit the rest of your video or you might just have a boring one view of a scene. On my new video of the humble merchant, although you haven't seen it, you will see me and the novas and discoverers flying though a argon trading station through the rotating parts, i think i must of had 10+ 30secs of video on that one part, as i went though it at least 6 times with different viewpoints and two different ships.2. Editing and Creating a video







- Software
Well there are allsorts of video editors, These are some i use:
Windows movie maker (comes with any windows package)
I don't use much but it has got a few features which are usefull, if you create a video 7mins+ the program becomes increasing likely crashes or freezes. It has limited overlay capability and a difficult trimming and split function. Its a good beginner program.
MGI VideoWave 4 (Not Free)
This is the latest program i use as i can't find the other program i used to use: Intervideo WinDVD creator. VideoWave i was skeptic about before as i didn't have a good experience with it a couple of years ago, but since i was forced to use it, i found it to be an easy program to use in the end with alot of interesting features for instance you can have a video playing over a video. problems: it has an akward audio system, and you cannot convert into widescreen.
Intervideo WinDVD creator (Not Free as far as i know)
The program i have used for nearly all my videos, untill i lost the cd. The text function isn't very good but the precise editing ability is good. it is a versatile program.


- Tips and advice
None, all i can say is to experiment and you will get something good out.

3. Uploading
Well before uploading, there are a few things you need to know before hand.
Step by step guide:

Save it as a low quality format such as WMV
Play the video, and see if it is what you want it to be like, and plays correctly and garbled sound.
then....
Save your story board in the highest quality you can, normally mpeg.
Play it, make sure it works
Get your self a converter: Dr Divx (http://labs.divx.com/DrDivX)
Convert the video into .divx
Play it to see if it works correctly, you may need a DIVX (http://www.divx.com/) player.
Upload it to a video host such as Youtube (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/www.youtube.com), Veoh (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/www.veoh.com), Stage6 (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/www.stage6.com).
Alternative you can upload it for people to download such as Filefront (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/www.filefront.com) or if you have your own website a ftp download.
Then let people know about it :).

Phlt
24-11-2007, 04:59 PM
Nice one SST :)

When finished, it would be worth to add it to the Tuto section. ;)

SSwamp_Trooper
24-11-2007, 07:36 PM
Ok finished the guide.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=86481&postcount=4)

NovaCatt
25-11-2007, 08:20 AM
Hiya Peeps, :wave:

@ Sswamp_Trooper.........
Hiya Mate,
On Behalf Of Everybody Here:
Many Thranx, Young Sir, For taking time out of your busy schedule to help us all out, now I even have a chance of coming 2nd...... :p:rolleyes:;):lol:

Many, Many, Many Thranx For Writing That Extremely Comprehensive Guide!!!! O0 O0 O0 O0

Cheers & Thranx

FireStorm
01-12-2007, 12:17 AM
I just notice the video competition now and guessing it maybe a bit late to try but i'd really like to give it a bash. I've been messing around in 3ds Max with the X3 models (They really are amazing !!!) but i've only managed to produce a handful of still frame renders - getting the lighting and static engine exhaust effects to something that looks resonable has taken me days ! :(

But a 2 - 5 mins animation... ambitious to say the least! Then again, I just finished my Hons. year so i've got nothing better to do for now - yeah why not ! :)

Anon loyalist
01-12-2007, 03:43 PM
Have a go and by all means Firestorm, post your animations and stills. ;)
Just start up a new thread in here and post them :)
You may get more of a better reaction then you antisipate. 8)

Losman
01-12-2007, 06:35 PM
I just notice the video competition now and guessing it maybe a bit late to try but i'd really like to give it a bash. I've been messing around in 3ds Max with the X3 models (They really are amazing !!!) but i've only managed to produce a handful of still frame renders - getting the lighting and static engine exhaust effects to something that looks resonable has taken me days ! :(

But a 2 - 5 mins animation... ambitious to say the least! Then again, I just finished my Hons. year so i've got nothing better to do for now - yeah why not ! :)

For all contestants or users wanting to give this a try..

I'm extending the deadline for this competition by 1 week, deadline will now be Dec. 17th at midnight...:)

Also I adjusted the time limit from 2-5 mins to 1-5 mins..

So get to work, and get those video's posted by 17th of December..

Thanks

The Competition Team

Mokonzi
03-12-2007, 01:50 PM
Will be working on one soon guys, will post it when it's done.

If you get your movies done, email them to me and I'll upload them to the TXU server... (PM me for my email address when you are ready).

TheDeadlyShoe
13-12-2007, 03:48 AM
I have to say I had no idea this was going on, but put together a video over the past few days regardless. I was going to use it to promote my minimod, but the mod's not ready and I'm probably going to make another video anyway. With better lighting, and beer, and hookers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2b02GIs2AI

Unfortunately the audio desyncs a bit just because Youtube still has bugs to work out. Still, I think it works.

Anon loyalist
13-12-2007, 12:26 PM
Just watched the vid 'The DeadlyShoe', a great one to start off the compo ;)
Music was a good choice and the scene were you fly through that deatroyer was really good O0
You also used my favorite ship, the Elite ;)

I'll submit mine anytime soon to try and challenge yours 8)

Mokonzi
13-12-2007, 04:04 PM
Nice work matey indeed! O0

Mine is on it's way, but it's still at storyboard stage... :(

Losman
16-12-2007, 05:10 PM
Due to this busy time of the year for everyone, we have extended this competition's deadline to January 2nd of 2008.

That gives contestants another 2 weeks to prepare they're Video's, or people who thought about entering enough time to prepare an entry..

Thanks and Good luck.

The Competition Team

SSwamp_Trooper
16-12-2007, 05:20 PM
thanks, i haven't been able to make any videos recently.

Anon loyalist
16-12-2007, 08:06 PM
Ditto SSwamp_Trooper, should be able to submit mien tomorrow. :)

Anon loyalist
18-12-2007, 03:21 PM
This is my video for the compo
Watch which ever one your computer can take

http://downloads.thexuniverse.us/TXUCompetitions/Anomaly_Completed.wmv
http://downloads.thexuniverse.us/TXUCompetitions/Anomaly_Completed.divx

Just as promised, only a day late.
Enjoy......

D!S7RUG@7OR
18-12-2007, 03:46 PM
:shock::shock: you did that Anon :o...
I'm impressed and i did seen my name at final(uhhm...special fan :grin: )
Go Anon go go go!!!!:jump:


Cya ;)

Anon loyalist
18-12-2007, 03:47 PM
:rolleyes:Azn:angel:

Phlt
18-12-2007, 03:50 PM
Looks really good Anon. O0 I need a more powerful PC to enjoy it fully. :lol:

brb.

Anon loyalist
18-12-2007, 03:51 PM
Dont we all :lol:

D!S7RUG@7OR
18-12-2007, 03:55 PM
Looks really good Anon. O0 I need a more powerful PC to enjoy it fully. :lol:

brb.

:lol::lol:


Cya ;)

Phlt
18-12-2007, 04:54 PM
Ah ! Looks really better at home with my NVidia 8800 GTX ! :) :lol: :mrgreen:

Again, very good job !

Anon loyalist
18-12-2007, 05:46 PM
Ah ! Looks really better at home with my NVidia 8800 GTX !
Snob ;)

Phlt
18-12-2007, 05:49 PM
Snob ;)

lol ! :lol: :mrgreen: :lol:

.

MarcusX3
18-12-2007, 07:16 PM
im gona try a few in a day or two if thats ok?

Anon loyalist
18-12-2007, 08:28 PM
Please do, i think all the comp moderators would like it if more have a go. :)

Losman
18-12-2007, 11:48 PM
Very Nicely done Anon...:shock:

Bonus points for all those Boron ships..:grin: (I'm sure D!S7RUG@7OR will agree with me ..Azn) Kidding of course...


im gona try a few in a day or two if thats ok?

Yup, you have to the 2nd of next year...Sounds like a long time, but its creeping up on us.....:lol:


Losman

D!S7RUG@7OR
19-12-2007, 12:01 AM
Very Nicely done Anon...:shock:

Bonus points for all those Boron ships..:grin: (I'm sure D!S7RUG@7OR will agree with me ..Azn) Kidding of course...
Losman

Yep same to me and i'm fully agree with all around boron Rays and Hydra MkIII Vanguard :)...except the part when explode some of them :cry::cry: (if i was me over there those Kha'ak will never want to meet me >:D )

Long live the Kingdom ;)


Cya ;)

J VORTEX
21-12-2007, 05:05 PM
Nice job Anon Loyalist that was fun to watch. I can't even get the print screen to work in the game lol

Anon loyalist
21-12-2007, 05:37 PM
;) cheers bud. What software do you use?

J VORTEX
26-12-2007, 06:07 PM
Hi,
If you were talking to me I have
pen 4 processer
nvidia 512 vid card
2 g ram
on XP Pro

It down and needs reformated because it was not playing with nice pc's lol . maybe I fix next week, I need to find my mother board cd for on board sound card.

Anon loyalist
26-12-2007, 08:20 PM
Well, try to have ago, the team would appreciate it if more people had a go :)

exogenesis
28-12-2007, 08:32 PM
Thought I'd have a go:

http://www.Exogenesis.co.uk/Olympos.jpg

'Olympos' 720x576 (divx 32 MBytes) (http://www.Exogenesis.co.uk/Olympos.divx)

low quality version:
'Olympos' 320x240 (small divx 10 MBytes) (http://www.Exogenesis.co.uk/Olympos_Small.divx)

and poor quality, for those who haven't downloaded the Divx player in the OP:
'Olympos' 320x240 (windows-media wmv 8 MBytes) (http://www.Exogenesis.co.uk/Olympos.wmv)

Don't think any of the music is still copyright ?

D!S7RUG@7OR
28-12-2007, 08:43 PM
Hiya exogenesis :wave:,

Nice job matey O0 it looks really good that Olympos,but I would not know about the copyright.



PS:Rep for you 8)

Cya ;)

SSwamp_Trooper
28-12-2007, 09:48 PM
i think i've finished my video tonight, so i should be uploading it tommorow.

exogenesis
28-12-2007, 11:59 PM
Cheers D!S7RUG@7OR,
I think the music authors all died before the c.office granted one,
good edit btw :angel: ;)

Anon loyalist
29-12-2007, 09:11 AM
I take my hat off to you ;)

At first i thought it was a little cheezey, but i like cheese :)
The rest of the shots and angles were spot on.
Ditto Destroyer, Rep from me O0

SSwamp_Trooper
29-12-2007, 11:31 AM
This is my attempt, I didn't take any special video clips for this video. i just used the videos and pictures i had laying around my computer as i don't have access to x3 or XTM because of the pirates mod.

http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/images/misc/download.gif (http://dodownload.filefront.com/9344991//3667cbaf0ba60ff3b06f53b8ea44502ec6781f3c73ceda7136 919b5fca1176bb6e14cc5f3fbbd698) - Main download Place, filefront

http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/images/misc/download.gif (http://www.xtended-docklands.thexuniverse.com/Videos/The%20X%20Universe.divx) - Mirror download from XTended Docklands

Or watch it on you tube: Click HERE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI1IoMUNTT0)

Anon loyalist
29-12-2007, 12:46 PM
Cool, Good choice of song, good footage and i like the stills at the end O0
I miss the old XBTF :cry:
I liked it mate

SSwamp_Trooper
29-12-2007, 03:03 PM
Just to list the videos that have been submitted so you haven't missed any of them:

TheDeadlyShoe's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=89443&postcount=12)
Anon loyalist's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=90176&postcount=18)
exogenesis's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=91923&postcount=35)
SSwamp_Trooper's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=92000&postcount=40)

D!S7RUG@7OR
29-12-2007, 03:29 PM
I think they will be the nominees for TXU Video Competition.
May the best video to win :grin:
If you want to post your video hurry up because are just 4 days till 2 January ;).
Btw nice video Sswamp_Trooper,i love those Reapers O0


Cya ;)

Losman
29-12-2007, 04:46 PM
Just to list the videos that have been submitted so you haven't missed any of them:

TheDeadlyShoe's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=89443&postcount=12)
Anon loyalist's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=90176&postcount=18)
exogenesis's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=91923&postcount=35)
SSwamp_Trooper's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=92000&postcount=40)

Thanks SST..;) for The helpful post ^^^..

I have seen the first three and there all very good..Will check yours out pronto...:grin:

Losman

Mishra
30-12-2007, 10:51 AM
Had some old footage and XTM-logo tests lying around wich didn't make it into the Xtended 0.7 trailer last year. Some of it wasn't ready and some was cut due to something. Rounded it up and put some music underneath. Seems like some of it is in widescreen and got squashed a little... anyway, here it is. :grin:

http://www.thexuniverse.us/downloads/Xtended07.wmv [32Mb]

Re-encoded in 4:3 to get rid of the widescreen effect. No further changes. Downloadlink remains the same.

SSwamp_Trooper
30-12-2007, 11:49 AM
WOW :shock:

D!S7RUG@7OR
30-12-2007, 12:13 PM
I think we know our winner :shock::shock:


Cya :shock:

Anon loyalist
30-12-2007, 01:31 PM
I hate to say this but... MISHRA is the Compo winner!!!!! :(

That was truely awesome that, fantastic. I couldn't believe the... smoothness and the, the.... I'm gonna go off and cry now ;)

Mokonzi
30-12-2007, 02:01 PM
I think we might all give up now... :(

Losman
30-12-2007, 02:30 PM
Holy smokes...that was really good Mishra...:grin:

I was playing around with Fraps last night, But after seeing that ^^^ I think I would embarrass myself by posting it..:mrgreen:

Just to list the videos that have been submitted so you haven't missed any of them:

TheDeadlyShoe's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=89443&postcount=12)
Anon loyalist's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=90176&postcount=18)
exogenesis's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=91923&postcount=35)
SSwamp_Trooper's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=92000&postcount=40)
Mishra's Video (http://www.thexuniverse.us/downloads/Xtended07.wmv)



Nice work on all the entries..( 3 days left)..
Losman

2Blackhawk
30-12-2007, 02:39 PM
Wow great video!:xtmflag:

SSwamp_Trooper
30-12-2007, 03:36 PM
Updated the video index, hope you don't mind:
http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/showthread.php?postid=92229#post92229

Anon loyalist
30-12-2007, 04:39 PM
Cool O0