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That was a pretty good video capture job, but the frame rate of the movie is too high, it looks a lot like those early B&W movies from the 1920's.

Not bad overall. Glad to see someone else is trying to make movies out of CM.

What software did you use to grab the video?

Gyrene

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Ich verwendete Altavista für diese Übersetzung, also klingt sie vermutlich sehr lustig.

Der Film schaut gut, aber er spielt zu schnelles, Sie muß die Feldkinetik unten drehen.

Was Software pflegten Sie, den Bildschirm vom Spiel zu erfassen?

Gyrene

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I used Altavista to write all that Germanese, so it's bound to be hilarious to anyone who actually speaks German.

Goanna, I've used Snapz Pro with CM with good success.

Gyrene

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Gyrene, I know you can get the clips with Snapz Pro, but do you know if there is a way to paste them together end to end to make a movie of longer than one minute?

I thought it would be kinda cool to lock view to (say) a particular tank on view 2 and get about 5 minutes worth of movie all together.

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Goanna, there are several different ways to splice your movies together, the cheapest way would be with QuickTime Pro & iMovie.

Here's one I put together with After Effects & Snapz Pro.

Gyrene

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Cool! How was it captured?

VirtualDub is a nice and free (GPL) program to edit avi-movies. It's able to lower framerates and cut / append movies. Unfortunately, it can't capture movies from the screen.

[ 12-26-2001: Message edited by: Kurtz ]</p>

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<blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Capt Canuck:

Qustion...Where do you download DVIX????

Movie sonds great though...

Thanks,

Dave<hr></blockquote>

I can see the one Gryrene posted but I'm on a Mac using IE (or netscape it does not matter), and I cannot see the one valve28 posted.

His site ONLY works in IE on the mac and I still cannot see his video as it does not open in Quicktime.

what plugin does his streaming video require ??

any other mac users out there that can see his video? Let me know I am curious

thanks

-tom w

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Tom, I got his video to play on my Mac, click on this link to get the Divx Codec you'll need to see Valve's video.

You'll need to drag the codec to your extensions folder and reboot.

Kurtz: Which capture job do you mean? Mine or Valve's?

Gyrene

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<blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Gyrene:

Kurtz: Which capture job do you mean? Mine or Valve's?

<hr></blockquote>

I was thinking of Valve's movie, you wrote which programs you used. smile.gif

Nice movie, I liked the "scratches".

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<blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Gyrene:

Tom, I got his video to play on my Mac, click on this link to get the Divx Codec you'll need to see Valve's video.

You'll need to drag the codec to your extensions folder and reboot.

Kurtz: Which capture job do you mean? Mine or Valve's?

Gyrene<hr></blockquote>

Great Thanks

GOT IT!

They are both nice.

More of this kind of battle field Combat Mission "in-game" capture footage ( ok, digital footage) should be used for promotional purposes. Nice work guys.

Can't wait to see the CMBB promo battlefield footage! smile.gif

-tom w

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<blockquote>quote:</font><hr> I was thinking of Valve's movie <hr></blockquote>

Kurtz, I was wondering the same thing, but I think my attrocious German scared Valve away :(

Gyrene

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Hello cm of friends!

Thus my film is from individual pictures made and not with a program

taken up. I stored and then to a film joined cm from a battle approx.

200. Wae ne quantity of work therefore has the film also none with

some by you to have arrived sound-seemed however good thanks for the

praise!!!!! In the German forum my film fewer praise found still

rather criticism, therefore be pleased I. Is there there still

another cm film of Nice where????

Thanks and greeting to all Allies valve

:D:D:D

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