Originally Posted by mphfrom77
Actually, sublime or anybody, I think I have a few more questions.
I guess what I am looking to do is you basic video game highlight reel played with music...for the most part. I would assume I would want to do some other things with it later though.
But lets go off of just those "highlight type reels".
I read the capture part is the easy part and any old pc/laptop should be able to handle that. But then the creation of the video is the hard part.
That seems obvious enough, only I am now worried that my basic laptop may not be up to the task of the creation part. I am worried that I could end up with this PVR, but then end up needing a stronger pc to do what I described.
Do you guys have any advice on that aspect?
And also, do you guys know how much I would be looking at spending on software?
I am now worried that this may not be as easy as I thought. And I am also worried that I may not fully understand the cost related to all of this.
Thanks again guys.
For recording with the HD-PVR, I use what came with it which was the ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme. I believe this software has recently been supplanted by another app from ArcSoft. It's really easy to set. Just choose what resolution, what bitrate, what framerate, etc. Then hit the little record button to record.
For basic editing, I use VideoReDo TV Suite. Extremely easy to use. As long as you know how to use a slider bar and know how to click on buttons like "cut selection" or "save as", you can use this app. It doesn't get much easier than this app. What I really like about it (besides ease of use) is that you can edit the video nondestructively (meaning you are not re-encoding the video/audio). I use this app mostly for trimming the video, cutting out unnecessary scenes, etc.
When i want to do special effects, I use Adobe Premiere. Now, Premiere is not cheap so there are lots of cheaper apps out there than will do similar stuff. Maybe Adobe Premiere Elements? With Premiere, I can overlay other music tracks, other videos, do subtitles, etc.
Now, if I want to publish to a site like Youtube or Vimeo, I often use Handbrake (free) to do it. It's also easy to use (not as easy as VideoReDo) and can quickly transcode your final video. The reason to use a program that can accept Youtube settings (or any site's) is it allows you to have control over the output. If you decide to upload your video directly to Youtube, you are at the whim of the Youtube transcoder. Not only will it take forever and a day for Youtube to finish processing it, the quality is often crap. And if it is crap, that wastes a lot of time.
The bottleneck is video encoding or transcoding. Editing in VideoReDo is quick and easy. The longest part will be outputting your product from Adobe Premiere or Handbrake.
So let's go with your workflow example. I hit the record button. I play a bunch of games. I load up VideoReDo and trim the bits so it all goes nicely together.
Now, if you just want to replace the game audio with your music (i.e., music video), you can extract/remove the original audio and insert your music with something like TSMuxer (free).
If you want to overlay your music on top of your gameplay, you need an editor like Adobe Premiere.
Then you run your video through Handbrake to match the settings of the site you want to upload to.
Then you upload the video.
The complexity of the video will dictate how much work all of this is. If all you want to do is record a clip of you playing Gears with your music in the background, just start your Xbox music player with your music and then play Gears. Record, trim, transcode, and upload. Very quick and easy.
here's a goofy Christmas video I made (apologize for crappy Youtube; Vimeo doesn't allow gameplay videos as gameplay videos are considered copyright infringements). All I did was record and trim the video. Trimming the video took maybe 2 minutes. Transcoding in Handbrake took less than 10 minutes, I think. Uploading was by far the slowest part:
If you want to collate a bunch of highlights together with music, it gets more complicated.
and one more thing. Honestly, I could've done all of this in Adobe Premiere. But to me, VideoReDo is just so easy and quick that unless I need to do something crazy, I just skip Premiere altogether.
Here's another video I made. Keep in mind that Forza Motorsport 4 is a 60 fps racer but Youtube maxes at 30 fps so Forza's beautiful framerate suffers in the video (along with the typical Youtube compression):
But yeah, once you get the setup, you'll have a ton of fun with it. Here's some friends and me goofing around, doing an easter egg in Gears of War 3:
last video, I promise!!!