Ice cracking sounds

Discussion in 'General Modification' started by Ax Thrower, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. Gaear

    Gaear Bastard Maestro Administrator

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    FYI, in order to get a movie to play in ToEE, it must be converted to and exist as a BINK (.bik) movie file. A 30 second BINK movie will translate to a size of about 15MB with the neccesary quality settings. This size is prohibitive for inclusion in the official modpack. That's why you don't see a lot of movie or animation modding - they all have to be stand-alone mods, like the various ones I've done for ToEE's 'first arrival' scenarios. :(
     
  2. Ax Thrower

    Ax Thrower Blood Lust

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    @ Bob... thanks for finding it, and it would be perfevct... signed up for it and it said I did not have enought credits to download that model that I needed to upgrade my account..

    @ ST.. at this point I had decided on enough of a mist overlay to hide it.. but I definitely could overlay a way texture to the back ground... thanks for the idea.,.,

    @ Gaear... I had noticed that and got it running in game and having noticed the size of the file, had decided on a few "slides" to give the effect versus a regular movie

    ... however thank you everyone for the input and I will definitely put them all to use.
     
  3. Ax Thrower

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    I hope that this is a little better... whacking away at it while at lunch... ( and I do believe that the "boat" will meet with everyone's approval.)

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  4. maggit

    maggit Zombie RipTorn Wonka

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    Much better Ax, but I'd try to make it resemble ToEE
    movies... which means scrolling subtitles on the bottom
    in black "canvas". Also, the ship looks like it had been
    pasted there. Try putting the ship first and the background
    as the first layer and then mask it untill it reveals the
    ship. It'll look more like it's "in" the water, not on its surface.
     
  5. Gaear

    Gaear Bastard Maestro Administrator

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    I'd leave the ship out altogether and just do a slow zoom (in or out) and/or moderate pan on the sea picture itself.

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    I'd also do away with the subtitles altogether. It's much better to make people feel afraid through sensory input (audio/video) than to tell them "you are afraid."
     
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  6. Ax Thrower

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    I like that, however the only movie software I have is the one that came with XP and it is very limited in capabilities... unless someone knows of a decent shareware item.
     
  7. Gaear

    Gaear Bastard Maestro Administrator

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    Ax - stand by and I will do a short video for you in Windows Movie Maker, along with a V_P style tutorial.
     
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    Awesome... Send it to my Yahoo..,. appreciate everything...
     
  9. Gaear

    Gaear Bastard Maestro Administrator

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    I'll just do it here so others can benefit from it if they're interested.

    Okay, we'll start at the end. Below we have a frightening video of Ted sitting at his desk. Check it out:

    http://files.co8.org/others/ted_movie.wmv

    Up next: the making of our masterpiece
     
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    Gaear Bastard Maestro Administrator

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    First, fire up Windows Movie Maker. On the left side of the screen you'll see a bunch of hyper-links. Click 'import pictures' first, navigate to your rough sea picture, and import it. Next do likewise with your restless boat audio by clicking 'import audio or music.' You'll thus see both of these items under the 'collections' heading to the right.
     

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    Gaear Bastard Maestro Administrator

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    Next, drag the picture from 'collections' to the leftmost tab of the storyboard below. Do likewise with the audio. They will stack, along with a variety of other effects. Adding audio will automatically switch you to 'timeline view,' but we don't need that now as we won't be altering times. (The default duration for a static image seems to be 5 seconds, which is fine for our tutorial purposes.) Click 'show storyboard' above the timeline to return to storyboard view. Also note that in the preview pane to the right, your picture has magically appeared. You can click play and watch your picture sit there for 5 seconds if you like, but we want to make it more exciting.
     

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    Gaear Bastard Maestro Administrator

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    Next, click the 'Tools' drop down menu and select 'Video Effects.' From the thumbnails that appear under 'Video Effects,' drag 'fade in, from black' and 'fade out, to black' to the same storybaord tab where you see your picture. This will make the movie look professional with a dissolve fade-in and out effect at the beginning and the end. Now, drag 'ease in' to the storyboard tab. This minor effect will make the video slowly zoom in over its length, but in itself it makes a world of difference in making your movie seem animated and alive instead of boring and lifeless. Lastly, drag 'film grain' or some other visual effect to the tab for a dash of flare. I chose film grain for Ted, because he wasn't scaring me enough and I wanted to evoke impressions of old silent horror flicks. ;)

    Now click play in the preview pane and watch your movie come to life.
     

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    The last step is to 'render' your movie, although Movie Maker doesn't use that terminology. From among the hyperlinks on the left side of the screen, select 'save to my computer.' In the resulting box that pops up, select a name and save location for your movie and click 'next.' In the following box, select the 'other settings' button and pick 'DV-AVI (NTSC)' from the dropdown menu. This will save your movie in lossless AVI format, which we can later convert to something else, and ultimately to BINK for ToEE. We don't want to compress anything now though, becuase that may marginalize the quality of the video and we want the highest quality possible for ToEE. Anyway, click 'next' and Movie Maker will render and save your movie in the location indicated. You're done - yay! :)

    The trick now is to play around with all the options you've encountered along the way and make this thing your own. A word of warning though: resist getting too cute. People are easily put off by movies that are presumptuous or too busy. :thumbsup:
     

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    Lord_Spike Senior Member Veteran

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    That's one damn fine tutorial. I'm now officially "scared" of Ted. Thanks a lot!

    :rant:
     
  15. krunch

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    Oh great, Gaear, now I won't be able to sleep tonight after watching your SpookyTed movie. ;)
     
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