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  1. Stylez

    Site Features

    The purpose of this post/thread is to show you the extra features of our forum that may (or may not) be different from other forums. Basically in the top left of the post editor there's a button labeled "Special BBcode". Clicking this will bring up a list of all special BBcode you can use on this site. After selecting a BBcode, you should get a description on how to use it (for most of them). The site will also automatically parse certain links and embed the media in the website. Sites like YouTube (videos and playlists), Flickr image sets, Vimeo, Google Video, Justin.tv, Twitch.tv, GameTrailers, flash, and a few others are all supported. So to embed a YouTube video all you have to do is paste the URL by itself (without and bbcode) and it will be embedded. There's a chat room at the top right corner in the navigation bar - you'll see a red icon on it with a number if there are any members in it. As of right now it only allows 5 people in it (it's the free version) but I may upgrade it if it's popular or maybe just setup an IRC channel somewhere. Examples pending for this post...
  2. Maybe we can whitelist it and have some sort of requirements to get on the server but I don't know what. Anyone have ideas on that front? I was thinking of (when the server is ready) making a thread that says the first X people to reply with their Minecraft names will get a slot on the server. Then after that maybe some sort of application process where you must have X posts on this forum to participate on the server, or maybe just an account on the site to make the whitelist but X posts to build. I don't know, just throwing out some ideas. Yeah I had a lot of that stuff on my last server. I had something like logblock but I can't remember what it was called - I keep thinking it had eagle in the name or something... eagle eye? I dunno.
  3. If you want to talk about any game in general that doesn't have its own forum you can start your topics in this forum. As games get more and more popular in this forum we will create dedicated forums for those games as required. To help keep things relevant, try to tag your posts with the name of the game you're talking about. You can tag at the top of the page where you write the thread where it says "Topic Tags". Simply type in your tag and hit enter - it should show up as a tag icon and then you can add another tag if you want. Tagging your topics should help us move threads if we create a forum for a certain game. If you want to talk about a particular GamingStylez YouTube series then post it in one of the forums under the GamingStylez category (this thread is in the Video Games category). Thanks!
  4. I've been thinking about putting up a GamingStylez SMP server for a looong time now and was wondering how much interest there is in this. I'd like to get a list of people that would want to play on it frequently and also if there are any serious builders that would want to work on the community areas. Also I'd want to know if any of you have a preference as to what Bukkit plugins are installed on the server. A couple months ago I had a super secret project where I actually had a server just about ready to deploy that had a bunch of industrial mods on it along with a bunch of Bukkit mods but I realized I didn't have the time to dedicate to it so I scrapped it just before releasing it. Here, let me make a list of questions and you guys can answer them below: Which Bukkit mods would you like to see on the server? Towny, jail, etc Would you want it to be "Industrialized" (IC2, Buildcraft, etc) or vanilla+bukkit? Keep in mind an industrial server is a lot of work to maintain and worlds could get lost/corrupted frequently. Would you want a voice chat server to accompany it for communication? Whitelisted or pubic? Or hybrid - public access but explicit build rights need to be granted (still open to creative griefing) Would you want to be a builder (building spawn areas, etc)? Do you have any examples of your work (attach images in your reply in this thread)? There's probably a lot of other questions I should be asking so make sure to post any suggestions to this thread. If I decide to create a server (if there's enough desire for it) I would likely use BuyCraft to fund it. Of course you don't have to buy anything to use the server but it would allow you to save time by buying certain items. I would probably also put up a donation box for the server as well but that remains to be seen! I'm also going to need some moderators and/or server admins to help run the server when I'm not around but probably myself and Gizmo will run it in the meantime until we find some people to help out. If you'd like to help out then let me know in this thread that you're interested and just make sure you participate on the forums and show some maturity and you'll be considered (I can't give random people I don't know admin access that's why participation is key)!
  5. Capturing PC Gameplay For capturing PC gameplay it's usually best to use a software based solution as long as you pick the right software. Of course this also depends on how fast your PC is. My weapon of choice for capturing PC gameplay is Dxtory. I use Dxtory because it doesn't completely obliterate your game framerate when configured properly and if you have multiple hard drives. Dxtory costs about $45 USD vs $37 for Fraps and in my experience Dxtory has a lot more features. Their website is a little sketchy as you can tell it was probably made by the developer himself – while he can’t design a website to save his life he makes one hell of a video recorder! He’s also Japanese (as far as I can tell) so the English isn’t perfect but it’s legible. The strongest feature of Dxtory (that I briefly mentioned) is its ability to record video to multiple hard drives at the same time. The main bottleneck of recording video is that the files are so big (if you record in high quality such as 1080p) that your hard drive can’t physically write the data as fast as it is being captured. This forces your game to wait for the video capture software and causes a huge reduction of game performance. By recording to multiple hard drives you multiply your write speed which in turn allows your game to run at full speed. I would recommend at least two hard drives as a bare minimum but would try and go with three if possible as hard drives aren’t that expensive anymore. You could replace two or three mechanical hard drives with a single solid state drive but this will quickly wear out your solid state’s flash memory and they aren’t big enough for HD video capture anyway. Dxtory has a few different quality settings and surprisingly I use the low quality option of the Dxtory Video Codec (YUV410). There is also (from lowest to highest quality) YUV420, YUV24, and RGB. As you go higher up in the quality chain you get slightly better colour quality and exponentially larger files. I find low quality is many, many, many times higher than you need for YouTube videos that are going to be re-encoded to look like they were recorded on a toaster anyway. Bottom line is if you want a software solution, definitely go with Dxtory. I haven’t found anything else that comes close for powerful video capture. There are other programs that have a lot of fluff but lack when actually recording video. On top of video capture, Dxtory can be selected as a video source for livestreaming in Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, can take screenshots, record multiple audio streams, and a lot of very intricate settings allowing you to fine tune it. If you use Adobe Premiere to edit your videos then I recommend you convert your Dxtory videos to the Ut Video codec before editing them. You can record using this codec but it’s very CPU intensive and will lag your game so it’s best to convert it afterward using something like VirtualDub. Capturing Console and PC Gameplay The solution for capturing game consoles is slightly more involved and a little bit more expensive than the software required for PC capture. However, the same method can be used to capture PC gameplay without affecting your game performance. The bad thing about the hardware route is that other than the actual capture box, you also need a bunch of adapters and converters which all add up. Hauppauge HDPVR This unit is completely external and records video at 1080i or 720p (no 1080p support). It plugs into your PC or laptop via a USB cable and the files created are H.264 encoded and don’t take up a whole lot of hard drive space. One downside to this box is that it does not accept HDMI as an input – only component cables as both input and output (and composite but who uses that anymore?). All of my Gran Turismo 5 videos were recorded using this system and an HDfury. AverMedia Game Capture HD I haven’t used this box but from what I read about it it’s basically an HDPVR without the need for a PC. It injects its own menu into the video feed to your TV so that you can control it while you’re playing your game. Apparently it records the video to an internal or external hard drive and then I’m guessing there’s some method to transfer the files to your computer for editing. AverMedia Live Gamer HD This is the new kid on the block (as of May 2012) and is really the future of video capture. It is able to record in full 1080p at 30fps and has a built in hardware encoder like the HDPVR. This would definitely be my weapon of choice if I were starting out. Unlike the HDPVR, this is actually a card that goes in a PCI Express slot inside of your desktop PC which limits its versatility. On the plus side it has HDMI in and out as well as 3.5mm audio in and out. This product even comes with DVI to HDMI adapters for recording the PC that it’s plugged into! The software that runs on your PC has a whole lot of options and you can even use it to stream your captures directly to Twitch.tv. One thing to keep in mind when using anything with HDMI is HDCP compliance. If you’re capturing PS3 or X360 footage I’m pretty sure everything is encrypted and can’t be recorded. Therefor if you want to record your video game footage from a PS3 or X360 you will need to buy component cables for it or get an HDFury. I got an HDFury on eBay for about $60 and it takes an HDMI input and outputs it via component cables (or VGA) and RCA for audio (or optical 5.1). It also has two HDMI inputs so that you can connect both a PS3 and an Xbox and switch between them with a little selector on the front. All of the above products will work for both game consoles and PCs although I would pick the Live Gamer HD for recording a PC. The 1080p quality allows you to read the small text that is usually in PC games (or on your desktop if you’re not doing game videos). Heck, you can record anything that outputs via HDMI like an iPad with the HDMI kit! If you'd like more information then check out my other articles below. Also check out the YouTube video below to see how I record a game using Dxtory, convert it for editing, and then quickly edit it. [media=] [/media] Other articles: Live Streaming – coming soon Audio - coming soon Post Processing – coming soon
  6. Stylez

    Awesome Seed!

    Nice, I'll have to try that one when I get home. Is it a 1.2.5 seed?
  7. Status updates? Neat!

    1. Gizmo

      Gizmo

      Don't mind if I do!

       

  8. Stylez

    Greetings

    Welcome, and thanks! Dayton, Ohio - I went there for training when I worked for NCR. lol
  9. Stylez

    Welcome!

    Welcome to the new GamingStylez website! The aim of the new site is to create a small community based around gaming and our YouTube channel. I've had the need lately to engage with my YouTube subscribers and have had a lot of trouble with that so that is the main motivating factor for creating this new website. You can sign up at the top of the site and you can just create a forum account or you can use Facebook or Twitter to sign up. As of right now the site is usable but far from complete. I have some articles to migrate from my old site once I figure out how the article system works with this new site! Feel free to post your suggestions for the new site in the GamingStylez General forum. The forum layout is also far from complete so feel free to suggest some new forums for topics you'd like to talk about.
  10. Stylez

    Welcome!

    Welcome to the new GamingStylez website! The aim of the new site is to create a small community based around gaming and our YouTube channel. I've had the need lately to engage with my YouTube subscribers and have had a lot of trouble with that so that is the main motivating factor for creating this new website. You can sign up at the top of the site and you can just create a forum account or you can use Facebook or Twitter to sign up. As of right now the site is usable but far from complete. I have some articles to migrate from my old site once I figure out how the article system works with this new site! Feel free to post your suggestions for the new site in the GamingStylez General forum. The forum layout is also far from complete so feel free to suggest some new forums for topics you'd like to talk about.
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