Preferred (Basic) Submissions Guidelines:
- 2 videos per game (Title, Game play)
- Title sequences should be 4 to 20 seconds (7 seconds should be average)
- Game play sequences should be 30 seconds on average
- Do not use any video filters or effects
- [Video] TSCC encoded - Better Compression Setting (Lossless format)
- [Video] XviD level 1 or 2 also accepted (Much smaller file sizes)
- [Audio] PCM (audio) (other lossless formats ok)
- Beepa Fraps (Direct3D/OpenGL Captures)
- Camtasia Studio (Non-Direct3D Captures)
- VirtualDub (Video Editing Software)
- TSCC Codec
Step 1 - Capture Video
- I suggest that you use FRAPS whenever possible, it typically captures at a higher frame rate and is easy to use. Support is limited to games and emulators that utilize Direct3D or OpenGL.
- When FRAPS does not work, or if you are getting clicks in the audio when using FRAPS the Camtasia Studio is recommended for capturing video.
- Run emulator or program in a window when possible, try to keep maximum resolution at or below 800x600, while 640x480 is preferred, native resolution is also acceptable as the bit-rate is so high.
- When capturing video I suggest starting the capture software when you first load up the game, let it run until the title screen, for gameplay captures try to capture at least a good 30 seconds of gameplay. I usually record about 2 to 4 min and then cut it down in the editing process.
- When setting up the emulator for capturing be sure that no video effects or filters are enabled and that proper aspect ratio is used for the given game...do not force an unnatural aspect ratio. Exception: resolution multipliers are acceptable so long as they don't alter the pixels...in other words no HQ4x or SAI.
- Defragment your Capture hard-drive before attempting to capture video to help with consistent frame-rates.
- Use a 7200 RPM hard drive or better, 5400 RPM laptop drives, 5900 RPM "Green" drives, or USB 2.0 drives are not recommended.
Step 2 - Edit Video
- VirtualDub is a fairly easy to use video editing application and it's FREE.
- STEP BY STEP VIDEO TUTORIAL
- If the system has an overscan issue or black bars in the video you can crop those out if desired [Advanced]
Step 3 - Upload Videos
Create a folder in the Upload Area of the F.T.P. (Site Username)
Create a Sub-Folder with the System you are uploading video for (ie:\Upload Here\username\Sega Genesis
Upload video files to folder
What Happens to your Submission
Videos will be cropped, sized and edited together with transitions
Audio will be normalized
Final FLV and AVI versions will be encoded
Naming will be audited and it will be added to Official Set
Credit will be given in Download Listing
That's it, hopefully this will allow more Members to submit videos that we can use for the Project.