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DickBaldwin
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Default 04-18-2008, 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by DrJim View Post
This is one case I recommend the Dave Berry method - "Find a smart 13-year old and have him do it for you." (Anyone older is probably not up to date.)

If you don't have a 13-year old handy and don't want to adopt one, you might want to look at http://www.alice.org/community/showt...=4852#post4852.

It's always hard to tell just looking at the result, but I suspect most of the poor result quality on YouTube is because people didn't look at what they posted at the final (small) frame size and fairly fast frame rates. You have to do fairly severe compression to fit within the You Tube size limits - and this can do strange things. Far too many possible ways to screw up to list in anything short of a book - but ususally quite obvious if you look at the final result before posting. (The book listed in the posting is helpful - but I wasn't kidding about things going out of date rapidly.)
Well, I tried my first one at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oeqs7-vaabc

It is more grainy than I would like. The 320x240 wmv file that I produced with Movie Maker looks a little better, but YouTube enlarges it after they receive it.

I now realize that serious thought needs to be given to the ultimate purpose when the Alice world is developed. For example, it would look much better if the camera were closer to the cars and followed along like a helicopter camera as opposed to the distant view which causes the two cars to be very small relative to the overall size of the viewing area. (I'm sure that Chris101b would have done a much better job on the composition than I did, for example, but I'm old and he's young.)

Since I don't have any 13-year olds handy, I will keep experimenting and researching the web to see if I can get better results. I might even rewrite the drag race game and make the changes mentioned above to see how much difference it makes.

I'm also anxious to see Chris101b's war zone on YouTube to compare it with my original wmv file to see how much degradation in the visual quality occurs when he posts it on YouTube.

Thanks for the response.
Dick Baldwin
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Last edited by DickBaldwin; 04-18-2008 at 11:42 AM. Reason: Clarification
   
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