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Cool_amigaN 02 October 2011 10:09

[WORLD PREMIERE] Legends do not die - All star
 
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| If you want to watch directly the video PRESS HERE.
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| If you want to download directly to your hd PRESS HERE.
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| A simple comment on video's webpage will be enough to motivate me :).
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| Thank you.
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Ladies and gents!

I've finally finished my project, after 1,5 month of hard work!

THE IDEA

The Amiga, represents a golden era of computer games. From time to time efforts have been made to visualize the impact it had on gamers. Various videos on YT (such as 100 Amiga games in 10 minutes) and video collections (Amiga Longplays) , include gaming footage or are consisted from fan made companies' tributes.
However, most of them suffer from:
1) Low res syndrome, that, that gets worse on =>19inch monitors' playback.
2) Excessive frame skipping.
3) Bad quality or no soundtrack at all.
4) Bad or no composition at all (footage thrown without consistency).

The above combination, literally destroys the image of the games presented. Especially us, Amiga dedicated gamers, who have passed countless hours in front of these games, can easily spot the difference!

THE COMPLETION

Having spent years behind joysticks plugged into our beloved computers, I've come to know most of the games by heart (like many of us). A lot of games had captured my imagination and I was always thinking about making a series of video footage to (re)present them, with the following in mind:
1) Cinematic feeling.
2) Video resampling to be compatible with HD resolutions.
3) Vivid presentation of the each game, meaning that the video would be designed by a gamer for gamers.
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THE RESULT

The result can be found HERE (remember to louden the volume and activate HD playback).

You can also download the offline HD version HERE.

Video specs: MPEG-4 24bits/1920x1080@30FPS, H.264, BitRate~15000, AAC@256kbs/Stereo/48kHz/16Bit.

This episode was designed like a premiere of series, titled "Legends do not die", where as in the first episode we have a mixture from "All Star" moments along an introductory text.

NOTES

Please bear in mind that when it comes to video manipulation I am a complete noob, therefore do not expect a Steven Spielberg production! Frankly speaking, it was the first time that I 've worked with a compositor (Video Studio Pro X4), Video Effects (Adobe After Effects) and 3D (Cinema 4D) along with more software used. However, in the process I 've learned countless details around codec incompatibilities, software and hardware limitations. Nevertheless, this was a very creative process and I was getting the same feeling when I was opening, almost two decades ago, text editor in wb1.3 and let my imagtion take over!

CONTINUING

Although, as I've stated up above this is intended to become a series of videos (with an All Star 2 - coming next since I've deliberately left out a great portion of genres, games and companies, I am finding it very hard to continue, especially within this year:
1) It's very difficult for just one man to handle the whole project and create 4 minutes' long or more, of good quality gaming videos. Personally, it took me almost 1.5 month to complete it and it drained 100% of my free time.
2) The hardware I own (Core2Duo@2.4Ghz/3GB Ram), doesn't make up to my imagination and expectations! Countless time I've reach limitations since it was almost impossible to make a simple preview of my work or render, e.g. for 30 fps (1 sec), I needed 5 minutes of caching in After Effects, for raytracing in Cinema 4D, more complex enviroments/objects I would be needing around a week(!).
3) Countless software crashes (in conjunction with hardware limits), were forcing me over and over again to render a scene, which had already took me 5-6 hours, because e.g I was out of ram. These, repeated events caused my patience to reach zero.
4) My knowledge isn't sufficient to speed up the completion of the project. I was forced to read several tutorials, thus losing even more time, though I have to state that this was one (and the biggest) of the benefits.


FINAL WORDS

If you enjoyed the video, a simple comment on YT would be sufficient for a thank you :)


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* Btw, my respects go to the people behind CGI/3D etc, working in professional level. If one hasn't tried, can't understand the level of difficulty, in order to reach a certain degree of quality result. It consumes a lot of time and needs knowledge and talent (meaning everything that I lack of, LOL)

Djay 02 October 2011 13:26

Epic!

dex 04 October 2011 20:01

Nicely done! :D

Peter 04 October 2011 20:45

Great work - really enjoyed that - thanks!

alkis21 04 October 2011 22:09

I downloaded it and watched it as it was meant to be watched - on my 47'' TV with the lights out. I tap on my joystick three times out of respect to you, sir; it's a masterpiece. Thank you so much for creating and sharing this, these days it's good to remind people that Greeks actually have a creative side after all.

Cool_amigaN 04 October 2011 22:44

Quote:

Originally Posted by alkis21 (Post 779656)
I downloaded it and watched it as it was meant to be watched - on my 47'' TV with the lights out. I tap on my joystick three times out of respect to you, sir; it's a masterpiece. Thank you so much for creating and sharing this, these days it's good to remind people that Greeks actually have a creative side after all.

Hey man, thanks for your kind words :)

Btw, don't know which version you downloaded, but from what I see, if someone chooses to download the YT version via a YT downloader program (or downloading web service), the end result differs from the original I have created. It seems that fps are downgraded or something (like tiny glitches). The file uploaded to my dropbox account is the perfect offline version of it. Most probably I will uploaded it to a torrent website and seed it for a month or so. When I will do so, I will renew the download link at description and notify ppl for it on various fora.

alkis21 04 October 2011 23:03

I got it from your dropbox. Why not upload it to or another file server?

lopos2000 04 October 2011 23:14

Excellent video. Well done.

Cool_amigaN 05 October 2011 12:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by alkis21 (Post 779669)
I got it from your dropbox. Why not upload it to or another file server?

Great, that's truly the way it was supposed to be seen :)

Well, afaik, there are some limitations while uploading to hosting services, big files that are supposed to be downloaded extensively, via a public account.

I don't have any paid account. If you can find a way to overcome this trouble, let me know the details about it, otherwise, I can only think as a permanent solution, torrenting it.

BTW, can you point me out to a source of HD footage for KO2 or SWOS? I can't find anything ffs and I am quite bored to record my own, lol.

alkis21 05 October 2011 18:11

I'm afraid that we keep our videos retro-style in the Kick Off Association; they're strictly low res.

If you like Kick Off 2 by the way you should know that regular tournaments are held in Athens, there's even one on Sunday.

pmc 05 October 2011 18:55

That vid was quality. :bowdown

Makes me want to stop coding for a while and play sooo many of those games all over again. :)

Mad-Matt 05 October 2011 19:53

Its a well presented video, but the wrong aspect ratio for the games lowers the overall quality...just a tad ;)

Shoonay 05 October 2011 20:23

That... was... AWESOME!

Cool_amigaN 05 October 2011 22:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by alkis21 (Post 779737)
I'm afraid that we keep our videos retro-style in the Kick Off Association; they're strictly low res.

If you like Kick Off 2 by the way you should know that regular tournaments are held in Athens, there's even one on Sunday.

Damn, then I have to record my own :P

Actually I don't like/play a lot KO2. I am mostly SWOS player. Is there any luck to held a tournament/matches etc?

Btw, where do you meet?

alkis21 05 October 2011 23:31

I play Sensible Soccer too, as a member of retromaniax.gr I've taken part in a couple of gatherings but those are much more rare (1-2 per year) and amateur than the Kick Off 2 ones, nothing official, just a few mates getting together for some games.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cool_amigaN (Post 779777)
Btw, where do you meet?

Anywhere from our own houses (in small tournaments) to computer stores and hotel conference rooms. I'm flying to Birmingham next month for the 11th Kick Off 2 World Cup.

jeff b00toNic 17 November 2011 19:15

Woow goosebumps, that was awesome:bowdown


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