I am considering, as a sideline project to my ongoing campaign, making a YouTube record of it. So I thought I would do a test and produce the first installment. It is a bit over 10 minutes long. I was not fond of the original pictures, so I redid them, but this should not be something I have to do that often, especially as my later installments have hidden bases. Now that I have begun to master (if you can call it that) the basics of the audio-editor and video-editor, I should be able to create each installment quite quickly, and so it won't eat too much into my available hobby time!
Basically, I am trying to be a bit more modern in my approach.
The thing is, as the person who made it, listening in agony to my own voice, I have no idea if this works, and thus I do not know whether or not it is worth pursuing further. I want to get at least to a battle report, to see how they work in this format as I have high hopes for them. Then I will make a proper decision. In the meantime, if any of you can spare 11 minutes, I would very much appreciate if you could tell me whether you think anyone would actually want to listen to this sort of thing!
Oh, and I suppose this will test whether the link works for others too!
as somebody who is generally not into youtube battle reports of the shaky camera kind, I will say I really liked this one. Your reading voice is great and the accent fits in so well with the subject. I would suggest changing the pictures a bit more frequently, e.g. switching to whoever is speaking consistently. I also wonder if you could take more pictures of the folks from different angles to mix things up a bit. I would expect the hard part is setting up the scene (I can't imagine going through the trouble of pouring all that flock over the bases...and then cleaning it up again!). Taking more pictures from different angles then shouldn't be too much work? I'd sure watch more of these, just hope this doesn't mean you go away from posting the write-ups.
Now this is the kind of advice I was after. I could change the pictures according to who is speaking. I didn't think of that. And I could cheat occasionally and have two characters in the same picture, to save all the editing.
I will definitely do so next time. Huzzah!
I am intending, as much as possible, to use the pics that already exist and so the options might be limited. But maybe I could possibly just re-construct partial scenes of characters, or flip between the pictures I already have? It wouldn't matter if some of the pictures are the same, I suppose.
(edit) Oh and Naitsabes, thank you ever so much for just watching it, never mind the very useful advice. It might seem obvious to you, but I was so close to the task I could not see it.
you are welcome. with modern cameras the pictures are so high res (and youtube isn't), you could maybe also get away with zooming in on a certain model on an existing photo. that'll give you more to chose from without any extra photo studio work.
I somehow failed to post my earlier comment. I enjoyed the video. 11mins was a good length as it allowed a quick watch inbetween kid stuff.apart from that I can’t add much more than what Naitsabes wrote. I always enjoyed battle reps in photo style. I suppose Oncebitten360 is the king of these, though his are more of a dissection of the battle whereas yours I suspect will be more narrative which I’m looking forward to. A quick thing (and this might be completely deliberate), I’ve subscribed to the channel but the video is only visible through the above link. It isn’t showing on the channel without this link
Thank you Knoffles, muchly. You are correct in your suspicions that it might be deliberate - I put the video up 'unlisted' as I was testing the waters of opinion concerning whether or not to continue with the story. Whether the format was bearable even!
Soon I will start a proper YouTube channel for it and then begin putting the stories up. I have just 'laid down' the audio for the next two installments, although I hadn't seen your comment and I joined them together to make a 24 minute piece!
I will redo the pictures again, but I won't redo the bat rep pictures when I get to them as that would be too hard, and sometimes other people's figures were on the tabletop anyway!!!!
I have just uploaded the first video story to my brand new YouTube version of ‘Big Small Worlds’.
When it comes to the bat reps, with their many pictures, I think this sort of format should work well, but there are stories such as this to link up the bat reps and allow a much more involving story of Tilea to unfold.
Some of you may have seen my first ‘test’ version linked earlier. This final cut has had a few tweak at the very start (a better title page) and end (a legal disclaimer).
I put two parts (2 and 3) together, so it is 25 minutes long. I probably won’t do that often, however – I was testing to see if I could work through a longer one. The battle reports might be longer as they should be easier to do, what with the pictures fixed as they are and so I can’t be tempted into redoing them!
The next play by email battle is about to begin. The Sartosans intend to raze yet another Alcentian settlement, the supply centre of Sersale, and the locals have desperately mustered everything they can to attempt to defend it. The battle will take place over the next week.