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C3PO1
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posted 12-05-2002 04:36 AM     Profile for C3PO1     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Hi All,

You may be interested to know that I have posted some movies of the forthcoming LOMAC simulation. They can be read using the DivX player.

There are two movies: one featuring the F15 and one the Mig 29. You can find them here:
http://www.wazp.nu/lomac/

http://www.finalcauseproductions.com/video_index.htm

And go here if you don't have DivX installed:
http://www.divx.com/divx/

regards,

c3po


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DH
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posted 12-05-2002 07:52 AM     Profile for DH     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Thanks, C3P01.

I'm downloading them now

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posted 12-05-2002 08:07 AM     Profile for Admin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
C3P01,

Just changed over to my "Admin" profile (I'm also DH who posted the previous message).

All I can say is WOW! That is fantastic footage you shot there. LOMAC looks incredible . . . perhaps jet simulations aren't dead after all, eh?

The surface of the ocean looks stunning. They've really done a great job. So too do the cockpits and the nice flourishes like allowing players to open the canopy after landing.

The video you shot is the best footage I've seen yet on the web. What type of camera were you using? The image quality and sound were excellent for an 18 MB file. What utility did you use to convert it to an .AVI file? I'd like to try making some footage like that myself.

(Gail has just been informed that you did send us the link to these videos a few days ago for our news. Unfortunately, the link wasn't working at that time [perhaps it was being barraged with requests]. Gail gets sent quite a few links for such items and very often they don't work, ever . . . just so you know that she wasn't ignoring your info. Just bad timing.)

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C3PO1
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posted 12-05-2002 10:41 AM     Profile for C3PO1     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Admin:
C3P01,

Just changed over to my "Admin" profile (I'm also DH who posted the previous message).

All I can say is WOW! That is fantastic footage you shot there. LOMAC looks incredible . . . perhaps jet simulations aren't dead after all, eh?

The surface of the ocean looks stunning. They've really done a great job. So too do the cockpits and the nice flourishes like allowing players to open the canopy after landing.

The video you shot is the best footage I've seen yet on the web. What type of camera were you using? The image quality and sound were excellent for an 18 MB file. What utility did you use to convert it to an .AVI file? I'd like to try making some footage like that myself.

(Gail has just been informed that you did send us the link to these videos a few days ago for our news. Unfortunately, the link wasn't working at that time [perhaps it was being barraged with requests]. Gail gets sent quite a few links for such items and very often they don't work, ever . . . just so you know that she wasn't ignoring your info. Just bad timing.)


Hi Doug,

No problem...yes, the videos have proved quite propular (four sites have already had them taken off or whatever because of demand, it's a bit of a firefighting exercise at the moment trying to keep track of the sites that are working ok).

I have to say that LOMAC for real looks stunning. You probably heard someone say on the F15 video "wow, that looks fantastic"...hehe that was me trying to keep the camera steady. Indeed LOMAC looks excellent. There are a few things that need sorting. I sent the videos to an Eagle driver and he commented that the height of the pilot in the F15 pit is way, way too low...about 12 inches too low which means you don't get a realistic view ahead of you. I'm currently lobbying like mad on the official LOMAC forum to get it changed...I've backed it up too with video footage from Boeing proving that the ride height isn't right yet.

Yes, the footage was shot on a Sony DCR-PC120E camcorder and I tried to get as close to the TFT screen as I could. Unfortunately, the angle I shot at wasn't quite right...there is a lot of reflection in the footage which shouldn't be there. I imported the footage into Adobe Premier and exported it as an AVI file. That was then converted to DivX to bring it down from the 600MB file to the 20 or 30 MB that there is to download (the 600MB file sure looks nice ) I knew there would be some demand for the LOMAC movies, and as a TV news producer, didn't miss the opportunity!

It's been a lot of fun too editing the movies on my PC and fiddling with the conversion (thanks to my fellow F4UT colleague King George for helping me here). I don't physically edit stuff at work so this is a new ballgame for me. Glad you liked it!

I also have an on camera interview with Matt Wagner, who talks about LOMAC and its production...sound isn't very good but I may publish that soon as a video file...I'm sure there'd be some interest ))

regards,

c3po
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posted 12-05-2002 08:12 PM     Profile for Admin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
C3P01,

Great info! Back in the day, I always wanted to do video "How-To" clips for combat sims. But back in those days, we didn't have DivX!

Now we have DivX, but we don't have the banner advertising revenue that could pay for hosting even 20 MB files that are extremely popular (as a large site, we actually pay more for bandwidth than Joe Blow with a high speed connection!).

I really appreciate the info on the video camera and the conversion process. I don't own a video camera, but seeing this video makes me think it's high time to get one.

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C3PO1
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posted 12-06-2002 02:27 PM     Profile for C3PO1     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Admin:
C3P01,
I really appreciate the info on the video camera and the conversion process. I don't own a video camera, but seeing this video makes me think it's high time to get one.


I've been a bit of an anorak lately on the subject (read all the specialist magazines, bla, bla, bla) and I'd recommend that you buy either the DCR-PC120, or, if funds permit, the DCR 950E. This camcorder has three Charged Coupled Devices (CCDs) which means superior colour management. It may not make much different on videos that are compressed for the net (so therefore the 120 will be more than ample) but it will make a slight difference when viewing on your normal TV.

Having said that, I've been extremely impressed with my camcorder: it's compact, feature laden and works brilliantly. No compatibility problems either. BTW, don't be tempted by dedicated video editing cards...they cost a fortune and basically with today's modern processors unless you're rendering (ie outputting the video to the final product) many many multiple tracks with graphics effects, the modern CPU is more than good enough to handle the average movie. All you need is a $50 dollar firewire card and you're away.

Believe me, it is SUCH GOOD FUN!

regards,

c3po


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