This is a companion post to ‘Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood gameplay’ on Los Havros. If you want to know the ins and outs of the whole process of recording footage from a games console to the finished product of online HD video, then read on!
The kit- Rather than be in danger of repeating some good words of advice, I’ll send you the link to Chris Spooner’s gaming YouTube video, ‘How to Record Your Xbox Gameplay on a Mac using a Hauppauge HD-PVR’. Needless to say, I went with the Hauppauge HD-PVR.
Recording- I recorded the gameplay on to my MacBook Pro using HDPVR Capture. I recorded about an hour’s worth of footage at 720p which gave me a file over 3GB. I then transferred the file to my iMac for easier editing.
Editing- I used iMovie to trim down the footage I had to about 40 mins, added a couple of transitions, recorded a few voiceovers and added title/credits. I was learning how to use iMovie as I went along, but as long as you take your time, it’s easy enough to use.
Exporting- Ideally, HD video should be exported into the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC file format, but I accidentally exported it into the QuickTime file format. Oops. Fortunately it was compatible with Vimeo.
Publishing- I went with Vimeo Plus as it give a 5GB per week upload allowance and the maximum size per file is also 5GB. The finished video that I uploaded just sneaked under 3GB in size. As far as I’m aware (please let me know if I’m wrong), no other video hosting site offers such generous capacity as such an affordable price.
Time- The one thing I am going to have to mention is time. It all takes so much time. From recording to importing the video, editing it, converting/compressing it and uploading it… I’d estimate this 40 minute HD video has taken between 5 and 7 hours work & computing power to end up in its current form.
I hope this little post has been informative, and if you have any Qs, as always, drop me a line @loshavros.