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Behind the Curtain

Just how does this blogger do it? Behind the scenes look into his process, his plans, and the dreaded backlog of audience abuse.

Holy shit! For those of you who actually look here (and I know a few of you do….) Here. Enjoy. The New Site In Progress

[TheDougem’s Grand To-Do List to Circumvent Audience Abuse]

The public, updated list to keep me accountable! And yes, I do update it. Frequently. Especially the devlog! SCROLL DOWN.

LAST UPDATED ON 4/9/2010

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Overall

  • Blueprint of new site in place. Development is proceeding at a frantic pace.
  • Viewership is growing at a nice pace 😀

Livestream Channel

  • EPISODE 12 of KoA UPLOADED
  • EPISODE 1 of HRESS UPLOADED
  • Scheme to handle storage overflow underway.
  • Need to work on maintaining 30-40 minute splits
  • Summary Section Day to take place soon

WordPress

  • Shift of content in progress

Gamerbooth

  • Planning for episode 8 of podcast in beginning stages.
  • Admin duties! —ONGOING
  • Livestream channel unofficialy launched.
  • Need to talk with Stalin sooner rather then later
  • Staff~ Section should be made for the podcast eventually

COMPLETE END OF HRE SAGA AND PREPARE THE REBOOT

  • All systems go holding on AI update for Stainless Steel and verification of Game-breaking bug fixes

Call of Duty 4 Part 2

  • Recording to wrap up very likely to take place soon.

THE SITE

  • BLOODY FIX IT UP
  • Bloody fixing has been bumped up on the priority lise
  • Remove uber outdated stickies
  • Make a friggin news section
  • Find a way to manage that pesky about sidebar — STUBBORN
  • Conjigger the hierarchy so new HRE Saga is obvious
  • Ensure that there be no broken links — ONGOING
  • Archive HRE saga
  • Setup archive for -all- youtube content —IN PROGRESS
  • look into incorporating twitter feed

Watch, Edit, Tag, and Annotate ALL Youtube Content

  • Testing Videos
  • HRE Saga Turn 2
  • Extra Early Battle Videos
  • Fourth of July Videos
  • HRE Saga Turn 3
  • HRE Saga Turn 4
  • Extras – CoD4 Arcade Mode
  • HRE Saga Turn 5
  • HRE Saga Turn 6
  • HRE SAGA TURN 7
  • HRE Saga Turn 8
  • HRE Saga Turn 9
  • Extra: Sallying Against the Odds
  • COD4 Hardened Playthrough Part 1
  • HRE Saga Turn 10
  • End of HRE Saga next/previous video annotations necessary
  • hahaha. You don’t really expect me to get this done anytime soon, do you? Patience, minions. This’ll be done when The Wrath of Dougem is released. Which is likely early summer. I hope.

Read, Edit, ARCHIVE, and cleanup ALL current Blog Content

  • I already know what I need to do. Methodical by-date cleanup of entire blog. Will be a long process.

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[TheDougem’s Devlog]

Inspired by the Dwarf Fortress development log!

/*—————————Symbol Key———————————-*/
+ = Something done that is positive
– = Something bad that happened/things that still need to be done
* = Step in tree
number of +’s and -‘s indicate my excitement or anguish.

April

4/9/2010
—-My brain hurts. But it’s worth it. Ow.—–
*8D!+++THE NEW SITE IS FUCKING UP HELL YES+++!8D*
+Working on scheme to handle livestream archive footage
++Yesterday’s show…successful
+Audience is growing

4/5/2010
—–EARTHQUAKE O SHITE—–
*+But I’m okay
+++Did a random livestream with short notice. Big response
+feeling motivated to make the push for a proper site. Currently exploring options

4/4/2010
——Good God, the MW2 spammers
+Nuking them makes me want to finish my CoD4 walkthrough
+Quick livestream on installing Stainless Steel tonight. Will do more comprehensive thing later
—-Quickly realizing the need for a hosted site. Estimating that in six weeks I’ll bump into storage limit for livestream channel, and I could potentially bump into overage charges for bandwidth. Must emphasize absolute need for the site to be self sufficient, as money is tight 😦

4/3/2010
—-Keyboard dead. Wonderful.
+++But the livestream was the most succesful to date. Peak viewership of 18
+More housecleaning. Livestream page tidied, rudimentary work on episode summaries beginning

4/2/2010
+++Much work accomplished.
+Gamerbooth livestream channel launched
++++++April Fool’s Video was a fun, entertaining success++++++
–Housekeeping needs doing
–Streams need to be summarized

March

3/26/2010
+++Episode 8 of Kingdom of Aragon Livestream archived
+++General scheming for April 1st video in progress
+++++Germanicu5 will fix the AI being stupid when defending against sallies. New HRE Saga holding on this update.
+Bad Company 2 will work in multiplayer. Able to do squad stuff with Stalin and co.
+++Setting up rules for MTW2 Tourney, official signups to begin this Monday.
-Fundraising is stalling slightly

3/19/2010
+++++++++ (:D)FINALS ARE OVER (:D)+++++++++++
+Now up to episode 7 of Kingdom of Aragon
*+And oh fuck it’s been insane
+Episode 3 of Tactical Debacle released
—-Livestream.com is proving unstable
+Initial plans coming together for April fool’s day gimmick
+++Settling on getting New HRE Saga started. Plans coming together —
***+Intro clip planned out
***+Rough Format planned out
****+Compilations of Campaign map, battles as separate videos
****+Strategic overview every 10-25 turns
****+Style judged on initial feedback
+Talking with Stalin about hosting small-scale Med 2 Tourney

3/6/2010
+Got episode 4 of Kingdom of Aragon done
+England extra as well
–Bugs discovered with Stainless Steel compilation. Need more observance time.
—-Tactical Debacle Episode 3 still on hold. Slaguth and I be sick. Obviously makes things complicated 😦

February

2/21/2010
+ Smattering of updates to blog site.
*+ Extras videos listing done for now
*+ Calling attention to video listings on blog page
*+ Starting to interconnect blog with channel and livestream page – links added
*++++ Did significant HTML cleanup. 😀
-Need to get thumbnails for extras listing eventually
+Continued to be Gamerbooth Admin
-Shifted time of livestream tomorrow ahead one hour to 10pm Pacific. It’s gonna ultimately happen tuesday mornings and friday nights from the looks of it, with random periods thrown in. Just because.
+Youtube channel cleaned up some
*+All playlists updated
*-Need to create separate playlist for Tactical Debacle series
*-lot of work left. /sigh

Random Reminder
-I really should make a listing of podcasts I have been in.

Nice day for Total War Tracker. Lots of studying with maintenance done on the sites throughout the day. Hoping for a good livestream tomorrow night. Still sorry that it’s at an inconvenient time for some people D: /wrist. Midterm tomorrow. Fun stuff. TheDougem out.

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Staff ~ The Process likely should be in it’s own tab parented to ‘Behind the Curtain’. Same with development log. Share your thoughts later.

[THE PROCESS]

The magical, mystical method for making my videos

FRAPS
Recording in game footage at 1920×1080 Resolution at 30 FPS

Recordpad Sound Recorder
Simple, Versatile sound recorder. Keeps my voice and game audio separate, convenient auto-naming of files

GameBooster
System optimizer. Closes all the crap in the background to ensure high FPS

Camtasia
Simple mixing of raw footage, high quality compression Moved on to better things

Sony Vegas 9
Main mixing tool. Allows edits that camtasia did not.

Brita Water Filter
Keeps voice stable throughout recording

Steps:

1)   Decide on content.
2)   ‘Clean’ Computer – run gamebooster and unplug from the net
3)   Fire up FRAPs
4)   Fire up Recordpad
5)   Start desired game + recording
6)   Work my magic

  • I take screenshots all throughout recording for the blog and Q&A
  • Have obvious timer running nearby to assist with pacing

7)   Finish recording, end voice recording
8)   Do Q+A if needed
9)   Fire up Sony Vegas 9
10) PROCESSING!
11) Insert Intro clip
12) Dump all raw feed into Vegas
13) Adjust narration clip to ‘fit’ raw video
14) do full play through to clean voice and edit out coughs/static as necessary
15) For Q&A:

  • Insert most screenshots from turn
  • Split them so it’s a roughly even slideshow
  • fire up youtube on lappy
  • Browse through relevant videos and answer questions in straight-narration
  • Insert finished work at the end of the video

16) Split the video into roughly 10 minute chunks
17) Save chunks separately, in order
18) Pass off chunks to Slaguth for rendering via Adobe Premiere
19) Batch production so final product is at recording resolution
20) Start Youtube upload ASAP

  • It takes roughly an hour and 10 minutes to upload ONE ten minute Segment
  • with higher resolution it jumps to 2 hours

21) Start tagging and comment work during upload IN NOTEPAD
22) Let sit overnight if need be
23) Churn out relevant blog post ASAP.
24) Work on THE AUDIENCE ABUSER BACKLOG.
25) Completely prep video, blog post, and necessary annotations and links before marking all as publicly visible.
26) Update the Devlog
27) Update youtube playlists as necessary
26) Sit back and bask in own glory (5 minutes)
27) Get back to life.

~TheDougem

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