Saturday, June 21, 2014

"A New Sniper" - Call of Duty Montage

Like I said, I was going to start messing around on Youtube uploading videos of my gameplay from Call of Duty; I've started. Eventually I'll start adding stuff like Madden gameplay, etc. But for now, I'll stick with Call of Duty as that's the community I'm most intrigued by regarding Youtube.

"A New Sniper" was my first ever attempt at video editing, and it started on Playstation 4's Share Factory. I liked what I had there, initially, and transferred the file over to my laptop, where I edited the transitions a bit using Windows Live Movie Maker, and Sony Vegas Pro 13.0. When I was rendering the final product in Vegas Pro, I was really happy with what I had and thought it was an incredible project (for a starter), so I uploaded it to Youtube, and this is what I had:


As you can see, it looks relatively clean, but the transitions ran too long, and they drowned out the end of the previous clip, where I had initially cut one second after a kill... so too often in my clips, there were kills that just did not show up.

I decided I would just add commentary to a clean version of the video, taking out all of the transitions and just sticking to the clips themselves until I learn how to properly handle transitions. I love my Beats Studio headphones, they're amazing for gaming... but there's a mic installed on one of the stock wires for the headphones and it really is not the best equipment ever. Needless to say, there's still a lot to not like about video editing after attempt 1.5, but I think I have at least a decent presence and some fun clips for those into the Call of Duty online sniping community. Here is the commentary video:


If you can, please head over to my channel and leave a like on the videos and subscribe. Thank you, and don't laugh, people.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Don't Laugh, Youtube?

First of all, I want to thank the DLP community for keeping up with the site even though we haven't been too active recently. It says a lot that we've actually seen an increase in viewers even though we haven't been keeping up with posting. All of my writers and myself have been busy elsewhere, or just not too interested in blogging, and I even asked in advance if anyone wanted a platform to write.

I am hoping to get back into posting here, especially now that I have a desire in a new hobby... POSTING my gaming videos. I have been watching a lot on Youtube recently of Call Of Duty snipers like Pamaj & the FaZe guys, and there is a really cool community in that specific area. I feel like I have a good enough base for promotion already, and doing something like that could help that base grow.

Let's keep it real though, I'm not even half as good as those guys are... but I never classified myself as a sniper before. I always played with SMG's and AR's... only occasionally dabbling in sniping for fun and challenges. But in 2012 when Black Ops II came out, I made a real effort towards the final months of playing that heavily to learn how to quickscope and I started getting some cool clips... but I never uploaded anything. When I traded in my PS3 in order to put money towards my PS4, I deleted my files, so I don't have my Black Ops II stuff left, and now that I've started watching these videos, I really regret it.

However, with Ghosts, I've made an even greater effort to step up as a sniper, even with Infinity Ward nerfing [note: that's when they decrease the ability of the guns] the class. I feel like I do pretty good, and now with my focus on watching and learning from these Youtube guys, I'm noticing myself getting even better. So much, in fact, that I've started saving a lot of my content and began doing [beginner] video editing in order to put my clips together. I'm not insecure with my play, and while I know I'm far from as good as most who do it, I know I'm decent, and I'm confident enough that some people will like my clips.

Besides, it's another venture, and hopefully it motivates me to step my game up even more on COD to the point that there's growth all around. I also feel it would be even more beneficial to Don't Laugh, People by helping attract more viewers/subscribers and also hopefully create opportunities for affiliation and sponsorship. I should have my first video up soon, and I will post it here, so I hope when I do, the people who have been dedicated viewers will head on over and watch.