Cities: Skylines was released last week. It’s a new city building game along the lines of SimCity 2013 but in my opinion, it’s better done. I’ve decided to do a real time play series on it similar to the SimCity 4 one I’ve been doing. Remember, this is real time which means it’s probably boring. You have been warned.
For anyone wondering why I don’t just write blog entries for them, I’m using them as a means to learn more about video production. This one is an experiment with the good old fashioned chroma key type effect, otherwise known as blue or green screen. So far, my conclusion is that to do a really good green screen effect, I need a much better quality camera – something that doesn’t introduce nearly so much noise into the image. Still, since I can’t afford to buy one, I’ll have to make do with what I have and put up with that funky fringe effect around my hair, though I expect I could reduce that with some hair spray or something.
I think I need to start writing scripts ahead of time, too. I might even want to consider some sort of teleprompter. This winging it business leaves way to much editing and fixup in post production.
The latest episode of my Lost Wizard on the Road video series is up at Youtube. New with this episode is a road identifier and, gasp, music during the quiet sections. Many thanks to my good buddy at Neferiu Records for pointing me to their various releases. If you like the sound track, I strongly urge you to support the artists through the links in the video credits.
The third installment of my road videos series is now online. Nothing terribly exciting this time. I am, however, getting more proficient with actually putting the videos together. Well, once I got past a bad update to ffmpeg which was causing the intermediate recoding to create an artifact storm on the video.
I have finally managed to complete the first in my official series of drivelapse videos. I’m calling the series “Lost Wizard on the Road”. The audio is a bit rough on this one but I decided it was good enough. I can always do better on the next one.
The other day, I recorded a trip to Walmart using my fancy new camera arrangement. I took the back way there to get something more interesting than city streets and freeways. As a result, I needed to do some more complex editing than on the previous video.
This time around, be awestruck at the fact that multiple speedups are in use. The urban areas are sped up by a factor of 4 while the rural areas are sped up by a factor of 8. There is even a handy speed indicator on the bottom right of the video. I also spliced the two legs, there and back, into a single video with a crossfade between the two. Much excitement. I think I’m starting to get the hang of this video editing thing.