I have been playing World of Warcraft since 2005. My first character was Pinkgnome, a gnome warrior, and he’s still one of my mains. In 2007 I started dual-boxing (playing two characters at once) and I now have 2 mains, Pinkgnome and Redwarf. I also have many alts ranging from level 18 to 85. I play almost exclusively on Eonar (US), a PvE realm, on the Alliance.
I started making videos of WoW in June 2009 as a way to learn how to use Final Cut and because I couldn’t find any decent HD videos of Warcraft instance runs, especially of the older content.
I play on a computer running Windows 7 and while recording I have the game running at a resolution of 1280x720. Fraps is set to capture at 100% size, 30fps, with stereo audio. The game is running off of one hard drive (the system disk) and Fraps is recording to second drive (the scratch disk). Trying to play the game off of and recording to the same hard drive introduces stuttering in the video as the computer is trying to both read and write large amounts of data; that's why I use two drives.
In World of Warcraft all the video settings are maxed and antialiasing is set to 4x.
Fraps records the video using it's own codec which results in a large file with very little compression. A three minute 720p video is about 3.9GB in size. Once the video has been captured I convert it to x264 using VirtualDub. This reduces the file size from 3.9GB to about 150MB without loosing much detail. When I'm ready to edit the video I convert it from x264 to Apple Intermediate (AiC). I do this because my computer is old and trying to use x264 files directly in Final Cut is painful.
When the video finally makes it into Final Cut it is edited by adding titles, overlays, music, and whatever else needs to be done to make it look nice. The video is then exported from Final Cut (still in AiC) which I then watch to make sure the final product is good. If there is anything I don't like I go back to Final Cut and fix the problems, then render out the video and watch it again. Once the video is completed to my satisfaction it is converted to x264 using QuickTime. This is the final file that I upload to YouTube and is usually 450MB for a 10 minute video.
Producing a 10 minute video can take between one and three hours to edit and between four and six hours to convert/render.
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