Enhancing one’s video production skills

It’s no secret that in my spare time I enjoy to play All Points Bulletin: Reloaded, a fantastic game brought back to life by GamersFirst. I’ve found myself recently rather enjoying the process of creating videos and uploading them to youtube. So over the past few days whilst playing APB, i’ve been recording my game play using FRAPS. This software is a sophistcated screen capturing software, that records the DirectX 3D windows instead of everything on the screen like most other common programs of this nature.

The files that FRAPS produces are only ever a maximum of 2 minutes long, and are recorded at the same resolution as the game is running at (in my case – 1680×1050). This footage is totally uncompressed and streamed to an AVI file on the hard disk. Obviously this consumes a great deal of disk space, when recording for long periods of time.

I’ve only scratched the surface of what Adobe Premier CS5.5 can do, and today I’ve realised that when used properly, it’s an immensely powerful tool for creating videos. Continue reading