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Gameplay videos: with or without fingers?

02-26-2013, 07:58 AM
#1
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Paris
Posts: 133
Gameplay videos: with or without fingers?

So my new game Aureus has just been submitted, and the release date is targeted for march 12. While it's in review I'm working on some basic promo material such as a small website, the emails I will send to blogs etc.

My biggest challenge is in making a video. I don't have the talent, nor the time, nor the budget to make a proper trailer, so I just want something which shows the gameplay. It won't really be used publicly, but I want to include it to the pitches I'll send to potential reviewers.

I'm not sure whether I should use footages straight from the phone, or use a separate camera which would also show my fingers. Any opinion?

Here's what I have so far:

Straight from phone using Reflector:
http://youtu.be/IlV5gfmnZlc

Using my MBA's iSight:
http://youtu.be/cBy2ZTxBh4A

I don't know why the webcam one is so blurry. Maybe I was too close from the camera. I'll try to make a better one if you think the webcam better show the gameplay. Thanks!
02-26-2013, 10:33 AM
#2
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 1
I think the webcam Video is better, because you actually see where the screen is tapped. But I would go for a better camera, maybe a dlsr with video.

02-26-2013, 12:28 PM
#3
I agree, the webcam video is much better.

Polygon Play
Developer of Lander Hero and Lander Hero: Training Mission
02-26-2013, 07:47 PM
#4
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 143
If you can get an animated hand to layer on top of your 1st video that would work.

If you go with a real hand, maybe find a girl with nice hands. Not saying you got bad hands or anything .
02-26-2013, 10:03 PM
#5
I prefer showing a hand.

Also, thanks for letting me know about Reflector. This is the one you're talking about right?

https://www.reflectorapp.com/
02-27-2013, 02:27 AM
#6
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Paris
Posts: 133
Thanks all! My own dlsr is too old to record movies, but I'm going to borrow a friend's tomorrow and shoot a new video.

And yes Devon, that's the app I used. It works quite well, but beware that you need a relatively recent device (it doesn't work with the previous generation of iPod touch).
02-28-2013, 11:55 AM
#7
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Paris
Posts: 133
Here's a new version, using a proper dlsr:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q9EFK1BA80

The sound could be bit better though :/
02-28-2013, 12:07 PM
#8
Please for the love of god if you go the finger route, clean and trim your fingernails properly. There is nothing worse than watching a gameplay video of some disgusting nerd developer with poor hygene.
02-28-2013, 12:13 PM
#9
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Paris
Posts: 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by ilStugots View Post
Please for the love of god if you go the finger route, clean and trim your fingernails properly. There is nothing worse than watching a gameplay video of some disgusting nerd developer with poor hygene.
Hu, was that a generic remark? 'cause my nails, which are barely visible in the video, are perfectly cleaned and trimmed. Projecting much ?