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PostSubject: I'm new to this   Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:06 pm

I just recently started an ARG and I've started to hit a wall. I'm feeling a bit inadequate about the whole thing because of limited resources (Have yet to really gather a cast or anybody interested in role-playing their way through a video, and I have yet to find a way to do video editing that makes convincing Slender Man distortion effects).
Do any veterans have advice for a newbie?
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:27 pm

well that's the thing with ARGs. All about planning. If you rush into it too fast it will burn out and you won't get anywhere near to the potential you could have.

As for video distortions, do you have any video editing programs?
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:38 pm

@Zander
Thank you for replying Very Happy
I do see where you're coming from with the planning aspect and I've put some significant time and thought into the overhanging plot, but it seems like ARGS require a certain element of unpredictability and influence from the other cast members, like in any form of role playing.
As for video editing, I'm pretty restricted. So far I've done some fairly basic stuff through iMovie, but it's not exactly an advanced editing tool by any means. However, I can access FinalCutPro from the computer lab at my college. Any chance that could be of use?
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:49 pm

The unpredictability is hard to work with but you can control how much unpredictability there is. While freedom is a good thing, you need to be able to manage everything within a decent range or else you might lose hold of it.

I've used iMovie before and it's not that great with effects for distortion. I don't know anything about FinalCutPro but in general I'd recommend experimenting with different programs and see what you can and can't do.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:57 pm

@Zander
Okay thank you Smile I'll keep that in mind.
Audacity has been great for generating the static noise sounds for the distortion bits, but the stuff like visual static and tearing (or whatever you call it when the bottom portion of the video is cut and moved up to the top or vice versa) continues to elude me. Anyway, I'll give FinalCutPro a shot and see what I can find.
Thanks again!
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:41 am

Welcome to the forums.
Enjoy your stay.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:09 pm

Yo man, If you want something really awesome for video editing try sony vegas.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:18 pm

@Zetto1995
Can I get away with using the $45 Vegas Movie Studio HD or do I need one of the more expensive versions?
And thanks for the suggestion by the way. I've heard a lot about Vegas, I just didn't really look into it because I'm running on a pretty much nonexistent budget for the time being. But if the $45 can do what I need, I think it'd be a worthy investment.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:22 pm

ShaunTorrence wrote:
@Zetto1995
Can I get away with using the $45 Vegas Movie Studio HD or do I need one of the more expensive versions?
And thanks for the suggestion by the way. I've heard a lot about Vegas, I just didn't really look into it because I'm running on a pretty much nonexistent budget for the time being. But if the $45 can do what I need, I think it'd be a worthy investment.

You dont need to pay one cent man! I get by just fine with the demo version.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:31 pm

@Zetto1995
Really?! Wow, I've got to give this a try right now. Thank you for the awesome info!
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PostSubject: Re: I'm new to this   Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:05 pm

ShaunTorrence wrote:
@Zetto1995
Really?! Wow, I've got to give this a try right now. Thank you for the awesome info!

No probs man, Thats what i'm here for.
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