This is more of a meta-Wow topic. Specifically I wanted to step through how I make and narrate a video from Wow footage. It’s not difficult.. but sometimes any basic how-to is better than wandering aimlessly in the dark.
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Making Wow Video for Windows: [See comments for Mac instructions]
- Make sure your machine can handle it. If you’re running at ~40 fps normally you should be ok. If you’re barely pulling 15-18 fps then recording the video will be horribly painful.
- Acquire the video recording software. I paid $36 and got a registered version of Fraps. I felt that it was a steal for the price. Other source recommend WEGame (a free fraps alternative). I read about WeGame after I’d already paid for Fraps.. so although I’ve tried out WeGame.. I continue to use Fraps.
- In Fraps I can either record ingame/vent noise OR my mic. I cannot get both to record through Fraps at the same time. If you want to record both you’ll need to setup an additional program (Audacity maybe) to record your mic. Regardless, when you make your movie, make sure that the things that make noise on your machine are the things you want to record in the movie. Most of the time I log out of/mute Ventrillo and only record in-game noises. Since I’m horrible at multi-tasking I don’t try to narrate my video piece while I’m recording the video. I do that afterwards.
- Launch the game and your video recording software. In the video recording software, note where the recordings are going to be stored (you’ll need that).
- Trigger the recording software to start recording. I push F9. This starts the recording.
- Do whatever actions you need to do for the recording.
- Trigger the recording software to stop recording. I again push F9.
- Open the recorded video in your video editing software. Windows comes with Windows Movie Maker. It’s good to start with but it’s kind of limited. I’ve read good reviews of Sony Vegas.. and I’m tempted to upgrade to that.
- Edit the video to your liking. This is also where I record a narration track.
- Save the video. Normally Windows Movie Maker saves as an AVI.
- Upload the video to a service like YouTube.
- Publicize your video link.
- Profit 🙂 Good luck!