Processing multimedia …

I’m definitely old-school when it comes to video production. I prefer watching gameplay videos of my favorite retro games. I’m also partial to videos of folks playing music from video games. Because of that, I decided to teach myself how to make videos.

My own personal channel on YouTube has at least 10 videos of games, mostly Dance Dance Revolution. There are some from Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 thrown in because I really wanted to record my gameplay from those classics. They are two games that I was really good at, but came out before the real explosion of the Web. That meant no recording for me until it became a little bit easier to share with the rest of creation.

Gaming Insurrection has only recently expanded into the world of video creation. However, it’s easy with certain tools. I find myself dependent on emulators (it goes unsaid that I do own the actual cartridges and CDs of said roms) to create footage of classic titles. For the modern games, I use the Pinnacle Video Transfer. It’s only drawback? Anything with an old video signal (i.e. before the Dreamcast) I can’t record. The output is too weak for the video. So that’s why most of our readers haven’t seen anything from us from the N64 to PSOne era. We’re slowly rectifying that problem through research.

Recording through the emulators is extremely easy and a timesaver. The footage is clear and crisp, and the sound is beautiful. I highly recommend using them if and only if you own the original games. Do not circumvent the law for movie footage. It is not worth the legal battle you may just face for not owning the necessary equipment and gear.

Still waiting on Super Metroid’s video to finish encoding …

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