Matt Chat #3: Defender of the Crown!

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It took some money and effort, but here it is: Matt Chat #3! This week, I cover the classic Amiga game Defender of the Crown. Please watch, comment, discuss, and enjoy!

You might notice some differences this time. For one, I bought a tie clip (which explains the tie!!) to get better audio during the face to face segment. I also purchased some lighting equipment from Home Depot to get better lighting conditions. It's obviously not perfect, but hopefully better than previous Matt Chats. If you have any feedback or constructive criticism on such things, please let me know. I'm trying to improve with each webisode.

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yakumo9275
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Hey matt, I'm not getting

Hey matt, I'm not getting any sound from it (other youtube vids play just fine with sound).
aaah I got no sound till the game title :) your talking/intro is gone...

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Seems fine on this end
yakumo9275 wrote:

Hey matt, I'm not getting any sound from it (other youtube vids play just fine with sound).
aaah I got no sound till the game title :) your talking/intro is gone...

-- Stu --

Weird. It played fine for me. Another great one!

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Hi, Yakumo. Elizabeth had

Hi, Yakumo. Elizabeth had that problem, too, but that was because she was clicking it right after it came on (apparently it was still "being processed.") I'd suggest clearing all your caches and such and refreshing it.

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Again, a very entertaining video. I didn't realize how long it's been since I've played "DotK," but I suspect I last played it in the late 1980's!! Upon seeing the logo and hearing the music, my heart soared!

I'm already starting to get bored heaping praise on your videos.... you asked for constructive criticism, which I normally don't worry about in "Youtube-level" videos, but you're obviously on a quest for greatness, so I'll oblige.

First of all, the main thing that works about the "Matt Chat" videos is Matt himself. You've got a cool "look," and your personality works very well for this type of video. Don't change a thing there.... the look, the personality, the vocal delivery, the fun commentary.... stick with what works.

The "rostrum" camera clips were very effective and unexpected. It shows you're getting more ambitious! For "historical" presentations like yours, it works beautifully.

As for the lighting.... I hate to say it, but I think the lighting is a bit too harsh. The background wall is VERY bright, which "flattens" your personal appearance a bit. I hate to say anything about it, since you spent money and effort to improve your lighting, but that wall really stands out! More experimentation and tweaking in your lighting is in order here.

Overall, your basic "Matt Chat" format works. The opening in-person introduction, and then the videogame presentation and commentary, is straightforward and very entertaining. The addition of the "rostrum" clips was an added bonus, and is something that you should keep doing, because it works extremely well. This doesn't mean you can't experiment with the "template," but it does deliver the goods. It's just that wall....

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Thanks for the great

Thanks for the great comments, Rob. Trust me, your commentaries will never ever get boring to me! :) Indeed, they are very helpful.

I'm definitely a noob when it comes to lighting, so try to bear with me. I saw some videos on lighting at Youtube and tried to set up the "Three way" lighting arrangement (key light, fill light, back light). This amounts to 500 watt halogen lamps from Home Depot and one 250 watt. However, I was having a problem with shadows and over brightness. It seems very hard to get the lights in such a way where you get lots of light and accents where you want, without glare or harshness. I'm sure this would be easier with a pro light setup with dimmer knobs, but can't afford that ($1,500!). I'll have to keep experimenting until I find that "sweet spot" for all the lights that really works.

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Filtering halogen shop lights
Matt Barton wrote:

Thanks for the great comments, Rob. Trust me, your commentaries will never ever get boring to me! :) Indeed, they are very helpful.

I'm definitely a noob when it comes to lighting, so try to bear with me. I saw some videos on lighting at Youtube and tried to set up the "Three way" lighting arrangement (key light, fill light, back light). This amounts to 500 watt halogen lamps from Home Depot and one 250 watt. However, I was having a problem with shadows and over brightness. It seems very hard to get the lights in such a way where you get lots of light and accents where you want, without glare or harshness. I'm sure this would be easier with a pro light setup with dimmer knobs, but can't afford that ($1,500!). I'll have to keep experimenting until I find that "sweet spot" for all the lights that really works.

All you need is a filter for the lights. For taking photos, you would use something like a light tent, where you place the object inside the tent and then shine the lights, but you can place the same type of material over the lamps to soften them and take away the harshness. This then makes the whole room the "tent". The lamps get hot, so be careful, but you can even experiment with thin, white bedsheets as filters over the lamps as well.

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Hi Matt, I still get no

Hi Matt, I still get no sound until the game title plays.

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Rowdy Rob
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Audio problems... possible solution.
yakumo9275 wrote:

Hi Matt, I still get no sound until the game title plays.

At the beginning of the video, I noticed Matt's commentary is completely in the "left channel" of the audio. Check your audio settings and speaker connections to see if your left channel might be turned off or balanced to the right (assuming you have a stereo audio setup).

If that's not the problem, I don't know. I had no trouble hearing the audio.

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Okay, so far I've picked up

Okay, so far I've picked up on a few things.

1. The mic I'm using to record the live segment is mono. I haven't figured out a way to double it for stereo. Any thoughts? I was thinking of either looking for some type of mono to stereo adapter at Radio Shack or perhaps try something on the software end. However, Windows Movie Maker appears to be (perhaps someone else knows how??) limited on the audio editing side. I basically would need a way to separate the audio from the video, double it for stereo, and put it back (or at least on the right spot on the time line). What worries me is getting the video/audio sync off somehow. I'm also wondering if there is a way to convert mono inputs to stereo on the camera itself. Again, any ideas here would be helpful.

2. The lighting is too harsh. Next time I'll try to reduce the lighting, filter it somehow, and/or reposition the lights further back. I'm obviously limited here by the cheapness of the lights (halogen on stubby tripods), but I think I can do better than that. I was also considering putting some kind of dark backdrop behind the monitor to reduce the effect of shadows. Before, I was getting very deep shadows; only way to get rid of them was to ratchet up the lighting. Argh.

On a positive note, we'll be working with professionals at GDC to film the interviews, so I'll be able to carefully observe what they do and hopefully find a way to mimic or adapt it for home use.

As always, thanks for the feedback and keep it coming!

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Here's the type of shade I

Here's the type of shade I was talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dE1IUUfSDU&feature=sdig&et=1236445420.25 (it's to the right of Shatner)

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