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Tutorial: Adobe Premiere 6.5 - how to make a "high quality" Soldier of Fortune 2 movie.
 
Software used:

Soldier of Fortune 2 MP 1.03
Adobe Premiere 6.5
Gromda Videomach 2.72
Sonic Soundforge 6.0


I'll explain the steps to make a movie, by clicking on the links you get more info about that particular fase in the movie making/editing process.
 
Step 1) Playing Soldier of Fortune 2
Step 2) Recording a demo
Step 3) Getting screenshot's from an existing demo
Step 4) Creating a movie file from a screenshot sequence
Step 5) Getting ingame sound from an existing demo
step 6) Putting it all together.
Step 7) Creating the final movie


Advanced:

Step 8) Creating effects in Adobe Premiere 6.5
Step 9) Tips & Tricks


First a note:

Using scripts from my website could result in a loss of some of your binds, the script Jaydee made for me binds the Function -and KeyPad keys. If you use these buttons in your own script, make sure you re-exec your script to rebind those buttons to your own functions.

Step 1) Playing Soldier of Fortune 2

If you don't know how to do this, don't read any further :P

Step 2) Recording a demo

Start Sof2 MP and join a server. When connected to that server, type in the console: (default key binded for console "~" ) g_synchronousclients 1. This command enable SoF2 to make sure all clients runs synchronically at the same time and now you are able to record a demo. Type, again in the console, record demoname. Now SoF2 is recording to the file: demoname.dm_2004 in your ..\base\mp\demos folder. Your SoF2 is running bad now because SoF2 is trying to run all clients connected to that server synchronically. That's not playable. To avoid this, type in the console g_synchronousclients 0 to turn it off. You should see this in your HUD layout:


When your game is finished, bring down the console again with the ~ key and type: stop. Now the demo stops recording and your demo file will be stored in the ..\base\mp\demos folder.

Step 3) Getting screenshot's from an existing demo
To make an avi file from that demo we have to make an amount of screenshot's per second first, for my movies i used 30 screenshot/frames per second (FPS), other people often use 25 but i like the better performance 30 FPS brings with it. To do that Jaydee (a good friend of mine) made a great script, you can find that script here. It's called avi.zip. Unpack it with winzip and put the files you unpack from it in this folder. ..\base\mp\. After you have done this you can start SoF2 MP again, type this in your console: exec avi.cfg. This will execute the avi script and allows you to do things like: dump 30 screenshot's / sec, play demo's 1x 2x 5x 10x faster then normal, play demo's slow motion 1x 2x 10x 15x, pause the demo etc. etc. You can read the full feature of this script here.

Now load the demo by typing in the console: demo demoname. The demo will load and starts to play. To make screenshot's from it just press F12 (note: the game might be shocking or run real slow, SoF2 is putting 30 screenshot's (*.tga files) with each about 1,5 mb (1,5 mb x 30 screenshot's = 45 mb/sec) to your harddisk, that's causing the delay or slow running game) to start the screenshot dump. SoF2 dumps screenshot's to this folder. ..\base\mp\screenshot's or if you loaded a MOD (e.g. OSP) to this folder ..osp\screenshot's When you think the action is over and want to stop the screendumpsession, again press F12.

TIP: don't make screenshot sequences of whole demo's or longer then 1-2 minutes, it takes allot of time and harddisk space (1 sec = 30 screenshot's = 45 mb, 60 sec = 1800 screenshot's = 2700 mb = 2,7 GB!!!!). When making a movie from these screenshot's (uncompressed) it will be about 2.5 GB big, the FAT32 file system doesn't support larger files then 1.5 GB so try to keep that in mind. You can work around it by "cutting up" the screenshot sequences into smaller sequences, like 500 screenshot's each sequence (500 screenshot's = 750 MB).

Step 4) Creating a movie file from a screenshot sequence
I always use Gromada Videomach to Create a movie file from a screenshot sequence. You can download videomach from http://www.gromada.com. You can use it for 30 days on non-commercial base, otherwise you have to buy it.
Videomach is a friendly program to use, although you have to know some basic settings. KEEP IN MIND that all the settings you make in Videomach are meant to create a high "uncompressed" video file.
Download Videomach, install it and register or run the trial version. This is how the basic Videomach looks like:


Let's start with importing a screen shot sequence. Click on the folder icon (marked red on illustration above). This screen appears:

Select the first screenshot and press the open button. The question will be asked if you want to open only this screenshot or the whole sequence, choose for sequence. The screenshot's will be loaded to your default Videomach window and looks like this:


 
You can see 120 screenshot's (in videomach they call it frames) are added, (120 frames : 30 frames a second = 4 seconds of movie). Click on the "floppy" icon to change the settings of the video we are about to create. This screen will appear:

Choose for "output Mode" video only. A path will be shown where Videomach want to save the video file, choose a patch (keep your HD space in mind) and type a name for the video output file (e.g. test.avi). The format option must be set to AVI, Windows Audio Video Interleaved, as shown on the screenshot above.
Now go to the second tab called Video.

Here are some features i'm not going to explain, there are 2 important things to keep in mind on this settings page, check if your framerate (see red circle) match your framerate. If you use the script from my website the framerate is set to 30 and this will be no problem. Also check the format/codec that Videomach use to compress the video. Default "Cinepack by Radius" is selected, you can change this format by clicking on the button "Format Options" and select "Full Frames Uncompressed". This is one of the most important options to keep your quality of your movie high.
The 3rd tab "Audio" isn't important because we do not add audio in Videomach, we add the audio in Adobe Premiere.
Hit the OK button to leave the "Settings" and you are back in your start window of Videomach
Note the "Settings Overview", all your settings just made are visible in "text format" and give you a good overview of what you're settings are. See the screenshot below.

Things like Codec, Resolution, Frames, Duration and Uncompressed size are important to know, before you hit the "start" button, always check these settings if they are correct.
You can hit the "start" button  and Videomach will create a .avi file. This screen appears:


After processing the screenshot's into an .avi file, Videomach will open the avi by default, so you can see the result. Sometimes the avi file will be larger then 1,5 GB and windows/FAT32 doesn't like such big video files and you get an error. You'll need to reduce the screenshot's's by dividing the sequence in 1 or more pieces, like i said before: make sequences of 500/1000 screenshot's's max.
Step 5) Getting ingame sound from an existing demo
Now we have the video it's time to capture the ingame sound from the demo. I use a program called: Sonic Soundforge 6.0. You can find more info here. This is how Soundforge 6.0 looks like:


By clicking on the "record" button (marked red on above screenshot's) you'll get an other screen, see below screenshot's:

You have to check your sound settings (Win98/2000/ME/XP: control panel / sounds and audio devices) if the recording settings are correct. I can't help you with that, that's different on every sound device that's used. As you can see, i use the SB Live!. If your sound settings within Windows are good to go click the "Record" button and start SoF2 MP.
Note: It's possible that SoF2 MP comes with an error that an other application is running and that the performance of SoF2 could be affected by this program, ignore this message and click OK.
In SoF2 MP you type: exec avi (this execute the avi script you downloaded from my site), then type: demo demoname (demoname is the name of the demo you want to play). Now the demo you want to extract sound from is loading. When the demo is playing you can fast-forward to the piece you want to record (click here too see the keys that are binded to fast-forward etc.) If you got the peace just quit SoF2 and go to Soundforge. Press the stop button and a "sound graph" will be shown. See screenshot's below.


If you quit SoF2 right after you played the demo and searched for the part you want to record, the last part of this "sound graph" should be the sound you want, you can play this sound by click on the "controls" play, pause, stop, forward etc. (marked red on above screenshot's). Copy and paste till you got the right peace that match with the video you just created in Videomach. (note: it's not necessary to do it very precise, a few seconds of sound in front or behind the peace you need is no problem, we cut it off in Adobe Premiere 6.5).
Save the sound to a *.wav file by clicking on file/save as and choose the Wave Microsoft (*.wav) format from the list of formats, see the screenshot's below.


Behind this list of formats you can save you file into is a "Description" field, keep in mind that we want the quality of the sound as high as possible, keep the Hz. to 44.100 and 16-bit Stereo as shown below.


TIP: Rename the sound files you generate to the files you made with Videomach, it's much easier to match video and sound in Adobe Premiere by they're names, e.g. 001_sound.wav and 001_video.avi. 002_sound.wav and 002_video.avi etc. etc. Now you know what sound compares with witch video and that will make it much more easy when putting those 2 together in Adobe Premiere.

Step 6) Putting it all together.
To put video and sound together Adobe made a very powerful program called Premiere. As we speak Adobe just launched a new version, Premiere Pro (version 7). I'll stick to Premiere 6.5, i'm familiar to that version although Premiere Pro has allot new features!
When you've installed Adobe Premiere 6.5 and launch it for the first time, it will ask you how you want to work every time you start Premiere, Single Track Editing or A/B Editing, please choose A/B Editing.
You need to choose a "preset" that Adobe already have created for you, NTSC 640x480 Video for Windows will do fine. You can choose it from the screen you get as shown below.


After choosing this "preset" you get this screen:


This is Adobe Premier's main screen. You see the Timeline where we are going to put the video and sound files together. Let's do so. Choose from the file menu "import - file", browse to your folder. where you stored the video and sound files, choose the video and sound you like to put together and press "open". The files will be added to the "project bin" and it will look like this:


Now you have to drag and drop the video into a "video track" and the audio into an "audio track" See the screenshot's below.


I dragged the "test.avi" file from the left upper corner into the "video 1A track" and a 4 second long yellow stroke called test.avi appears I also dragged the test.wav audio file into the "Audio 1 track", see the green test.wav. You see that the test.wav is longer then the test.avi, that's because the avi file is exactly as long as it should be, the sound file is longer and should be edited within Adobe Premiere. You can do this by selecting the "Razor" tool from the toolbox shown below.



Cut the wav file until you got the right part and that part is exact as long as the video, With the  icon in your timeline you can see what your video and sound will look like by dragging the bar over the video, in the "display window" of Premiere you can see on which part of the video you are, if you got the sound cutted right you can see if your video and sound runs synchronically.

Step 7) Creating the final movie
To export your video and sound to 1 video file go to File, Export Timeline, Movie. This screen appears:


Because we work with high quality video and audio the file you will output will be very big by default. If you want to edit this video again or add video effects etc. within an other program you should go to settings and choose as "compressor" none, then there will be nothing compressed and the quality will be high. If you like to put this movie onto the internet the size must be reduced, you have to select a compressor, see screenshot's below:

Change "Compressor None" to a codec you like to use. I always use one of the latest DivX codes, you can find the DivX codec here. After installing the codec it will appear in your "Compressor" list. Select the DivX codec and press Configure. This screen will appear: 


The only relevant thing to change is your "Encoding bitrate", i'm not sure what it's on by default but i guess it's something like 1200. Then the file size of your video is small and your quality is average. I put the "Encoding bitrate" pretty high to 2500, then your file size is much bigger but the quality is much better!!!
To configure the sound settings choose Audio and set the Rate to 44100 as shown below.


The Microsoft ADPCM compressor is a good compressor with high quality. Make the settings as shown in above screenshot's. Hit the OK button to go back to the "export movie" window. The settings for video and audio are shown in the lower left corner of that window, see the screenshot's below:


As you can see, all the settings we made are bundled here. Again check if the movie will be exported as AVI, if the Frame rate (FPS) is 30, if the Codec to compress video is DivX, if the Audio settings are 44100 Hz 16 bit stereo and if the audio compressor is Microsoft ADPCM.
Hit the Save button and wait till Adobe Premiere is done creating your movie. Note: it could take a while, on my biggest movie i had to wait a total of 24 minutes until my movie was created, and i don't have a poor hardware configuration !
Here you find the little movie i made during this tutorial, i used the Video (DivX) and Audio (Microsoft ADPCM) settings i have shown in this tutorial.

Step 8) Creating effects in Adobe Premiere 6.5
I really like to point you to a website where they have video animated tutorials about how to make video effects and transitions. The website can be found here and really has all the things you need to get started with Adobe Premiere. You can download lots of video's showing you how to do such things in Adobe Premiere, step by step. It also contains forums to ask questions to video/editing experts, etc. etc.
Let me show you the basic of how to create a video effect and a transition between 2 video clips, both in Adobe Premiere of course.

Video Effects:


Put a video clip into "Video 1A" as shown in the screenshot's above. Choose the "Video" tab marked with a red circle. The folders that appear contain all kind of video effects, e.g. Adjust contain all kind of effects to adjust the video, like brightness, channel mixer, color balance etc. The "Blur" folder contains all kind of video effects to blur your video, like fast blur, camera blur, gaussian blur etc. You can apply an effect to a video by opening the folder, select an effect, drag it onto the video clip and drop it. See screenshot's below.


When you drop a video effect onto a video clip 2 things in your screen change, 1) the video clip get a green top, 2) the "Effect Controls" tab contains an effect and can be modified. By modifying those settings your clip will change depending on what type of effect you have chosen. I suggest you try some effects and output some test files and have fun. (i did :-)

Transitions:

When making video's it's very nice to see some transitions between 2 different clips, this can be done as follow:
Put 1 video clip into "Video 1A" and another clip in "Video 1B". Between those 2 video there is room to put transitions, make sure the video clips are positions as follow:


The video in Tracks 1A and 1B are crossing each other a little bit, between those 2 video's just drop a Transition from the transition tab, e.g. Iris Cross.


You can double click on the transition to get it's properties, see the screenshot's below:


A is videotrack 1A and B is videotrack 1B. In the right lower corner, an animated screen shows how your transition will be created, the video in track 1A will be pulled out to 4 corners and video 1B will appear. That's what Iris Cross do with video clips. By checking the box at "Show Actual Sources" the clips will appear and when sliding one of the bars you see the transition working real time. See screenshot's below:


Notice the left picture, if you look good you see the cross by dragging the slider to the right. Just click on OK and export your movie. Now you have a transition between 2 video clips and that will improve your pleasure watching video's.
Step 9) Tips & Tricks 
Here some Tips & Tricks that will help you to do things much more easy and save you allot of time.
General Tips:
1) Visit http://www.wrigleyvideo.com for more useful tips / user forums / instruction video's / about movie making and editing.
2) To support the software companies, buy all the software i discuss in this tutorial ! ! !
3) When you created a movie from a screenshot's sequence, delete the screenshot's's, it's a waste of HD space.
4) Again, make sure you work the entire project (in all programs) with the same amount of FPS (e.g. i work with 30 FPS)
5) When you have a question and you can't find it in this tutorial, ask me :~)
Soldier of Fortune 2 Tips:
1) When you have to type commands in the SoF2 console, use the TAB key to auto complete commands (e.g. g_sync then TAB and the command will appear).
2) Don't make screenshot's sequences when your playing, only take screenshot's sequences with the avi script from existing demos.
3) When you start recording a demo, don't forget to set g_synchronousclients to 0 !!!
Videomach Tips:
1) You can easily adjust your contrast, brightness, gamma etc. with Videomach by adding a video effect from the "Video Effect list" on the lower right corner of the videomach main screen.
2) You can add multiple screenshot's sequences in Videomach and create 1 big avi file from the multiple sequences.
3) Don't try to put your Audio and Video together in Videomach, it sucks. Use Adobe Premiere for it ! ! !


End of this Tutorial.


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