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Tutorial: Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 - how to make a "high quality" Soldier of Fortune 2 movie.
 
Software used:
 
Soldier of Fortune 2 MP 1.03
Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5
DivX 5.2 pro Gromda Videomach 3.11
GoldWave 5.05

 
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 Pro 1.5
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 screen shot's per second first, for my movies i used 30 screen shot/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 screen shot'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 ment to create a high "uncompressed" video file.
Download Videomach 3.11, install it and register or run the trial version. This is how the basic Videomach looks like:



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



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 290 screenshot's (in videomach they call it images) are added, (290 frames : 30 frames a second = 10 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 3 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 "Codec Settings" and select "Full Frames Uncompressed". You can also resize your screenshots, click on the Resize button, you will see this:



Click on the PICK button to choose one of the standard dimensions, i always use 640x480. These are the most important options in Videomach 3.11 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 Pro 1.5.
Hit the CLOSE 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.
The last thing i am going to show is how to change basic things of your video like brightness, gamma, blur or sharpen etc. It's realy easy, click on the folder icon marked red in this screenshot:



You get a list of filters you can choose, i just want my video a bit brighter so i choose Brightness. This window appears:



When you set the sliders to 20 this will happen to your video's brightness:



 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


You can add as many filters as you want, it's much more easy to do this in Videomach then in Premiere Pro later. Just keep in mind you have to do all videos you create with videomach, else in Prmiere Pro the video will not be all the same quality.
Now you can hit the "green arrow"   and Videomach will create a test.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 that big video files and you get an error. You'll need to reduce the screenshot's by dividing the sequence in 1 or more pieces, like i said before: make sequences of 500/1000 screenshot'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: GoldWave 5.05. This is how GoldWave looks like:



By clicking on the "NEW" button (marked red on above screenshot) you'll get this screen:



Make sure channels is set to 2, sample rate is 44100 and the file length is set to something like 10 minutes. Then hit the OK button. NOw this screen appear:



Note: 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.
Click on the little CONTROL window the red record button and GoldWave start to record. Now start Soldier of Fortune 2.

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 peace you want to record (click here too see the keys that are binded to fast-forward etc.) If you got the piece just quit SoF2 and go to GoldWave. Press the stop button in the CONTROL window. A "sound graph" will be shown. See screenshot 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 have to select the part you want to save, simple by clicking and dragging the cursor over the part you like to hear, then that part will be shown blue. You can play the selection by click on the "controls" play, pause, stop, forward etc. Try to make a selection with a few seconds before and a few seconds after the piece you like to hear, remember it must 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 piece you need is no problem, we cut it off in Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5).
Save the sound file by clicking on FILE, Save selection as. This window pop up:



Again we want the best quality so choose the field shown on the screenshot above.

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 what 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's latest version is Premiere Pro 1.5.
When you've installed Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 and launch it, you need to start a new project, click on new project.
This screen appears:



You can choose to load a Preset but i recommend to make a new Preset by choosing the second tab called Custom Settings.



Just take the settings from the screenshot and save it as a preset called SoF2_movie or something like that. Hit the OK button and the Premiere Pro main screen appears.



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 below.



I dragged the "test.avi" file from the project basket into the "video 1 track" and I also dragged the test.wav audio file into the "Audio 1 track". 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.


You have to 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/hear 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 run synchronically.

Step 7) Creating the final movie

To export your video and sound to 1 avi file go to File, Export, and choose 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, click on SETTINGS, see screenshot below:



Take these settings:



Change "Compressor None" to a codec you like to use.
DivX pro 5.2 settings:
After installing the codec it will appear in your "Compressor" list. Select the DivX codec and press Configure. These screens 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!!!
The Microsoft ADPCM compressor is a good compressor with high quality. Make the settings as shown in above screenshot. 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 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 none or 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 5.2) and Audio (Microsoft ADPCM) settings i have shown in this tutorial.

Step 8) Creating effects in Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5

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 basics 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 1" as shown in the screenshot 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 below.



Premiere Pro works with in and out points, when you add an effect to your video it's standard not working, you have to tell Premiere Pro when the effect should start and with what amount. See this screenshot:



As you can see, the Video Effect Gaussian blur has been added to my Effects Controls and i made an inpoint, a middlepoint and an outpoint (see the big red arrow) by clicking on the little stopwatch marked red in the screenshot above. The next point is set to an amount of blurrieness (10 in this example), from the inpoint to the middlepoint Premiere will blur the video from 0 to 10. The outpoint has an amount of 0 so from the middlepoint to the outpoint it will go to 0 blurr. The effect will looks like the video suddenly got blurr and it goes back to normal.
Working with in- and outpoints is complete different then Premiere 6.5 and older versions. But you will notice when you playing a bit with it, it's much more easy to use and it will be your friend in the future.

Transitions:

Creating Transitions in your video between clips makes it much more fun to watch your movie, here an example how to create transitions:

Put 2 video's in your video 1 track. Open from the Project Window the Effects tab. Choose the Video Transitions folder and expand the Page peel folder. Drop the Center Peel transition onto your first video clip and it positions itself at the end of that video. See this screenshot:



In the Effects Control tab you can manage your transition, click the marker behind "Show Actual Sources" and your 2 video clips appear. By dragging the bar beneath the first video from left to right, you see what your transition is going to look like. You can also click on the little PLAY button (left upper corner of the Effects Control tab) too see your transition loop.

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 sequence, delete the screenshot'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 sequences when your playing, only take screenshot 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 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 ! ! !


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