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21 March 2013 - 08:01 PMI plan to start a review series and do other stuff with YouTube and need to get some kind of an HD recorder for consistent quality. The current best type of video recorder I own is a camera phone recorder and the quality is not good by any means. I imagine video quality like this would look really jarring with game footage this high quality. I was initially thinking about buying the Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) Video Camera along with these accessories. I also discovered the Swann Freestyle Video Camera today and it looks pretty decent as well. Biggest concern I have with both cameras are sound issues and a lack of focusing options. From what I gather, it seems both cameras only do auto-focusing which could be a problem. Not to mention both cameras seem to have sound issues and don't allow people to implement microphones. Here are some things I want out of video camera.
-Records in 1080p so it's consistent in resolution with my other video quality.
-Can be placed on my desk.
-I definitely need a small stand. A larger stand would be really nice too, but it's nowhere near as important for my purposes.
-Either having the sound quality be better than my Logitech Desktop Microphone or being able to install a mic to the camera would be very helpful. (Note: My Logitech mic was $20 two years ago.) I want the sound quality in my videos to be consistent so either of those options would be great. Alternatively, I could always have my mic record audio onto my computer and just sync it up with my recorded video. Not ideal, but a solution I'm willing to tolerate for most of my videos. However, I would need to be able to rely on my video camera's sound at some instances so if the audio is beyond poor quality, then that would be a major problem.
-Having more focusing options than just auto-focus would be incredibly nice. Not mandatory, but it's a desirable option.
-Has to be affordable. If I were to go with either the Kodak camera + accessories or Swann Freestyle camera, it'll definitely have serious consequences to my financial situation because I'm on a serious budget. At the same time, I absolutely need a better way to record video for what I want to accomplish so I need to be willing to spend more than I'd like to. Cameras like a GoPro are just way out of my limited budget.
Any suggestions and feedback will be highly appreciated.
16 March 2013 - 04:53 AMSo I love the GameCube controller and the PS3 controller, but they have some massive flaws. The greatest strengths of the GCN controller are its awesome triggers and very comfortable handles. Unfortunately for the PS3 controller, its handles and triggers are the worst part of the controller. The handles were pretty good for the PS2 controller, but the changes made to handles to make way for the badly designed triggers made the PS3 controller less comfortable and more flawed. Well, after putting over 19 hours into ASRT, I'm rather sick of holding the PS3 controller in an uncomfortable way just so my fingers don't slip off the damn triggers. Some people might recommend the popular trigger add-ons for the PS3 controller, but I've always hated those add-ons and the flawed handles just don't work well with racing games that rely on triggers for driving. So I thought, hey, how about I try getting my GCN controller to work with this game? I own Mayflash's 3 in 1 Magic Joy Box so I figured it was worth a try. Well, the triggers weren't detectable in a game that relies a lot on trigger movement so I did some research, came across this video and installed x360ce. Early on, this program seemed pretty awesome. I was able to get every button on the GCN controller to work with ASRT and the GCN triggers functioned awesomely. However, I discovered a huge problem. Since the GCN's analog sticks aren't as sensitive as the PS3 controller's analog sticks, they won't detect as far.
This makes it where I cannot turn as quickly in ASRT and probably would make me move slower in a platformer than I normally would be able to. That's a huge problem. To make matters worse, the analog sticks aren't equally sensitive.
I have absolutely no idea how I can resolve this issue. I really would like to be able to use my GCN controller with certain PC games, but not if my analog controls are this gimped. :/ I understand it won't be as sensitive as my PS3 analog sticks, but that shouldn't affect the overall speed. It is worth noting that I did open up my GCN controller tonight and noticed they are capable of faster speeds when the controller is not put together. I'd give a visual example of that, but I really don't feel like opening up that controller again tonight. It's also worth mentioning I tried getting my GCN controller to work with SA2B and it would not recognize my controller at all. This is also a problem for other people that tried to use Mayflash's products with that game. [LINK] What do you guys suggest I do? Does it all seem hopeless that I'll be able to get my GCN controller to run awesomely on my PC? Please do not recommend JoyToKey or XPadder. XPadder is a lovely program, but it's not capable of replicating full analog controls so it's not a good solution to this problem.
01 February 2013 - 02:02 AMI touched on this issue in the Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed thread, but after having crashing issues with ASRT, Sonic Generations, and Sonic 4: Episode II, it's very clear to me this is not a game specific issue, it's entirely related to my computer. I think it's possibly related to a problem that started on January 12th of this year where my computer started making these horribly loud buzzing noises. Granted, the noises go away completely after my computer has been on for 5-10 minutes, but it's very concerning I have that issue in the first place. I think it's related to my computer fan, but I'm not exactly sure. Whenever I turned my computer off and on tonight, I didn't have the issue probably because the computer wasn't off for very long so trying to test anything tonight involving the noises isn't going to happen. What has been happening tonight is that these games will go black out of nowhere with this terrible audio crashing sound (thanks ASUS Xonar DS sound card) and then the audio will stop completely while my monitor acts like my computer isn't connected to my computer until I reboot my machine. I've had this happen to me tonight at least six times with ASRT and one time each with Sonic Generations and Sonic 4: Episode II. I've never had this issue before and I desperately need to resolve this problem so I can enjoy PC gaming again. Any help and feedback would be greatly appreciated.
As I mentioned in the other thread, I tried reducing the sound quality for my sound card, having MotioninJoy closed out, and disabling my dual monitor settings so none of those seem to be causing the problem.
14 April 2012 - 03:46 PMAs most of us know, the Steam version is a port of a XBLA/PSN port, which is a port of the original PC version, which is a port of the GCN version, which is a port of the original Dreamcast game. While I own the GCN version, I'm interested in playing the game at a higher resolution and with mod support. Since this mod fixes a lot of issues the original PC release had, I definitely would like to play the game on PC but I'm not sure which version to get. I normally just get games on Steam (<3 Steam), but I've heard the newer version is harder to mod and I'd like to use a mod that forces widescreen support which sounds easier to do on the original version (though does that version support 1920x1080 resolutions?). Any help I can get on this would be very appreciated. ^_^;;
02 April 2012 - 01:58 AMSo I tried playing S3&K on Kega Fusion using the netplay option and after multiple attempts (along with some googling), I can't seem to be able to host it without terrible input lag that makes the bonus stages impossible and the game much more frustrating in general. When I have Volpino host it (who has much better internet than I do), the game runs fine but I can't find a way to make it where anyone besides the host is player 1. This is irritating because I want to play as Sonic and Volpino wants to play as Tails. I literally have no idea what to do at this point. Any suggestions on what we can do?