Technical Issues with TIE Fighter Let’s Play Videos

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  1. EBM says:

    Give the DOSBox capture a try. I tried it a while back and it worked fairly well, even in a test on an ancient Win95 rig! I think the output is in AVI, so there’s no trouble with converting.

    • Brian Rubin says:

      Yeah, that’s my last resort. DOSBox doesn’t record microphone input as far as I can tell, so it’d just be the game without my commentary. :/

    • EBM says:

      Ooh yeah, commentary. That’s a bit of a sticky point. You could record it afterwards and add it to the video, but that doesn’t really work well. You might have to surrender the glory of iMuse for the Windows version, which doesn’t slow to a crawl with Fraps (at least it didn’t when I did an X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter vid).

      • Brian Rubin says:

        Guuuuuuuuuuhhhhhh, I can’t STAND the redbook audio in the Win versions, I feel like it’s a huge step down from iMuse. Siiiiiiigh.

        • EBM says:

          It IS a huge step down. They brought it back for X-Wing Alliance, but sadly not the earlier games. The Redbook audio is so damned bland after a couple times I just disable it and run a playlist of spacey music instead. Ah well…

    • I had a few problems with screenshotting X-Wing last year (FRAPS and DOSbox don’t seem to get on too well with me) and found Hypersnap 6 to be the solution. Perhaps the same is true with video capture? Might be worth trying the trial –

      • Brian Rubin says:

        Sadly Hypersnap only seems to do still capture and not video. :/ Thanks for the suggestions though. It appears as is Snagit now captures video as well, but I don’t want a whole new program to be the solution.

  2. Espio says:

    Be a bit more complex to do, but maybe do two recordings in parallel… one DOS box recording of the video and audio, while recording your running commentary into a second audio recording somewhere, and then merge the two audios afterwards?

  3. AlienEye says:

    What about using a separate audio program in the background to record any sound coming from the microphone. You would still be able to provide commentary while playing, and once you are finished, use a basic video editor to sync up the game with your commentary to make one video file.

    • MrPopo says:

      I was going to suggest this. A program like Audacity shouldn’t slow down things much (if at all) and then you just need to sync up the audio with the video (probably say something distinct when something distinct on the screen shows up at the start).

  4. Nes Anderson says:

    There are always other options for video commentary. Recording software running in the background, then join the audio and video later.
    But otherwise.. YES TIE FIGHTER.. YES.. OH GOD YES.
    my childhood, oh my childhood…

  5. David T. says:

    Could you record your commentary on a second device, and then merge the two tracks in post?

    This really is one of the best games of all time.

  6. madman says:

    Force separate affinities for dosbox and despair

  7. Brian Rubin says:

    Wow, holy crap, hey party people and NEW folks to comment, welcome! ;) Alright, alright, I’ll try recording video and audio separately, might y’all know of a good program I can use to merge the two once I’ve recorded them?

  8. Scotten says:

    I know Adobe Premiere Elements can merge video and audio — I tried it for a wedding video I had taken years ago. It worked, but syncing the mouths to the words was almost impossible.

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