Dragoon Saga Video Project
goal of the project
is to play through Panzer Dragoon Saga and record the whole experience
and then encode the highlights to distribute on the internet. I won't
be using a walkthrough for this; I dislike using them for initial play
throughs, even if this isn't my first time playing the game (I last
played through the game in 1999, so I've pretty much forgotten
everything important anyway).
is my hope that these videos will aid people who haven't played the
game in understanding the storyline and give them a strong idea of what
the gameplay is like. The game isn't cheap these days (it goes for
around $150 on eBay right now, and I've seen it sell for around $200
more than once), so I hope that at least one or two of these videos
will be enough to inform someone as to if the game is right for them.
Additionally, I hope that these videos will aid those playing Panzer
Dragoon Saga via an emulator (SSF,
Giri Giri, etc) so that they
understand what is an emulation bug and what isn't. I'd love to redo
this project in high resolution via SSF at some point in the future
(and as a sidenote, I believe that all emulators should have input
recording/playback support along with AVI Output support :) ).
Unfortunatly, I don't have an s-video cable for my Saturn, so I'm
capturing these videos via composite. Not the best image quality in the
world (actually, it sucks :( ), but the videos here are
quite a bit better than you're likely to find elsewhere (Gamespot
I'm looking at you...). There's some nice, high resolution
screenshots taken from within GiriGiri available at PanzerDragoon.Net
(which is where I got these cd scans from, incidentially).
Everything here is encoded at 640x480 XviD and
bitrates between 950kbps to 1200kbps (depended on what yielded the most
acceptable image quality for the file size). Total play length is just
a hair over 6 hours long, which is roughly half the length of time to
took to actually play through the game. If you plan on editing it all
together into a single movie (PLEASE DO!) and need additional footage
for any single point,
please let me know and I'll gladly capture
whatever you need.
Q. Is this a speed run?
A. No, this is just
large chunks of
the video showing off all of the key moments of the entire game...and
then pretty much the entire end sequence.
Q. Why didn't you edit
these into one movie?
A. Because I suck at
Q. Can I edit these
videos into one movie?
A. I don't know. Can
Q. Why didn't you do X
on Y at point Z?
A. Because I didn't use
walkthrough and I haven't played it in years, so I was just finding my
own playstyle to use instead of following someone else's. While I'm
pretty sure my style was far from the most efficient, it worked well
enough for me!
Q. Why did you use
A. Because all of these
together are 4.76gigs, and while I have a nice amount of bandwidth
available to me, I don't have THAT much.
Q. Will you torrent
A. Give me a Torrent
Tracker that's available for general use and doesn't also host \\`aR3z
and moviez and I'd be happy to.
Q. Can you send me the
ISO+MP3 so I can play PDS in GiriGiri?!?
Q. I get audio but no
A1. Install ffdshow.
A2. Use VLC.
Q. I get video but no
A. That doesn't even
begin to compute, but feel free to use ffdshow
Q. Why does it look
A1. I was using
composite cables to capture
A2. It's a Saturn, not
A3. It's 8 years old
A4. I recorded to MPEG2
(extremely high bitrate MPEG2, but MPEG2 all the same) and then
transcoded to XviD.
Q. What hardware did you use to capture all of this?
A. I used a Leadtek
Winfast TV2000XP Deluxe, which cost me about $45
from NewEgg 2 1/2 years ago. Now a days they have the TV2000XP
for only $35, which is a pretty damn good deal for such a nice piece of
awesomeness. For recording, I used Leadtek's WinFastPVR software, which
isn't on par with DScaler for cleaning up video inputs, but supports
recording to mpeg2 (which is incredibly important when dealing with
recording an hour or so of footage at a time). I also have an
svideo/composite switchbox that I run all of my systems through so I
can change systems on the fly.
Q. Did you know that
A. Nope, thanks for
letting me know!
Q. Do you not have a
life or something?
A. I'm a janitor at a
high school. Do the math.
Q. Well then why did it
take so damn long for you to do this?
A. We're short staffed
at the high school.
Q. Why did you waste
your time with this? This project sucks, your FAQ sucks, and your mom
has a small penis.
A. Thank you! You have
a nice day, too!
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