Taking ‘The Stranded’ to the Next Level
Before you continue reading this post, make sure to check out Suns’ mini-preview of the movie “Lawless” below. Tom Hardy is flawless like usual in the trailer. Can’t say I’m surprised. Hell, he may even give Jason Statham a run for his money in my book. Speaking of Tom Hardy, I recommend anyone who enjoys his work to check out a movie called “Warrior” if you haven’t. In short, it’s a great drama about a broken family and two brothers who live two completely different lives. Great acting, and Tom Hardy is just an absolute beast in that movie.
Anyway, to the point of this post.
Recently, rED and I have discovered a little game called DayZ. After a few days of watching videos/streams we would keep saying how awesome it would be to roll with a group and record our endeavors and all the crazy things that would happen. And as I little backstory, prior to us watching these videos, a few weeks ago I mentioned my interest in creating something called “Let’s Plays.” Basically, all it is, is just someone playing through a game and commenting while they play. It’s mainly for humor sake, but you can do it however you would like, as long as it’s entertaining on some level (not necessarily humorous) it would work.
So, this then led to us talking about all the crazy moments that happen when we play with our crew on our beloved Xbox. Have it be Battlefield, Gears, Mass Effect, even Dead Rising 2. I’m not sure if many of you will recall this, but during Gearheads’ youth I would record our Friday Night Fragfests and post (mostly lengthy) highlight videos. They could range anywhere from 10-20 minutes long. I originally got the idea because I have always been fascinated with movie production. Recording, editing, all of it. And after that put out a product that anyone could watch and enjoy. That is my true passion, to entertain. And lately, I’ve have that fire rekindled with my recent discovery of Let’s Plays. It inspired me to dust off the cobwebs and give it another shot. Not necessarily Let’s Plays exclusively, but even Strategy Videos, machinimas, Live Streams of our games, anything and everything really.
So, this is what I ask of everyone. And I can not stress this enough, please, PLEASE don’t think of this as something mandatory. This is strictly voluntary, and if you can’t do this or don’t feel comfortable, I completely understand. So, anyway. rED and I have been looking at Capture setups/cards to buy. I would be the one to buy it, and we have been eyeballing a few prospects that could work. We’re trying to get a card that can capture in full HD because come on, these games are frikkin’ beautiful. And with the help of Blankman he showed me an internal card that you put into your CPU that records in full 1080p. Only catch is that I only own a laptop and can not install said card into it. I have been planning on buying a new gaming PC, but that may not be for a little while, at least. We have found a hardware Capture device, but after some research it looks like it can only record at 720p. Sure, it is HD, but if I can I would like to go with the full 1080.
The other reason for this post is that the Internal Capture card Blank linked me is $200 on Amazon and the Hardware card is ~$160. However, there is another Internal card from the same company that makes the card Blank linked to me for $140. So far, it seems like that will be the one I go with. It records in full 1080p HD and is $50 less. They both have HDMI inputs, so the only extra additional purchase I would really need to makes is an HDMI splitter and I’ll be good to go right out of the box with no hassle.
So, what I ask is if anyone could pitch in to help purchase whichever Capture card we eventually decide on it would be greatly appreciated. It would essentially be a community purchase seeing as I primarily plan on using it to promote the community and our awesomeness. Recalling on some of our more intense and humorous moments in BF3 alone was validation enough to go through with this. Another thing that I’ve been planning on doing would be video reviews and things along those lines. And with a Capture setup I could do a review series or something along those lines. The possibilities are endless, pretty much. I have big plans cooking up in my noggin even now. I will link to the 3 different Capture setups so that you guys can have a gander yourself and decide on whichever one you think is best. Again, this may not be for a good while just yet since I would have to get a new PC to be able to install the card. That is if we decide on one of the Internal cards.
Thanks for your time reading this, folks. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
AverMedia Game Broadcaster HD C127 (Internal Card – $130)
AverMedia Live Gamer HD C985 (Internal Card – $205)
AverMedia AverTV HD DVR C874 (External Hardware – $140)