Category: Videos

Fist bump, denied + Did Ignis just parry?

After a successful link, Ignis goes for that fist bump … and Noctis ignores him (can’t fist bump while in defend mode I guess). TeeHee.

So I didn’t think the bro’s parried on their own. It could just be a coincidence but the timing is odd – when Noctis gets the Parry bit, Ignis turns at the exact same time like he’s parrying as well. No resulting linkstrike after the parry, so I don’t know what’s going on there. But it looks cool, like teamwork. Video has full speed first then in slo-mo.

Btw, I was wrong, if you upscale a 1080 video to 1440, YT does use the vp9 codec version. Just takes a while sometimes for the 1440 option to show up after uploading. Upscaling isn’t ideal but still better than the non-vp9 codec. Also, I know the YT embed looks odd on a phone (on standard “tall” viewing). I’m not sure why. Probably a theme thing. It looks normal in the width view. I tried some video plugins but haven’t liked any yet. Finally – why are the two video thumbnails so different in visual quality? YT is so inconsistent sometimes.

Funny outfit mods, lol

Nightyswolf is a Steam Workshop modder that I’ve grabbed a lot of mods from. You can get these outfits and others here.

Here’s a short video of them in “action.” Made me giggle.

The video editor program I’ve decided to use is called Shotcut and is pretty good for free, open-source software. Can do all the basic simple things most people would want to do. More importantly, it will read/open and handle my huge Fraps .avi files (at least on my PC), where a lot of freebie editors I’ve tried, can’t/won’t. I still use VirtualDub to do the initial clip editing then toss it in Shortcut for any transitions/titles etc. and the final compression to .mp4 for Youtube.

Why your Youtube videos may look terrible

After fruitlessly spending 2 days trying different video editors (DaVinci, Shotcut) and test uploading videos to YouTube over and over (with zero success at bettering YT play quality), I finally noticed something within the “Stats for Nerds” you can see by r-clicking on YT player. Then I found some videos explaining the meaning of what I’d noticed.

Basically, YouTube uses two different codecs when re-processing your uploaded file. So if your channel/videos get a lot of average views (you’re popular, in other words), YT will use the better quality codec (vp9) by default. If you don’t get a lot of average views, they use the lesser quality one. They might even later switch it to a vp9 version without you realizing, if the video becomes popular. Now that’s only a theory – I say that because I’m sure I wouldn’t have qualified for vp9 when I uploaded that Ignis vs. Turtle video, but for some reason it’s vp9 codec’d. Regardless, if you’re someone who rarely gets many video views, the only current reliable way around this is to always upload in 1440 (“2k”), which seems to default to vp9 no matter what.

I don’t know how long they’ve been doing this, but years ago all my pc gaming vids used the avc1 codec – I checked – and still looked good to decent at 720 and 1080. Newer videos using it now look like muddy crap (imo), particularly with fast action motion, no matter what bitrate/compression you use.  So they must have reduced quality settings of that codec as well.

From YT’s point of view it may be logical in some way but it sure is annoying to the uploader. I wish they’d at least allow low-view accounts to have the vp9 codec if the video is very short (like under a minute)  or relatively small upload (less than 50MB) which wouldn’t take tooo long to re-process regardless.

Oh well, at least I know the reason now and can stop obsessing over editors, compression techniques and the like. If you now want better looking videos on YouTube, record and upload in 1440. Got it.   Edit: I tried upsizing a 1080 to 1440 and uploading, doesn’t seem to work, YT won’t recognize it as 1440.

I mean put both of these at 1080 and then full-screen, and see the difference. It’s not only motion, look at the weapon selector text/graphic and such. No these videos aren’t special, they were just good fast-motion tests.  I still think below 1080 looks like crap on anything but small resized windows or mobile phone screens, even with uploading 1440. 😛

Testing WP media players

I was wondering how well the built-in WordPress media players fare. Seems to work with Win7, Win10, and Firefox 61+ but I have no clue about other or older browsers. If you r-click on video while it’s playing, you can pick things like Loop, playspeed, etc. The audio player doesn’t seem to have those options.  For really short video snippets – like that V drinking coffee one – it might be nice to not have to use YouTube, but I don’t have 200,001TB of server storage to be able to often upload lots of long/large videos. Plus I’m not sure how much the media containers affect load time of the website. So this is mostly curiosity/testing. There’s probably some free/paid WP plugins that work better, of course, but not sure I want to go that route unless I was going to devote a site to videos.

Uploading audio occasionally is more likely. For testing laughs, here is a stupid song mix I made years ago, using Boone’s voice lines (Boone is from Fallout:New Vegas). I recall liking it when I made it but now it sounds overbearing and silly. lol.

But I wouldn’t mind making silly projects again, using voice files,  with FFXV stuff.  I’m that bored lately, yup. The problem is converting all the audio files into mp3’s vs. their original uncommon format. I don’t currently have a tool that can do them all wholesale. Last time I looked at them I only converted a handful of Ignis’ lines then gave up. 😛  Need to look around again.

Black and white/albino chocobo’s

The old black chocobo mod I tried seems to be gone, but someone else loaded up a better version so…older one didn’t have reins and wasn’t as sharp. So I like this one better.

The white/albino is pretty much the same, only … white, and albino-eyes.

Video is nothing special, except maybe a couple brief cute moments towards the end. But sometimes it’s more interesting to see something in motion.

I still hate YT, spent two evenings on it, can’t figure out why some fast-motion gets so blocky for a second or two even in 1080 viewing, now, and I feel like all viewing options but the original video resolution (1080 in this case) look like fuzzy shit (desktop size, mobile is different since it’s so tiny). Codec settings barely make any difference vs. YT re-compression, maybe I’m doing something wrong. Or I need new eyes. I even tried uploading a minimal compressed version (like, 1GB for 1 minute) and still…Ah well, bite me, YT. 😛

Making Ravus run


Because as a “guest” party member, he cannot ride a chocobo and of course there’s no place for him in the car. Hahah, poor guy.

Oh and YouTube and their upload compression algorithms, or whatever, sucks. Keeps changing now and then and I have to figure out what I need to change during my rendering to make it not look like utter shit when uploaded, again. F*** YT/Google. Also, F*** Comcast. I think they’re back to throttling the entire internet where I live, between 5pm-10pm. It was better for a couple years but ….

“Hard mode”+I get knocked down a lot

(I suggest watching in at least 720p, YouTube compressed it a lot…)

I suppose it’s not really noticeable in a video, but this was taken while using the Cheat Engine table that lets you adjust enemy stats. You can increase their lvl/HP, physical and/or magic defense, meaning you deal less damage etc. These Mesmenir’s are normally level 5 I think, but in the video they’re level 8 with higher physical defense. Continue reading