21 January 2014 @ 04:55 am
Vid: Never Seen the Light of Day (BioShock Infinite)  
Title: Never Seen the Light of Day
Fandom: BioShock Infinite
Music: Never Seen the Light of Day by Mando Diao
Length: 3:43
Summary: And the truth shall set you free. -- A tribute to Elizabeth.
Recipient: [personal profile] isagel
Warnings: bright lights, stuttery cuts
original post on DW / LJ
Tumblr | AO3

Footage provided by the following Youtube users:
calaelen
Centerstrain01
Gronkh
NiZZULiVE
olddayowl
StreamingGames
Thanks to all of you!


Download (x264 mp4):
480p (56 MB)
720p (135.1 MB)



I started making this vid in October and was halfway done by the time Isagel's pinch hit went up, so OF COURSE I took it. :D

Ngl, the process of making this vid involved quite a few breakdowns and a lot of cursing. You see, Youtube decided that RIGHT NOW would be the perfect time to change the way the system behind their streaming works, making it almost impossible to download full HD versions of random videos! When I really really needed those full HD clips to get rid of HUD elements and stabilise camera movements! This meant that most programs, even if they could technically download 1080p, would cause problems and the files would come out with messed up frames and artefacts, some completely unusable. I did find an addon that could handle the new streaming protocol, but from what I've read, it looks like all solutions to downloading full HD from Youtube will stop working some time in the near future. :|

Random things and thoughts I had during the making of this vid:

-- I learned how to mask out subtitles and stuff like crosshairs! This was, of course, after spending days searching for decent looking 1080p-maxed-out-settings-footage without subtitles. Of course.

-- Erratic camera movements = BAD. SO BAD. I never noticed this so much before, but I will never look at gameplay footage the same way again. I sighed in relief every time someone went back into their settings to adjust that.

-- Thanks to said erratic camera movements, though, I also learned to really appreciate the camera stabilizer. Saved me so many nerves.

-- WHY WOULD YOU TURN AROUND AND LOOK BACK AT THAT GODDAMN DOOR WHEN ELIZABETH IS STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, TALKING TO YOU, WITH A BEAUTIFUL STARRY SKY BEHIND HER. WHY.

-- Actually just a whole lot of whys. WHY WOULD YOU LOOK AT THIS SCENE FROM THIS ANGLE. WHY WOULD YOU LOOK THERE WHEN THE IMPORTANT SHIT IS HAPPENING HERE. WHY CAN'T YOU TAKE FIVE SECONDS TO LOOK AT THAT POSTER. WHY WOULD YOU WALK AROUND WHEN YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO JUST WATCH. WHY. :((
(I realized at some point that it would have been unbelievably faster to just, you know, PLAY and RECORD the game myself. /o\ )

All nerve-wrecking and hair-pulling aside, though, I loved making this vid and am thankful to [personal profile] isagel for requesting it, giving me a reason and the opportunity to take that challenge. :)

Lyrics

She knows that if she ever breaks free
That she will never see the light of day
She's been blinded by the stars and dreams she craved
And if they ever let her go
She'll still be bound to all her fears
And all the medicine they forced her to take

On and on and on she goes
On and on and on she goes
But she will never ever ever find love
Unless she takes on the fight
Along with the northern light

They found her in the basement facing east
Howling wolves and inhaling beasts
Were strangling every little dream she had in there
And if she ever finds her way
They will haunt her through the day
Until she breaks and then becomes one of them, 'cause

On and on and on she goes
On and on and on she goes
But she will never ever ever find love
Unless she takes on a fight
Along with the northern light

Yeah

On and on and on she goes
On and on and on she goes
But she will never ever ever find love
Unless she takes on a fight
Along with the northern light

She knows
That if she ever let go
She will only lose her soul
There's no way out of this hell
Yeah
 
 
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isagel[personal profile] isagel on February 9th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
:DDD Thank you so much for this! It is gorgeous and I love it.

It's so interesting to hear about your struggles with the footage. I've started video game vids myself, but never yet finished one, but I always tried to do it by recording my own footage. (The problem with that for me is harddrive space. Ugh. And the fact that it takes a long time to play through a game.) And then more recently I've thought I should try the download-from-YouTube method. Guess I'll have to rethink that.

Anyway, I'm very lucky you picked up my pinch hit! :D
violace[personal profile] violace on February 9th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
I've made two video game vids before, but never even considered recording the footage myself before this! Harddrive space would a big obstacle for me as well. And I'd probably get really stressed about finding the right angles to look at things and getting camera movements right and stuff, I think a lot of planning would have to go into that before you record footage specifically for a vid. Too scary for me at this point. /o\

But people on Youtube make these great movie cuts of games these days, like a couple of hours of the most important dialogue and cutscenes. I used one of those to outline the vid and it was VERY helpful, so yeah, there can be advantages. :)

Anyway, I love that you love the vid. <333 You are very welcome.
Frith: .Love[personal profile] frith_in_thorns on February 10th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
I love this vid! It's so gorgeous. Elizabeth is such a great and fascinating character, and I love how you show her here -- and I love how much Songbird there is, too!
violace[personal profile] violace on February 10th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
Songbird really sneaked his way in there without me planning it so much, but I'm glad about it now. :)) Thank you!
meelie[personal profile] meelie on May 31st, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
I really liked your vid!
violace[personal profile] violace on May 31st, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
walkthegale[personal profile] walkthegale on June 30th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
This vid is GORGEOUS. I'm not familiar with the source, so my comments are a bit limited, but I loved the vid a whole lot anyway, and it made me have a lot of feelings about a game I haven't actually played... ;D This looks like a fascinating character, and you've shown her beautifully, and now I really want to play the game just so I can understand all the nuances here...

I also really love the song choice, and the feeling it creates for the vid, and how it works so well with the motion and the style of the game.

It's interesting to hear about the struggles you had with it being game footage, and you've done an AMAZING job of making it all look perfect and beautiful, and like it was filmed specifically for the purpose of making this vid, so yes. :D
violace[personal profile] violace on July 1st, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
nooo what a lovely comment <3 <3 It always makes me so happy when people enjoy video game vids despite not having played the games, somehow even more so than with TV/movie fandoms. Because it's such a different approach to portraying characters and emotions and trying to make the viewers connect with that.
Super glad you liked it, thank you!
the ways of tea and failure: comedy girl look[personal profile] hokuton_punch on July 7th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that is beautiful. Elizabeth, my baby. ;o;
violace[personal profile] violace on July 8th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
thank you :)
condnsdmlk: Made of Awesome[personal profile] condnsdmlk on July 18th, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
Saw this at VidUKon and loved it so much! I don't know anything about BioShock Infinite, but that in no way diminished my enjoyment of the vid - I can only imagine how much better it is if you do know the story.

The vid was beautiful to watch, had such great flow, pace and a real emotional centre - I was compeletely captivated throughout! Awesome stuff :D

<3<3
violace[personal profile] violace on July 25th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
<333 thank you so much!
[identity profile] anie-chan.livejournal.com on February 10th, 2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
Awesome vid!
violace[personal profile] violace on February 10th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks!