Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Do you have a YouTube draft video you want to show off? Want to post an article you've been kicking around, or show off your card customization skills? Post it in here! We may even put it on the main site if we like it enough!
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Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby TragicTheBlathering » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:01 am

Hi

DraftMagic has finally decided to open a new area of the forum for users to post there own drafts. I thought as a way to try and stave off the inevitable torrent of "How Do I... .. ." posts, I would try to make a thread collecting any and all needed information on how to record your drafts and then post them in this forum as either a VIDEO draft or a Formated Post.


Video Drafting Software

  • I wana use what the pros use!
Most of the DraftMagic video drafters are using an application called CAMTASIA by TechSmith. It is pretty much the standard video capturing application and dose everything, it even has a funky editing application as part of it so you can do simple edits of your videos. The draw back of this is that it is a whopping $300 USD. Way way way to much for the average guy to just "fool about with". Still if you wish to pay out this cost then grab it... it will be all you need to make quality videos and is arguably the single best solution for desktop capture on PC.

  • $300 USD?? Stuff that, is there a cheaper option?
Why yes there is now you mention it! There are a number of freeware and opensource application you can use that have no cost of any kind. Try SMRecorder, though there are a ton of freeware applications you can try out.

Bellow You will see a Tutorial I did for making high quality draft recordings only using freeware or opensource applications.


Posting Images On this Forums

Upload your image to some kind of image server.... I personally like PicturePush. This is a good site as it allows you to post images of any resolution, while say imageshack for example will downgrade your image to a smaller size if it is to big, picturepush also allows you to post lossless formates liek TGA and stuff if you wish....

After yu upload you will be prsented with teh code screen... in most cases you can just copy the imge url form the very bottom box labled "Direct link to fullsize image"
It will look somthign like this
http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/545 ... 459777.jpg

Now all you need to do is place that image url inside the IMG BBcodes... You can type it yourself or just press the IMG button above where you type. It will look like this!
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[img]http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/5459777/img/5459777.jpg[/img]


Now... if you image is frickn HUGE the best option is to use a thumbnail and a link..... You can get a easy thumbnail by simply right clicking on the smallest version of you image on the code screen from picturepush... and selecting "VIEW IMAGE" Then copy teh url from your browser. (I am using FireFox 4)
It will look somthing like this
http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/545 ... 459777.jpg

Here is the code useing URL tags and IMG tags.... you want the image tag to link to the thumbnail and the url tag to link to the full image....
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[url=http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/5459777/img/5459777.jpg][img]http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/5459777/220/5459777.jpg[/img][/url]



This is what they look like in a thread....

Direct Embeded Image
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Embeded Thumbnail linking to the full rez image
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And again here is teh code I used for hose images.
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Direct Embeded Image
[img]http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/5459777/img/5459777.jpg[/img]

Embeded Thumbnail linking to the full rez image
[url=http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/5459777/img/5459777.jpg][img]http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/5459777/220/5459777.jpg[/img][/url]


Hope this helps!

Posting Formated Drafts threads on this Forum

In SETTINGS / GAME SETTINGS there is a sub section called ADVANCED SETTINGS In it are 3 tick boxes... one of these is to ENABLE DRAFT RECORDER
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After you tick this and AFTER you do a draft there will be a new folder in "/My Documents/Games/Magic the Gathering Online/Drafts" in this folder will be a text file. This Text file will be a log of your entire draft. Once you have this draft there is a number of things you can do. The best thing to do is to go to Zizibaloob's Draft.txt Phaser select process it. If you select "forum tagged" you should be able to simple cut and paste the output form that page into a post on this site and it will come out all awesome and organised.

It "should" look something like this.. as this was done using this webapp.
http://www.draftmagic.com/2011/04/04/sc ... aft-log-1/

Also, another cool thing you can do is to post it on a site like Rare Drafts It is also another cool phrase, and it will look like this when you are done...
http://www.raredraft.com/watch?d=2vmqe

Anyway, once you have the draft.txt file, phrase it then we can see your draft and therefore be in a better position to help you, as we can discuss your picks and wot not. This post makes it look hard but it is super simple... tick teh tick box in options, upload the txt file to one of those websites and then copy the output or the url or w/e and make a post here, should be like 5 or 6 button clicks or something.

have fun!!
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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby TragicTheBlathering » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:14 am

Ok, I have finally got around to finishing this thread!!!
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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby FlamingSheep » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:55 am

Hi TTB,

Thanks so much for the tutorial. It got me started. I had a question... a youtube commenter just said that my mic was too static-y. How do you avoid that? Do I just have to buy a better mic or is there a way to remove background noise easily in post-production?

Thanks!

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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby TragicTheBlathering » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:27 am

There would be ways to remove it.. you would need to extract the audio and then process it in a wave editor and then pack it into the video again, and maybe even resync it...

I think the best idea would be to simply buy a better mic. You can get good enough quality mics from any electronic store for like 5-10 bucks .... my only suggestion is to get a deck mic, and make it USB. Deck mics are good as they are not hovering near you face like with many of the head set mics you see gamers use... so those annoying "P" sounds will not click as the mic can in fact be placed on the table far from you.

I use a logitech deck mic... seams to work fine for me.
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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby boyks » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:38 am

FlamingSheep wrote:Hi TTB,

Thanks so much for the tutorial. It got me started. I had a question... a youtube commenter just said that my mic was too static-y. How do you avoid that? Do I just have to buy a better mic or is there a way to remove background noise easily in post-production?

Thanks!

Sheep


I had that issue when using a USB mic. It picked up my fan rotating and caused static when using it. Once I switched to a 3.5mm mic that issue was resolved. So this may be your issue.
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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby TragicTheBlathering » Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:40 pm

I have added a new video to the tutorials in witch I go into more detail on how to do "live tagging" by using InfranView. Witch allows you to have a image with a channel tag on screen during your recording. I also talk about a new application called "Impression: Eyes" that is much easier to use than the advanced InfranView options..

Hope you like it

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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby boyks » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:10 pm

Raredraft has been down for the past two weeks. Do you know of another site that has that capability?
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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby TragicTheBlathering » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:22 am

it is working for me?
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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby boyks » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:56 am

You might be pulling it up with cached info? I just get a page saying it can't load the python files located on their server for the page. It does this both at home and work on firefox and IE. I'm 99.9% sure they have a file that's corrupted or not typed properly.
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Re: Draft Recording and Posting Tutorial

Postby EnglishGrinn » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:04 am

I feel so dumb. I couldn't even do the FIRST part of this tutorial. I downloaded all the programs and decided I'd follow step by step. I took a random image, opened it in Irfanview, closed the caption etc. and it won't stay on top! It hides itself behind everything! How did I screw up the least complicated part of this!

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