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Old 12-06-2004, 11:28 PM   #1
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halo video making


i was just wondering if there is any way to make halo vids w/ linux. I have been reading about it and everything i run into is for mac or windows. i have an xbox and am running halo on that, if that matters to the problem.
 
Old 12-06-2004, 11:54 PM   #2
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Well...

You'd need to run your video output from your xbox into a video input on your computer to be able to capture the video needed to create the movie. Then you simply need a capture application, but this completely depends on the way you grab the video output from your xbox and feed it into your computer. I can think of at least 3 ways to do this, I'm sure there are hundreds more:
Using the basic video cable set that comes with the xbox, you can grab the composite video through a TV capture card with a composite video in jack. You could grab this with something like mplayer/mencoder or IIRC xawtv has a capture option.

You could run the video through the svideo cable to a ADC (analog to Digital converter) such as a digital camcorder (my Sony supports this) and then transfer the video from the camcorder to the computer via a firewire or usb as you would any other digital video, using something like dvgrab.

You could have a TV capture and have the xbox RF kit and run it directly in with that, and again, use mplayer/mencoder or xawtv to capture the video...

Of course, this all depends on what you have.

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Old 12-07-2004, 10:46 PM   #3
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i am thinking that the second option will be the easiest for me. so all i need is a svideo cable to hook to my box and string that into my digital camcorder and record it? i just want to make sure i am following this.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 12:10 AM   #4
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Hrmm, I dunno. That will most likly work.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 12:12 AM   #5
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thanks. i can always record on vhs if worst comes to worst, but then my bragging rites are limited to my town alone. of course, im no good at halo so i wouldn't have any bragging rites anyway.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 02:50 AM   #6
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Halo 1 or 2? Do you play on live? You can find me under the gamertag Ma5sterC as MasterC was taken

Anyway...

Yeah, if you've got a digital camcorder that takes video input through the ports (mine takes either svideo through the svid port, or composite through the '3 in 1' port minijack) then all you have to do is run the cable from your xbox video out (the video cables coming out of the back of that proprietary plug on the back) and plug them into your digital camcorder. Record the video you need (this should be self explanatory once it's hooked up) and then feed it into your computer via a firewire cable and the application 'dvgrab'.

Edit with Kino or whatever you'd like (If you are a power video editor, I'm sure you know what you want, if not, there are quite a few of choices for you to pick from), and Output to a DVD with growisofs and a DVD Burner. Or, if you are just planning on keeping the avi's, be sure they are playable with other OS's and other media players by compressing them with codecs (using mplayer/mencoder) that are on everyone's machines.

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Old 12-08-2004, 08:26 PM   #7
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both halo 1 and 2, and thanks for the advice.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 08:50 PM   #8
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my camera is being a dick about this, and so i can't do it the digital camera way. i think im going to try to do it w/ the video capture card.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 09:03 PM   #9
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can anyone suggest a good inexpensive video capture card for these purposes?
 
Old 12-09-2004, 12:17 AM   #10
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Hauppauge WinTV Go. If you want a lot better quality look for capture cards that uses Philips capture chip like the Flyvideo 3000. Next you will need a capture program. MPlayer's mencoder will do but make sure you capture in RAW or any lossless video codec. RAW video capture is better if you are going to edit it and finalize. Never use lossy codecs if you are going to edit the video and audio later. The performance of your hard drives will ruin your capture if they can not handle 50 megabytes per second constantly. The result value from hdparm does not mean the hard drives can handle 50 megabytes per second constantly. Make sure you have atleast 3 IDE hard drives in a RAID 0 array. This will make sure on a bad day the hard drives are able to keep up with the capture. You can use four IDE hard drives in a RAID 0 array if you really want to be safe that the hard drives can keep up with the capture.
 
Old 12-10-2004, 11:31 PM   #11
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thank you, i will look into that.
 
  


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