I published the eighth episode of my Shattered Haven series last night. To my chagrin, while it features a new intro and outro, the mic quality is less than perfect. However, the game doesn’t let me go back in time on Story-related content so I had to choke on it and publish it as-is. This was after I had double checked in Audacity to make sure everything was ok. I’ll have to triple check next time. Thankfully, it’s short so the pain is short. >_<
I’ve taken some feedback on the intro and outro and have made the following changes. The outro music will now fad out sooner so that it doesn’t end so abruptly. That was mostly my fault for thinking 2 seconds is long enough. It really isn’t. The intro has been cut down from 25 seconds to 18 seconds because it was way too long. A lot of the text and a scene was cut and modified to make for a streamlined experience. I’m still not 100% happy with it so it’ll probably be iterated on at some point down the line. I brought back the heart-beat-title however, so that makes me happy. It was an interesting trick I figured out in my video editor a while back and I’m glad the effort didn’t go to waste. This will be featured in the next SH episode.
I’m really pleased with how the outro turned out. It has a good color and great layout with some excellent music to back it up. I’ve been meaning to get around to make an outro but it wasn’t until now that I could sit down and put the effort and time in. I don’t think I’ll be making any changes to it anytime soon (except to swap out series when I feel the need to). The outro was created with a combination of Vegas and GIMP 2. I’m still hoping to replace Vegas with an open-source alternative, even if it means more work. I haven’t found anything on Windows yet but there are a few Linux variations that have piqued my interest.
I have no plans of adding Annotations to the outro right now. Frankly, it takes way too much time to do and I think I spend enough editing these videos already. The other issue is that annotations do not show up on mobile, TV or non-flash versions of YouTube. So that means that they only show up on the PC Flash Version. That’s a good chunk of my audience, but it isn’t 100% of them. If YouTube ever features an easier way of adding annotations and they come to mobile and non-flash websites, I’ll waste my time putting them in. But as I’m not paid to do it, well, it’s just not happening right now. I’ll still put up annotations if I feel its necessary but that’s it. Most of the time, I’m going to depend on the viewer going to the description box because that’s compatible with all ways of watching YouTube.
Until next time…