Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by PeteProdge » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:32 am

5MinuteRetro wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:39 pm
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Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:05 pm
On Friday night, I'm off to Bury's Arcade Club, hopefully I can find an Out Run sit-down cabinet (I'll take the stand-up one)...
There's a sit-down cabinet there. Far right-hand corner from where you enter the third floor. I spent roughly 99.9% of my time playing it during my last visit. :)
Oh, cheers, massive thanks for this! I live 150 miles south of Arcade Club and this'll be my first visit. I'm bringing a friend, who'll be roped into being a cameraman. Fingers crossed the other arcade game I'm covering (episode 2) is there...
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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by Bizzley » Wed May 15, 2019 6:13 pm

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I'm filming the final bits for this Out Run video this weekend, then it's all a case of editing it.
It didn't take this long to put Gone With The Wind together!

Any sign of the video heading this way or has it crashed and burned on the side of the road?
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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by PeteProdge » Wed May 15, 2019 8:21 pm

Bizzley wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 6:13 pm
PeteProdge wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:43 pm
I'm filming the final bits for this Out Run video this weekend, then it's all a case of editing it.
It didn't take this long to put Gone With The Wind together!
It takes that long to watch it!
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Wed May 15, 2019 6:13 pm
Any sign of the video heading this way or has it crashed and burned on the side of the road?
I did write on Twitter that I'd have it out before Brexit happened. That was a little tongue-in-cheek, but yeah, I think that's the goal now.

Seriously though, I've ended up with a lot of my spare time being sapped away because I did four months of training to do a marathon for charity. Which I completed the other week.

The two things left to do for this video are...
  • Record the links in front of a green screen
  • Create/animate the titles and captions
Now, as I try to make things look as good as possible (I've spent over £3,000 on the camera/lights/sound equipment, another £1,000 on a PC and hard drive for editing), I'm not happy with the green screen results from Adobe Premiere or After Effects. It's on the right side of acceptable for a YouTube video, just a little fuzzy, but I aspire for TV quality where possible. And so the final piece of the jigsaw is to get a MacBook Pro to deliver a decent transparency. Thankfully I just got the money to do that this morning from a freelance job, so that'll be winging its way to me.

I realise I sound like I'm one of the people working on the delivery of the Spectrum Next. I don't want to big this up too much, but I find it important that I hit the ground running, rather than coming up with something that look liked it was filmed on a potato. I've done too much stuff in the past using domestic camcorders and a 'this'll do' attitude to recording takes.

The overall idea of Reheated Pixels is that it's low budget anyway, with the occasional gag thrown in. Kind of like Baddiel And Skinner's Fantasy Football League, but for old computer games. I don't want to emulate the look-and-feel of anything else from any other retrogaming YouTubers, but I've certainly been inspired by quite a few of the British ones. If I can get the silliness of Octavius Kitten, throw in the sardonic review style of ChinnyVision and then just pepper in a few factual revelations a la Larry Bundy Jr, then I'm happy.

*breathes in air through teeth*

Right, there's a bank holiday weekend coming up, then quite a few spare evenings to work on the titles/captions. I think I can get the first video out in early June, and then aim for a schedule where I put out two videos a month.

Oh, the filming at Bury's Arcade Club of the Out Run cabinet went okay. I was crap at playing it, but I'm pleased I have original footage of a hydraulic Out Run arcade game. One of my friends filmed the trip for his own YouTube channel here, so you can see me and him playing on old games.
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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by ZXDunny » Wed May 15, 2019 10:53 pm

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Cool. You may want to watch this:

Not the same algorithm (at all) and slightly buggy on the hills, but here's my efforts in BASIC:

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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by djnzx48 » Wed May 15, 2019 11:21 pm

Arrgh, I'm feeling seasick just watching that! Don't you think it would be better suited to a speedboat racing game? ;)
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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:45 pm

Incidentally, before anyone thinks I've given, I'm spending all my spare time this month to finishing the video, the vast majority is done.

I spewed out the Amstrad CPC section onto Twitter, to give a taster...



I can assure you I spend quite a lot more time dissecting the Spectrum versions.

Hopefully this can be out by the end of next week, but don't take that as guaranteed. I'm still tinkering around...
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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by 5MinuteRetro » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:50 pm

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Wed May 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Not the same algorithm (at all) and slightly buggy on the hills, but here's my efforts in BASIC:

Sorry... what? That's BASIC? Running on a Spectrum?! Surely not. I'm guessing I've missed something here...
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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by ZXDunny » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:09 pm

5MinuteRetro wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:50 pm
ZXDunny wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Not the same algorithm (at all) and slightly buggy on the hills, but here's my efforts in BASIC:

Sorry... what? That's BASIC? Running on a Spectrum?! Surely not. I'm guessing I've missed something here...
That's SpecBAS. It's (almost, about 95%) the same BASIC as you get in your speccy, but with more colours, higher resolution and a LOT more speed.

Edit: Not on a Spectrum, natch.

It's a fun side-project of mine.
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Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

Post by 5MinuteRetro » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:11 pm

ZXDunny wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:09 pm
That's SpecBAS. It's (almost, about 95%) the same BASIC as you get in your speccy, but with more colours, higher resolution and a LOT more speed.

Edit: Not on a Spectrum, natch.

It's a fun side-project of mine.
Oh. I've clearly not been paying attention!
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