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PostedMar 31, 2012 7:44 pm   Last edited by TheNinjaKitten on Mar 31, 2012 11:24 pm. Edited 2 times in total
Profile Editing

Media
 
Media is how you express yourself. It can reflect your personality, tell something personal about yourself, or just organize your favorite songs. There are many ways other than karma icons, cursors, and signatures for you to tell the Aeria community what you're all about, such as music players, pictures, funny videos, and lots of other forms of entertainment which can be added to your profile.

To get started, I will explain how to add media to your blurb and flash/media.
Go to your profile, then click "Edit Profile" near the top. This will take you to your basic information page, and from here you can navigate to all the settings pages.

Click "About Me" to access your main media center. Here, you can add content to your blurb and flash/media (as well as your signature). These two media displays are compatible with most web-based media, such as videos, music players, pictures, text, widgets, flash games, etc. Any content you add to one of the above will appear on your profile.

After you are done adding media to your blurb and/or flash/media (and any other fields), scroll down to the bottom of the page, and enter the two lines of text in the captcha image, then click "Submit" to save the changes to your profile. This method of saving information applies to all the settings pages.

Types

Visual: Visual media can include, but is not limited to, pictures, photos, GIFs, JPGs, PNGs, flash material, media players, widgets, games, text, etc. It includes all media in your blurb, flash/media, avatar, signature, personal/contact information, blogs, background image, karma icons, etc. If it is visible, it is visual media.

Video: Video media includes all video players, and it is most commonly embedded content acquired from YouTube. To add video(s) to your profile go to YouTube, find a video you want, click "Share", click "Embed", select any specific size or features (Note, you may need to select "Use old embedded code"), copy the embedded code, and add it to either "Blurb About Me" or flash/media.

Audio: Audio media includes playlists, sound files, and any audio content. If you can hear it, then it is audio media. Audio media comes in two varieties; automated and manual. Automated audio is an audio program/file/function which plays by default. Manual audio is an audio program/file/function which needs interaction from the viewer to start. You can also create high-quality playlists for free here.

Rules

Visual media cannot contain nudity or adult themes. If a member takes offense to such material, the material may be subject to removal and the player may be subject to a ban. This rule would most often apply if the user intentionally added such material for nefarious purposes. No visual/video media can have racism/sexism or similar offensive content. Such media is also subject to deletion, and the poster may be banned. A limited degree of gore is allowed in profile media, animated or cartoon gore included. If a profile has too much visual media which contains gore, some or all of said media may be subject to deletion.

Rules regarding manual audio media are very lenient, allowing almost any type of audio media. Again, this rule may not apply if the member is intentionally trying to offend other members. Additionally, most music playlists are excluded from removal, regardless of song content. However, if automated audio media contains an unreasonable degree of offending language or offensive concepts, it may be subject to deletion. Automated audio media is restricted to profiles only. If a member tries to include automated audio media in a forum post or signature, it will be subject to deletion.  


Code Snippets
 
Karma Icons

 
Customized karma icons are a newer addition to personalized pages. They are available in PNG and GIF formats with the following code pasted into your Flash/Media on your profile:

Code:
<style text="text/css">#hasStars .hasStar, #hasStars.hasEmpty .hasStar {
background:url(empty karma link) !important;}.show1 #star1,.show2 #star1,.show3 #star1,.show4 #star1,.show5 #star1{background:url(first mouseover karma link) !important;}.show2 #star2,.show3 #star2,.show4 #star2,.show5 #star2{background:url(second mouseover karma link) !important;}.show3 #star3,.show4 #star3,.show5 #star3{background:url(third mouseover karma link) !important;}.show4 #star4,.show5 #star4{background:url(forth mouseover karma link) !important;}.show5 #star5,.starvenuya e{background:url(fifth mouseover karma link) !important;}.has1 #hasStar1,.has15 #hasStar1,.has2 #hasStar1,.has2 #hasStar2,.has25 #hasStar1,.has25 #hasStar2,.has3 #hasStar1,.has3 #hasStar2,.has3 #hasStar3,.has35 #hasStar1,.has35 #hasStar2,.has35 #hasStar3,.has4
#hasStar1,.has4 #hasStar2,.has4 #hasStar3,.has4 #hasStar4,.has45 #hasStar1,.has45 #hasStar2,.has45 #hasStar3,.has45 #hasStar4,.has5 #hasStar1,.has5 #hasStar2,.has5 #hasStar3,.has5 #hasStar4,.has5 #hasStar5{background:url(full karma link) !important;}.has05 #hasStar1,.has15 #hasStar2,.has25 #hasStar3,.has35 #hasStar4,.has45 #hasStar5{background:url(half karma link) !important;}</style>


Note, the (karma link) spaces will need to be filled by the direct links to the PNG/GIF files. To get these links, upload the files to Photobucket, click "Share", click "Get link code", and copy the links for each image, found under "Direct link for layout pages".

Types

PNG images: These are immobile, with transparency enabled. They are fairly quick to make with GIMP, a free image manipulation program which is capable of creating and saving most image formats. Please keep in mind while making them that you will need multiple images, one for each of the following; full karma, half karma, empty karma, and 1-5 images for mouseover karma (karma icons which are displayed when you move the mouse over the karma icons). Similar image formats may work in place of PNG, but PNG format is the most effective for the Aeria site. Also keep in mind that images should be 35x35 pixels, and that not adhering to that size may hinder the images.

GIF images: GIFs can be created by taking multiple images and combing them into a single moving image. There are numerous programs which can be used online or which can be downloaded to create such images, such as THIS easy and popular site. GIFs usually take 3 times as long to create as PNG images, so please keep this in mind if you are requesting a GIF or want to make one yourself.
*Note* The mouseover images need to cover the ones they are overlapping. To do this, I recommend either using the same image outline, or making larger mouseover images, or filling the backgrounds of the mouseover images with solid color.

Rules

Deceptive or automated methods of acquiring karma ARE frowned upon, and may result in a warning or mild punishment. Karma icons which do not openly distinguish between full karma and empty/half karma values are NOT frowned upon. Do not try to eat karma. Doing so may damage said karma and/or your mouth. Karma is a free commodity, and should only be used for entertainment purposes.  


Cursor Icons
 
Cursors are the mouse pointers which appear on your profile. While these do not translate to other Aeria pages, both you and visitors can see any specialized cursor which you have on your profile. Cursors can be animated, however, there are often browser restrictions, and the animations may not appear on every browser. This site offers a wide range of free cursors, animated and immobile.

Find a cursor that suits you, scroll down to find "Option #1 - Universal CSS/HTML Code", copy the code, and paste the code into your flash/media. Other free cursor sites also provide a compatible code:

Code:
<style type="text/css">body, a:hover {cursor: url(http://cur.cursors-4u.net/cursors/cur-7/cur656.cur), progress !important;}</style>


Rules

Cursors should be ideally be easily visible to the user. Cursors should also ideally be limited to a reasonable size, such as 32x32 pixels, although additional sizes may be compatible and appropriate.  
 


Signatures
 
To add a signature first find an image, right click it, then click "copy image location", paste the image location into the "Signature" textbox on your "About Me" page, add [img] before the link and [/img] after it. You can also center it by adding [center] before the image and [/center] after it. You can also set up a signature rotator with this site.

Rules

Signatures cannot exceed a 700x200 pixel limit, as illustrated here:
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| 0
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v
O<---------------------------700----------------------------->

Additionally, signatures cannot exceed 120KB in size. Both pixel height/width and file size include any additional content, such as having multiple images or additional text. For example: I could have 2 signatures that have a combined height of 200 pixels, but I could not have three signatures which are each 100 pixels in height. You can have GIF signatures, signatures with links, and similar content within your signature. Flash signatures are also allowed.  
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TheNinjaKitten

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PostedMar 31, 2012 7:44 pm   Last edited by TheNinjaKitten on Mar 31, 2012 11:25 pm. Edited 2 times in total
Media Gathering

Taking & Uploading Screenshots
 
Taking a Screenshot

1. While in game, all you must do is hit the Print Screen button on your keyboard. You may need to hold it down for a second. If you are taking a screenshot to report an issue, adjust the camera angle so that all the information can be seen clearly. Make sure that the name and action are clearly visible and also as large as you can fit it on the screen.

You will see an in-game notification in the chat window if the screen capture is successful.

2. To view your screenshot go to the default Aeria folder.
This is generally accessed by:
My Computer -> C: -> AeriaGames -> Lime Odyssey
Then just double click on the Screenshots folder and the last one in the list should be the most recent.

Uploading a Screenshot

After you have found the image on your computer, you can go to a variety of image hosting websites. A common one being ImageShack. Just click Browse and locate the image on your computer. Once found, select the image and click Open. Then you will need to click the Upload Now button below. You can then click View Full Size to get a direct link to the image.  


Recording & Uploading Videos
 
Recording a Video

This guide will explain how to record a video using CamStudio, which is a completely free video recording program.

 
System Requirements

Video recording requires some pretty hefty specs, depending on what you desire to do. A note for older video cards: If you desire to work with 1080p, your card must accept VGA at least. Some cards however will not output widescreen through VGA.

Code:
For NVIDIA on 3D Applications @ 1080p

 FPS Desired      RAM      CPU Speed      Graphics Card      CPU Cores*
     60           4 GB     3.0+ Ghz       NVIDIA GTS 250+       2~3
     30           4 GB     2.5+ GHz       NVIDIA GTS 250+       2~3
    >20           2 GB     2.1+ GHz       NVIDIA GeForce 6k+    1~3

* Note: Cores Needed is at the CPU Speed. Turbo does not count.
  Threads are not cores.

For ATI/AMD Radeon* on 3D Applications @ 1080p

 FPS Desired      RAM      CPU Speed      Graphics Card      CPU Cores
     60           4 GB     3.0+ Ghz       AMD Radeon HD 6k+     2~4
     30           4 GB     2.5+ GHz       AMD Radeon HD 4k+     2~4
    >20           2 GB     2.1+ GHz       ATI Rage/Voodoo+**    1~4

* Note: ATI / AMD may cause some fonts to look garbled on ffdshow.
** Rage/Voodoo must have 3D Capabilities. Not all do.


Video Settings

In CamStudio, you will need to set specific settings for the game you desire to record. The above specifications are generalized things, and some computers will perform better at recording with lower specifications depending on the codec you use, and what the codec's settings are.

In CamStudio's settings dropdown, go to video settings. A new dialog will appear, and in the top drop down, you will need to select ffdshow. If you do not have the codec for ffdshow, read Appendix A below for more information. After you have ffdshow selected, make sure you click the Configure button near the dropdown. Another dialog will appear.

In the ffdshow configuration dialog, make sure the codec/encoder you choose (Top left dropdown on the right side of the dialog. The left side of the dialog has the settings tree for each encoder/codec.) is MSMPEG4. You may play with other ones later, but MSMPEG4 will perform the best. If you do not have MSMPEG4, but ffdshow is a codec option in video settings, you must read Appendix A below. The FOURCC should stay the default. Make sure to change from average bitrate / quantizer / whatever to quality instead, and change the slider to 100. If you set the average bitrate / quantizer instead, it may look blocky.

After you have these settings, press OK on the ffdshow configuration dialog. Now, if you want to post-edit your video, keep the video settings for CamStudio open, and change the bottom slider from 200 to 60, then after that, make sure that the slider cannot be used by unchecking/using a dropdown so that you have to change it manually from now on, rather than via the slider automatically. (Leaving CamStudio to auto-adjust it may cause the recorder to auto-lower the frames per second.) Set keyframes to 60 when you have it at 60 (first textbox below the codec dropdown).

Sound Settings

There are three ways you can record sound: Microphone only, Game sound only (Vista Newer, only) and both Microphone and Game sound (Vista, Newer only).

Microphone Only
If you only want to talk, and not have your voice mulled over by the game sounds, make sure that in the settings drop-down on CamStudio's main interface is set to Record Audio from Microphone.

When Record Audio from Microphone is checked, go to Configure Audio Settings in the settings dropdown. On the new audio settings dialog, make sure that MCI Recording is checked at the bottom. Make sure that the audio compression is set to PCM, Mono, 16-bit, 22000 Hz at the most. Even if you set to stereo, your voice will not be stereo. Mono inputs can only accept mono sound in windows.

The default recording device should be set to Microphone. Press OK after this.

Game Sound Only
In the record audio from settings, make sure it is set to Microphone. On the configure audio dialog as mentioned in the above section, make sure Stereo Mix is selected. If it does not show, right-click the speaker icon in your notification tray (left of the clock normally) and go to recording devices. On the recording devices dialog, right-click a white, blank part of the listing of devices, make sure Disabled Devices is checked.

Now, right-click microphone, and disable it. Right-click stereo-mix and enable it. Close recording devices, and go back to the audio config dialog and close it. Re-open the audio config dialog from before, and choose Stereo Mix, which should now show. This only works in Vista and newer.

Game Sounds AND Microphone
This option may cause your microphone to be routed through the speakers, so you may echo when talking, as the speakers will have your voice. Be wary of feedback loops.

Like in the previous two sections, make sure Record Audio from Microphone is checked. Also, make sure Stereo Mix is enabled, from the last section. However, before you go disabling your microphone, make sure the Mic Boost is up to a good level, then disable it.

After disabling your microphone, on the sound devices dialog at the top, you will notice a bunch of tabs: Playback, Recording, etc. Click Playback to show Playback devices. Now, for your speakers, or whatever your output is, right-click it, and go to properties / options / whatever. On the first tab, there should be a bunch of sliders near the mid-bottom, one of them shows Mic or Microphone. Un-check the speaker icon to the right of it (making it show it isn't muted). This will allow the speakers to hear your microphone, in turn allowing stereo mix to hear it.

Now, in the audio config dialog, like last section, make sure stereo mix is your default recording device. Press OK and close the sound devices dialog and CamStudio's audio settings dialog (make sure MCI Recording is on). This only works on Vista and newer.

Size of Video

If you need a smaller video recording area, you can set auto-follow / panning to true on the settings dropdown from the CamStudio's main interface, then set auto-pan speed to 80.

To auto-pan properly, have a fixed video area of 1280 x 720 (720p), 856 x 480 (480p), and 640 x 360 (360p) and do not have "fixed top-left" checked. When you start recording, it will show a strange border with a new mouse cursor (this is asking you to select a place to start recording).

When you want to make a smaller file size, or wish to focus more on smaller things, I suggest 480p always, or 360p.

Appendix A

If you have codec packages already installed, remove them all! Instead, install the combined community codec pack: http://www.cccp-project.net/

If the CCCP still does not allow you to select MSMPEG4, you may need to search google for an older version of ffdshow. Regardless, the best performing recording codec is, currently, msmpeg4.  


Uploading a Video

This is pretty simple. After recording your video, just go to YouTube and upload your video.
You can then share your link with friends, use it to back up a report, or embed or on your profile page.  

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PostedMar 31, 2012 7:44 pm   Last edited by TheNinjaKitten on Mar 31, 2012 11:27 pm. Edited 2 times in total

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PostedMar 31, 2012 7:45 pm   Last edited by TheNinjaKitten on Mar 31, 2012 11:28 pm. Edited 1 time in total

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PostedMar 31, 2012 8:29 pm
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