Ghegs' Vault

Video game replays. Occasional displays of skill. Gamer life.

The site

This site is, simply put, a place for me to host my game videos and other game-related material I might produce. Playing games is a long-time hobby of mine and I enjoy watching other peoples' game movies, superplay or otherwise. So I decided I wanted to put up some of my own. It also helps me to focus on a single game better when I'm trying to get some good footage recorded to get some more content for the site. It's a win-win situation!

I designed the site with a certain degree of minimalism in mind. It is, after all, just my personal site and I'd rather see it clean, functional and easy to use. Many, myself included, use the internet with browsers automatically blocking ActiveX, JavaScript, Java, Flash and others. It always bugs me a bit when I have to allow these, especially if it's just to get the site's basic functionality working. This is why I wanted to build my site without any scripting.

The videos

I always record the game footage from the genuine, original system it was on, be it a console or a PC. No emulators in use here. It should be needless to stay that I don't use cheats either.

I do, however, often use autofire. I hold my fingers, wrists and controllers far too dear to wreck them just for that extra +1 "supa h4rdc0re gamer" -point. If a game's major portion of difficulty comes simply from the player's physical inability or unwillingness to keep up a high rate of manual fire (as it sometimes does, especially in older shmups), it's not a game I'm looking to play. If I do use autofire, usually via third-party controller, in a game that normally doesn't offer it, I always mention it in the game's info page.

The recording process

At the heart of my gaming center is a Trilogy 1 model RGB switcher. This is the device that gets all the signals from all my consoles, which then outputs the signal towards three destinations: two TVs and the DVD Recorder. One of the TVs is always placed on its side so I can easily play tate-capable games without having to rotate my normal TV first. The DVD Recorder is a Sony RDR-HXD870 which I'm very pleased with - it can record PAL50, PAL60, NTSC and all in RGB, which all my consoles output.

After I've recorded the footage to the recorder's harddrive I just burn it to a DVD-RW. Then on my PC I first use DVD Decrypter to rip the disc, then with a combination of StaxRip, MeGUI and Avisynth scripts I edit and compress the video into a format more suitable for sharing. For PC games I just use Fraps or CamStudio, depending on which works best on that particular game.