A requirement for the ‘Multimedia Portfolio’ optional module during my final year at university was to create a new piece of work or begin a new project and then present it on a purpose built portfolio alongside two other pieces of work.
The multimedia portfolio that I developed can be located here.
To represent my new piece of work, I decided to make a WordPress based blog containing video guides and game play walkthroughs for ‘Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3’ (CoD:MW3), which was conveniently released when the project requirements were listed.
- Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3, released 8th November 2011.
- Fraps video recording software purchased to capture high resolution, uncompressed, lossless game footage.
- CoD:MW3 ‘campaign mode’ mode was played through on Veteran difficulty to suit a larger target audience.
- Game played on the highest most difficult setting to enable viewers the worst case scenario solution.
- Additional ‘special ops mode’ and ‘hidden Intel location’ videos where recorded to help players with all game elements.
- Over 600GB of raw video footage was recorded.
- Adobe After Effects CS5.5 was used throughout the editing process; unrequired game footage was stripped from the videos, personal watermarks with university student numbers were implemented to protect video integrity.
- Videos encoded and rendered to 720p resolution with QuickTime .MOV codec and .x264 compression to reduce file size, but maintain visual quality.
- YouTube account setup with university login user id (see links).
- Videos uploaded to YouTube, playlists created, annotated and public ‘visibility’ applied.
- WordPress website created, videos embedded into blog post format and tagged/categorised accordingly.
The videos have unintentionally proven to be incredibly popular with the YouTube community, gaining over 20,000 views in just under 2 months from the original upload date.
Viewers have openly shared comments on the videos, which has made the effort which was put into this large project worthwhile.
UPDATE – January 2013
54 YouTube subscribers
95,000 video views.