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Allahweh (Associate) 6/8/2010 1:51 PM EST : Wedding of Vel and Akivav - 07 JUN 2410 (Photos!)
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As some of you may already know by now, Ms. Vel and Admiral Akivav exchanged their vows at a wonderful ceremony on Risa in the late-evening of June 7.  Fleet Captain Jorek was there as the officiant, and he did an outstanding job.  For a ceremony that was planned on a whim, I don't think it could have been any more lovely!  Below, you will find several pictures that I took during the ceremony:


(Before the wedding, an informal gathering before everyone headed up the hill to the wedding location; the bride and groom had just arrived!)


(All attending officers stood at attention in two columns as the bride and groom prepared to approach the ceremonial area)


(Ms. Vel and Mr. Akivav exchange their vows with FCP Jorek presiding)

It was also requested of me by Fleet Captain Sanek of the Alpha Centauri Institute that I record a "demo" of the wedding.  I have not yet fully looked into how playback of this file works, but for those interested in viewing it, you can find it here on MegaUpload.
"Stick close to your desks and never go to Sea...And you all may be Rulers of the Queen's Navy!"


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Fleet Admiral, 16th Mobile Fleet
Deep Space K7 Administrative Offices
Chief, Star Fleet Intelligence (Sol)
C.O., U.S.S. Damcyan
STO: Allahweh Brahman@Allahweh

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Allahweh (Associate) 6/8/2010 4:06 PM EST : RE: Wedding of Vel and Akivav - 07 JUN 2410 (Photos!)
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<<OOC Content!>>

As I have been asked by Akivav and a couple others how we run these demo files, I got FCP Sanek to give me a breakdown.  Here is what he told me:

Regarding the demo file:  You can't actually "play" it like a movie.  A common misconception of these demo recording files is that they are like a movie clip or film... this they are not.  What the demo file actually is is a flat text file with all the parameters required to "recreate" the scene that was demoed... including the view perspectives, character costumes, etc.

To actually play the scene is a bit complex.

Once you have launched the STO launcher and logged in, there is an "Options" button in the right top section of the little window.  That will open a small applet window with some options.  In the "Command Line" section near the bottom, type "-demo_play [demo_name]" and hit OK (in last night's example it would be of course "-demo_play wedding1").  This will start the game immediately and run the demo (you will not be logged into the server by the way just as an fyi).

The demo file will run from the exact same view positions that you viewed the entire scene through.

However - you can do your own moving around by hitting the F2 key twice and clicking the screen.  This will kill the pre-programmed view settings, and allow you to move around on your own.  The view camera control keys are:

W - forward
S - back
A - left
D - right
Z - down
Space - up


You can of course actually control the angle of the view with the mouse.

I'm sure, once you play around with that a bit, you will then ask about the check boxes on the top do - and what the sidebar that pops up does.  Suffice it to say that side box is where the really advanced camera controls are located, and how those of us who make movies actually set the scene up the way we want to film it.  To actually capture the scene as a film requires either a video capture device / program (like FRAPS for example), or you can use the "-demo_movie_save [filename]" command in the options box - what that does is export each individual frame of the scene to a screenshot that can then be combined and imported into a more advanced movie creation program (like Sony Vegas).

Let me just say - DON'T do the "-demo_movie_save [filename]" command in the Command Line options!! 

Unless you are going to actually create a full edited camera view scene, and then actually export it, don't do it.  The frame by frame capture process takes like 10 minutes even for a 30 second demo file... it would probably take three hours or more for a 10 minute long scene... and since it's exporting each individual frame, it will probably end up with close to 60 gigabytes worth of screenshots by the time it's completed.

That's the primary reason why when I'm filming scenes I do it in 20 to 40 second snips... because I can then edit specific sections of the whole event and then splice them together, and each export doesn't take hours to complete.
"Stick close to your desks and never go to Sea...And you all may be Rulers of the Queen's Navy!"


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Allahweh Lucia Brahman
Fleet Admiral, 16th Mobile Fleet
Deep Space K7 Administrative Offices
Chief, Star Fleet Intelligence (Sol)
C.O., U.S.S. Damcyan
STO: Allahweh Brahman@Allahweh

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