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@dezztroy said:

Drew, that helicopter game was wrong about what rocket and missile are in German.

Funny video :-) That german though... Flugeinheit actually translates to air unit, just fyi.

Turns out Gunship! is on Steam, so I loaded it up to see! Here's what the guy actually says (as far as I can tell):

  • Wähle Raketen = Selecting rockets (I misheard it as "Akaten")
  • Wähle Rakete = Selecting missile
  • Ziele Flugeinheit = Targeting aircraft (I think this is what he says)
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Super interesting and I can see why a lot of this complexity is necessary for their goals for something like a Big Live Live Show Live where there's so much communication going on, but I can't help but wonder if this kind of complexity in general slows them down for diminishing returns. I remember one time somebody asked @vinny why they had so much trouble producing content for the GB East set when streamers at home produce content out the wazoo, and I want to say Vinny said it comes down to the complexity of the setup. A lot of streamers, though, have done really well even getting quality that most people would have trouble distinguishing from GB's content (for a much, much simpler setup, but still).

If we ONLY did "gameplay footage with one or two people talking, maybe with a picture-in-picture," things could be a lot simpler. What this allows us to do, however, is be fast and flexible. Because everything is centrally routed, we require very little setup time no matter what kind of video we want to do. We can do camera shoots on different sets and/or gameplay-centric stuff at the drop of a hat, each with the same level of audiovisual quality. No time spent placing cameras, changing lighting, unplugging and replugging consoles, etc. Instead, we just hit a few buttons on the video matrix and mixer and we're good to go.

It sounds complicated when we run though all of it like this, and it is, but the time (and money) spent setting it all up this way saves us time in the long run and allows us to shoot pretty much whatever pops into our heads on a moment's notice.

@drewbert How many people did you guys have running the different control boards at a time?

Usually, one person was switching shots on the TriCaster (Mary did this most of the time), and one person was on the audio mixer (usually a Giant Bomb producer, since we know our particular board setup the best). Then we had another person on the Lang set manning both the video switcher (a Sony Anycast) and audio mixer. This was usually Jason.

It goes without saying, however, that due to all of us being on camera/needing to prep sets, these roles rotated quite frequently, with Ty and Rob from GameSpot filling in as needed. Rob was also in charge of keeping track of the show schedule and telling everyone what was needed where and when.

I would not want the pressure of having to handle all of that during the live show, but I'm sure it was tons of fun to set up the night before when you had time to think and breathe.

The stress comes in the time leading up to the show, where we spend most of our energy figuring out how everything will work. Once the show starts and everything is running the way we planned, THAT'S when we have time to breathe ;)

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NICE, does anyone know what program Drew used to make that beautiful flow chart? I need that.

It's actually just Google Slides. Turns out it's perfect for this kind of stuff!

In case they're hard to see on the video:

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@oueddy said:

2nd time Drew has mentioned the 2009 Canadian Grand Prix, which didn't happen! I think he means the 2011 one where Button won in the final moments :)

GAH, yes! Sorry. Odd numbers!

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@raikoh05 said:

wheres that video of the guy jumping without a parachute?

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All of the apps Jason mentioned in the video seem to be Android only. Any recommendations for good IOS databases or something online? The wiki seems to have pretty minimal info on stuff.

I found one called "Simulator for MH4U" on iOS. It's a little weird, and doesn't have everything I want, but it's free and doesn't require an Internet connection.

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I wonder which equipment they specifically bought for this feature. The CRT, the beyond one, the ATEM? the white little box from china?

None! We (or Gamespot) already had all the stuff, it was just a matter of plugging it all in and making sure it all played nicely together.

@positron said:

What happened the screen on the Pix? Did it get dropped or something?

Likely due to overheating. We keep it on a kickstand (actually just a large bolt screwed into the back of it) to alleviate this.

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