SotA Combat Achievement Videos (+how-to)

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  1. Lazlo

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    In the last couple of months I've made a few SotA videos just replying to threads and messing around. They weren't particularly good, but I had a lot of fun making them. It makes soloing challenging stuff for the hell of it a lot more rewarding. I wanted to make a thread where anyone can feel free to post their own videos whenever they want. They don't have to be good or impressive. Most of mine aren't. Whatever makes you happy.

    For anyone that wants to make videos but doesn't know how, I'll give a very brief how-to. Just be aware that this isn't something that I did exhaustive research on to provide the best recommendations possible. I just googled around a bit when I wanted to learn how myself, and this is the first thing I came up with that was free and fairly simple. I don't have a lot of experience with it, and there may be better options. I'll share what worked for me though.

    Currently I use OBS Studio for recording. You can download it for free at obsproject.com.

    In the sources box, you need to add a game capture and set it to your SotA window. You'll only need to do this once. In the settings of your game capture, you might want to uncheck the capture cursor box if you don't want your videos to show your mouse going all over the place.

    The mixer and general settings are fairly self explanatory. Basically all you need to do once you have your settings how you want them is to start recording, stop recording, and file>show recordings to see your recordings folder. I save my files as flv, but youtube supports all the common video file types these days.

    Don't forget that the larger the resolution that SotA is running in, the more resources it takes to record, the larger the video file will be, and the longer it will take to upload. I usually record in 1280 x 720. It makes for small files, but the game window is still big enough to play and the quality is still decent.

    Uploading to youtube is fairly straightforward. There's an icon specifically for uploading videos on the upper right of the page, and you can just drag and drop the file or browse to it. Then just publish and done. When your video first goes live, it might be kind of fuzzy the first time you watch it. The resolution will improve to match the original within a few minutes though.

    I like to add music to my videos, because I don't really feel like narrating them, and even a shitty video isn't too bad if it has some catchy music. The easiest way to do that is to just edit in publicly available music from the youtube audio library after your video is uploaded. I'm not sure where that option is in youtube's new creator studio, but it's under the audio tab in the old layout when you edit a video. Once you're there it's pretty self explanatory. It does usually take about 20 minutes before the added music shows up.

    You can also just record your desktop sound to add in whatever music you want while recording, or edit audio into the recording before uploading, but if you use copyrighted music for your video it might get removed. Some musicians allow their music to be used, or used with ads. You can look up music policies here: https://www.youtube.com/music_policies

    If you run into any problems, feel free to ask here. I'm sure there's lots of people here that know a lot more about it than me that can help.

    Here's one that I made last night in Brittany Sewers. These guys kicked me around quite a few times when I first tried this place, so it was nice to get revenge.


     
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    I had a very brief play around also, 2nd video ever... might make more in the future maybe...

     
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    So today I went to Southern Grunvald Barrens, because aether creatures are on vacation. I hadn't fought a dragon in a very long time, and I've never successfully soloed one since they were made more difficult. I never really fought them much when they were easier either, so I really didn't know what I was doing tbh.

    I was expecting to get served, but I ran in there anyway and was able to take down a red dragon. So I thought, cool, I'll make an achievement video. Then I get all set up, but this time the dragon is black. Oh well. Still ran in there and busted him up caveman style. That was pretty fun.

     
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    Great video, thanks for sharing! How did you get up to a 67% fizzle chance on Death Shield while wearing a full set of plate?
     
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    Thanks. Death specialization has a -fizzle mod intended to compensate for the fairly bleh bonuses to active skills. It's not listed in the description though.
     
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    The more attunement you have in any school of magic, the lower your fizzle chance.
     
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    There's still an additional bonus for death. It's pretty significant too. I think without the spec my success rate on shield in full plate would be like 20 or a little less.
     
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    I confirmed this. With about 1K points in death but without specialization my shield success rate was just under 20% in full plate. I leveled death spec up to 80 and have about 65% success rate now. Thx again for the tip, makes a huge difference...
     
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    Went back for the red dragon tonight. Gotta catch em all.

     
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    This isn't really much an achievement, but a while back I made a very short video showing someone where I would go to farm lich skulls if I needed them. Today I went back there and gave it more of an effort. That turned out to be more fun than I expected.

    P.S. Running out of music ;_;

     
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    That is not true, its the more levels in a skill the less fizzle, I think its 1% for each 10 levels. You can test this by putting on a bunch of attunement gear.
     
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    Yes, I was wrong.
     
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    No problem, I know it was not intentionally, you are always trying to help and share knowledge.
     
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