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Basic City of Heroes [Villains!] Demo Recording - City of Villains
Basic City of Heroes [Villains!] Demo Recording
I saw Mantid's Emote Guide listed as a source for the In-Game Emotes Help Doc. I'd like to do something similar.

Q: How do I record my toon or make a movie?
    1. In the game chat window, type: /demorecord <demo name>
    2. Example: /demorecord coh001
    3. Hit enter and demo will begin recording
    4. To end the demo type in the chat window: /demostop
    5. The recorded demo is saved to your \city of heroes\client_demos\ folder
    6. Example: \city of heroes\client_demo\coh001.cohdemo

Q: Easy as pie. So now, what do I need to do to see it?
    1. From the CoH directory, make a shortcut of cityofheroes.exe on your desktop
    2. Right click on the shortcut
    3. Select Properties
    4. Within the Target box you will see this command line: "C:\Program Files\City of Heroes\CityOfHeroes.exe"
    5. Add this line after a space, -demoplay ***(where *** is the name you gave the demo)
    6. Example: "C:\Program Files\City of Heroes\CityOfHeroes.exe" –demoplay coh001"
    7. Exit properties
    8. Double click on the cityofheroes.exe shortcut
    9. The program (game) will start and play your demo

Q: I see it, but I need to do some editing. What do I do?
A: Use the following application: http://home.kc.rr.com/dasloth/CoH/Demos/DemoLaunch.htm.
    1. Open a Command Prompt window
         a. Start Button => Programs => Accessories => Command Prompt
    2. Change to the root of your installed CoH directory
         a. Type cd C:\Program Files\City of Heroes (if installed in the default location.)
    3. Type cityofheroes.exe
         a. Example: cityofheroes.exe –demoplay battle –demodump –demofps 30 –screen 720 486
                i. This will playback a demo called battle at 30 frames per second with a screen size of 720x486 and also create a targa image sequence of the battle demo in a folder called C:\Program Files\City of Heroes\client_demos\screens\battle
    4. You can now edit the targa image sequence in the video editing program of your choice. The targa image sequence will not save any audio. You will have to record the audio with external audio recording software.
    5. You can record the demo with sound as an .avi file using FRAPS (http://www.fraps.com/) during this playback.

Q: What other commands should I know?
A: Other shortcut target command line options:
    -demodump Creates a targa image sequence in City of Heroes\client_demos\screens\demoname\*.tga

    -demofps "frames per second" forces the player to simulate a fixed frame per second—works well with demodump to get a smooth movie
    Example: -demodump 29

    -screen <dimension 1> <dimension 2> This will force a screen dimension for the playback. Otherwise, the demo will playback at your usual City of Heroes resolution.

    -demopause <msecs> This is for videocard performance debug. Runs until it gets the the frame given (in milliseconds) then redraws that frame forever.

    -fullscreen 1 Put game in fullscreen mode (overrides the registry key)

    -fullscreen 0 Put game in windowed mode (overrides the registry key)

    -disable2d Don't display character names, damage numbers, or any other text. Makes the demo look just like screenshots with user interface disabled.

Source(s): City.of.Heroes.Com
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naeko From: naeko Date: July 22nd, 2007 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to make a video and I've gotten as far as saving the TGA files to the client_demo/screens/blah folder but... now what? I've tried two separate movie producing programs and they just try and make a slideshow, but not an actual movie. Plus, Windows Movie Maker takes the images and flips them both vertically and horizontally. >_<

Is there a program that will actually take the files and make a move of them, or is there another step that I, as a -complete and total n00b in this area- don't know about?
creamnsugar From: creamnsugar Date: July 23rd, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you give this one a shot? I haven't been active in the CoH community for a while but it was the best one (s'why I put it in the help doc above).

Q: I see it, but I need to do some editing. What do I do?
A: Use the following application: http://home.kc.rr.com/dasloth/CoH/Demos/DemoLaunch.htm.

Also remember that the CoH client will play your "movie" so you shouldn't need anything other than the files, the editing app, and the game. Let me know how it goes.
naeko From: naeko Date: July 23rd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I used that to get the tga files to save as screenshots. I don't know, however, how to get the movie from either the screenshots or the demo file into a movie editing program to have some fun with it. What I ended up doing was playing around with fraps, however, and that's pretty easy. I'm not willing to pay for the whole version, though, so I have a bunch of 30 second clips.
creamnsugar From: creamnsugar Date: July 23rd, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry friend, that's all I have for you. Other than his Demo Editor I don't use actual movie editing programs.
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