Week 12 Activity – Teach One – How to Create a Sims Video

I have decided that teaching someone how to make/ edit a video would not be an interesting project because it is something that he or she can learn by spending time alone on their computer, playing around with his or her own personal program a little bit. So, I thought, “Well, people probably are curious as to how I made my Sims video (at least those who have seen it), so I can tell them, rather, teach them how to make one of these videos for themselves.

First thing is first. You must have the Sims 2 base game to record onto your computer directly from the game. You may also do so with the Sims 3 and the Sims 4; however, this video will show you how to utilize the in-game tools in the Sims 2 as well as the tools presented in Windows Movie Maker.

However, I ran into a problem. I did not realize that Vimeo would limit me on how much video I can post, even if it was instructional. I made an 18-minute length video, exhibiting the techniques one can use setting up the production of and editing the Sims video. I only have a segment of the long video, but below, I have posted detailed  steps to fully grasp the concept of creating the video.

Snapshot 1 (11-17-2014 3-18 AM)Snapshot 3 (11-17-2014 3-30 AM)

Before you begin filming, load up your neighborhood and ensure that you have your production prepared. When ready, position your in-game camera to the angle at which you plan to film the video. Also, it may also be wise to load up your video editing program.

Step 1. Locate the in-game video camera at the bottom left of the screen next to the camera and Options button. Either click that button, or press “V” on your keyboard. There will be a yellow line around the screen and a red video camera on the top left of the screen to indicate that capturing is taking progress.

Step 2. When you are done filming, click to video camera on the bottom left of the screen or click “V” once more to halt the filming. At this point, you may continue to film at different angles.

Step 3. Open “My Documents” and find the file named “EA Games”, followed by “The Sims 2”.

Step 4. From here, you select “Movies”.

Step 5. Elect the videos you would like in your overall movie/ video and drag them into the editing program. Once they are in the program and you begin to edit, you may apply any effects or transitions to your video. Also, you can add music, narration and captions, which many Sims movie makers do to add to their videos.

Step 6. Repeat your process until satisfied with the video and video content.

Step 7. Once it is complete, render your video by executing the necessary steps depending on the program you are using.

Snapshot 2 (11-17-2014 3-29 AM)

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