Surround sound and Youtube

The conventional wisdom is that you cannot get surround sound out of Youtube.

This is not strictly true.

Pro Logic is a method of matrixing surround sound into a stereo signal for later fetching out into the surround field by a Pro logic decoder. The easiest way to do this is with a game already in Pro Logic, such is the case with our Eternal Darkness Let’s Play. However, you can also create a Pro Logic downmix from a 5.1 discrete signal with fantastic results, which is how we did our Silent Hill 2: Born from a Wish Let’s Play.

However, recently, I found an interesting snippet on Google Support. To me that looks an awful lot like they have the ability to store and probably play back proper discrete 5.1

I’m uploading tests to determine, and perhaps it may only work on the rather experimental HTML5 version of Youtube, but this is still quite exciting for me.

I could, if this is possible, provide the best of both worlds. Pro Logic surround for the stereo channel which sounds equally fantastic in stereo or decoded into surround, and a discrete 5.1 surround for whatever that will work for.

Don’t You Hate It?

When a Let’s Player will talk about how they’ve played the game before, yet they’ll then, one sentence later, pretend they’re seeing a monster or a scenario for the first time?

We don’t do that.

And our footage looks better.

For the discerning Silent Hill fan:

Our Let’s (not) Play of Silent Hill 2 (Blind) is complete. So if you’re one of those people who have been waiting for the playthrough to finish, then now is your time.

7 hours, 58 minutes, and 53 seconds of videos. With a combined size of 25.2GB in ‘Nigh Lossless’ quality, it’s the best looking Silent Hill 2 footage we’ve seen. 1080P widescreen, no stretching, PC version. We’ll add the Maria scenario probably some time next year.

Please, enjoy, and spread the word. It would be nice if a high quality Let’s Play without the usual screaming reactioncam can also do well.

Let’s (not) Play Silent Hill – Now Complete

For the discerning Silent Hill fan:

Our Let’s (not) Play of Silent Hill is complete. So if you’re one of those people who have been waiting for the playthrough to finish, then now is your time.

5 hours, 28 minutes, and 13 seconds of videos. With a combined size of 10.7G in ‘Nigh Lossless’ quality, it’s the best looking Silent Hill footage we’ve seen. The only change to the playlist is that there’ll be a new video advert for our next Let’s Play in it tomorrow.

Please, enjoy.

YouTube and Copyright

Whilst they’ve gotten a little better over time, they are still rather corporate friendly, and the options aren’t very good.

At the very least, they’ve stopped arguing that a fair-use dispute is an admission of copyright infringement, whatever that meant.

The first option that comes up for when some copyright claim is made on your video is ‘acknowledge claim’, when it should something more like ‘accept claim as valid’. I do acknowledge when someone owns the copyright, but I should still be able to argue fair use, whereas if you select the acknowledge claim option, that’s you saying the claim is right. This is just misleading – even clicking the question mark for explanation on the acknowledge button gets YouTube to say, “Acknowledge to confirm that you have reviewed the claim(s) on your video.” Review, not accept the claim, just click to say that you have reviewed the claim(s). This will result in you accepting the claims as valid in one step.
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Let’s (not) Play Silent Hill News

Coming soon is the greatest playthrough / Let’s Play of Silent Hill of our time*

I’m just putting the finishing touches on the first video which is remarkably (almost exactly) similar to the version I showed earlier. It will soon be ready for upload.

Then there will be a new episode up. Every. Single. Day. Each episode is 10-15 minutes long.

Starts Monday! Looking forward to seeing you then. Unless you’re in Germany and Sony Music Entertainment are their usual overzealous selves. *cough*

I will also be uploading to blip.tv at a future date. Probably.

This all happens on the CorrosiveTruths – YouTube Page.

*Warning: This may be the opinion of the person who edited the video together.

Let’s (not) Play Silent Hill

Who likes to watch Silent Hill Let’s Plays / Videogame walkthroughs?

I do!

… but well, I’m usually disappointed with either the style of walk through, or the technical bits.

So we decided to do our own, somewhat different take on the playthrough with commentary. Here’s where the (not) part comes into play. Here is a short, and non-exhaustive list of some things I’ve seen in other popular Let’s Plays which we intend to avoid.
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