Monday, June 23, 2008

updates

I know some people are anxious to get updates, so here's what's happening: Work's still being done, but I've gotten through what I consider the hardest part of the tutorial. There's still plenty more to keep me busy though. In the meantime progress has been made on the new website. I've been designing it and someone else has been helping to code it for me. Here's a preview of what the CP episodes page might look like, I'm pretty happy with how it's coming along so far:



For the subtitles, here's my current plan: I've received several subtitles in various languages and I do plan to post them up on the new site. However, I think it will be easier for everyone involved in translating if I can get the English subtitles up first. The advantage to this is that I'll know that the English you're working from is correct, and also the subtitles can be color-coded so that they correspond to the right speaker. This will also make things easier for the people doing the subtitles as they'll have pre-existing timing tags to work off of. So I want to concentrate on getting the English subtitles finalized, then we'll move on to getting the ones to other languages up. Right now I only have the English subtitles for CP episodes 1 - 3. If someone sent me others, I've probably lost them, I apologize, I've been disorganized with email. So if you wish to create English subtitles for Civil Protection episodes 4,5, and the special, or any episodes of Freeman's Mind, please contact me at rscott31@radford.edu. I do have the scripts for the Civil Protection episodes, but have no scripts for Freeman's Mind as I only used loose notes to create them. If you wish to transcribe those, that would also be welcome. I can verify any of the lines being said.

There won't be any new Civil Protection episodes until after the tutorial is made, but the 20+ minute long one is still in production and it's the one I plan to release next. I'm not making any promises, but I may try and get the next episode of Freeman's Mind out before then as those are less time consuming to produce.

EDIT: A volunteer submitted the English subtitles for CP episodes 4 and 5, so I'll be sure to put those up with the rest once the new site's up.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank You for your good work! As a German I'm glad about Your subtitle plans. I don't want german ones it's sometimes just hard to get what the two funny combines say through their helmets :)
The first episode I saw was the fabulous one with the train game which really impressed me in order to your work in animation and sound validating.
So I'm looking forward to Your next "20+" thing =)

Tomek said...

If you whant, I can make polish subtitles:)

I love CP I can wait for new episode:)

クマ & Lé Mouette said...

Wow so you are going to finally have your website posted up! Who is going to host it? Yourself or a web-hosting company? Looking forward to the new stuff you put out (that is if you can). I think I just might link you to my phlog

-Le'Mouette

kuangeleven said...

Fine, I already made the Hungarian subtitles for the first three, but too lazy to work from scratch on the other ones.
Not to mention that a correct translation requires the original text. On the other hand some untranslatable word-jokes make it necessery to change bits (it was hard to find a double meaning for Combine or its Official Hungarian Translation s I used the word Cartell, which is also the name of a gangsta rap band),
or localize a few things.

All in all. I am looking forward to the new site.

Miki said...

This news is awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

Sweet deal! I can't wait!

Otto said...

Yeah, Ross. The new site looks so fantastic, I'm really excited. :)

Nothin said...

I like the possible new website display

Ross Scott said...

Anonymous dude 1: Well once I'm set up, I'll host any languages people give me the subtitles for, but I do understand, both Mike and Dave use American slang and have American accents, so I can appreciate if not everything is easily understood.

tomek: that will be great, just wait until I get the english ones up so it's easier for you to work with (and I have a place to host them)

Lé Mouette: I'm leaning towards hostgator.com at the moment, however I'm not going to purchase any plan until the mock-up website is done first.

kuangeleven: There's no pressure to do this, I'll host whatever people give me. Episodes 1 - 3 in Hungarian is better than non at all. I just want to standardize things so it will be easier for people in the future. And yeah, I'm sure it's difficult translating all the context of the language. You're welcome to make additional notes in the subtitles if necessary.

karanjhala guy said...

SWWEEEEET! SWEWEEETTT!!!!!!! I CANT WAIT FOR CP EPISODE 6!!! AND FM 4!! Wow, freemans mind 4, 20 minute long cp episode, daang. I cnat wait!!!also new subtitles and a website, way cool!!

Anonymous said...

i'm sure you've answered this before but are u going to incorporate effects from the orange box, like motion blur and particle effects? or even characters from portal? i would love to the companion cube in daves apartment :)

-ledtorrent

CBI Elite said...

Oh thank GOD, a simple web design! Looks clean and simple...the way it SHOULD be. Can't wait to see the new site mouchacho, CP ROCKS.

karanjhala guy said...

hey ross, i was bored yesterday and thought of making a good CP episode of Mike and Dave going to jail for something (Possibly beating an old lady for throwing her ciggarete on the ground, or busting a rap aloud as a patrol went by, throwing beer bottles and stuff at a dumpster out of boredom, or for the time Mike hit Dave with his club in episode 1. Im not too good at thinking of something, but ill let u decide if one of those would work, or if u wanted to make something up urself) I'm typing it on my computer and ill paste the full copy on a comment when its done.


Im calling it CIVIL PROTECTION EPISODE 7: IMPRISONED (also change the episode number or title if u wish) :)

Ross Scott said...

anonymous dude: I've been using motion blur since before the orange box came out, you can see it in episodes 4 and onward. I'll also cover how to add it in the tutorial. As for particle effects, it would be nice to use some of them, but I won't be switching to the Ep. 2 engine until Valve fixes some bugs with the camera tool. I can import content from the Orange Box if I need to however.

cbi elite: Yeah a big part of my design is to make as easy to navigate as possible.

karanjhala guy: Don't worry ideas aren't the problem. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but my plans for Episode 7 are going to be much more exciting than what you're talking about.

Bursoft said...

Very good news, Ross. I'm looking forward to new episodes. New webpage is great.
One thing. Can you make new episodes in 800xsomething px (or 1024xsomething px) resolution + stream videos + HD quality? I have got an old PC and resolution 1280x768 is very demanding to my hardware.

Keep up word, Ross.

karanjhala guy said...

well, okay that sounds good, but would you mind if i put them up on the site anyway? they are not as good as your works no doubt, but maybe just as a helper, okay?

Akerberus said...

I love CP and freemans mind so much! The twenty minute one is going to ROCK!

Anonymous said...

The new site design looks nice! Can't wait to see it when you've got it up and running.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say I love your Machinima series. I would love to see some more of your work get main stream attention. Maybe even get it on Xbox live or something.

karanjhala guy said...

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE!!!!


(FIREWORK NOISES)


(-_-**-_-)
!
!

(That was supposed to be a firework)

Otto said...

Hehehe, thanks for the fireworks. :)

Anonymous said...

Would you be so kind to publish those subtitles?

Anonymous said...

Hey Ross, you should make a newsletter, it will be a lot easier for everybody. I think...

Anonymous said...

Updates,Ross... updates!!!
we want results, fast not just anupdates .. ps how can the Cp special be so bad?

sure its good but not for beeing from YOU!!

-the Bibidi

Ross Scott said...

Everybody: I'm still busy with the tutorial, but check back on Wednesday and I'll have another update for you.

karanjhala guy said...

YAY!