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Guide to making a video of Virtual Skipper for YouTube

The basic idea is to use a programme called Bandicam to record your screen view while you are playing an arranged series of clips using VSK5’s Replay Editor.  Then to upload the final collection to the internet.  Keep the movie short; 1 or 2 minutes only for your 1st effort. Video files are large. The intention of this guide is to give enough information to get you started - you'll find many more menu selections are available at every step which you can try out once you have got the idea.

BANDICAM

Download Bandicam from https://www.bandicam.com/downloads/
You will see there is a free version cirrently, which puts a watermark on the video and limits the time to 10 minutes. You will find guides to Bandicam settings on the internet - I use full size MP4 files for replay videos and I use smaller sizes (800 x 600) for live recording of online fleet races, to help avoid lag.

VIRTUAL SKIPPER

A new Block will have been added to the tracks, called Camera.  The block will by default last only 3 seconds and will be almost invisible at the start of the race and you need to extend it to cover the whole race, either by changing the time shown as ‘Block End’, or by dragging the yellow bar to the right in the Camera Track.  The area of the block will be red.

MAKING THE FIRST CLIP – SETTING CAMERA POSITION

 

Note that you can left click & drag the keys closer together or further apart.  You can zoom in on that part of the track by right-clicking & dragging on the red block line.

MAKING THE FIRST CLIP – RECORDING

 

MAKING THE SECOND CLIP

Now use the red time indicator to move to another piece of action to make your second clip and repeat the steps you have just used for the first to control the camera positions and make the recording.   Click on Bandicam to stop recording (or use the Bandicam hotkey).  Close VSK5 now.


Camera postion start of 2nd clip


Camera postion end of 2nd clip

You have now made 2 movie clips, joined together in one file. It will be saved in the Bandicam folder in Documents by default.

You can upload your file to YouTube just as it is. Or you can use movie making software to create a more professional look with titles and effects.