Update as of 8/6/09
Some time soon, a thread will be started. It involves this project being upgraded for PAX09. Do you want to see the concerts in hi-def? If so, then you're in luck, because this
is what we got to work with this year. We'll try not to let you all down.
In other news, if anybody wants a copy of this PAX08 project and still doesn't have it, then I may be able to make some to hand out during PAX09. We'll have everything we need in our room at the Hyatt, but I'll get the details on this later.
Anyway, back to the original posting...
The entire Unofficial PAX08 DVD Set is now finished. I hope you all enjoy.Updated Information, new torrent! (only pertains to the concerts torrent)
As stated in a recent post on the 2nd page, a new torrent has been made and uploaded to a public site with a public tracker. This way you don't all have to rely on me to to be able to download it. I will be dropping the original torrent sometime today which will kill it, so I advise all of you to remove it from your list (make sure to keep the data you've already downloaded!) and download this new torrent, regardless if you're seeding or still downloading. When you run the new torrent make sure to point it to the same (images) folder that you were downloading this too before and it should pick up wherever you left off.
Download the new torrent here
. EDIT: Due to a certain "issue," torrent has be re-uploaded to a new location but has not changed. Carry on. About the entire set
Why is this called an Unofficial set? Because there is also a crew working on an official one, and it's going to be much better then ours, and that's one of many reasons we're able to release this entirely for free. The entire set was expected to be 4 parts, on 5-6 disks, however the fourth part will not be released any time soon. It was going to be a section on our group of 7, with footage of ourselves during the weekend of PAX. We have plenty of footage and have already done some rather interesting editing to some of it, but since I am the only person working on it, and I don't have all the footage, I cannot work on this. I will instead be using the time to plan for our PAX09 project. So the first part of the set is the concerts, which fall on two disks. The second part is the Community disk, which really isn't anything special except for the keynote. The third and final section is the Panels disk, with three panels, a Q&A, and the final round of the Omegathon. This DVD set is now finished and released, so I hope you all enjoy it.Concert Disks
Download .torrent file HERE
. I wanted to upload this to a public torrent site but I haven't been able to yet because they apparently don't like people that host their own trackers, which is what I'm doing. So for now it will be hosted on RapidShare. If it doesn't work out, I'll make another torrent on a public tracker, but so far it is working, I have a friend testing it with me. My upload speed is around 6mbp/s so the speed shouldn't be bad, but don't expect it to finish downloading in a short amount of time.. If it doesn't connect right away, give it some time for the tracker to update. More info follows.
The concert disks have been released in a disk image format, downloadable through a torrent. This torrent includes the two DVDs that make up the concert footage we were able to record. Disk one includes Freezepop and Jonathan Coulton, and Disk 2 includes The OneUps and Minibosses. These DVDs are in what I call "Version 2," which basically means the menus and videos are presentable, yet very simple, and nothing special. When the entire set is ready to be released, it will all be in "Version 3," so they will all be in the best quality that we are able to make. Also, FYI, because of certain problems we ran into during the first night, you won't be able to see much during the first part of the OneUps set. We realized too late that our tripod wasn't high enough, and we were finally able to stand it onto a chair "about" 26+ minutes into that set, and it was up for the rest as well as for Freezepop and JoCo, though that did have it's own problems too. When the Minibosses were playing though, the concert hall was open enough where we could set the tripod on the ground in the back and just let it go, it rarely moves at all during that set.
The Oneups, Freezepop, and JoCo have chapter markers in them between each song in case you want to skip to a favorite part, or show something off to a friend that wasn't there. I have also taken the complete set list from each of the three and added them to the end of the clips as credits. Unfortunately, the Minibosses set would be difficult to come up with a set list (at least for me) and even get chapter markers in between the songs. However I have added chapters for that to make it easier to skip through parts of the ridiculously long set, they're about every ten minutes, and they all should be between songs. We are hoping to work on this for Version 3. If anybody downloads this and wants to help with that, as far as giving me a set list of what they played in order, that would help tremendously.
This was also our first time doing anything like this, and it's more of a test run for the years ahead, so don't expect this to be great quality. More on this later...Community DVD
This disk has been finished and can be downloaded here
The main reason this disk even exists is because of Chris Taylor's keynote during the Pre-PAX Dinner, which we filmed in it's entirety. The only problem is that he didn't have a microphone so it's kinda hard to hear what's going on sometimes. The only other things I could throw together to fill up space was some random recording we did during the Buttoneer gathering at the Sheraton, the presentation of the button case during the PA Q&A Panel 2, and the showing of VT's Bioware Minion video during the Pre-PAX Dinner, which is also kinda hard to hear. We filmed some other stuff during the Dinner, but it was too much to go through and probably not worth including. Also, the entire PA Q&A Panel 2 will be on our Panels disk, and VT's video should be online somewhere as well. Like I said, this will mostly be for the keynote. I was hoping to include the bad horse clips on here too, but I only have one of them, so there's no point. Now, if somebody has access to those and wouldn't mind contributing, then I would be more then happy to add them to the DVD and re-release it with those on it. Again, don't expect great quality, as this was mostly a last minute project on new equipment that we had little time to test.Panels DVD
Download the torrent here
The Panels Disk has been completed, and with that, the Unofficial PAX08 DVD is finished. There was a 4th disk planned, but I currently do not have the footage, and it was kind of a personal thing anyway. As usual, don't expect great quality, but you can expect equal/better then the concerts, which is nice. You know what else is nice? It's in .ISO format! The bad thing is that our camcorder records in 16:9, but I rendered the videos in 4:3, then created the entire DVD in 16:9. Yeah, I know, I fucked up... But it's still not that bad, and I don't really care. Next year, I will worry about it though. Also, I didn't put any audio in the menu, so don't worry about that.
So there are five videos on this disk, which are: 3 Years of Guild Wars panel, Spore Presentation panel, Red vs Blue panel, Penny Arcade Q&A 2, and the final round of the Omegathon. There's a video that plays at the beginning of the Guild Wars panel that can be found on the ArenaNet website, as well as the entire panel as they filmed it themselves. I almost just left this off, but oh well... One of our crew members asked a question during the RvB panel (clip is on YouTube) and they showed, for the first time, an animated clip of Red vs Blue, which we also released on YouTube that night. Hopefully, some of you have seen that, but if not, you will at the end of this panel. The PA Q&A contained the presentation of the custom PAX08 Button Case and the last question was the bad horsing, but unfortunately we ran out of tape just as that was starting and by the time we got a new one in, the panel was over. Most of you should know that there's a clip of that online though. Then of course there's the final round of the Omegathon! That's pretty self explanatory.
As usual, I am seeding every day, but not all day, so if you don't get any connections then don't freak out. Enjoy!About our group and project, quality disclaimer, etc.
I consider the PAX08 year a test run for our crew. Because of this, do not expect any bit of this entire DVD set to be of great quality. We made many mistakes and could have done some things much better, so think for a second before you decide to criticize us for anything in it. However we can look back at this to make sure none of it happens again, so our future projects can be much better quality. We already have many plans set for PAX09, such as having a second film crew, HD Camcorder, better (and taller!) tripods, and much more. Also, because of the not-so-great quality, we can gladly release the entire set for free when it's ready, at least for digital download. We may release it in disk form at some point, with a selling price no more then production cost, but we might just wait until after PAX09 to do something like that, this really isn't good enough for it. I think that's good for now...
If you want to see a preview of the quality and/or content, you can see clips i have uploaded to my YouTube profile, found HERE
.How this came to be and what we did
This project was actually kind of a last minute thing for us. The whole time we were planning our adventure to PAX08, we wanted to have a camcorder to get some good things. Well, when I was with fellow crew members no more then a couple weeks prior to PAX, we compared a couple camcorders, and decided to pick one up. Rob is the one who bought that, but that's not everything we got that night. We started thinking about recording the whole concerts and panels and stuff like that. Well, since it's a DV Cam, we would need a couple packages of tapes, and we got like three 6-packs of those so we would have plenty for each day. When it got closer to PAX, I realized it might be difficult to record the concerts and panels while holding the camcorder, so I picked up a cheap tripod. It wasn't as tall as we'd like, but without it, and some of these other last minute decisions, we wouldn't have been able to do much of this. So when PAX finally came around, we decided who would be the main camera men, and I ended up doing most of the filming. Because of that, I had a backpack the whole time with a tripod bag attached to it, which was interesting to say the least. Now and the end of each night, back in the hotel room, we would be converting the tapes onto Rob's computer that he brought with him, and that helped a lot. I was able to get some work done on my laptop too, while everybody else was playing Tetris DS, instead of getting what little rest they could before the next day, lol. All in all, it was mostly last minute decisions that started this project, most of it was not planned at all. Now after this is all over, we can begin planning next year, and I won't give any details on that right now, but we have many ideas floating around next year and already making me more excited then ever. We also might want to recruit some people to help out, so if you think you would be interested, let me know.How to download this!
This next part in the spoiler is only for those of you that do not know how to use torrents, and/or mount image files, and other info about downloading. I tried my best to explain. XD
These concert DVDs are in .NRG image format, and downloadable through Bittorrent. For those that are familiar with torrents and already know what to do, then you do not have to read this, because it is an explanation of torrents and mounting/burning images. First thing's first, since torrents are widely used to illegaly distribute content, you should know that they are "in general" safe and legal (well, at least this one is), and a very good and reliable way to share large files. To download something with a .torrent file, you need to use a program to take the torrent and download the files. I suggest "uTorrent" for it's ease of use and the fact that it takes up a little amount of resources as opposed to other programs such as Azureus which uses Java. Now the way torrents actually work is quite amazing and complex, but I'm not going to explain the whole thing, except for the trackers. So for those that know what a tracker is, I am using my own IP for it to make this private. If it doesn't work out or is too slow, I will make a new torrent with a public tracker. My internet speed has recently been increased yet again, so don't worry about me having horrible upload speeds. To be technical, testing shows it to be around 6mbps. Also, the name of the file you see in the program as it's downloading may be "Images," just so you don't get confused, don't worry about it.
Download uTorrent HERE
Now when you are done downloading the files, you will end up with a couple .nrg files. There are many different formats for these, but it's basically an image of a disk, which can be burned to an actual disk, or mounted on a virtual drive. The easier and faster way would be to mount the image to a virtual drive and go from there, but if you don't want the files taking up room on your hard drive, then you may want to burn them to blank DVDs. To burn them you need a burning program such as Nero. Just use an option that would let you burn an image to a disk, if you can't figure it out then look it up. It's really easy to do but I don't want to explain it. Now as for mounting them, you need a program that can make a virtual disk drive. I suggest Daemon Tools, as it's a very small and simple program to use.
Download Daemon Tools HERE
Again, if you know about mounting images, you don't need to read this. Once downloaded and installed (you may have to restart your computer afterwards) run the program, and you should soon see a small red icon in your task bar. Right-click on that, go into Virtual CD/DVD-ROM
, then into Set number of devices
, and make sure there's at least one drive active, so if Disable is checked, then click on 1 Drive. It should automatically activate one so you may not have to do this. Now left-click on the red icon in the task bar, and you should see two options, one showing Device 0 as being empty. Click on that and a file browser window will pop up. Browse to where you downloaded the .nrg files, select one and click open. That will mount the image, which is pretty much the same as putting an actual disk into your computer. Hopefully a window will pop up shortly, asking what to do. You can open the file in Windows Media Player, VLC, or whatever media player you use that plays DVD's. I don't expect many of you to require any more information past this, if you do you can look it up, or ask.If you only want one disk and don't want to download the whole thing
Many torrent programs now (including uTorrent) will give you an option for which files you actually want to download from each torrent. For instance, when you download this torrent file and open it, you can check each specific item that you want, and uncheck items you don't want, before you start downloading anything. So you could just download the first DVD, then the second one later if you want.
If there's anything in this post that any of you think should be changed, updated, added, moved, or whatever, let me know (that includes suggestions for a name change of the project). Just remember that this is the first project like this we've worked on, and it's not the final version, I've only got it to a point where it's presentable enough to be released. And like I said before, don't expect this to be great quality, and because this project is dedicated to the PAX community (with a whole disk dedicated specifically to the forumers!) the entire set will be released free of charge. Actually, if any of you guys have interesting videos that you might want us to add to our project, please let me know, we would love to add more things from the community like the badhorse clips and such. I hope you all enjoy, and thanks for being the greatest fucking group of people in the world!DVD Preview Trailer New!