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Making an AVI Quake Movie 101.1
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Author:  Baker [ Sun Oct 26, 2003 3:47 pm ]
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Making an AVI Quake Movie 101.1


View a Video I Made Using Instructions Below- 5.3 MB


1) You must use JoeQuakeGL --- keyword = GL.

Make sure you have the latest one, download it at:

2) You must have a good DivX codec (you can get a great one here )

The DivX codec that was installed on my desktop computer from a digital camera would not allow me to record. I downloaded and installed the one from the above link and I was ready to go! :P

3) You must have your demo in quake\id1 (such as mygame.dem). So look in c:\quake\id1 or "c:\program files\quake\id1" to see if your demo is where it needs to be.

Some Quake installs go to c:\quake, but the newer CD's it will install to "c:program files\quake". Whichever applies, make sure your demo is in the quake\id1 folder.

If you need a demo, for now, one place to get one is in IEEE's demo library.

There are also numerous ones like at including some record setting Speedrunner demos. These are in the .dz format, which is a compressed .dem file natively supported by JoeQuake.

4) Start JoeQuakeGL, using the -window parameter. Suggested command lines.

If your Quake is in c:\quake ...

Click Start, Click Run and type ....
c:\quake\joequake-gl.exe -window -width 640 -height 480 -zone 8192

If your Quake is in c:\program files\quake

Click Start, Click Run and type
"c:\program files\quake\joequake-gl.exe" -window -width 640 -height 480 -zone 8192

Notice the quotes in the above line, you NEED them.

5) You are now at the console in JoeQuake. Adjust your Gamma/Contrast and particle effects

1)  Go to Menu Options and Set the Gamma/Contrast slider bars.  You want everything to be bright as possible, generally speaking.

2)  Go to Menu and Video Option and turn on particle effects to make your video jazzy.  I recommend turning on every one of the cool settings in Video Options.

Now go to the console by pressing Escape until you are there.

6) Execute these commands ...

capture_codec divx
capture_fps 15
host_framerate 15

capturedemo mydemo

(now patiently wait)

7) If all went well, your completed Quake movie resides in c:\quake\capture or "c:\program files\quake\capture" as an AVI movie.

8) Congratulations, you have completed your first Quake movie using JoeQuake!!!!

Author:  Jozsef [ Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:13 am ]
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hfr 15??? LOL :))
I recommend capturing with 30fps:
you ONLY need to change capture_fps cvar. Use 30.0 that works well. DO NOT change hfr, since It'll be changed by capture_fps!!! at 30fps the hfr will be 0.033333333333 (1/30). This is needed for the engine to generate the audio! Do not change the hfr during capturing since it fucks up the audio. Yeah, unfortunately this means slowmo/ffwd isn't supported when capturing at least the audio capturing will be fucked up :-/

I recommend using gl_gamma 0.6 or 0.7 and gl_contrast 1.7 when capturing. That looks bright enough in my opinion.

Author:  Jozsef [ Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:18 am ]
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Ohh, I'd like to share my personal opinions about video codecs:
I believe the DIVX codec is _good_, but not with its own encoder. I used XVID encoder combined with DIVX 5.0.5 codec when I recorded sda_promo. XVID's motion precision is ALOT better than DivX's. For example, on intermissions or other similar fixed camera positions the video frames look really-really sharp, like a JPEG image, becoz of the low motion.

Author:  Baker [ Mon Oct 27, 2003 11:10 am ]
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Joe, I downloaded an Xvid codec from this location:

It doesn't seem to have the encoder or something is missing. Kept getting "problem capturing frame" running down my screen in JoeQuake as it was playing the demo.

Is there a download location that you recommend to get everything you need for Xvid?

Author:  Jozsef [ Tue Oct 28, 2003 10:34 am ]
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Err.. I cant tell you dload location soz a friend of mine gave me and dunno where he got from.
But It's a version called "Koepi's Build", you should be able to find it somewhere on the net if you try to search.
You did set capture_codec to XVID, right?

Author:  Baker [ Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:07 am ]
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Yes, I just couldn't encode.

Author:  Jozsef [ Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:24 am ]
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that's weird. It should work :/
Try that one I mentioned. Also about setting up your encoder: I'm using VirtualDub to setup my codec b4 start capturing. It gives you pleasant way of accessing/setting up your codec configuration.

Author:  Jozsef [ Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:27 am ]
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an important note: DO NOT use -window when capturing, since gamma won't be applied in windowed mode.

Author:  Baker [ Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:43 am ]
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Joe, I'll try some other xvid codecs and when I find I good one, I'll post a link here like a did with the great DivX codec I located.

I'll make a note of the -window & gamma note.

Author:  Baker [ Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:52 pm ]
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Baker's Instruction revision 2 notes to do:

1) Locate a good xvid codec, test it and post a link
2) Scratch the -window, test it and update instructions
3) Change FPS/framerate in instructions from 15 to 30
4) Play with cvars

Author:  Baker [ Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:54 pm ]
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Baker's notes: Xvid Codec to test/add to instructions if all goes well

Author:  Baker [ Tue Oct 28, 2003 2:05 pm ]
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Joe, that codec worked perfectly for me and was easy to install. The final AVI was crisper and only about 10% larger.

Revised instructions:

Get Xvid codec at

and you have the option of recording using the Xvid codec

6)  Execute these commands ...

capture_codec xvid
capture_fps 30
host_framerate 30

capturedemo mydemo

(now patiently wait)

Author:  Jozsef [ Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:45 pm ]
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But still, I dont understand why you set hfr to 30 :)
That command has not much point, as hfr will be automatically changed to 1/capture_fps at the beginning of the captruing sequence.

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