I recently captured some gameplay footage from an emulator which I then uploaded to YouTube. The game ran just fine and the video I have saved on my computer plays fine too but when you watch it on YouTube it looks like gooseberry fool and goes all glitchy. Can anyone with any experience in this sort of field let me know what I'm doing wrong or give me any ideas as to what could fix this?
For the record I'm not very tech savvy so hopefully nothing too complex
Thank for the advice, I'll take it down and give that a try when I get home. What format would you advise converting it to?
Also how easy to use is Handbrake? I've never really done this kind of thing before outside of Mario Kart clips and Fallout 4 clips but I've been thinking about making some retro game vids for a while now.
Well I'm playing a PAL version of the ROM and it didn't look like that while I was playing it... oh wait, you realised it was a different issue.
PAL games are what I grew up with and where possible I prefer to play things how I would have as a kid. Like I'd rather play Probotector than Contra for example. I do occasionally play fan translations of the Japanese versions of games such as Solbrain over Shatterhand but that's often because story elements get lost in translation and often removed entirely in Western releases, I believe Dynamite Headdy is a good example of this practice. I'm cutting my nose off to spite my face I guess.
I sort of get probotector with the different content, but sonic is literally just a worse version. Each to their own and all that but they only got away with the lazy crap ports because there was no internet (so no easy way to compare) back in the 90s.
Anyway, practical advice. I bet the emulator being as old as it is uses an old ass codec, might be a better idea to use something like shadow play for capturing if you have an nvidia card?
btw AVI is only a container format so the way the video is actually encoded could be anything really, if the size of the original video was indeed massive it probably was uncompressed Windows raw video format. To find out open it in VLC and go to Media Information.
As YouTube works with MP4 format natively and very occasionally outputs VP8/9 I compress my videos to either 480p, 720p or 1080p MPEG-4 (H.264 codec) around 8-10Mbp/s, and let YouTube do whatever it wants to encode its multiple quality streams. And yes make sure it's 30 or 60fps (or 25 if you are running PAL as it's divisible with 50 so you get exactly half the frames in a normal video format) or you will get weird framepacing issues.
Generally, if you know what the platform/disks/hardware's output is going to be, you will have less problems if you match that format. And just make sure it's 50-100% higher bandwidth/quality input than what the output is going to be, so you don't lose perceivable quality after it gets squished.