I was looking through files on an old hard drive. I found one called ‘flying.rar’. It is the original 2 demos plus an explanation text file that I uploaded for the HL2DQ team to show them how to fly (aka prop flying). The demos may work in the old-engine version of the game. If anyone could get these demos working and make an encode, I’d really appreciate it. AFAIK, they were not using flying in their speedrun until I sent them these demos.
FYI: I only went by Transgenic back then. I hadn’t made the handle DemonStrate yet.
I went to go try to run this today. It is asking for a number of GCFs that don’t exist in my Steam directory. Quite old ones line ‘source engine.gcf’, ‘source models.gcf’, etc. Anyone have/know where I can get the GCFs to be able to launch this version? You can PM me with the info if do you.
I tried there, but they didn’t contain all the GCFs I needed. Right now, I was able to find some random Russian FTP that contains the GCF files. They are dated 2006-12-16, so it looks like I should be able to get what I need. I’ll make another post once I have an encode of the demos.
I tested it out and the demos played! I should be making a render of them tomorrow. It was really something to see them after all these years. I can still remember when I was figuring that stuff out. Very nostalgic.
Also, I realized there isn’t a YouTube video of the Insane Quality version of Half-Life 2 Done Quick. I’m going to upload that also if that is fine with you guys. I’m actually re-encoding it from an AVI encode to an MP4. It’ll be easier to upload that way, and YouTube shouldn’t have to re-encode it for themselves. The original AVI is 3.7 GB, and unfortunately, is only 30 FPS and 480p. That was ‘Insane Quality’ back then.
YouTube always re-encodes the videos you upload, no matter which format or settings you use. You can even download a video from YouTube and upload it back, it will only get worse. So you’ll be better off uploading the original .AVI.
So, it would be best if I took the original 480p video and upscaled it to 1080p. The bitrate of the original video is 4994 Kbps, and YouTube produces 1080p videos with a bitrate of 5841 Kbps. So, that means the bitrate should be correctly preserved if I upscale it. So, I think I’m going to try that and see what kind of results I get.
Edit: Interesting… I went to upscale it and realized that the original video has an incorrect aspect ratio. I thought it was standard 16:9 480p which is 854x480, but it is 852x480. So, when I upscale this, it’ll be ever so slightly stretched. If I didn’t stretch it, to preserve the aspect ratio, I’d be producing a 1916x1080 video, which is just strange. I’m going to stretch it those 4 pixels because that resolution is dumb. Lol.
For whatever reason, it just doesn’t want to preserve the quality of what I uploaded. The actual upscaled video looks much better than what you can watch as 1080p on YouTube. Honestly, it doesn’t look that bad watching it from the video file itself. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get YouTube to not suck ass?