After experimenting with Goko for a bit last night, I found that I was able to change the size of my Goko window based on how big my browser window is when I go to Goko's website. I'm able to make this window ENORMOUS if I want. With enough tweaking, though, it's theoretically possible for my window to be the same dimensions as Qvist's for when we're recording these videos.
I tried my hand at editing this video together. Be warned that this video is NOT polished, it's just a test. This was my first time using different video editing software and it was getting late. Just pretend the black areas have a still screenshot of what used to be there. Also pretend that I put a label over each one of our hands with whose hand it is (Qvist on the left, me on the right).
The purpose of this video was to explore different styles of layouts that may be good for this (also to see what I can do with this video editing software). My other idea is to include each player's play area at the bottom with their hand, but when I tried to come up with differences in what you'd see I couldn't think of anything; it's just nice to see people clicking their own buttons to better follow the flow of the game. In theory it's possible to switch play areas every turn, but let's be honest, unless I can find an extremely quick way to do that in editing, you'll only be seeing that if the reveal area (over the kingdom cards) is actually relevant to what's going on. I have a couple of ideas but I'm still not very good with this video editing software.Good things about this:
- I feel like the game is a little easier to follow with just one play area
- It leaves space for a portion of the game log to be displayed
- Different resolutions of the Goko play window for each player result in a smaller effect. Only the hands look slightly different, and you can stretch the cards without making them look too terrible.
- The video files you end up with using this new software are much smaller, so they won't take several hours each to upload Bad things about this:
- I want to find a way to incorporate the displays at the left of the screen. Maybe into the hands of each opponent. I dunno, though, the hands are already pretty wide and I haven't tried any games with big hand sizes.
- I worry that playing with some cards might break this format to where it's confusing. The only one I can think of is Possession, but that's confusing with Goko's interface anyways.
- The game log is displayed from one player's perspective. I'm pretty sure there's no way around this, and what differences are there between the two players' game logs anyways?
- Editing this type of video will always be more involved than something simpler like Qvist's test video.
I wonder what you all think about these formats. What are the things you care about? What are the priorities?