Make A Pvp Movie

Get your greatest hits on video.

PvP, short for player vs. player, is a form of combat prevalent in many online games. Unlike PvE (player vs. environment, also known as “playing against the computer”), you’re competing in real-time against other players. Therefore, doing well in PvP combat tends to be a point of pride among gamers. Putting your successes on film in PvP movies is a great way to show the world just how “uber” or “pro” you are. Demonstrate your greatest victories, amazing teamwork or even your most agonizing defeats.



1. Choose a video capturing software program; Fraps, Sony Vegas and Camtasia are among the popular options. Search the developer’s websites for free trial versions, especially if you plan to only make one movie. Note that trial versions may have limited options in comparison to the “full” software.

2. Test your video capture software. Note that many types of video capture software hog computer resources, which can cause your computer to become laggy and affect your PvP performance. Try out your software in smaller-scale battles, then review the footage to see if any tweaks need to be made to the capture settings. Setting the software to record at a higher FPS (frames per second) may improve video quality, for example.

3. Film as much footage as you want for your video. Note that video files are very large; your footage may take up a surprising amount of space on your computer before the video is edited and compressed. Refer to the Content section below for ideas on what and film. Having a script in mind will help keep you from filming extraneous footage that will later need to be edited out.

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4. Edit your footage with video editing software. See if your video capturing program also has editing capabilities. Prepare to spend up to a few hours editing, depending on how much you filmed and what effects you’re planning to add. Sort footage into categories, such as “Keep” or “Delete,” and place those clips in corresponding folders. Cutting your footage into clips is a necessary part of the editing process, unless you plan to do a “one-take wonder” that’s comprised of a single take of footage. Mesh clips together to form your final video; aim for anywhere between 5 to 20 minutes for most PvP videos, as longer videos will lose viewers’ interest.

5. Match an audio track to your video clips. Include narration and/or music, special effects or features from the in-game soundtrack. Matching the audio to your video may be challenging; depending on your recording software, the sound may not match the video after compression. Review and change audio as necessary.

6. Compress/render your video. Adjust the color, frame rate and file type as necessary. Using AVI or WMV format is recommended; these formats will be easiest to upload, and easiest for viewers to watch via download. Be prepared for a time-consuming process here as well; your computer will be all but out of commission while rendering or compressing, which can take up to a few hours.

7. Upload your video to YouTube or gaming sites such as FileFront. Search for movie websites devoted to the game you play (such as Warcraft Movies for World of Warcraft), and upload there also. Choose a memorable and descriptive title: “My PvP Movie” is a bad idea; “Tier 9 Warrior Dominates Alterac Valley” is better. Promote the movie on forums and other websites devoted to your game or its PvP community; provide a link or embedded screenshot of the movie, and some information on what the movie’s about.

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8. Plan or script your movie before filming. Consider whether you want to focus on battling out in the open or in closed arenas or battleground areas; these may vary depending on which game you’re filming from. Decide what elements your movie will include; whether it will be filmed in a single take, for example, or as a montage of several battles fought by one character.

9. Introduce yourself and any other players who will “star” in the video. Show your character’s equipment, stats, or other relevant information (such as arena team rating or PvP ranking). Open menus or inspect your partners/teammates to show their equipment or stats. Introduce any other relevant components of your movie by video also; focus your camera on landscape shots, closeups of flags or kill shots.

10. Add relevant text while editing. Include various information such your character’s name, level, equipment rating, skill set and which server you play on. Adding other text elements can enhance the overall movie experience, such as a kill counter or a timer to show how quickly you dispatch your enemies.