Yes I know it's pre-beta and Windows 8 isn't ready for prime time but I went and installed it anyway.
This isn't really a bug in LFS but it might be fixable in game because Microsoft probably will leave it the way it is.
In Windows 8, the far left edge of the screen is now an activator for ALT+TAB, moving and clicking in that area causes the current viewed window to flip out and be replaced with another. This even occurs whilst racing in LFS in full screen (with mouse controls of course).
Only fix I can think of is to make LFS ignore the far left edge by removing say 20 pixels from the boundary or something. Is it possible? Maybe.
Just been testing out the streaming at low resolutions to start with, making sure I can get a good picture etc. Might arrange a test stream and ask quite a few people to come and watch see how the quality is for everyone.
Just been installing the GFX and Sound Packs to make it a bit better for the stream.
Yeah I have previously been using TVDirector since the first version arrived from SS. The latest one does do the player names and times every so often (at the bottom), just in our league we can't recognize everyone just from the car skins alone.
So player names are handy. Not so important if you can do commentary I grant you.
The auto camera app takes LFS out of it's normal camera mode and into another one, in this mode you can't see player names above the cars. I've not seen any other LFS streaming lately, if you can point me in the right direction I'll go and see what they're doing.
I wanted to post some info and a couple of questions and see how people feel about streaming video of races this season.
As some of you may know for quite a few seasons we've attempted to do video streaming of some of the action during the season. We've had good times and bad times but usually it's worked okay.
Now bearing in mind that LFS and the tools used to do the streaming have barely moved in in four years, is it worth setting things up to stream races this season?
Commentary: The way in which the footage is captured and streamed means it's impossible for live spoken commentary unless I (or someone in my house) does it. We always get people asking and offering to do it - this can only be done locally on the PC being used to upload the video/audio. I am not a commentator and as such, can't offer this.
Music: I have always liked playing some great tunes on the stream to make up for commentary but nearly always people don't like it. It appears that most viewers have crap taste in music compared to me. This means that the only thing you'll hear is LFS Sounds.
Camera work: There are currently two options for camera work.
An automated system that tries to keep up with the action but doesn't always work properly. Also when it's running - you can't see player names. Manual camera controls means I need to sit here for hours and change it all myself, I've done it before but it starts to hurt my butt after a while. Usually I end up doing a mix of both.
Quality: In theory I have enough upload speed (around 10Mb) to do a gorgeous High Def stream - however my PC currently only has 2 Gigs of RAM and Flash Encoding seems to have issues when I stream High Res. Also I'm still not 100% sure if I can do high def on things like UStream or JustinTV. If anyone knows more, please let me know. Also anyone rich who wants to buy me 2 extra gigs of RAM can let me know too! resent:
So with all this considered is it worth doing a stream this season?
I've been looking for the last couple of hours for a basic addon (or addons) that make LFS look and sound better. There are many to choose from but many seem out of date (for old LFS versions).
The main two mentioned are Revolution and Hi Res Pack. Revolution mainly seems to focus on putting a few very nice sports car skins in and the from what I read, the Hi Res Pack isn't recommend for the latest patch.
Can anyone recommend simple addons that will just improve the look and sound for the whole game, rather than installing loads and loads of custom textures one by one?