Road to Rivendell Video

Monday, April 13, 2009

At last I managed to get my video process finally... well, finalized. I managed to find a tutorial for using VirtualDub to stitch my videos together. I'd prefer a higher compression to limit the size of the videos further, but I don't want to sacrifice quality. So, there are 12 parts to the Road to Rivendell that I've uploaded to YouTube. It's best to watch these in their "HD" setting because it gives a better impression of the beautiful graphics that this game has. So, without further ado I give you the...

Road to Rivendell

This is pretty much a video tour, without commentary or caption, of Frodo's journey from Bag End to Rivendell. The time it takes to travel that distance in-game is an hour and ten minutes real time, something like a whole morning game time. Neither of these are accurate to the time frame in the books, clearly, but that's unavoidable. If you'd like a nice commentary about Frodo's journey, check out The Road Goes Ever On blog posts. Great lore material over there.

You use the "related video" section or "more videos by jaxom922" to find the additional parts. In addition, one of my readers has kindly created a playlist for all 12 parts of the video. You can find that here.

6 Responses to "Road to Rivendell Video"

The LotRO Follower Says:

looks great, you should do more of other areas now.

The Road Goes Ever On Says:

That's great, I was hoping you'd get it all sorted out. I would have loved to do something similar but had no idea how!

Jaxom92 Says:

I was thinking about doing a travel tour of the various zones but I have to figure out how I want to approach that. Should I do a run from Thorin's Hall to Lothlorien? Should I do a run from Bree to Forochel or Bree to Angmar? Should I just wander around the zone picking out various sights? What criteria do I use for which places I visit and which ones I don't? I don't want to completely spoil the exploration of the zones by putting videos out - much of my joy in this game is exploring the new lands as they're added. One of the things I liked about the Road to Rivendell tour is that it managed to stay off the roads for the most part. Somebody questing through the game will be mainly guided via the roads and will be seeing the sights from a different perspective, if not new sights all together than the video tour I have up now. I'll have to think about what I might do for further videos.

Thoms Says:

I really enjoyed watching these videos. You made me notice much more how beautiful the game is and how well the music suits it. Mostly since i wasnt busy controlling where to go and what to do next i guess. There were a few spots in the clips that i didnt recognise at first, since you went a bit "offroad". But it was cool seing the content from a different angle... and nice camerawork too!

I made a playlist with all 12 videos here:

Jaxom92 Says:

Hey, thanks for the playlist. I'll edit this post to point to it. Glad you enjoyed the video. Yeah, the off-roading was my best attempt to follow Frodo and Co exactly, since they were trying to be discrete about getting to Rivendell.

Anonymous Says:

Nice job Jaxom! I have a friend that is a Tolkien fan but not yet a LOTRO player. I passed along the link to your video hoping it will influence him to jump into the game :)