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Frequently Asked Questions

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This is where I’ll be putting my FAQ since many people keep on asking me things, and sometimes asking me the SAME thing over and over again. You can also post a comment if it’s not in the FAQ. I cannot always help you with things, either it was an easy question so I would rather save myself a little time before might getting carpal tunnel. Or it was a complicated question, or was a question that was on here and I want to you to find it out on your own to actually get here and look. DON’T LOOK WITH YOUR MOUTH/HANDS, look with your eyes for once. I’ll try to explain as much as possible, but it’s nearly midnight and I’m getting tired.

Updated on:
December 1, 2008
October 23, 2008
September 2, 2008
August 14, 2009

What do you use to edit your videos with?
Sony vegas 8.0.

Where do you get your CC?
Refer to the CC list on this site.

How do you do camera movements?
I used Gunmod’s Camera Mod before but then upgraded. If you have already edited your own camera txt file, to make the movements smoother, you should always set up your angles (With ctrl+4 through 9). While in first person camera, press the # for your first angle, and then another number to switch angles. (No further questions about camera movements, PLEASE.) I will not give you my parameters.

What do you use to edit your photos with?
Adobe Photoshop 7.0

How do you do those neat slides for pictures?
I use the default slides that are installed in Sony Vegas Pro 8.0. (Transitions tab)

How do you outline text?
I ONLY know how to outline text in Sony Vegas 7.0 and Pro 8.0. Windows Movie Maker does NOT provide any outlined text (unless you have another or updated version of windows movie maker.) You go to the tab that says Media Generators > Text. Drag the text clip ABOVE your video clips (I always preferred the text always on track number 1.) After you have edited your your font, go to the tab that says Effects. Fiddle with the section that say Draw Outline (and or Draw Shadow) until you are pleased with your font outline. If you made a mistake, you can right click the text & press Edit Generated Media (towards the top of the list.)

How do you pick songs for your scenes?
Every time before I film, I always scrobble through my ipods, youtube, anywhere that has music. I always try to make it as smooth as possible. I don’t just pick any song. I always try to make it match up with the scene and also match up with the lyrics. I know there are a lot of songs you would rather use, but who wants to hear Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl when there’s a sad scene going on? It’s a shame that Youtube has been copyrighting a lot of videos thus making them change their song. I obviously had to do it, and I put a lot of effort into the episodes’ soundtracks. I learned to look for artists/bands that aren’t signed with UMG or any other music company. I try to find ones that are kind of underground, not really known, but should be known? If you get what I’m saying. (I don’t know if that was any help. AHHA)

Do you mind if you could tell me what’s wrong with my videos?
I don’t think I’d be the best person for that. I’m not that great with critiquing videos, it’s just that, I’m just learning myself how to do all these things, it’s kind of like “Huh.. I never knew how to do that before!” for me.

How do you know how to do all the things you know now?
I googled, asked friends, watched videos. It’s all in the process of paitience. Everyone needs to start somewhere. I started with a shitty “short movie”, I still look at that video and I still laugh about how far I have come.

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Written by Mare

August 14, 2009 at 11:23 pm

19 Responses

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  1. Heyyy. I was wondering how you did your new camera angles. I searched at MDS2, but I couldn’t find anything. If you could just post a link or something, that would be great.
    Thanks so much!

    Ceara

    October 22, 2008 at 3:40 am

  2. What did you upgrade to? =O

    lovergirlanime

    October 26, 2008 at 7:19 pm

  3. I know that people probably have asked you alot, but I am really new at trying to create videos and was wondering where you get most of your items. Like clothes and stuff. I would really appreciate it if you could give me a site name. Thanks

    Trissica

    December 1, 2008 at 3:09 am

  4. hi. im bored.

    Sofia

    December 21, 2008 at 10:09 am

  5. How do you make the stylized slides for things like the “Reverse This Curse – Cast” or “Call It Karma – Sims 2 Series – Season 2 – Cast”

    Bethany

    June 26, 2009 at 4:40 am

  6. Hey! 😀 I just have to know… Have do you know what music to use, when Youtube takes away a lot of the music?

    GuroRP :)

    August 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm

  7. hahahaha…i like the way you are Marevel…
    keep like that, you make me laugh with your blog.

    😀

    acousticwiind

    September 27, 2009 at 7:56 am

  8. How do you get all the mouth movements for the people when they’re sitting down and talking like in the beginning of “Call It Karma – Sims 2 Series – 2.07 – Push Back”

    Bethany

    October 8, 2009 at 6:03 am

  9. hi! How can you use the camera angles so good? If I shall do that, I uses “Saved angles”, but they going soo fast, that it isn’t good made. So, how do you do it? 😀

    – Guro

    GuroRP :)

    October 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

  10. Okay so, I’m marissa910 from YouTube. I was wondering, what font did you use in the very beginning of the first episodes in Call It Karma? I love it! (:

    Bree

    November 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm

  11. hey well love all videos but i have a import question !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Like you watch a video and its all warm colored like not dull because when i make a video its all not pretty colored. Like in CIK season 1 episode 9 all the colors are warm in the background and i wonder how you did that. Well i hope i expalned ( i know i didnt spell it right) well. I know like sims 2 is my gulty pleasure and now im bored and want to make movies and stuff so i hope you can help thx ^^ (sorry this was really long)
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gin

    December 14, 2009 at 10:24 pm

  12. hey well love all videos but i have a import question !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Like you watch a video and its all warm colored like not dull because when i make a video its all not pretty colored. Like in CIK season 1 episode 9 all the colors are warm in the background and i wonder how you did that. Well i hope i expalned ( i know i didnt spell it right) well. I know like sims 2 is my gulty pleasure and now im bored and want to make movies and stuff so i hope you can help thx ^^ (sorry this was really long)
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gin

    December 24, 2009 at 3:27 am

  13. sorry to bother you or anything, but while i watched your video i noticed the screen layout (i wonder if i can explain this and make sense…). i mean like, how the video reaches both end of the video box, unlike most default sims videos, and how it has the black strips on top and underneath where there is no video.
    i just really wondered how you got the screen to work like that? if it’s a game setting or something you do on sony vegas? ^^
    ahaha, sorry, i’m not sure that made any sense but it was worth a try. thanks if you reply. ^^

    Emily

    February 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm

  14. Hey! I love your series, it’s awesome 🙂 but one thing…in call it karma season 3 do you use that lighting mod that like changed the lighting in the game? It looks really nice …I just can’t get
    mine to work

    Keesha

    May 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

  15. Hey Marevel I have a question to ask, and i really hope it gets answered. Okay well i wondered how did you get so many subscribers o.o?
    uhmm and how long did it take?
    i’m just curious :DDD
    if i ever become famous on youtube for my sims 2 machinima’s you’ll definitely be mentioned 8DDD <333
    -Felita

    Felita

    June 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm

  16. Hey Mareval! I subbed to this site! :3

    (I’m ghostblacklover on youtube).

    Keeping on simming! urm.. filmsimming…? machsimming!??

    -fails-

    – zones-

    zonaheera

    September 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

  17. I wanted to know because I don’t know whether it was mentioned, but in Reverse this curse, you had this thing where the sims could flip backwards and dissapear, what did you do to get it and if it’s a download from a website, which one??

    Anomanoollls

    November 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm


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