Editing for Youtube

Making a new video called Blood Knight Adventures.
Making a new video called Blood Knight Adventures.

I started up my own Youtube channel to have another place for my Twitch videos to be watched.

I’ve uploaded my highlights from Twitch to Youtube and I’ve been posting some edited highlights as well.

Twitch is rather limited in how you can edit a highlight. The highlighted video has to be a specific section of the video and that’s it. No other modifications allowed.

So if you wanted to create a highlight that combined a section from the first minute and the last minute of your broadcast, but nothing in between… Twitch’s in browser editing application doesn’t let you do that.

Fortunately, as I’m streaming I also set my streaming software to store the broadcasts to my hard drive. From there I can edit the videos and produce a better finished product.

The two videos I’ve made so far are called “Holy Alchemy” and “Why Mind Control is Amazing in Arena too.”

They’re pretty basic. I highlighted a specific card in each video from my early Arena runs on my Twitch stream. I edited all the shots of those cards together and slapped some music on it.

Playing with my new editing software was fun. I started using Movie Maker which is a freeware editing program put out by Microsoft.

I took a video production course in high school that helped me learn the basics of video editing. The program I learned on was called Final Cut Pro.

I’d like to use Final Cut again. It has a lot of things that Movie Maker doesn’t. But it also costs $300. ūüė¶

The first hurdle I had to jump over with Movie Maker was the file type for the recorded videos from my stream.

Almost every internet video site, Twitch included, broadcasts their videos using the Flash file type (.flv). My broadcasting software saves the recorded videos to my hard drive as Flash videos as well.

Movie Maker can’t understand Flash videos. Kind of dumb considering that Flash is the most popular video type now, but whatever.

I had to download a converter to change the recordings into something that Movie Maker could understand.

After that it was simple enough, throw the video in, pick which sections I want, delete the other sections, etc.

I remember Final Cut being easier to work with and having more options than Movie Maker.

Movie Maker hides transitions under the Animations tab. Adding titles is also hidden under the home tab.

I’m still unsure if Movie Maker allows custom title movements, cropping a frame, moving a frame, or even multiple audio tracks.

It might that I just can’t find these things yet within Movie Maker’s interface or maybe there’s nothing there for me to find.

I’ll stick with Movie Maker f it does have those options and I find them. Final Cut’s software is better because I know how to use it. Once I’ve mastered Movie Maker there won’t be any reason to switch.

Go check out the videos if you like Hearthstone! I added in some public domain music from Youtube’s audio library. Enjoy!

-Mister Ed

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Heroic Thaddius

The DREAM!
Misdirection. The DREAM!

Continuing in the series of posts about how to beat the Heroic bosses in Hearthstone’s Naxxramas adventure, here’s Thaddius!

Heroic Thaddius has two advantages over Normal Thaddius.

First, he’s got 15 more health than the Normal version.

Second, on his first turn he automatically summons his own Feugen and Stalagg.

While he may start with two immense monsters, the good news is that they can’t attack on the turn he summons them and they don’t trigger their own deathrattles.

Even better, Thaddius’ Feugen and Stalagg will trigger your own versions of those minions. So if his Feugen has died and your Stalagg dies, then Thaddius is summoned to your side of the field.

Thaddius starts with a big advantage and this is the deck I came up with to remove that advantage as quickly as possible:
Hunter’s Mark x2
Arcane Shot x2
Tracking x2
Webspinner x2
Explosive Trap x2
Freezing Trap x2
Misdirection x2
Mad Scientist x2
Nerubian Egg x2
Eaglehorn Bow
Animal Companion x2
Deadly Shot x2
Unleash the Hounds x2
Multishot x2
Feugen
Stalagg
Kel’Thuzad

The ideal hand includes a Misdirection or a Tracking. You go first and play the Tracking if you need to find a Misdirection.

Thaddius goes second and summons Feugen and Stalagg.

Your turn comes around again and you play Misdirection.

Thaddius goes. He plays a minion and then attacks with Feugen and Stalagg. The Misdirection triggers and you pray that the two beasties kill each other. It’s a 1/3 chance that they will.

And that’s it. The deck has a few other methods for removing Feugen and Stalagg. Then it stalls the game out with secrets until you can gain complete control with a big Unleash the Hounds combo or by playing your own Feugen and Stalagg and getting a huge Thaddius on your side.

Really once you’ve got a Thaddius on the board you’ve probably won.

Other things that work really well against Heroic Thaddius are Nerubian Egg, Dire Wolf Alpha, Raid Leader, and Stormwind Champion.

Thaddius’ Polarity Shift hero power will always trigger Nerubian Egg, making it a cheap 4/4.

The Polarity Shift also interacts strangely with buffs that the other three cards have. The buffed attack (or attack and defense for Stormwind) is switched to defense, creating a permanent gain in stats. Then the buff is applied to the attack once again. If it keeps switching then your minions keep getting more stats. Leokk from the Animal Companion spell also takes advantage of this effect.

Cards to avoid against Thaddius are ones with zero attack. The Shaman is pretty bad because his hero power will be close to useless. Flametongue Totem will have the same swapping power that Dire Wolf Alpha does, but it dies in the process.

Regardless, the Hunter deck works and isn’t too expensive to craft. Plus, secrets are always fun!

-Mister Ed

Heroic Globbulus

I've got him right where I want him.
I’ve got him right where I want him.

I took a crack at Heroic Grobbulus in the Construct Quarter of Hearthstone’s Naxxramas adventure and found out that an Inner Fire/Divine Spirit Priest deck works consistently.

Here is the specific deck list I used, although many variations could work:
Circle of Healing x2
Holy Smite x2
Inner Fire x2
Power Word: Shield x2
Divine Spirit x2
Shadow Word: Pain x2
Lightwell x2
Nerubian Egg x2
Shadow Word: Death x2
Dark Cultist x2
Deathlord x2
Stoneskin Gargoyle x2
Auchenai Soulpriest
Lightspawn x2
Holy Nova x2
Mind Control

The strategy is the same as any other Inner Fire/Divine Spirit deck. Create a minion too big for your opponent to deal with and then tear him down.

The problem is that when you face Grobbulus it isn’t clear whether you should be healing yourself or the big minion.

The fix for that issue is having the big minion be Stoneskin Gargoyle. It’ll heal itself and you can always heal yourself.

While the deck works, I felt unsure about some of the parts of it.

Often times when I played the Nerubian Egg, all the Nerubian would be capable of trading with would be the slime produced by Grobbulus’ hero power killing the egg.

Lightspawn felt a little bad because it gets weaker as it takes damage. It was an even tougher choice of whether I should heal it or myself.

Mind Control also felt a little odd, but I put it in there in case I needed to clear a taunt on Grobbulus’ side to secure lethal. I suppose a silence effect would’ve worked just as well.

I might substitute in a little more draw to get the Inner Fire combo faster.

Otherwise it was a simple strategy that got a simple victory. Enjoy!

-Mister Ed

Heroic Sapphiron

The perfect card to stall out Sapphiron.
The perfect card to stall out Sapphiron.

I fooled around with a few decks to beat Heroic Sapphiron with in Hearthstone.

I beat the Normal Mode version of Sapphiron with a simple Warrior deck. The Heroic challenge is obviously much more difficult because none of your minions will last longer than one turn.

I experimented with Warrior at first to beat the Heroic version, but found I just didn’t have the cards for it.

To beat Sapphiron on Heroic you need the perfect control Warrior deck with Shield Slams, Execute, Gorehowls, and Brawls. I just don’t have all those cards and they’re too expensive to craft.

I do have almost all the Mage cards though!

Here’s the Mage deck I used to pummel Heroic Sapphiron into the dust.

Deck list:
Arcane Explosion x2
Frostbolt x2
Counterspell x2
Duplicate x2
Frost Nova x2
Ice Barrier x2
Ice Block x2
Mirror Entity x2
Vaporize x2
Cone of Cold x2
Fireball x2
Feugen
Stalagg
Blizzard x2
Flamestrike x2
Pyroblast x2

The strategy is very similar to a freeze Mage deck. Stall the opponent out until they’ve run out of stuff.

With the perfect draw it’ll work to prevent Sapphiron from killing you.

Counterspell is very useful for getting rid of Sapphiron’s Pure Cold spell. Mirror Entity will often soak up a Frostbolt if it doesn’t let you trade for a creature.

But how do you kill Sapphiron?

The first bit of damage should come from your hero power. Use it on her whenever you can afford to.

The second bit comes from any left over Fireballs or Frostbolts you have after Sapphiron has played through her entire deck (You’ll have one if you’re lucky).

Most of the damage comes from the Pyroblasts and the combination of Feugen and Stalagg.

Feugen and Stalagg don’t do much on their own against Sapphiron. She’ll just destroy them same as any other minion at the start of her turn.

But because they die on her turn, Thaddius is also summoned on her turn. Then when your turn rolls around you can attack with Thaddius for a big pile of damage. In a pinch Thaddius can also take out a minion.

But two Pyroblasts and one Thaddius is only 31 damage. Where’s the other 14 coming from?

Hopefully from the latest Mage additions in Naxxramas, the Duplicate secret. The Duplicates should be played when Feugen or Stalagg are about to die.

When the little golems die, you can play them again to summon their big brother once more.

If you play the Duplicates for Thaddius, then you can still play him. Unfortunately, Sapphiron will destroy him before he gets the chance to do anything.

The same thing goes for combining Duplicate with Mirror Entity, so watch out for that as well.

The deck may not work on the first try, but I can assure you that it does work. Give it a try if you’ve got the cards!

-Mister Ed

Numb Finger

I'll just watch the clock while the doctor looks at my Xrays in the other room.
I’ll just watch the clock while the doctor looks at my Xrays in the other room.

A day or two before I left for my vacation on Bois Blanc Island I woke up with my left pointer finger feeling numb.

I’ve had numbness like this on other parts of my body in the past, but its always gone away in a day or two.

This time the numbness has stayed around for around a month.

I used WebMD to try and figure out what was going on and there was some pretty scary things on there. Fortunately, I didn’t match all the symptoms of any of the more serious conditions.

A self-diagnosis wasn’t enough for me so I made an appointment at the local clinic.

My wife had her eye on a particular doctor at the clinic to be her own primary care physician. I tried to get an appointment with that doctor so I could preview her for my wife, but she was on maternity leave until November.

Instead I got an appointment with a different, but equally competent male doctor.

I’ve never had a male doctor for my regular visits. Neither has my wife. Nothing wrong with the doctor I saw today, but I’ve always been more comfortable with women. I think we’ll go to the female doctor on maternity leave for any future problems.

So! The numbness in my finger! I’d feared something horrible like peripheral neuropathy or Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Instead the doctor said it was something much more mundane.

It was likely just physical trauma to my radial nerve which takes sensory information from my hand to my brain.

The damage would normally repair quickly, but its possible I’ve been aggravating the injury by sleeping on my hands.

So the injury might fix itself if I stop sleeping on my hands.

However it might be too late for the injury to fix itself within my hands.

In that case the nerve would need to regrow from my shoulder all the way down to my hand.

When nerves are regrown from the shoulder they extend about one centimeter each week.

My arm is roughly a meter long (I haven’t measured exactly), so if the nerve regrows from my shoulder then I won’t have feeling in my finger again for another two years or so.

So lets hope my finger gets better soon if I stop sleeping on it!

-Mister Ed

In Time Movie Review

I watched the movie In Time the other night. The movie stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy.

I was not satisfied with the movie based on what I’d seen in the trailers.

The premise of the movie is that in the near future all medical problems have been eliminated.

Additionally, now that people are effectively immortal there isn’t really any reason to use any normal currency because eventually anybody will accumulate an infinite amount.

Instead of spending money, people spend time. Time is the remaining years, weeks, days, minutes, and seconds in someone’s life.

When someone turns twenty five their clock begins. You an see the clock on Timberlake’s arm in the above poster. When someone’s clock runs out that person suffers an instantly fatal heart attack.

The clock starts with a year on it. Time is spent on everything, coffee, taxi rides, movies. Everything.

And all income is in the form of time. If you work for a day at a factory then maybe you earn two days of time. One day to buy stuff with and one day to live with.

The movie villains are the rich who hoard time in order to live forever. The rich drive prices up in the ghetto to steal time from the poor because “not everyone can live forever.”

The movie heroes, Timberlake and Seyfried, fight back by stealing the hoarded time from rich banks where time is stored physically somehow and redistributing it to the poor. Surprisingly the movie never mentions the name of Robin Hood.

Giving time to the poor is somehow supposed to make them realize that the system is killing them, but the epilogue shows only that the poor are happy frivolously spending their money on vacations. The rich don’t lose power and the poor don’t gain any. What was the point if the poor waste their money on a week of pleasure?

There’s other problems with the currency system that are never explained.

Theoretically the only time that exists in the system is one year for each person when they turn 25. The average age would be around 25 because most of that time is spent on food, rent, clothes, etc.

Where is all the extra time coming from? Are there power plants that produce time? Or is the rich oligarchy just minting time and using it to pay their workers?

The rich are right in a sense. If everyone lived forever then the world would be overpopulated, but is the rich effectively murdering the poor really the plan that was landed on?

Why not use a traditional currency and set everyone’s clocks to one hundred years? Then people still have long lives with predictable deaths and the economy has a natural development instead of being controlled by some strange merchant dictatorship.

Plus, the script was clunky and the acting was bad. I’ve seen good acting from all these actors though, so I’m tempted to blame the director. The director, Andrew Niccol, also wrote the script, so really all the blame lies at his feet.

Niccol’s other movies are really good though. I’d recommend checking out Gattaca which has a similar premise and The Terminal.

As for¬†In Time, it had a cool premise, but failed to make that premise compelling or interesting outside of the trailer. The other parts of the movie weren’t so hot either. I’d avoid it unless you’re dying for people to talk about wealth in amounts of years instead of thousands of dollars.

-Mister Ed

Exercise Regime

7:30? Time to do some calisthenics!
7:30? Time to do some calisthenics!

Two weeks ago I started a simple exercise routine to build muscle slowly without going to the gym.

I don’t need to exercise to stay healthy. Somehow my body remains thin and wonderful no matter what I eat.

I only like exercise when its fun or when I can get something tangible out of it.

Exercising for fun is doing stuff like playing sports, running around on a playground (I’m 23 and I still do this. Get over it), or swimming.

I exercise for fun occasionally, but I don’t have a routine of doing fun exercise.

I’m afraid that if I make it a routine that I’ll start disliking fun types of exercise because “I have to do them.”

Fortunately I don’t need to exercise to stay healthy yet. My heart rate is perfectly fine as well being 80bpm at rest and as low as 40bpm after I’ve recovered from exercise (my heart is weird). Part of this is probably because I bike to work everyday.

Still, there’s the added benefit that some types of exercise build muscle mass. I’ve always wanted to get stronger so I can look hot for my wife.

I tried going to the gym, but that was super boring unless I listened to lectures on Greek and Roman classics. But then I ran out of lectures.

So how do you build muscle mass without going to the gym?

Lots of pushups and situps!

So two weeks ago I decided I would do 20 pushups and situps everyday.

If I successfully completed that many then next week I would increase the number by 5 to 25 pushups and situps.

If I completed the week again, then I’d increase the number again.

I missed a few of the days my first week because I wasn’t used to the routine yet, but once I set an alarm on my phone it became easy to remember.

I’ve completed a week successfully and both pushups and situps have increased to 25 per day.

I’m curious how high I can get the numbers. My record for pushups is 37 in a row. I’ve found that the limitation on how many situps I can do has more to do with boredom than exhaustion.

Maybe once the numbers get high enough I’ll have to mix it up a little bit by doing one handed pushups or something.

If you’d like, comment with what your exercise routine is!

-Mister Ed