I am proud to announce the release of the first High Definition Video System in Second Life !
Remember what I blogged about nearly two months back ? Well it's ready now, and even better, I am releasing the tool chain I mentioned at the same time, in open-source.
This video system is quite powerful. It can :
* Display HD pictures (pictures bigger than 1024x1024, the current max is 4096x4096, but it can be extended later).
* Display HD videos (animated pictures with a better resolution than what simple ones, allowing for 30-second long videos).
* Play long sounds without gaps (sounds that last longer than 10 seconds, for example musics). You can hear an example of a music in the video above.
* Display subtitles. The video above also shows one of the subtitles. Subtitles are simple hovertexts so it is easy to make your own story that way.
And all of it is inside SL. No external media source such as YouTube, nothing. It's safe and you can watch with your friends, everybody would see the same thing at the same time !
All the data of a movie are contained in a tape that looks like a VHS tape (if you're old enough, you have the right to feel nostalgic), and you can buy tapes and even create and sell your own ! More than a simple product, this video system opens a whole new business ! It's easy, everything is explained clearly, with examples. And if you don't really want to make movies but you want to create your own slideshows, it's even easier.
So if you are an artist, like those people who tell Second Life stories on Deviant Art, not only this product will help you, but it may even become a business for you.
The basic manual for the video system is actually on a tape rather than in a notecard, so you both learn how to use it with many pictures and videos, and see what this system can do.
To produce HD content for this video system, in a nutshell, you need to download 4 free, open-source tools (Python, VirtualDub, ImageMagick and ShnTool, if you want to know), and to process your content with the Python scripts that are provided in the Director's Manual. Everything is explained clearly there. You don't need any programming skill to make them work.
The product is Copy/Mod/No-Transfer, and takes 11 or 15 prims when rezzed (10 for the 16-screen TV, 14 for the 25-screen TV, which can display 5x5 textures, and 1 for the player). It costs L$400 and you can find it in any of the Marine's Goodies vendors. Here are a few SLURLs :
And for the first time, I am opening a store on the Marketplace. Not to sell Marine's Goodies or even RealRestraint products, but to sell the movies I will produce, specifically for that video set. The name of the store is "Maison de la Marquise" ("House of the Marquess" in French, a homage to "House of Gord"... and it's always more erotic when said in French, isn't it ?), and is dedicated in producing and selling high-quality adult videos.
The store is at :
And the video set being available at :
At the time of this writing, there is only one movie in the brand, it is called "Applicant Payback". It is not kink-centered (more like vanilla porn, with a little flavor of kink near the end), but it is high-quality. The next movies I will produce will be a lot kinkier, with themes that will mostly revolve around heavy bondage and domination.
Have fun !
PS : It will take some time for people (me included) to produce movies for this video set. This is normal, because movie producers need the provided tool chain to make their own movies. I will make my own too, in the meantime. As I pointed out earlier, it will be erotic movies, mostly about kink (bondage, ponyplay etc). It will be fun ! And yummy !