Taking and organizing Photos and videos in IMVU
Pictures are your memories here and to me it’s important to save and hold on to them. I want to tell you not only how to take pictures but how to manage and organize them because both are important. I average over 100 pictures and video clips a day and usually at least a gigabyte per day. I know that’s a little crazy but I love it and can give you some of what I’ve learned doing this.
There is no trick to getting the perfect picture. The closest thing I have to a trick if you want to call it that, is to take several pics of anything and then I can pick the very best one. And it’s really no harder to name and move 30 pictures at a time than it is two or three.
I take three types of pics (each explained in detail below) . Well one is a video clip not a picture but you organize them the same way. I also use hiressnap and screen captures. Occasionally I use HiRes NoBG but not as much. NoBG is helpful for portrait type pics but that’s all.
The simplest way to start taking good pictures is just to use the command *hiressnap. It will take a good high quality picture and put it on your desktop. It doesn’t take the whole screen if you have a big or wide screen and it doesn’t show the bubbles which sometimes are important. It’s also easy to use and doesn’t require any program.
I use this a lot, and have programmed a key on my keyboard to do it even faster. It has a sister command *hiresnobg which does the same thing but without the background. As I mentioned above this isn’t really as useful to me especially since I don’t actually edit them very much. But it’s good for portrait type pics for your profile or a wall picture. A friend uses them for her webpage and they look nice and professional.
HyperSnap for screen shots
There are a few ways to take screenshots but I really like Hypersnap. It’s free to use with a logo on it which you can crop out or inexpensive to register. The advantage of it is that it captures the bubbles which are often necessary to tell the story.
It also captures the whole screen wider than the hires one. I also like that it includes the name bar on the bottom so I have the names handy if I need them. I use the control W command to capture just the window of your screen without the text or your credit info. You can also program this to work with the Print Screen button to make it easy.
Hyper Cam 2 for Video Clips
The third tool I use for taking video clips is a free program called HyperCam2. It’s free and a great tool for taking videos. It loads fast and takes very few resources and gives you a lot of control. Make the capture area something close to 800 x 600 in the center of your window where loading won’t show up.
It’s also nice to click the clothing bottom button so you see the typing in the window. It makes it feel more like a real conversation. Another tip for videos is that this works great with Dragon Naturally Speaking. That’s how I talk and takes videos at the same time (and still have a hand free if I need it).
I’ve also recently learned to use F3 to edit out some of the space between bubbles a little which makes the clips more useable. You’ll want to take multiple small clips too rather than one big one if possible. It gives you more ability to edit things more easily.
I’ll write another post in a little bit about what I use to combine your pics and clips into a video.
Organizing your pics
The HighRes pics go to your desktop by default and I haven’t found any way to change that so I made my desktop the default place for the other programs too. It forces me to rename them more often and quickly which is a good thing. I changed the default location for the other programs to all go to the desktop too so they’re all in one place rather than having different types in different places.
How you name them is important. The first word of the name should be the main or most important person in the pic followed the name of anyone else in it worth mentioning. Then include a word or two about the activity and also the location. I find those are the things you’ll want to search for. For people I have a lot of pics of I include the month number and date to prevent duplicates. I also started using some category words recently. I name the group of friends because sometimes I want to search within that group. I recently started visiting a new group after Brenda’s collaring and if I search on Holm I can see the 250 pics I have of them no matter who is in them.
I used to file the pics in folder by person. But since I got a new computer with windows 7 which is better at searching I don’t bother. I just make one folder per month because that’s easy to do but also helpful since I often know how long ago something was taken.
This is kind of long and involved and you certainly don’t have to do this much to take some nice pics. But hopefully you can pic up a tip or idea that will help. This is the type of thing nobody teaches you and it can be a lot of fun and help you keep that great IMV feeling.