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    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
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      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      Hi guys (especially coaches),

      I was wondering which program u guys use to make the video's of your desktops to post on the site, because I'm thinking of making one myself to upload it somewhere so some members could help me to find some leaks in my gameplay :)

      Tnx
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    • Puschkin81
      Puschkin81
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      Joined: 14.04.2006 Posts: 4,786
      Hi Zeffke!

      That's a great idea. We are using the program "Camtasia". Just google it. We are looking forward to watch your video.

      Good luck at the tables!
      Puschkin81
    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
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      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      It's ready for upload, quality is ok, video as well as audio. But it's still ~68Meg in size. U recommend any place where I can upload/send it to?

      Tnx
    • ciRith
      ciRith
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      Joined: 25.03.2005 Posts: 18,556
      http://www.rapidshare.com

      or

      http://www.megaupload.com
    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
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      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      Well here we go, i hope my english is fair enough:

      http://rapidshare.com/files/48646380/Zeffke_NL10.avi.html

      Maybe you guys can put it somewhere where members can see it more easily, tnx.
    • MMa7
      MMa7
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      Joined: 13.02.2007 Posts: 75
      About the 99 hand I'd raise to ~2$ and fold to any resistance
    • Nunki
      Nunki
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      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 865
      Nice video. Your english is excellent and you came across with much authority. You played that session better than I would have so I'm not going to try and tell you how to play.

      I liked your BvB hand versus the likely stealer. Nice one.

      You should definitely get PAHUD though as this is really helpful especially with regard to identifying blind-stealers.

      I was very impressed with the quality of Camtasia. Is the freeware equivalent CamStudio of comparable quality?
    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
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      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      I just have my PAHUD license and are playing with it right now, it indeed helps me a lot to find the blind stealers and identify the weak players.

      I made it with Camtasia, don't know the quality of CamStudio.

      BTW : Thanks for the compliments :D
    • degnic
      degnic
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      Joined: 06.02.2007 Posts: 3,953
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