It still needs a lot of polishing but it is workable already. I say already but I have been working on the Artificial Intelligence and the behaviours for a couple of months.
Slightly stepping away from the game I want a little moan about how difficult putting the video together was. I'd captured video screenshots before and I assumed it would be fairly easy to edit out the bits that I didn't think people wanted to see, like the opening menus and the levels loading.
I used Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 SP1 to capture the video of the game. That initial video capture works very well. Simply select the region to capture and press the record button. Easy. The result of that capture needs to be transcoded in to something usable by YouTube. To do that it is necessary to use a different programme in the Expression suite. This is where is all goes wrong.
Microsoft have so restricted the free version of the Expression programmes that they are a pain to use for editing. It defeats the object of a free trial version because having used that and taken all afternoon to remove a few frames I am unlikely to buy the paid for version.
Firstly the version I was using could only have one section of the video selected at any one time. Therefore to remove several sections it was necessary to do each cut one at a time and spend minutes in between encoding and then reloading each completed bit. To make matters worse it only used the original file name so I had to rename each clip in between. That all sounds easy enough but I had to work all that out before I came up with a workable production method. Wasting several hours.
The most frustrating bit was that along the way several of the encoded videos ended up with bad artifacts at their starts and the Encoder programme hung once and corrupted the xml file used for saving the jobs. I was not impressed.
Following on from the above I now use Windows Live Movie Maker. It is still limited but for a free product it does a good job and is easy to use. I still need the Expression Encoder to capture the video in the first place:
Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 to capture up to 10 minutes of video.
Windows Live Movie Maker to edit the video, add transitions and background music.