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A 33 minute long machinima video created as an Spinning and Cycling simulator. Achieved with Cryengine 2.

Posted by Duruk on May 3rd, 2011

Here is the complete 33 minute video demo of my Spinning and Cycling simulator:


Description:

Instead of putting a camera on a car or on a bicycle, we wanted our viewers to see a fluent training exercise without distraction from traffic. With other training exercises that use onboard camera's the car drives much faster then a normal human can cycle.
The track is fitted around the music and the spinning or cycling program. The exercise is therefore combined with music and environment.

The video can be used for both spinning teachers (on TV or beamer), or for solo use on your pc screen, tv or beamer.
See for example: youtube.com/​watch?v=JCIWHOfg_ro

This is the beta version of the video there is no on-screen instruction. We want to give the instructor their own vision on the exercise video.

Background Information:

Our idea was to promote spinning to a new level added with visual stimulation with 40-50 minutes sessions. The focus would be on the road. Adding not too much detail to speed up the progress. It was hard work to develop an idea into the actual video, but the demo shows that its possible. The demo is in beta stage, so I will try to fix some of the hiccups and timing issues in the next version.

I removed any reference to the company which was setup for this idea. The demo was created on the Cryengine2 for testing purpose, hence the Crytek adds. If we would develop it commercially we would have switched to another engine, so it would be possible to add our own advertisements.

Since the spinning instructor left the project due to real life issues I was left alone in this project as designer.Without a spinning instructor its pointless to continue the program. Still I'm very proud of what we have accomplished and therefore I'm putting the demo for you on the internet for your enjoyment.

It is my hope that people will enjoy using this video as an exercise.

Tutorial:

Song 1 is warming up.
Song 2 is start of the program, with a small hill climb near the end
Song 3 is sprint song
Song 4 is start of the 10 minute climb with a 45 minute cooling down at the end of song 4
Song 5 continuation of the climbing session
Song 6 cooling down
Song 7 start of interval section
Song 8 continuation of the interval section
Song 9 Small climb ending with disco tunnel.

More information and a guide will be following soon.

Additional Credits:

I forgot to credit Exodus for their Exodus Pine tree pack as seen in the first song. The rest of the pine trees and vegitation are created by Pure3d

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SecretImbecile
SecretImbecile May 3 2011, 4:07pm says:

Two things elude me, motivational music, and why people can't cycle for real.

But those are just opinions, that works brilliantly for its purpose.
I would Improve the scenery later in the video, as it goes from amazing to somewhat lackluster at 13:00 in. Depends how you want it done, but if its going to be stored as a video, then you may as well add as much detail as you can =) personally

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Duruk Author
Duruk May 4 2011, 12:29pm replied:

Thanks for your comments. About the detail. There are a couple of reasons why the detail is low.
1) As stated in the background information the focus is on the road, because a) the viewing distance is extremely far so detail is sparse on the outer areas. b) We tested it a couple of times in spinning classes and experienced that after a couple of minutes the participants as they get more tired they enter in a tunnel vision and only watch the road and the immediate surroundings.
2) Well the spinning instructor had to leave the team and since it was his idea, its hard to continue alone.
3) You really need to look at the video while your on a home-trainer or spinning byce and not as a level designers point of view. Of course if I made this as a level I would have completely made it different
4) Production time was aimed at 3 months from scratch to 40-50 minute DVD video. That ment that I had to create a speed mapping method. The camera work and timing is the hardest work.
5) We had almost no budget so if we had we could add more variation to the objects.

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Joe_Shmoe
Joe_Shmoe May 3 2011, 6:17pm says:

Agreed... I'd much rather go cycle for real, but then again, I'm not that lucky to have scenery like that =]

and amen to the comment for more detail... I agree if its going to be a set video, throw in as much detail as possible =], espcially on the tar road and next to the road... and be creative, keep the enviroments interesting and colourful...

and heres a crazy idea, create a map with multiple roads, like an open world, and each track has a start and finish, so each track should follow a rythm, this way instructors can choose and string together custom routes and tracks, and not the same video over and over =] just a crazy idea lol

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Duruk Author
Duruk May 4 2011, 12:34pm replied:

Yeah that was our point to be able to cycle indoor and still have a sunny scenery even if its pouring rain outside.

@Multiple roads.We thought of that idea, but it takes the flow out of the training session. The spinning instructor needs to focuss on his class and keep in his or hers rythem. Adding options to choose from during the spinning class stops that flow. Our solution was to add more whole videos to choose from.

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