POTW: Chetai

Hiya!

There are still loads of nominations coming through for penguins doing good deeds in their local communities. Chetai helped his school fundraise to build new elevators for disabled people at his school! What a brill thing to do! It brought a huge smile to my face, well done!

10,000 coins and the Green Viking Helmet coming your way, buddy!

Don’t forget to leave your POTW nominations in the comments below!

Byeee!

-Club Penguin Team

Cool name! 😀 I got to meet a former POTW and they came out with an exclusive background :O

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Wait, wait wait. I never saw this guy as POTW o.o Can someone prove this? I can’t find him >.<

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Surprise Mascot Meeting!

This is a message from the CP team:

Happy Friday, Penguins! We have a little surprise for you today…

A few mascots will be online for a little random meetup today at 11:15am Penguin Standard Time! We’ll update this blog post with the server a few minutes before the meetup. Thanks to Spike Hike for arranging this little random surprise!

UPDATE: The server for the surprise mascot visit will be… Blizzard!

In other news… I’ll be logging on later today for Field Friday, too! I’ll be logging onto the server Fjord later today and will update this post with the time for that, too. 🙂

Waddle on!
-Club Penguin Team

I’m coming Polo! 😉

UPDATE: Sources tell me that Rookie, Aunt Arctic, Cadence, and Gary came. Aaaaaaaand I missed it.

Muppets: Dubstep Puffle ft. Animal

Another teaser video for the Muppets World Tour coming to Club Penguin March 20-April 1!

When the team was doing some concept work for these Muppets teaser videos, they were thinking about which Club Penguin characters “matched” with Muppets characters. And THIS pairing—Animal and Dubstep Puffle—was one that made us ALL smile. We hope you do, too!

Which Muppets characters do YOU think match with some of ours? Let us know in the comments.
Waddle on!
-Club Penguin Team
I’m just not going to say anything -_-

Chattabox Fair Igloo Party!

This is a post from Chattabox:

G’Day Penguins,
WOW – you guys sure love pizza! The party was full of pizza fans last week – nice to see that everyone agrees with me when I say “Pizza is THE BEST”. 
How cool is The Fair?! I’ve spent all week playing on the games and visiting all the rides. My favourite is definitely the Rollercoaster, which ride do you crazy lot love? I’ve also been spending a lot of time visiting “The Fair Igloos”, they are looking AWESOME! So this week, lets visit some of YOUR igloos during the party, I can’t wait! Incase any of you need some inspiration, I’ve taken a photo of my “Fair-themed” igloo with a few of my pals hanging out. Plus, we can all earn HEAPS more Fair Tickets to buy super cool stuff – I’m saving up for the Pixel Glasses (remember Penguins, some features require a paid membership). Come dressed in a crazy outfit and bring along your ‘game-face’ ready for igloo hopping and game-playing – this is going to be a good one!
Lets meet at The Main Square in The Fair (where The Penguin Band Perform) on the Down Under server at 4pm (East Australia Standard Time) on Thursday 27th February, which will be 6pm for all of you in New Zealand. Don’t forget, this is 9pm Penguin Standard Time on Wednesday 26th February for everyone over in the US and Canada.
Waddle on!
– The Club Penguin Team
Those people in the picture were in the #WaddleOn behind the scenes! CLEARLY CP is choosing favorites -_-

CRAZY Fair Day!

I logged into CP for a second just to check on my account and noticed that I suddenly got a Rookie stamp. My mind instantly went to “but I never met him…”. Well, it turns out, HE WAS ON!
ROOKIE!

It turns out, SARAAPRIL was there too! I got to meet her and tried to friend her and get her to send me a postcard. I’m still not sure if she knew I was there -_-

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I COMPLETELY forgot to add Rookie and get his background 😦

LATER, I was on Pup1one’s website and won the code for the Puffle Treehouse giveaway! Thank you SO MUCH PUP1ONE! I named my new puffle after you O u O

Wait, I might not have won. Nothing is showing up in my inventory 😦

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Did I win or not? DUN DUN DUN!

UPDATE: No, I did not win. I am SO SO SO SO SO  SO SO SO SOOOOOOOO sorry to Pup1one for this big mess! Thank you for putting the code up, your kindness is appreciated :’)

The Fair 2014 Walkthrough

The Fair is FINALLY here! Sorry this took me so long to make, I had a LOT of pictures. There are also some stories behind this post 😀

Here is the loading/login screen:
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This is the message that comes up when Rookie greets you:

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Here is a look at the prizes too:

 

 

 

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This is the daily spin wheel! Spin this and you can get tickets, pins, or coins!

 

 

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The entrance to the Fair is at the Dock.

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First is the center of the park. I can’t see the Penguin Band though! I also met and added Ninjakrom.

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Here is the western town. The wagon wheel ride and bull’s eye game are located here.

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The bulls eye game reminds me of Coins For Change 2013.

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This is what the wagon wheel looks like. I really like the view and the sky (I LOVE night on CP)

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After that, I met Turtwig1fan. She has a CP blog and she’s obsessed with Doctor Who.

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This is the space area! You can see the game from when Polo Field gave us a sneak peek.

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The moment of truth: the unplugged game…

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DUN DUN DUN! PIXEL WORLD 😀

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Here is the roller coaster! Don’t ride it too much, you might get sick XD

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When I came out, I got to catch up with Norgit. He makes EPIC custom penguins and graphics.

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Here is a picture of the pirate’s cove. If you sit on the land, your boat vanishes…

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Here is the inside and outside of the skull rock. It still reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean.

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What do YOU think? Did I miss anything?

 

Top 5 Club Penguin Video Production Tips

This is a message from Polo on his WordPress site 😀

I love seeing videos that people produce within Club Penguin. I’ve always been a big fan of CPMVs (Club Penguin Music Videos) and the little video ‘shorts’, too.

I want to offer a bit of help to those who make videos. Lots of people ask me what software we use, and how we make videos here at CP, so I thought I’d share a few tips to help out!

In this blog post, I am assuming that you are at least 13 years old. Social media networks such as YouTube require that you be this old to use their service for video hosting. If you are younger than 13, this tutorial isn’t for you.

#1 – To make an HD video, you’ll need HD footage.

This is the most important part to me — quality. If you’re recording footage of Club Penguin on a desktop computer (PC, Mac, Linux), then you’re using the current Adobe Flash version of the game. So this means you can stretch CP to any size without losing any visual quality for the most part!

I record video on an Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, because of the resolution. The higher the resolution of your video footage, the better for video. An HD video is 1920×1080 pixels, so if you can record footage that’s even larger, then you can zoom in on the characters.

We actually use a little piece of software to “trick” the MacBook Pro to switch into 4K (4096 x 2160), then use Google Chrome in “Presentation Mode” to make the CP window as HUGE as possible. :)

#2 – Pick screen recording software that works for you.

I recommend Camtasia or ScreenFlow for video capture. If you’re on a PC, then FRAPS is also a good choice, as it’s fairly cheap ($40). Just pick something that makes sense to you. I like ScreenFlow because you can record and make edits right within the software. In fact, you can do a LOT with ScreenFlow on Mac, like create subtitles, transitions, music and even export directly to YouTube.

#3 – Keep it simple.

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A simple story works best. Something with a beginning, middle and end. The best stories have some sort of tension — like a villain, or something the hero needs to overcome to win.

Write down your ideas on paper first before you record. Adobe Story is a very useful free tool for writing scripts (but will require an Adobe account.)

#4 – Write out subtitles

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This one is fairly simple, but takes a bit of time. For every CP video we make, we create an .SRT file — which is just a text file with timecodes in it. Like I said before, ScreenFlow is the simplest way to do this, but you can also use a plain text editor like Notepad on Windows, or TextEdit on Mac.

If you take the time to do this, then it’s fairly simple to translate the video into other languages. Plus there are people in the world that can’t hear, and this way you’re considering them as well! :)

To create one, just write out a text file, and “Save As” with .srt as the file extension. Here’s what a subtitle will look like:


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00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:03,000
Good morning, class!

#5 – Only use complicated software if you need to do something really complicated.

We do use Adobe After Effects for some really special moments in videos, and it’s amazing what you can do with it. However, it can also be too complicated, and you’ll need to have a LOT of time available to work within it if you’re new to the system. We tried using After Effects for the first few episodes of The Spoiler Alert, but later moved to only doing a few key things there instead. Now we edit the majority of the episodes in Adobe Premiere instead.

Bonus Tip: Audio is half of what you see.

We’re lucky enough to have some very, very talented audio professionals on our team, and they can make an okay video feel amazing.

If you spend a bit of time and use sound FX, change up the music often, and add “ambience” (birds chirping, wind blowing, etc.) you can make a video feel even more polished. Here’s a little inside scoop from the Star Wars sound designers, for example:

Hope this helps! Thanks to everyone who’s made amazing videos over the years. Keep up the great work!

-Your pal, Polo

Thanks for the tips Polo! This is EXACTLY what I needed!