Firstly, apologies for not getting the 2011 Closing Ceremony online.
For legal reasons it is next to impossible and the bandwidth issues
could have been problematic in any case. I've handed out many copies on DVD
and Blu Ray locally so any visit to the church at its new (current)
meeting location may lead to more information on this. You can also
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you really want a copy of the final
church service... it may be possible to get one locally. I need to
emphasize two points: One, that the contents of these discs should not
go public, on the internet, as they're for church members only,
personal use, all of that. Second, the recording of the church service
also has a bonus feature attached which can go public, namely the
tesaer for the virtual tour of the building as it was circa 2011. That
was the last time that the entire structure interior was accessible,
because some parts were off-limits soon after that and were rapidly
deteriorating, and the situation has eroded even more since then, as of
2017 the pews and organ and mural are being removed and the building
may be heavily restructured/rebuilt into a new loft housing space. So
for historical reasons it might be nice to have a record of what the
place looked like. I have let everyone in the church know that as I
hand out DVDs/BRs of the church service I am also collecting funds for
completion of the virtual tour. So the discs are *free* but anyone
asking for one is strongly encouraged to send a few dollars my way to
get the virtual tour project moving forward. There are basically three
tiers of funding. One is the recovery of the cost of the multiple discs
of each box set, and case, and the printer ink for the insert and disc
coatings, each copy of the box set on DVD costs about $3.40 to make so
that is the break even mark for me where I can sustain continuing
production of new copies. I'm very excited to say that people in the
church have been extremely supportive of the virtual tour idea. I've
given out over 20 DVD box sets at this point and have gotten - in the end - $360 in
support raised for the tour, which is amazing and covers the cost of not only the box sets but also the entire virtual tour! So the question then
worth asking, is what do I intend to do with that? Why is it needed?
Well, it's a lot of different things which all fit into an overarching
goal of getting said virtual tour done faster and better.
I'm not going to go into all of that anymore, suffice it to say that I acquired a replacement video card because the old one was frequently crashing [especially when working with Unity] along with a few other assets and tools - one of which was helpful for me in developing a custom shader setup which will allow me to circumvent the standard Unity precomputed GI system and thus accelerate assembly of and detail of, lighting effects in the full level.
One note - I'm ditching the HTML5/WebGL option because I simply cannot achieve adequate visual quality for this level in a web browser. This tour is a Windows/Mac/Linux program, final version will likely require a system with an estimated 2GB ram minimum, 3-4GB recommended, a fairly decent video card & CPU, and nearly a gigabyte of free storage space to handle the install. These aren't unusually high-end requirements but nonetheless if you're using a desktop that's over a decade old, it may not work at all, maybe even on 'low' graphics settings.
I am likely to have a good demo with many improvements to show by early September 2017 - that is in the works at this time.
One other thing -
it'll be available online as a free download on this site, but also as
a WebGL version soon after... and there will also be an optional
version burned on disc, for about $10 including shipping. That 's
effectively identical to the download though so it is not of value to
most of you and is only worthwhile if you either want a hard copy on a
disc, or if you're just trying to thank me for doing this.
There's an old teaser video
for this project, online. If the current video is underwhelming, just keep in mind that it was posted more than a month and a half ago.
The final version of the tour [by early 2018] should be far nicer looking, more realistic
and visually polished.