Bungie Pro Video and Halo 3: ODST

Live together in perfect harmony.

Just like the title says, Bungie Pro Video and Halo 3: ODST are now gloriously interoperable.  If you're a Bungie Pro subscriber, you already have access to this brave new video rendering world.  If not, here's everything you need to know to get access. Of course, since ODST's Saved Films have a few limitations not native to Halo 3's multiplayer Theater Mode, we had to implement some new features so you could get the most bang for your Render Minute bucks:

  • Bungie Pro Video will now work with Halo 3: ODST's Campaign and Firefight Films
  • Through Bungie.net, you can supply start and stop timestamps in order to "fast forward" without having to render the full film
  • Fast forwarding isn't free - the Hydra Contraption still needs to spend time to render the full video
  • Each 10 minutes of "fast forwarding" will consume 1 of your available Render Minutes (not incremental)
  • You can elect to render your film from either 1st or 3rd person perspective
  • You can choose which player in the game the camera will follow
  • Rendered Film footage is limited to 60 minutes in length (does not include time spent "fast forwarding")
Here's a handy image Stosh whipped up for the visual learners:

And here's some footage of a player wrecking shop on Lost Platoon (no Choppers):

Halo 3: ODST 11/16/2009 2:24 PM PST permalink

Tag and Release - Last Exit

Last stop: sweet screenshots.

We're still looking at Halo 3: ODST's Firefight missions to drum up new Tag and Release screenshots.  Up this week: Last Exit.  It might be the end of the road for many a Trooper, but it's not the end of the line for your sweet screens.  Check out a foursome we found holding it down.

Mission Select: Last Exit

In Triplicate

Say My Name

Under Heavy Fire

Gilded Steed

If you think you can do better, by all means (just make sure you're tagging your stuff so we can find it).  If you just want to check out some more Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST offerings, we've got your road map right here.  You didn't miss the exit, your destination is coming right up.  Go ahead and make a pit stop in our Community Files collection.

Halo 3: ODST 11/16/2009 10:45 AM PST permalink

Unnecessary ODST Censorship

'You must know your -blam!-.  Show me."

Ten FTW injected some unnecessary censorship into Halo 3: ODST's cutscenes.  Obviously there's some spoilers, so if you haven't played through the campaign you'll want to hold off.  Otherwise, check it the -blam!- out.

YouTube - Halo 3 ODST: Ten FTW (Censored Cutscenes)

Halo 3: ODST 11/12/2009 9:54 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #48

Plan Alpha.

Hit the link below to check out the latest Chronicles of ODS Steve.  Wonder what Plan Beta is.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Plan Alpha (#48)

Halo 3: ODST 11/11/2009 9:35 AM PST permalink

Tag and Release - Lost Platoon

What once was lost...

...now is found.  We dropped into the LZ and salvaged these assets for you.  Make sure you put them to good use.  And yeah, the astute observer will notice that we didn't dig out any shots featuring Choppers.  Because they don't count on Lost Platoon (or Last Platoon, either).

Mission Select: Lost Platoon

Above Glass

Final Moment

Take It to Make It


If this fearsome foursome of screens aren't to your liking (or you want to see some shots featuring the Brute Chopper), go ahead and get your own stuff.  We can't do everything for you.  Time to leave the nest and fly, little birdie!  Learn how to navigate by checking out our Community Files collection.

Halo 3: ODST 11/9/2009 10:13 AM PST permalink

Teabag Prevention Presents

How to Suck Less at Firefight Week 2.

The Geekscape! gang - who we should mention isn't the kind of gang who will mug you a darkened alley - wants to help you with your Firefight game.  Cuz you stink.  Get better.  (Thanks to HBO for the link.)

Teabag Prevention: How to Suck Less at Firefight Week - 2

Halo 3: ODST 11/6/2009 2:39 PM PST permalink

Firefight Solo Guide: Chasm Ten

All by myself.

If you're looking to get some solo Firefight runs in, Monochron is weighing in with words and images to help you formulate a sound strategy.  If you're already going it alone and doing just fine, you should weigh in with your own comments.  Strat at the jump below.

HBO - Firefight Solo Guide: Chasm Ten

Halo 3: ODST 11/5/2009 9:21 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #47


The latest installment of Chronicles of ODS Steve has dropped.  Steve's tea has gone missing.  Find out who swiped it at the jump.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Teetotaler (#47)

Halo 3: ODST 11/4/2009 9:15 AM PST permalink

Tag and Release - Rally Point

Pointin', shootin', and showin' off.

Halloween is over and done with, but we're sticking with the darker confines of Halo 3: ODST for this week's Tag and Release slideshow extravaganza.  These screenshots were found by using the handy dandy dropdown tool inside the Community Files page instead of tags proper.  Once again, you do good and proper work with the tools you're given.  And no, that's not what she said.

Mission Select: Rally Point

Return Fire

In Bloom

In Repose and about to be in a world of below the belt hurt.


If you want to see more of the collection, all you gotta do is set foot into the Community Files sector of Bungie.net.  Find some stuff by fiddling with the knobs and levers for hot filtering action, or just slap in some keywords and see what's lurking in the shadows.  You can think of it as VISR mode for Halo screenshots.

Halo 3: ODST 11/2/2009 10:26 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #46

Finders Keepers.

Steve keeps what he steals.  And he steals underpants.  Shiny, metal, underpants, to be exact.  Check it out.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Finders Keepers (#46)

Halo 3: ODST 10/28/2009 9:15 AM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Rally (Night)

Shadows and screenshots.

Once again we're eschewing convention and plucking out this week's Tag and Release content by using the drop downs that let us sift through the Community Files collection.  Up for today, Rally (Night).  We figured some nighttime shots were in order since we're coming in hot on Halloween.

Mission Select: Rally (Night)

Caught Hammer Handed

October Azure


Even though we've been switching up the method as of late, the advice still remains the same.  If you think you can do better, make sure you're tagging your content so other people can find it.  And if you just want to find more, all you gotta do is dig through the entire collection.

Halo 3: ODST 10/26/2009 10:47 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 10.23.09

Playtestin' and progress reportin'.

Read Full Top Story

Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3Halo 3: ODSTHalo: Reach 10/23/2009 3:28 PM PDT

Teabag Prevention Presents

How to Suck Less at Firefight.

Tired of being terrible at Firefight?  Geekscape! has you covered.  Hit the link below for some explicit tips and tricks designed to help you get on track.  Thanks to HBO for the heads up.

Teabag Prevention: How to Suck Less at Firefight

Halo 3: ODST 10/23/2009 9:26 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST ViDoc 'Dramatis Personae'

Unmasking Halo 3: ODST's characters.

Now, don't get all worked up.  We think this is a pretty sweet ViDoc, but if you've already played through Halo 3: ODST you're not going to find any super awesome and totally revelatory information.  What you will find is a nice little behind the scenes look at the cast of characters straight from the ODST development team.  And a whole mess of spoilers.  And a lady with balls.

Originally intended as an Intel (Extras) exclusive for the folks who picked up and played through the game, we've made it live on our YouTube channel as it went up prematurely on Marketplace earlier this morning.  Since it's out early, we don't have the ultra high quality, direct download stuff you crave, but we're working right now to get those up and running too.  Expect delivery within a few days.  You should also expect to see the video start to spring up inside ODST shortly as well (if it's not there already.)

Halo 3: ODST ViDoc "Dramatis Personae"

"Get the inside perspective from the storytellers at Bungie and step into the boots of the new cast of characters fighting for survival inside New Mombasa. From the battle-tested team of ODSTs to the civilians' desperate plight, the team at Bungie knew the stakes were high. See how they layered an ensemble cast into a combat-effective story, and then brought performance and sound together to cast light and life into the darkened city of New Mombasa and Halo 3: ODST."

YouTube - Halo 3: ODST ViDoc "Dramatis Personae" HD

Halo 3: ODSTViDocs 10/22/2009 11:05 AM PDT permalink

Flubber Rod Shot

Bouncy, bouncy.

R for Rodzilla caught a Fuel Rod on film doing some wild things.  Cable says this is only possible if the initial shot was taken at exactly 45 degrees from the initial surface that deflects the shot.  I say that's pretty awesome.  Check it out.

YouTube - ODST Flubber Rod Shot

Halo 3: ODST 10/22/2009 10:17 AM PDT permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #45

The Great Food Nipple.

Big thirst.  Big bottle.  Check out the latest episode of the Chronicles of ODS Steve.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: The Great Food Nipple (#45)

Halo 3: ODST 10/22/2009 9:39 AM PDT permalink

Locked and Loaded Tournament

Shoot it out for cash and prizes.

The World Cyber Games is hosting a tournament in New York City this weekend.  On the line is a bunch of cash and a ton of prizes.  Want to get in on it?  Details below.  Thanks to HBO for the heads up.

World Cyber Games and Samsung Electronics America

World Cyber Games (WCG) and Samsung Electronics America host the first-ever WCG USA Halo 3: ODST Locked and Loaded Tournament. 24 of the best teams in the US will shoot it out during the competition, which will be shout-casted throughout the weekend and available on video on demand. The teams will be competing for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes including Samsung Digital Cameras and Samsung Monitors. Additionally, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win, as the WCG will be giving out prizes and promotions while hosting side tournaments throughout both days.

To register for the competition, please log onto www.WCG.com/usa for a complete list of rules and regulations.

October 24th & 25th

The Samsung Experience, located at the Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor
New York, NY 10019
212-823-9520 x202

TeamXbox - Halo 3 ODST Locked and Loaded Tournament

Halo 3: ODST 10/20/2009 10:31 AM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Alpha Site

Going inside ONI.

ONI's Alpha Site may be classified, but, you know...desperate times and all that.  Step inside and check out some screenshots that made it past the security perimeter. For your eyes only.

Mission Select: Alpha Site

Pistol and Profile

Attack Angle

What happens in Alpha Site...

Better to eat you with.

Confession time.  We didn't use the Popular Tags tool to dig these out.  We had to employ other methods.  If you want to follow in our footsteps and find your own content, you can use the same approach and tactics we did.  Hit the Community Files page, fiddle with some drop down menus, and drop into the filtered collection to find sweet screenshots.  These results were found by sorting for screenshots taken in the last month on the map Alpha Site.

Halo 3: ODST 10/19/2009 10:19 AM PDT permalink

One One Se7en - Phony

Wise fwom your gwave!

Looks like Halo 3: ODST coaxed longtime comic strip creator Stuntmutt out of the woodwork.  There will be puns.  Terrible, terrible puns.  Check it out.

HBO - One One Se7en "Phony"

Halo 3: ODST 10/19/2009 9:40 AM PDT permalink

Teabag Prevention Presents

The Road to Recon Armor - Week 3.

Still looking to boost your way to Vidmaster: Classic.  Geekscape! has you covered.  They also have an exclamation point.  If you want to make sure you add your own exclamation at the end of your Classic attempt, check out their tips be clicking on the link below.  Thanks to the bbs-lovin' freakshows over at HBO for the link.

Teabag Prevention Presents: The Road to Recon Armor - Week 3 - Vidmaster Classic

Halo 3: ODST 10/16/2009 9:07 AM PDT permalink

Dropping Into VGXPO

No need for a weapon.

Sean has it covered.  He's also covered himself in some really amazing ODST armor.  He took top honors for his efforts.  You should take a second to discover his handiwork.  It's impressive.  Most impressive.

Also, before you click the link I'd like to note that it was Louis Wu over at HBO that once again scared up this cosplay.  He needs help, people.  Please don't judge him.

Sean Bradley ODST at VGXPO In PA

CommunityHalo 3: ODST 10/15/2009 9:15 AM PDT permalink

Play Halo With Us!

You're either with us or you're against us.

Either way works just fine.  Against us in Halo 3 or with us for some Firefight, all you need to do to secure a spot this weekend is make a donation to a great charity.  It's quick and painless. Here's the details.  See you this weekend.

That’s right, for a mere $15 donation, you and a friend can play Halo with Bungie next weekend! You have a choice to play either a 2v2 against Bungie in Halo 3 custom games, or play WITH Bungie in Halo 3: ODST in Firefight mode. You will have approximately 20 – 30 minutes of playtime, which means spots are extremely limited! To sign up, just head on over to the registration page and click the “Play With Bungie” donate button. So, find a buddy and register today!

If you’re participating in other FLAG tournament events, no worries! We will schedule your time with Bungie so it does not conflict with your tournament matches. If you want to play on multiple teams in the Play With Bungie event, that is fine, but we are going to limit you to 3 teams so others have a chance to play as well. Thank you so much to Bungie for donating their time again this year :)"

FLAG Tournament Registration

(Bungie's Challenge is on the lower right, but there are also plenty of other options to help you sign up so you can help out this great cause.)

CommunityHalo 3Halo 3: ODST 10/14/2009 9:53 AM PDT permalink

Co-Optimus Halo 3: ODST Contest

Get your hands on ODST and Sgt. Johnson.

For free!

"It's been a few weeks now since Halo 3: ODST's release. Perhaps you see your friends still enjoying the game's Firefight mode and whimper in jealousy. You get the constant invites of a group needing a fourth soldier for a Legendary run through the campaign and curse your empty wallet. Sadly you've yet to pick the game up, we know, we all have our reasons for avoiding it - but now there's no excuse.

We're giving away one copy of Halo 3:ODST including the exclusive Sgt Johnson Firefight character to one lucky winner!

To enter simply reply to this thread [linked below] and tell us your favorite Halo weapon and which game it was from and we'll draw a winner this Friday, October 16th at 12:00PM EDT. The contest is open to anyone so good luck!"

Halo 3: ODST with Sgt. Johnson Giveaway

Halo 3: ODST 10/14/2009 9:44 AM PDT permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #44


Introductions are being made.  There's talk of food nipple.  What else do you need?

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Disgruntled (#44)

Halo 3: ODST 10/14/2009 9:42 AM PDT permalink

HBO's Halo 3: ODST Cutscene Library

Tune in if you've already taken care of business.

Not that kind of business.  We're talking about the mission in New Mombasa.  It shouldn't have to be said, but we're saying it anyway:  If you haven't yet played through ODST and witnessed all of cutscenes (yeah, they vary by difficulty and circumstance), you run a really high risk of spoiling yourself by checking out HBO's Cutscene Library.

Got it?  Good.

Halo 3: ODST Cutscene Library Online

CommunityHalo 3: ODST 10/12/2009 9:50 AM PDT permalink