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I'm continually amazed by the fact that the learning curve for distilling goes so high. I learned a lot from the videos of Sarterixa, Quintalis and Sonnyz, and got to the point where I could regularly (but less than half the time) get a CC^12. But when I got myself a graphics tablet, I was suddenly able to move the pieces as fast as I could think about them. With greater speed came new discoveries and I think I've been able to raise the bar from the existing videos (although that pesky video capturing does slow things down).

First, here's a video of a CC^12 in a respectable 5 minutes, but more importantly it is "perfect" in the sense that I push the whites far enough that there are no longer enough non-white pieces left to make a complete line. I used "Sasasan Katamari" from the Katamari Damacy OST as an intro then moved on to "Burns Attack" by Paul Oakenfold for the more frenetic stuff. All credit to Sonnyz for the brilliant idea of setting distilling to suitably intense music!

Second, here's a more illustrative CC^12 video. I'd adapted to the altered handling of the puzzle while capturing video more by this point, so I can get pieces moving around faster and you can really see my method of keeping blacks at the top and browns at the bottom on the right-hand side of the whites. There's also a few things going wrong so you can see how I handle those. Music used here is the classic "Katamari on the Rock" (with "Vib Ribbon Blues" for an intro).


Satisfied that I can now regularly do these 'perfect' setups, I'm now moving on to speed-distilling, which (if I understand things correctly) could do more for your ranking than just getting as many CC^12s as possible. When I feel I've got something good to show for that, I'll post more videos. In the meantime I'd like to encourage any other distillers out there to post videos of their style, there's always something to learn from seeing how someone else does it!

Edit to fix second video link and mention the music used in it.
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Wow that's a beauty. Very interested to see the number of individual moves you are able to use in the time instead of a drag-through, would love to be able to do that on my system. What did you use to record?
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I used HyperCam.

I've just realised that I really should have mentioned that, since the free version puts a spoiler/ad-for-itself in the top left of your recorded video (which is fair enough), but I ultimately ended up cropping that out. I haven't tried any other video capturing software but I was impressed enough at how well it worked, so I'd recommend it. There are many alternatives listed in Astrolabe's Puzzle Tutorial Contest guidelines though.
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Awesome video.
Awesome music.

It's worthy of awe.
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Awesome video.
Awesome music.

It's worthy of awe.


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