The Sims 4 Media Production Skill
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Media Production is a new skill in The Sims 4 Get Famous Expansion Pack
While being a minor skill, The Sims 4 Get Famous Media Production manages to make itself highly recommended for players building fame for their Sims. It doesn't have many levels to unlock, but it does integrate very well. Here's a guide to using it and abusing it to boost fame gains and add to your Sim's income.
Getting Started: Three Ways
How to get started? There are multiple ways. You can make music or vlogs, but equipment can be pricey.
There are a few ways to get into media production as there are about 3 sides to the skill. You need either me Mix Master Music Station ($1500) found under electronics > audio can be used as a stand-alone media production device and lets you mix musical tracks, that can then be released for fame and income.
I can say with some confidence that the second option will be more widely used, however. The More Views Video Station for $1600 found under electronics > misc allows Sims to create vlogs or modify video made via Drones (two models, $410 and $1200ish). You don't need a drone to make vlogs, but you do if you'd like to record anywhere but at your desk.
Use of a drone does require the video station to be fully functional. You'll want to upload any videos you produce, after all, but it can be used alone to stream live footage and increase your Sim's fame and followers however without a financial incentive. Use of a drone alone isn't going to do much for your actual skill levels.
Media Production Skill Levels
The skill only has five levels, as with all minor skills. That's not to say there isn't a lot for you to do here, it's just not incredibly deep. That doesn't impact its usefulness though!
- Level 1 - Mix music at the mixmaster music station, produce videos and record drone footage.
- Level 2 - Sims can now add transitions to videos at the video station. More mixes are available at the music station.
- Level 3 - Add effects and combine views is now available at the video station
- Level 4 - New types of tracks (genres?) become available at the music station.
- Level 5 - It just say's you've mastered it.
What with only five levels and a disappointing max level message, it seems like such a boring skill with nothing to it. However, it's extremely useful for Sims who seek fame and provides a reliable revenue stream. Fame can't be built super fast with this alone, but it can be an extra addition to any Sim's routine that will provide a revenue and fame boost.
The Mix Master Music Station lets you release one song each day and provides both residual income and fame.
Music can be mixed at the station, and you do have some control over how it sounds via toggles found in the remix track menu. 'Produce Music' lets you pick a genre, and you can turn effects on and off from there. Selecting 'Burn Track' will give you a copy you can keep in your inventory. Also on the station is, Release Track which gives an instant fame boost and provides daily income. It would appear this option is only available once per day, but thankfully you're able to burn a copy of the music and store it in the Sim's inventory. You can then release it.
Even here, there's a bit more depth than meets the eye. When you release music, there's a chance a music label will like it and offer to sign you. Watch for a phone call. Once that is done, you need to release something every 3 or 4 days or else the label will drop you. Signing on provides more income and fame.
We can see why the delay of only 1 track per day exists, in that it's possible to repeatedly burn tracks without spending much time on them at all. See, "Produce" is not a timed event. You end it when you select burn or release. That means any Sim that gets on the station can release a song every day or stockpile them in their inventory and release one every day from there.
Using the Video Station
Click the video station, then access its inventory to edit videos, add transitions and effects, and release your productions for fame and money.
Want to be a Youtuber or video producer? This lets you record and . If you only own the station, you're able to use it to film vlogs and upload videos produced via a drone. The quality and breakdown rate can be improved with upgrades, which are both purchasable and can be installed with handiness. You can, for example, directly buy a better camera for the station for $525. Drones can be upgraded as well.
First, vlogs (Record Video menu). Making vlogs is pretty cool as there are gadget (tech review), beauty, and toy review categories as well as emotional blogs you can do. Sims can also study trends to see what is hot and use either the record menu or a drone to get footage of that. Trends last several days (pay attention to the message to know when trends will be ending).
Drones aren't required to do Media Production, but you can get fame doing skills outside the home if you bring one along. This Sim is recording a vlog while in the mood. Confident, happy or sad, Sims can record and share with their subscribers/followers.
There is menu for Posting updates. Responding to comments can give a fame boost, and you can seemingly help your older videos by promoting them. Hype next video will help your next video's popularity (giving it a permanent 15% revenue boost), You can seemingly only use this menu once per day, so if it disappears nothing is broken. When it's there, use it.
Once you have a video, use the video station inventory button to edit video, and add transitions and effects. You'll have to open the inventory a lot to add the effects, it gets a bit repetitive. However, once you have done all this a 'poor' video may turn to 'good' if things work out well for your Sim. At that point, you can use the stations video inventory to release it to the public and get an instant fame boost as well as residual income and followers for your social media. Earnings come in every day at 10am. The station can hold a number of videos, but upgrading it with handiness increases the capacity.
Two models of drone are available. The white one is better in every way but costs 3x as much.
Drones can be used to do a few things. First and my least favorite is to send it out to film the neighborhood on its own. You have to pay attention to where it goes, or else it can be lost. This video can be brought home and uploaded if you have a video station (required). However, you can also stream with it. Streaming adds fame and followers for every hour or two you use it. The small trickles of fame can help you to get started and take a good fame perk to further your rise as a celebrity.
Drones can also follow you or other Sims around and record their actions. Be mindful of their battery and put them in your inventory when done. If you use a particular type of skill, the video will be labeled as such. You can then upload this video to take advantage of a trend. Sims who don't even care about media production, such as fishermen, can use this to give themselves some fame! Whether streaming or recording the drone will follow you. Streaming doesn't provide income, but trickles of fame. Recording can give you a lump sum of fame and residual income. The higher the quality the more fame you'll get, so upgrade the drone's camera!
We have a full list of Fame perks on the site, but it's worth noting here that they can be important if you want to get famous using media production whether you are doing vlogs, music, or recording yourself outside doing archaeology (yep that can be done). Take the Corporate Partnership perk first, as it can provide more fame to you as well as a bump in earnings. Next up, the Established Name perk can also boost residual earnings. Watch for opportunities for certain types of videos, and also attend award ceremonies should one of your videos be nominated!
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