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Bungie Pro was an add-on subscription service that let players of Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach increase their File Share from 6 slots and 25MB storage to 24 slots and 250MB storage, letting players save and share their screenshots, films, custom maps, and gametypes. The service launched on September 25, 2007, the same day as Halo 3.[1]

The service was rebranded as Bungie Pro Video on July 7, 2009,[2] letting users on Bungie.net render their saved saved films into downloadable clips that could be watched on computers.[3]

Bungie stopped offering Bungie Pro on September 15, 2011,[4] as part of transferring the Halo franchise to 343 Industries. Those without a Bungie Pro subscription after September 2011 could still purchase Render Minute Packs through Bungie.net under support for film rendering was phased out on March 31, 2012. Those who still had Bungie Pro subscriptions that ended after the transfer got to keep their Bungie Pro features, the 24 slots and Halo: Reach nameplate.

Before the Halo transition took place, sawnose made a thread thanking Bungie Pro members, past and present.[5] In the thread, he shared that 10 TB of Halo video clips had been created by members, and that the service was only going into hibernation, hinting that it would return "when we're ready." However, this service never returned.

Description[]

From Bungie's project page for BungiePro:[6]

What is Bungie Pro?

Bungie Pro is an add-on service that enhances your gaming experience. Check out the details below for a list of current features.

Expand your Fileshare

Upgrade your File Share from 6 to 24 total slots! Share more of your screenshots, maps, films, and gametypes. Stand out from the community crowd with a Bungie Pro background for all your files.

Bungie Pro Video

Share your gameplay film clips in high quality (360p example)[7] or high definition (720p example)[8] formats. You'll get five render minutes per month!

How much does it cost?

One year of Bungie Pro is 750 Microsoft Points. Additional minute packs (50 render minutes each) can be purchased right on Bungie.net for $5 USD .

Background[]

A Bungie.net news article[1] describing the service relied primarily on a description written by Roger Wolfson, "a super genius working on all manners of Database and information tracking for Bungie Studios". That description, with some unnecessary content removed, has been reproduced below.

Hey folks, Roger here. [...] Topic of the day: file sharing. You saw the basics of this during the public beta: custom game and map variants, screenshots, saved films and film clips can all be uploaded to your personal (but public) file share on our servers. The current plan is that everyone with a copy of Halo 3 and an Xbox Live Gold account gets 6 slots where you can place up to 25MB of these files to share with the world. [...]

"But wait!" you exclaim, "I'm not a merely *average* user! I plan to win every motion picture award there is with my exquisitely choreographed, epic-length saved films!" And *that* is where Bungie Pro comes in. "Bungie Pro?" you ask, an eyebrow raised. "I'm listening." While we can't give huge amounts of free storage to every one of our users, [...] we're happy to accommodate power users with a premium storage option that we've dubbed Bungie Pro. Inside your file share, you'll find a button that will lead to an Xbox Live Marketplace panel, offering you a one-year "subscription" to Bungie Pro for a planned 750 Points. Buy this, and for the following year, your file share will balloon to 24 slots and 250MB. At the end of the year, you'll be asked to either re-subscribe, or else bring your share back under the default limit before you can upload new content. (750 Points comes to about 78 cents per month, by the way.)

"But wait!" a much smaller set of people calls out. "Why pick 24 / 250MB?" That's really a design decision - we figure that users of the file share don't want to have to page through endless lists of other people's files to see if there's anything good. [...] But if this *still* doesn't sound like enough for you, we have yet another option - while the free file share is restricted to Gold accounts for obvious reasons, we're making Bungie Pro available for purchase for your Silver accounts as well. You've created "mule" accounts in an MMO, right? Betcha never guessed you'd get to do it in Halo, too!

But wait, there's more! (That's me saying "But wait!" this time, not you.) Browsing file shares in-game is one way to find content, but it can get a little cumbersome. That's where Bungie.net comes in. When you visit the website, you'll be able to look at your file share, and everyone else's as well. Saved films and variants, of course, aren't viewable on the PC because they're just a sequence of game data, but you'll be able to pass around links, see the file descriptions, and even click a button to add it to your download queue - next time you sign in to Halo 3, the game will auto-download the files (up to 8, currently) that you selected on the website. Screenshots, though, you can view directly on Bungie.net and save off as wallpaper -- and they look *great*! Add to that features like "copy to my share" where you can import a file you like on someone else's share directly to your space (or your mule's) so you and your friends can find it in-game, file ratings, and discussions, and we think you'll find this to be an essential part of the Halo 3 online experience.

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