Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will feature a newly re-vamped theater mode with one-button editing, robust meta-data, more versatile camera control, and other new features, so you'll be able to record and share your epic kills with ease.
Theater Mode in the first Call of Duty: Black Ops had some obvious technical limitations -- It was hard to find a specific match due to the lack of data the original Theater Mode provided -- simple list of plain text with dates and map names is no way to find a specific clip. Treyarch saw this problem and has added a better meta-data system. There are now thumbnails for each recorded match, and meta-data listings (game mode, time/date stamps, score, captures and defends) to help you locate, classify and share specific footage. There is also an Up/Down voting system for films and screenshots that lets fan favorites rise to the top.
Once you've found or recorded your video, theater mode lets you edit it very quickly with a new one-button Highlight Reel function. Rather than messing with the somewhat complex editing system from previous games, you can now select the video you want and hit the Highlight Reel option. In minutes, Black Ops 2 will select your best kills and piece them together using different camera angles and movements. No work; killer video. During the playback of your highlight reel, the system will automatically rate each kill using a 5-star rating system.
The new theater mode also adds the ability to "attach" a camera to any object on the battlefield. So you can fix you POV on a Hunter Drone and follow it until it hits its target, or attach the camera to a Quadrotor Drone and create a beautiful dolly shot of the entire map.
The new features can be used for more than just creating cool videos to impress your friends; theater mode can also help up your game. Call of Duty clans can re-watch entire matches from any angle to see where their opponents attacked first or where most of the action took place.
Overall, Theater Mode in COD: Black Ops 2 has expanded to offer more tools to "serious" filmmakers while making things easier for casual players who just want to quickly and easily create a video for YouTube. I can't wait to see what people will create with the refined Theater Mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 when the game comes out on November 13, 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.