So you wanna make some videos?

    This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our Cookie Policy.

    The forums have been archived. Please read this thread for more information.

    • So you wanna make some videos?

      OYE or hello to all bros in the Forums.

      In this post like so many others I want to address those of you who are inspired to make their own YouTube Lets Plays. I know everyone and their mom has one of these "how to be a YouTuber" posts or videos but people still ask questions, one more cant hurt.
      NOTE: Please dont ask me or anyone to check out your videos for advice.

      As creators we strive to provide content that will entertain our viewers and give them something to look forward to next time they browse YouTube. A few things to keep in mind starting your first channel is not to rush and take considerable time and effort to making the channel you want to represent.

      First thing I noticed when starting was knowing my limitations. My computer wasn't powerful enough to play games at high quality and my mic quality was terrible. I decided before continuing any further that I was gonna need new equipment after numerous comments about how bad my mic quality was.

      I'm going to compile a list of points one needs to look into when they find themselves limited on the quality of their videos.

      This is currently only for Pc gamers.

      1. Sound quality: Tomska said "people are more likely to be insulted by their ears than their eyes." Sound quality is not one of the things people look for in content, they listen for it.
      1.1 Mic quality: It's a biggie, if your commentary is scratchy and difficult to understand then you probably need to upgrade that Radioshack Headset mic. A Blue Yettie or Snowball are used by numerous content creators.
      1.2 Video quality: In your own recording if you watch it with no edits and it comes out gargled, out of sync, or just cuts in and out, you may need to focus on a new recording software. Many creators like Audacity but I've been working with the Adobe Audition and Love it so.

      2. Video quality. If you're reading this right now you can see, you like to see, seeing things is pleasant to your eye holes. And when your potential audience is watching your content its like being on drugs, THEY WANNA SEE EVERYTHING!
      2.1 Game quality: Your quality can be linked to how well your computer runs graphics, if you have to turn everything to low making Amnesia look like it's being run off Windows 98 odds are not many people are going to stick around for the rest of the video. Upgrading your computer is a necessary part of being a watchable and entertaining YouTuber. If your computer isn't the issue and its the recording software, look on the publishers webpage and troubleshoot the capture program. I personally prefer Fraps.
      2.2 Face-cam: If you are running a Face cam for your videos Quality doesn't even matter that much if you're just re-sizing it to a corner of your screen. But later if you want to make a vlog about recent issues or just to chat with your viewers you should look into making sure your quality is good. 720P is HD and is a good quality to shoot for. My face-cams are all recorded with an external Handicam so Its standalone and never takes resources on my computer to use when i'm playing a game. It's optional but recommended if you are already straining your computer, (Once again upgrade)

      3 Commentary: When playing on video, you are trying to make many comments on what you see and hear in the game. Usually making jokes and actually interacting with the Npcs like they are standing in front of you. One thing that kills most video creators is reduction of energy, starting out strong is great but if you end up mumbling at the end you're probably bored and so are your viewers. It takes time to develop the constant talking tendency and wasn't something I got until several months (Takes time and effort) into video making, dont worry if you are not good at it within the first few video just keep trying. (This is also why I dont recommend playing your favorite game right off the bat)
      3.01 Preplanning: As a reply to initial post some creators will create videos prior to actually starting a channel and show them to friends and family to help work out the kinks in the creative process. Commentary is only as strong as your flow of ideas, work up to a constant flow. (If this comes natural to you GREAT, you should be looking into creating videos)
      3.1 Words: One thing many YouTubers do not think about is what they are saying, Ive had to cut a few things out I'm not proud of, so know what may seem funny during the recording, may not sit well with your audience.

      4. Editing: I record everything separately, Game footage, My voice and face-cam. This gives my a great amount of freedom to edit things into my videos. (this can set you apart from every dime a dozen lets play channels.) There is a lot of programs used for video editing, by far my favorite is Adobe Premiere. My voice-over is recorded and cleaned up in Adobe Audition, which allows me to adjust everything about my track. (My computer has 9 fans in it and is loud, I can take a period of silence except for the background fan noise and remove it from the entire track)
      4.1 Size: With your videos Size does matter. Just not in traditional sense. The smaller your video size the faster the upload and process. When minimizing your file size try not to jeopardize your video quality, if your dont know what certain export setting do, DON'T TOUCH THEM AND LOOK IT UP. Adobe premieres best file type is MOV, I use handbrake to cut the file size down from 2GBS to 300-500 Mbs (Much faster)

      5. Computer Strength: Your computer may already be powerful enough but eventually you may run into some issues like I did.
      5.1 Technical issues: After upgrading my CPU from a 4 core to an 8 Core AMD processor, my computer executed an emergency shut down due to overheating. (My motherboard has a fail safe where if my components exceeded critical temperatures if shut down to prevent hardware damage.) Keep in mind google can be your savior, or if you have a tech savvy friend, have them help you troubleshoot the issue.
      5.2 Speed: If you ever aspire to become a successful youtuber you probably should look into speeding up exporting and upload time. After upgrades to my Ram CPU and GFX card I noticed my Exporting time was cut down significantly. If you can spare the coin, upgrades are always a good idea. See bullet 2.1 for aditional reasons why upgrades assist your gaming adventures.

      6. Internet speed: Ill admit I dont have the best internet in the world. I have found uploading videos to take some time and resources. One think to keep in mind is how uploading will effect your router and fellow housemates. If you live alone, ignore this. Uploading a video will cut your bandwidth and prevent others from using the internet with ease. When uploading a video be curious with others using the connection. Try uploading at night when everyone going to sleep.

      7. Why?: What motivates you to become a creator. If you have the tech and the necessary skills now look deep into your VERY SOUL and ask yourself why you want to create content. Be honest with yourself and your audience when asked this question. Don't hide behind an agenda and tell everyone its one thing when you are working towards another goal. You need your audience, without them you are not moving forward, betray their trust and they will depart.
      7.1 Money: I have met several people that assume YouTube is just a big easy money pot waiting for them to dip themselves into it for the easy life. (Yes I have met people who think this way) Ad revenue is not as much as you think, it takes a lot of views to generate a healthy gain and nobody should expect a sizable paycheck when starting a channel
      7.2 Entertainment: Oh good lord! If you are purely focusing on creating content just for the entertainment of total strangers, You are a god among men and I have nothing further to say on the subject

      8. Dedication: Are you willing to go the distance? (Enter 1997 Hercules reference here)
      8.1 Retaining a steady posting cycle: YouTubers like Pewds posts twice a day, That's great for YouTubers who already have a following and are seeing growth. But dont push yourself to make videos all day everyday, when starting out you should take it slow and try and pool your energy into one video every few days to a week. Why? Well since you are new to content creation you may not be used to creating a flow of ideas into your commentary (See point 3). know your limitations and work up your commentary ability to maintain audience attention.
      8.2 Balancing: If you are a teen or college student starting a channel or just maintaining your current one remember, "Life come first" Do not blow off your education in pursuit of YouTube, Odds are if you're reading this you aren't Mini Ladd and already have a great following. Keep your focus on your schoolwork and make videos when you are done studying.

      9. Getting Started:

      This post is Not finished I will continue to update until I am satisfied

      The post was edited 2 times, last by DatWhiteGuyJ ().

    • I like the idea of this thread a lot.

      The sound quality part I can relate to so strongly. Bad audio in the first few seconds of a video makes me leave it. I found that recording my voical audio separate from the game audio is the best for me. This way, in the editing stage, I can lower the game volume and boost my voice as needed. This also comes in handy when I play horror games since me screaming into someone's ear would ruin anyone's day. I can edit the volume of each scream to something that doesn't hurt anyone. I do this by hand but I'd love a program I can use to declip. I use Sony Vegas to edit right now but haven't found a declip setting within it.
      4270+ Subs and Counting - Let's Plays | ASMR | Vlogs
      I publish a video daily.
      Not going to give up.
      Not going to stop.
      1 Million Subs here I come!

      My Channel
    • Great great post, I agree totally with every point you brought up, i just need to upgrade my software pretty badly because i just use Camtasia, and yea it gets the job done, it separates audio, facecam and gameplay footage automatically which cuts my editing time basically in half, and makes editing a breeze, but sometimes even though i choose to use the rendering at 720P HD it sometimes comes out looking like i recorded the game on a trashcan with antennas so idk whats going on there, i doubt its my pc so i guess im looking it to learning sony vegas, as i have version 13 bought im just to scared to learn the new things because man is it complicated
    • Well, i would say this is rather "things you need to be a PC let's player" than "how to be a youtuber"... but none the less, this has some solid advice, and for aspiring let's players this is some holy rules to follow, although i want to warn some that like anything in this world improv commentary takes practice , so don't rush and buy the equipment before you have an idea of what you are doing.Make like a practice series, that you don't even have to upload, and then watch it back, and next time you record fix the mistakes that you noticed in the current recording. No big youtuber ever started with good equipment and beast PC builds, so yea...
    • You have some solid advice there! Best thing is to start off with the things you have! I used only free software when I started:
      Movie Maker for editing, Gimp for Thumbs/Channel art, OBS for recording on my old potato! When you get into the whole Youtube game, it takes some time to get used to, but it has been so much fun and I never regreted starting my Youtube channel! ^^

      So to all the people who are in doubt...JUST DO IT!!!!

      :thumbsup: GET THE KICK OUT OF GAMING :thumbsup:
    • When it comes to making PC gaming lets plays on youtube i often find that gameplay that includes webcam feed often improves the experience and makes the viewer feel a lot more connected with the youtuber so in my videos i always include webcam feed well apart from my first video, but also i find the commentary that is most difficult is the extensive commentary for videos that go for 60+ minutes and i feel a good way to improve commentary ability can also be making multiple videos on the same night. also when it comes to equipment i completely agree with DUKE when it comes to rushing out early to buy equipment. Problems with buying all this equipment i feel is some people may buy this equipment and then decide a few months later that they dont like making videos. i currently have Bandicam, Handbrake, OBS, Wondershare Video Editor and Autodesk Pixlr as well as Gimp which i have not set up yet, unfortunately i dont know how to use OBS and Handbrake so i dont include them in my videos.
      When it comes to my videos i often use bandicam to record everything in one and i have not had problems with it yet, although starting out i used D3D and my webcam and i found making videos was a nightmare using them and the webcam size was too small for the video so to have a simple and easy recording app like bandicam is excellent the file is large but it downsizes without losing quality in the output stage. i am looking for picture transparency apps and good picture editing software too so if you have any recommendations id appreciate any ideas you bros have for me. sorry for being long winded i originally wanted to talk about the way webcam feed positively effect gaming videos on youtube but as you can see i have a lot of opinions here and i felt my input may be able to help just a little. thanks for reading bros. ^^