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How To Make a Gaming Youtube Video

August 23, 2019

Hey guys it’s snomaN, and something I get
requests for all the time is to go over my video creation process, so today we’re going
to look at just that – here’s everything that goes into making a video for the channel. I’m going to be fairly thorough because I
want you to get the best picture of what I do possible, in case you’re thinking about
starting to make videos yourself or even improve the quality of what you already have. Now I actually have several different shows
on here, You Need To Play, Free Game Friday, How To’s, and of course the Good Game Design
series, but some of them are very different from others in terms of production. A guitar cover for example, while complicated
in the syncing process is almost nothing like a regular analysis video. Likewise the snoCasts have very little editing
once the recording is over; they don’t resemble what I normally do either, so today we’ll
use the process I used for the Spelunky Good Game Design video as an example, since it
has all the basic parts of what I do. Let’s start at the beginning. The first step is probably one of the hardest,
and that’s just coming up with an idea. One of my goals with snomaN Gaming is bring
something new to the table, that’s why you’ll rarely see me do a run of the mill review
of a game, instead I’ll break it down and try to talk about why a game is great or what
stood out to me, etc. I think it’s important to ask yourself why
you want to make this video. Are you covering a popular game, but discussing
an element that hasn’t been brought up before, are you wanting to share the awesome gaming
experience you had with other people and explain why? I think those reasons are fine, but what you
shouldn’t do is create a video just for a videos sake. What I mean by that is don’t go into a project
with the mindset of “well I need to make a video on something, I guess I’ll just do it
on this game”. Let the content be the inspiration for the
video, not the video being a reason to play a game. What will normally happen for me, is I’ll
play a game and if the experience is interesting enough, it may manifest into something worth
discussing. Even if I’m just playing a game for fun,
I’m looking for how elements in the design are implemented, so I might start mulling
over some ideas: why was this game so fun, what was I expecting going in, is the game
design intuitive or not; and if I think it’s something worth pursuing I’ll either write
it down for a later date or start the next step right away: scripting. Scripting can be the hardest process for a
lot of people because you’re essentially writing an essay. A video script should follow the basic structure
of an essay as well, an introduction, the bulk of your point and a conclusion, but obviously
you can spice it up with comedic lines or a sketch. For myself, writing sort of always came easy
and when I have an idea, normally the words will just flow out of me. Often I’ll finish a rough draft in one sitting,
but I know that’s not the case for a lot of people. Sometimes writing bullet points of what you
want to hit on will help too, giving a sort of skeleton to your script before you write
in the meat of it. Again, I think it’s important to have a main
point: why are you making this video? Your thesis, if you will. What do you want your audience to take away
from what you’re saying? Make sure everything flows well and leads
nicely to your conclusion where you can either reinforce your thesis or end with a question
to get the audience engaged in the discussion you started. Your style of video creation will dictate
a lot about your script, and it can be structured in whatever way will help you most. My friend CJ makes two columns, the script
on the left, and relevant gameplay footage on the right. He’s already thinking about what would look
good as a visual as he’s writing the script itself. You can write notes to yourself about inflection,
pacing, or if you want this to be an on camera shot or over gameplay. Whatever works best for you, find your most
efficient method as it’ll help save time later. This particular script is a collaboration
between myself and Gaming FTL so I’m color coding the script to show who will say what
section. As far as collabs go, you could write the
script yourself and divvy it up, write the points you want to talk about and have the
other person write their own sections, or, the best method in my opinion, work together
on making a cohesive script that flows well from one person to another. You can even add some back and forth banter
to make it more like a conversation. Finally, revision of your script is highly
important. Just like in school when they made you write
a rough draft, a 2nd, and a final draft, scripting is much the same way. I’ll jot down my main points initially, but
then comb over it multiple times for mistakes. Obviously grammar is important, but I also
look for phrases that are confusing or could be worded better, when I reuse the same words
over and over, or if I want to reshape my script and put a section in a different spot. is your best friend, don’t use
the same descriptors too often, a script can become very repetitive if your script uses
the same words to describe things in your script that could have been used with different
words in your script. See what I mean? Have someone else look it over as well, another
set of eyes will help catch mistakes. In fact have several people give their input,
sometimes you won’t even realize that a part is total trash until they point it out. Read your script out loud, sometimes sentences
sound better in your head, but will be stupid once it comes out of your mouth. Give yourself a run through before you record
it to make sure it all flows smoothly, and to practice how you’ll say each line for the
most effectiveness. Okay, enough about words. Let’s talk about recording gameplay. This can work hand in hand with your scripting,
some people will want to record the game first and then script, so you can write about what
happened when you played, while others will write the script first so they can get specific
footage for a part they wrote about in the script. It all depends on what kind of video you’re
doing and your main goal. Normally I’m in the 2nd camp, where I’ll try
to record footage after the script and capture gameplay that will be most relevant to what
I’m saying. If I talk about how beautiful the game is,
I’ll want to get a sweeping camera shot of the scenery, if I talk about a specific game
mechanic I’d better be sure to show that part. In my opinion, your script is most important
and the gameplay is there to accent your words. It’s a visual aid to the point you’re trying
to make, so have that in mind as you record. I use Open Broadcast Software, or OBS to record
everything on PC and I’ve had no issues with it, it works fantastically for footage as
well as streaming and its 100% free. I have an entire other video on how to get
it set up and use it effectively, so I’ll let you check that out here, but there are
other options that cost money such as Xsplit, Fraps or Bandicam. I haven’t used them though so I don’t have
an opinion on the bang for your buck. For console footage I use the El Gato HD,
and it also has worked tremendously well for me. It’s easy to set up and has incredible quality. My one complaint is that the file size is
quite large through the El Gato, make sure you have an external hard drive to store it
if you’re going to be recording a lot of footage with it. All products I use will be linked in the description
below, by the way. This is the fun part of the process, you get
to actually play a game! But alas, it’s short lived because now we
need to move on to the voiceover. I used to record my VO using Windows Sound
Recorder app, and I can’t believe I ever did that because it is just horrible. Now I use a program called Audacity which
is free and can add all sorts of boosts and effects to your audio. I also use a Blue Yeti microphone which is
a pretty standard Youtuber starter mic, it’s not the greatest out there but certainly is
all you would need to start. If you’re strapped for cash, another mic I
can recommend is the Samson go mic, it’s about half the price and the quality isn’t bad,
I used it for about a year before I upgraded. Audio is very important for a YouTube video
though, someone might click away if the first thing they hear is a distorted or low quality
voice. Please do not use your internal mic in your
laptop or something. A pop filter is also extremely recommended
so you don’t have horrible pops in your audio every time you try to say a word with the
pah sound in it. Okay so the actual recording process is kind
of long and monotonous, get used to hearing your own voice over and over again. Make sure you’re saying your lines effectively
and if you screw up, try again until you get it right. I usually break up my VO by paragraphs and
edit it down from there, but some people record the entire thing and then chop it up after. Neither is necessarily better, but I like
to do smaller increments in case one section is significantly louder or quieter than another. Once I finish a part, I add some effects to
it: first, noise reduction. I leave a few seconds of silence at the beginning
so I can get a noise profile, and then reduce the entire thing to get rid of any excess
noise the mic may have picked up, like a truck driving by or a leaf blower or a pressure
washer…yeah my apartment is really annoying to record in. Anyway, then I normalize it, this gets rid
of the any extreme highs or lows in volume you might have, and finally I add a bass boost
and a treble boost to give it a fuller, more dynamic sound. That way you can really hear me instead of
it sounding like I’m across the room from you or something. It’s like I’m whispering right into your
ear holes. Then you gotta splice it all together. Cut out all the mistakes and try to really
get the pace and timing right. You don’t want too long of pauses in between
sentences, but you also don’t want to speed by so fast the audience didn’t catch what
you’ve said. I started doing YouTube with way too slow
of pace, then I cut things way too fast for awhile, now I’ve found a happy medium. Mess around with the different effects and
timing until you get a voiceover that you’re happy with. Now comes the fun part: the actual editing. I use Adobe Premiere which is the main editing
software that most Youtubers use, though some might use Sony Vegas as well. I actually used Corel Videostudio for quite
a long time when I started out, but I don’t recommend it, it’s very limited in its capabilities,
I’d go with Premiere if you can. If you’re a student, you can get Adobes entire
creative suite for quite the discount, including Photoshop and After Effects, that’s the best
way to do it if you’re in that situation. Premiere is great, and pretty easy to learn
if you have basic editing knowledge. I recommend checking out this tutorial by
Barry Kramer from Game Grumps, it’s a little long but he’s fun to listen to and goes over
the basics of how he uses Premiere. The first thing I do is drop in my voiceover
and add background music to it. As I said, I think the audio is most important
so I make sure all that sounds good and is paced well before I add any video. Make sure the background music isn’t too loud
or overpowering and that the transitions between songs are smooth. You want ‘em to fade, not cut off. What music should you use? The best choice would be something from the
game you’re talking about, but if you’re discussing broader gaming concepts or something not associated
with a specific game, just try to pick music that fits the mood of what you’re saying (but
stick to video game music otherwise you’ll risk a copyright claim). If you add any audio gags, like sound effects
or cuts of silence, make sure you add these in now. It might be hard to get a feel for exactly
how long it should be without any video, but it’s better to add it now than having to separate
your audio out later and add in the sound effects. In this video, I mixed in Gaming FTL’s voiceover
as well as my own so I had to check the pacing and the audio levels to make sure one of us
wasn’t louder than the other, it would be a jarring transition otherwise. Once your audio is complete, it’s time to
add footage. Obviously if you have on camera shots using
your adorable little face you’ll add it in here, but I almost never use on camera stuff
so I can’t really help you with that. I do think it’s important to ask how necessary
it is for you to be on screen though; are you adding something substantial to the video? Personally I like to just get right into the
action. If you do use it, make sure you have a decent
quality camera, I would avoid webcams since there’s a delay and low framerate, and don’t
look at a script as you talk, memorize or paraphrase it, we notice if you’re just reading. This is probably the most time consuming part
of the process, you need to find footage that fits the part of the video you’re discussing
and it could take quite awhile to sift through all your gameplay. Remember when I said you could make your life
easier by including tips about footage in your script? This helps if you have hours and hours of
footage, by adding relevant time stamps next to your words. I normally switch to a new clip at the end
of a sentence, but that’s not always the case, sometimes I’ll let a clip run longer or shorter
depending on the flow of my script. You’ll get a good feel for this over time,
you don’t want a shot to drag on forever, but you also don’t want to chop it up so fast
the audience can’t keep up. Also make sure not to show too much of the
same area of a game; have a lot of variety in your shots. This is also the part where I’ll add any animation
or visual aids to the video. This includes pop in pictures, graphs or arrows,
or zooming in on a particular spot. Anything that accentuates what I’m trying
to say and isn’t too distracting. I love this part of the process because you
start to see your creation come to life. You may like the ideas you’ve presented
on paper in your script, but watching it become a full on project that tells a story is really
exciting. Then comes everyone’s favorite part: finishing
touches! Ya know, where you get so sick of hearing
yourself talk, but you gotta fine tune all the little bits that need improvement. Much like working toward a final draft in
your script, a completed video needs to be watched and tweaked several times until it’s
just right. This clip starts too early, I’ll push it
back just a hair; this animation looks sloppy, it could be a lot tighter; this footage actually
would look better over here instead. When you think you’re done, ask yourself
a few questions: Does my main idea present itself in the best way possible with the clips
I’ve chosen? Does it have a clear introduction and ending? Am I missing anything important? Yes I am, but no nevermind, because that would
be WAY too much work to add it in now…But then once you’ve got a final version of
your video…you’re not done yet! You still need a thumbnail ya silly goose! Funny story, up until very recently I always
made my thumbnails in Powerpoint. Yes, Powerpoint. It’s actually surprisingly versatile and
can do a lot of what I want it to do, but obviously there are better programs out there
to use. You can see here I’m actually using Premiere
to make these thumbnails, and then just take a snapshot of the frame, but your best option
is going to be Photoshop. It has the most functionality and will make
your life a lot easier, but if you can’t afford that, GIMP is a free alternative, though
I find it a little hard to use. As far as what to make your thumbnail look
like, you want to use as much space as possible without overloading it. This is the first thing someone is going to
see of your video so you want it to be eye catching. A bad practice I used to do was putting the
entire video’s title in the thumbnail, but that’s redundant and a waste of space. A good option is to put a picture of what
you’re talking about along with some sort of branding if you have any. Whether it’s a series title like Good Game
Design, or an avatar of yourself. This makes the thumbnail easily recognizable
and memorable for when they see it again. A long time ago before I ever got into gaming
on Youtube, I kept seeing Peanut Butter Gamer’s old thumbnails all over the place, and after
awhile I finally clicked it because I thought he looked like Thomas Gore from Balloon Shop,
and now years later I’m a gaming youtuber myself, how cool. *sniff* it get’s me all emotional. Uh, *ahem* anyway, my point is, branding is
good. I saw this over and over and now its like
boom, that’s PBG, I know that’s him. His branding is good. I know this has been pretty robust, but I
do have one final point, and it’s perhaps most important. If you do all of these steps, and your first
attempt at a gaming youtube video ends up sucking, that’s totally okay. We live and learn from every mistake we make
and grow from it to improve in the future. Most youtubers can attest to the fact that
their first videos are so horrible they can’t watch them without cringing. Don’t believe me? Here’s the first video I ever made about
gaming content on Youtube. “I thought I’d start it off with the Top 5 Best Video Game Consoles, so…” I hate everything about this video. I could not sound any less enthused about
this, I look like I want to take a nap. I pause way too long and often, there’s
no editing or cuts, I’m just talking to a camera. I’m freaking chewing gum for pete’s sake! I loathe myself for ever making this, even
though I’m – “A pretty old school g-g-g-gamer”, *pukes* but do you know why I show you this? Anyone can improve. If I started like this, that means anyone
can do it. Don’t give up, try something new with every
video and challenge yourself as an editor, as a writer, and as an actor. I promise you’ll start to see improvements,
and it’s a fantastic feeling to look back at your old work and see how far you’ve
come. Thanks for watching, now go create something
you’re proud of.

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  1. If anyone is looking for music for their videos, I'm more than happy to help you out. Reply and we'll discuss it πŸ™‚

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  6. How do I record something I played on the tv, or is there aa way to record what I play with a console on a computer screen ( non-emulator though ) or is this emulator only?>

  7. AUDACITY?!?!?! maaan… i was allready using that and my friend shit talked me and audacity so i ended up deleting it… but i rather take an experienced youtubers word for it

  8. I started with a neon green blue snowball mic unfortunately without a pop filter I used my built in game recorder on my asus tuf gaming laptop free video editing software but my biggest problem and mistakes was making so many videos that I have so far and not separate my audio from my gaming footage not scripting not doing more to optimize screen shots for thumbnails and titles and description sometimes I’ve wondered how I managed to get at least 40 subs with my poor quality I could have optimized better. If you see some of my last few videos from actually starting gaming on my channel you will see what I mean it’s only thanks to a group I got into called nosmallcreator on Facebook that finally gave me the feedback and criticism besides encouragement to realize how bad my videos was and hoping to make some improvements before I post anymore

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  12. Agree! The first videos are the worst but I release 11 videos now and I feel I am getting better… Speaking better… more relaxed… more interactive…

  13. I make gaming videos to bring to the Total DramaRama characters to life with videogames (as in the characters playing the game)

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  15. I do all of those including my script before the content, yet cant crack the 50 sub and 1k view barrier except for one video that i made πŸ™

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  17. well i tried to be an gamer and made a YouTube channel 2 weeks ago and i still have only 5 subscribers πŸ™ fml

  18. Hi Guys one think i have noticed is instead of recording audio via Audacity and editing the audio in Adobe this is to much i have a better solution i use. Download reaper and record and add all your audio samples there and then space everything to your video length and make a wave file then add the file to Adobe PR where you do not have to do any edit you just add the complete sound track of the video. and you can always go back to the digital audio file in reaper and play around. also the recording quality and tools are way better.

  19. I have made a couple of videos and have 19 subscribers at the moment and my goal is 100 subscribers in about 5 months and I think I’m doing great

  20. I'm not a bot. But if you want a free editing software use shotcut I heard it's good. If he said this in the video I'm sorry I didn't know because I realized what to do and stopped the video

  21. Superb video, great job climbing out of the cringe hole :p. I'm going to check out more, thanks for the tips!

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  23. I normally do reaction videos but I'm trying gaming videos but I don't know how to do a gaming commentary how would I do it

  24. Been doing a very unsuccessful gaming channel for a few months and kept finding tips that never seemed to quite fit my needs. I immediately identified with every thing talked about as something that could help me out. I feel like this gave me everything I need, and that watching your videos will help me understand how it comes together. Thank you! Oh, and, seeing the early video of you and hearing you now gives me hope I can be less boring too. Thanks again!

  25. I just wanna show gameplay on consoles and I'm still confused on how to get started if anybody can help me on how to record gameplay is there a screen recorder or something if so please tell me I got a bit of a taste of it in Smash bros video editor I really wanna show gameplay on Mario Kart 8

  26. Got WAY more info than I expected, did research as I was watching, it's all legit. Now I can help my son start his gaming channel, Thank You for your Time, Effort, and most of all my newly acquired Knowledge. People like you make YouTube a better place #TEAMSNOMANGAMING

  27. But this isnt gaming, at least i dont consider this gaming, this video is not a gameplay, its an informative video a guide on how to do something, ur not just playing a game.

  28. if you are on xbox or don't have a software for recording you can also juste make a twitch acount and it will record your gameplay!

  29. Many thanks for this! Finding your video in 2019 since I decided to start a gaming builds channel and it's very helpful to see your workflow. Got 27 subscribers so far with just gameplay but I'm planning to add voice also next. The process is a bit overwhelming but as usual, I'm going to teach myself those skills and hopefully improve and make better content πŸ™‚

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