How to start gaming on Youtube,Twitch or any platform? Game reviews




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 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 no casts 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 the sake of a video. 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 the 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 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, the 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. 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. Thesaurus.com 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. Have several people give their input, sometimes you won't even realize that a part is a 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' redoing 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 whatI'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 another video on how to get it set up and use it effectively, so I'll let you check that out here, but other options 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 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 SoundRecorder 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 on 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 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 apart, 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 pressurewasher...yeah my apartment is annoying to record in. Anyway, then I normalize it, this gets rid of 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 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 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 a while, 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 used Corel Videostudio for quite a long time when I started, 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 Adobe's 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. The premiere is great and pretty easy to learn if you have basic editing knowledge. I recommend checking out this tutorial byBarry 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 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. If you have on-camera shots using your adorable little face you'll add it in here, but I rarely use on-camera stuff so I can't 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? 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 are 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 a while to sift through all your gameplay. Remember when I said you could make your life easier by including tips about the 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 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 its 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 clipsI’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 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 using Premiereto 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 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 GameDesign or an avatar of yourself. This makes the thumbnail easily recognizable and memorable 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 a while, 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 gets 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 Ido 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 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’sno editing or cuts, I’m just talking to a camera. I’m freaking chewing gum for Pete's sake! I loathe myself forever 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 to 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.


how to start gaming on youtube
how to start a gaming channel on youtube
how to start a gaming youtube channel
how to start a youtube gaming channel for free
how to start a youtube gaming channel on xbox one
how to start gaming youtube channel
how to start a successful gaming youtube channel
how to start a youtube gaming channel with no money
how to start a youtube gaming channel 2018
how to start a gaming youtube channel 2020
how to start your gaming youtube channel
how to start making gaming videos on youtube
how to start gaming channel on youtube
how to start a gaming youtube channel 2019
how to start a gaming youtube channel 2018
how to start a gaming youtube channel for free
how to start a youtube gaming channel for beginners
how to start up a gaming youtube channel
how to start a good gaming youtube channel
how to start a gaming career on youtube
how to start a gaming youtube channel in hindi
how to start a gaming channel on youtube 2020
how to start gaming channel in youtube
how to start a gaming youtube channel for beginners
how to start a youtube gaming channel on laptop
tips on how to start a gaming youtube channel
how to start a youtube gaming channel ps4
how to start a gaming channel on youtube 2019
how to start a gaming youtube channel with no money
how to start a youtube gaming channel on pc
how to start a youtube gaming channel wikihow
how to start making gaming youtube videos
how to start a youtube gaming channel on xbox
how to open gaming youtube channel
how to start streaming on youtube gaming
how to start a gaming youtube
how to start a gaming youtube channel ps4
what do you need to start gaming on youtube
how to start gaming
how to start a gaming youtube channel
how to start a gaming channel
how to start gaming channel
how to start a gaming company
how to start gaming company
how to start gaming on pc
how to start a youtube gaming channel for free
how to start a gaming clan
how to start a gaming team
how to start a gaming organization
how to start a gaming business
how to start a tabletop gaming store
how to start a youtube gaming channel on xbox one
how to start gaming business
how to start online gaming business
how to start a gaming store
how to start a gaming website
how to start gaming youtube channel
how to start a video gaming business in illinois
how to start a gaming blog
how to start a gaming career
how to start a pro gaming team
how to start a professional gaming team
how to start a youtube gaming channel with no money
how to start a gaming lounge business
how to start gaming zone business
how to start your gaming youtube channel
how to start gaming career
how to start facebook gaming
how to start your gaming channel
how to start making gaming videos on youtube
how to start gaming on youtube
how to start a gaming channel equipment
how to start a gaming business in kenya
how to start a youtube gaming channel for beginners
how to start up a gaming youtube channel
how to start a competitive gaming team
how to start a gaming page on facebook
how hard is it to start a gaming youtube channel
how to start a gaming channel for free
how to start a gaming league
how to start a gaming group
how to start a gaming youtube channel 2020
how to start a mobile gaming youtube channel
how to start a gaming setup
how to start a gaming channel with no money
how to start vr gaming
how to start a gaming channel 2019
how to start a good gaming youtube channel
how to start a gaming tournament business
how to start a gaming house
how to start a good gaming channel
how to start a mobile gaming company
how to start gaming channel using ps4
how to start a gaming server
how to start a youtube gaming channel reddit
how to start gaming shop
new gaming pc startup
how to start making money from gaming
best way to start retro gaming
how to start a gaming instagram page
how to start a gaming shop in kenya
how to start gaming pc
how to start with mobile gaming
how to start a gaming room
how to start youtube channel for gaming
how to start a gaming youtube channel in hindi
how to start a gaming hub
how to start vr gaming center
how much to start a gaming company
how to start pc gaming on a budget
how to start a gaming business in nigeria
how to start youtube gaming channel 2019
how to start a online gaming website
how to start getting into gaming
how to start your gaming career
how to start mobile gaming channel
how to start a lan gaming center
how to start gaming career in india
how to start laptop gaming
how to start a roblox gaming channel
how to start small gaming business in india
how to start gaming on my laptop
how to start a gaming network
how to start making money gaming
how to start logitech gaming software
how to start a gaming parlour in kenya
what you need to start gaming on pc
how to start a gaming instagram
how to start gaming development
how to start career in gaming
how to start gaming for money
how to start gaming mode in windows 10
how to start gaming clan
how to start a youtube gaming channel equipment
how to start up a gaming company
how to start in gaming industry
how to start gaming on linux
what you need to start gaming
how to start a gaming club in high school
how to start up a gaming centre
how to start a gaming channel on xbox
how to start video gaming
how to start a gaming truck
how to start a video gaming club
where to start gaming pc
how to start a youtube gaming channel on xbox
how to start a gaming channel wikihow
how to start my gaming career
how to start a new gaming channel
how to start online gaming
how to start gaming studio
how to start a gaming vlog
how to start gaming tournaments
how to start pc gaming reddit
how to start up a gaming lounge
how to start gaming on twitch
how to start making gaming videos
how to start working in the gaming industry
how to start gaming professionally
how to start a gaming channel in hindi
how to start up gaming pc
how to start gaming again
where to start building gaming pc
how to start gaming lounge
how to start a gaming youtube channel for beginners
how to start a gaming pc business
how to start vr gaming center in india
how to start building gaming pc
how much to start a gaming cafe
how to start gaming journalism
how to start a gaming channel xbox one
how to start gaming team
how to start gaming on laptop
how to start gaming blog
how to start up gaming center
how to start gaming cafe
how to start a gaming podcast
how to start a gaming channel with ps4
how to start a gaming channel reddit
how to start gaming stream
how to start a gaming brand
how to start gaming on computer
how to start indie gaming
how to start a new gaming pc
how to start gaming business in india
how to start up online gaming
how to start a gaming youtube channel with no money
how to start a gaming company in kenya
how to start your gaming setup
how to start tencent gaming buddy
how to start a youtube gaming channel wikihow
how to start pro gaming career
how to start youtube gaming channel 2018
how to start your gaming company
how to start live gaming on facebook
how to start gaming zone
how to start facebook gaming page
what you need to start gaming channel
how to start video gaming business
how to start gaming channel in youtube
how to start gaming on facebook
how to start pro gaming
how to start gaming company in india
where to start gaming computer
how to start gaming on mac
how to start a gaming channel on nintendo switch
how to start board gaming
how to start facebook gaming stream
how to start an esports gaming center

Post a comment

0 Comments