Hello Forums I'm rather new here but I'm gradually learning,
Recently I have began a series with my friends. We are 6 people with 4 guest players but due to recent problems the staffing will be cut down, I expect 5 or 6 people total. Anyhow, I've been playing minecraft since 1.8 BETA and I'm rather experienced in vanilla (redstone,village mechanics, survival, etc) and in Tekkit. Now to my actual point (sorry I like to talk), I need a bit of help getting started, I would gladly appreciate help. So basically, I record using FRAPS and I have a good microphone, I edit my movies with moviemaker. I need help,
1. I need to add a thumbnail
2. On average it takes an hour to save a video as an MP4 and another hour to upload, is this common?
3. Is moviemaker OK to use?
4. How to I prevent a black frame around my uploaded video?
5. 3 people can record who are on the team, how can I alternate cameras in the video?
6.One big team or 2 small teams on the same map? Kinda like Simon/Luis and Sips/Sjin in their tekkit series.
7. Any additional advice?
Thank you so much for your time, here is my channel's link (It's technically our channel's link but I do most of the work)...
2. - Yes, unfortunately this is common, depending on the size of the video. A better computer will help with this issue, however in my experience (I have some of the best computer hardware) it still takes quite a bit to process.
3. - Moviemaker is fine to use for rendering and very simple editing. However, a better movie maker like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier (what i use) will be needed for better special effects, quality, or very precise video/sound editing.
4. - Using a better video maker
5. - Have everyone send you their video clips, and edit them into the video.
6. - Whatever you guys think will be more interesting. My advice to you however, is don't try to copy famous LP youtubers. You can use their ideas, but try to make your series entertaining in your own way.
Additional advice: make sure you're audible over the music. Background music should be very quiet, and not overpowering your voice.
1 - Get partnership and you'll have the option in uploading. You can apply fairly early on now-a-days.
2 - Sadly no avoiding this other than purchasing a faster computer, High Ghz on you processor the faster that goes.
3 - Moviemaker will work but expect to upgrade to Vegas (consumer grade at first) once your viewers grow. Moviemaker is fine, especially if its just for minecraft. I go to school for video editing, believe me minecraft won't require much intense editing. Depending on if your doing anything other than just playing pretty much.
4 - Black-frame is caused by your monitor resolution, and final render. If you record on a 720p monitor you won't get 1080p resolution. Easy as that. As well as how you render it out, but in moviemaker it will default to whatever you put in.
5 - Have them put their video in a folder, compress the file Folder > right click > send to > compressed folder (zip) and as most emails won't take as large a file size as that, i'd recommend getting a free dropbox. Just clean it out when your done. Its much faster than having them email of skype you the files.
6 - Don't rely on a single type of game, while everyone has their (thing) on Youtube, its best to expand. Hell people may like some new stuff more than the usual. Its more fun in small groups though, you won't have as many people cutting each other off, and it will flow better. Try to pair up people who will chat often, if they are being recorded.
7 - Your small and still getting used to YouTube as it seems. We've all been there, hell i'd be willing to say 9/10 people give up before their 50th subscriber. Even if they have potential. My best advice is seek out other LP'rs especially minecrafters, and do collaborations. You don't have to be a fan of they're and its usually better going to a channel smaller than yours or about the same size. Regardless you should gain views no matter what, their fans will watch you, yours will watch theirs. Share the youtube love. Most importantly do this because you want to. When you record don't feel dreadful for having to do it. Love what your doing and your quality will improve greatly. Eventually you'll make it, you just have to keep trying. I hope to see you one day in the big leagues
Thank you so much for your help, I will take your advice, I find it useful and easy to understand, you have my profound gratitude.
As for some of the points you have made
*I have Sony Vegas Pro 10, I will try experimenting with it to see how it goes
*Ah, so I will be needing to save the video as HD
*I guess we'll go with a 2 group thing...
*Oh yes, minecraft is just the start, my buddy emerson wants to do a pokemon firered walkthrough (he has an emulator and fraps), I plan on doing a Spore playthrough and I'm a moderate Starcraft 2 players I MIGHT do a series on that. Besides the main series we plan on doing spin off series, maybe like tekkit or twilight forest?
Well anyhow, thanks so much guys. I will do my best to follow your tips, I plan on having collaborations with other small youtubers and early modders to help build up popularity.