-A screen capture program
---- FRAPs and DxTory are the 'standard' that most major youtubers use, some other alternatives are things such as Bandicam, Playclaw, and there are even a handful of hardware-dependent options. Generally speaking: FRAPs is the most plug'n'play friendly, DxTory is the most flexible - the rest fall between these two extremes.
-Sound Editing software
---- Audacity, without any second thought, is going to be your best option starting out. You can upgrade to other options, but for Let's Plays and most things you'll encounter on a gaming channel - audacity will always be more than strong enough.
---- A hard point people miss here is microphone - cheap microphones being 'good enough' is the exception, not the rule... expect to spend at least $45-60 on a good mic. Personally I use the Blue Snowball that I got on sale, there are better options (usually more expensive), and there are some equivalent cheaper options out there - but you'll be hard pressed to get a good audio rig for under $50 (even if you go the modmic route, you'll need headphones)
-A capture card for your TV
---- Only necessary if you plan to do console gaming videos. (considering good ones will run in the $200 range, this is an expenditure that can be skipped or postponed)
-A capable computer
---- A powerful gaming computer, can be a terrible recording computer - the 2 places most computers fall short is in their processor and in their harddrives. Simply put, to build an economy recording rig, I would say look for these minimum specs:
- "Multi-core processor, 2.5ghz+" (better to have a quad-core 2.5ghz, than a hexa-core 2.0ghz in this case - to give a rough example)
- 8+gig ram
- video card capable of running the game at a stable 50+ FPS. (I have recorded minecraft on a 5800 GT 512mb before, just fine... so yea)
- 2 Internal HDDs - the most common being 2x 1TB drives. (an alternative if you're not buying a new rig - is connect an external HDD through an eSATA or USB3.0 port... USB 2.0 is too slow though)
-Video Editing software
---- Best balance of 'cost/power' is Vegas Movie Studio, which is Vegas Pro's little brother. (runs around $50 USD). There are free options (VirtualDub) and insanely powerful options (adobe suites, Vegas Pro, etc.).
-A large internet data plan
-Good upload speeds
---- Depending on region, you may not have 'data plans' per se, but you will use a lot of bandwidth. Generally speaking, you need an upload speed of at least 0.25 mbps to make uploading even reasonable. at least 1mbps for streaming. You will definitely want to talk to your ISP about the "AUP" they use, some service providers, even if they have no 'data limit', can throttle or cancel your service if you use an unreasonable amount of bandwidth per month. A basic youtube channel will usually push 50-100 GB per month in and of itself, not counting your other usage. I know currently, I use 200+ GB/month.
-What can you guys think of?
---- A channel, especially when it is grown, is neither the creator's, nor the viewers' - it is an interesting interaction between the two - as the creator, you need the viewers for your content as much as they rely on you to create it. Don't ever forget that. It is not your place to lead them, to force them, or to control them, it is your place to create content that you enjoy creating, that they enjoy watching, and that is responsible and in context with your channel's goals and personality. Another note is that, no matter how open or private you are, people will learn things about you, that you didn't want them to know, but at the same time, they will generally only know a limited perspective of who you are - your public face, some private hints, but never the entirety of you - to assume otherwise, can be dangerous to the health of your channel.
Let me know below if your server is looking for YouTubers to play on it or perhaps you are starting up a YouTube server and you want YouTubers to join! Ill post the servers here with brief description. I will also link your thread in the post! Ill also add request for large recording groups, for hunger games or bigger LetsPlay groups (Like RoosterTeeth)
1: Haunted Eagle wants a YouTuber for his server Provenance! The server is primarily none PvP Semi-Vanilla but they also have a full PvP realm and PvP arena! More info http://www.minecraft...join-my-server/
The "Idiot's Server" is looking for Let's Play Commentators. We're a small server looking for around 5ish people to grow our ranks. We have weekly OPTIONAL colabs on Friday nights, and the world is fairly new. We started in August, and only have 5 players now, so land is plentiful. I have applications here:
Its awesome that there is a post for upcoming Youtubers who love to play and post their gamemplay. I use Fraps and my editing software is Roxio Videowave that comes with my Xbox Catpure Card. The software is pretty much the same as Sony Vegas at half the price plus you can record xbox and playstationso yeah.
What if im a child who wants to be a youtuber, and I have an annoying voice that would never be mindcrack-approved because guude would hate it? I have a fear of this.
1. Don't be Mindcrack. There is only enough room for 1 Guude, 1 Pyro, 1 Etho. Instead, be you.
2. Voice isn't as annoying as immaturity. I've seen plenty of people put quality videos with annoying voices...I get over the annoying if its quality. Plan something out to make it quality. I find when I fail the most is when I don't plan out what I'm doing.
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Hey Bear, perhaps you could add a small guide on how to add the subscribe button on Minecraft Forums?
For those who want to advertise their channels in their signatures, etc.
You just need to use the following code.
[youtubesubscribe] Youtube Username Here [/youtubesubscribe]
Thanks for this guide =) I am making a Youtube channel called KommanderKupcake Gaming and I am planning on doing a modded let's play(probably custom modpack) with one of my friends once I get a better computer(probably around Christmas)
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Heh...there's some formatting needing to be fixed in the original post... though in the partnership question, some changes will be needed to be made in the near future (I've made a video covering my personal experiences with it, though you can get more information from other sources as well, many of which I linked in the description - a really good one on network partnership is via ohmwrecker/maskedgamer with well as the last article linked for pandodaily in my video's description)