Just some notes on the "what you need list"
-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.
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---- 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.
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Sep 11, 2013Alzorath posted a message on A Guide To YouTube! [Minecraft LetsPlay's][Tips][Idea's]Posted in: Let's Plays Help
Sep 11, 2013- Title, First couple sentences, and first 5 - yes, just 5 - tags are your primary tools for how your video will be listed in searches.Posted in: Let's Plays Help
- Consistency is key, you don't need to necessarily make a -lot- of content, but it needs to come out regularly, usually at least once a week - especially for gaming channels and vloggers (for music/movie channels, this is less)
- Patience is a virtue, especially with the changes to youtube over the past year and a half, don't expect 100 subscribers overnight, though once you cross that threshold, you'll tend to slowly grow naturally.
- In chess terms: Audio is king, Video is Queen - with poor video, your content will be severely weakened, with bad audio, you'll be dead in the water.
Sep 9, 2013both are good pieces of software, though considering you said money is not an issue - of the two, I would choose Maya. Why? Because while both are fully capable, Maya is one of a few 'industry standards' that you can use to transition into non-youtube ventures with - Blender while applicable, is nowhere near as far reaching in that regard.Posted in: Technical Help
Simply put: Maya wins between the two for that single fact. (neither are especially user friendly)
side note - Cinema4D is the more popular of the 'paid' options for minecraft machinimas from what I can tell... though as I said - Maya would still win out due to it being an industry standard (a good comparison is how I prefer Corel Painter over Adobe Photoshop, but am more likely to list the latter on a resume due to industry standards)
If you ever decide to progress beyond machinimas with your animation, possibly leaning towards 'cinematic' levels of work, you may look into supplementary tools like ZBrush which allow much more dynamic and interesting sculpting options regarding your models.
Sep 9, 2013Posted in: Technical Help
Okay. I'm gonna start recording for my minecraft youtube, and I was wondering a few things:
First off - thumbs up - I honestly think making videos is something everyone should try at least once, there's a lot of skills that you can learn from it, that can cross over into other parts of life (most obvious ones being improving public and interpersonal speaking abilities, though there's also less obvious things such as branding/marketing, scheduling, etc. that can be learned as well, and are useful throughout your life REGARDLESS of your chosen career path)
How do you edit your videos? I'm not asking what software you use, but how do you cut them? What do you add to them?
It really depends on the specific series/video and what the 'style' of it is. For some content, there's very little cutting/editing of the core media, for other content, there's a lot of cutting/editing necessary (due to things such as 'dead air') - But a good rule of thumb is something Chris was getting at - and that is Audience engagement. You want to always have something engaging your audience, whether it is visual or audio. In a demonstration video, it's perfectly fine to have dead air, as long as it is visually demonstrating something (and your audience is aware to be paying attention to visual assets at that point as well). An important thing to note though - is youtube, despite being a video medium is "Audio Dominant" - so be REALLY sure that the video content is indicated as a key point when you are entering moments of dead air.
This is because most people are multi-tasking while watching youtube, not necessarily dedicated to the video in place (this is especially true in the LP arena... it becomes less true the more you move away from casual commentary and move towards 'technical commentary' - though it's still an important factor - a good middle ground would be 'competitive commentary' - ie "shoutcasting" - where audio is still dominant, but you'll have people dissecting the video).
For minecraft LPing though, assuming you're going to pursue the 'standard' format for Minecraft LPs, treat it like a vlog with gameplay video: Your Commentary and Audio will be the cornerstone, the video will be the 'accent' (still needs to be good quality, just subdued by the commentary)
Also, facecam, adding that to videos, how does one do that? lol
This is really only possible in an 'easy' manner, by utilizing an editing program that has "layers" functionality ( Vegas Movie Studio [~$50 USD] would be my recommendation for the budget conscious)
Feel free to ask more questions concerning youtube, recording, editing, etc. - that's what most the people who check this forum are around for - you may even get some 'marketing' tips for your channel (yes, create for fun, but it's worth paying attention to your channel's branding and such - since the bigger your channel gets, the more freedom you have in regards to how much time and resources you can dedicate to it - to produce better, more engaging content... it's kind of a loop - "make for fun", "market properly", "grow", "make bigger fun things", "market properly", "grow", "bring your viewers into the fun", "market properly", "grow", etc.)
It's a loop of content, and that's one of the big things I love about doing youtube - as I grow, I can do more with my viewers, and have more viewers to do it with
Jul 23, 2013Gonna be hard pressed to find new collaborators in minecraft here with 1000+ subs... while there are several, they're either hiding off in other sections of the forums, or don't openly advertise here. (there are however a lot of 100-400 sub users, some with good content, some without).Posted in: Let's Plays Help
Kinda sad that some channels fail due to marketing rather than content...but it happens a lot
May 2, 2013Generally speaking, a computer for recording, is pretty similar to a computer for gaming.Posted in: Technical Help
- Processor: Multicore and the cores have to be sufficient speed for the game.
- RAM: 8-16 gb is more than enough (32 is overkill)
- GPU: Enough for the games (depending on your recording software, you may want to look at "Game at 50+ FPS non-recording" level)
- Harddrives: 2 internal Harddrives, the sweet spot in size/speed is usually found in 1TB drives (unless you're looking at SSDs, which are a lot more expensive in relation).
Windows will generally work best, I like Windows 7 for its ability to have Aero monitored by fraps (for games like binding of isaac), but windows 8 works fine for most games too.
There are economy rigs, and people often misunderstand what's needed to record (there's a reason why my 7 year old desktop was able to record better than most 'off the shelf' or even some boutique computers you find today)
Apr 24, 2013I am an 'old yogscast' fan (ie I liked their old stuff... but not a huge fan of most of their newer stuff - though I do still watch Hannah's LPs, despite the fact that lately she has hammed it up more than she used to)... but truth be told, even if I flat out hated them, I wouldn't wish this upon them... a lot of work has been put into yogscast, yogstudios, etc. etc. the entire thing that did spawn from the bluexephos account several years ago.Posted in: Discussion
I hope they get their account back, and while I don't personally watch them anymore (simon & lewis that is), I do hope that this makes youtube double-check their systems for managing reports like this. There's a lot of horrible trolling like this that occurs on youtube, and frankly, it mostly goes unnoticed because it happens to smaller channels that don't have the resources or power to fight back.
Apr 23, 2013Alzorath posted a message on What recording softwares to professional "Let's Players" useThe key is - you have to use the tool that's "best" for you, and by 'you' - I mean both your system AND your technical knowledge (thankfully the 'technical knowledge' tends to improve the more you are forced to encounter over the course of making videos... goodness knows I've had to learn a lot about things I didn't think about at first).Posted in: Technical Help
FRAPs almost requires dual HDDs unless you are recording a game/resolution that's got a low data rate requirement (read/write speed) - hell, at certain resolutions, you NEED an SSD to record with fraps (admittedly, that's at excessively large resolutions... 1080p can write to a velociraptor if you don't need to read from it at the same time).
DxTory (and other tools like Bandicam and such, that you generally use specific codecs to 'compress' the data) - can work on single-HDD systems a little more reliably, but tax other assets on your computer such as Processor, GPU, etc. (depending on the program).
Generally - you want FRAPs + DxTory (or something similar) - it's kind of like having a flathead screwdriver and a philips head screwdriver. You can unscrew everything with the flathead, but sometimes the phillips head is more 'efficient' - if that makes sense. (Fraps being the flathead, DxTory being the philips head )
As an aside, the software is semi-important, but in the end, it's going to be your hardware that really makes or breaks your ability to record... There's reasons why my system from 2007 can still record better than most 'off the shelf' systems (ie prebuilts) from 2012/2013 - processor choice, harddrive choice, and GPU choice being among those (Was only a dual core, but it had a high clock speed, the harddrive was a velociraptor, and the GPU had a high clock speed for its time as well - its also the reason it was able to play games that it technically didn't meet the minimum reqs for, because it took advantage of a generational hiccup - that still occurs to this day especially in nVidia gpus, compare GeForce GT 610 OEM to the GeForce GT 640 - 640 has more memory, but the 610 has a much higher clock speed)
Apr 20, 2013Slow steady growth comes from sharing your content with others... keep that little box in your signature, and keep posting... you'll get views and the occasional sub... And I would delete the 'application for mindcrack'... chances are Guude hasn't seen it yet, but it is fairly common knowledge that 'asking' to join, is a peeve of guude's, and very likely will remove someone from ever being invited, even if they get big.Posted in: Let's Plays Help
Now, I just skimmed your videos, didn't watch them all (mainly due to how long it's been since they were released)
Some advice on quality :
- Volume control, you're peaking out your mic from time to time, and it is a 'wee bit' loud, if it's a standalone mic, move a bit further back (and use a pop filter), if it's a headset mic, move the mic either down below your mouth, or out and to the side a bit, this will reduce volume and reduce the 'air' noises from talking. (which is what a pop filter does too)
- Produce regular content, even if it's just once a week - people are more likely to subscribe if you reliably put content out, especially as the video content on your channel gets more populated.
There is no 'trick' to rapid -reliable- growth. And by 'reliable' I'm referring to growth that feeds itself and causes a channel to excel on youtube. There are tricks to gain subs and views, but these rarely result in 'reliable' growth as mentioned, and some can even get your channel removed... or worse. The only way for growth to really be fueled into 'reliable' growth, is by viewers sharing them 'naturally' - shared videos tend to go what I can only think to call "micro-viral" resulting in basically a small ripple in a big pond (a person shares it with their friends, a few of their friends watch, boosting views and probably getting you some subs if they have friends that share that interest, raising your place in the search ratings, giving you some steady traffic for a small corner of youtube) - it's not Gangnam Style, but it'll help.
Basically - build your channel on the 'slow growth' - by integrating into forums, communities, and generally giving back to the areas you'd be 'marketing' to, and when viewers share you'll get a growth spurt. these add up... and they generally fuel each other (watch the growth of channels - you'll see them go up in increasingly rapid waves... until they hit a plateau where sharing stops, then they have to work on initiating another chain... and that just continues on ad infinitum)
Hope this helps... and remember, do youtube if you enjoy it... and I recommend everyone try it to an extent, as there are really nice skills to learn even if it's not your thing.
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Mar 13, 2013As most already said, older games tend towards being harder. They were also crafted to cater to very specific audiences rather than have mass appeal. As a result, there's a lot of creativity in older games that's missing in big publisher games.Posted in: General Gaming
That being said, causal games have always existed in some degree and hardcore games still exist today. Indie games tend to reflect what the older games had because they are generally produced by (the same) people working for small studios targeting very small and specific audiences. Big publisher games, which are what people think about when they think of gaming these days, are fairly new, perhaps about 10-15 years old at the max. It started with sports games (EA Sports for instance) and, eventually, became almost the entire industry.
The best distinction to make is really between independent and big publisher games, not between retro and contemporary games, though the confusion is understandable considering the density of big publisher games on the market today and the fact they didn't exist for the first 20 years of gaming industry.
Feb 12, 2013Posted in: Hardware & Software SupportQuote from Alzorath
I think the reason we generally don't give out advice for recording is because the sheer number of people recording. It's not possible to be even moderately successful on YouTube without being original and have good quality. That being said, most of the people that come through here asking for builds are young teens and kids who think they have what it takes.
That being said, I don't discourage those people to try recording. It's a fun hobby to do. This response is simply my observation of the community.
Feb 11, 2013Posted in: Hardware & Software Support
Price and marketing.Quote from Quanni123X
Out of pure curiosity, What are the difference between all of them?
They are the exact same drives, the only differences are firmware, number of platters, and cache.
WD blues usually have 32MB of cache, 2-3yr warranties and 1-2 platters.
WD greens are the same, but they also have intellipower power saving which means they spin down very slowly when idle or near idle.
WD blacks have 64MB of cache and 5 year warranties, but they have 4+ platters, sometimes more. This makes them MUCH MORE prone to mechanical failure, thus making the longer warranty worthless.
WD reds are blues, but usually with 64MB of cache, and TLER enabled on the firmware for RAID.
- WD blacks, blues, and greens can force TLER on, but depending on the firmware version it might not do anything or might brick the drive.
- Cache means nothing. Drives nowadays barely use the 32MB of cache they have as is, even at 10k RPM
- ALL drives, this means WD blues, blacks, greens, reds, seagate barracudas, seagate constellation, seagate momentus, hitachi/HGST deskstar, samsung spinpoint, samsung eco green, seagate eco green, HGST eco green ALL perform exactly the same. Speeds across the board for drives of the same RPM are exactly the same. There is no difference.
- WD blacks are sold as performance, but they are just as fast as the slowest drives (greens) in terms of read/write speeds.
- WD blacks are absurdly loud.
- Seagate has a reputation for failing drives.......... Which hasn't been true since pre-2003.
- Hitachi has a reputation for failing drives, their laptop drives are still awful but their desktop ones are far better after being acquired by WD
- Speaking of which, WD owns HGST/Hitachi, and seagate owns/makes samsung's HDD line.
- On Hitachi, the "deathstars" everyone talks about are from when IBM made them.............. Back in 1992.
- Consumer HDDs at 7200RPM and even 10k RPM cannot reach the max bandwidth of SATAII (3Gbps), so it does not matter if a HDD supports SATA III (6Gbps) or not, because it will not make use of it.
- WD blues are about as loud as barracudas, that is to say, they are not loud at all until later in life.
- Contrary to popular belief, while a loud HDD might make you worry, it does not mean it is prone to failure. See your SMART status for this.
- Of note for quite drives, WD greens are almost quite literally dead silent. It really is remarkable how quiet they are.
This is a good option.Quote from JohnTheRipper
Just buy a Seagate, they're cheap and reliable.
They are not. I have one and have tested this against a WD green, 2009 barracuda, and 2012 WD blue.Quote from lieutenant54321
I find them faster
Read speeds always peaked at 270-310MB/s (essentially the max you will get at 7200RPM) for all of the drives.
Constant read/write speeds always hovered around 123MB/s, of course, going down as you went further into the platter.
Latency, across the board, was also similar, with an average random seek time of ~12-15ms.
Older blacks, yes. Newer blacks, due to the fact they have 4-5+ platters (seriously the weight difference alone between my 1TB green and 1TB black is absurd) are FAR louder than older ones.Quote from lolpierandom
Black drives, apparantly, have been proven to be literally the same as the Blues except they have a little acoustic foam to lessen noise.
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Black: Higher performance, with higher cache. Same RPM as Blues, though, and little overall difference. They're also quite loud.
Using disk monitoring software, through all types of writes and reads from random, to 4K, to 1K, to 1M, the cache on my black averaged 24MB with a single peak for ~2ms where it was at 28MB usage.
Red/Green: Intellipower (between 5400 and 7200RPM, depending on usage) to maximize reliability, at the cost of some speed. Reds are specially optimized for SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) NAS usage.
It's not so much that they are optimized, it's just they have different firmware.
It is quite possible (although not recommended) to flash red firmware onto greens, blues, and blacks to enable TLER.
Quite an interesting read, really.
This is actually due to new platter density. Before this, only Seagate used 1TB/platter with some drives, and now that WD does they have re-branded somewhat.Also, WD dropped Caviar branding a few months ago. Now it's just Western Digital Red and such.
The issue being they are only using 1TB/platter in greens and reds at the moment, while seagate uses it for all of their 900GB+ drives.
Not sure why. You would think more platters = more expensive to produce.
Feb 10, 20131. If I get rejected from one network, can I apply to another?Posted in: Technical Help
Yes, you can. You're free to apply as long as you aren't signed into a contract with a network. You're actually free to reapply to the same network afterwards if you want to give another shot at it. Might annoy the person processing the applications though if you keep doing it every few weeks. Be sure to check their reapplication policies because it might be different per network.
2. Which network would you recommend?
RPM (sub-network under Maker Studios) is really popular right now because of the low requirements to get in and the potential to be promoted into The Game Station (not sure if this is true but I've seen people talk about it). Staff seem friendly as well and reply really nicely when you send them an e-mail.
CreatorXNetwork (sub-network under Fullscreen) is another popular one for growing channels. They also have relatively low requirements. Applications are processed quickly and you usually get the results within a few days unless they're really busy. You can contact them really easily when you have questions. They actively reply to tweets on their Twitter account and hang out on the YTtalks forums to answer forum posts as well.
A lot of people have been saying that YouTubers should stay away from Machinima. There've been a lot of bad rumors are going around about their lifetime contracts.
3. Socialblade vs. RPM?
Socialblade is a recruiter for RPM so technically becoming a partner under either of those, you're essentially still going under RPM (Maker Studios). The difference is that Socialblade has partner spotlights more frequently than RPM has on their channel but RPM produces higher quality spotlights to showcase their partners. If you apply under Socialblade, you have a higher chance of getting your partner spotlight up on their channel (but lol there seems to be A LOT of dislikers/trolls loitering about on the Socialblade videos). I'm not sure whether you can submit to RPM as well if you applied under Socialblade though. I just know that if you applied directly to RPM, you can't submit a partner spotlight video to Socialblade.
Feb 4, 2013Posted in: Let's Plays Help
Let's see, there isn't really anything that is bad about your channel in general, it's well established and has a big fan base. Your audio quality is great and your schedual is good as well, the only thing I think you could do is maybe some colabs to draw in more attention and grow your channel slightly more. Hope this helped.
Feb 2, 2013Posted in: Hardware & Software SupportQuote from Kruzzik_Kel
just no Intel Quick Sync will render faster than 2 GTX580's in SLI and that is much faster than an 8350 and to be honest the 8320 is better value cause the 8350 is just an overclocked 8320 and you can just do that yourself.
the Phanteks PH-TC14PE is slightly better than the Noctua (assuming your going for the NH-D14) though the noctua is a great heatsink as for the PSU the CX series are not bad though you can do better XFX have quite a few better units at the same price
and for the RAM its all the same anything that isnt Biostar is fine
At this build price, there is NO reason to get a $90 heatsink. You can overclock both of those processors just fine on a <$50 heatsink.
Feb 1, 2013SSDs are really only useful if you're planning to record at 1080p or 720p 60fps. Hard drives can't handle that speed, but they can handle 720p30 just fine.Posted in: Hardware & Software Support
Source: I do YouTube
Also, you said that you're planning to get fraps or dxtory. I definitely recommend dxtory over fraps. Also download the Lagarith Lossless Codec for Dxtory, files sizes are reduced by a lot but file sizes are much reduced.
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