Since probably around 100 000 people asked me this question here is a mini guide about the process of putting a video from a game on YouTube and how to make sure it look good and stay under 100 meg or under 1 gig with the youtube multiple uploader.
Recording the gameplay:
To record any game play you need to actually get a recording software.
I personally use Fraps It’s a recording software that record any DirectX image on your screen, there is a small demo, that allow you to record some sec of gameplay. Now if you plan to record more then a few sec you need to buy it. It’s not very expensive and is a life long license.
If you do not have money there is some alternative like:
My main recommendation is is the free recording application included with xfire. Once you have Xfire install go in the Xfire option to activate it and choose two keys to launch it. Xfire video recording does a good job considering it’s free and doesn’t put watermark on your video.
There is also Camstudio. It is an open source recorder (meaning it’s free and developed for free). It work really well but it’s not compatible with some sound card. So, maybe a solution to this would be to record your computer sound with the software Audacity. So when it comes to editing your video you can can try to make fit both the sound and images. (This trick might also be useful apply to the following software.)
There is GameCam but as far as I know the trial version doesn’t record sound but does a good job recording some game. I had trouble in the past with specific games.
HyperCam The demo of this software allow you to record 10 min. It’s seem a good recording software, but it might be a little complicated for those without experience in the domain.
To record xbox 360, playstation 3, Wii, you can check this video
NOTE: This is not me on the video
Now note that the resulting videos from all those application will be huge, think between 200 meg to 5 gig. Recording Videos take a LOT of Space on you disk. If you do not have space to spare, I recommend forgetting about making videos.
Once your game play is recorded the next step is to edit it.
The main recommendation I can give for software for none linear editing is Windows Movie Maker. It’s a software that come with windows, and you can find it in menu Start/Programs accessories folder. If for some unknown reason you happen not to have it. you can find it there. It’s also a very generalize video editing software so there is tons of information around the net that can answer your questions.
Here is a good tutorial that show how to use Windows Media Maker to make videos for Youtube.
Now if you are willing to pay for a software I would recommend to buy Adobe Premier Element. This is a professional software and it is affordable… It seem to have been design in large part to answer the need of people that make videos for Youtube and this is what I currently use.
(by the way if you know any other good and free editing software warn me!)
Once you choose your software, you can now edit you video with it. (there is tons of tutorial about that on the net, if you have question search a little on google)
Now comes the Time to Compile your videos
You first need to choose a resolution,
Here is a quote from youtube help.
We specifically recommend the MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format at 640×480 resolution with MP3 audio.
Now once you have compile your videos choosing the setting you like, you video may be a little to big. So you can recompile it in more space efficient codex. So you might also be able to create smaller file with .mp4 using the ffmpeg codex by using the “Super” compiling tool.
(the download is under the google adds down the page)
You could also encode it in .avi as said before, if you want to use the Xvid codex
http://www.koepi.org/xvid you can get it there
It’s not a perfect codex but it’s very good when it come to size. You can also use that tool to recompile your first recording file before you actually start editing. This way you could gain space at the source.
If you want to experiment different .avi codex, you can go get VirtualDub
It a very effectives compiler of .avi videos.
So I hope this guide will help you create your own contend.
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