You could share your gaming videos with no editing at all. Plenty of people do just that. But without edits, your gaming clips aren’t likely to get many views. They’ll be boring, raw, and choppy. No one wants to see that.
It doesn’t take long to learn how to edit gaming videos. But we’ll warn you that you’ll need a bit of equipment — and a few slick apps — to make it all work.
To complete video game edits like a pro, you must:
- Come up with a concept. The best vids are planned.
- Capture the right clips. Your console may have capture abilities, but if not, you’ll need software.
- Choose your audio. Narrative ties all of your images together, and snappy music might help it flow.
- Edit the final product. Combine your raw materials into a slick product with editing software.
Let’s walk through these steps together, so you know just what to do.
Step 1: Come Up With a Concept
There are thousands of gaming videos on YouTube, and hundreds more get added every day. Share the same video someone else has made, and you’re sure to get ignored. A clear concept makes editing gaming videos so much easier.
Anyone who makes videos has to come up with a concept. It’s considered a best practice. Experts recommend that video content creators brainstorm new videos by:
- Searching for popular videos. What are other gamers talking about? What questions do their viewers ask (that you could answer in your own video)?
- Polling your viewers. If you already have a gaming channel set up, ask your viewers to leave you comments with content ideas.
- Flipping through magazines and blogs. Look around the gaming world. What are people talking about right now? What conversations are being ignored?
As a gamer, content inspiration isn’t hard to find. Your next video could cover:
- How to tackle a particularly tough spot in a popular game.
- A play-by-play of your highest scoring game.
- A gag reel with major fails.
- New releases coming out soon.
Write down all of your best ideas, and keep that list handy. You can draw from it throughout the year as you make new videos.
Step 2: Capture the Right Clips
With your best ideas at hand, it’s time to start generating some raw material. That way, you’ll have something to work with when it’s time to start the video game editing process.
It’s crucial to ensure that you have a strong connection, and that your play is streaming without a stutter or hitch. Anything that interrupts enjoyable gameplay for you is likely to be extremely irritating for your potential viewers.
Next, you’ll need some kind of software to capture all of the action. We cover software in detail in other blogs, but these are two we really like:
- Xbox direct capture: If you’re playing on an Xbox console, grabbing clips is as easy as pressing the Windows key and the letter “G.” Choose “Overlay menu,” and then “capture.”
- OBS Studio: You may connect this open-source program with live streaming. It can also capture your play for later editing. It’s free to use, but it can be complicated. If you’re new to gaming, you might find it’s hard to use at first. But with a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it.
Step 3: Choose Your Audio
Use the right capture program, and you’ll have a recording of the sounds made during your gameplay. During the editing process, you’ll add even more audio, including narration and music.
Experts say skipping audio is one of the most common newbie mistakes creators make. They focus exclusively on making great images, and they leave the audio piece alone. Don’t be like those people.
A microphone like the Razer Seiren X lets you capture your voice perfectly, without the pops and crackles you’ll get with cheaper versions. You also won’t have to yell to be heard, as the sensors will pick up everything you say. It’s not cheap, but it’s a good investment for serious gamers.
Some videos benefit from a bit of music. If you’re planning a long how-to piece, for example, a bit of peppy music during transitions could keep your viewers humming along. But you can’t use any music you’d like.
Step 4: Edit Your Gaming Videos
You’ve planned the action. You’ve gathered your clips. You have the sound part worked out. It’s time to start putting all the pieces together. In time, you’ll know how to make video game videos in your sleep. But in the early days, it might take some practice.
You will need software to edit your video. These are three options to consider.
- Filmora: This program gives you plenty of overlays and effects, and it is made with newbies in mind. It’s relatively inexpensive (under $100), and it works on most computers.
- Adobe Premiere Elements: If you’re familiar with editing and you want more power, Adobe is your top choice. It’s an incredibly powerful tool you can use to edit, color correct, combine, and split. You’ll pay for all that power, as this program can cost $150 with all the perks you need.
- Clutch: We’re biased, but we think this is the best video editing software out there. With our app, you can trim and process your clips, and you won’t pay a dime for the download. We’d love for you to try it out.
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