SGDad talks Tech on Youtubing!!

Well, getting content together and presentable is no easy task. I have settled on 2 programs for capturing and editing content on the Win10 PC and these are listed below, the good news is there are Mac and Linux versions too:

Game Capturing Software: Open Broadcaster Software

  • High-performance real-time video/audio capturing and mixing. Create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, capture cards and more.
  • Set up an unlimited number of scenes you can switch between seamlessly via custom transitions.
  • Intuitive audio mixer with per-source filters such as noise gate, noise suppression, and gain. Take full control with VST plugin support.
  • Powerful and easy to use configuration options. Add new Sources, duplicate existing ones, and adjust their properties effortlessly.
  • Streamlined Settings panel gives you access to a wide array of configuration options to tweak every aspect of your broadcast or recording.
  • Modular ‘Dock’ UI allows you to rearrange the layout exactly as you like. You can even pop out each individual Dock to its own window.

Personal Comments

There is a wizard for configuring capturing or steaming,  having some poor capturing after fiddling with settings I now use the wizard to switch the recorder between stream or capture every time and seems pretty flawless/easy.

Video Capturing Hardware: LG G4

I use the G4 to capture the video of me talking as it has a much better quality than the Webcam I have and then I put the 2 together in the Editing Software.  I use a mount,  well I have 2,  A dollar store bought bendy arm which clips to a desk and holds the phone and is posable and… get this,  The Stick Brix stop motion animation tripod,  It grips a phone and sits nicely in the bottom of my monitor,  I am finding having the video capture close to the position where I am going to position the video overlay is best so having 2 options is a good idea.

Editing: Shotcut

Wide Format Support

Supports hundreds of audio and video formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg. No import required which means native editing, plus multi-format timelines, resolutions, and frame-rates within a project. Frame accurate seeking supported for many video formats. More Info

 

Device and Transport Options

Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring. Screen, webcam and audio capture. Network stream playback. Supports resolutions up to 4k and capture from SDI, HDMI, webcam, JACK & Pulse audio, IP stream, X11 screen and Windows DirectShow devices. More Info

Sleek, Intuitive Interface

Multiple dockable and undockable panels, including detailed media properties, recent files with search, playlist with thumbnail view, filter panel, history view, encoding panel, jobs queue, and melted server and playlist. Also supports drag-n-drop of assets from file manager.  More Info

Personal Comments

I tried a few video editors,  of course, its all on the lowest budget possible so Shotcut is free.  Works on Linux, Mac, Windows so great for all you out there.  Learning how to do a video on video and adding effects,  overlaying images in video and its all pretty intuitive to me after watching videos which I found other software just didn’t click with my way of thinking.

Other Tools

Paint.net paint app, it’s easy to use paint application,  quick to bring in layers and add layer effects,  not a bloated app like paintshop and not as confusing to learn as I find GIMP to be.

cooltext.com can create some good logos.

Android apps – I have a cutout app for cutting people out of photos and then a layers app that allows me to pick an image,  put on my cutouts, add glow shadows and then I share it with MEME Generator app and add text and then I use the YouTube Creator app and go update the newly created thumbnail.  I also have TuberBuddy in Chrome as a plugin and use that for helping mainly to do tags but has a nice checklist feature when adding videos.

Ending Notes

Don’t use any apps to try and inflate your users as YouTube can punish you,  good content shared in places like Google Communities via Google+ or other social networks can be a good way to bring in people.

If content it good and well tagged then it will be found and shared and liked.  Using an overlay asking for likes, follows I find are ok if they are not intrusive.  I dont like the inthe face repeated Like Me Like Me approach and I think many will just ignore you.

Adding constructive funny comments to other videos can also be a way to get noticed.

 

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