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Creating a video might seem simple or quite difficult, pending if you have the proper tools and you know how to use them.
The first step is always recording your game play. Just choose whichever recording software you like, fire it up and start recording.
- Hit the search engine and research dimension sizes
- Record only the visible game play area.
- Record small segments and make multiple recordings (even of the same scenes)
A good editing program can make or break your video. Unfortunately I haven't found any good free editing programs out there other than Windows Movie Maker. You will need to encode the file in order to import to the WMM library.
- Only shows successful attempts, trim out the unnecessary stuff.
- Keep video length around or less than 15 mins so the viewer isn't struggling to find certain portions
- Annotations/subtitles/audio commentary over the video can be helpful. Otherwise you might want to mute everything and just play background music.
Using subtitles is a good way to add a logo and description's to your video's. Not only is it an alternative to using a microphone but it can be really useful if you skip using the editor and go straight for the encoding.
- Keep the lines very short so the viewer doesn't have to pause the video just to read it
- Use styled fonts that are easy on the eyes
- Keep the duration of the lines long enough to be read comfortably
This step can be done alternatively to editing, if your original recording just needs a few trims. This step may or may not be necessary depending if the final video is in the proper format or not.
- This is where the dimension sizes will come into play the most
- Encode your video's to H.264 with .flv container
- Use AAC for audio with 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz and the Target Bit Rate: 128 kbps - 160 kbps (192 kbps+ for content that's heavy on audio)
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