Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of Youtubers. Dan and Phil, Jacksepticeye, Emma Blackery, KickThePj, crabstickz, Duncan and Mimei, you name it. I started thinking about what it would feel like to have my own channel and to post videos as well as blog posts. Strangely enough, the videos that stuck with me the most were gaming videos and after a while, it got to the point where I couldn’t play a game without imagining a full-on commentary to go with it.
And so I decided to just go for it. I used to be a Girl Guide and would spend many hours (and days and probably weeks) playing the games on their website. In this video, I’m playing a games called Octa-gone to the song “All Star”. There’s no commentary, no fancy editing and I’m not brilliant at the game, but it’s still lots of fun!
Making videos is something that always intimidated me because I don’t know much about professional filming or editing. In the end, the process turned out to be a lot easier than I had expected. I am of course aware that this video is very very simple and that most Youtubers use much more advanced techniques and invest a lot more time into editing.
If you play a game on your computer, you can use a screen recorder to capture everything that you do and turn it into a video. Not knowing the first thing about screen recorders, I downloaded the first free programme that showed up, which was SmartPixel. SmartPixel turned out to be quite simple to use. It has all the features a beginning Youtuber could want-you can choose which part of your screen to record, decide whether or not you want it to record your voice and later edit out any parts that you don’t like. It does, however, leave a watermark, so I might switch to another programme in future.
Recording the video felt strange at first. Yes, I was sitting on my bed, playing a game by myself while listening to music, but I suddenly felt like a stadium of people was watching me and got so nervous that my hands started shaking. I wasn’t happy with my first playthrough, so I ended up filming the whole thing again.
Choose a game, record yourself playing it, maybe edit and you’re done, right? Well, not in this case. The next issue was Copyright. At first I was terrified of possibly getting sued for using “All Star”, but luckily Youtube has a feature where you can check whether you’re allowed to use a song (with ad revenue going to the copyright holders) or if it’s forbidden and using “All Star” was absolutely fine. Next, I left a comment on the Girlguiding website asking if I was allowed to use their game. Luckily, they were lovely about it and said it wasn’t a problem.
All done? Pretty much, I just needed to make a thumbnail, write a description, invent a catchy video title (which I pretty much failed at) and wait for the video to upload.
Overall, I think I’ve learned a lot from this experiment. I’ve learned that things that look difficult can be easy if you start slowly and give yourself enough time. On the other hand, simple jobs can involve tricky elements that you might never stop to think about (I guess I always knew that Youtubers have to be careful about which songs to use but never really thought about how that affects video ideas). Also, I’ve learned that making videos is fun and I want to make lots more and get better at it.
Let me know if you make(/have ever made) videos or if you’re fantasized about it!