Follow this guide to create professional in-game videos on YouTube.
Pick your parts from newegg, have them assembled professionally
If money is no object
Silent water-cooled case
Full SSD hard drive
Current best (with 3.5" mounting bracket)
Crucial 128gb - $130
Crucial 256gb - $250
Crucial 512gb - $610
Update to latest firmware
Switch Windows 7 from IDE mode to AHCI (must change a registry value to force it to install the correct drivers)
- See "Feedback" tab on Newegg link above
Hybrid SSD hard drive
Speed comparison by Seagate
Comes with a green screen!
Recommended by Connor Brady
Logitech C910 USB 2.0 1080p HD Pro Webcam
^-- What Hengest used to film this
^-- Same camera
More green screens
Chroma key basic example
Chroma key professional example
To record game console footage, some prefer Hauppage, some Avermedia.
Get a professional microphone and pop filter
Condenser microphones are more fragile, but higher quality. Pop filters remove breathing and sharp P's
Great condenser microphone
(All three for $150-170)
Recommended by Christos Obretenov
Cheaper (and great) condenser microphone
Also on Newegg
Use the middle setting and speak close to the microphone (almost touching the pop filter, and the pop filter is almost touching the microphone).
Pop filter, four layers
Cheaper one, only one layer
What TotalHalibut uses
Use this Audacity equalizer settings file to minimize the P's and S's (most get removed by the pop filter, but this removes the few that get through).
TODO: Where is this file?
^-- Tobias and Chris Voltsis recommend
beyerdynamics mmx 300 is a top-quality headset and condenser mic, $350+
More affordable, get Snowball or the at2020
For headset, try the Sennheiser pc 151 or 360
Comfortable, good microphone quality, wireless!
Your hard drive must be able to maintain at least 30 mb/s to record at HD.
Do not record to your C: drive - Windows keeps this drive busy.
Recommended 2tb SATA drive
Great 720p quality!
The tablet is a USB interface device.
See it in action
The Medium size tablet in my opinion is the best size as I can easily put it on one knee while commentating - this is the model I linked above.
The tablet comes with some software keys after you register. I recommend applying to get all the keys and download all of the software as it costs nothing extra.
The program I use is the Autodesk Sketchpad 2011 (one of the free keys) as it supports the pen weight sensing and layers. Since I spent most of my high school years after class working in an architects office, my writing works best with a soft lead pencil, which the Autodesk software supports. I also picked up Inkscape for doing vector graphics when needed (a la Corel Draw), as well as The GIMP which is my Photoshop replacement. Both are GNU software foundation products (from my linux background) and also FREE!
In the Movies tab
While playing a game, the fps is color coded
Use a headset with a microphone in front of your mouth to minimize background noise. Do some tests to find the optimal recording volume where you can clearly hear your voice but not hear mouse clicks!
Use Free Sound Recorder to record your voice on a separate track
This has a global hotkey that starts recording while playing!
Use Audacity to remove noise (use the latest version, 1.3.12 beta as of now)
It is amazing! Your computer fan and other background noise just disappears.
Audacity does not have a global record hotkey
Fraps lets you record your voice from a microphone in the Movies tab
But it does not create a separate audio track (it mixes into the main track).
Fraps uses the default Windows recording device. To choose another, use the Windows control panel to change the default recording device.
To record in Adobe Premiere CS5, follow these steps
Adobe Premiere CS5 is the best video editing tool
Use premiere to add the video ender (see below) and apply transitions.
Use Fraps to record all videos at 30 frames per second in either
YouTube adds an "HD" suffix to distinguish these video as "high-definition"
1080p is noticeably sharper than 720p.
See the difference
Use 1080p if
For more information, see
Create all videos in one of these Adobe Premiere CS5 template projects
"A video on every wiki page" is our motto.
Each video should visualize a concept or answer a question.
"10-60 seconds" is the ideal video length.
Focus on one topic, then add the videos to a wiki page.
Some videos will be longer than a minute, like a collection or a full review
Full review example
Do not create a custom pre-roll or post-roll.
We know you can make a much cooler ender, but we want people to say, "Oh! I've seen that before on that other video!" Brand recognition and one consistent ender will help all of our videos become more popular over time.
Use the enders in the template projects above, replacing the last text with the correct game and company name.
Divine Souls (c) Outspark
Upload all videos to the appropriate TGN channel.
See all TGN channels
Contact TGN for the YouTube username / password
Start every title with "TGN"
TGN Fighter Combo 9: Earthquake - Divine Souls
Start every description with a URL and an em dash (Alt+0151)
http://www.divinesouls-wiki.com — Elbow from the sky, the 9th Fighter combo "Earthquake" in Divine Souls.
Start all tags with "tgn thegamenet"
tgn thegamenet "divine souls" fighter combo
All this helps YouTube recommend other TGN videos in the right sidebar.
See the result
If there is text in the video, create transcripts on TGN Tube.
If your video has black bars on YouTube, you didn't record at one of these two resolutions
If you record at a different resolution, like 1680 x 1050, YouTube scales down to 1280 x 720 and adds black bars as padding if the aspect ratio is different.