Tips For a New YouTuber?

Discussion in 'Share Your Let's Plays and Other Videos!' started by Jay2a, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Hello, everyone! Recently, I got into YouTube and I've been making videos. I've made 5 so far and I've got 4 subscribers. I'd say that it's pretty good, but I want to hear from you guys. People like the videos I've made so far, but I would like some tips on how I can get my videos known and get people to watch them and keep watching them as long as I'm making them.

    If you guys have any tips/suggestions for me, feel free to say so in the comments, and even suggest a video or two for me to try out. So, if you have any suggestions on how I can improve my video making right now, say it in the comments below.

    I have a link to my channel in my signature, and I might be posting videos on this thread in the future.
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  2. Try to be confident and if you aren't confident, fake it. Also, rehearse your videos, that way you don't sound silly when you don't know your own information.
  3. Number one: Production

    Make sure your videos have the best quality video and the best quality audio that you can produce. 480p video at at LEAST 24FPS is an absolute must. 'Youtubers' have much higher than average computers, so for now, shoot for optimizing your computer for recording minecraft and upgrading it (if it's a desktop) later. Invest in FRAPS or Dxtory to record smoothly. Audio quality is also important, an external USB or AUX microphone is a must. You can find them rather cheap online. Make sure your audio levels are good. Your own or royalty-free music at a low volume can also help. Getting an intro and outro can help as well, but DON'T make it long (under 5 seconds preferably and MAX under 10 seconds). Try not to use a template.

    Number two: Content

    Judging by your current videos you might want to practice talking better, which should come with practice. If you want to appeal to an older audience, talk intelligently. If you want to appeal to a younger audience, talk loudly and be exciting. Structure and plan each video in your head before you make it, so you don't run around aimlessly looking for things to do. If you have clips of what you and your friend did, edit the best parts into the video. Leave the uninteresting out.

    Number three: Try Streaming

    Streaming to Twitch or Hitbox is another story to talk about, but it can possibly gain you viewers. is continuously growing, and the best time to start would be now. Try it out if you want.

    That's all I can think of at the moment.
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  4. I'm mostly trying to practice talking in videos, because I'm not exactly used to talking into my computer screen like it's another person (Or people).
  5. This guy knows what he's talking about.

    Another thing I find good to do is to cut out any dead space unless you absolutely can't (eg: half way through a minigame). I generally record about 20 mins of footage for a 8ish minute video. Be ruthless, and don't leave it in unless it's good enough or needs to stay.

    Intro/outro and stuffs like that are pretty impotant. An intro gives your viewer a good first impression (although don't make it too long), and an outro means you can link them to other videos easily, and put a subscribe button in a really obvious place.

    I'll probably come up with some more things at some point. :p
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  6. For my most recent video, I recorded for an hour and 10 minutes, but only used 5 minutes of what I recorded. I watched a video by Jacksepticeye recently where he said that shorter videos are better, so I tried and I had to edit out a lot that I wanted to keep.

    Also, I intended for my intro to just be "Hello, everyone. Jay2a here", but my screen capture software always cuts off the first 5-8 seconds of what I record.
  7. This is why you need to invest in either Fraps or Dxtory. (Don't go bandicam) I would focus on making your videos easy to watch rather than focus on talking better. Once your videos are smooth, preferably 1080p (but not required), and your microphone audio isn't so blown out, then it would be a good idea to focus on talking better. Try making a unique word intro instead of the basic "hey guys, it's (insert name here) and today we're going to be..."
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  8. Try maybe linking you channel in your sig, and making it more known to the generals community. I would also advise making social media accounts for you channel. Also trying doing vids with other channels to boost your subs and theirs. ;)
  9. 1. Make your channel known. If you have any free connections online that will allow people to travel to it, then use them. Social media like Tech said is pretty useful as well.
    2. Get the right software. Make sure you have sound and photo editing software, a microphone, a Bandicam for PC games and a capture card for Console games. Another camera of any sort could be useful as well.
    3. Take multiple trials. Unless you know that what you're doing can't be done any more than one time, do it again. The Youtubers that survive put the work in that they need to get what their viewers want, always block out enough time for you to say "Oh yeah, I'll get this gameplay done from here to here," and you'll be on a good strategic path.
    4. Be confident and implement speaking portions into your videos. Not everyone uses a mic or a headset, but they definitely aid the viewer's understanding of what you're trying to get across to them, and will ward off anyone who's too stupid to think that the video's audio just "doesn't work" so they'll leave the page.

    I've been doing some research on this, I'm considering buying some equipment in the next couple years to try to get into Youtubing myself. Check out TheSwiftFlanker on Youtube, he covers it all a lot better than I can.
  10. In terms of the Bandicam issue, a simple solution to this is that to start the gameplay doing something useless, and then speak your intro a few seconds in, so there isn't a problem. Bandicam records the best, at least I think.
  11. I linked the channel in my signature, but I'm not sure if the link works because I haven't tested it.
    1. I actually haven't tried too hard to get my channel known, but I'm not exactly sure on where to get started.
    2. I have a gaming headset with a mic built in, and some video editing software, but I don't have sound editing software.
    3. I usually do multiple takes of certain videos.
    I don't use Bandicam, I use Microsoft Expression for my videos currently. Bandicam to me is an annoying waste of time.
  12. I have both full FRAPS and Bandicam. Now both of them are kinda trash but if I had to choose one I would go with Bandicam. FRAPS files are GIGANTIC so you need to compress them which takes a decent amount of time (on my old rig, I haven't tried on me new one). I personally found it kinda hard to find a good compression system that didn't lower video quality so I ended up using one like EthosLab. Even then quality was lowered to quite noticeably.

    Bandicam on the other hand creates small files with pretty good quality if you set it up correctly. For me it seems to have issues picking up my AUX microphone but is fine with USB. Bandicam also has the ability to pause recording which can be very helpful if you do not want to splice it all together. Also there really isn't a need to compress because of how small the files are.

    Fraps: I got nothin'
    Bandicam: Small files, Pause button, Decent mic recognition.

    Fraps: INSANELY LARGE FILES, Hard to compress without lowering video quality.
    Bandicam: Decent mic recognition, kinda hard to setup properly.

    Also microphones, I have both a USB mic (Blue Snowball) and an AUX mic (Razer Blackshark)

    The Snowball is pretty dang good for its price. My only real complaints are the stand and that it pics up a lot of noise so get a pop filter.

    The Blacksharks are pretty good for a headset, the audio through the earpieces are great, not a complaint about them. The cord is nice and thick so it won't tangle easily. The mic quality is relatively good but picks up even more noise then the Snowball.

    TL;DR Both mics are relatively good. They both have their own pros and cons.
  13. Don't be afraid to be weird. I mean, those faces pewdiepie makes? Not normal. All popular youtubers have something that makes them unique. People like a certain level of funny-weirdness (If that's how you say it). Don't be biased, and try posting your channel link on the forums, like in your signature. And last but not least, Be creative! By introducing new ideas you attract new viewers. Good luck! I'll check your channel out when it's up and running :)
  14. Don't compare me to PewDiePie. I really hate him.
  15. I personally don't like his gaming much but he is obviously doing something right. He is the biggest youtuber to ever exist.
  16. Bandicam, when used correctly (using non-default codecs, etc) is actually amazing. It's only terrible if you're using defaults. :p If it helps, I record using UT Video codec at 720p, and then render as the same resolution as an MP4 file, and I get very little quality loss, and only have to upload 350ish MB files.

    One way to do intros which seems to be quite popular is to show 4ish seconds of what's coming up, cut to your intro video, and then back to the start of the gameplay with a "Hey, I'm [name], blah blah" (although obviously a bit more imaginative than that :p). Might be worth trying that style to see if it works for you. :)
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  17. Personally, I prefer Cr1tikal's witty, dirty, dry sense of humor leagues over Pewdiepie's spastic approach to comedy.

    On-topic: So I take it that Bandicam is most users software of choice? What about NCH Debut software? Of those two, do you know which is better? I've used NCH before and it wasn't terrible. But I want to make sure that I make the right choice before I throw money at anything.
  18. Yes, production is important, and content too. But you also need to be yourself when you record. Act like you would normally, don't put on a facade for the viewers. Don't become like Pewdiepie and do everything your subs command. (His newest video is him play FNAF 2, because his subs wanted him to.. he hates playing it.) Do what you want. After all, youtube is supposed to be something fun. Not a job where you have to do everything because someone else says so.
  19. Best sound, Best picture, Best background, Best voice, Funny, Fun and lots lots more and your be fine :D
  20. The biggest thing for a new youtuber is dedication in my opinion. You could go and spend big bucks on great software and computers, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to dedication to your videos. Don't solely make videos on the intent for getting as much subscribers as you can. Make videos so you can look back at them and share or restore memories. I've owned and ran a YT channel with one of my bests friends since April of 2012. In that time, I haven't been looking to get subs, but I have over time. I've accumulated 66 subs and over 6k views, which in my opinion, is just a bonus because I started making these videos to look back at my life and share with friends.

    Reasons why I don't adv my YT channel on EMC,

    Not EMC Related
    Mature content (such as COD)

    Although if you don't care for those listed above in the spoiler, then my channel name is DeathlyRaccoon, just look it up on YT, you'll find it.