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Hey guys, I am about begin my long journey (and hopefully a successful one) on youtube, and I am taking this as serious as possible. I figure your going to need some background on what I am doing. Basically, I am going to be doing gaming videos, videos on my PC builds, and some other kinds of in real life videos.

I pretty much have nothing as far as software, and equipment go. Right now I have my phone, the Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4g Touch (long enough?) and that records 1080p, and the picture quality is fantastic. So I figured to start myself off, I can get by with my phone using phone mounts. Please leave some feedback if you can regarding my thoughts on the phone as a camera.

I have been doing a lot of google searching on the best video editing software. I have been getting a lot of bias reviews, and a lot of unreliable reviews, and I really don't know what I need, so I don't really know what to try. My knowledge of video editing software is nonexistent, so I need something user-friendly. Also, I would prefer it be a free software, or a trial software, as I have no idea how long it will take me to take off on youtube. I know I am going to have to invest in this if I want to get somewhere, but software isn't cheap and I would like to keep it to a minimum.

Since I will be using in game footage in my videos, I will also need a recording software. Right now I have fraps, but I am disapointed by how the whole program works, and it records my game play in segments rather than one whole file. Maybe there is a way to change that, I haven't done much looking around, but if there is a better program, please let me know.

Lastly, any comments or suggestions for me before I go off onto youtube would be greatly appreciated, I have done my research for a few weeks now, I think I know what I have to do, but any extra input would help.


Also I have no idea if this is the right thread but I think its as close as ill get.

Thanks!
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No idea about the phone or the best editing software. On recording software, Hypercam 2 is now free and records in one big file instead of splitting into chunks: http://www.hyperionics.com/hc/
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Thanks for the reply, I will try it out.
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you can try camstudio http://camstudio.org/ and edit with sony vegas 8 ($50+) or windows movie maker
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video editing software is personal preference but sony vegas, adobe premier, or finalcut for mac users are all great edit platforms. final cut X is also pretty nice and supposedly more affordable with some form of like student discount or something.

vegas is the most affordable and is easy to learn on and offers the ability to to be very creative. if you are trying to produce some professional quality youtube videos as far as editing goes sony vegas will be a good idea.

using your phone as a camera is a ok starting point until you upgrade to a dedicated video camera. just be weary that under certain conditions with lighting a cell phone camera can quickly go from recording pretty decent usable footage to totally unusable in low light. at a certain point in your youtube production you will want to upgrade if video and audio quality are important wink.gif
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Software for recording PC games:

DXTory. It compresses and records excellent quality at any resolution without the risk of frame drops. This is basically 'the new fraps'. You can read my fraps for noobs guide if it's in my sig still, it's 'outdated' and there's a few things wrong with it, but it's a good guideline for now.

It monitors/displays your FPS and your HDD write speed as you play, so you don't have to worry too much.

Live streaming? Use XSplit, so long as your upload speed is stable you can get perfect 720p on a 2Mbit upload.


Editing:

Vegas is also my preference. You can get a cheap license for an old version, or get it free if you're in education (same for many, maaaaany other professional software sets, video editing or otherwise, I got a key for CS5 Master Collection from my college during a cleanout.)

For montages and whatnot a copy of Adobe After Effects won't go amiss. The extra options and rendering capabilities are handy, and the colour correction is far more advanced than Vegas, not that the same results can't be attained, it's just much more intuitive in After Effects and that's what matters.

I always do my final edit render with Vegas to uncompressed AVI and use Easy H264's Youtube Ready setting, that sets it to the YouTube quality setting. From there, there won't be any loss after upload and you won't be uploading more than you need to, only to have it compressed by YouTube.

Hope that helps a bit. I'm qualified in Media Production.

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