The gaming industry has witnessed a long-run evolution since it was first invented in 1958. With the advancement of technology, the gaming industry is also evolving rapidly. The popularity of video games is also increasing to the extent that people are pursuing gaming as their full-time profession.
However, not everyone can be successful in pursuing gaming as their profession. Being a ‘good gamer’ is not enough. It also requires the right skills and techniques to edit and publish the videos online.
In the video game industry, the competition is extremely high, as numerous online games are floated online regularly. You can get a true sense of the competition by browsing through YouTube. It is filled with raw gameplay videos, indicating the number of people who are into gaming.
However, these unedited videos do not get much hit because people get bored if the video isn’t enjoyable after a certain point. Therefore, if you want to publish your gameplays online, you need to understand a few technicalities.
The following blog deals with how you can edit your gaming videos like a pro by implementing these three simple steps.
Step 1: Picking the right video editor
Before starting your gaming journey online and further sharing it on platforms like YouTube, there are a few basic things that you must keep in mind. The primary step in the gameplay editing journey is to select the most compatible game video editor.
Having the right online video editor will be of great help for the gamers, as they will be able to edit the video without any hassle. Moreover, having the right video editing tool will also facilitate the inclusion of various advanced elements in the gameplay to make it grab the attention of the viewers.
The game video editor that you are planning to use must adhere to your budget and usability. If you plan to pursue gaming as a career, you can invest in an expensive game video editing software, as it will help you in the long run. You can have a higher income expectation from the gameplay video publishing.
On the other hand, people who want to pursue gameplay publishing as a recreational hobby can think of going low on the budget, since their income expectation from the videos won’t be that high.
Once this is done, you need to familiarise yourself with the game video editor of your choice to become a good videographer. Here are a few things to look out for, while editing gameplay:
- Make the videos interesting and enjoyable by adding catchy elements.
- Watch tutorials online to perfectly use various tools and features of the selected video editor.
- Make sure that the selected editing tool is compatible with the OS.
- Regularly post videos online to stay relevant. This will also help in understanding the right use of all the tools and features of the editor.
- Make the video quality compatible with all devices.
Step 2: Plan the course of action
Having a plan beforehand has always worked in everyone’s favour. Gameplay publishing on the internet platforms isn’t any different. Thus, planning the gameplay will be of great help in editing as well as posting the content on the internet. This will eventually lead to an increase in viewership of the channel.
Planning the gameplay will facilitate the following:
- A structure of the content that will help in recording the video.
- Easy synchronisation of the video clips when you have a plan in mind.
- Knowing the target audiences and catering to their interest while editing the videos to keep them hooked to the gameplay.
- Fixing the genre of the gameplay and creating the playlists accordingly, because it is always advised to focus on one game at a time.
Overall, creating a plan before recording the gameplay will help in understanding which areas should be in focus and how to highlight the same. This will garner more viewership and help your channel grow exponentially.
Here comes the most vital part of the process: editing the gameplay. Once you finish recording the gameplay, you need to edit it. Here is a list of things that you need to keep in mind while editing the gameplay using the video editors:
Step 3: Colour
Make sure that the colour contrast in the videos is on point. It shouldn’t be too flashy or too dull. There should be uniformity in the colour coordination of the videos. Make sure that the gameplay is visually appealing to the viewers, so that they come back to rewatch or recommend the video. If possible, add aesthetic effects in the gameplay video to make it more aligned with the current trends.
Step 4: Attention-grabbing
Grabbing the attention of the viewers can be a real challenge. To successfully seize the attention of the viewers, you need to make the gameplay interesting by adding appropriate elements like GIFs, catchy soundtracks, quirky comments, and so on. This will make the gameplay more enjoyable.
Thus, be creative with the script. It is also a crucial part when it comes to gameplay video editing.
Also, to make the videos more relevant, cut off the unnecessary stuff that might clog the flow of the video and distract the viewers.
Step 5: Transition
While editing the gameplay, ensure that the clips are blended seamlessly. For this, you need to apply special effects for creating a swift transition. There are a plethora of special effect options to choose from. The correct incorporation of these will make the videos easier on the eyes of the viewers, and highlight the visual impact of the gameplay. To master this craft of transition, you can learn much from the tutorials available online.
Step 6: Soundtracks
Finally, one of the most important parts of editing gameplay is adding a catchy soundtrack. The majority of the viewers who watch gameplays do it for fun and recreation. Background music plays a significant role in grabbing the attention of the audience.
Along with soundtracks, you can also record your comments and create voiceovers. You can also use the picture-in-picture effect to make it more real. It will allow the audience to connect with the video more.
Therefore, along with making the video visually appealing, it is also crucial to make them audibly attractive.
Once the above-mentioned steps are accomplished, it is time for the final run. Before publishing the video online, go through the entire video to ensure that there aren’t any mistakes or loopholes. At last, use SEO optimised captions to rank the videos higher on YouTube and include CTAs for better engagement.