Greetings, nerds! It is I, Charlie! With a quick note about this week’s blog post:
Attention! Before reading, you should know this is a continuation from parts 1 and 2 of How to make a Let’s Play, so if you’re just starting out and want to know what to use and how to record gameplay footage and audio, give a quick look through our previous parts.
…And now we’re back!
We left off just as you finished the importing of all your sweet, sweet raw footage and audio into your timeline. So now that it’s all up in there, What next?
1) Import any graphics, animated pieces, pictures or cards (end cards, title screens or otherwise) into your project. This includes things like your name tags, Title tags, all that good stuff.
2) After you’ve lined up your sync (using the 3-2-1 CLAP method noted earlier, in which you line up the audio to the video with a menu scroll) insert your name tags in the appropriate area.
3) RENDER. YOUR. FOOTAGE. After everything is placed on the timeline (roughly where you want them) Render the footage. This helps prevent ‘Loading Lag’ wherein a succession of quick cuts can cause your machine’s video display to fall behind and appear out of sync, even if that is not the case.
4) Once rendered, editing will go much smoother. Import any music you’d like into your timeline. If you’d like to give your video a ‘Bed’, (soft music playing in the background during speaking bits), place it just low enough to cover up any awkward silences.
5) Place your name tags, title screens and any other relevant information into the timeline. Don’t forget to add transitional effects (like fades) into your titles as well.
Remember that most adobe programs can cross over into others, so taking the time to learn things like photoshop and aftereffects can pay off in huge dividends for a final product.
6) After you’ve pieced together everything comes the rough stuff. The export. When exporting in any program (but in this particular case, Premiere Pro) try to keep your export settings as close to your import settings as possible. For example, if you imported a video that was a resolution of 1920X1080, try to export it as the same resolution. If your program has preset settings for a particular platform that you would like to use it on (such as a ‘YouTube’ setting), try and use those settings as well.
Seems simple enough, right? You can check out our finished product here:
Well we’ve covered a ton here so don’t forget to take the time to review everything before uploading your next video. If you’ve got any questions don’t forget you can reach out to us at the ZeMind social media accounts below.
Thanks for reading!