It took forever to edit and post. Here’s the breakdown of how that worked.
I recorded all of the footage President’s Day weekend using FRAPS, which I purchased.
Then, I edited each episode down to length using Windows Live Movie Maker. The first was about five minutes and the next two clocked in at 14 minutes and change.
Then, I added in narration using Windows Sound Recorder. After that was done, I saved it all into WMV format and then opened a new Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) project and dropped music in from MachinimaSound.
Total financial burden to produce YouTube videos to date: $37.
- Time Consuming
- Resource heavy
I used cheap twice because for some reason, my videos don’t have the same quality as others I’ve seen. I haven’t figured out if it’s my FRAPS record settings or me continually making the project into a video file in order to add another layer of audio. In any given project, WLMM only lets you add in one separate audio track.
I know a lot of other YouTubers use FRAPS to record Minecraft but not sure if they use WLMM to edit and post. I just saw Sony Vegas 12 on Amazon for $60. That would push my budget for an unproven venture to just about $100. May have to mull that one over.
The other frustrating thing is that it takes forever to work in WLMM. Sometimes it gets hung up and I have to wait for it to stop idling. The conversion to a video file is also tedious and posting to YouTube could take a couple of hours at least. I’ve been up late, set a video to publish and went to bed. Then, finished off annotations and descriptions in the morning.
Now, my biggest problem is doing the actual content. In my previous post, I stated I had a backlog of footage to edit and post. I have three episodes done and won’t have to record new ones to work on until almost April. I left off after recording for one day and now I have to look at the footage to see where the hell I was when I was playing. I did some stuff on my own and recorded it for another video and I don’t remember the narrative I was working on at this point.
Also, it seems that the server I was playing on is possibly shutting down. I can understand. It takes money and time to run a server. From what I gathered these were high school kids, so as the weather gets nicer, they probably have less time to devote to it. Sucks that I donated $10 to the server and then they started experiencing issues and possibly shutting down a month later. I’ll remember that next time I’m on one.
Until then, I will keep going, tweaking the process and letting you know because I know you’re all just at the edge of your seats on this stuff. ;)