Using XSplit Broadcaster to Make YouTube Videos

XSplit Broadcaster is not only an easy way to stream game play to Twitch. It can also be used to promote your game play on YouTube. If you’re looking to market yourself in the digital world, it’s a good idea to have your social bases covered. When you make YouTube videos, you can broaden your target audience. Personally, I use Broadcaster to make the health videos I’ve been developing for Crossing Colorado. The potential is great, and it’s not that difficult to do. In fact, you can probably get started right now.




How to Use XSplit to Make YouTube Videos

The first thing you’ll need is the XSplit Broadcaster software. Currently, you can download your own free copy. It may be a bit limited until you pay for the subscription, but it’ll work for creating videos as a free platform. I’ve long since paid for my subscription, and really like how it’s set up. But, it’s up to you whether it’s worth $5 per month or not.

Microphone
In reality, any microphone can help you get started when you first make YouTube videos. I use a Blue Snowball mic and it works exceptionally well. However, it needs to be fairly close to me while I talk. Right now, I have an ABS pipe modified to work as a boom arm. There are a ton of mics out there on the market. The hardest part is picking the right one that will work for what you want to do. Since I have a softer voice, it’s difficult to find a mic that will pick me up clearly.

Camera
I use a Logitech c390 HD Webcam. It takes amazingly crisp images, but I could really never get the microphone part to work well for what I am trying to do. However, the camera’s capabilities and versatile settings are still worth the $80 I shelled out a couple of years ago. I’ll do a more detailed review on it at a later date. It’s a bit older now, but it’s still worth the investment if you can find one cheap. You really don’t need the camera if you don’t plan on showing yourself in the footage. However, studies show that players who are visible to the public have a higher retention rate and are more likely to be followed.

Video Editing
Although game play can be directly uploaded to YouTube from XSplit, I prefer to edit my content. Of course, this is completely up to what you’re trying to accomplish. In either case, it may not be a bad idea to have video editing software. Personally, I use Microsoft Movie Maker that comes with Windows 7. I really don’t need anything too fancy for what I’m doing.

Now that you have everything ready to go, it’s time to make a video. I’ll try to be as detailed as possible. I cannot guarantee that you’re video will go viral, but I can show you how to make it.

Loading Up XSplit Broadcaster

After your camera, microphone and Broadcaster software are installed, it’s time to get busy. Opening Broadcaster may take a few moments, so be patient. For older computers, I’ve seen it take longer than 45 seconds.

Adding Game Capture to the File
Game CaptureOnce Broadcaster is open, you’ll see a list of items at the bottom. When you click the “Add” control, you’ll see a list of things you can add into the file. Usually, “Game Capture” is set to autodetect. This means that it will automatically pull the game you’re playing into Broadcaster. You can also use capture devices and screen capture for your computer desktop if you want.

You have to click on the “Autodetect” under “Game Capture” in order to add it to Broadcaster. This will create a window you can move around on the video. You can make it small or take up the entire surface of the video.

Starting the Recording
Local RecordingSince we’re trying to make YouTube videos, we’re only interested in recording actual video. At the top of XSplit, you’ll see a menu item for “Broadcast.” In this dropdown, there will be a command for “Local Recording.” Once you click this, XSplit will begin recording the session and save it to your default video folder. I believe mine is in My Documents. One thing to note is that you can change the codec, quality and bitrate of your recordings. However, I find it best to leave these be unless you know what you’re doing or know exactly what kind of a file type you want.

Once your gaming session is over, simply click on the broadcast item again and click to stop recording. Your file is now ready to be uploaded to YouTube or edited by you.

I would suggest editing the video before uploading and only pick out the interesting parts. You don’t want a video to be too long, especially if there isn’t anything interesting during the footage. You don’t want to be labeled as boring when you make YouTube videos.

This is only a quick synopsys of how to use XSplit Broadcaster to make YouTube videos. There are many other features that XSplit has that can take the content to a whole new level. For example, learning how to use the scenes within the software can help you create smooth transitions and greater visual appeal. Personally, I like adding border graphics around my videos when playing games. The possibilities are great when you take the time to explore XSplit Broadcaster.

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Michael Brockbank

I have been playing games for more than 30 years. I wouldn’t consider myself a hard-core gamer, but I have brought the pain in my day. Now that I am rounding the horn at 40, I still enjoy everything from booting up the old Commodore 64 to exploring new titles in Steam. You’re never too old to enjoy a good plot and mind-numbing graphics.

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