Part of my attempt to improve my video quality is basically to cheat. Live commentary might seem like the easy way out, but I personally find that to be lazy and not really reasonable when it comes to the things that I represent. Alongside editing the video so things flow better, I decided that I should be applying more effort into the commentary side.
My previous setup looks like this:
- Record game footage by itself
- Bring video into editor, cut repetitive parts of gameplay/mistakes that would be uncomfortable to look at (like accidentally hitting the map key over and over)
- Render out game footage
- Record post-commentary over the cut footage
- Apply standard chain audio effects, then export commentary
- Insert commentary in
As you can see, not much was going into the quality of my commentary. Now, I not only clean up the audio I record, but I also re-record lines where things happen that don't seem right (losing train of thought, maybe repeating myself).
It's relatively simple. But it's really so tempting to take the easy way out and just hope that people don't care about it. But that's the wrong way to go about it for me. I don't want to end up rambling on and on incoherently without any thread of progress or professionalism. I want to be able to create something that will drive curiosity, drive you to investigate further.
I'm not a daily kind of content producer like others are. I think I'd probably go crazy trying to balance all the hectic things going on in my life alongside my hobby as well as trying to stay ahead of the curve in the things that I cover. So I have to make do by bringing the best I've got to the videos I make.
Anyway, that's about all I have for the moment regarding the shift between video and audio editing. Next time, I think I'll talk about thumbnails and how you can distinguish yourself from the crowd. I might go over the process that I use to make them look nice too.