XSplit Broadcaster is not just an easy way to stream game play to Twitch. It can also be used to promote content 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 XSplit 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.
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.
The Internet is full of mics, and most of them will work to get you started. 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.
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 players and video creators who are visible to the public have a higher retention rate and are more likely to be followed.
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. However, I am debating on paying for the Adobe suite of products simply because I use some of them already in my regular freelancing career.
Game Capture Hardware
If you want to record console games for your YouTube channel, you’ll need some kind of game capture hardware. I have a Diamond GC500 device, which only does A/V cable connections. It’s cheap, but it works to record older systems.
Putting it Together
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 your 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
Once Broadcaster is open, you’ll see a list of items at the bottom. When you click the “Add” tool, 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 screen.
Adding the Camera
Clicking on the “Add” tool also gives you the option to add your camera, if you use one. It’s in the option for Devices labeled as “webcam.” XSplit should automatically detect this and present it in the options. At which point, you can adjust its size and other settings for your content.
Start the Recording
Since 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 “Outputs.” 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 Outputs 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, especially if you’re diving into games. It’s not just the gaming title that draws an audience, but the personality producing the content as well.
Get it Started
This is only a quick synopsis 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.
For example, it doesn’t take much effort to add PNG images, borders or even a scrolling text in XSplit if you want to add ambience to your content.