Monday, April 18, 2011

Comprehensive Guide to Making WoW Videos and Uploading Them to YouTube

today I'm bringing you a comprehensive guide of all you'll need to know to be successful in creating YouTube videos of World of Warcraft.

Software we will be using includes;

-Sony Vegas Pro
-World of Warcraft (or another game of your choice)


I - Setting Up Fraps
II - Recording Your Video
III - Video Creation
IV - Uploading to YouTube
V - More Advanced Editing Techniques (COMING SOON)

I - Setting Up Fraps 

The first thing you are going to need before we can begin, is Fraps 
Unfortunately, this software is not free (unless you are recording under 30 seconds) But it is not expensive, I recommend checking out their website here... of course it is possible to illegally obtain this software, but i'll leave that to you. 

Once you have obtained Fraps, by legal or illegal means... 
You are going to need to change a few settings, just follow the image below.
Also, don't panic if your fraps looks different to mine, you most likely have a different version, the settings should be there somewhere.

II - Recording Your Video 

Once you have decided what you want to record, hop in-game and we're ready to begin! 

The first thing you may notice is the continuously changing series of yellow numbers in the top left of your screen (or in another corner depending on if you changed the overlay corner) Do not be alarmed, or have a seizure of some kind. These numbers just display your FPS.

If, for some reason, you do not see these numbers, then just close and re-open WoW, and then Fraps. They should then appear.

Once you are at this stage, recording is simple, just hit the hotkey that you set earlier in the Fraps settings. (mine is F4) 


It's okay, don't panic. This simply means that you are recording.

I think now is a good time to warn you that Fraps videos can sometimes be large! over a few Gigabytes sometimes! So remember to clear out your fraps folder regularly! 

Anyways, moving on. Once you have captured all that you need to, simply press the hotkey again to stop recording. Feel free to record several segments, we will deal with that later.

I - Video Creation 

That's right! It's time to do something with this raw footage you've recorded! 


That said, the first thing you are going to need is Sony Vegas Pro.
Unlike Fraps, this software is expensive! 
of course you can go down the illegal route, but that's not what this tutorial is about

Swiftly moving on, lets begin by opening up Sony Vegas Pro! 
At first the interface can be quite daunting, but it's all quite simple, and we're going to go through all the basics.

First things first, let's import your clips! Browse to the folder where your videos are saved, as shown below: 

(sorry for that image being a bit bad quality, I think you get the idea, if not, then feel free to PM me)

Next you want to drag your clips onto the time line... 

There will now be a preview of your video in the upper right, you may see black bars at the top and bottom or sides, these are easy to fix, but there are two options...

Option One is to change the project size to the size of your video clip. This will give you standard quality on YouTube:

Your second option, which is a little more complex, will give you 720p youtube HD:



There's your black lines problem sorted.

I'm going to end this section by telling you how to save your video properly in order to upload it to YouTube. There will be more advanced editing techniques in the next section.

So, saving your video as one big movie, is called rendering. That is the only way youtube accepts it, simply because as a vegas file it is all seperate video and audio. Rendering it sticks them all together into one big movie.

Don't worry, rendering is simple. Just follow these easy instructions.


One thing I forgot to add. After the render screen pops up, press 'Custom'



Your video should now be rendering! You will find it in the output location after it has finished!

I - Uploading to YouTube 

This is by far the easiest portion of the guide and i'm sure you all know how to do this, so I'm going to make this one fast!

First off, make sure you own a youtube account, if not then create one, it's fairly straight forward.

After you create a youtube account you will have your own channel! Except it will look pretty plain! You can mess around with those settings to make it look a little bit nicer. But if you want it to look really nice (like mine, link to mine is at the bottom of this post!!) then you are going to need to get a background, there are loads of channel backgrounds all over the internet, and it just so happens that I create them for free for people, so go check out my youtube channel (link at bottom of page!) 

Enough about channels, lets get on to uploading your video!


STEP 2: 

STEP 3: 

I - More Advanced Editing Techniques 

COMING SOON. I plan on creating this section tomorrow 
I'd like to thank everyone for reading this.
I hope I helped some people out.
In total this took me around four and a half hours to create so I hope y'all appreciate it :]

EliteGamer out, Peace. 

Additional Information 
This section is where i'm going to put all of the extra information that people have posted that could help you out, I recommend reading through this. 

"Just to let you guys know before. The Default Record key for fraps also opens your Bags in WoW so set it different.
Fraps and it may take a few tries tweaking the video bitrate in sony vegas before you get a video with minimal loss." -squee666

"1 Fraps Key can be used with 5 different PCs, meaning that you can borrow a key from a fellow  Member" -phorentez (If anyone posts these I will add a Fraps Key sharing section) 

USE VIDEO CONVERTERS. Often your rendered files can be very large and take absolutely ages to upload to YouTube...
"I personally use Xilisoft Ultimate Video Converter 6, you CAN get it through torrents fairly easy for you guys too cheap or broke to buy it. Just set the conversion to "HD" and set it to whatever resolution you want in whichever HD codec you want. Mpeg4 for DVD quality, AVI for windows, and so on. I usually just stick to AVI as it converts nicely into youtube's crap format lol.. It'll turn my 1080P SOny Vegas 1 gig video into a 200MB 1080P file with extremely minimal loss in video quality. This is MUCH easier to upload and MUCH quicker" -Sklug

For anyone wondering, WatercolourHD is my youtube channel.

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