How to Start a Gaming YouTube Channel – The Essentials

If you’re wondering how to start a gaming YouTube channel, you should be prepared take it seriously. Gaming is How to start a gaming youtube channela very crowded industry, especially on YouTube, and if you want to stand a chance in competing, you should be prepared to make an investment.

Today, I’ll walk you through everything you need to get started!

These steps are essential, regardless of the platform you play on, so make sure to follow them carefully!

A Capture Card – You’ll Struggle Without One

Whether you play on Xbox, PS or PC, you’ll need a capture card to stand a chance in starting a successful gaming YouTube Channel.

All the top gaming YouTubers, such as Ali-A and TmarTn, all record their game-play at a very high quality which helps them to dominate the industry. If you can’t record your game-play in HD, you’re going to struggle competing with the thousands of other gaming channels out there.

Capture cards can be rather expensive and you have to remember that with money comes better quality, so if you’re going to make an investment into starting your own channel, ideally you’re going to want to go for the best. However, going for the best isn’t always cheap.

How Much do Capture Cards Cost?

If you want to get a HD capture card (which is what I would recommend), then you’re going to struggle to find one for under $100.

However, you’ll be glad to know that they don’t get much more expensive than that either – the best capture cards don’t cost much more than $150, so I would recommend saving up to get the very best if you’re going to get one at all.

Although the price difference is relatively small, the difference in quality and the editing software etc. is huge!

So What is The Best Capture Card?Elgato Game Capture Review

In my opinion, the Elgato Game Capture HD is by quite some distance the best capture card and is by far the most popular.

All the major gaming YouTubers use the Elgato simply because it is the best! You’ll be glad to know that it isn’t the most expensive capture card either, as it retails from Amazon at about $140.

You can check out my review on the Elgato Game Capture by Clicking Here, where you can also check out how it compares to other capture cards!

A Gaming Headset – Great For YouTube and for General Gaming

Gaming headsets are great, because you can use them to talk to your friends and to intensify game audio, but you can also use them for commentaries for your YouTube videos!

Headsets can range from the price of $10 all the way up to the likes of $400, but I would never advise going all the way up there.

The great thing about these is that you can get a decent one for nearly anywhere in the price range! For as low as about $40, you can get a decent gaming headset which you can also use for commentaries with pretty good quality.

Of course the quality is going to get better and better as the price goes up, but if you do have a limited budget, the Turtle Beach X12 is definitely my No.1 recommendation, as it is only $40 from Amazon, and is better than most headsets that cost as much as $100!

Taking it to The Next Level – Astro A40Astro A40 gaming headset

However, if you are prepared to make an investment as high as $200 then I would recommend the Astro A40, which is the headset that I currently use! It is one of the best gaming headsets in the industry, and unless you want to duplicate your investment, you’re not going to find a better headset.

It has top sound quality, is very comfortable and also has a decent mic which would be absolutely fine to use for YouTube commentaries. I use it and I find it great!

–>Click Here to Check Out my Astro A40 Review!<–

A Microphone – For the Very Best Commentary Quality

If you already have a gaming headset which you like, but the mic quality sucks, or you just want to be the best of the best at everything, you may want to consider getting an external mic.

The two best options are the Blue Snowball and the Blue Yeti in my opinion, one of which is for a low a budget, and the other for a higher budget.

Blue Snowball Microphone – Relatively Cheap

The Blue Snowball probably has a better mic quality than all gaming headsets and costs no higher than $50 from Amazon, making it my top recommendation if you want a low budget external microphone.

Personally, I would highly recommend getting an external microphone, as the improvement in audio quality is hugely better. For a while, I just used my Astro A40 which were OK, but I decided to invest into a Blue Yeti and the difference in quality was huge. But for those of you that simply can’t afford a top microphone just yet, using your headset microphone would be fine for starting out.

The Blue Yeti – The Best Quality Microphone

The standard Blue Yeti costs more than double the price of the Blue Snowball, retailing at around $120, but of course, the best microphone in the range isn’t going to be cheap.

Furthermore, there is also the Yeti Pro, with costs around $165, as it has some slight improvements.

I personally use the Blue Yeti and I believe it to be the best external microphone on the market, but it does have a fairly big price tag.

Click here to check out my Blue Yeti Review.

Editing Software – Is it Worth Making a Purchase?

Finally, you’ll need some editing software to put your videos together and add the finishing touches, but whether you should buy more advanced software is another question.

If you’re on Windows, you’ll automatically have Windows Movie Maker, or if not you can download it for free, but I think most of you will acknowledge that this is a lower end piece of software. It’s not very advanced and is fairly limited with its features, as you can’t do things such as image overlays, for example.

However, I would recommend just sticking with this if you are just about to start out your YouTube channel, because it might actually have everything you already need! Also, you don’t want to make a major investment and then realize that running a gaming YouTube channel isn’t for you…

On the other hand, if you’re using a Mac, I think you’re in a pretty nice position! There is an editing software called “iMovie”, which comes for free with new Macs and it’s pretty decent! That would probably be my recommendation if you have a Mac.

Sony Vegas Pro – Is it Worth it?Editing Software Sony Vegas Pro

For those of you that are unaware, Sony Vegas Pro is considered as one of the top editing software’s around. Unfortunately, the latest version costs around $600…

Honestly, I really wouldn’t bother spending that huge amount of money, as it’s probably more expensive than all of your other equipment for starting a YouTube channel combined!

It is an expert piece of software, and if all you’re going to be doing on your channel is making gaming videos, then I really don’t think that you need Sony Vegas Pro to do so.

On the other hand, if you’re already a very popular YouTuber, or it comes to the stage where you are and you start earning quite a bit of money from it, you might as well go for it!

Most of the top YouTuber’s all have Sony Vegas Pro so it may be a worthy investment if you’re looking to compete with them!

Summary – All of The Essentials

Here is a list of all of the essentials that you will need that I have mentioned in this post:

Before you decide to make any sort of investment for your YouTube channel, make sure you’re 100% certain that this is something you’re willing to put a lot of time and effort into and recognize that it won’t be easy!

If You Have any Questions or Comments, Please Leave them Down Below and I Will Be More Than Happy to Help!

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133 Comments

  1. Nice site you got some great information on here that nice to know about.

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    • Thanks Amanda, I’m glad you found it of some interest!

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      • she has a point about you having good information as me and my friend are going to start up a YouTube channel and this information was really helpful so thank you

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        • I’m glad you found it helpful! Best of luck with your new channel.

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          • Thanks so much bro but what is better a PC or TV?

          • It’s honestly your personal preference. I use a TV because I have a laptop, but if you have a PC with a big enough monitor, then you can use that!

        • What’s your channel going to be ill help support you in also trying to get into YouTube gaming

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          • Hi Matt,

            I appreciate your willingness to support my channel! Currently I have a joint YouTube channel that I do with a friend, called Honey Badger Gaming, which is still new. You can look at it here if you like: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXG_BWSo91CuJ8vG-QYZGw

            Let me know when you start your channel and I’ll be more than happy to help you out.

            Thanks.
            James

    • Agree with you Amanda. The article has got some really great information about setting up a Youtube channel.

      Keep it up James!

      Well I did knew that people buy Capture Cards for XBOX and Playstation… however I thought they would using Screen Capture software for PCs rather than cards to record HD videos. Thanks for informing me about that.

      I’ve used the Blue Yeti and Audio Technica AT2020 and they both work well as gaming. Someone looking for cheaper alternative can also go for Samson Go Mic which is a small condenser that can sit anywhere on the table.

      Anyways. Keep up the good work!

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      • Thanks a lot for the support, Abhishek.

        There are various screen capture programs for the PC available, but these really do have limited functions and often have the company’s logo displayed in the corner or something. Capture cards such as the Elgato have many more functions, high recording quality and therefore are much more professional.

        I’ve heard really good things about the Blue Yeti; haven’t heard about the other two you have mentioned, so I’ll be sure to look into them. I would personally recommend the Blue Snowball to anyone who is looking for a less expensive external mic, as it is only $50-60 and still is of a high quality..

        Thanks for your comment!

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        • Hello James,

          I did have my hands on the Blue Snowball and to my surprise it’s such a powerful Condenser Mic.

          It offers excellent sound quality just for a price somewhere close to $50.

          However I’ve even fell in love with the Samson Meteor as it add a little bass to our voice which makes it sound like a Radio Jockey.

          Still anyways… a nice guide indeed. Consider a share from my side.

          Thank You!

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          • Hello again!

            I’ve never had the Blue Snowball mic myself, but I’m pretty sure I’ll do a review of it in the future! It really does look like a great mic for its value. I had a look at your top microphones for gaming post and there are definitely some microphones there that I’ll have to check out also.

            Thanks again for your comment!

  2. What about Adobe After Affects for editing?
    Thanks.

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    • Yes, Adobe After Effects is another professional piece of editing software that some gamers may use, by I think Sony Vegas Pro is more popular in this niche. Despite After Effects being a great piece of software, from what I understand, you have to pay a recurring monthly fee to buy ‘creative cloud’ which comes along with some other stuff too, so I don’t think you can buy it alone. The monthly fee can start to rack up and it is certainly not cheap! You can email me if you want to inquire further :): james@awesomesootergamereviews.com

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  3. I agree on your thoughts about spending a bit more on a decent capture card. HD recordings are an absolute must. To be honest, if you’re going to be serious about it then you need everything of better quality. If not it turns people off, you can always tell.

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    • Yeah, that’s right. The reason that I was saying that you don’t need to buy a very expensive external mic such as the Yeti Pro, is because mics a third of the price are still of very good quality. Also, you don’t necessarily need a top quality headset unless you want a high quality mic with it, as it is for personal use. Thanks for your comment!

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  4. Hi James – good informative post. I’m not a gamer by any stretch, but the information you have provided speaks volumes for your knowledge on the subject.
    Mark

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    • Gaming isn’t for all of us, but I’m glad you enjoyed the post anyhow!

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  5. Hey man great post! Do you have any tips as to how to set up a mic so that its not in the way of your tv? This is really annoying and i wanted to know if there was a way around it. Thanks!

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    • This is a great question – personally I use my headset as a microphone, so I haven’t thought about this too much myself. You could try putting it to the side of your TV and see if it still picks up the audio alright, or if its one where the actually microphone can bend to the side, you could have the stand to the side of the TV and bend the microphone round so its in front or just below your mouth. Also, if you can adjust the height of it, maybe you could make it smaller so that you can completely look over it so that it is not in the way of the TV, but you’ll have to check if it’s picking up the audio alright. Thanks for your comment!

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  6. This was a very informative article, as I am quite interested in starting my own YouTube channel. With that in mind, what would you recommend as far as game capture devices for the 3DS and other handheld systems that don’t have software for TV use. Also, does the game capture device work for old school systems? (I’m a newbie at this, sorry for all the questions)
    Thanks in advance!

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    • This is a very good question… I don’t personally have a 3Ds myself, so I am not entirely sure, however setting up a capture card with a 3Ds is not easy, as I believe you have to unscrew the 3Ds and fit it in etc. I’ve seen a few third party sites selling them, but they mostly $200+… I’ve heard some people get a shop to do this for them or something or buy a 3Ds with a capture card pre-installed, but I’m not entirely sure. You could try looking up some YouTube guides.

      For your second question, yes, the Elgato does work for most old school systems; in fact, there is a list here of all the compatible consoles. You can check out my review of the Elgato here.

      Thanks a lot for your comments questions and I hope I helped at least a little!

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      • Yes, they did and thank you so much for taking time to answer my questions, they were very insightful and helpful. Much appreciated! 🙂

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        • Not a problem, thanks a lot for you contribution! 🙂

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  7. What is the cheapest editing software that still works pretty well

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    • Hey Evan, this is a good question. Of course you will already have Windows Movie maker if you have a PC, which is okay for beginners, but is pretty basic. Personally, I use another free editing software called Hitfilm 3 Express which is really good considering it’s a free piece of software and can do overlays and all sorts that Movie Maker can’t do. Then of course there is the likes of Sony Vegas which is very expensive… Personally I don’t think it’s needed for a gaming channel.

      Just do a few Google searches and I’m sure you’ll find something that works very well for you!

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  8. Hey if I was to get the Turtle Beachx12, would that have a good of mic or would I have to get an external mic with it?

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    • Hey Cooper,

      The Turtle Beach X12 mic is okay, but you would really need to get a decent external mic when your YouTube channel starts to get bigger. I think the Turtle Beach X12 would be acceptable for starting out, but up some point getting an external mic would be a good investment. You can check out my Turtle Beach X12 review here for more information! 🙂

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  9. Thanks for sharing the information! I was surfing through the net to find which is the best capture card and your article has all the info I needed.I will start a PS3 gaming channel so people can enjoy games of the last gen since ps4/x1 are here.Anyways,
    Thanks again 😛

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    • I’m glad I helped Rahul – I firmly stand by my decision that the Elgato Game Capture is the best capture card and I’m sure it will serve you well!

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  10. THIS WAS REALLY HELPFUL. I WAS ABOUT TO SPENT $913, AND NOW IM ONLY GOING TO SPENT $318.

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    • Wow, that’s great, that’s roughly $600 you’re saving there, then! I’m happy I helped. 🙂

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  11. can you use the microphone on the turtle beach?

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    • Yes you can use it, but the quality of the microphone isn’t brilliant, however it will do the job if you are just starting your channel and have no other alternative. You could take a look at my Astro A40 review and see how you like that headset, because it also has a decent microphone. Also you could look for some external microphones such as the Blue Yeti, which have even better microphone quality,but can come with quite a hefty price tag. I hope I helped!

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  12. Hey do you wanna maybe play together?
    What console are you on or are you on pc?

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    • Hi Brayan,

      I currently am playing on the Xbox 360, but am upgrading to Xbox One very shortly. Drop your Gamertag and I’d be happy to give you a game when I’m online!

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  13. Oh I’m on ps4:( But can you link your YouTube?

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    • Never mind, lol. My YouTube channel is still a work in progress and it not quite at the level I need it to be at right now, so I’ll let you know what it is when I have got everything sorted out!

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  14. Hey thanks for this information! I am looking forward to starting a gaming youtube channel soon and Since you actually answer questions, I have a few for you. Will it work to have the Blue Snoball mic and no Gaming Headset just the ear piece? Also can you get more into detail about why Sony Vegas Pro is better than Movie Maker? I mean like I’ve used Movie Maker and people are making it seem way worse than it actually is. Thanks.

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    • Hey Aaron, thanks for your support!

      As to your first question, if your headset only has an earpiece and no mic, then even if you do have the Blue Snowball as well, you won’t be able to talk to people in-game (with the Blue Snowball). However, if you’re just talking about whether you can use your ‘ear piece’ to listen to the game, but use your Blue Snowball to do live commentaries or whatever, then that would work!

      I don’t actually have Sony Vegas Pro myself, as I personally do not require its advanced capacities for the type of videos I make, so I don’t know all that much about it. In fact, I actually use Movie Maker for the most part like you do, but with Movie Maker you can’t do things such as video and image overlays and a whole load of other stuff. Movie Maker is a decent editing software considering it’s free and is fine for doing simple edits! Sony Vegas just has loads of advanced things you can do… You can check out some of the features of Sony Vegas Pro here.

      Thanks for your comments and I hope I helped!

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  15. Hey James,

    This article is very good and I am also about to start my very own YouTube channel. Only problem is I am afraid of buying all this expensive equipment and then regretting it when I don’t have any fan-base or subscribers within the first year of starting. So I was wondering if you could tell me your gamertag and maybe even start a collaboration when we both start YouTube.

    Thank you

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    • Hey Kyle,

      I think it’s great that you want to start your own YouTube channel! I understand your concern about regretting your choice of buying all of the expensive equipment only to realize that your channel is getting no-where. I’ll be honest with you, after 1 year of consistently uploading videos, you’ll have done well to get over 100 subscribers. It isn’t easy business, especially in the crowded gaming industry.

      It will take a few years before your fan-base really starts to grow (if throughout this whole time you will produce quality videos consistently that is), but still many people don’t even make it after that amount of time. But as long as you enjoy doing it I personally think it’s worth the investment.

      If you get your YouTube channel started I’ll be sure to take a look at it!

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  16. I noticed you didn’t say anything about a computer setup could you use any standard 500 dollar laptop or do you need a mac book or high end desk top?

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    • As long as the computer you have has the system requirements for the Elgato and any other equipment you may want, it doesn’t really matter what it is. The Elgato software requires a computer with at least a 2GHZ dual or tri-core processor and at least 4GB of RAM, so you computer should ideally have technical specifications that are better than these requirements, to avoid any chance of it not working.

      Personally I have a $600 laptop and that does the job perfectly! I would recommend evaluating your budget to get an idea of how much you can invest into a PC/Mac; from there on, just try to find the best computer for its price!

      If you have any further questions or specific computers you want me to look into, just give me a shout!

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  17. What is a good software for editing if you barely going to start making gaming videos for youtube?
    Also our Gaming channel is two people, so what can we use for a mic that I and my friend can use for the channel?

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    • If you’re just starting out, Windows Movie Maker does do the job, as you probably won’t be doing any editing too advanced in your first videos. In fact, you’ll rarely ever need features that Movie Maker doesn’t have, except for the likes of ‘image overlays’, which you most likely will eventually need.

      It depends on your budget; the likes of Sony Vegas Pro are unquestionable the best video editing software’s out there, but they have a very hefty price tag. If you’re not satisfied with what Windows Movie Maker offers, then perhaps look up Video Studio Pro or Power Director 14, which are more advanced but affordable.

      Presuming that you and your friend will be in the same room when you’re recording your videos, then an external mic would do the job. Personally, I would recommend the Blue Snowball which is a pretty cheap mic which is fantastic for its price. If you want even higher quality than that, then you could check out the Blue Yeti, which is a fair bit more expensive. Personally I would go for the Blue Snowball!

      Hope I helped,
      James

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  18. Hey James,
    I was wondering, what if you wanted to have a face cam, like some of the other gamers on youtube? Would you need to buy a video camera, or would the webcam on your computer work?
    Thanks,
    Abi

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    • Great question!

      The webcam on your computer would work, but it just depends on whether you happy with the quality of it. Most webcams aren’t in HD and therefore don’t have great quality; if your webcam is HD then I would advise to stick with it! However, if it is not, try a test-run with it and decide for yourself if you think the quality is okay. If not, then you should try looking online for a HD face-cam. You can pick a decent one up for a pretty low price.

      Hope I helped,
      James

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  19. How about the games? So you get all the equipment you need, set up your channel, presumably you need permission from the publishing house to broadcast their game..?

    What about titles others have streamed/let’s played – does that mean you can also stream it because they are, or is it possible they have an exclusive streaming license? I know that Nintendo, for example, don’t allow any of their games to be YouTubed with commentary or streamed..

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    • Great question,

      Most publishers allow you to broadcast their games on platforms, as this is essentially marketing their game! I’ve never come across a publisher for PlayStation or Xbox games that has prohibited players from streaming gameplay on the likes of YouTube, so you should be fine if you play on those consoles.

      On the other hand, Nintendo has always had a strange policy with being able to stream your videos on YouTube; following a change this year, gamers can now sign up to the Nintendo Creators Program, which allows you to earn part of the revenue earned through your YouTube channel, but it is only available in some countries. Furthermore, there is a strict list of games that you can stream, which you must stick to. If your channel has a game on it which is not on the list, then you must remove it or register each Nintendo video separately. In a nutshell, Nintendo are a pain when it comes to YouTube!

      Some YouTubers can get exclusive licenses to release early gameplay of a game, however, other streamers should then be able to share gameplay when the game releases. If you see other YouTubers playing a game when it as released, then you should be safe; however, it’s always a good idea to double check with 3rd party PC games and all Nintendo games!

      Hope I helped,
      James

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  20. I agree with this atricle found it helpful but can I use a webcam for youtube videos or do i need to have a camera? Do i need special lighting or can do th at insoftware?

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    • Hi Darian,

      It really depends on the quality of your webcam. Personally I have a standard webcam that isn’t HD so I wouldn’t personally use mine, but if you have a HD webcam then that would be a good idea! If you don’t use a webcam, you will need to use a camera instead.

      I don’t think you really need special lighting, as long as you have some light in your room lol. Most cameras these days can adjust to brightness etc. so I’m sure the lighting won’t be an issue.

      Hope I helped a little bit,
      James

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  21. What about the Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12? Would that be considered a decent editing software?

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    • I don’t personally have that software so I can’t really give you my opinion on it here, but I’ve heard quite a lot of good things about it. It’s a pretty cheap piece of editing software, so it would be great if you want to take your editing to the next level beyond the likes of the standard frer programs like Windows Movie Maker. I would advise to look up some reviews on it and make up your mind from there from there, however it sounds like a pretty worthy investment to me if you’re looking to take your YouTube channel more seriously.

      Best of luck,
      James

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  22. Hi James-
    My son would like to start a gaming channel. How do we record both the TV screen but then also him as he’s playing (which in other you tube videos usually shows up either to the left or in a little book in the bottom right hand corner)?
    Thanks!

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    • Hey Kristie,

      You can record your TV screen by using a capture card; I would personally recommend the Elgato Game Capture HD, which you can learn more about here.

      In order to record your son as he is playing, you will need to get a facecam. I personally don’t use a facecam, so I can’t offer you a recommendation of which one to get, but make sure to get a HD one and don’t spend too much on it! I would recommend looking at some YouTube videos about the best facecam to use with YouTube videos.

      Once you have decided which facecam you want to get, look up a YouTube video on how to set-up the Elgato with the name of that specific camera! If you can’t find a video tutorial about that specific camera, then just look at any video showing you how to set-up a facecam with the Elgato.

      Sorry I couldn’t help very much,
      James

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  23. Hey thanks for the info, I was wondering whether you needed both a tv and a monitor separate or can u use a monitor/tv in 1?

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    • You need the TV that your console is connected to and then the monitor or your PC/Laptop. If you use your console and your PC through a single monitor, this will work, but you will have to change the source on your TV/monitor. Therefore, although you don’t technically need two monitors, I would probably recommend it.

      Good luck!
      James

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      • Hey James, just to clarify you don’t need to have 2 monitors to use most capture cards, especially if internal. If you have an internal Capture Card then the chances are the input lag will be around 5-10ms if not less. Which means you can technically play from your computer. If you are using an external capture card, then all you need to do is push the record button and then change the source on your TV/Monitor to your xbox so you can play the game without the input lag.

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        • Yes, this is true – I completely forgot about internal capture cards; I have updated my previous comment. However, I wouldn’t say it is worth paying the extra money for an internal capture card unless you are a Twitch/YouTube streamer, as the only major benefit of them in comparison to external capture cards is that they reduce the input lag, especially when live streaming. It doesn’t make much of a difference when recording videos that aren’t live! However, there is the new Elgato Game Capture HD60 pro, which is an internal capture card and looks great.

          As for external capture cards, although you can run it through the same monitor that you are playing through the game through also, it isn’t really convenient as you have to keep changing the source on your TV, especially if you’re only trying to record smaller clips, as you’ll have to constantly change the source on your TV. However, I guess that this isn’t as much as a problem if you are recording longer bits of gameplay; also, if you are using the Elgato, you could use the ‘Flashback Recording’ feature, so you wouldn’t actually have to interact with the editing software at all!

          Thank you for correcting me,
          James

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  24. This site help thank you a lot bro.

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    • Not a problem, Eduar!

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  25. Hey James think for the cool info!, I was wondering if I could use a chromebook or a hp stream for a pc to start my youtube channel and software?

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    • Any PC will work with the Elgato (which is needed to record gameplay) as long as it has a 2GHz or higher dual core CPU or a 2GHz or higher multi-core i3, i5 or i7 CPU. The PC also needs at least 4GB space of RAM! You can check out the Elgato requirements for more information.

      That might seem like a mouthful, but all you need to do is look at the specifications of the specific PC that you want and see if they meet the requirements!

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  26. Hi,

    Sorry, some really silly questions, I have no idea how all of this works. Can you use the Xbox one stereo headset to record commentary? Does the commentary get recorded with the game play onto the capture card? Thanks 🙂

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    • Hi Lesley,

      I’m going to give you some advice; don’t use the Xbox One stereo headset for recording commentaries, even if you can. The quality is pretty poor. I would recommend the Astro A40 headset, as it has a decent mic and is a great headset in one! However, it is slightly on the expensive side, so you could buy and external microphone such as the Blue Snowball, which is pretty cheap.

      If you use the ‘live commentary’ feature within the Elgato software, your voice audio automatically goes over your gameplay! So yes, to answer your question.

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  27. Hi James. I have a 12 year old that wants to do a youtube channel. He is adamant about doing it right and of course I have no idea how much equipment he needs. He will be doing it from his xbox 360. If I get the elgato HD60 and the turtle beach ear force X12 is that all I need? Or do I need an extra mic? Thanks for your help on this.

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    • Hey Shirley,

      It’s great that your son has enthusiasm already to start a YouTube channel! The Elgato Game Capture and the Turtle Beach X12 would technically be all that he needs to record and do commentaries over gameplays. He wouldn’t need an extra mic unless he wanted higher voice-quality, but I wouldn’t say that matters all that much when he first starts up his channel.

      However, I would urge your son to think twice about starting a YouTube channel using his Xbox 360; in a year or two, there won’t even be new games on the Xbox 360, so if he wanted to continue making videos about new games, he wouldn’t be able to do so. Therefore, it could be a good idea for him to save up for a next-gen console like the Xbox One before starting his channel. I know this costs quite a lot, but it’s better than him buying all of that expensive recording equipment and then realizing that he hasn’t got any new games to play? I wrote a separate post on where it is worth upgrading to an Xbox One from an Xbox 360, so feel free to check that out!

      Thanks for your questions,
      James

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  28. This site is very well done. This website will help me in the future such as recommended items that I will need for my creation of gaming videos. I really appreciate this website!

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    • That really means a lot, Taj!

      Please don’t hesitate to drop a comment if you ever need help with anything. By the way, make sure to share your channel with me once you have it set-up, as I would love to see it!

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  29. Hi there my son is just starting you tubing he has a PS3 and brought a new microphone but not sure where to plug it in as his TV has no Mic sign on it can you help plz

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    • Hi there,

      Would you mind telling me what the mic is called so I can help you?

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  30. I wanted to start a YouTube channel for playthroghs of games on the PS3 and ps4.I have a decent mic and a decent editing software but I’m wondering if their are anymore good capture cards than the elgato? And how consistent should the uploads be?

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    • As alternatives to the Elgato, there are the likes of the Avermedia, Roxio and the HDPVR2, but I personally think the Elgato is the best one to go for out of these. However, there are in fact 3 different types of Elgatos:
      1) The standard Elgato as I talk about in this post
      2) The Elgato HD60 – allows you to stream in 1080p, 60 fps, rather than just 1080p 30 fps on the standard one.
      3) The Elgato HD60 Pro – this is an internal capture card which actually goes into your computer – the best thing it does it hugely minimize the delay time of footage when livestreaming.

      These 3 makes are at slightly different price levels, so choose the one that is most appropriate for you. However, if you’re on a strict budget, go for the standard one – don’t waste your money on other makes of capture cards, like the Roxio.

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  31. I’d like to start a gaming channel using my xbox1. The tips on the capture card really helped if u have any other tips for starting a YouTube channel on xbox1 it could really help me out thx!

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    • Hi Marcus,

      Once you have your equipment and have made some videos, there are a load of measures you can take to get your videos more views and ultimately get more subscribers. You want to find a ‘good keyword’ to base each video on. A keyword is simply a specific phrase. You can find good keywords from suggestions on YouTube search. For example, if you wanted to do a video on starting a gaming YouTube channel, you could type in the phrase “how to start a gaming”, several suggestions will come up. When a suggestion comes up, this means that people are searching for this term and this is the first sign of a good keyword.

      The second sign of a good keyword is that when you type the keyword into the search and enter it, the channels that come up at the top have a relatively low amount of subscribers. This means that they will be easier to overtake in the search rankings. Once you have found a good keyword to base your video on, make sure to include it in your title, description and tags!

      That’s just one tip, but it’s a very important one!

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  32. Is there any other tips you could give to help us get more subscribers and views? If so what would it be? Thank you. Great information. Truly helped!

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    • Hi Brendon,

      I could honestly right another whole entire post on this, but I’ll quickly summarize some of the main points for you here.

      Firstly, you should have a consistent uploading schedule; once a week is a good rate to start out at. If you can manage two videos a week, great! Another tip is to target topics which are at the tip of their popularity, but haven’t really been covered yet. This will get you ahead of your competition. If you really want to take YouTube seriously, you should do some research on YouTube SEO. You probably have no idea what that is, but the sooner you learn it, the easier YouTube will be for you.

      Good luck,

      James

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  33. You have a really good web site here it helped me a lot good luck in the future

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    • Thank you very much Zach, I appreciate your comment. If you need help with anything, feel free to let me know!

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  34. Why do you need a headset to make a video with commentary? Where do I plug it in for the commentary? Also, does the Elgato capture PC gameplay as well as PS4 and Xbox One gameplay?

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    • Hi Dylan,

      You’ll either need a headset or external microphone to make a video with commentary, as the mic is what you’ll record your voice with. It would be cheaper just to buy an external microphone, such as the Blue Snowball, but having a headset would allow you to hear the game audio through it as well, which is important to a lot of gamers. Depending on which headset/external microphone you are planning on getting, you would connect it in a certain way. However, typically you’d put a USB and the microphone and headset jack into your computer. You can look on YouTube for specific guides for the headset/microphone you’re looking at using!

      The Elgato can capture PC gameplay as well, but you may need an adapter depending on the ports that your PC has. You can read about that here. However, there are a load of free programs that you can use to record your PC screen – just search free pc recording programs in Google and a few should come up.

      Let me know what headset/microphone you’re looking at getting and I’ll let you know if it will work!

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  35. Im really struggling to find like a build like what you can get for a gaming channel for 800 bucks

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    • Hi there Jack,

      I’m going to assume that you already have a console or suitable PC for gaming. So here’s an ideal set-up:
      1)Elgato HD60/HD60 Pro – $140-$200
      2)A microphone – I would recommend the Samsun Go Mic with a windshield and stand for a cheap, but quality set-up – $50-100

      They’re only the mere essentials. You could invest a greater amount of money by getting an even better mic, such as the Blue Yeti Pro. You could also get a headset, such as the Astro A40. However, don’t spend an excessive amount of money! Remember, you’ve got to actually buy the games as well!

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  36. Why do we need a game capture card instead of a game capture aren’t they the same thing????????????????????????????????

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    • Yes, they are exactly the same thing, just different names for it. I would personally recommend the Elgato, as it’s unquestionably the best one out there. You can get different versions on the Elgato depending on what kind of budget you’re on; therefore it will cost anywhere between $100-200 if you get it brand new.

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  37. Would turtle beaches work for a gaming headset if I had an external mic if so what is the highest I should get currently I have x1 and they have good audio but a not so good mic

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    • Thank you Greyson, I will update this.

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  38. Hey thank you for that information it is very helpful. I am thinking about starting a youtube channel so i can make a little money. I have taken your info and gonna start my youtube channel thanks for your help james

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  39. Im thinking of making a YouTube channel am not sure what would be a good PC.

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    • I’m not a PC expert myself, but I would say as long as it exceeds the requirements of the Elgato and has a decent RAM capacity, it should do the job. I only have a £400 laptop myself, which does the job perfectly (I am not a PC gamer though, so if you are you should look at a much higher end PC).

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  40. you can easily download sony vegas pro for free just look up a youtube video on how to do it

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    • Yes, that is true Reck. However, it is technically illegal, so I’m not allowed to promote that kind of action.

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  41. Great article that has helped me a lot, just wondering though is there anything to stop the static or wind sound that you can hear during i am talking into the mic?

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    • If you are using a headset microphone, there isn’t too much you can do. Move the microphone away from where the air is going out of your mouth so that it doesn’t pick up the wind. You could also buy some microphone foam for the end of the mic if it doesn’t have it already, as this helps to reduce the wind noises. The static problem is most likely just how the microphone operates. You can edit it out on audacity, but I would really recommend getting an external mic, such as the Blue Yeti or the Blue Snowball.If using an external mic, you can get a pop filter, which stops popping/wind noises very effectively.

      Hope this helped,
      James

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  42. Great article that has helped me a lot, just wondering though is there anything to stop the static or wind sound that you can hear during i am talking into the mic?

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    • Hey Brandan,

      The static will be a result of either background noises in the room that you’re recording in or that your mic isn’t the best. Make sure any fans etc. are turned off when you’re recording to prevent background noise – you can remove a lot of background noise using audacity, so if the problem persists, just look up a few guides on YouTube for sorting it!

      As with the wind sound, you need a pop filter to sort this! This is basically a shield that goes over your microphone that prevents the wind sound, as well as B’s and P’s from sounding poor. This is only really appropriate if you’re using an external microphone though. If you’re using a headset microphone, you can look up microphone foam, which sets on the end of your mic and prevents some of the wind sounds. Also, you could try moving the mic away from being directly in-line with the area you’re speaking into, as this will cause most of your breathing etc. to miss it.

      However, if you do want the best microphone quality, you should consider buying an external microphone. I just picked up a Blue Yeti myself!

      All the best,
      James

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  43. I want to create a video for how to do round brush for blowouts, any recommendation for video editing software?

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    • I personally only have experience with Windows Movie Maker and Sony Vegas 13, and of course I would recommend the later of the 2. It does come with a hefty price tag, but there are ways to get it at a much discounted price, although I am not recommending you to do this as it is borderline ‘illegal’.

      Do some research into some more affordable editing software that has the capability to do what you want to do and that should be a better match if you want to get hold of the software completely legitimately.

      Sorry I wasn’t much help on this one,

      James

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  44. Hi think i need a bit of help. My son wants to make his gaming blogs better so has asked for all this stuff for christmas. He wants to video himself at the same time though so what would he need to do that? Thanks

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    • Hi there,

      In order for him to run a gaming channel, he’ll need an Elgato, a microphone, a compatible PC/Mac and a console if that’s what he’s using. Having a headset is more of a bonus, unless he wants to use that for his microphone as well.

      If he wants to record himself at the same time, he’ll need a FaceCam camera. You can read about them here. This will provide much better quality than just a standard cellphone camera and will make his videos more professional. You don’t have to spend much on these; you can buy a decent low budget facecam for as low as £19.99 and of course the price tag goes up with quality, but don’t go spending to much on it! Some content creators like to use green screens with their facecams, which basically makes your face transparent on the gameplay, meaning that you won’t be able to see the background that the camera shows. However I don’t think this is necessary when starting out, especially since he’s a kid!

      After you do have the facecam, the Elgato software (that you will be able to download for free with the Elgato) has a feature that uses the webcam and sticks it in the top corner of the screen. You can also use other programmes to position where the webcam is on the screen, but it’s best to start simple.

      Hope this helped,
      James

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  45. Zup James.
    Do ya think turtle beach px22 headsets mic would be good enough for commentaries?
    Good tips btw.

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    • Hi Seb,

      I do know a streamer that uses the Turtle Beach PX22’s and he manages to get surprisingly good audio quality. However, I also know someone that got the Turtle Beach PX24’s (which are supposed to be better) and he had a poor experience with them. So it would be a bit of a gamble going for them, and even if they did sound ok, the audio quality still wouldn’t be ‘the best’.

      If you already have this headset, then feel free to use it for your first few videos and see how it goes. However, if you’re considering buying them at this moment in time for the microphone, then I would encourage you not to. They cost around $50, and for the same price, you can get the Blue Snowball, an external microphone with a MUCH better audio quality. Alternatively, you could get the Samson Go Mic, which is even cheaper at $40, but still have very good audio quality for its price.

      I would also recommend getting a windshield, as this stops the p’s and b’s making a wind sound when you speak. You can also get a stand if you need one, but the Blue Snowball does already come with a stand.

      Hope this helped!
      James

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      • Hi there James,
        Your website is VERY handy, you seem like a very nice person, I am on the xbox 360, and my gamertag is Electro7505, it’d be fun to play a few games, I play Minecraft, Forza Horizon 2, and a few other games. Also, what is your channel, I’d like to see it for inspiration,
        Thanks,
        Electro

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        • Hi Electro,

          I’m glad that you find the website useful! I currently play mostly on the Xbox One myself, but it was the Xbox 360 before that. Are you planning on starting a channel yourself?

          I have a joint YouTube channel with a friend as I don’t have enough time to manage it myself, but I tend to keep it disassociated from my website for the time being. However, I would be more than happy to give you a hand with your channel if you ever need help.

          All the best,
          James

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  46. Hi my son is 6 and he really wants to be a you tuber. i on the other hand have no idea how to set him up. Thanks I got some good ideas.

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  47. One other question. He currently uses a PC. Ideally should he have the Xbox 1? I am in a position to order a laptop, tablet or IPad through work. Which one would be best for his needs? Also when he is out and out will he need a video camera?

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    • Hi Lindsey,

      It’s great that you’re son has inspiration to start YouTube at such a young age! If he uses a PC for gaming, that is absolutely fine if that is what he prefers to play on; in the article I mentioned that you need a capture card to record gameplay if you have a console (Xbox One, PS4 etc.), but if he wants to record PC gameplay, this isn’t actually necessary as there is free recording software out there. Click here to check out some of them.

      If he wants to record gameplay on the Xbox One, then he’ll need an Elgato Game Capture and a PC that has sufficient specs, which you can view here.

      Also, regardless of whether he’ll use a PC or Xbox One to record gameplay on, he’ll need a microphone (if he wants to record his voice of course). A cheap microhpone like the Samson Go Mic or the Blue Snowball might be ideal. And what do you mean by when he is ‘out and out’? A video camera is optional depending on whether he wants to record his face as well.

      One thing I should point out though is that the age of 6 is very young to start a YouTube channel, as it is quite hard work and can get technical. Also, YouTube states that you need to be at least 13 to be a content creator on YouTube, so you would be breaching that term at your own risk.

      If you have any more questions or would like more specific details, please feel free to leave another question 🙂

      All the best,
      James

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  48. Hi James,
    Thank you so much for all of this great information! I just wanted a little advice. My son is 9 and he has been making videos on youtube for some time. He loves it and he wants to get better. I am buying him a PC for Christmas so he can make that his video making central. Right now he uses his PS4 or his grandparents PC.
    So just to confirm…. he needs to get the Elgato game capture, and the Astro headset and mic.. I think we will go this way instead of using a separate mic for now.
    I am not sure if he wants his face to show, but if he does, then he needs an external camera so his face shows? Do you know of any good ones?
    We will go with the editing system that goes with the computer…editing is something he really wants to master so I think starting off small and then see how he progresses… then move on to the higher end.

    He has a true passion for gaming, and I told him its not going to be easy.. hard work and determination is going to go a long way. I listed his site below to see if you could check it out and see where he needs to improve, besides in the hardware. Thank you so much James!!

    Jayden the Gamer – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChcz5WWkhEp5A-8ns-Sne_Q

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    • Hi Sarah,

      It’s awesome that your son has a passion for making YouTube videos at such a young age; I checked out his channel (and subscribed by the way)and he seems to have got his first few videos up already, so congratulations to him.

      Now, the thing you have to be careful about when getting a PC for gaming is that every game requires specific technical requirements from the PC. These can be pretty demanding, especially for newer game such as Black Ops 3, meaning that you’ll have to get a pretty high end PC (which can cost a lot) in order for these games to run smoothly. If you have in mind any games that he wants to get on the PC, I would recommend searching “[game title] PC requirements”, and this should give you a good idea what PC he’ll require. However, if he’s only really concerned about playing browser games, such as Roblox and Slither etc, such high PC requirements are not needed at all.

      The Elgato Game Capture is definitely my #1 recommended capture card, making it essential for recording gameplay on consoles, and although it also works very well on PC, there are actually some free alternatives. There are screen capture programs out there, which you can check out here, that might be worth testing out first. If you still want to go for the Elgato, that’s absolutely fine, as long as there is a HDMI output port on the PC (if not you can get an adapter). Click here to read more about setting up the Elgato with a PC.

      The Astro is an amazing headset, but the quality of the microphone isn’t sensational, yet it’s certainly better than a regular PC mic. If this is what you’re happy with, go for it. However, if it’s more so the microphone you’re concerned about rather than the headset, you can get one like the Blue Snowball, which has better microphone quality and is less than half of the price of the Astro. It’s very simple to set as well – just plug a USB into your PC!

      In terms of facecams (external cameras), I’m not so knowledgeable as I don’t personally use one myself. Therefore I would recommend doing a little research elsewhere for this, as there’s no point in me giving you false advice. However, they’re not absolutely necessary and can sometimes look messy on top of gameplay; but they can certainly have their advantages, especially if his channel is going to be more orientated towards commentaries rather than gameplay videos.

      I hope you found this useful and I wish Jayden the best of luck with his channel! If you ever need any help/advice or tips for growing the channel, always feel free to ask.

      All the best,
      James

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  49. would using imovie to edit make top quality videos? or would you recommend something else?

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  50. Hey James I wanted to start a YouTube Channel I wanted to know if my hp would support games such as : Minecraft and Black ops 2 , On the elgato . Also I wanted to know if I bought an external microphone, how would I get my friends voice with mine in my videos . Would they need to buy a mic ?

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    • Hey Kenzie,

      This would depend on the specific HP you have and the specs on it. Search the specs of your specific model and take note of things such as the RAM, Ghz, processor and the graphics card. Then search for the requirements of the specific game you want to play on it and see if your PC’s specs are good enough. If you’re not sure, try searching “does [your HP model name/processor name] work with [game]?” and you should get some answers.

      It’s quite likely that you’ll be able to play Minecraft, even with an average PC, as the spec requirements aren’t very high. However, with Black Ops 2 I imagine they will be higher, so you’ll probably need a higher-end PC to run that smoothly. Also, make sure to search the Elgato PC requirements before you get it; I believe your PC needs at least a 2Ghz processor and at least 4GB RAM, although I recommend more than that. I made the mistake of getting an Elgato when my PC wasn’t good enough to run it, so I had to upgrade!

      Now, the way you record the voice of your friends depends on what console you’re on. If you’re on PC, which it sounds like you are, the process is quite a lot easier – so the answer is yes, you can. Also, they don’t need to buy an external mic as well for this to work. You’ll be able to record their voice as long as they have any kind of mic (because how else would you hear them in the first place?). I would recommend looking up a YouTube tutorial on how to record your friends’ voices as well as your own, as it will be easier for you to understand that way.

      Best of luck with your channel!
      James

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  51. Hi James,
    I read your article along with many others and I do have a few questions.
    First question: I have the TB x12 headset for my 360 and one. I don’t have a headset for the Ps4 and laptop that I have. Is there any way I can set up my TBs to my laptop/ps4? If not, do you have any cheap suggestions?? Also would it be an ok idea to buy a used Elgato? Can I even do that??

    Second question: I have a seasonal lifeguard job and while I’m only 16 I pay for almost everything I have. So, I’m not too sure that I’m going to be able to afford new games when they come out or even after they’ve been out for a while. Are old games going to be enough to keep my subs happy?

    Third question: Where is the best place to find people to play with online with and collab with in videos when I do get my channel up and running? My usual buddies have stopped playing and some games are only interesting with others (GTA5 online)

    Fourth question: I need to change my GT on Xbox live. I’ve been debating it for a while and I’m never to sure what to do. I’m not too sure that $10 is worth a name change, but Its still the same one from when I made my account back in 2011. Should I just use the GT generator and name my channel that, keep my old GT, or just use my name?

    Sorry for all the questions you’ve probably already been asked but I need to do my research before I get into this lol.

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    • Hi Anna, I’ll happily answer your questions.

      1) I think you need a PS4 chat cable for the Turtle Beach X12’s to work on the PS4, since the jack that goes into the controller is 2.5mm, whereas the PS4 controller requires a 3.5mm jack. However, the PS4 chat cable sorts this problem, which you can pick up for about $5 or so. Some people were saying that you might need an analog to optical converter as well, but I’m not too sure about that one. You can definitely set them up with your PC, though – check out this tutorial to see how. Buying a used Elgato is absolutely fine and actually a pretty good idea if you ask me – I grabbed mine off eBay for a second hand price, but it was still pretty much brand new. You’ll probably save $30-$50 doing this.

      2) That’s impressive that you can pay for pretty much everything you have at 16. How do you like the job? I totally understand your point about struggling to afford new games when they come out. I personally do online work to gather the funds for these, although I can’t buy every one of course. I would be lying if I said gaining many subs with old games is easy – it’s going to be a lot harder to get discovered since not as many people will be searching for them compared to old games. Sure, you can play them, but I would really make an effort to play new games as well. Save up for one new game that you really like the look of and create a bunch of content on it. It will be more rewarding than playing much older games, although there are some people that still do this. It kind of depends what you mean by ‘old games’. If you’re referring to the likes of Red Dead Redpemption than you’re not going to have much success. But if you’re referring to games like GTA 5 then that’s fine, since that game STILL has a big player base.

      3) Good question. When you build out your channel you should be trying to target a specific genre of games, so that you can build an audience that love all of your content. As you produce content within this genre/niche, you’ll have to do quite a bit of research into what people are searching for and how to make your videos better than your competitors etc. Through doing this you’ll find a lot of YouTubers that make quite similar content to you – you’ll want to look for YouTubers that make quality content, but have low subscriber bases (preferably <500). Contact them through Twitter or send them a DM explaining how you would like to collaborate. Try to be professional and in-depth in your proposal and hopefully they'll reply - as long as you have good content on your channel, they should be up for it! Also make sure to join lots of gaming communities, as you should find fellow content creators within these, such as in YouTube Gaming. You could also try sites such as 'GrapeVineLogic' etc., but I think there is a subscriber requirement for this, so save that one for later down the line.

      4) Haha, I recently went through this process as well and ended up spending what was a seemingly wasteful $10 on a name change. I definitely wouldn't choose your channel name based upon a randomly generated GT. It might take a while to think of, but you want to think of a name that is brandable, sticks in your memory and that reflects YOU. Then changing your GT name to that would be more professional, but honestly, I wouldn't make this your primary concern. The viewers will hardly notice and the $10 would probably be better off going to towards getting new games. Also, since it seems like you're planning on playing the PS4 and PC as well, is it really worth paying $10 just to change your name on one of the three platforms you play on?

      If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them here and I'll be more than happy to help! 🙂

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  52. I want to buy some equipment for my son for Christmas as he is very much into Youtube and gaming and I think he would enjoy making his own channel. Does he need a camera for non-game posts? If so what would you recommend?

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    • Hi Debbie,

      Personally I don’t use a camera for vlogging, so I can’t give you any recommendations from my own experience. However, there are a lot of gaming YouTubers that do use them to show their reaction in-game or just talking to their subscribers. I tend to just commentate over gameplay, myself. So the answer is… it’s optional. It’s personal preference as to whether you’re comfortable with revealing your face on videos to the world, really. Do you think this is something he’d want to do? Do you know what type of videos he’d be interested in making?

      Search up “best cheap facecams for YouTube” and you should get a good idea as to what some of the best ones are. Sorry that I couldn’t give a personal recommendation in this case!

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  53. James,

    Thanks for the great advice. Excuse me if this is a very basic question but my son wants to start a channel though most of the games he plays (clash royal, clash of clans, etc.) are on the phone or tablet. Can he still do it? I am assuming yes since he watches a lot of videos of it. Would he use the same equipment or would he need more (or less)?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Tom

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    • Great question Tom!

      If you have a Mac of at least OS X Yosemite or later and if the the Apple device that he wants to record on is of at least IOS 8, you can actually record the screen with a ‘Lightning Cable’, connecting the device to the Mac and using the software QuickTime Player. This only costs around $10, so it’s by far the cheapest option.

      However, if you don’t have a Mac, then the best way is to use the Elgato Game Capture as I explained in this post, but make sure that you have a PC that meets the Elgato requirements. You’ll also need an Apple Digitial AV Adapter, which costs around $40, so this is an additional expense. However, a headset isn’t really necessary for a YouTube set-up with an iPhone/iPad, so that’s an expense saved in comparison to if you wanted to start a YouTube Gaming channel on a console. However, you will need an external microphone to record his voice through, as your computer microphone isn’t going to sound professional at all. On a low budget, I would recommend the Blue Snowball, which costs around $50, or if you’re on a higher budget then you could look into the Blue Yeti.

      I hope this helped – if you have any further questions, please let me know.

      James

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      • Hey James

        I’m pretty much in the same boat, but except I’m the kid, 14, anyway, I was just about to buy the snowball mic, when I found my dad’s $300 zoom h4n handy recorder, so I’m very grateful to have found that

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        • Wow, well that recorder will come in handy! Don’t worry about your age – I’m actually quite a youngster myself, and it really doesn’t matter, as long as you’re not ‘squeaky’ if you know what I mean.

          How are you doing with gathering the rest of the equipment, such as the Elgato?

          Let me know how you get on!

          All the best,
          James

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  54. Thanks for the advice it really helped me decide the equipment for to create my YouTube channel full time, but if i wanted to put a facecam in my videos what would be the best webcam to use?

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    • Hi Akayla,

      I’m glad the guide helped you out. I don’t personally use a webcam, so I don’t have one that I can recommend as such, however I would recommend buying a ‘facecam’ if you want to record your face. Also, you should evaluate what your max budget for one is – you definitely want it to be HD and of a suitable size to work with your setup, at least.

      Once you have established your maximum budget, search “best webcams under [budget]” and you should get some good ideas. Read a number of reviews, look at the advantages and disadvantages of each. If you find a facecam you like, search it on Amazon and read the product reviews, as they are completely honest, whereas sometimes reviews on other websites can be biased. Also, look at your favorite YouTubers and have a dig around to find out which facecam they use if you like it (although it might be slightly on the expensive side).

      Sorry that I couldn’t give you a personal recommendation in this instance, but I hope I helped somewhat nevertheless.

      Good luck with starting your channel!

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  55. Hello! This was very helpful. Do you have a recommendation on a good screen recorder? or Editing software? I don’t mind if they cost money. I’m willing to do whatever it takes. i have dreamed of being a youtuber. I want to be one when I’m older, and i have been gaming for more than i can remember. So many youtubers inspire me. Like markiplier, jacksepticeye, crankgameplays, maybe i could meet them one day thanks to you.
    Thank you,
    Marina

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    • Hi Marina, thanks for the kind words.

      As for screen recorders, there are actually plenty of decent FREE ones out there (if you’re referencing to PC screen recorders). I would personally recommend the Microsoft Expression Encoder 4, as it’s completely free and it records in HD 🙂 You can download it here.

      However, the Elgato is definitely still a viable option (click here for setup and the Pro version of it is brilliant if you want to get into livestreaming.

      As for editing software, you have a lot more options. Personally, I’ve only properly used good old Movie Maker (free), iMovie (Free but Mac only) and Sony Vegas Pro, which is probably the best editing software out there but is very expensive. There are ways of getting Sony Vegas for free, which you could find out about which a few searches, but it’s illegal and puts your computer at risk to getting viruses, so in no way am I endorsing doing such a thing.

      If you would like something better than the standard Movie Maker, but not something as highly priced as Sony Vegas, firstly establish your max budget and then search “best editing software for youtube under [budget]”. This should give you some good ideas!

      I wish you the best of luck with your channel, Marina!

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  56. I know this is a few years old but I was just wondering if all this applies or is there other parts which would need to be added to help me start up my gaming account

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    • Hi Louis,

      Yes this all certainly still applies. However, this guide is merely giving you an idea as to what equipment you need to start a gaming YouTube channel, not the techniques etc. that you should use when getting a YouTube channel rolling. I’m currently writing an eBook on an ultimate guide for starting a gaming YouTube channel, so that should be useful to you when I release it.

      However, I would focus on making videos on things that people are searching for, but try and target videos that other big YouTubers haven’t already covered. This way, your content will be discovered more easily. Also, try and stick to a regular uploading schedule and keep an active social media account for your YouTube channel.

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  57. You don’t need a capture card on pc some pc has settings to record the screen
    or websites.

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    • Yes, that is true Bob. However, it is still a viable option and will make the experience easier, especially if you want to livestream, in which case the Elgato ‘Pro’ would be especially good because it has a minimal delay time.

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  58. I have a Xbox 1 and I want to start a YouTube channel but do I still need to have the editing software on my computer?

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    • If you want to make professional videos, yes. Even something as simple as Movie Maker (which is free with Windows) will do for starting out, as it will allow you to compile various segments of commentary and footage together, put in funny edits, pictures etc. If your videos are just pure gameplay and perhaps some continuous commentary but with no editing, they’re going to be very dull and they’re not going to get much traction.

      YouTube is already very saturated, so you need your content to stand out – and the best way to do that is the make great content, which people will share and interact with naturally. Make sure you also have a decent microphone, such as the Blue Yeti or the Blue Snowball; it makes a big difference!

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