YOUTUBE : Create a Successful Gaming Channel
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YOUTUBE : Create a Successful Gaming Channel

Successful no nonsense tool kit on how to create, record, edit, publish and promote your new channel
4.7 (33 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
207 students enrolled
Created by Stephen Beak
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create new and original YouTube content from scratch
  • Learn audio editing techniques to make even "okay" sounding mics great
  • Simple video editing to keep the production flow moving
  • How to compress and convert in to any format you want
  • Learning how to use keywords in description, title and meta tags to get some SEO knowledge
  • Tips and tricks on how to promote new videos on forums to get the ball rolling
  • Learn how to plan your channel to hit your $3'000 target
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  • You need to know what YouTube is, I'll show you the rest
  • You can choose any video editing software, all methods I use work in the majority of video editing suites
  • The Screen Capture software is Open Broadcaster Software - free and open source
  • The Audio software is Audacity - Free and open source

Wanting to create and publish popular YouTube videos?

Struggling with finding subscribers and getting views?

Is your goal to make money and earn from doing what you enjoy?

This course covers it all. From starting out advice, using the proper software, understanding all the nitty gritty settings, clearing up audio and how to put everything together.

The course is put in to sections, so even if you're not a gamer, you will still learn a lot about YouTube content creation.

All fluff removed! I'm not going to make you sit through 6 hours of nothing.If you don't learn something new every 2 minutes, then take us up on our 30 day money back

YOUTUBE Create a gaming channel Is a fully comprehensive course from beginning to end.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to play games for a living!
  • Anyone who wants to create YouTube content, and earn from it
  • I created a brand new channel (0 subs 0 views) for this course, so you don't even need a channel for it
  • If you don't like learning new things, and are happy sitting in a cubicle from 9 to 5, then this course is NOT for you
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
Preparing for YouTube Sucess
3 Lectures 13:46

This video introduces you to me very briefly, then we take a look at the thought process and the breakdown of my YouTube Gamer's course.

Preview 05:01

In this video, we discuss what you need in order for your channel to be successful. We discuss popular topics, go through some examples and give a few suggestions on how you can make your own choice. It's a very good idea to go through this before you start recording.

Preview 06:06

Checking Terms and Conditions for Recording rights and YouTube publishing
Screen Capture Software - Open Broadcaster Software
11 Lectures 30:42

OBS is incredibly power screen capture software and is used by many YouTube creators. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux machines. If you want to create high quality videos for your YouTube channel, then I highly recommend you add this piece of software to your tool kit. Visit to get it.

Preview 02:07

If you want to compete with other YouTube creators, you need to make sure you have professional looking video. This video is part 1 in the settings, we go through all the necessary steps to make sure you get the right settings for your recordings. Don't worry, once it is set, you don't have to keep changing them !

Open Broadcaster Software Part 1 - Introducing and General Settings

It is important to maintain high standards when recording video if you want to compete with all the other YouTube content creators. Encoding is one of the key settings that needs to be understood and set properly in order to get the best quality video. This video runs through what the various options are, and I give some advice and show you what settings I use to record my gameplay. These are also the actual settings I used for recording this course!

Open Broadcaster Software Part 2 - Encoding for YouTube

OBS can also allow you to stream your monitor to services like Twitch, and this is briefly discussed. However, for our YouTube content that we are making, we want to stick with recording to our Hard Drives so that we can edit in the highest possible quality. We are competing with thousands of other YouTube creators.

Open Broadcaster Software Part 3 - Broadcast Settings

OBS allows you to even select which graphics card and which monitor you want to record from. This area allows you to select your base resolution and even allows for on the fly downscaling of your resolution. We want our YouTube videos to ideally be in HD (1080p). This video quickly runs you through the explanation of these options.

Open Broadcaster Software Part 4 - Video Settings

While we are going to be using Audacity for our recordings, OBS is still decent at recording your microphone. There are settings which allow you to boost your desktop sound or mic sound when recording, as well as how to play around with your push-to-talk settings to get the best out of it. If you want your YouTube videos to be clear and audible, then don't skip over this step.

Open Broadcaster Software Part 5 - Audio Settings

Hotkeys allows you to control the basic functions of OBS without having to alt+tab out and click on it everytime. You can set your start and stop recording, streaming, replay buffer and quite a few other options here. I only use the start and stop recording along with the push-to-talk feature, but perhaps you'd like to use more.

Open Broadcaster Software Part 6 - Hotkeys

This video is a little more technical and covers some of the harder to understand options. Each of the important settings is discussed and I show you my settings which should work on most machines. Everything is setup for higher quality to make sure your YouTube videos stand out from the competition.

Open Broadcaster Software Part 7 - Advanced Settings

OBS also uses Quick Sync Encoder which is possibly the best encoding algorithm for Intel Chipset Graphics. This is more for people who are using onboard graphics cards and don't have one that offers NVENC. They are unfortunately often under powered GPU (graphics processing units) when compared to dedicated graphics cards, so it is important to spend some time here to get the best possible blend of quality and performance to ensure highest possible YouTube video quality.

Open Broadcaster Software Part 8 - Quick Sync Encoder settings for Intel Chipset

As important as getting the right settings are, they mean nothing without knowing how to use the the actual software itself. Once setup correctly, it is quite easy to use. We discuss sources and how to play around with super imposing images on top.

This will give you the raw video you will need in order to start creating your YouTube videos.

Preview 07:43

Some of the most popular YouTube videos are of people playing games, and using a webcam. Having a face on the screen helps people connect to your channel and often more likely to subscribe to your YouTube channel. This video takes you through a quick run through of how to do this in OBS.

I use MineCraft as the game, because it is so incredibly popular. Over 47 billion views on YouTube back in 2014, so by now that number would most likely be closer to 60 billion. 

Use the knowledge you learnt from the OBS videos and integrate a video capture device. In this case, a webcam.

Adding a WebCam to your YouTube video
Audio Recording - Using Audacity
2 Lectures 10:07

Audacity is a lot simpler to use than professional recording software like CuBase and ProTools. However, the recording quality is absolutely fantastic and it is still feature rich. To make things even better, it is free and opensource! So keeping your budget as low as possible you can still create amazing quality YouTube videos.

Downloading Audacity - It's 100% free folks

Please excuse the lower quality audio recording. Because I was using Audacity in this video as the example, I could not record with it at the same time.

In this video, I show you the most important tools in Audacity to clean up your audio and give you a more professional sound. This will work even for less than expensive microphones, although, if possible it is a good idea to get a good microphone. I personally use the Rode NT-USB.

Using Audacity to clean up your YouTube Video's Sound
Editing your YouTube videos
6 Lectures 41:34

YouTube offers their content creators quite a few tools to help them along the way. One of the most useful ones (in my humble opinion) is the library of free to use music. This video walks you through how to find free to use music through YouTube.

Downloading Free to Use Music from YouTube

Camtasia (and some other recording software) cannot read all formats and sometimes struggles with OBS files. Handbrake is a fantastic tool to use to convert these files. The compression ratio is also fantastic and is often used to squash your final file so it is easier and quicker to upload to YouTube.

Using Handbrake to convert and compress your YouTube videos

Movie Maker is very limited with regards to its functionality, but it does speed up video very well. I often speed up sections of my YouTube videos, especially for less interesting content that does not need to be played at normal speed. With this particular video, it is the main feature.

In this video, I walk you through the steps on how to make a time-lapse video for your YouTube channel, might be something you would also want to do.

Editing your YouTube video - Using Movie Maker to do Time Lapse

Now that you have recorded fantastic quality video, fantastic audio and you've cleaned up the audio, we need to stick it together for the final product. This video shows you how I use that clicking sound to quickly synchronise your audio and video files for your final YouTube video.

How to Synchronise Your Audio and Video Files

We all make mistakes, we all sometimes say "ummmm" too often, but people don't want to hear that. In this video I show you my mistakes and how I remove them to give my videos more of a flow. Once you know what to look for, you'll see that most of the top YouTube content creators do it.

Editing your YouTube video - cutting out mistakes and boring bits

If you have a section of gameplay with no music or talking, or perhaps you know that you are going to be cutting a lot of clips and want consistant music instead of your in game music getting chopped up, then you may want to add music later.

In this clip, I show you how I added ALL the music to the YouTube video that I uploaded and talk you through all my decisions on how to fit it in.

Editing your YouTube video - adding music to gameplay
YOUTUBE - Setting up your account and channel, how to upload and publish videos
6 Lectures 23:51

In this video, you will learn the steps on how to create your YouTube channel so we can start getting ready to earn

YouTube Channel Creation

In order to show videos longer than 15 minutes and to allow Google Adsense (to earn money!) you need to verify your account. It's not a difficult process, just follow the steps and you ought to be fine.

How to verify your YouTube account

If you are wanting to keep backups of all your videos, or if you don't have lightning fast upload speeds then you might want to first compress your produced file. This will allow you to save HD space as well as reduce the amount of time it takes to upload to YouTube. On an average day,

In this video I use our completed 2GB file to compress down to under 1GB with very little loss to quality.

How to compress your file for easier YouTube upload

One of the easiest parts of the course, and yet the most important. Here we get to upload our completed and compressed file to YouTube and release it to the world!

Time to upload to YouTube !

The next step in branding your new YouTube channel is setting your art. This video walks you through how and where you can set up your YouTube channel art.

Setting your YouTube Channel Art

Annotations is what we use to add popups to your videos, they can be used in a number of ways. I set 3 annotations in this YouTube video, and talk you through the process. Before you start linking to various websites, make sure you have read through YouTube's T&C's as well as their community guidelines to make sure that your links are fine.

Add Annotations to your YouTube video
After you have posted your YouTube video
4 Lectures 39:51

So now you have your YouTube video up and running! But as a new channel with 1 video and 0 subscribers, you're not going to see a lot of traffic even with the perfect keywords. So you need to look outside of YouTube to bring in your first set of interested people.

Posting links to your YouTube video on forums

The old school approach of just stuffing certain keywords in to your videos are gone. YouTube have become a lot better at picking out this spammy sort of behaviour and with the revision of how your videos are ranked with regards to SEO has changed the entire approach.

One thing that remains, is that you need to be consistent. Repeating certain keywords will definitely help, but they need to be structured correctly otherwise they will get flagged. Watch the video to see how I decided on the YouTube keywords that I will use for this video.

How to publish your YouTube video - keywords, meta tags and GO!!!

You have watched the entire YouTube video in all its nitty gritty pieces, here is the final product. I understand if you don't watch the entire thing, it is only interesting to people who play that particular game. But now you can see how the completed product looks.

The Final Product - Full YouTube video that I uploaded

We smashed my target of a couple hundred views on a brand spanking new channel.

1'800 views on YouTube in about 30 hours! New channel, only video!
FAQ Answers
1 Lecture 01:19

I have been asked a few times as to why I don't just use Camtasia for the entire process instead of using OBS for my YouTube videos. I find that OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) works much better than Camtasia for screen recording.

I recorded the same clip from a popular game called Warframe, using both Camtasia and OBS. I made a split screen so you can see the difference. Camtasia used up far more CPU usage and the file size was significantly higher. Both raw videos were close to 1 minute 30, Camtasia took up over 2 gigs and OBS used 440mb.

Camtasia also suffered from a buffering issue which causes the video to pause every now and then.

Why use OBS instead of Camtasia for YouTube videos ?
Off the beaten path - expanding your YouTube content beyond your PC
1 Lecture 03:34

According to Google, as of late 2015 there are 1.4 billion active Android devices out there. The Android games are becoming more popular on YouTube and many famous YouTube creators are now focusing on this platform.

This lecture shows you a piece of software called BlueStacks which allows you to easily run Android on your PC and how to record it. Giving you the power of your PC to play most of the popular Android Games. 

Preview 03:34
About the Instructor
Stephen Beak
4.6 Average rating
236 Reviews
7,041 Students
5 Courses
Home Entrepreneur, and loving it

I have been working from home for myself for nearly ten years. Much of my work gets automated which leaves me with time to learn new things.

I have been a successful Forex Trader and designer/builder of E-Commerce sites, enough to support my family of 6.

My career has lead me to not only working to earn money directly for myself, but also several consulting positions. I don't want a full time job because I enjoy the freedom that my lifestyle offers me too much :D