Been experimenting a bit more with video today. Specifically, I had a play with the PlayStation 4’s app ShareFactory, which allows you to take video clips and screenshots you’ve saved while playing PS4 games, then edit them together with commentary, music, transitions and effects into something that can then be rendered and uploaded (almost) directly to YouTube, Facebook or DailyMotion.
ShareFactory is a decent bit of software, it turns out, and works quite nicely with the DualShock 4 controller. Its interface is initially a little difficult to parse, since it’s largely icon-based and not immediately apparent what all of said icons are actually for, but once you get your head around it it mostly works well.
ShareFactory is no Final Cut, obviously, but then it doesn’t need to be. To make an effective gameplay video, all you need at most is the game footage along with perhaps some still images, some music and some commentary. There’s no real need for multiple tracks of video or anything like that — though I believe ShareFactory does support picture-in-picture if you have a PlayStation camera — because you’re not making a multi-angle extravaganza of a movie; you’re making a video about a game.
I learned something else while making my ShareFactory project, too; I much prefer making videos that are “pre-scripted” rather than improvised Let’s Play-style videos. This is probably due to the fact that I also prefer watching videos that are pre-scripted rather than improvised Let’s Play-style videos. I grew up on traditional media, remember; I’m not really interested in watching Kids React To Something Pretty Mundane, nor am I interested in listening to someone’s reactions in real time as they play something for the first time. I am, however, interested in seeing video used in the “documentary” style; footage of something relevant, with explanatory commentary over the top. This sort of thing doesn’t have to be dry and boring, either; more importantly, though, it tends to be a lot more concise, with pre-scripted videos more often than not clocking in at considerably lower durations than Let’s Plays.
More to the point, though, it means that I can write something in a “traditional” manner, then just read it out (with feeling!) when it comes to time to record the video. The only real difference is that in the script I found it was a good idea to mark where different video clips/sections should begin. That really helped with editing later, particularly with the way ShareFactory’s workflow goes. I could take a clip at a time, record the commentary, then trim/split the clips down to fit the commentary afterwards. After that it was a simple matter to upload it to YouTube and share it with the world.
What’s that? You want to see it for yourself? Okay then!