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How to make videos for a gaming channel 

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Are you an avid gamer? Want to create gaming videos like PewDiePie and JuegaGerman? YouTube has over 40 million active gaming channels and generated over 100 billion watch time hours in the past year. So there’s no surprise gaming is one of the most popular and lucrative niches on YouTube. 

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You too can join these talented creators with loyal followings when you have the right video editing software and know-how to create fast-paced, entertaining videos. 

Read on to explore everything you need to know about gaming videos and our step-by-step guide to making videos for a gaming channel using Clipchamp’s free online video editor. We look at:

  • What are online gaming videos or gameplay videos? 

  • 10 popular gaming genres with examples 

  • Top 6 most popular gaming genres on YouTube like walkthroughs, humor and Let's Play

  • Make gaming videos like a pro with the right console, lighting, screen recorder and editing software

  • How to edit gaming videos for YouTube

  • FAQs

What are online gaming videos or gameplay videos?

Gaming videos are screen recorded or recorded live stream videos of a person playing an online video game. Whether you’re playing on a PS5, Xbox One, PC, or Mac, viewers are drawn into watching any game, especially if you’re a pro. Viewers can watch a specific game played in real-time, or a recorded video upload, with the gamer’s webcam in the corner of their screen. 

Gaming has gone mainstream, with 64% of the US population over the age of 13 playing video games every day. But the popularity is also reflected in the videos people watch on YouTube as well. The most famous YouTuber in the world PewDiePie’s main focus was gaming videos including live streams of him playing when he started. Boasting over 110 million subscribers, gaming-related channels are some of the most popular on YouTube. 

So why do people enjoy watching someone else play a video game when they can play it themselves? 48% of YouTube gamers say they spend more time watching gaming videos on YouTube than actually playing the games themselves. Gamers have a highly influential audience as they like to be a part of a community, feel accepted, and escape from reality, all while learning new gaming skills. 

The online gaming community has a variety of genres and subgenres to understand. Let’s take a look at the top 10 most relevant video game categories on YouTube and their examples. 

  1. Sandbox: Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, and The Sims.

  2. Real-time strategy: Warcraft, Age of Empires, and Command & Conquer. 

  3. Shooter: Halo, Gears of War, and DOOM. 

  4. Multiplayer online battle arena: Dota 2, League of Legends, and Smite. 

  5. Role-playing games: Skyrim, The Witcher 3, and Fallout 4. 

  6. Simulation and sports: Forza Motorsport, Madden NFL, and NBA2K. 

  7. Puzzlers and party games: Jackbox Party Pack, The Talos Principle, and Portal 2. 

  8. Action-adventure: Star Wars Jedi, Sekiro, and Assassin’s Creed. 

  9. Survival and horror: The Long Dark, Don’t Starve, and Resident Evil. 

  10. Platformer: Cuphead, Crash Bandicoot, and Ori & The Blind Forest. 

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When planning your first gaming YouTube video, you’ll need to determine what style of video you want to make. First, decide on your niche market and target audience, then select a style of video that will suit your audience and yourself. Take a look at six of the most popular gaming videos on YouTube for some inspiration. 

1. Walkthrough gaming videos

If you aim to teach viewers how to play a specific video game or explain how to win, then walkthrough YouTube video tutorials will be your best option. Walkthroughs showcase your skills while taking viewers through every step of the way on how to win. 

2. Breaking records gaming videos

If your strength is playing online video games super fast, then screen record yourself breaking a record. Your entire YouTube channel can be videos of yourself trying to break a new record or beating your previous score. 

3. Gaming review videos

Want to tell people if a new game is worth playing or not? Gaming review videos on YouTube are some of the most popular genres as there are a lot of people trying to figure out if a game is worth paying for, playing, or if it’s too hard to win. Share your thoughts and opinions while playing a new game with your viewers. 

4. Live stream gaming videos

Since the success of Ninja streaming Fortnite on Twitch, live streaming has become an extremely popular gaming genre on YouTube. Showcase your skills and include your viewers in your next gaming session with a live stream. Gamers can even make a lot of money from live streaming their sessions by followers donating to them. 

5. Humor gaming videos

If you’re not the best online gamer but still want to make fun gaming videos, then share your epic fails on YouTube instead. Humor videos allow you to win over your audience in the best way possible. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro gamer or just a beginner, as long as everyone is laughing in the end.

6. Let’s Play gaming videos

Finally, an all-time favorite, Let’s Play videos. If you’re ready to start entertaining and playing your online game, then Let’s Play videos will be your go-to. All you have to do is record yourself playing a game, then post it on YouTube. 

Make gaming videos like a pro

So what exactly do you need to start filming gaming videos? Before you start posting gaming videos on YouTube, make sure you have the right gear to make the best quality videos possible. 

What console will you use?

How to film gaming videos will all depend on what console you use. If you’re playing on a PC or Mac, it will be a lot easier to capture yourself playing or live streaming, and make a gaming YouTube video in no time. If you’re playing on an Xbox or PS5, the consoles have some advanced features, but you can’t directly stream from them. You should invest in a reliable computer before you start a gaming YouTube channel. 

Lighting

A lack of light can ruin your gaming experience, especially for your viewers. If you’re filming late at night or in a darker room, try to add extra light by using a mini webcam ring light. All you have to do is clip an artificial light onto your PC or Macbook and you’re ready to film. 

Screen and camera recorder

Gaming videos and re-watchable live streams are developed by gamers screen recording themselves playing a game, as well as sharing their webcam in the corner of the gameplay. Put a face to a name by recording yourself on camera. Combine webcam and screen recordings to humanize your gaming content and connect with your audience with Clipchamp’s free online screen and camera recorder.

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Headphones and microphones

An essential part of any gaming video experience is a high-quality microphone and a pair of headphones. Your viewers must be able to hear you clearly, and you must be able to hear the game without disturbing others around you. If your niche is to create pre-recorded videos like a walkthrough or review video, consider using Clipchamp’s microphone within the camera recorder feature. 

Free video editing software 

Bring your gaming videos to life with Clipchamp’s free online video editor. It’s got all the features you need to create great videos, with absolutely no experience needed. Edit clips of all sizes directly in-browser, without the hassle of inconvenient uploads. If you’re stuck for ideas, browse our library of fully customizable gaming video templates. They’re made by professionals and tailored for beginners. 

How to edit gaming videos for YouTube

It’s time to learn how to edit your gaming videos like a pro. Join 17 million creative users in over 200 countries, and make effortless videos with Clipchamp. 

Step 1. Log in to your Clipchamp account or sign up for free

To make a gaming video for YouTube, log in to your Clipchamp account, or sign up for free. 

Step 1. Log in to your Clipchamp account or sign up for free

Step 2. Create a new gaming video

Next, click on the Gaming template option at the top of the editor homepage if you would like to start off using a ready-to-use template. If you would like to create a video from scratch, click on the purple Create a video button. The editor will automatically open. Rename your new video by clicking on the Untitled video bar at the top of the editor. 

Step 2. Create a new gaming video

Step 3. Upload or record your gaming video

There are many ways to create a gaming video for YouTube. Either upload an existing recorded Twitch video to your media library or record your gaming video directly in the editor. 

a) Upload your gaming video to the editor

To upload your video, click on the + plus symbol on the left sidebar. A pull-out tab will appear. Upload a video from your computer, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Zoom, Box, Google Photos, or smartphone device. You can also drag and drop your video file into the white pull-out tab. 

Step 3a. Upload or record your gaming video

b) Screen and camera record your live stream or gaming session

Click on the Record & create tab on the left sidebar. Click on the Screen & camera option. 

Step 3b. Upload or record your gaming video

Click on the big red button to start your gaming video. Choose a screen, tab, or app to record, then click on the big red button again to finish your recording. 

Step 3c. Upload or record your gaming video

Your recording will appear in the Media tab. 

Step 4. Edit your gaming video

Add background music to your gaming video to build the suspense. Click on the Music & SFX tab on the left sidebar. Scroll through our categorized music folders, then drag and drop your selected music onto the timeline. Make sure to crop your video and audio to the same length by dragging the green sidebars left and right. 

Step 4. Edit your gaming video

Step 5. Add an intro and outro

If you have saved intro and outro cards in your computer files, upload them to the editor then drag and drop them onto the timeline. 

If you would like to make an intro and outro card from scratch, click on the Stock video tab then click Backgrounds. Drag and drop a background onto the timeline before and after your gaming video. Crop the intro and outro backgrounds to 4-5 seconds long. You may need to drag and drop your music file again to match up with the gaming video. 

Step 5a. Add an intro and outro

Add text to your into and outro including your YouTube channel name, the game you’re playing, social media handles, thanks for watching, and any other information you would like to share with your viewers. Click on the Text tab on the left sidebar. Drag and drop your chosen title onto the timeline, then edit the text, color, and font using the editing options above the video preview.

Step 5b. Add an intro and outro

Step 6. Save your gaming video for YouTube

Once you have finished editing your gaming video, click on the purple Export button at the top right corner of the editor. Saving options will appear. Click on the 720p or 1080p resolution saving option, then click Continue. Your gaming video will automatically save to your computer. You can also send or save your gaming video via Clipchamp’s integrations like Google Drive, YouTube, TikTok, OneDrive, Dropbox, Pinterest, Box, or LinkedIn.

Step 6. Save your gaming video for YouTube

FAQ 1. How long can gaming videos be?

Gaming videos can be anywhere between 5 minutes and 1 hour. It all depends on the style of video you are creating. 

FAQ 2. Do I have to use a webcam in my gaming video?

No. You do not have to use a webcam or camera in your gaming videos if you prefer to record a voiceover instead. Viewers do however prefer seeing the gamer’s face to create a better connection. 

FAQ 3. Should I add background music to my gaming video? 

Background music is completely optional for gaming videos. If your game is quite loud and you are talking to your viewers throughout, we suggest not adding background music. 

Create professional gaming videos in minutes!

Gaming videos are a popular form of entertainment on YouTube, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Bring your gaming videos to life with Clipchamp. 

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Written by Christie Passaris on November 23, 2021
About the Author

Christie Passaris is a freelance writer by day, and fashion designer by night. While she enjoys creating iconic looks and teaching others about Clipchamp's latest features, her true love is for her dog, Billy the Beagle.

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