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Videoing a flight for my You tube channel.

Postby gray1 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:14 am

Hello to one & all,
can someone give me a brief guide about how I video/film a flight that I can put on my You Tube channel please. I'd also like to add audio comments if possible.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Videoing a flight for my You tube channel.

Postby Isaak » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:47 am

OBS is a widely used free software for screen capturing and streaming.
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Re: Videoing a flight for my You tube channel.

Postby Johan G » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:08 am

Indeed it seems that OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is a popular choice for making recordings. For for recording the voice-over Audacity probably is a good choice.

I am not really sure about what video editing software to recommend, but if you are familiar with the user interface of Blender, it actually have an at least somewhat decent video editor built in.


Regarding the audio, you can do a lot to improve the dialog audio and audio overall, like using reasonable recording levels, slight compression, dampening a few frequencies with the equalizer and loudness normalization (usually in that order). Today normalization is more aimed at getting the average level to a certain level rather than just the peaks. [1] A good free plugin to measure this is the Youlean Loudness Meter. it seems YouTube is normalizing to -14 LUFS. [1]

You can do a lot with a cheap lavalier microphone and free software and plugins. Pareto's principle apply here (20% of the effort makes 80% of the results, you just need to know where to put the effort), and for audio equipment there is a steep diminishing return of investment. Past the threshold of reasonably good equipment most people will not notice the difference in audio quality if the price tag get another digit.

For the principles I can recommend looking around at YouTube videos by for example Alex Knickerbocker, Curtis Judd and Rodolfo Piedras (RLFO Sound). Some good ones being How To Get Better Dialog - Three Tools (14 min), How to set up lavalier microphones / Rycote + Ursa tape +Topstick and more (14 minutes, though most of it is not really relevant here).
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Re: Videoing a flight for my You tube channel.

Postby V12 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:21 pm

I use opensource Shotcut video editor. That software has all needed functions for basic videoediting tasks. And can utilize hardware video encoder on modern GPUs.
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Re: Videoing a flight for my You tube channel.

Postby vnts » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:44 am

Flightgear can either use GPU power to render more of the same pixels at higher resolution (or higher AA) or use some of that GPU power to create new graphics content/detail - more content vs more of the same/boring pixels tradeoff. /If/ don't you have an excess of GPU power you could run at a lower resolution like 720p/480p but with better graphics/detail and use of zoom when needed - everyone used to be fine with videos at even 480p. Replaying an FG tape might make FPS better, and should make camera angles/comments easier too. OBS might have an option use Interesting content, routes, rendering, camera/lighting angles, OSM2City/project3000 scenery, with stunning weather has more effect than a straightforward 4k 60 FPS video at lower settings. If you have a relatively recent system with a recent discrete GPU then you can have both ends of the tradeoff. I believe youtube transcodes videos into it's own lossy formats - so it helps to follow their recommended settings, and if you have a fast connection, upload a less lossily compressed video at higher bitrate than their recommendations (but details like this is less important than content in the video).

If setting up audio recording is time consuming, text also works. Maybe with some music with a suitable license. AIUI Text also has the benefit of getting used by youtubes' ranking algorithm (which as I've read, unfortunately doesn't have the same goal as google's video search (user satisfaction with results) and is designed to keep people on youtube watching ads longer by ranking&promoting the wrong type of videos).

The screenshot guide [1] should help with using weather & environment. The wiki doesn't appear to have a guide for videos.

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Re: Videoing a flight for my You tube channel.

Postby gray1 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:21 am

Thank you to all of you for your specific advice.
This weekend I will try all of these to see which I find the easiest to understand.
I've had a quick look on Google tutorial videos & some content is great, some a bit to fast & difficult to understand. But now, thanks to the Flightgear community, I have many valuable options. I will relay my success on this post, so thank you for taking time out of your days to provide me with information.

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Re: Videoing a flight for my You tube channel.

Postby montagdude » Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:13 pm

I use SimpleScreenRecorder to record and kdenlive for editing.
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