MAGFest X - "Zen & The Art of Video Game Reviewing" Panel

One of the highlights of my trip to MAGFest 10 this year was the opportunity to sit on a panel with Pat the NES Punk, Justin “JewWario” Carmical, and James Rolfe, the Angry Video Game Nerd.  We all discussed our process for making videos (of varying popularity) on the internet, and to try to give tips to those who may want to do something similar.  I’ve had many people over the years ask me about how I make videos, and this panel is an answer for them.

You’ll find the hour-long panel below in its entirety.  Feel free to ask questions in the comments section if you need any additional tips or have a concern that wasn’t addressed.

Part 1: Introduction & Research
 
Part 2: Writing
 
Part 3: Directing/Production
 
Part 4: Editing
 
Part 5: Q&A

     

10 Comments

  • ElBartoME
    Posted Jan/17/2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Wow, thanks for posting this. It was really informative, interesting and fun to watch.

    One of the best panel video coverage I’ve seen this far. Showing the PowerPoint presentation and writing the question down was really helpful. I remember the egoraptor panel, which was also really fun to watch. But half the time I couldn’t hear a damn thing.

    So thank you very much and thanks to The Game Chasers. You did a great job.

     

    Oh, and the preview image for Part 2: Just awesome. laugh

  • SLY JD
    Posted Jan/17/2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Great panel guys! Great to see the collective of different techniques each of you use for making your videos.

    Very imformative for any newcomer to making similar videos – or any sort of videos for that matter! I for one learnt a lot and there were many things mentioned I would simply overlook.

    Now, if I weren’t so lazy….

     

    Props for typing out the questions from Q&A!

  • DavidASchulz
    Posted Jan/17/2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for getting this posted. This panel was the number 1 reason I was saddened by missing MAGFest. I do have a follow up questions to the Q&A.

    You mentioned you began with Premiere Elements for your first videos. What editing software did you upgrade to?

    Were there any technical limitations because of Elements that caused you to make the switch?

    Were there any other drawbacks to Elements that hindered your ability to create the video you wanted?

    As a professional video editor myself, I am hoping to get into video reviews once I purchase my own equipment and software.

  • AlastorX
    Posted Jan/17/2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for uploading this, Roo. I felt like registering just to express my gratitude, but now that I have aleready registered, I should probably add that I absolutely loved the panel. I’m not a video producer myself, nor am I planning on becoming one. Anyways, for some reason I find it very interesting to learn about how much work and thought you guys put in to the videos I enjoy. Knowing what goes into making the videos makes me appreciate the work you are doing even more.

    Again, huge thanks for supplying us video game fans with entertainment (or edutainment I guess). I’m sure a lot of people share my appreciation for what you do. 

     

  • Ninto55 Ninto55
    Posted Jan/17/2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for uploading this, and typing the questions onto the screen. Not much I really have to say besides I need to watch more JewWario (I’ve watched like 3 of them, they were okay I think. I’m sure they get better). I’m sure I’d have more to ask if I tried my hand at this, but just watching you guys talk about it almost scares me away from it as a whole.

  • Roo Roo
    Posted Jan/18/2012 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Thanks all – the panel was a lot of fun, and I hope it can help people out.  :)

    And specifically, to David:

    You mentioned you began with Premiere Elements for your first videos. What editing software did you upgrade to?

    Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

    Were there any technical limitations because of Elements that caused you to make the switch?

    Mostly it was that exporting videos was a giant pain.  CS5 seems to be able to handle AVCHD video better (which is what my camera records in) and export videos in a format that doesn’t make Blip and YouTube gasp in horror.

    Were there any other drawbacks to Elements that hindered your ability to create the video you wanted?

    Not especially, but that’s probably because I hadn’t gotten advanced enough by the time I switched to find them.  Since then, I’ve started using more of the bells and whistles in CS5 that I know aren’t in Elements (like Ultra Key, for instance).  But in general for people starting out – Elements should do well enough.  And most importantly, the price is right as far as video editing software goes.  As I said at the panel, it’s at least better than Windows Movie Maker.

  • DavidASchulz
    Posted Jan/18/2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Roo. I’ve worked with Premiere CS5, but not nearly as much as CS3, which has been on my work terminal for ages now. Ultra Keyer is a godsend when it comes to chroma keying. Its inclusion into CS5 was definitely a step up from CS4.

    I have another question that I forgot to ask the first time around. Anyone who watches your videos (especially the Earthbound one) sees that you use a large amount of video from primary sources like commercials or interviews. Do you just rip them from Youtube and if so what program do you use?

    Thanks again.

  • SuperGarbage
    Posted Jan/19/2012 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    @modesty: I’m not trying to be a dick or anything but you can’t be serious when you say that Roo is high school humour and that AVGN isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I like AVGN as much as the next person, but when it comes to who has the more mature humour, it’s not even close. Example: Roo had an entire video full of clever jokes about the American Revolution; AVGN had a video where he fought Bugs Bunny, then shit on his face. Sorry for going off topic.

  • Datleco Datleco
    Posted Jan/21/2012 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    Excellent stuff here, I’ve always loved the behind the scenes work in videos, I never watched any of JewWario’s videos, but I know who he is and I’m very familiar with the rest of the gang’s work. There is more needed with these guys together.

  • m0desty
    Posted Jan/22/2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    thnx fer the upload, always good to see u guys together getting along and joing powers!!!

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