3 Tips to Capture Better Quality Video Game Commentary Videos on a Mac

Trying to record video game commentary videos on your Mac but aren’t satisfied with the quality of the videos that are being produced?

If you want to improve the quality of the videos that you record, there are a few important tips that you should follow.

Improve the Parameters of the Video Recording

The two main parameters that you should improve are the resolution and frame rate. For best results the resolution of the recording should match the in-game resolution (typically 1080P). Similarly the frame rate should be set to match the in-game frame rate or to 60 frames per second.

As you can imagine it is important the software you use allows you to adjust both these parameters when you record video on Mac. For example, you could use Movavi Screen Recorder for Mac.

Be aware that recording at a high resolutions and frame rate will require more processing power, and could tax your Mac’s performance.

Capture Better Video and Audio from the Webcam

Most video game commentary videos include webcam footage recorded and displayed in a frame on-screen. As such its quality will affect the quality of your overall video as well.

While there are many ways to improve webcam audio and video quality, for a start you could:

  • Use a decent mid-range external microphone to record better quality audio than the built-in microphone on your webcam.
  • Position the webcam at eye-level so that its perspective isn’t skewed.
  • Use basic three-point lighting to provide even lighting and reduce shadows.

It should be noted that even if you aren’t recording audio and video via a webcam, you will undoubtedly be recording audio commentary at very least – in which case you should pay close attention to its quality.

Optimize the game performance

Because the video will be recorded based on what is displayed on your screen, its quality will be inextricably linked to the game performance. If your game isn’t performing well and its frame rate starts to drop, the video quality will similarly suffer.

To help ensure that your game runs smoothly, you should take steps to optimize the game’s performance. Normally that involves updating the drivers, adjusting the in-game graphics settings, and closing any unnecessary apps or background processes.

Before you actually record any video game commentary videos, you should conduct a test-run and check whether the game performance is affected while recording is ongoing. If it is, further optimization may be necessary.

Final Words

As you can see these three tips actually cover a wide range of ways in which you can improve the quality of video game commentary videos that you capture on your Mac. It should be noted that many of the tips apply to other platforms as well.

All said and done you should be able to improve the quality of your videos significantly by implementing these tips – and can then look into making further improvements if you feel that it is necessary.

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