Who doesn’t love a good highlight reel? Gaming montages are a super important part of our community. They’re one of the most popular types of gaming content that people watch on YouTube, so if you’re thinking about uploading a montage, you’d be making a good move.
But actually making a montage can be a lot easier said than done. Video editing can feel like a daunting task, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the editing process. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a montage.
Today, we’re going to talk about how to make a gaming montage video from the sick clips you’ve been amassing recently. We’re going to go through how to capture clips, how to edit them together, and how you can make your montages engaging and fun to watch. Let’s get started.
How Do You Capture Clips?
You can’t make a montage without having some content to create it with, so the very first thing you need to do is play your game of choice and make some sick plays, beat bosses, and collect achievements.
There are a few different ways you can capture your best gameplay moments. Let’s walk through a few of them so you can get to sharing montages on your YouTube channel, Discord server, and more.
The Traditional Way
Recording video clips on a PC can be a bit tough if you want to do it the usual way. Pretty much the only tool that comes with your Windows OS is the Windows 11 Snipping Tool, but it definitely leaves a lot to be desired.
This tool allows you to record a certain portion of your screen. Simply draw out the area you want to capture, hit the record button, and hit stop when you’re ready for the clip to be over. You can also pause the recording and pick up where you left off to make your video a bit shorter and more manageable.
This allows you to capture good audio and video, but there are also a lot of problems with this method. For starters, it requires that you anticipate every clip that you make. The tool doesn’t do any background recording, so there’s no option to click a button that will record at the last minute. You have to start recording right before your clip — otherwise, you’ll miss it.
You can get around this by just recording your entire gameplay session and then going in with a video editor later and chopping out the fluff. But that brings us to another problem. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have enough room on your hard drive to store hours-long gaming videos, even in the short term. That’s gigs upon gigs of data!
By far, the most efficient way to capture your clips is with Powder. Powder PC is the latest technology in the clip-capturing world. Whether you’re a beginner content creator or a seasoned Twitch streamer with a massive following, Powder can change the game for you.
Powder PC uses AI technology to intuitively capture gameplay clips in the background, so you don’t even have to think about it. We’ve trained our AI models to detect intense moments in-game and capture them in the background so you can focus on what you’re best at — making share-worthy plays.
Here’s how it works. Powder PC is trained with 40+ of the most popular games in the world; think Fortnite, COD Warzone, League of Legends, and more. It knows the most important moments in each game, whether that’s boss fights, frags, or something else.
Powder also collects your mic data. If you and your party start yelling and screaming because you just hit an insane triple kill, Powder picks up on that and creates a clip.
The best part is that all of this happens completely in the background. You don’t even have to think about making sure that you hit record. Powder PC does it all for you, so you can just log on, play your game, and end your session with a library full of epic moments.
And, of course, Powder also offers keybinding functionality. So if you just hit a clip that you really want to capture, you can use keybinding to capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay. Because of how much it can do, Powder is simply one of the best gaming clip tools out there.
How Can You Edit Your Clips into a Montage?
Now, let’s talk for a bit about how to edit your clips into one larger video so you can easily share it on Discord, YouTube, TikTok, or your preferred social media platform. This is the most intimidating part for most people, but once you get in the groove, it’ll become second nature.
Here are a few editing tips to help it go smoothly:
The Basics of Video Editing
There are a few things you simply can’t miss when you’re editing a video. For starters, you’re going to want to add transitions between each clip. This not only looks good, but it helps to let the viewer know when one clip ends and the next one starts. Even simple, subtle transitions can be effective and look great.
You’re also going to want to look into color grading. It’s important to make sure that the colors in your clips look correct but also vibrant. And don’t forget to do a bit of audio editing. Add some compression to make your voice sound clean, and make sure that your audio isn’t too loud and that your screams don’t destroy the ears of your viewers.
You’ll also want to utilize some presets in your video editing software. Find the color grading, transitions, and other settings that you like and save them as a template so you can easily return to them in the future. This will not only make your life and workflow easier, but it will also help to give you a bit of brand identity and consistency in your videos.
Now Make It Easy
If it all seems a bit complicated and overwhelming, once again, Powder PC can help. We offer a simple one-click montage maker, which does exactly what it sounds like. Select a few of your favorite clips, and with the click of a button, Powder will compile them into an epic cinematic masterpiece, complete with background music, transitions, and some other AI edits.
If you’re in a pinch and need a quick montage made, this function is super helpful for just about everybody. Plus, you also have the option to make vertical and horizontal montages. Whether you’re posting your content on Tik Tok, YouTube Shorts, or Twitch, we can help you format your montage to grab attention and show off your skills.
What Makes a Good Montage?
Making a montage is one thing, but making a good montage is another. You’ll want to make the best video that you can make, so here are some style tips that can help you make the perfect montage and YouTube video.
Background music will always enhance a montage video. Having some music that fits the energy of your clips is a small thing that can make your video much more engaging. It’s best to use music with high energy to help make your clips feel a bit more epic.
It’s always a good idea to add video effects and sound effects to your video. After all, we’ve all seen those TikToks with hilarious edits that turn the clips into shareable moments.
Text and gif overlays, voiceovers, strange sounds, and popular memes make for great things to add. Gamers love memes and edits, and this is a great way to set your clips apart from the rest and keep your viewers engaged with a few laughs.
This next tip is mostly for people who play with friends and want to include that audio in your montage. As we all know, when you’ve got a bunch of people on the mic, it can be tough to decipher what each person is saying over the game audio, clashing voices, and whatever else is going on.
In cases like this, subtitles are a super helpful tool for your montages. Not only does this give you another editing tool to make funny, memorable moments with, but it can also help your viewers to understand more about what’s going on in the video and what’s being said/screamed.
If you’re trying to go viral on TikTok, YouTube Shorts, or Instagram Reels, it’s a good idea to include a watermark on your video with your logo and some other information about you. You want people to remember who you are in the short-form video world, and a watermark with your Twitch name and a visually enticing logo can help you stick in people’s memories a bit better.
Powder for Your Montages
Making a gaming montage doesn’t have to be a super intimidating task, and Powder can help do most of the heavy lifting. This free download is a lifesaver for people who need to edit gaming montages. With Powder PC, your clips can be captured automatically through the power of AI, so you can be free to focus on playing.
If you’re interested in trying Powder PC for yourself, head to our website for the free download. Your montages are about to get so much easier.
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