Minecraft “officially” released in 2011, but for those of us who started with the Beta (or even the Alpha!) it took over our lives years earlier.
For almost that long, people have been making videos of their Minecraft gameplay. Some of your faves have even made massive careers out of it. But how can you make Minecraft videos yourself? The best thing about Minecraft is the sheer creative energy you can put into the game, whether you’re playing in Creative or Survival. Regardless, your own style and approach to the game make your gameplay perfect for sharing with the world. Here’s how you can get started:
- Use a screen recorder that works for you
- Consider where you'll share
- Making the right edits to your video
- Share across social platforms
1. Use a screen recorder that works for you
This may seem simple, but choosing the screen recorder you want to use will likely take some experimentation. If you like to play offline with no shaders, for example, you can probably get away with using built-in software like QuickTime (on Mac computers) to record your screen, as long as you have a fast enough machine.
But if you want to record gameplay on a server or you use shaders, you’ll need to use a better software. My default suggestion would be OBS, one of the most popular streaming apps out there, since it's surprisingly easy to configure for all types of streams and screen recordings. Using OBS, you can record your screen with little to no lag or framerate loss. Plus, you can record your audio at the same time, and record just your Minecraft window if you’d like to keep other windows open at the same time.
2. Consider where you'll share
What kind of audience do you want for your Minecraft content, and what type of video can you do best? You might think of Minecraft videos as primarily YouTube or Twitch content, but different types of videos can be ideal for various social media sites. Twitter is great for highlights, Discord is perfect for community feedback, Instagram is ideal for picturesque clips, and even TikTok can be great for funny or surprising Minecraft videos.
Depending on the place you want to share your videos, there can be other important things to take care of in order to make your clips stand out. On YouTube, for example, your thumbnail image will be crucial to the success of your video, especially from impressions. On Twitter, the text of your tweet will be important in order for people to watch your video, and on Instagram, it can be a good idea to add flashy descriptive text above and below your video.
3. Making the right edits to your video
The type of edit you’ll need to make to your video depends entirely on the type of Minecraft video you want to make. If you want to make an entertaining Let’s Play, you might want to take specific clips from your video and pick the funniest parts of your voice track. If you want to show off a creative world, your video might need some new background music and speed adjustments. And if you want to document the process of building something, you’ll definitely want to add speed adjustments, and probably some image or text overlays, as well.
No matter what kind of Minecraft video you’re making, it’s easy to make all the edits you need for free & online. I recommend using Kapwing, since it allows you to add and edit trims, filters, speed adjustments, music, text, photo layers, and more.
4. Share across social platforms
Wherever you want to publish your Minecraft content, you should edit your video to fit the correct specifications for that platform before you publish & download your files. Especially if you want to share content from the same video to multiple different places, you should use a video editor that allows you to save drafts & quickly make copies, so you can make multiple versions for everywhere you want to share, all at the same time. With Kapwing, you can keep all your videos in one workspace, where you can same them as drafts, edit, copy, store, and download all the versions of your video.
Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to support all our creators! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.