Intel® Streamers Bootcamp |  Managing Video / Streaming Files

Intel® Streamers Bootcamp | Managing Video / Streaming Files

I’m EposVox with the Intel Streamer’s Bootcamp, today covering one of the most-requested topics that I’ve honestly never talked about on the channel – file organization Managing your YouTube video content and streaming files

I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years and will walk you through how I recommend setting things up and where I hope to change things and you might improve on my methods Let’s jump in [intro] As a streamer and YouTube content producer, I have a LOT of large files to organize And, if you’re not careful, they can add up fast, not to mention they take up a lot of unnecessary space on your PC Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ensure your files are protected and managed effectively

We’ll cover organization here, and in a future video I will cover some super advanced means of keeping your archives from taking up so much space – if you’re someone like me and can have a single project reach 8TB alone… Stay tuned for that one, haha These days, we have quite a few options for backing up your files Naturally, you can store everything on the cloud if you have a small enough archive or a large enough monthly budget, but there are a bunch of other options to choose from if you’d prefer something locally For instance, you can invest in a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device I have covered these many times on the channel

The NAS plugs into your network, so you can store raw video in a local backup, but don’t have to keep it on the computer itself You can even set up your NAS to automatically backup to the cloud It’s a good idea to have two back-ups if possible Investing in an external hard drive is a great place to store any files that you don’t need immediate access to This also ensures that if anything ever goes wrong with your rig, your files are stored in a separate, safe place

Of course, for super critical data, an off-site backup in another entire physical location is recommended, too I also recommend investing in a high-quality processor for your gaming rig to keep things running smoothly between your hard drives and the PC Currently, I’m using an Intel® Core™ i7 processor, which makes streaming, gaming and encoding simultaneously easier than ever Having a well-built processor to handle larger workloads is imperative for any YouTube or Twitch content creator When you’re in editing process, there are quite a few options in terms of software

Today, I’ll show you VEGAS Pro* and I’ll review some of the best methods for saving and compressing your files I take a lot of my production tricks from traditional production practices, and as such I usually render out two different files for my YouTube videos I have the “Master render” which is rendered in the Cineform codec that maintains lossless quality that I can edit and tinker with later without quality loss (I’ve detailed this process in another video), and then I export a “Web copy” in H264 – the best format for YouTube and Twitch – that is much more compressed, but easier to upload Most sites will not play nicely with the Master render, and it would take AGES to upload Here are my recommended render settings in Vegas

You can lower the bitrate some if needed to keep the files smaller, still This is what’s called “compression”, where it reduces the amount of information stored in the video to make it smaller, while keeping enough important information to make it look nice Once you have your files saved in the right format, it’s time to get organized As your video collection grows, organization will be necessary to find what you’re looking for, when you need it Don’t just throw everything on the desktop

My first tip is to keep all files in a localized place, by creating “root” folders This makes it easier to find things or archive them later Once you create your root folders, you can nest others within it For example, you might create a root folder that says “YouTube” and within that, you can create additional subfolders by year, or a specific theme So on my editing storage NAS, I have a folder called “Active Projects” – which contains folders for all of the ongoing video projects I have

Then I like to make empty folders for every project within a folder with their name to sort out… A-roll, my on-camera footage, b-roll (the glam shots), graphics files, music, the Thumbnail, final exports, and so on I’m working on getting a script together that automatically does this for me and I will share it in a future video It’s important to create your folders with a hierarchy that makes sense Use plain language, and not abbreviations It can be difficult to search for things later if you can’t remember what acronym you made up for your streaming folder

It’s also helpful to include the dates in your file names, this makes it quicker to search for them in the future Once my projects are complete and I’ve verified they’re looking correctly on YouTube or my target destination, they get moved to my archive storage NAS Currently I have my storage divided up a bit weird – though it worked for a long time and could work for you – but I hope to combine them I currently have two root folders: One for “Footage Archive” – which contains my raw footage and project files, something I only started keeping in 2016, sadly, sorted by year, then by channel (Tech channel, gaming channel, Twitch, Twitter, off-YouTube sponsored stuff, vlogs, Pokemon card openings, etc) – and one for “YouTube Archive”, which contains my final exports, sorted by year then by channel

I’ve kept these for as long as possible, so sometimes the hierarchy changes This has worked great for me, but I’d like to combine them so that the exports and renders go in with the projects and raw footage, too – but that will take some work and some free time I don’t currently have You don’t have to do exactly what I do, but I definitely recommend finding a folder structure and hierarchy that works for you and sticking with it Lastly, stay organized! The best time to order your files is after you first create them Getting into the habit of organizing things as you go, makes finding your content so much easier, especially if your channel continues to grow

Some tips for avoiding backup issues in the future Choose a reliable backup While USB flash-drives are compact and convenient for storage, they are not designed for long term use

Basically, thumb drives are easy to lose and typically fragile in design Make sure you invest in something sturdy that will last for a long time since you never know when you might need your older files again One of the most common mistakes people make after backing up their files is forgetting to confirm that their files actually are backed up Once you’ve transferred your files to an external hard drive or uploaded them to the cloud, check to make sure the files transferred completely and didn’t get corrupted in the transfer Take a minute to test the files you’ve transferred and confirm they can be accessed from their new location

Once you’ve got your storage set up, make sure to organize your files into a system that makes sense for you After all, you’re the one that’ll be using it That’s it for this video For more Intel® Streamers Bootcamp videos, take a look at the links at the end of this video Check back often for newly released topics on how to better your streaming and creator experience

I’m EposVox, and I’ll see you next time