Why I Am Bad At Making Videos

I bet some of you have probably forgotten about our Youtube channel, right? The SPUF of Legend was created years ago by aabicus, as part of our 1000 Articles celebration. That was way back in 2016! Feels like a century ago, if I’m honest. But anyway, aabicus wanted to make a Youtube channel and we’d end up posting video articles on there. Except we never really got into the swing of things. It turns out, publishing a 500-word article every day is far, far easier than publishing a video of any length every week.

As we get closer to 3000 articles, is the SPUF of Legend still going?

Well, yes. We’ve had long months without content. In fact, we’ve only recently managed to get back on track with an article every week. And even then, it’s hit and miss. Both aabicus and I have real life things going on, and frankly, real life is more important right now.

There’s also a secondary reason. As the title of this article suggests, I’m honestly not very good at making engaging video content. And there’s plenty of reasons why.

Hardware Limitations!

If you want beautiful, high quality videos, you need a beautiful, high quality computer. Not… the mid-range thing that I have. Sure, my laptop is new and plays games at higher settings, but that’s not enough. To make a video, you need to not only be able to RUN the game at maximum settings, but record that gameplay in real time, at those maximum settings.

It’s also worth pointing out that recording videos actually takes up huge amounts of space. I have long, old videos, recorded on crappy hardware, that easily hit 1GB file sizes. All this moving data needs to be stored somewhere!

I also kinda lack a microphone. One of my microphones disappeared and the rest are all crappy ones attached to headsets or headphones. My voice is bad enough at the best of times, no one wants to hear me ramble on at shitty audio levels.

Software Limitations too!

Another problem is having the software to actually edit the video. I do actually own a version of Adobe Premiere Pro. I have the CS6 version that I got cheap via reduced student costs, back when I was studying. But for reasons unknown, I simply can’t get my head around how the program works. There are definitely alternatives, but a lot of them, uh, cost money. Money I’m not willing to spend. So for now, I’m just using Windows Movie Maker. Because it’s simple enough for me and my stupid, slow brain.

Then we have the issue of actually recording in time. I have pretty damn slow reflexes, meaning I’m often far too late when it comes to, well, actually recording things. Things like Shadowplay and Windows gaming mode (which I’ve been using to record things lately) are all well and good, but I actually need to remember to use them. I’m always far too slow to even hit the record button. And no one wants to see the ten seconds after the cool thing happened, right?

A Lack of Patience…

Thing is, I could sit down and learn Adobe Premiere Pro. I could do that, it wouldn’t be too hard. Other people have managed it no problem. But I am also a very impatient person who doesn’t retain (useful) information well. If I’m struggling to learn even the basic things, like, well, adding some text to a video, if I have to constantly go back to guides and stuff, then I’ll just get impatient and give up.

I’m actually a very boring person.

I think this is the biggest reason. As I mentioned in my article about why I don’t stream, I just lack any real… personality. I’m a blank slate. Really, unless you get to know me personally, I’m about as exciting as cardboard. And about as pretty as well. You need SOME sort of personality, some sort of authority to make your videos actually watchable, and I have none of that.

So, for now, I’ve resorted to silent walkthroughs of various Warframe updates. Because if there is one thing I’m good at, it’s being silent.


Medic, also known as Phovos (or occasionally Dr Retvik Von Scribblesalot), writes 50% of all the articles on the Daily SPUF since she doesn't have anything better to do. A dedicated Medic main in Team Fortress 2 and an avid speedster in Warframe, Phovos has the unique skill of writing 500 words about very little in a very short space of time.

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