Today's questions comes in from Sharon K who asks,
"I’m curious how you can film while playing, keep the view steady and still read comments. It
seems like your just using one cell. Also how do people do superchats and comments?"
Thank you so much for your Topic suggestion Sharon (enter yours below!). I will answer your question and take it one step further by explaining all of the equipment I use on my channel!
First and foremost Sharon and EVERYONE, you MUST subscribe to both my daily video Channel, Brian Christopher Slots, and my Live Stream Channel, BCSlots LIVE. Not just because I'm cool, but because you have to in order to comment or super chat. After you're subscribed, the comment box will remain for you to leave comments going forward, and a $ sign will appear beside that during live streams in order to send a Super Chat. Please also note that subscribing is free of charge and there is no fee to watch my videos on YouTube.
In terms of what I use to film, I'll go into full detail below with affiliate links to all products I use in case anyone is interested in using them for a new channel!
Reading the chat during a live stream is quite difficult when there are literally thousands of them in an hour. I also have to focus on the slot machine too haha. It is easy to miss a lot of comments, especially because I can only see 3 comments at a time. So I tend to scan the comments. There are a ton of repeat questions that I can easily ignore (like 'what casino are you at' or 'where's Marco?' lol), or questions that are way too personal which I also ignore haha. If something fun, unique or exciting catches my eye, then I'll try to read it out. Of course I always try to shout out Super Chats so I can thank that person for their support. I should also mention that Super Chats were created to help support the creator in their endeavors of providing quality content. That money helps to pay for my growing staff, equipment, travels and more. I am very strict about using my own income to use for my gambling only.
At the Casino I want to be as lean as possible. So it's just me, my iPhone X, my monopod with phone holder and extra battery cases that are fully charged (I have 4!). I love my monopod and now many channels use it too. It's much easier to carry with you than a tripod and less intrusive (although some security think it looks like it's a weapon!). It keeps it mainly steady with a little rockiness. I also own a gimbal stabilizer for those days that I am walking while filming. A rookie mistake is to run out of battery DURING a live stream (it has happened to me in the past. I'll sometimes bring my external battery charger as well with a long cord in case I need to charge while filming. I also encourage you to use a phone with a large harddrive on it, or you risk running out of space and not being able to film that giant jackpot you just hit (used to happen to me often!). If you can't afford a a phone with more space, then bring along a laptop or something else to upload your files to (however this takes time!). I used to do that for my first year - I'd just go up to my hotel room, unload and continue. One really great piece of advice - invest in an external hard drive! On one occasion I uploaded my videos to my laptop, deleted them off my phone and continued on my way. It wasn't until I was back home that I realized all of my videos were corrupt and I lost hours of footage (that cost me thousands of dollars!). So save those thousands and spend a few bucks to protect yourself by uploading your footage to more than one device or in the cloud. Even today, I keep doubles of everything until it's live on youtube.
To delve even deeper into how I produce, when I'm not at the casino I am busy at home filming commercials or live stream chats, editing, mailing out purchases from my store or prepping for upcoming events.
A quick list of my Green Screen Set-Up includes:
and the lighting to accompany it:
and for better audio:
Finally comes the editing process. There are many kinds of computers and programs to use, so feel free to use what you're comfortable with. This is my setup:
So as you can see, this job is quite costly. It took me many tries at purchasing the wrong equipment and failing - but I think I figured it out in the end. And now I can save you money from making the same mistakes I made!
To see all of the products on one page, visit my Amazon Affiliate Store. And for a more in depth view of starting your own YouTube Channel (Slots or otherwise), be sure to watch the Live Stream I did to give you all of my secrets!
Hello Rudies! As most of you probably know, once in a while, I’ll film a collaboration or friendly competition video with some of my slot friends - always a good time with my pals! There have been many ‘challenge-style' videos going around lately towards me and others, and I don’t mean to disappoint, but these out-of-the-blue ‘challenges’, are something that I always decline, for a few reasons.
Even the word ‘challenge’ comes with baggage attached to it - many people associate it with conflict and negativity, and that’s not in my nature. I started doing this JUST to have fun and prefer to keep it on target with my core beliefs!
Also, if anyone can ‘challenge’ me at any time, and there were an obligation for me to accept them all, I wouldn’t be able to make these videos for you guys anymore. I’d be spending all of my time responding to challenges from every person who came along. If I decide to do a fun video with my close friends, as I have in the past, then that should be my choice (speaking of which, I’ll be filming a fun video with Diana just next week!). My friends and I get along great on YouTube and beyond, and we always have a blast together while cheering each other on even from abroad.
Anyway, with that being said, I’m sure my position on this will disappoint some people - it’s not possible to please everybody. But I’m hopeful and confident that the vast majority of you will understand where I’m coming from, and recognize that for me, it’s all about having fun, and playing responsibly and I wish everyone the most success. So with that being said, I’ll see you guys at the slots! I have a busy week ahead and best start packing for it...
My first year in the US, Marco and I lived in the Northern California Bay Area. I would drive to LA every week to audition and take classes for film/TV (yes, 12 hours a week driving!). With New Years just around the corner, we had planned a trip to Vegas - our first time EVER visiting the city. In preparation, I turned to YouTube to find out what casinos to visit and I came across people playing slot machines. At first I thought it was nuts to watch someone else gamble, but within minutes (as I’m sure you can attest), I was engulfed in the world of SLOTS.
Fast forward a year and Marco and I now lived in Los Angeles. I was once again returning to Vegas on a trip with family and it was at this time when I decided that I’d try my hand at filming my play. I never wanted to start a slots channel - in fact I posted my videos on my 7 year old acting channel (that had around 30 subscribers!) as opposed to starting an actual ‘Slots Channel’. I did it merely for the fun and excitement. I kid you not when I say that I had ZERO intentions of going much further with it and little did I know that this action would forever alter my path in life. I don’t think there is a soul on the planet who could have predicted what we have built would become what it is today. But it was the actor and filmmaker inside of me who wanted to change it up a bit from what I was used to watching.
My first videos were kind of lackluster, but the viewers found something unique they liked in them. I never advertised, shared my videos to social media or did any sort of publicity aside from simply publishing them on YouTube. Instead, I allowed them to grow organically. I mean I didn’t plan on my channel succeeding and so I gave it no thought as to whether or not I should share them anyhow.
To my complete shock and surprise, the videos took off! Within 3 months I had 4,349 subscribers and was invited to join the YouTube partner program. It was at this point where it was time for me to make the most important decision of my life. For some reason the world had presented this crazy path for me. Do I follow this non-scheduled journey or let it go and continue on the path of acting which I had been on for the past decade plus. I decided that perhaps I should see where this one may lead. Two and a half years later there’s this magical thing called the RUDIES, 65 million views, and a Silver YouTube Play button on my wall. None of it came without a ton of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. I knew nothing about YouTube going in and so I studied hard, took classes, attended conferences, emailed companies and basically started to take charge of my own path. 2 years ago I couldn’t have told you I’d be where I am today, and I have no clue where I’ll be in a further 2 years. But I will continue on this path and I thank you for joining me on the ride!
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