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Creating YouTube Videos

My grandson and I are attempting to make YouTube videos. He wants to create videos to share the gameplay of some of his favorite PS5 games. As for me, I want to learn editing skills so I can dabble in making videos for the Low-Tech Grandma YouTube channel.

Not my grandsonWhile I’m learning how to create PlayStation videos, I think it’s best that I document what I’ve learned so far. This way, when I run into a problem, I’ll have something to refer to. Learning and sharing knowledge is the best way to solidify the new skill as part of my skill set.

The PS5 to YouTube Process

Now, it’s time to get started. The first thing we needed to do was transfer the PlayStation video files to a computer or tablet. My PS5 is not connected to the PlayStation online account. Since my grandson is young and I’m not an expert, keeping our gameplay local is best. I feel it’s safer that way. Since we don’t upload our videos to the PlayStation server, we’ve got to use the old-fashioned way of transferring files, using USB sticks. So, this is what we did:

  1. Inserted a USB stick into the PS5
  2. Accessed the media files on the PlayStation console. You can find the media files by going into Settings – Storage – Media Gallery.Media Files
  3. There were a lot of files in the Media Gallery (I had to change the settings to stop automatically recording a video of every trophy earned). I sorted the media to display videos first and screenshots last.No Trophy Videos
  4. Decided which videos/screenshots to download. When choosing videos to download, there’s the option to select one, multiple, or all of them. To download the selected media, I clicked on the three dots at the bottom right of the screen and chose Save to USB. The console creates a folder named PS5 to store the media on the USB drive.Save to USB
  5.  Remove the USB from the PS5 and upload the media to the computer or tablet. The screenshots have the .jpeg file extension, and the video files have the .webm file extension. I found viewing .webm video files easy if I opened them using the DuckDuckGo browser. However, with Chrome, the video only displayed the first frame and would not play the rest of the file.

Editing PS5 Video Files (.webm)

Viewing files is much easier than editing them. If you’re using an editor such as Canva, you can upload the .webm file directly without converting it. However, if you’re using LumaFusion or iMovie (I can’t speak for the rest of the video editing apps available), you’ll have to convert the video to a format the editor can read.LumaFusion

My app choice is the VLC app. The VLC app is free and compatible with all platforms, such as Mac, Windows, and Linux. It’s easy to use and appears to be reliable (I’m new to using it, but so far, it’s been good).

Before discovering VLC, I would play the .webm file in DuckDuckGo and use the iPad’s screen recorder to record the media. The resulting screen-recorded video was compatible with my editing apps. It was not the most efficient way to accomplish the task, but it worked. VLC is much faster than screen recording and creates smaller file sizes. FYI, using the iPad’s screen record method, my 25MB .webm video ballooned to 68MB. Alternatively, using VLC, the file shrunk to 6MB.

VLC and Video Audio

VLCDuring my first few tries with VLC, I had an issue with the audio. The video played flawlessly in the VLC player, but when I opened it using DuckDuckGo or any other video player, the audio there was no audio. I soon realized I had to configure the VLC audio to MPEG-4 instead of MPEG when converting files, and everything worked as it should.

Now that I’ve documented what I’ve learned so far, it’s time to start making videos!

About the Author: Felicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and low-tech blogger.

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