Your first upload was way back on Dec 14th, 2010 and you have also been uploading Gears of War clips of the day, everyday. Is this true or have you missed any day at all?
My first upload was actually back further than that, as “TheRazoredEdge” wasn’t the first alias I went by on YouTube. I had two previous channels where I uploaded Gears of War videos very casually using a Dazzle DVC 100 capture device. The first channel was very much for fun and the second was more trying to establish a name for myself with better quality content using an HD PVR. People used to know me as “RAZ3R X”, but I doubt anyone really remembers that. Over the course of those few years of making videos for fun, I became very passionate about making gaming videos, so I wanted to come up with a definitive name/brand for myself online and that’s how “TheRazoredEdge” came to be. The name is a mix of many things. It ranges from a signature move a favorite wrestler of mine used to use, mixed in with the name of the area where I grew up.
In terms of Gears Clip of the Day, I wasn’t actually the first person to run the channel. I took over the ownership/running of the channel since it had about 9,000 subscribers if I’m remembering it right. The previous owners had gotten either bored or busy with college, I’m not too sure of the specific reasons. But I offered to take over the channel as I had years of experience running a Gears of War Community channel called “cinemaF5VE” which was such an amazing channel and one of my favorite experiences on YouTube. They let me have the channel right away and as you asked above, I haven’t missed one day of uploading to GCOTD since. And I still keep in touch with one of the previous owners from time to time.
What was the main motivation behind starting this project? And are you more motivated now than when you began?
I was always very passionate about Gears of War and I always thought Gears Clip of the Day was an important part of the Gears YouTube community. So when I saw that the owners were looking for someone else to run it, I jumped at the opportunity as I really wanted to see GCOTD go for as long as it possibly could. I knew with the experience I had, that I was capable of doing it.
And yes, I have way more motivation now. Especially with the fact we know we’re getting new Gears of War games in the future. There is alot of excitement among Gears content creators. I know with Gears of War 4 on the way and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition keeping us held over, GCOTD will be going on and on for years to come.
Are you generally seeing more clips being uploaded now? Has there been tough times where clips were scarce?
Leading up to the release of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and after the release, there have been so many more submissions to GCOTD. But there were times when we didn’t know the fate of the franchise that things were hard. There were days when I had TWO clips in the inbox. There were alot of times where I thought I was going have to close the channel and wait to hear about Gears news in hopes that it would motivate the community to participate again. But we pushed through it and the channel is doing better than ever now.
Are there regular submitters of clips, is there anyone that has contributed a lot of clips over the years you would like to give a shout out to?
There are regular submitters of clips and people that have contributed to the channel. But for the sake of not wanting to leave anyone out as there are so many people to thank, I will say this. Gears Clip of the Day would be nothing without it’s community and to those who have reached out to help over the years, I say thank you. The channel wouldn’t be where it is without you. They know themselves who they are.
Have you ever submitted a clip yourself to your own channel? Have you ever got some nice clips yourself that you would like to share with the community?
Haha, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it once. But at the end of the day, it would be a conflict of interest. Plus, Gears Clip of the Day isn’t about me. If I have something to share, I will post it on my personal channel.
How has the way in which you receive, edit, process and upload your clips changed? and how long does it take to provide this ongoing service on a daily basis to the Gears community?
There hasn’t ever been any extreme changes to how clips have been submitted. The biggest change was when YouTube were changing the way direct messages worked, which was quite clunky. I made the decision to switch from YouTube messages to an email address, which is alot more organized and easier to manage. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org by the way!
In terms of how long it takes, it does take up a good portion of time to watch all of the submissions, pick one, download it, render it and then upload it every day. But I’ve gotten so used to it at this point it’s very much a routine at this point.
Are there any clips in particular that were your favourites or that stand out? What makes the best clips in your opinion?
In terms of a particular clip, it’s hard to name one or two as there’s always ridiculous clips being sent in all of the time. But what makes the best clips in my opinion are the ones that happen out of nowhere. The ones with with real shock value. Clips that people aren’t trying to bait players into. The clips where players are on their toes trying to not get killed but destroying each enemy that approaches. I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. I think when you’re standing there trying to get players to line up for something, it’s not that exciting. The heat of the moment thing is what I really enjoy.
What kind of hardware and software do you use at home in order to create the videos? How has this changed over the years?
To capture Gears of War gameplay on Xbox One and Xbox 360, I use a device called an Elgato HD60. It comes with it’s own capture software called Game Capture HD which is amazing for content creators. Game Capture HD allows you to record gameplay by just having the software open. So if you forget to press record, you can just go back and select a part of your session you want to record and save it, it’s incredible. Not to mention how good the quality is of the HD60 itself. It’s the best capture card I’ve owned so far and I have been through a few. I’ve owned a Dazzle DVC 100, Hauppauge HD PVR, Avermedia Live Gamer Portable and now the Elgato HD60.
To edit my videos, I’ve pretty much always used some version of Sony Vegas. It just seems to be the go-to editing software for almost any kind of content creator on YouTube. It’s easy to learn and you can do some awesome things with it if you put in the time. My editing skills are not the greatest, but I get creative in other ways without having to get too fancy with editing.
Has the introduction of the Xbox DVR helped you with your Gears Clip of the Day channel? What improvements do you feel should be made to it?
Yes! This has helped a great deal. All of those moments that would go unseen because people didn’t own a capture device can now be recorded by your everyday Gears of War player. It has doubled the amount of submissions for the channel as I expected it to. The integration with OneDrive makes it extremely easy for people on Xbox One to submit their clips straight to the GCOTD inbox. They don’t even need to worry about cutting/rendering the clip as the Xbox One pretty much does that for them.
In terms of improvements, I think the Xbox team really need to find a way to improve the quality. Just to look at it, I’d guess it’s recording at around 480p/30fps, which does the job for someone that doesn’t own a capture device, but it could be so much better. I’m hoping with the Windows 10 update to Xbox One, that they’ll be able to find a way to upgrade to a crisp 1080p and if they could get it to 60fps that would be insane.
How much do you play Gears of War, and why do you think it has so much replayability compared to other games?
I play an unhealthy amount of Gears of War. Even on busy days I try to fit in at least a couple of games just so I don’t get rusty at it. I’m currently getting back into doing some achievement hunting for the Gears games. They seem to be the only ones I have an obsession with getting all of the gamerscore for. I still need Seriously 3.0 on Gears of War 3, Golden Artifacts on Gears of War: Judgment which is such a grind and I almost have Seriously on Gears of War: Ultimate Edition at the time of writing this.
When it comes to Gears of War and replayability, it’s hard to pinpoint an exact reason since I’ve been a hardcore fan of the series since 2007. I guess the best way to explain it is I just find the gameplay addicting. The smooth and simple gameplay just seems so natural to me. It’s unlike any other third person shooter out there. And of course everything about the Gears universe just draws me in even more. It was the original campaign that sucked me in in the first place. The dark survival horror and grungy feel of the first Gears was like nothing I had ever seen and I’m so happy to see The Coalition going back in that direction with Gears of War 4.
There are a lot of people out there that would kill to have a massive following out there as you do on YouTube, what tips and advice would you give to anyone about making a successful channel?
To do well on YouTube in any community, you need to be passionate and you need to be consistent. You won’t get far if the reason you get into it is to make money or be popular. That’s not how it works and people see right through that. I post Gears of War because I truly love it. I love playing the game and I want to see it do well and I think people see that in my videos. I’ve been making videos since 2007, but I’ve only really been taking it seriously since about 2013. I noticed that posting videos on a regular basis gets you out there more. And people who enjoy your videos want to see more from you, so it only helps to be as consistent as possible. For me, running two channels certainly makes it hard to be consistent all of the time, but I try my best.
For anyone starting out, I highly recommend just doing it for fun, try out some things and take your time to find out who you are as a content creator. Try to figure out your style and what kind of videos you want to make. Over time you will eventually start building a following if you’re consistent. Then you should start thinking about doing collaborations with others and things of that nature. The Gears of War community is actually a really unique place, especially on YouTube. If they see you making an effort they will support your content, guaranteed. It’s one of the reasons I love it so much.
What do you think of the Gears of War community in general? What do you think could be done to help make the game better in terms of bringing us all together online better?
I love the Gears of War community and I think it still has it’s best days to come. We’ve seen each aspect of the community come together to help each other out in recent years, which never used to happen. YouTubers, Streamers, Forumers and the Competitive community all used to be separated from each other. But now, it’s an all for one and one for all kind of thing and it’s great. The Coalition has done a great job of encouraging that. All of the right things are happening at the moment for Gears to be bigger and better than it’s ever been and that’s only going to help all of us out in the long run. There’s so many people in the community that deserve much more than they’re getting right now and I’m sure when Gears of War 4 rolls around we’ll see that happen.
When it comes to the game itself bringing us together, I look at something like CS:GO, League of Legends or Halo 5: Guardians. I think the way they integrate their community’s content into their games is something The Coalition should look at. We should be able to watch a community member’s Twitch stream, YouTube video or use the forums, right from the main menu of Gears 4 with the click of a button. They’ve already sort of started to do this in Ultimate Edition by telling us when certain events are happening and promoting the players on the notice board which is excellent, but I think they should take it that next step further.
How can people submit clips to you for your channel?
People can submit clips to Gears Clip of the Day by uploading their clips UNLISTED to YouTube and then emailing the link to email@example.com. You can also send it from Xbox One via OneDrive.
We love giving tips for new Gears of War Players on our website and our YouTube Channel. What tips would you give to new Gears players to the game to help them compete better online?
It’s such a simple answer to give, but I honestly believe it’s the best answer I can give. Just play the game and play it as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to stay in a lobby with people who are better than you. You’ll only improve if you play against someone with a higher skill level than yourself. Playing with friends and using communication definitely helps a great deal as well.
Thanks for answering the questions!