Since I have a bit of history with app development and am usually bad at only doing one thing, I have been developing my third app in my spare time, when I am not recording videos: Ghost Sonar for Android and iOS
Ghost Sonar is a Ghost Hunting Tool for professionals and beginners alike and will help you detect anomalies in your environment!
Ghost Sonar uses a variety of sensors in your phone or tablet to interpret your environment. Anomalies are detected and interpreted through the available sensors in your phone, EVP signals are being interpreted through amplifying the underlying signals that are being picked up by your devices microphone.
I kind of have a knack for novelty entertainment apps, I don’t know what makes me come back to them. One of these days, I should really make a silly little game or at least participate in Ludum Dare again! Until then: Let’s hunt some ghosts!
Now about the Giveaway, you probably came for: I would love to celebrate the soon-to-be-hit 300.000 YouTube subscriber milestone with a giveaway of the headset and some keys for Steam games, including keys for Squad, Vermintide and other cool games!
You can enter the giveaway below. You can get tickets, based on your actions: Tweeting about this giveaway will give you the most (4 tickets), but you can enter by just visiting my Facebook page!
The giveaway is over, thanks for participating!
P.S.: I will be giving away a few more keys during my Twitch live streams during this week and I hope to see you guys there!
“Have you ever done a Let’s Play on laptop, because I know some YouTubers can’t afford a fancy gaming PC?”
Some people seem to have a misconception about Notebooks and Desktop PCs when it comes to their pricing. It appears that Laptops are cheap and affordable and these “fancy gaming PCs” are out of everyone’s league. If you see YouTubers do videos about their gaming rigs, chances are, they have a pretty beast system. You will rarely see a YouTuber do an in-depth video on his affordable and seemingly cheap desktop system – but they are out there. Not advertised, is that there are other systems out there other than “that fancy gaming PC” for thousands of dollars. You see them: Seemingly boring desktop PCs that seem only to run Office and browse the web – but they will be faster and more suited for recording than a laptop for the same price.
Generally speaking: You will be able to get a desktop system with remarkably more processing power for the same price. A desktop system for 700$ will outperform a laptop for 700$ any time – but here is the catch: If you never owned a desktop PC before, you will have to invest in a few peripherals as well as the system. The laptop comes with everything: A keyboard, a mouse, and a screen. I would always attach a mouse and a keyboard to a laptop since the built-in peripherals are barely enough to play games on it. (Every played a shooter with a trackpad? Great times!) The desktop system will require you to buy a screen, mouse, and screen. Once you have these things, though, future systems and upgrades will be cheaper since you don’t need to replace the whole laptop. You can only grab a part that you want to upgrade the graphics card or more RAM. At the very least you will be able to keep the case, your hard drives, and your peripherals. You should remember this if you are thinking about getting a system for gaming and possibly recording.
I got the chance to do another quick hardware review, thanks to SteelSeries, who sent me their Siberia 200. Brings back memories of my older headset…
Since you can still get the Siberia V2 for less (62$ currently) than the Siberia 200 (80$ on SteelSeries Store), I would say that it is a very feasible alternative to just grab a V2, while they are still available.
Camera Kaleidoscope for Android & iOS” target=”_blank”>iOS creates beautiful displays of art by mirroring parts of your camera image in certain angles. You can create an incredible beautiful kaleidoscope painting with just your camera,your environment and your creativity in seconds! It uses simple geometric shapes and maps the camera as a texture to it to avoid using hardware intensive shaders!
– 11 beautiful kaleidoscope modes, more to come with every update
– Simple and elegant UI
– Switch between your front and rear camera
– Take Screenshots and save them to your gallery, to share them with your friends
Check out some of the screenshots Lauren took with it. It is a fun little time killer and I am sure great entertainment for kids 😀
Since this app requires a lot of processing power, you might experience lower frame rates on older phones. I am continually trying to improve this app. If you have ideas or suggestions, make sure to leave a review with them in it! 🙂
I just learned that you could use the keyboard with only one USB cable plugged in, leaving the other dangling. (Looks a bit silly.) There were also two plugs hidden in the plastic casing, to tilt your keyboard further up, that I missed.
I received a question on ask.fm recently: “Any tips for a starting youtuber?” and decided to make a short post about this. If you have things that should be added to the list, leave a comment! These tips are based on my personal experience after over doing YouTube every day for over two three years.
I also recently made a video about this list, to share these tips with my YouTube audience and also to delve deeper into the individual tips:
Don’t let anyone tell you, you are too late to the game. It’s not true.
Watch Tutorial by other YouTubers and read up on the topic. Learn how to edit your videos.
Always try to improve your commentary. Avoid fillers like “eehm”.
Play what you enjoy; switch it up with smaller, less popular games.
Don’t spam your link in comments (or anywhere).
Don’t do a sub for sub or anything similarly stupid.
Don’t obsess so much over sound insulation and hardware before you got your commentary down.
Treat every other YouTuber with respect.
Treat your viewers with respect. A happy viewer is worth those few seconds you spend replying to him.
Try something different – don’t always do what everyone else is doing.
Don’t take mean comments to heart.
Don’t ignore constructive criticism, you will need it to grow.
Don’t take it personal if a YouTuber does not want to collab with you. We are busy people and less social than you might think.
Don’t get into fights in the comments, be the bigger person. Delete insulting comments and ignore.
Remember: People subscribe for you. If they sub for a game, they are not here to stay anyway.
Help other people that want to start YouTube / Twitch / anything in life.
Don’t expect the same enthusiasm from your friends that don’t do YouTube – they will probably not get it. Find a group online to have other YouTubers to chat with and grow.
Watch your video after recording and ask yourself “What can I do better next time?”.
Learn how to make engaging thumbnails. Don’t be lazy: Write your descriptions and tags.
Be consistent and upload on a schedule. If you can’t keep to the schedule, do less – but stay consistent.
Don’t expect anyone to give you shout outs, they won’t help anyway if your content isn’t good.
Use Social Media to your advantage. Don’t just auto-post your videos there – engage with your audience.
Expect to spend a LOT of time on your new hobby.
Unless you are very, very good or have a very unique idea, don’t try to do a Minecraft-focused chanel. There is way too much competition to gain traction. If you want to anyway, make sure to switch up the content with other games to gain new subscribers.
You are not your subscriber counter or your views. Don’t obsess over numbers, it’s unhealthy.
Growth in the beginning is slow, don’t get discouraged. It can take years, but you can do it!
Never buy subscribers, Twitter followers or any of that. It will just hurt you.
Don’t overexert yourself too often – it will burn you out. Get some sleep instead.
Don’t sign the first network that contacts you. Most of the time you don’t need a MCN in the beginning.
Don’t sign a contract that locks you in a year. Also a 60/40 cut is not a good deal. Don’t believe outrageous claims by small networks.
You should not expect any money from YouTube in the beginning. It takes time. Don’t even think about going full-time unless you already make money.