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Before Anything

This is an online event. Because you will be streaming audio and video live, you need at least 5 Mbps UPLOAD speed. Can you please confirm by running a speed test: https://www.speedtest.net/

Please let me know if this is an issue.

Also, whenever possible, use an ethernet connection, not WiFi.

Checklist to Follow Before You Start Recording

  • Whenever possible, record with your monitor resolution set at 1280 x 720. All videos (slides and demos) must be recorded in the following resolution: 1280 x 720. It is crucial for video quality to record at 1280 x 720 and not a higher 16:9 resolution (even if you use a Retina display).
  • Speakers must Use the GameDevGuild slide template ==> https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1inIf3ey8qUvNG4DJvwC9IMBTDRRZZp042ZRBDHRQhVs/edit?usp=sharing
  • Remember that some viewers will watch the conference on tablets, phones, etc. We want your text to be legible on all devices. We recommend increasing font size on all IDEs, text editors, and command line to at least 16.
  • Disable system and application notification pop-ups
  • Make sure if you’re using a laptop that it is plugged in
  • Make sure your camera is stable and not shaky
  • Meet the audio requirements listed below (DO NOT USE YOUR INTERNAL MICROPHONE)
  • Close email, Skype, IM, browsers, or anything else that may interrupt you
  • Turn off fans, A/C, other computers/servers in your recording room, or anything else that might “click on” and create background noise while recording
  • Clean up your desktop and taskbar

GameDevGuild Conference Format

So what should a GameDevGuild Conference session video look like?

The first sessions should be user-based – not vendor sales pitches. Videos that are skewed toward a vendor sales pitch will not be accepted!

  • The first few minutes are just you talking to the camera about what you are about to show us.
  • Screen share showing a tool, technique, or tip to help attendees in their day-to-day efforts (please have your camera turned on during your session).
  • The GameDevGuild attendees prefers hands-on, practical screen sharing of tips, tricks, and demos to help fellow engineers create better automation, testing, or game development over boring, high-level, philosophical PowerPoint slides. Of course, this is just good practice. If you are doing a more high-level presentation, then at least make the slides enjoyable 🙂
  • Also, since the videos are pre-recorded, speakers are encouraged to dive into the actual code to “show us,” not just “tell us” how something can be achieved. This will set us apart from a “live,” in-person conference — more in-depth with real, hands-on, screen-sharing-type demos. Once again, this varies depending on your topic.
  • The last few minutes should just be you on camera wrapping up your session.
  • Since this is an online conference, it’s critical that you have a quality microphone and video camera. Also, since we will be LIVE for QA, please make sure you join using a wired internet connection whenever possible.
  • The perfect video length is 25 minutes.

The more actionable the session content the better. Our goal is for a GameDevGuild attendee to learn a tip, tool, technique, or best practice they can implement immediately to get results.

Recording Sofware Suggestions

Speakers are expected to have a quality microphone and video cam (*These are just suggestions. You can use what you have but if you don’t have anything yet, here are some suggestions.  Since we want to present GameDevGuild speakers in the best possible light, we think it’s critical that you have good audio and video quality)

Other Video Software Options:







Filmora Scrn

$19.99 per year
$29.99 for lifetime license

PC, Mac

Screen recording
Video editing

Lower cost

Simple editing
Limited noise removal



PC, Mac, Linux

Screen recording

Automatically record with noise filters in iZotope RX Elements ($129)
Built-in decibel meter
Complicated to configure initially
Harder to record a screen region




Screen recording

Built in on Mac

Records at variable frame rate
Can’t capture only a screen region



PC, Mac, Linux

Video editing

Fully featured
Efficient editing

Steeper learning curve




Screen recording

Lower cost
Capture screen, live video, and cursor in separate tracks

Only available on Mac

Vegas Movie Studio Platinum



Video editing

Fully featured
Includes advanced audio filters

Steeper learning curve

Recording Sofware Suggestions

If you can’t record on your own, another option is to have me record your session in real-time. To book a recording session, select a day and time that works for you from my calendar:




Example of a GameDevGuild Session

Example of Live Q&A Session

Example of Live Panel Discussion

Where to Upload Finished Recording

Upload your recorded session here when you are done: https://testguild.com/dropbox