Hey guys! I am working on starting off a youtube channel for nerdy types. My topics for the channel are Let's Plays, gaming trivia, goofball videos, pretty much anything nerd related. My questions are this: What should one have to provide a decent experience for the viewers? I have been told about capture cards and a decent video editor setup. I plan to slowly get the channel provided with these things, and more. Right now I have two zelda posters for the background of my set, and some figures to decorate the desk I will be using. I have plans to get more figures, hopefully enough down the road I can use them to help spotlight the game I focus on for what ever video I do. I have various gaming books I plan to set on a shelf to add to the background, and yes I have read or are currently reading them. The channel idea is a bit broad in what I wish to do with it, and I don't intend to do only video games. I would like to do actual tabletop RPG vids for D&D and Shadowrun, as well as gaming histories and such.
Basically, what do you suggest a budding 'tuber get to bring a good shine to a passion in this media?
A good mic setup is key. Don't rely on a headset mic unless you're willing to drop $500-600 on a really nice headset. Blue Microphones makes a desktop model called the Yeti (you can get one on Amazon for $120). Several podcasts I listen to use these mics and they sound really nice. Make sure to get a pop filter for it as well...can't have those P's and B's getting all distorted and janky.
Good lighting is also key. A simple lamp behind you or next to you isn't good enough. If you are lucky enough to have track lighting above where you'll be recording, that's best, but a small photography lamp can also go a great length.
A good webcam is the final piece of advice I have for you. If you're planning on your face being on the interwebz...it had better look as good as the video you're recording. Nothing less than 1080p will suffice. Luckily, you can pick up a decent webcam for under $100 nowadays.
I hope this helps! Good luck...and let us know when you launch so we can give you some viewer support!