Process Videos: how, what, where and why?

Process Videos: how, what, where and why?

I’ve been trying to make a habit to live stream or record my work processes as I digitally paint. This is also an upcoming plan we have at Nebula Interactive, but first I want to write about my own experience of making a process video of creating digital art, or commonly known as a ‘speed paint’ video.

What is it? It’s an edited video of how I paint digitally, usually using one of the painting software tools I mentioned in my previous blog post.
Where is it recorded? 
I use a secondary program to record my active desktop, or in this case, the window in which I’m actively painting in. All video footage is usually stored in its own folder.
When was all this made? I can stop/start recording the activity on my computer at any time, which creates a new video file or more. I would later edit them all together in sequence.
Who is making this? I paint, record and edit the process myself. No second party involved!
Why make one? Many people are interested into how a work develops from sketch to finished piece.
How do I make one? Gather around folks, and check out the following tutorial.

The video I will use as an example is a recently finished process of a print I’d made. Here is the final cut.


What you need:
Painting software
A Desktop recorder – in this case I’ve used Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
A Video Editor – Windows Movie Maker is sufficient, also recently Youtube has their own editor

step 1


1. Here we have Photoshop and OBS open. In OBS, I click Settings > Broadcast Settings > Mode and set it to File Output Only. This will save my recordings to a directory, and I click Apply.

step 2


2. On the main screen, I right click within the Sources box, then Add > Window Capture. This will prompt me to give a name to the source, so I name it Photoshop.

step 3

3. Select your source window and click OK. Your window name should appear in the Sources list with a ticked box beside it.

step 4

4. To check the recording is picking up the source you need, click Preview Stream. OBS displays the active scene to be recorded. When you are happy with the result, click Start Recording.

step 5

The next step is to upload your recording(s) to Youtube, in the assumption you have an account/channel there. Click the Upload button on the top right of the main page, and select your video. Depending on your internet speed, you may have to wait until Youtube uploads and processes your video before making it viewable. If you want to make your videos unlisted or private, be sure to select them from the main upload window. Here you can see my uploads, but that opened lock symbol indicates they are Unlisted, and can only be seen by those who have the video link. They are hidden from my channel to the public. I need the rest of these videos for Youtube’s Video Editor.

1. Click on your video to play it. As channel/video owner, you have access to various editing tools that the public won’t normally see. We need to click Enhancements, which has a ‘magic wand’ symbol. There is where you can speed up, slow down, trim, and add music to your video clip. The sweet spot is the Youtube Video Editor button on the bottom right, or the link mentioned above.

Important note: I sped up each of my video clips by x6 FIRST, and waited a long time for Youtube to process the changes for all of them before going ahead with the next step. If I were to leave these videos untouched, not only would you hear what sounds were being recorded in the background (yours truly listening in on podcasts and other Youtube videos), but the final result would be SEVEN HOURS of real time painting. Not only is this inefficient and sluggish to edit later, but definitely not fun to sit through and watch. The long way becomes the short way.

step 6

2. The Editor is a timeline of your video clips, a screen showing the final result, an area to click, drag and trim your video clips in whatever order, and an Audio track should you want to add music to your video. Youtube, infamous for flagging copyrighted content, provides their own selection of free music to use in a variety of styles and genres. When you are happy with your editing, you can save your video as a new Project and Youtube renders the result. You can continue to edit your video information and go back to the editor at any time.

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