One frequent request for folks new to gaming online is: “How do I record my Hangouts session?” Things have changed over the years and they will change again (there will be another UI change later this year that’s already being beta tested and foreshadowed). Even if you don’t want to record your hangouts session, this method of setting up the session will get you a more fully featured hangouts.
For example two additional features are:
- The ability for the host to adjust volume and mute other participants.
- Keyboard shortcuts. For example, for muting yourself: Ctrl+D. The 'normal' Hangout doesn't have that and the additional 500 millisecond it takes to click the button to mute yourself make such a difference when playing.
Google has recently announced that hangouts will be discontinued in 2020. While nothing is certain, this method will likely survive, as it uses YouTube and is integrated into the new beta UI.
To facilitate and run your sessions through the procedure described below you first need to have a verified Youtube account.
Verification works through a phone number and takes 24 hours.
So do the verification some time in advance.
This is where you find it in the Youtube Creator Studio menu. Click on the camera symbol in the upper bar of your Youtube main page. Select Go live.
1. Go to YouTube and click on your profile image and select “Creator Studio”.
b. I like to add an “End time” but it’s not needed.
c. In the description I like to include things like:
- ‘This session was organized through the Gauntlet Community’s gaming calendar.’
- Content warnings, which can be edited after you’ve recorded, so while you might not know you’re going to talk about self-harm now… you can update after a recording.
- Where to purchase the product and who created it.
- A short synopsis of what happened. I try to write this after the session (while the video is processing). One, so I can remember what happened (especially when looking at it later trying to prep for the next session). Two, it will help for posting the video to the Gauntlet Blog, or just other advertisement you would like to do.
- I usually add some tags… even though I set my videos not to be findable by YouTube UI… I still do it. You could use this list and copy-paste it as a starting point RPG, TRPG, TTRPG, roleplaying, Tabletop RPG, The Gauntlet, Gauntlet Hangouts, Gauntlet Community, Story Games, Story Game, Indie RPG.
- I change the access to “Unlisted”, because I mostly don’t care about building up my own YouTube presence. But you can leave it as Public (which means others can find and watch your streams and the resulting video and those who have a subscription to your channel will get a notification and can watch you play live - please ensure that all participants have agreed beforehand that they are fine with being live on Youtube) or you can change it to Private (which means no one can watch it). Unlisted means they need a direct link to watch, but it won’t be publicly findable through YouTube UI. Unlisted means I can post a direct link to it, and it can get incorporated into The Gauntlet’s playlist, but folks can’t just search for it or find it through my page.
- I leave “Type” as “Quick (using Google Hangouts On Air…”
- There is also an “Advanced” tab for settings. Take a look at it, but I mostly leave those as they are. The only one you may want to consider is the license. Only the Standard YouTube license allows others to make use of your material.
- Right side gets a panel.
- You’ll get a pop up.
- The dots in the lower left are you current audio output.