In the interest of providing a better show for visitors, here’s some tips for video casters to create great Planetary Annihilation match videos.

General Video Casting Tips

  • Never stop talking. Dead air time is a caster’s bane.
  • When the action gets intense, zoom in so we can see the explosions up close and personal, rather than watching strategic icons disappear.
  • We like explosions. The freecam mode can provide a great view of the action, particularly when a commander is about to meet his demise.
  • Don’t assume all of your players are experienced Planetary Annihilation players. This could be their first match to watch. Be sure to explain the strategies, what players have done right, or wrong, or what they could be doing to do better. Make sure the viewers gain something from watching.
  • Don’t have blank space at the beginning of the video – be it a loading screen, the lobby, or whatever. Viewers get bored fast.
  • High quality videos! No one likes to watch grainy action. Planetary Annihilation is a beautiful game – so capture it! YouTube allows for higher quality videos than Twitch.tv
  • Turn of Steam/Skype/etc notifications. We don’t care which of your friends came online.

Commentary Tips

  • Keep an eye on all players and watch out for sneak attacks. Often sneak attacks have the most destruction and influence on the match, and subsequently are the most exciting to watch.

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PoV Tips

  • Silence is boring. Commentating your PoV match is ideal. Game music is an acceptable second. Choosing your own music is risky as it can easily annoy viewers who don’t like that style. If you do use music, make sure it’s quiet. Definitely do NOT use dubstep. Here’s an excellent example of music done tastefully.

Think you’ve made a great PoV Planetary Annihilation video? Prove it and submit your favorite Planetary Annihilation matches!