Making Videos in Decentraland: Tips and Tricks
Quick tips, tricks, and strategies for shooting and editing videos in Decentraland
To always get the best footage possible when you’re filming in Decentraland, be sure to read through this list of tips and tricks first!
Lights, camera, action!
Use the Desktop Client
When you enter Decentraland via the Desktop Client for PC or Mac your time in-world should provide faster loading times with better, more stable performance and graphics. Naturally this will result in a higher quality recording! Try out the Desktop Client now if you haven’t already.
Optimize your graphics settings
Before you shoot any new video, it’s strongly recommended that you tweak your graphics settings to obtain the highest resolution and rendering quality possible - given the constraints of your hardware.
Simply click the settings icon in the bottom right corner of the Explorer to pull up your graphics settings, and start bumping each setting up until you see a big decrease in framerate.
Use fullscreen mode
After tweaking your graphics settings, don’t forget to film in fullscreen mode! This can save time spent on cropping out your browser tabs or any other UI elements that might clutter your final video. Just press F11 to enter full screen mode.
Hide the UI
As with only shooting in full screen, hiding Decentraland’s UI (or user interface) is a great way to keep the focus on your subjects and not on the buttons around your screen. Press U to toggle your UI display.
Shoot from different angles using different avatars
This is a fun and creative way to shoot multiple perspectives of the same scene or avatar. Open up a new instance of Decentraland in a second tab using a new guest avatar. Navigate to the same realm and scene as your subject, and use this second avatar’s perspective to shoot footage from a wider range of angles. This is also a great way to get better third-person views of an avatar to show off wearables, emotes, or other actions.
Feel free to experiment with quick shots between several avatars, depending on how much your hardware will allow before impacting your video quality (running several instances of Decentraland at once can be taxing for your computer).
Catch that morning light, or shoot the night scenes
Depending on the style and script of your video, you can switch between day mode and night mode via the settings menu. It’s a quick and easy way to make the mood brighter and more optimistic, or more mysterious.
Switch up your movement
If you’re taking shots while moving, you can switch between walking and running by holding down the Shift key. Different panning shots might appear better at a slow walk, but you can always run to keep up with the action.
Keep it social
Decentraland is a social world, so try to capture scenes with other avatars around you! It’s a great way to get your friends involved, too. Coordinate shots over voice chat by holding T.
Costumes and makeup!
Show off wearables that make your avatar, and your personal take on Decentraland, unique and interesting.
If you’re still on the hunt for a good screen capture app, OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is a fantastic, free, and open source tool for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. OBS is the tool of choice for many top streamers, and it’s well suited for capturing in-world footage of Decentraland.
In order to easily record from multiple angles at once like a pro, try out DCL Studio, a Decentraland Desktop Client modification created by TheShoes. The mod consists of a virtual multi-camera mixing board for producing dynamic imagery at live events and allows users to create presets with camera movements, use freecam, and touch settings such as saturation, contrast, or lens distance.