If you were interested, here’s the basics of what goes into making my videos. I am by no means an expert, this is just what works for me!
Definitely my biggest flaw as a YouTuber is how little planning I do, and in some videos you can tell that I’m just talking. I write in pretty much the same way actually. I give myself a couple of main points, and obviously I know what the topic is, but it’s pretty much just me talking to a camera and seeing what comes out! The majority of my planning is done in my head – I get an idea in bed, or in the shower, and plan as much as I possibly can right then and there. Yeah, it’s not a good system… I’m working on it, okay?
I’m by no means flash, and I have a pretty small (or non-existent) budget. This means I put my camera on my windowsill, to get that natural lighting, sit myself down on a chair, and talk. My dad used to be a photographer, so my camera is pretty fancy. Yay! I don’t think I need to invest in better lighting or anything, but maybe a mic? And a tripod, that’d be really handy.
If I need to film anything else, I generally do that after I’ve filmed the main vlog. The reason I need a tripod is so I can film these bits, instead of trying to hold a camera in awkward angles.
It takes me around half an hour to film my typical sort of vlog. Yes, this includes breaks every 10 minutes to get everything off the camera and onto my laptop, since the card is frustratingly small. I think it’s best to film as close together as possible so that the lighting doesn’t change too much – you can definitely tell when life has got in the way and I have to leave it a few hours.
Editing is, to me, the most fun part! I’m not good at it, but I love seeing how it all comes together so nicely. A talking vlog is pretty easy; I stick some music over it, and cuts out the umms and ahhs and bits that don’t make much sense. It’s the more “artsy” videos that
are more difficult, but way more fun. I like to cut bits together and make some sort of coherent story or theme, and finding music that pulls it all together just makes me so proud. Like, look at me, I created a thing! Not everyone creates things!
I use a program called Wondershare Filmora to do all my editing, and although there’s a lot more that can be done on better programs, this one was pretty cheap, so I use it out of convenience!
The main thing I want to get better at in my editing is basically everything more complicated than the basics. Exposure, and contrast, and colour tuning, and all of that sort of stuff that seems really small but makes such a big difference. You can see how much more professional other videos look when they’re well edited I think!
And, y’know, then I spend years waiting for it to upload. It’s a mission, let me tell you.
This is the basics of what I do, but it does cover most of it. I’ve had my YouTube channel for just over a year now, and I’ve still got a pretty low number of subscribers. Which is FINE, but I thought I should start blogging about different things relating to my channel so that all of you could give me advice on how to improve – whether you’re a creator yourself, or just someone who watches videos!
So, what advice do you have? Are we pretty similar, or quite different? Do you think you can tell if a video is scripted and better edited? And what other YouTube-related posts do you want to see?