YouTube Video Project:
I started with Windows Movie Maker, a cheap mic, and Google Image search.
This is some information on how I make my YouTube Videos. The purpose is to teach other how to make their own videos and hopefully inspire some people to start making their own video sharing their information, ideas, etc.
Wired Magazine recently published an article called The Web is Dead, where they talk about the latest emerging internet trend as being Video. In the early days of dial-up internet, users simply did not have the bandwidth required to download large pictures, let alone huge video files. But now in the days of broadband, YouTube has grown to become one of the largest and most popular internet sites, in part thanks to broadband internet allowing large file transfers in a short amount of time, but also just because Video is so darn convenient.
How many people will watch a youtube video, over reading a book? With a video you have moving pictures as well as audio. A book has only text you read yourself and maybe a few pictures, but mostly your own imagination to create the pictures in your head.
Although some people will prefer to use their imagination, and books will always serve their own special purposes. Video Media still has many advantages over books. Think of how easy it is to convey information through spoken word combined with moving visual media. I have found it incredibly useful for describing concepts in science and technology, in ways that could never be achieved with a book.
The first step towards making a video usually starts much the same as with writing a book. Only when itís for a movie, itís called a script. It usually comes out much cleaner and smoother when you read from a script rather than talking from the top of your head, but either way will work. The second step is recording a narration, get a microphone, do some audio tests to make sure you can hear yourself, then hit record and start reading.
If you mess up start back over from the last break or sentence, and then you can go back later and edit the mistakes out. Try speaking slowly and clearly, that usually works the best. Do a couple practice takes until you are happy with the audio. If you don't take the time to get it perfect, you will end up with videos that sound terrible like many of mine do.
You can tell the difference between my earlier and later videos by the audio quality. My future videos should have even better audio quality since I recently invested some of my donations into professional audio recording equipment.
This is an AKG Perception 220 Consender Microphone. It requires an audio pre-amp unit (M-Audio 610) with +48 Volt Phantom Power to operate . This is a studio mic, like they use for radio or music recording. When run through an audio compressor to eliminate the background noise all my future audio will come through crystal clear.
My first videos were recorded using the microphone on the left, which was all I had available at the time (I also had never worked with audio before so I had no understanding of sound and recording quality at the time. I upgraded to the Logitech Headset ($40) for a while, but after getting a lot of comments still about audio quality, I did some research and also got a donation for $500 which I decided to put towards better audio recording equipment.
Another thing that I have done in the past is to find important radio interviews or other audio files to make into videos, download the mp3, load it into a video editor and add pictures for things as I go. I use Yahoo or Google Image search to find good pictures to use, then you import the pictures and adjust them to fit with the audio inside of the video editing software. I made all my original videos using Windows Movie Maker which is a program that comes free with Windows XP and other older Windows Machines. The interface is so easy to use, I taught myself how to edit, cut, and produce video in a few short hours. Just drag one picture on top of the next to do a fade, and stretch or shrink it in timeline view to make it fit with the audio.
Next I moved a step up from using still pictures and figured out how to import videos. I used a program called Any Video Converter to download flash videos from YouTube and convert them to WMV which is the format supported by Windows Movie Maker.
The only problem is that you lose video quality every time you perform a conversion from one format to another.
You can also use Real Player to download YouTube videos, as well as a FireFox Plug-In called DownLoad Helper which is what I have been using the most lately.
If all else fails, you can use a screen capture program. I use a free one called ďCam StudioĒ to do screen captures although I have never been able to get it to record audio. I usually use Sound Recorder and then import the audio file into my video editing program and overlay it. Which can be a pain for lip syncing the speech with the video, although you will find yourself having to do the same thing for video files converted using Any Video Converter since the Codec redubs the audio and throws it off track, especially with lengthier videos.
So if anyone knows any other better free programs to use, please bring them to our attention. Thanks. I figure Iíll start people off with the basics and let them work their way up from there.
The most important part of any video is by far, the research and time one puts into making it. The best information out there, isnít on YouTube, or if it is itís probably in the form of a low-budget below-standard media quality. I get a comment on one of my videos everyday by some hater complaining about the quality, yet very seldom do they have any decent videos of their own.
Making videos is a lot harder than it looks, and it requires a lot of practice, trial and error, and most importantly good software, and equipment. Although the information, perspective, logic, and overall presentation in a video is what ultimately determines how many people will subscribe to your channelís information and views, the video and audio quality is also a huge factor for a lot of people as well. The number of complaints I have gotten about the audio in my earlier videos was enough to justify the purchase of the professional recording equipment. And the help of friends with knowledge and expertise in these areas didnít hurt eitherÖ So thanks guys!
There are a lot of great and well put together videos out there on YouTube already, there is also a lot of room for refining and improvement as well. My hope for this video is to give educated and informed people some helpful and useful information. (sort of a YouTube insiderís head start). To help them to do what I did, and become your own video producer, and help strengthen, refine, and add to the existing body of media content being widely distributed via the Internet.
YouTube is the future, and video media is taking over the internet.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime so if you think you can do it better, donít bother leaving a comment, make a video. Donít talk about it, be about it.
I also know there are probably a hundred of you that started making a video, stopped about halfway through, and never finished. Get back in there, do the best you can to make it better and learn from your mistakes. You canít be afraid to try, and you canít be afraid to make mistakes or youíll never accomplish anything, and you wonít learn.
I cringe when I go back and watch my old videos, but I leave them up with annotations to correct the mistakes. They are still effective at introducing people to the material who are at the same level I was when I originally made the videos.
The only reason I started making videos, is because I was frustrated with the quality of existing web content and felt that I could do better than what was already there.
I also had a lot of important information that was hard to find, consolidate, and analyze I was looking for a way to share that information with large groups of people as quickly and effectively as possible, while assembling a support group for further Disclosure and wider spectrum analysis of information.
Here I am almost 2 and a half years later with 5 million views, over 30,000 subscribers, and a website that got a quarter of a Million hits in 2010 and brings me donation money with which to purchase better video making equipment.
But none of that would have ever happened if I didnít start out at the bottom making low-budget low quality slide presentations for YouTube one at a time. . .
Again, I believe my success is due to the nature of my content combined with my style of presentation and simplified explanations.
And again for the hundreds of haters that leave comments on my videos saying they can do better, Donít talk about it, be about it.
YouTube is the future of the Internet according to Wired Magazine. If thatís the case then right now our future is looking pretty bleak and the only thing thatís going to change any of that is if more young, intelligent people begin consolidating important information and putting it up on YouTube and other video sharing sites to spread it to the rest of the world.
Do research elsewhere and bring the information to YouTube. Or take existing YouTube videos and reedit them to include more information that you feel the author may have missed. Or just compile a bunch of different key clips to assemble a new video out of them which tells the story you wish to tell. Video production is an art, so decide what kind of pictures you want to paint and help us start the independent media revolution!