This is an Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart speaker (with Alexa) Review for those who have some form of Alexa device or are thinking of getting one. I have an Echo Dot 3rd Gen and an Amazon Echo 2nd gen and love them both.
Sound quality is the best I’ve heard on a speaker of this size!!! Definitely worth paying a little extra for this Echo Dot over the 2nd generation model. I’m not going to discuss the functionality of what Alexa has to offer as there’s tons of info already out there. For starters though, you can turn your lights on, tv on, control the volume of tv, play music, reorder products from Amazon, just by talking to Alexa. Simply say, “Alexa, order more dog food,” and Alexa places the Amazon order for you.
I’ve been a happy owner of an Amazon Echo 2nd generation and three 3rd generation Echo Dots for a year now, and love them. I’ll add some thoughts about how to choose which Echo device may be best for you. My main use is streaming music on both, either from Amazon’s music streaming (The Echo products have built in bluetooth and wifi card for talking to the internet) or via bluetooth to my iPhone. I used to use headphones to my iPhone while working out in the basement but that was a hassle. I also got sick of the smaller sound from the iPhone when working on projects while in the basement. This is what prompted the purchase of the Echo Dot…now I stream from my iPhone to the Echo Dot via bluetooth.
The most obvious update to the Echo Dot 3rd generation is the new look: it’s as if someone took a 2nd generation Dot, inflated it with an air pump, and wrapped the edge in fabric. And it’s not bad!
What’s different/updated in the 3rd Generation Dot:
1) It is slightly larger than the 2nd generation device, measuring 3.9″ wide x 1.7″ tall (2nd gen was 3.3″ wide x 1.3″ tall), and the top and bottom edges are more rounded. It is also substantially heavier at nearly twice the weight of the 2nd generation model.
2) The 2nd generation Dot came in two color options (black and white), each of which had a shiny plastic exterior that I personally thought looked a little cheap. The 3rd generation Dot has a fabric exterior which gives it a classier appearance, and it’s available in three colors: heather grey, sandstone, and charcoal. The fabric and rounded edges give the 3rd generation Dot a much softer look than its predecessor.
4) The 3rd generation Dot has a larger speaker (1.6″, versus 1.1″ on the 2nd gen), which is paired with a larger driver as well. I’ll talk below about the effect this has on audio quality.
5) The placement of the microphones is slightly different: while the 2nd generation had seven small far-field microphones on its top surface; the 3rd generation has four large microphones.
The Echo Dot has the BEST speaker I’ve ever heard for under $50. The functions of the echo along with the music playing functionality and the sound quality makes it a steal at this price point. It can get pretty loud, while keeping the nice punchy bass. If you like deeper bass you can feel, I recommend the Amazon Echo.
If your primary motivation for a speaker is to listen to music, go with the echo. If your budget is under $50 then go with the dot. The dot will only flourish is an enclosed space. It needs walls nearby to bounce off to add to the bass response.
I’d recommend this Echo Dot for someone who needs an echo for their kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. I use mine in the workout area of the basement, while the Amazon Echo stays in the kitchen.
If you’re looking for a great-sounding Alexa unit that streams music, takes commands from Alexa, looks great and is needed for an average room, I recommend the Echo Dot.
If you’re looking for a larger, full-sound you want to crank up, I recommend the Amazon Echo. I have both the Echo and Dot and love them each for what they do.
I write about anything techy, music, photography, artsy and whatever I think you may find interesting.
I’m a video editor of 25 years, computer technician of 25 years, audio engineer 20 years, photographer 25 years and guitarist 20 years. I post photography and stop motion animation videos, but mainly guitar playing. This post may contain affiliate links to products I use and review.
Creating a video (or video series) to help market yourself or product or service on YouTube is easy. YouTube videos increase the chance of a purchase by 144%.
At the time of this writing, I have been working with YouTube for 5 years. I have 25 years of video production, audio engineering, photography and music production EACH. I also run this blog and am a tech geek.
I can help you out a lot.
Like many companies, you might not have the in-house resources to create a clip or much time to waste on learning video editing software yourself.
You may also just have an iPhone or iPad and that’s fine. Many of the large YouTube channels started out filming with just an iPhone, and a lot of them still do, including me.
How to Make a Good YouTube video
Craft a production plan.
Showcase your personality.
Clearly explain your product or service.
Add both entertaining and informational value.
Tell a story that engages the customer.
Title and promote the video.
1. Craft a production plan.
When you enter video production, it’s good to plan as much as possible before you start rolling. This will make the production and editing process flow smoothly.
Personally, I don’t do this step. I have been in video production, photography and audio engineering for around 30 years so it’s 2nd nature for me. I also just start filming and talk as I go. Since I know the material I talk about, I can talk forever, but that’s me.
If you’re just starting out with YouTube, I recommend using notes or cards, your iPad or phone, to read from if you get stuck. You can always edit the parts out when you pause, need to think while on camera, or just aren’t feeling it. Just keep filming. You can always edit any video out later.
How to create content for your YouTube channel
Identify your goals and mission for making a video and make a plan that aligns with them. Create a script or use your notes highlighting major points you’d like to get across to your YouTube audience.
Share this with team members involved in the making of the YouTube video so everyone can contribute. This will help your team stay on the same page and track your progress if you’re on a deadline. More heads are better than one.
A lot of YouTube channels have one creator who does everything so don’t worry if you don’t have a team. I am the only one creating content, filming, editing and promoting my YouTube channels. It can be done with just one.
2. Showcase your personality.
This is very important! Whatever it is you’re producing, you’re likely not the first one to do so. You need to stand out. Be yourself in your YouTube videos. No one else can do this better than you. Don’t worry what other people think and don’t question yourself.
What sets you apart from the pack? Just because someone has 1 million YouTube subscribers to your 10, doesn’t mean they’re better than you.
Making YouTube videos takes hours of work spanning over weeks or months. This is why you hear people say, only make YouTube videos if you enjoy the content you’re producing. NEVER do something you don’t love. It will get boring and you will hate it.
Have you ever watched someone’s YouTube video just because you loved their personality? Chances are, it was a piece of visual content—perhaps a video—that you instantly connected with because it was likable. Maybe they made you laugh?
If people like you, they’ll become subscribers to your YouTube channel.
How to do it
Be honest with yourself about your on-camera skills. Is someone else in your group more charismatic? Put him or her in front of the camera, instead. If it’s only you, you’ll get over it in time. I used to be very camera shy years ago. Now, I don’t care if a camera is on me. There is no one else in the room when I film and that helps. I also don’t care what other people think so I film what I want.
If you really don’t want to be on video you can film your content and speak over the video either while filming or afterwards during editing. Many YouTube creators do this.
Talking into a mic and speaking to an unseen audience may seem easy, but it often isn’t for those starting out. You might freeze, thinking what to say next. You may feel your info doesn’t flow. You may have a lot of doubts. Get over that.
The key to filming yourself is pretending you’re talking to a friend. You don’t second guess everything you say to them do you? Just talk.
Do several takes, keep them all, and edit out awkward pauses. Practice trimming and splitting clips until your transitions look natural. The human mind is incredibly fast. Having shorter quicker clips that get to the point will make your videos much better.
No one wants to watch you unboxing a product for 2 minutes while you look for scissors, accidentally knock the camera, look for your script, etc. Simply keep the first 3 seconds of you opening the box and that last few seconds before you take the product out. Everyone will get that you are opening a box. They don’t need to see the entire process.
If you’re making a physical product, some footage of the manufacturing process is an excellent way to make your product relatable. You can show this footage while talking about it into a microphone.
Don’t be afraid to whip out your cell phone if you’re missing a moment, be it putting the final touches on a great-looking product or your lead developer falling asleep at his desk.
3. Clearly explain your product or service.
You know your product better than anyone else. That’s great, but you may make the mistake of assuming everyone else knows the ins and outs of your product, too.
Don’t jump right to marketing “Awesome Thing About My Product Number Five,” just because you assume Things one through four are obvious.
Look at your product as if you know nothing about what it is, what it does, or what kinds of problems it can solve. Tell yourself the story of your product as if you know nothing. Then, take that story and tell it to everyone else.
I hate watching how-to videos and they say, “take the K49 valve.” What the hell is a K49 valve?! What does it do? Is there a K50 valve, and if so, would I want that one”? Explain it like, are there any other valves available? Why do you use this one and what does it do? Explain everything whether you think they know about it or not. Don’t go overboard with these side explanations. Let your viewers know you can make more videos on that topic in the future.
4. What camera to use for YouTube videos
The better the video and audio quality, the better your YouTube videos will be. Most iPhones and iPads and other devices all film in 4k so they will be fine. Most of my YouTube videos are filmed and edited on my iPad pro. For larger production videos I use Final Cut Pro video editing software on my iMac.
Not everyone will want to sit through your video, even if it is short. Why should they? There are millions of other videos on the Internet.
Figure out what value your video is going to offer to your audience. Does it tell a great story? Does it explain how to solve a problem? YouTube videos I have created that show how to solve a problem get the most views. Even if you think it’s stupid or you think everyone already knows what you have to say, make a video for it!
Add value to your video, be yourself, and watch it get shared beyond just your inner circle of friends. Believe it or not, most people are altruistic—if they see a clear benefit to be gained from watching your video, they’ll want to share that benefit with their friends and connections.
How to do it
Think back to the last video you shared. Why did you share it? Chances are, if you’re like most people, you wanted to establish your authority on the topic. You wanted to be the first to present that piece of information to the people in your circle.
You can give people the social credibility they want by creating smart, informative videos for them to share. If your product solves a problem, present the solution in a way that sounds revolutionary.
For example, if your product speeds up a task that your target customer must perform often, use picture-in-picture editing features to demonstrate how much quicker they can accomplish the task using your product.
It’s great to tell someone they can save 30 seconds searching for the best rate on their next flight, but if you can show the typical process side-by-side with your innovation, you can actually make them sit through those 30 seconds.
6. Tell a story that engages the customer.
Think back to high school English class, when you learned about the components of a story—there’s an introduction, conflict, climax and resolution. If you leave out any of these crucial parts, you’re left with a collection of sentences that have been smashed together for no apparent reason.
You need to tell a coherent story (and this will require some pre-planning, writing, and editing), but you should make sure it goes somewhere. A nice, tidy ending is great, but building suspense is better. Are you going to produce another video to continue the story? If so, why should your viewers be excited to watch it? Let them know in your video you will be making other videos like this.
How to do it
Make a plan for your video content, and look beyond video number one. Think of the story. What do you want to accomplish? Think of a grabbing intro, middle and end. Make it short. 3 minute YouTube videos on average do best.
Rather than one explainer video, is your product suited to a series of instructional videos? Can you help people create something with your product? Break that “something” into pieces, and create a series of short videos.
You can even record the entire series in one go, and use an easy editing tool to break the footage out into logical sections. Keeping your audience waiting for more (as long as it’s great content).
If you’re more of a storyteller, you can keep a video series looking cohesive (and cut down on your workload) by reusing clips.
Remind your viewers of the product benefits you explored last time, and build on the story you’ve already told. Just be sure to store your edited video somewhere safe—the cloud is your best bet—so you don’t have to repeat all your hard work each time you make a new video.
Even if your story doesn’t end at the end of the video, that chapter does. Make sure you leave your viewer with something concrete to do.
There should be a call-to-action at the end of every video, even if you set an expectation that another video will follow. You never know when a viewer will disengage from your content, so give them opportunities to become a customer or subscriber while you have their attention.
A call to action is having the viewer of your video do something such as subscribing or leaving a comment. Remind them to subscribe to your YouTube channel and to leave comments. YouTube loves subscribers and people leaving comments. This shows YouTube your videos are liked, which means YouTube will start to promote your videos over time.
The more videos you make, the better chance you have at being seen.
7. Title and promote the video.
You’ve created a great piece of video content that showcases your personality, explains what you’re doing, has a clear benefit, and tells a great story. What do you do next?
It’s time to promote the heck out of it.
How to do it
The best way to ensure people watch your video is to give it a great title.
After Google, YouTube is the second-largest search engine in the world. Google now owns YouTube by the way.
You put a ton of research and consideration into your video. Do the same for your video title.
The same goes for your description and tags. Try using hashtags in your title to ensure you’re getting found with the right keywords. You’re also going to want to put some time into selecting the right thumbnail for your video.
This is all the potential viewer will see before they decide whether or not to hit the “play” button, so make that thumbnail image extra-compelling.
Making Marketing Videos
Regardless of the topic of your video or your amount of resources, be sure to follow these simple, but vital best practices when making a marketing video:
Clearly explain your service or product, as well as why it might be valuable to the customer. For example, if you sell a technology, you should use this video to explain what this technology does and why it might save a customer time and money. You could also use this video to show a demo of the product.
Be sure your video looks professional. Film in a properly lit environment with low background noise, if any. If you work in an open office, move your production into a quiet conference room or hallway. If the lighting is poor and it effects how the film subjects are seen on screen, try moving around lamps, or consider purchasing an affordable light at a home-goods or hardware store.
You don’t need to buy an expensive video camera, but try to use a lower-priced video camera, a digital camera that takes video, or a newer smartphone for a crisp image.
Hold your film device on a tripod or another surface to limit shakiness. Nothing ruins a great video like an unprofessional, unsteady image. Too much movement can also cause blurry visuals as a camera tries to auto-focus.
Use a video editing tool to put the video together so it looks clean and professional. When it comes to finding software, there are plenty of affordable options. Some computers, like Macs, already come with an easy-to-use program called IMovie. I do most of my video editing on my iPad using pro editing software called LumaFusion.
Export your finished product in high-definition. Exporting to HD allows your viewers to see a crisp clean image, rather than a blurry one, on most devices. Here’s a quick guide to editing Youtube videos.
That’s it! With these tips in mind, you can market your business like a seasoned video producer. Go forth and convert!
I write about anything techy, music, photography, artsy and whatever I think you may find interesting.
Red exclamation when importing video from SD card to iPad pro RESOLVED!
I get a Red exclamation (!) when importing video from SD card to iPad pro. I have 3 YouTube channels and have been editing video mostly on my iPad pro using Lumafusion and love it! I have been a video and audio editor for over 25 years. The mobility of the iPad pro is awesome!
I film most of my YouTube videos with my iPhone and iPad pro, sharing files between the two, for easy editing in Lumafusion.
As always, the import screen came up, showing what photos and videos are available to import to the iPad from the SD card. I SAW ALL FILES IN THUMBNAIL FORM!
After a couple minutes, the video thumbnails were greeted with the RED EXCLAMATION POINT.
The videos were not importing!
Reading forums and complaints from many video editors turned up no answers. Some people said it’s the file size, while others said it’s the file name. Other people said you need a special SD card reader. None of these are true.
I was fearing it was a 4k thing, since I was able to import 1080 60p just fine. Would I be able to edit 4k video in different resolutions on my iPad?! YES! READ ON!
The issue is the 10 bit video files I filmed. Apple IOS CANNOT HANDLE 10 BIT VIDEO FILES at the time of this writing. You are limited to 8 bit video files.
In your camera settings, choose a video setting that is 8 bit if you want to import video into your iPad pro.
IOS will only import 8 bit video files, not 10 bit.
Luckily, there are many settings in 8 bit to choose from in most camera settings. Is there a difference between 8 bit and 10 bit and are you losing much? It’s nothing you have to worry about unless you want to insanely zoom in on video. For that you will be better off filming with a 10 bit setting and editing on your iMac, Macbook, anything but IOS.
10 bit isn’t too much different than the 8 bit.
I was able to edit the 10 bit 4k 60p video in Final Cut Pro X on my iMac with no issues. Moving forward, I will need to choose an 8 bit video setting if I want to edit video on my iPad. No big deal at all.
I ran a dozen tests filming with different settings and they all pointed to the bit rate. 8 bit video could be imported into the iPad for editing but 10 bit would never show up…just fail. This was regardless of the file size.
I write about anything techy, music, photography, artsy and whatever I think you may find interesting.
Panasonic GH5S vs GH5. I have a GH5 and here’s why.
Trying to decide between a Panasonic GH5 and GH5s? In the end, the choice is yours…maybe I can help.
On the outside, very little has changed between the Panasonic GH5 and GH5s. The two cameras have the same design and dimensions, so many accessories will work seamlessly on both, including panasonic camera lenses. The only visual differences are the red video recording button, red ring around the drive dial and red S on the name. The button layouts are the same on the GH5 and GH5s.
The Panasonic GH5 went on sale at the end of March 2017. There was a major firmware update in September 2017.
The GH5 features a20MP Live Mos sensor which is currently the highest resolution you can find on a Micro Four Thirds camera. There is no low pass filter, which maximizes sharpness. This is standard on Panasonic micro four thirds mirror less cameras.
The GH5s has a newly designed chip with half the megapixel count of the GH5 (10.2MP). The larger the pixel, the more light is gathered, which reduces noise at high sensitivities like Sony’s A7s series.
The GH5 has a range of 200 to 25600 ISO and extended “pull” values down to 100. For video, the ISO range goes from 200 to 12800. This is MORE THAN ENOUGH, especially if you light your set, which you should always be doing anyway.
The GH5s takes the low light performance to a new level for Micro Four Thirds. It offers a range of 160 to 51200 ISO with extended values down to 80 and up to 204800 ISO. The entire range, including the extended settings, are available for stills and video.
Do you really need the insanely high ISO over 50,000 on the GH5? I don’t. I film between ISO 200 and 800, just like old school, back in the day. I might step it up to 1600 but that’s rare. I make sure the area is lit well. I don’t plan on filming anything in the street when the sun is gone. If that’s your thing, you will get some video noise even with the GH5s.
Panasonic GH5 LOW LIGHT Test Footage – LOOKS GREAT!
The high resolution sensor also gives the Panasonic GH5 an advantage concerning the maximum video resolution. The GH5 can record 6K in anamorphic mode up to 30p and has a 6K Photo mode that allows you to record at 30p and save any of the video frames into an 18MP JPG.
The GH5 has an excellent VFR mode with a maximum of 180fps which gives you a slow motion footage up to approximately 6x. The GH5S goes one step further at 240fps.
Panasonic GH5s LOW LIGHT Test Footage – LOOKS GREAT!
DID YOU SEE MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GH5 and GH5s?
Another Panasonic GH5 Test Footage video
Both the GH5 and GH5s use Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus AF system which works with contrast detection but offers a faster speed that traditional contrast based systems. The GH5 uses a faster version with a locking speed of 0.05s. The GH5s is slightly slower with a locking speed of 0.07s but it has better sensitivity in low light (-5Ev vs -4Ev on the GH5).
The two cameras feature a full-sized HDMI port, USB Type C, mic in, headphone out, remote input, flash sync and two SD card slots with UHS-II compatibility.
The GH5s has time code in and out that works via the flash sync port (a cable is provided) which means you can genlock it with broadcast cameras. The Mic in port can also be used as a Line In for other audio sources.
But why is there another GH series camera, was there something fundamentally wrong with the GH5? NOPE! Far from it. The GH5 has built on the reputation of the GH4 as a solid hybrid for stills and video. It has a steadily increased in popularity for both enthusiasts and professional photographers.
The GH5s isn’t an entirely new camera, nor is it an upgrade in the traditional sense – although it does cost more – about $600 more!
Panasonic is not the first camera manufacturer to release an S version, or even two different versions of the same model.
Starting at the top of the specifications list, the GH5s sees a considerable drop in sensor resolution, from 20.3 million pixels on the GH5’s sensor down to 10.2 million pixels.
Does having more pixels on a camera sensor mean better image quality? It has been a long-running argument. Personally, I would rather have fewer, larger sensors instead of more, smaller sensors. The sensors are responsible for gathering light and the larger the sensors the better. I would rather rely on larger sensors to gather light instead of multiple smaller ones. That’s one reason I got the GH5.
You do lose some of the finer image detail you’d expect with more pixels (GH5s) and higher resolution, but when you draft in the moving image and the illusion of persistence of vision then that loss of clarity becomes less of an issue.
Underlining the low light improvement, the GH5s offers a Dual Native sensitivity range.
The new sensor on the GH5s should enable better low light performance.
The new maximum frame rates for the GH5s for Cinema are 4K and 60p, 4K is again 60p, and 1080p leaps to 240p compared with 180p on the GH5. That’s exciting news for slow motion lovers!
The GH5s doesn’t have built-in image stabilization. This was a deal breaker for me. Although I can keep the camera very still for photo and video work, Panasonic’s in-camera image stabilization is 2nd to none. Saving $600 and gaining image stabilization steered me to the GH5. Check out this video filmed with my Panasonic GX85, utilizing in-camera image stabilization. The GX85 is another EXCELLENT micro four thirds mirror less camera by Panasonic. I highly recommended the GX85 and almost bought a 2nd one for dual camera shoots. If a 3rd camera is ever needed, I will make it a Panasonic GX85.
SPECS GH5s GH5
4K video 4096 x2160
4K video 3840 x 2160
Recording Time Limit
4:2:2 10bit recording C4K
4:2:2 10bit recording 4K
4:2:2 10bit recording Full-HD
ALL-Intra high bitrate video recording 4K
400Mbps (4:2:2 10bit)
400Mbps (4:2:2 10bit)
ALL-Intra high bitrate video recording Full-HD
200Mbps (4:2:2 10bit)
200Mbps (4:2:2 10bit)
System frequency is selectable (59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz (24.00Hz))
I’m not too concerned about ISO ratings or low light. As I said, I light my set and don’t plan on filming in dark alleys late at night, so the GH5 is more than perfect. I also love the in camera image stabilizer of the GH5 (not present on the GH5s.) I have never worked with a better in-camera image stabilizer than what is on the GX85 and and GH5! Truly amazing smoothness with little effort. I highly recommend either the GH5 or GH5s. The choice between GH5 or GH5s will depend on if you want in-camera image stabilizer and if filming in very low light is something you do. As I said, the GH5 also does a very nice job in low light. I also saved $600 going with the GH5 over the GH5s.
4 Things To Check If Your YouTube Channel Isn’t Growing
A lot of YouTubers are struggling to get more subscribers and views. If you check these four things in YouTube Analytics, you can find out exactly why your channel isn’t growing. You can fix the issues! All these areas I talk about can be found in your YouTube dashboard stats area.
1. Audience Retention
The first thing to check is Audience Retention. This metric tells you how long your viewers watch your videos on average. If most of your videos are around 25% to 50% viewing time or higher, you’re doing a good job engaging your viewers.
You’ll probably have a couple of videos that fall under the 25% mark. That typically happens with longer videos. You can click on the titles of those videos to see the exact points where viewers drop off. This tells you exactly what to improve in your videos to keep them on board. This can be viewed per video by clicking on each video individually in the dashboard statistics area of your YouTube channel.
If your average audience retention is low, your most important job is to increase it. Edit out all the boring parts of your YouTube video. For example, if you are doing an unboxing video, no one needs to see you spend 30 seconds taking it out of the box it was shipped to you in from UPS. Edit the video to include maybe 3 seconds of you taking it out of the brown shipping box. Make sure your presentation is enthusiastic and energetic. And always deliver value in every video to keep your audience engaged and always be yourself.
2. Traffic Sources
One of the most important reports ever is the Traffic sources report. This tells you how people discover your YouTube videos.
Whenever someone tells me they don’t get a lot of new subscribers, this is usually where the real problem is. Often times, their #1 traffic source is Browse features, which is just their subscriptions and video recommendations on the homepage of YouTube. Those are people who already know you! These are the recommended videos that come up and your videos will come up for your current viewers!
You want your YouTube traffic to come from suggested videos, YouTube search and External. External, meaning, from links on websites or other YouTube channels. If you have friends with YouTube channels, see if they can put a link in their video description to your channel. This will help drive traffic whether people read the link or not.
If those factors combined don’t make up for at least 50% of your traffic or if YouTube Search or Suggested videos are ridiculously low, you need to focus on that more.
Click on YouTube search to find out what keywords your viewers type to find your videos. Are those the keywords you really want to be found on? If not, try optimizing your video descriptions and tags to improve your visibility for other keywords. If you do this right, this will also help your views from Suggested videos.
3. SEO Score
Speaking of getting found on YouTube: you should install the free VidIQ plug-in for Google Chrome in order to find out the SEO-score for your videos.
The SEO-score is an indicator that tells you how well your video ranks in the search results. You definitely want this to be a score over 50, and preferably even close to 70 or 80.
If your SEO-score is very low, make sure you know what keywords you want to be found on. Include them in your descriptions and tags. And use the plug-in to see which keywords people actually search for.
4. Titles and Thumbnails
Titles and thumbnails are truly underrated factors that determine whether or not someone will click on your video or not. A good title and thumbnail will spark the viewer’s curiosity and make them want to find out more about your YouTube video.
You should use a custom thumbnail for your videos. Make sure your thumbnail really stands out and they are very visible on a smaller size.
Use titles that entice the viewer to click. Which video title would you rather click on?
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Whenever I look at a channel that doesn’t get a lot of subscribers and views, in 99.9% of the times, the problems lie in one or more of these factors. I hope that by pointing them out to you, you’ll at least be able to identify the real issues on your channel. Let me know what you discover in your metrics!
A millennial is a person born from the years 1982 and 2004. Millennials are generally considered to be self-absorbed and spoiled. Even if the spoiling is not their fault, they still get blamed for being shallow.
Why are millennials hated? That sounds harsh, but true. Each previous era knows more than the next, or so it seems. Back in my day, you kids wouldn’t have lasted. Times were harder when we were kids! Remember those lines?
Turns out everyone has problems whether you realize it or not, but millennials seem to have more “problems” than anyone else.
Not all millennials are spoiled rotten (always challenging authority) but most are.
What others say about millennial personality:
I’m seeing severe arrested development with this group. They still act like kids in their mid to late twenties. Still living at home, have not had even one significant LTR, don’t own cars, party all he time, work shitty jobs. They’re in limbo between adolescence and adulthood. I can’t stand the 30 y/o tattooed & bearded hipsters who skateboard as a means of transportation.
Millennials seem to think “ageism” is acceptable. The 20th century never happened for them, and they dismiss it all as worthless history. No lessons learned from the Depression, WW2 or Vietnam.
Thoreau, Ghandi and MLK are old relics with nothing to offer.
No concern as to what life was like for minority classes. That’s all ancient history.
Most millennials whine, “Oh I was told to do this specific task and only that.” Or “The rules change every day. I don’t know what to do!” So, they can’t do two things at once? They can’t use reasoning skills to fill in the gaps from their job training, in order to help a customer? For real!? I know chewing gum and deciding on takeout from GrubHub is challenging, but come on now! They constantly peck away on their iPhones. When I snap them out of their privileged stupor, they just stare at me. “What did I do?” It’s what they’re not doing, namely the job!
Millennials were bribed to make good grades. Millennials were raised to believe everyone is a winner. Everybody wants to market to the millennial age group. Zuckerberg and others are young, rich and powerful. Old people have to listen to them, work for them, and appeal to them.
But soon the Millennials will be old and no longer the desired demographic. Zuckerberg’s generation will be replaced. It happens to the best of us.
On the bright side, as a GenXer and early “pioneer” of the WWW, I can work circles around these Millennials. They may know the latest apps and trends, but they have no foundation or sense of the future. They really don’t know how to do ANYTHING beyond clicking on buttons in dumbed down apps. No common sense for most millennials, sorry to report. I have worked with many and only 5% have proven me wrong, sorry to say.
Several millennials are creatives, or pretend to be. They took a degree, or a career track job as a back up. Because millennials were raised by helicopter cheerleaders, they not only have the typical bad millennial work habits, they also think they can support themselves as spoken word artists if they just get that one break.
In fairness, the smarter ones are willing to take the barista jobs and have a better attitude towards work and customers (not least because it affects the tip jar). Millennials also are willing to pare down their lifestyle/materialism.
I don’t understand the problem. If millennials by and large are missing days or coming in late or busy with social media instead of their work, why don’t the supervisors fire them and replace them with older people. Many of us are out of work, and we wouldn’t present the boss with these difficulties.
To put it another way, why hire millennials if your experience tells you they will be a pain in the ass?
They definitely cannot stop looking at their phones. Some have no work ethic, but I work in a small town at the moment and I see some that are hard-working and good workers.
Not to mention how many of the female members of this cohort feel the need to either lay on the vocal fry along with their ‘What EV’ attitude, or talk in teensy baby voices. Grow up.
A word from a millennial:
I was born in 1983, and my father taught me at a young age that you don’t deserve to get a medal if you didn’t actually do any work. That lesson applies here, too. These people expect to be rewarded for just showing up. This is why even I often find it difficult to deal with millennials; it’s hard trying to have a conversation with someone whose nose is always stuck in an iPhone.
It seems like with this generation the kids and teens make more decisions than the parents do. What happened to parents with a back bone? Let’s bring back good ol’ punishments and maybe the people we are producing won’t turn out so bossy and entitled. In fact, it is mainly the parents’ fault that kids are turning out the way they are. The parents claim that they just can’t get control of them, or there is no point in punishing them because they are just going to do what they want either way. Well I am calling for a stop to that. What is the point in being the adult in the relationship if you refuse to enforce your adulthood?
And just remember, these rules do not only apply to Millennials specifically, but to a few ages just before them, and all ages after them. Mix and match the “Millennial signal” to identify if a friend or family member is suffering from Maximum Millennial Syndrome today. Brace yourselves for the coming generation, the children of the millennials. And as television always prompts one to say, “Can it get any worse?”
One last note, what’s up with the trendy hipster beards and trendy beers?
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What are V-bucks in Fortnite Battle Royale used for in PS4 and Xbox? You may have heard about v-bucks in Fortnite gaming from Epic games but aren’t sure what they are.
Fortnite is a free game to play. Fortnite has cool skins gliders wraps for guns and more. My favorite place to land in Fortnite is sunny steps because sunny steps has cool temples. The battle pass is a free way of getting rewards for doing your challenges and leveling up your character.
If you want to get the battle pass or skins (different costumes or accessories for your Fortnite character) you have to get v-bucks. V-bucks are money that is used in Fortnite’s shop, which is accessible via PS4 and Xbox gamestore within the Fortnite game.
V-bucks is Fortnite currency. Instead of using PS4 or XBOX gift cards to buy items in the Fortnite store, you purchase PS4 or XBOX gift cards to buy Fortnite V-bucks then use the V-bucks to purchase items in the Fortnite store online via the Fortnite game.
You can get v-bucks in the battle pass as well as buying them with real money. There are four different types of packages of v-bucks 1,000 2,800 5,000 and 13,500 v-bucks in diffrent types of packages, how I usually get v-bucks is I use PS4 cards I play on PS4.
Niccolo Paganini was a renowned Italian composer and violinist of the 19th century. A genius, non-conformist, eccentric, unruly vagabond, he left an irrefutable mark on the history of instrumental music. One cannot go through the history of virtuoso performers without reading about Niccolo Paganini. He was one of the greats and one of my favorite composers! A violinist, guitarist and composer.
Niccolo Paganini was one of the most celebrated and distinguished virtuosos of his time.
Niccolò Paganini (October 27, 1782 – May 27, 1840) left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 are among the best known of his compositions and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.
Plagued throughout life by illnesses, partly from birth and partly due to his extravagant lifestyle, he still became an inspiration and motivation for many composers and musicians, including Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Robert Schumann.
The capability to transform his minuses into positives is exemplified in his three-octave finger stretch he played across all four strings on violin. This contributed in giving him a permanent place in the history of 19th century music.
Niccolò Paganini was born on 27 October 1782 in Genoa, at that time the capital of the Republic of Genoa. His father, Antonio Paganini, was an unsuccessful commercial broker involved in the shipping business. His mother’s name was Teresa (née Bocciardo) Paganini. Both parents were amateur musicians.
Niccolò, born third of his parents’ six children, was baptized on October 28th in Chiesa di San Salvatore in Piazza Sarzano. Among his surviving siblings were Biagio Paganini, Carlo Paganini and Teresa Bonati. Nothing is known about the other two.
A musician at the local orchestra quickly recognized Niccolò’s potential and started teaching him mandolin as soon as he was five and half years old. Niccolo’s mother, nurtured her son’s talent as best she could.
When Niccolò turned seven, his father started teaching him violin. Since Niccolo’s father was a mandolin player, he did not have much to offer to a genius like Niccolò. He took him to Giovanni Servetto, a violinist at the local orchestra, for further lessons. Very soon, Servetto realized his knowledge of music was not adequate for guiding such an extraordinary boy. He sent Niccolo to Francesco Gnecco, who in turn sent him to his own teacher, Giacomo Costa.
In 1793, within a period of six months, Niccolò received thirty lessons from Costa. Pleased with his progress, Costa invited him to play in several churches in Genoa. Niccolo Paganini’s first documented public appearance was at the Church of San Filippo Neri on May 26, 1794.
His second public performance was at the collegiate Church of Nostra Signora delleVigne on December 1, 1794 on the occasion of Saint Eligius’s Day. He received his first mention at Avviso, a hand-written journal of the day. He once again appeared at Church of San Filippo Neri in May 1795, receiving special mention in the May 30, 1795 issue of Avviso. It said that “a harmonious concert performed by a pleasant 12-year-old boy, Mr Niccolo Paganini, pupil of Mr. Giacomo Costa, Professor of Violin, concluded with universal admiration and approval”.
As his fame began to spread, his father became more and more strict, making him practice up to fifteen hours a day. If Anthony thought he had not practiced hard enough, he would make him practice more, withholding food. Niccolo withstood great physical and mental abuse from his father.
By early 1795, Niccolò Paganini had established himself as a renowned musician in his native city, generally playing his own compositions at the concerts. The musicians there had nothing else to teach him. Realizing this, his father decided to take him to Parma to study with Allessandro Rolla.
To go and stay at Parma, one needed money and the family had none. So Anthony had him practice more so that he could raise enough money at the benefit concert to be held at Teatro di Sant ‘Agostino on July 1795. The concert was a success, enabling father and son to leave for Parma in 1796.
On reaching Rolla’s home in Parma, they found the master sick in bed. Niccolò Paganini noticed Rolla’s violin and a composition lying nearby. Taking up the violin he began to play it. Rolla was overwhelmed by his performance and told the teenager he had nothing to offer. He suggested Paganini study composition with Ferdinando Paer and counterpoint with Gasparo Ghiretti.
For around six months, Paganini studied with Paer and Ghiretti. While he composed twenty-four figures for four hands, he composed a huge quantity of instrumental music. He gave a number of concerts, both at Parma and Colorno, earning fame and money.
The Paganini family returned to Genoa in late 1796. The city was under French control so his family moved to Romairone. Paganini was forced to spend quiet time, composing music and performing at local churches. Niccolo Paganini’s musical pieces were so difficult that only he could play them.
In 1796, Niccolo Paganini started spending more time with guitar; preferring to play the instrument in close quarters rather than in public concerts. In 1797, Paganini went on his first tour, giving around a dozen concerts at Milan, Bogona, Florence, Pisa and Leghorn.
In spite of his success, his father continued to control his life with an iron hand, making him practice his own compositions, often ten hours a day. Breaking free from his father, 1801, Niccolo visited Lucca, with his elder brother Carlo
In Lucca, he played at the Festival of Santa Croce, on September 14, 1801. He now settled down in Lucca, being appointed first violin of the Republic of Lucca in the following year.
Niccolo Paganini continued to compose; starting his work on ‘24 Caprices for Solo Violin’ sometime in 1802. Being away from parental scrutiny, he developed many vices such as gambling, drinking and womanizing.
In 1805, Napoleon’s sister, Maria Anna Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi Levoy, became the Princess of Lucca. In the same year, she appointed Paganini as the Second Court violinist and also the violin tutor to her husband Felice Pasquale Baciocchi Levoy.
While under the employment of the Princess of Lucca, he composed a significant amount of chamber music. Most notable among them were his sonatas, especially the Napoleon Sonata. Apart from that, he composed quarters for strings and guitars. ‘Duetto Amoroso’ was another important work of this period.
Towards the end of 1809, after a tiff with the Grand Duchess, Niccolo Paganini left Florence to embark on a freelance career. He traveled around Genoa and Parma, recognized as a virtuoso by the local audience. He remained unknown elsewhere.
His first big break came on October 29, 1813. He gave his first recital at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. It was huge success, attracting the attention of prominent musicians in Europe. Within a period of ten weeks, he gave six more concerts at the same auditorium.
Niccolo Paganini was soon considered the foremost violinist in Europe, giving more than a hundred concerts in different Italian cities like Genoa, Parma, Florence, Turin, Naples, Bologna, Venice and Rome. This was also the period he incurred different diseases due to his undisciplined life. He was very ill.
In 1828, Paganini first went on an all-Europe tour. Starting with 14 concerts in Vienna, he stopped at every important city in Germany, Poland and Bohemia, finally settling down in Strasbourg, where he remained until 1831. His success led to a formation of a cult, where everything was ‘a la Paganini’.
In 1832, he visited Great Britain, touring England and Scotland, earning huge amounts of money. In 1833, he settled in Paris, remaining there until September 1834. During this period he started suffering from different ailments, leading to frequent cancellation of concerts, hurting his career.
In September 1834, he returned to Genoa, where he started work on publishing his compositions. He also appeared in a number of concerts, playing for the first time at Teatro Carlo Felice on November 30, 1834. It was a tremendous.
Paganini remained in Genoa until 1836, thereafter moving to Paris to set up a casino. It was an immediate failure, forcing him to auction even his musical instruments. In December 1838, he left Paris to spend his last years in Nice.
It is believed that Niccolo Paganini suffered from genetic disorders like Marfan or Ehlers–Danlos syndrome. His appearance, along with expertise in music, gave rise to the rumor he was associated with the devil and could play so well only because he had a pact with him.
Although Niccolo Paganini never married, he had number of love affairs. Among them, his affair with Angiolina Cavanna, produced a stillborn daughter.
Paganini also had a long lasting live-in relationship with dancer Antonia Bianchi. The two met in Milan in 1813, living together until he went on his European tour in 1828.
Paganini and Bianchi’s only child, a son named Achilles Cyrus Alexander, was born out of wedlock on July 23, 1825 in Palermo. Paganini had a close relationship with his son, taking him on his European tours and leaving him as his main heir.
From childhood, Paganini suffered from chronic illness, which was aggravated by his early practice schedule, frequent concerts and undisciplined lifestyle. As early as 1822, he was inflicted with syphilis. In 1834, he was afflicted with tuberculosis, losing his voice in 1838.
In 1838, Paganini moved to Nice, where his condition further deteriorated. On May 20, 1840, the Bishop of Nice sent the local parish priest to perform the sacrament. Believing he would live, Paganini refused it. But he died suddenly from internal hemorrhaging on 27 May 1840 without receiving the last rites.
After his death, the Church denied his body a Catholic burial in Genoa because of his refusal to accept the sacrament and his alleged association with devil. After repeated requests by his son, Niccolo Paganini’s remains were transported to Genoa four years later, without burial.
In 1876, his body was finally laid to rest in Parma. A monument was later built for him there.
Niccolo Paganini is best remembered for his ‘24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op 1’, which he wrote in three groups, between 1802 and 1817. They are in the form of études, with each number exploring a single facet of technique. Commissioned by the City of Genoa, the work was first published in 1982 on the occasion of his bicentenary.
1. In the Footsteps of his Father
While Niccolò Paganini’s father – Antonio Paganini – was not successful as a merchant, he was quite the mandolin player. In fact, he managed to supplement his household income by playing the instrument at local salons. That’s how Niccolò picked up the trade, starting off with mandolin and quickly switching to his favorite, the violin by age 7. Niccolò’s prowess as a budding violinist was so alluring that he garnered several different scholarships for violin lessons.
2. Debut at a Tender Age of 9
At the age of 9, Niccolò Paganini made his debut in the world of violin. The genius wowed an enthusiastic audience with his own version of La Carmagnole. The composer de-shackled himself from his strict father at the age of 14!
3. Guitar: His “Constant Companion”
After the French attacked his town Genoa, the Paganini family fled to Romairone where Niccolò became fond of the guitar. While he later described it as his go-to “companion” on tour, he preferred to play the guitar in private concerts. It’s no wonder he isn’t known well for being a guitarist.
4. The Dark Side of Niccolò
His reputation as violin virtuoso was rivaled only by his fame as a womanizer and ardent gambler. Apparently, Niccolò gambled so much that it wiped almost all his fortune. His gambling habits ruined him financially and was too broke to buy a violin!
5. Son of the Devil?
Niccolò Paganini, now thought by most people to be the greatest violin prodigy ever to live, was so remarkably good that many thought he’d traded his soul for the talent. RIDICULOUS! In fact, some people went ahead to christen him “the Son of the Devil!” But that wasn’t all. At one time, Niccolò was forced to publish his mother’s letters to prove that he was indeed human. It couldn’t possibly be that he had natural talent, given by God, which he practiced 15 hours a day! See how people are?!
6. Paganini’s Caprice. 24: Not for Everyone
Widely considered one of the most popular pieces of violin compositions, Caprice No. 24 is Paganini’s final caprice of his 24 Caprices. It comprises a fantastic theme, often played in A minor, and comes with eleven variations as well as a finale. It’s not surprising that the solo violin work is considered one of the most difficult in history. Unless you’ve mastered high-level violin techniques like rapid shifting, parallel octaves, arpeggios, and incredibly fast scales, Caprice No. 24 is not for you.
7. Marfan Syndrome: A Big Plus?
It was thought that the devil’s violinist, Paganini, suffered from a strange disorder, the Marfan Syndrome. True or not, Paganini had incredibly strong and long fingers that explained why he was extraordinarily agile and good at playing the violin. Rumor has it the musician could bend his finger at 90 degrees to the rest of his hand. Apparently, he snapped a saucer in half once using only his forefinger and thumb.
8. Paganini’s Character: A Darling of the Film Industry
The tumultuous lifestyle, prowess as a violin virtuoso, and mystery surrounding his life have made Paganini a film producer’s favorite. He has been portrayed by a slew of top-notch actors in the movie and TV productions. The most prominent ones include Roxy Roth in A Song to Remember; Stewart Granger in The Magic Bow – a 1946 biographical documentary about Paganini; David Garrett in The Devil’s Violinist, a 2013 biography; and, Klaus Kinski in Kinski Paganini, a 1989 film. Then of course there is the popular film, Crossroads, starring Steve Vai and Ralph Macchio. The end of the film features a guitar duel where Ralph Macchio performs Niccolo Paganini’s caprice no. 5.
A great microphone for YouTube videos or vlogging videos. I highly recommend the Shure mv88 microphone. More YouTubers and vloggers are turning to their iPhones and iPads for filming YouTube videos. This is the microphone you need for pro audio.
Sound quality will make or break your videos.
I purchased a Shure mv88 microphone to review awhile ago. This iPhone microphone worked really well for filming via my iPhone for YouTube vlogs, musicians, meetings or interviews on my YouTube channels. Using the built-in iPhone microphone is ok for basic videos but for YouTube vlogs or pro videos, you want the best sound you can get.
The Shure MV88 microphone is a great tool for your iPhone whether you are recording a musician, yourself vlogging, a small conference, or anything similar and it’s small enough to carry with you easily.
The Shure mv88 microphone can rotate, allowing you to capture sound from any angle.
The Shure MV88 is a small, stereo, condenser microphone that attaches to iOS devices, including iPads, via a lightning connector that is designed for portable recording. The Shure MV88 records interviews, podcasts and music no problem.
It requires the free Shure MOTIV iOS app, downloadable from the app store, which allows control of gain, EQ, and stereo width, along with 5 DPS presets to configure the mic for various recording sessions. Lots of cool options for any audio recording session.
Shure was founded in 1925 as a radio parts wholesaler and has become a global leader in audio electronics; especially in designing mics for music.
The MOTIV application allows you to configure the microphone, starting with setting the Gain (recording level) of the mic. Setting the Stereo width allows you to “focus” the mic into a specific area.
For example, narrowing the focus allows you to minimize echoes, while expanding the width improves the pickup of room reverberation (think trumpets in a cathedral).
The five icons near the top are the five DSP presets, allowing you to configure the mic for speech, singing, flat (meaning all EQ, limiter and compressor settings are turned off), acoustic music or loud music.
The MV88 software includes a built-in limiter and compressor, along with wind reduction (a low-cut filter) and the ability to swap the left and right channels to match what’s happening on-screen.
The Shure mv88 is small enough where you can carry it easily without burden. The sound from this Shure microphone is very pronounced, full and crisp, as with all microphones by Shure.
I use Shure microphones for the most part, in my recording studio.
I love this iPhone microphone by Shure. It’s another home run in microphone quality, providing rich, powerful, crisp audio. I highly recommend it.
Specs for us tech dorks:
Provides superior audio quality and clarity
Apple MFi certified compatible with all iOS devices equipped with a Lightning , Made for iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation).
Matched cardioid and bi-directional 1 cm cartridges for best-in-class audio. Item dimensions is 2.64 high × 0.98 wide × 1.38 deep in inches
Mid-side architecture for a phase-perfect, clear stereo image,Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
5 DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud). Automatically adjusts EQ, compression and limiting for optimal results.
The Windscreen is an included accessory that comes on the microphone.
Ever since I was a kid I wanted to write a book. Back then it was a complex process of finding a publisher to believe in your work enough to take you under their wing for a book deal.
A book deal, similar to a record deal, is when they believe in your work enough that they front the money for publishing, duplication, marketing and shipping to stores. Wait, who am I kidding. They see dollar signs. If they believe your book or music will make them money, they will take you under their wing, until you don’t make money for them any longer.
All that has changed with the digital age. Again, writers and musicians are now self-publishing out of their homes. You no longer need to seek out a publishing company or record label.
You may be thinking how you can write a book when there are so many great authors out there? I’m here to tell you I’ve read lots of books and many are not worth the paper they are printed on, or, the $1.99 I spent on Amazon. Many “writers” just write and publish to Amazon without editing or having someone polish their work.
Don’t think you have to be an expert in your field either. You don’t need to be some college professor with degrees on your wall. All you need is real world experience in an area where people are needing assistance.
Maybe you’re really good at gardening and you enjoy it. Maybe you’re great at home repair. You could write each chapter for a part of the house such as lawn care, furnace maintenance, etc. Maybe it’s a quick home repair guide. A lot of people would enjoy having that around I’m sure.
If you have a talent or passion for something, don’t sell yourself short. There are many people in the world who may want to know what you know. Just write.
Two of the biggest tips I can give you would be to write as if you’re talking to a friend. Don’t worry about using fancy words. Just write like you’re talking to a friend.
It’s a good idea to keep a thesaurus handy (online) if you want to spice it up a bit.
The 2nd tip is JUST WRITE! Don’t think about it. Just write and don’t stop writing. I had a great writing teacher in college. Every day she would force us to write for 5 minutes without stopping. NEVER STOP. If you didn’t have anything to write, she asked that you would write whatever came into your mind, and this would include, “I have no idea what to write but she is forcing us to write whatever comes into mind and right now there is nothing.” The objective was to never stop writing. This forced your mind to work and was a great exercise.
Your book will go through many phases during the writing process. Once you have an outline of what you’ll say, put it to paper. Just write. Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense or if it’s too wordy. You will cut parts out, edit, polish and tailor to your needs. This editing phase of writing is my favorite part. It’s where you can get the words just right to fit what you are trying to express. I have gone through 4 revisions of my current book and have more to do before I’m happy with it.
Once you are done with the writing, find an editor to proofread and edit your final work. The next step is to have a cover designed by a graphics artist. You can find many of these people on the website, FIVERR. For around $30 you can have a professional book cover done.
Once all this is complete, it’s time to upload to Amazon so people can find it and purchase. That’s really all there is to it. Here is the link to Amazon’s KDP site where you can read more on their services and sign up. It’s all free and you can set your price as well.
Don’t be lazy. There are people out there looking for the knowledge you have. If you sell enough books you can even make some side money. Some self-published authors make good money doing what they love. This, as with anything, will take time. You can’t expect to write one book and have it take off, although this has happened.
So good luck, get writing and enjoy yourself. go write the next great novel, a self-help book or a book of poems. The sky is the limit. It will be rewarding and enjoyable.
Filming YouTube videos with an iPhone for your YouTube channel is very common. You don’t need an expensive video camera or Hollywood sound stage to make a great YouTube video. One piece of iPhone gear I highly recommend is the Shure mv88 microphone for iPhone.Sound quality will make or break your video and this mic steps up your videos in a huge way!
Most famous YouTubers started with an iPhone, more basic than the one you own now. Using an iPhone to film for YouTube can be done with great results and it’s done everyday.
I have been filming and editing video content for 25 years at the time of this writing. I have used some of the very best still and video cameras, and yet, most of my filming for YouTube is done with my iPhone.
My iPhone is always on me, ready to film in HD. I have a 27″ iMac in my recording studio / video editing suite, and yet, most of my YouTube videos are edited on my iPad pro using LumaFusion. LumaFusion has become the go to app on the app store from apple for video editing. It is amazing and very easy to learn. More on that later in another blog.
So why would I film on my iPhone and edit on my iPad? Convenience. Technology is getting smaller and faster. Photos and video I capture with my iPhone are automatically backed up to my apple icloud, then synced to my iPad, since it is also connected with the same apple icloud account.
Once the files are on the iPad in camera roll, I import them into LumaFusion for video editing. Everything, including uploading the videos to YouTube, are done on my ipad pro.
As your YouTube channel makes you money, you can invest in better equipment.
How to edit videos for YouTube with final cut pro x tutorial. If you’re new to video editing or have some experience, this video is for you. In this tutorial I show you how I go about editing a video from start to finish for one of my YouTube channels using final cut pro x on the mac. Pro video editing lesson by your’s truly, a professional video editor of 25 years.
In this video editing tutorial, I walk you through a video editing project from start to finish, all the way to how to upload videos to your YouTube channel. I have 4 youtube channels that i film and edit for.
3d animation star wars death star trench run test. 3d animation for star wars film for the fans. Subscribe to my YouTube channel, Steve Rotter, for more updates on this star wars fan film in progress. disney sucks! star wars episode 9 will fail like the rest. we are creating this film for fans of star wars episodes 4 – 6. http://www.steverotter.com braintank studios and rotter studios. star wars for the fans. death star trench run test for fan film. Check back for updates and to see the final film.
This post is for those looking at either the iPad pro 10.5 inch or 12.9 inch model. More than likely you already know the specs of both ipad pro models and are just looking for advice on which one to buy, based on size. Specs for each can be found for each at the bottom of this post.
For a lot of my YouTube video production I will film and edit on my iPhone using iMovie. For more advanced edits for clients or green screen work I will edit on my 2011 iMac 27″ i7 using final cut X.
As I started working on a few more YouTube channels, mobility was more important to me. I needed and wanted something more than the size of an iPhone screen.
Research shows that more people are using iPads for editing photos and video now more than ever. Since I really only use the Macbook pro for researching online and YouTube watching, it seemed to me I could get more done faster and easier with an iPad pro model. I WAS RIGHT.
The technology in an iPad pro is much faster in every way, even when going against my 2011 27″ iMac with 32GB ram for rendering and exporting movies, by at least 50%.
WHAT iPad PRO DID I GO WITH?
After long debate and many customer reviews later, I went with the 10.5″ iPad. Unfortunately I will not be able to help you with this. You should really check them out if you are unsure. I was almost going to order the 12.9″ since I will be using it for art and video editing most of the time. The larger the screen, the better, I thought.
Wanting to save some money, and seeing that most people were very happy with their 10.5″ ipad pro screen size, that is the route I took. I am very happy with it.
As you research, you will find that half the users love the screen size of the 12.9″ for what they do, while others really find the 10.5″ to be perfect. I find the 10.5″ to be perfect for me and I have used laptops and pc’s and iMacs of all shapes and sizes over the last 25 years.
for editing video I use LumaFusion and couldn’t be happier. It works just great on the ipad pro 10.5″ and has sped up my editing process tremendously.
If you are on the fence on whether or not to get an iPad pro I would say YES! These iPads are so much better than what you may have been used to just a couple of years ago with iPads. I can’t recommend them enough.
Now my workflow for most YouTube channels is to film with my iPhone and edit on my iPad pro 10.5″ Once editing is done I upload right to YouTube from the iPad pro.
If you have any questions or have chosen one over the other, let us know why.
IPAD PRO 10.5″ SPECS
10.5 inch Retina Display, 2224 x 1668 Resolution, Wide Color and True Tone Display
Apple iOS 10, A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M10 coprocessor
14 MP iSight Camera, True Tone Flash, Panorama (up to 63MP), Four-Speaker Audio
Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life
iPad Pro Supports Apple Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil
You can visit my YouTube channel, Rotter studios, for more videos on video and photography, movie reviews and demonstrations on the gear I have, including this iPad pro.
The dark knight is one of my favorite films, along with anything from the 80s; Star Wars being on top of that list. The joker impression is something many people have strived for, with only a handful doing it properly. Heath Ledger’s joker is a massively-iconic character, due to Heath’s perfect execution of the role.
Heath Ledger is one of my favorite actors and has been for years. The first film I saw him in was A Knights Tale…a truly awesome film. Whether you are a fan of Heath’s or not, you will love this film. It has everything from well-written and timed comedy to a fantastic story line.
The joker impression of Heath Ledger, for me, is something that happened by accident. Long story short, I worked up the courage to post a video, waiting for ridicule from viewers. Comic book fans are severe in their art and I was thinking it would be a matter of days before I took it down. I dreaded uploading my first video.
As it turns out, many people loved it and I got better at it. A couple videos later showed really nice comments from people so I started the YouTube channel as a tribute to Heath Ledger, THE JOKER BOX on YouTube. It’s a lot of fun as you can imagine. It would be really nice to have a small crew to help out but at the moment, it is just me.
If you’re interested in doing the Joker impression, check out my videos on the YouTube channel and watch the Dark Knight over and over. Study how Heath talks and how he “hits the notes.” Voice impressions are like singing. You need to match the same notes and fluctuations. It’s practice and it’s a lot of fun when you get it right.
The Joker has always been my favorite villain, along with Darth Vader.
Many have demanded I become the next Joker in another film. That praise is awesome to hear! I’m happy they’re happy and entertained. I know I can always be better. Being the Joker in a film would be so much fun, as I have been an audio engineer, photographer and video editor for 25 years each. I love working in production. So, Christopher Nolan, if you’re thinking of doing another film with the joker, I’m interested. It would be so much fun.
Here’s a recent video I made of the Joker impression. Hope you like it.
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Your everyday makeup bag is that compact little bundle of essentials that gets the job done without taking up much space in your bag or purse.
This post is from a friend who has a great YouTube channel on beauty products and tips. She does an amazing job. Check out her YouTube channel, ALECIA KAY.
Makeup beginners, don’t be confused by the thousands of products on cosmetic shelves. From eyelash curlers to brushes, there are so many makeup tools on the market to choose from. It can be tough to figure out exactly what you need in your makeup kit.
If you’re ready to step up your game but don’t want to waste space (or money) on unnecessary items, check out this video. Alecia Kay rounded up the must-have items—nothing more, nothing less.
Not only are these makeup products easy for beginners to use, they’ve been put to the test and have quickly become pro favorites too. Discover exactly what you need to have on hand with her selections below.
Don’t forget to check out her YouTube makeup channel, ALECIA KAY for more beauty tips, tricks and products!
What Alecia uses in her everyday makeup bag…seen in this video:
There are two types of camera lenses; zoom lenses and prime lenses. Zoom lenses allow you to zoom in and out on your subject and are more familiar to most people. Prime lenses have one fixed piece of glass so no zooming is possible. To zoom in with prime lenses, you must move closer to the subject. The trade off is sharper images with prime lenses.
Zoom lenses come in handy when photographing events such as sports, weddings or wildlife. Since I don’t photograph or film much of those anymore, I started using prime lenses only. Prime lenses have become my favorite lenses for a few years now.
WHY I PREFER PRIME LENSES:
Prime lenses have a fixed lens (no zooming) and only one piece of glass, which makes them less expensive.
Prime lenses take razor sharp photos! Sharper than zoom lenses.
Prime lenses take better photos in darker areas, are lighter and focus quicker.
I used to have the popular Canon 70mm-200mm F2.8 L series lens. I used this zoom lens on my Canon 5D MarkII and loved it very much. I paid $2,000.00 for it new: worth every penny. I sold it when prime lenses were all I needed once I stopped photographing weddings. It was difficult for me to part with this lens. The photos shot with this lens were always perfect. Sharp, nice color and warmth to each image, is what the Canon 70-200 provided.
PANASONIC 25mm F1.7 prime lens
Now that you know the difference between zoom lenses and prime lenses, let’s talk about the Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens. It’s a lightweight very fast lens that takes great photos and video. I highly recommend it.
Check out this video I made reviewing my Panasonic 25mm F1.7 lens.
One of the main things I take into consideration when buying a lens is the focal length, which is that number followed by mm. The smaller the number, the wider the view of the lens. The larger the number, the more zoomed in the lens will be to your subject. If you were taking portraits, you would want a 25mm or 35mm. If you were photographing a lion at the zoo, you would want a longer focal length, so a 200-400mm would be best.
The issue with prime lenses is you need to carry a few if different focal lengths are needed. I chose 2 focal length lenses that suit me best and I’m fine. For anything else, I use a pro camera with zoom such as the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II.
A 50mm lens is said to be the perfect all around lens for photographing or filming video. 50mm has the view of what you see as a person, or, how close you are to a subject. This would be the equivalent of a 25mm lens on a micro four thirds camera, such as my Panasonic gx85. Micro four thirds cameras register at half the mm rating of a DSLR, or, old school 35mm film camera. So, my Panasonic 25mm F1.7 lens is equivalent to a 50mm standard lens.
The next thing I look at is F stop setting. In this case, the F stop is 1.7. The F stop setting is one of the ways you can control light into the camera and also the “blurriness” behind your main subject (depth of field.) The smaller the Fstop number, the better the lens is at taking photos in the dark. Smaller number Fstop – rated lenses are called FAST LENSES because they see well in the dark and are very fast at capturing images without sacrificing quality.
I know it sounds confusing and that’s because it is. Trust me, the more you work with Fstop and focal length and shutter speed, you will find out how it all works together, resulting in great photos.
Some stats on the Panasonic 25mm F1.7 lens
A versatile 25mm lens with a natural viewing angle suitable for a wide variety of occasions (35mm camera equivalent: 50 mm)
Beautiful background bokeh effect from its large diameter F1.7 aperture
Super lightweight and compact at only 125g / 2.05in length, lens construction 8 elements in 7 groups (2 aspherical lenses, 1 UHR lens)
Hybrid photography enabled for both photo and HD video recording with quiet and smooth fast action stepping motor focusing
Takes advantage of LUMIX mirrorless camera high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF system
Versatile, fast standard 25mm lens (35mm camera equivalent: 50 mm) with a beautiful bokeh background defocus effect for exceptionally creative imaging. Perfect for low-light, high-quality photography with a bright, maximum F1.7 aperture (minimum aperture F22).
I almost went with the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 lens to get a bit more width in my photos. This lens has been dubbed the pancake lens since it’s flatter. Since I already have the Panasonic kit zoom lens that goes from 12mm, I already have a nice wide angle, so the 20mm wasn’t needed but I will be adding it to my collection, as I LOVE PRIME LENSES.
Does this help you in choosing a lens? I hope so. What lenses do you have? Let me know in the comments and check out my YouTube channel Rotter Studios for more photography and video tech stuff and projects.
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The camera flash attachment I use for my Canon 5D Mark II and Panasonic GX85 is a Canon speedlite 580EX. This flash is great for bounce flash photography whether indoors or outdoors. I’ve used the same canon flash for 16 years with never an issue. It’s very easy to use and mounts direct to your camera’s hot shoe mount on top of your camera, as most accessories do. It has many features for the pro photographer and full auto mode for beginners as well. This canon 580EX, which I’ve had for 16 years (OMG) is still in use today. I have photographed countless weddings, band photo shoots, real estate photography and family functions with this flash. It performs just as great today as it did the day I got it.
If you have a canon camera, be it a point and shoot such as the Canon G7X or G7X Mark II, or even a Panasonic micro four thirds, such as my Panasonic GX85, this flash will work extremely well in your photography.
Many digital cameras, including DSLR cameras, come with a built-in flash, which I never use. Built in flash looks unprofessional and washes out your photos most of the time.
I’m sure many of you have taken photos resulting in your friend’s face being washed out by light? Built in camera flash will do this. It’s also not too comfortable getting flashed head-on by someone’s camera. Sure, there’s technology that aids in preventing the blinding flash from a camera and making photos look a little better, but it’s still nowhere near the quality a flash attachment gives.
Many pro DSLR cameras do not include built-in flash because it’s simply not professional. A professional photographer will attach the additional flash to the top of their camera and never touch the built-in flash.
REASONS WHY ON-CAMERA FLASH UNITS ARE BETTER
The flash unit is more powerful than built-in camera flashes
the flash unit is smart. It’s a computer. It reads your camera’s settings and adjusts accordingly. There are sensors and LED displays which control settings, flash adjustment, room fill, strength of flash, etc.
Flash unit can be placed anywhere in the room and triggered remotely, giving different lighting from different angles. You will need to purchase remote triggers for this to work (cheap and easy to set up.)
WHAT IS BOUNCE FLASH?
Bounce flash is a technique in which the flash is directed onto a reflective surface around the subject. For example, a white ceiling or a flash umbrella, which then reflects light onto the subject. It can be used as fill-flash, or, if used indoors, as ambient lighting for the whole scene. Bounce flash creates softer, less artificial-looking illumination than direct flash that is built into a camera.
I like to aim the flash at the wall so the light bounces off, hitting the subject from the left or right, giving the photo a more natural, softer look. Moving forward or backward and adjusting the flash angle will give the desired look.
Most of my photography uses either bounce flash or no flash. Built in flash does not allow natural highlights of the hair or shadows of the face to show, as it’s a head-on blast of light. Built in flash is not natural looking at all.
Bounce flash with a flash attachment unit works by angling the flash on your camera to bounce light off the walls or ceilings around your subject (the flash attachment is able to rotate, raise up and down.) Your camera is pointing directly at the subject while the flash may be angled up at the ceiling and down by 45 degrees. Instead of hitting the subject head on with light, you’re bouncing light off the ceiling or wall and onto the subject. Doing this creates a softer natural light and effects.
It’s fun to experiment with flash techniques. Different angles and distances from ceiling or walls will create dramatic effects.
Bounce flash technique will not work well if walls or ceilings are dark or ceilings are too high. Dark surfaces absorb light so it can’t bounce, or it bounces back an off-color onto your subject.
A bad bounce flash environment would be a school gymnasium or a church with dark wood walls and ceilings. I have been in both situations.
Flash attachments for digital cameras will usually go through batteries quickly. You can buy a rechargeable camera flash battery pack or carry a few sets of batteries.
When I was photographing weddings, I always carried 2 camera flash battery packs by Quantum. While using one, the 2nd was always charging. These were really cool and allowed me to photograph a wedding from beginning of their day to early reception before switching to the other battery pack. I could easily take about 1,000 photos before switching to the other battery pack.
Although I loved the rechargeable battery packs, I started to buy packs of AA batteries to replace in the camera flash every couple of hours. No recharging and no wondering if I forgot to pack my expensive battery packs before leaving a photo shoot. Most camera flash units take 4 AA batteries.
I was very happy to find out my Canon 580EX flash unit also works with my Panasonic GX85 micro four thirds camera. The built-in flash of the Panasonic camera is something I would never use. The camera takes outstanding photos and videos and with the flash attachment, all the better. Here is my Panasonic micro four thirds camera with a friend’s flash attachment.
Hopefully this write-up was helpful in understanding the different between on camera flash and flash attachments. If you have any questions let me know.
The best memory card carry case by beeway can be had for about $11.00. I never thought of purchasing a carry case for my SD cards since I always kept them either on my desk or in the camera case of the camera used at the time. Although this worked well for years, the day came when two SD cards could not be found. As I write this, I continue to tear the house apart, with low expectations. I’m the type of person who puts everything in its proper place. I’m not obsessive compulsive, but when I need something, I need to know where it is at any given moment. If I go for something and it isn’t there, there’s a very good chance someone either took it or misplaced it on me.
What’s an SD card?
Until they year 2000, cameras captured photo and video on film, which needed to be developed. This was pricey and limiting. The digital era allowed for photographers and videographers to not only capture photos or video faster, but allow for easier editing, without the developing. Inside every SD card, rows of tiny memory chips are at work – storing all your documents, music, photos etc. There are no moving parts, which means that MicroSD cards can be pretty durable – lots even claim to be waterproof.
Samsung, for example, claims that its MicroSD cards are safe from all kinds of water damage. The company also claims that the cards can survive being run over by a 1.6 tonne vehicle, or withstand the magnetic forces exerted by an MRI scanner.
My normal SD card storage routine is to keep the SD memory cards in the zippered section of the camera case I’m using. After the photo shoot, the SD cards will be moved to my editing work area for editing. Once editing is complete, the cards are moved back to the camera bag I will be working with next. I had to purchase 3 new SD cards last month since none of my previous SD cards could be found.
To always keep the SD cards in one place, I purchased this really nice SD card carry case for around $10 on Amazon. All memory cards will be kept in the case at my desk in the studio, unless they’re being used for a photo shoot.
This SD case is very strong, as the ad shows it being run over by a car unscathed. It is also waterproof, which is nice if you’re going on a shoot in inclimate weather. What’s nice is the case holds 12 SD memory cards for around $10!
Skullcandy hesh 3 wireless headphones are perfect in every way without breaking the bank. I’ve tried many headphones and these are the best wireless headphones. I’m a bit of an audiophile, being an audio engineer for 25 years. I’m always listening to music, especially during my 4 hour daily commute to work via train. The best headphones I found can be had for under $100. I spent a lot of time researching reviews, watching videos and trying headphones out. I decided on the skullcandy hesh 3 over the ear headphones.
You’ll see a lot of people wearing the BEATS over the ear headphones. I’m not THAT picky but I know what I want. Having been a musician, audio engineer and lover of music for over 25 years, I need my audio as perfect as I can get. The Beats headphones were too bassy, too fake, too muddy. Mixes should be close to flatline with punchy deep bass and shimmering highs, without piercing your ears. Great headphones don’t add mud or frequencies that shouldn’t be there. Beats headphones are pricier and feel like someone put “pillows” over the speakers.
I listen to all styles of music from hardcore metal to classical and pop rock to movie scores. When editing audio, it’s best to have a pair of headphones with a flat response, meaning, they will sound as close to the original music as possible. My favorite headphones in the studio are Sennheiser, hands down. Nothing beats them in my opinion and I have used many.
For enjoying music, there’s nothing wrong with getting a pair of earbuds or over the ear headphones that add a little color to the audio mix. Too much color will muddy the sound and fatigues the ear while listening.
My skullycandy hesh 3 headphones review from my Rotter studios YouTube channel:
My biggest gripe in headphones and ear buds is the muffle factor. I can’t stand muffled audio, as if there’s a pillow over the speakers. Beats headphones are really good and popular, but, again, for me, not the type of bass I need in my music.
Ear buds are great if you find the right ones. The most comfortable and best-sounding ear buds I have used are the ones that come with your apple iPhone, believe it or not. I was very surprised at how powerful and clear the included earbuds with my iphone7 made the music sound. Although I love earbuds, I looked at changing to “over the ear headphones” for comfort reasons and I wanted cordless. The ear bud cord pulling on my jacket was annoying. I don’t like being tied to things and a falling out ear bud just ticks me off.
A friend has a pair of the skullcandy hesh 2. He’s a big skullcandy fan. I was impressed with the full spectrum of EQ that wasn’t muddy or ear-piercing. The sound was balanced well and the bass was punchy and tight. These headphones inspired me to research skullycandy, their various over the ear models, and a couple other name brands. There are a lot of great brands out there for under $100 or way more than $100. For the purposes and length of this article, I will focus on the skullycandy hesh 2 and skullcandy hesh3 and why I chose the hesh 3.
Two other skullcandy headphones I looked at are The hesh 3 and the crusher. The hesh 3 difference is longer battery life compared with the hesh 2’s (although I’d be fine with the 15 hours battery life of the hesh 2’s.) The hesh 3 is a bit more at $98 and the crusher headphones are $179. I knew $179 was out and even the $98 was more than I wanted to spend…but for $30 more, it’s not that much.
After reading about the differences between the hesh 2 and hesh 3, I decided to go with the skullcandy hesh 3. The reasons?
The hesh 3 headphones cover your entire ear and have memory foam type material for an even more comfortable fit. Comfort is very important and, these skullcandy hesh 3 headphones are that and more. Wearing these headphones just feels perfect. After 4 hours, they’re just as comfortable as they were when I put them on. Like soft firm pillows perfectly fit to over your ears. They don’t look large on your head and they sound great.
Some reviews said the skullcandy hesh 3 headphones had a more flat-lined EQ and fuller sound than the hesh 2’s. They are right. I already knew what the skullcandy hesh 2’s sounded like and I loved them, so I figured, it’ll be icing on the cake to have better sound than what I already heard.
The hesh 3 headphones sound GREAT! I listen to all forms of music and they do well with each. The stereo spacing is just right with the sound quality being full and punchy. I really love these skullcandy hesh 3 headphones and can’t recommend them enough. I bought a 2nd pair for my wife for when she takes walks.
I use the hesh 3’s while editing video on my macbook, listening to music to and from work and at work when I need to concentrate. These are a must – have if you want a comfortable great-sounding pair of headphones. They also come with a charging cord and audio cable in case you forget to charge them.
What is Fiverr? Fiverr is a website that offers services from accountants, writers, musicians, voice over artists, etc. Fiverr is used by many people around the world, looking for crazy cheap deals for services. People look to Fiverr when they need work done for them…it’s kind of like craigslist.
Maybe you’ll find a great seller or maybe you’ll find a con artist. You will find con artists if you’re a seller as well. Many buyers on Fiverr will do what they can to get services for next to nothing.
Fiverr is called Fiverr because most jobs start at $5. This is VERY CHEAP! Some prices for services are more than $5 but most are within this range.
Many times, a buyer on Fiverr is from a marketing firm, as an example, needing a promo video for their client. They will go to Fiverr, spend $50 on a video edit and sell it for $1,000 to their client. I BELIEVE THIS IS WRONG and IT HAPPENED TO ME!
Maybe there is a publishing company who needs a pro book cover created for one of their authors. They go to Fiverr in search of a graphic artist for novel book cover designs (there are many artists on Fiverr for this.) The buyer may pay $20 for a pro book cover and sell it to the publishing house for $300. THIS HAPPENS A LOT!
A lot of Fiverr buyers expect unlimited changes on their orders and crazy requests for what little they pay on Fiverr. That’s what burns sellers. Fiverr is ok if you get the buyer who’s happy with the work you provide..one and done.
The Fiverr buyers that never go away and cause problems are nightmares. You’ll work long hours for pennies. Ask me how I know this? I dealt with it a lot on Fiverr.
In all walks of life, you will come across people who are never satisfied. If Fiverr is involved, you WILL WASTE YOUR TIME BECAUSE OF THESE PEOPLE / BUYERS!
Why would you use Fiverr? Maybe you’re a band in need of a drummer. No problem, Fiverr. I did this. I needed a drummer for a song I was working on. She was pro and very nice. I was happy and it was done. I’m not picky.
Some people just never stop and are never satisfied. These Fiverr buyers thrive on this site. Fiverr also always backs up the buyer, which is unfair!
Many times I completed and delivered the buyer’s order ON TIME. The buyer decides an hour before the deadline they want a change to their order. Changes are not included in the order so they must pay $5. Being cheap, they ignore the request. Meanwhile, they have the video edit I worked on, will not pay the $5, will place a refund request…so I’m out of money and they get work for free.
SEE HOW FIVERR WORKS AGAINST SELLERS?! There are MANY complaints on the fiverr forums from sellers against buyers and Fiverr.
I also was not late but have been dinged because this buyer put in a change request they didn’t pay for. HOW AM I LATE WITH AN ORDER I COMPLETED AND DELIVERED ON TIME?
That’s like someone orders a pizza and it shows up on time. After the pizza delivery guy leaves, you decide you wanted green peppers on the pizza as well. So you call to complain, saying there were green peppers…well…you never ordered them in the first place. THEN you also mention the order was late when they bring the new pizza to you an hour later…..but the first one was on time.
THIS IS HOW FIVERR WORKS! I am in the process of closing my seller account. At least 75% of transactions with buyers go this way.
Fiver customer support is a joke. They never help you. They lookout for the buyer. It’s best to not say anything or they will nail your account by dropping your seller status.
Are you a writer who needs an editor? No problem, Fiverr. Maybe you have a YouTube channel and need a model to be your spokesperson for the video intro…..Fiverr. You get the idea.
Fiverr gets its name since most gigs start out at $5, but you can price your services anyway you want. After Fiverr gets their cut, you get $3. No thanks. This is why you need to come up with a very easy gig to sell that requires NO TIME AT ALL. You need to spend no more than 5-10 minutes on that $5 gig and no more!
Anyone can join to be a seller, offering services from professional to downright silly. There’s a guy who dresses as hippie jesus, more than willing to take your money in return for delivering a custom video…you supply the words for him to speak.
I’ve used Fiverr and loved it as a buyer. I know what I want and I find the people qualified to do the job. I’m always happy and have never asked for a revision / change. I usually wind up giving them a tip. That’s a cool feature of Fiverr. It really is a cool community if you are a cool seller or buyer. Unfortunately there is a dark side.
Let me tell you why Fiverr SUCKS
Once the seller delivers the order to the buyer (all orders are delivered through Fiverr’s site), the seller will rate you up to 5 stars. I’ve had MANY outstanding buyers but some real winners / tire kickers as well. Fiverr will ALWAYS back the buyer, just like paypal, and this is FACT! Regardless of what happens they will ALWAYS back the buyer.
More times than not, sellers bend over backwards, putting in extra hours for the buyer, hoping to get great ratings. Unfortunately, as I said, there are buyers who are never happy. They’ll rate you low and try to avoid paying. It’s happened to me. Customer service does nothing to help.
Fiverr “customer service” SUCKS!
I’ve sent emails multiple times, regarding issues and they dance around them.
As a seller, the clock starts ticking next to each order you get in your “orders” section of your account. You need to deliver this order before time runs out (2 days, 3 days, whatever you specify) or you get a mark against you. What if you’re video editing and the client forgets to send their company logo or contact info? It happened to me many times. Guess what? Time runs out and YOU’RE LATE in delivering their order. You’re late because they’re inept, didn’t send all the info you needed to complete the order and YOU LOSE! How fair is that?
Because of these buyers being so inept, I went from level 2 status (very hard to achieve) to level 1, then dropped to beginner. I went from getting about 5 inquiries daily from potential Fiverr customers to about 2 a month. This isn’t just happening to me. The Fiverr forum is riddled with upset sellers.
Good luck contacting Fiverr “customer service.” It’s filled with clueless idiots who know nothing about the company, its policies, or how anything works. When I asked why the stats of so many sellers are going down, they replied, “you should use social media to sell your brand and bring awareness.” No, sorry, I never used social media before and my Fiverr rankings put me on top of the list as a level 2 seller. Because of tire kicker buyers and people who are NEVER happy (it’s a $5 order people), we get dinged.
Reasons from Fiverr sellers from the Fiverr forum on why Fiverr sucks:
I am a level 2 seller and have been for a few months now. I’m sick of all these stupid customers that don’t read gig descriptions, order my gig, leave me negative feedback and then demand a refund from me after I’ve delivered exactly what I said I would. What do these people expect from us for $5?!?! Support is also useless, they never answer any of the questions or tickets I submit…
Same here lol.. their support sucks..
I just love how people expect to get something of any real value for $5?!
I started writing articles, told the customer to supply a keyword and a theme, they wanted the earth instead. I had some asking for me to implement sixteen keywords, and could I look at their website to decide what the article should be about. I was going all out, telling them about broken links, suggesting titles, and mentioning sentence structure on their own articles for those who weren’t English native speakers. All this for about 2.80 UK pounds. This was while writing and researching unique 400/600 word articles.ust like paypal fiverr backs up the buyer almost every time. There is no way around it mate, they’ve found the loophole in the system and there’s nothing you can do about it.It’s a flaw in the WHOLE system not just fiverr, we as sellers get screwed over every time. If you want my advise and you don’t have any “cost” on the products you sell then keep at it. Just refund these bastards and be happy with the “decent people”. Most payment solutions out there will screw the seller over any day of the week.
Fiverr is driving away all the sellers (the people who make them money) and is going to crash and burn here in the near future if they keep siding with the buyers!
I just started up gigs on fiverr, but now I’m starting to think it’s just going to be a bad experience as I can see customers complaining trying to scam to get the gig delivered but get their money back… uh oh
Ok, let’s get to it. People have been copying and stealing my ideas for years and it makes me furious. These morons that do not know how to do anything expect you to solve all of their problems to make them money. Well my answer to that is I am not going to show you how to make money unless I get my share and I know what I am talking about since I have been at it for 20 years. My solution is to add a purchasers name and email address to a purchasers database which you already have. If they request a refund give it to them and then move their name and email address to a NO MORE PURCHASES database and when they want to make another purchase they should receive this message – “Thankyou for your order but this offer has been sold out ” – with no more explanation. Nobody needs these kinds of clients or customers.
the buyers are typically as low/bottom barrel type of buyers you’ll get. Of course this is a general statement, but most buyers don’t know what they are buying, don’t take the time to read the descriptions, and think that the $5 gig is gonna catapult them to the first position in Google. Most have completely unrealistic expectations on what they should receive for $5.
Fiverr aaahha people expect us to do $50 job for $5
im experiencing same problems but agree with you guys there is better alternatives to fiverr though now, that are developing better markets- fivesquids, gigbucks, fourrer..you know
In the real world, for $5, you wouldn’t be able to even get a professional to look in your general direction. Fiverr is funny.
I already left Fiverr.. So cheers to me… ha haa..
When fiverr will understand what are they doing to the sellers… it will be too late for them. Right now they don’t give a fuck about anything because of the huge donations they’ve got (millions i think). This is just the little part, not to talk about their buggy website. Earning so much money per day + donations and they don’t want to spend a penny on their website development (search engine, the whole system, rankings etc) and they are still keeping their shitty support who can’t do a simple task (or answer simple question). They keep on destroying their own business (and ours). It’s the best if you just leave the retarded website and move on for something better. Let them fall!
Well The Sellers Are Getting F****d By Fiverr Irresponsibility
I was making some sounds (hip hop beats) for some time. Few hours a day for 8-12 dollars, I had great feedback and then suddenly came one jerk and destroy my job with his retarded comment. Same with logos etc. And after all they do this to me: ”To enable withdrawals in this account, please contact our support here. Thanks.”
fiverr sucks their support is the worst ever. what we can do to force fiverr treat sellers right?
Yeah we know and they’re customer service favors the buyers.
I used to do fiverr too…had some good earning from logo design gig….i managed to earn 1300 usd from fiverr all together..like in 2-3 months…it was hell of a stress lol…ppl who order logos are just dum b…they want some 3d stuff for 5 bucks etc…and yes..they dont read description…..anyways..im done with fiverr too.
I would NEVER offer to write an article for such a low rate because those clients are insane. They are going on bad advice to look for cheap content to begin with, and I’m not saying there’s no $5 writers who can provide quality. Some just haven’t realized their worth yet. In any case, the second you decide to stop selling yourself short is a breakthrough moment in your career. It’s good to keep things affordable for good clients, but you will never find a good client on a $5 site. So, if you have talent, check out Fiverr if you want, for a few extra bucks. You will find more stress than you can imagine. Between the train wreck Fiverr “customer service” and the tire kicker buyers, you’ll be overworked for most gigs. It’s not worth it.
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The blue yeti microphone is the best choice for podcasting, online gaming, podcasting, YouTube and live streaming on twitch. Being an audio engineer of 25 years, I have used many different microphones by different brands, from Shure to Sennheiser.
If you want phenomenal sound quality, any of the microphones by Blue are definitely worth checking out. I use the blue yeti microphone for my podcast, in my recording studio for twitch live streaming and my YouTube channels. Many online gamers and twitch streamers use the blue yeti microphone, as it has become the go-to mic for thousands.
Musicians use the blue yeti for recording music in their home. Since the yeti uses a usb connection, it’s a simple plug and play microphone that works for both windows and mac.
The Yeti uses Blue Microphone’s proprietary tri-capsule technology to produce pristine, studio-quality recordings that are powerful, crisp and warm.
The Blue Yeti features four different pattern settings for recording vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, or interviews in ways that would normally require multiple microphones. With simple controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain, you’ll be creating exceptional recordings right out of the box.
The Blue yeti is equipped with a gain control to limit the level of sound coming into it, along with a headphone jack, volume control and multiple pattern selection such as cardioid, bidirectional, omni directional and stereo. There is a mute button, which comes in handy if you need to cough during a live stream. I have used the blue yeti for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, skype interviews, field recordings, conference calls and recording narration for my YouTube channels. The blue yeti adds warmth and fullness to your voice. It sounds very natural and I highly recommend it.
The other mic by blue to consider is the snowball ice condenser mic. This microphone is also widely used and on the lower end of the price range. It lacks some of the features by the blue yeti such as gain control (cannot control the audio level coming into the mic) and audio recording patterns. The snowball microphone is great, but for a little more money, it’s worth upgrading to the Blue Yeti microphone for its features.
I keep one blue yeti in my recording studio for fast voice over work for clients and a second in the room I do live streaming for YouTube and twitch. A very simple setup for YouTube would be a Logitech pro video conference camera and this Blue Yeti microphone.
All microphones by blue are outstanding and I recommend them highly. One of the pro vocalists I work with closely uses blue microphones in his studio exclusively.
The best Joker impression by a Heath Ledger fan is something I never thought I would hear someone say about me. I have always loved voice impressions since I was a kid. It amazed me how someone could sound, and even look like, someone else. Who doesn’t love a great voice impressionist? Being into photography, filmmaking and music, if a movie really grabs my attention, I can’t help but feel drawn towards it…it just pulls me in. The Dark Knight is one of those films.
The Dark Knight is one of those perfect films. The storyline, casting, acting and feel of the film was a perfect work of art. Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, as you know. Heath Ledger is one of my favorite actors. The first film I saw him in was A Knight’s Tale. Check it out if you haven’t already. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again.
Heath Ledger died on 22 January 2008 from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Many people try to perform Heath Ledger’s joker impression on YouTube. I enjoy watching them all. I never thought of doing the joker impression until a friend said I was pretty good. He’s an artist and a huge DC and Marvel comic fan. If Eric said I was good, maybe I was on to something.
Long story short, I watched the Dark Knight more and more, listened to Heath’s pitch and how he spoke, and tried to get closer to it. Most of the time I do a pretty good job if I do say so myself. It’s a lot of fun.
I started the YouTube channel, THE JOKER BOX to see how well it would go over, or flop. Subscribers of the channel love it and always want more, so I give it to them. If they love it and it helps to keep Heath’s memory alive, I’m good with that.
Here are a couple videos from the YouTube channel THE JOKER BOX. What do you think? If Hollywood is watching, yes, I would love to do voice over work, which I already have done for a handful of people.
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If you have kids or need to entertain kids with something cool, here are the instructions and ingredients to make slime. Let’s talk about something less techy and more science for a moment. My cousin, who is 15 years old, has made a side business making slime for kids. She even has a website, although the name escapes me. Make slime you ask? It’s actually very cool and even I bought the ingredients to make some for my kids. They had a blast making the slime in all sorts of colors. What I find is best, is to buy the pre – colored Elmer’s glue instead of adding food coloring to the standard white Elmer’s glue. You do not need food coloring for this to work, but color is cool. I ordered all the simple ingredients from Amazon. I have posted the links for your convenience.
How do you choose a guitar for beginners? Most beginner guitar players will choose a guitar based on looks and how cool it is, especially if they are younger kids. Most parents don’t know what guitar to buy and want to make their kids happy. I’ve unfortunately overheard conversations while visiting the local guitar center from manager to employee regarding new purchases from people who don’t know. Most music stores will take advantage of new customers if they are aware you know nothing. One conversation went like this, from manager to employee…”up the price on the guitar by 20% then tell the mom if she wants the guitar for her son, you will take 10% off.” Guitar Center, to me, in all the years I have visited them, are used car salesman. Most people who work there are young kids who don’t know much about anything. The ones who do know try and upsell. It’s rare to find someone knowledgeable who is willing to help. Why? They are on commission! I would steer clear of the retail stores if you have one in your area. You know what I use the retail music stores for? Trying out musical gear. When I find what I like, I will then buy it online. Unless Guitar Center has a huge sale and you know it is truly a sale, your best bet is to shop online for a guitar, whether for beginner or more advanced musical instruments.
There is a reason you or your child are looking to start playing guitar. Maybe you saw a YouTube video that inspired you or maybe you always wanted to learn how to play guitar. Congrats for taking that step towards learning a musical instrument. Most people say they want to learn but never try. For whatever reason, you no doubt have a favorite band or two that inspired your decision. Be it Metallica, Jazz artists, classical or blues, there is a guitar for each style. You can, of course, play all styles on one type of guitar, but there are guitars suited for certain styles.
How much should you spend on a beginner guitar?
As with most things, you should only spend what you can afford. You can always spend a little more money on a slightly better guitar if you think you will be into it for the longer haul. If you stick with guitar playing, you will be upgrading to a better guitar and that’s where you can spend more of your money. For starters, get a guitar you can afford and that even looks cool to you. I do mention the cool factor because if it’s ugly, you won’t want to be playing it.
How do I know what guitar is right for me?
If you never played guitar before, you can still pick a guitar that is right for you. Try learning a couple chords by watching YouTube. Learning a couple guitar chords or how to hold a pick will be enough to help you pick the right guitar. Simply strumming or holding different guitars will let you know what feels better in your hands. You don’t need to be a professional baseball player to pick right right bat…you hold a few of them for weight and feel. This is how you also pick a guitar. I have held a $3,000 guitar and then a $400. The $400 guitar felt so much better and was easier to play, so I bought that. It’s still one of my favorite guitars to play. Just because something is more expensive doesn’t mean it’s better. Here is the Ibanez RG470 that cost me $400 used. Mine is black but this one is much cooler looking. Ibanez makes great guitars for beginner to pro.
Ibanez RG470. Ibanez makes great guitars for beginner to pro.
What’s the difference between acoustic and electric?
An acoustic guitar is the traditional – looking “cowboy guitar” that is a hollow body and does not need an amp to be used. These are great guitar for learning chords and practicing on. Acoustic guitars are more difficult to play, as the strings are tougher to finger since the string tension is tougher.
An electric guitar is much easier to play and practice on since the strings are much thinner and not as taught. For beginner guitar players, I would recommend a nice electric guitar since they are easier to play and easier to learn on.
How much is a good beginner guitar?
A good guitar, whether beginner or slightly advanced, can be had for around $150 give or take $50. You can find used guitars on craigslist or online. I do most of my shopping on Amazon. Here are some guitars that would be great for a beginner or ever someone who wants a guitar to practice with when not at home. I bought a cheap electric guitar to take to work. I sometimes practice during my lunch break outside.
Electric guitars need to be connected to an amplifier in order to be heard, while an acoustic guitar does not. You can find guitar amps for cheap on Amazon or craigslist. As you advance in guitar playing, you will find your new-found hobby to be expensive. I spent a lot of money on guitars and amps as a teenager and into my twenties. My first guitar was a cort guitar which cost about $100. The amp I got with it was a gorilla amp that had a great sound and that cost about $150. $250 was a lot for me to spend as a 15 year old when I started. As years went by though, I was spending an average of $500 – $2,500 per guitar. I had about 17 guitars and a few guitar amps. I loved guitar so much. I still play, but it gets rough when you have to work all the time.