7 tips to make a great YouTube video

7 tips to make a great YouTube video

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.

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.

how to make a video for youtube. always be yourself when filming a video for your youtube channel. your personality is the most important thing next to content.

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.

how to film a great youtube video that gets viewsTalking 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.

Here’s a tutorial I made on how to edit videos.

Here are some of the more popular cameras used by YouTube creators in vlogging or standard YouTube video creation.

best cameras to use for making youtube videos

 

5. Add entertaining and informational value.

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.

how to make a viral videos

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.

great youtube thumbnails. how to make a great youtube video

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.
  • Make sure to get great audio in your video!
  • 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!

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Red exclamation when importing video from SD card to iPad pro RESOLVED

Red exclamation when importing video from SD card to iPad pro RESOLVED

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.

editing video on ipad pro with lumafusion. video filmed with panasonic gh5 micro four thirds mirrorless cameraOver the weekend I thought I’d break out my Panasonic GH5 for some nice High resolution filming with my favorite lens, a Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens.

The next day I took the SD card out of the GH5 body and popped it into my Apple SD card reader to lightning adapter, for importing photos and videos in my iPad pro.

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!

Red exclamation when importing video from SD card to iPad proAfter 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.

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GH5S vs GH5. I bought a GH5 and here’s why.

GH5S vs GH5. I bought a GH5 and here’s why.

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.

panasonic gh5 micro four thirds camera by panasonic

The GH5 features a 20MP 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.

 

panasonic gh5s vs gh5The 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

So will you buy the Panasonic GH5 or GH5s?

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.

My lens of choice is the Panasonic 25mm F1.7

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I’m a GUITAR PLAYER. Check out my music and purchase here:

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/139284491
MIME RIOT
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/793322130

http://www.steverotter.com

I’m a video editor 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shure mv88 microphone review. Iphone microphone for YouTube vlogging

Shure mv88 microphone review. Iphone microphone for YouTube vlogging

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.

shure mv88 microphone for recording musicians or bands

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.

shure mv88 iphone microphone review with motiv appThe 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.

CHECK OUT THE SHURE MV88 MICROPHONE ON AMAZON

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WRAITH
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WRAITH
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/139284491
MIME RIOT
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/793322130

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Filming YouTube videos with iphone for your YouTube channel

Filming YouTube videos with iphone for your YouTube channel

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.

how to edit video with lumafusion for youtube

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.

The most important things to have for great quality YouTube videos are video quality and sound. Great sound quality is a must. If filming with your iPhone or iPad, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND these lavalier lapel microphones. Just plug them into your iPhone or iPad for instant pro audio. The pack comes with 2 microphones. You can purchase a 2nd mic and and Y connector for an interview situation. This is the best piece of tech I’ve bought for my YouTube channels.

Lighting can be achieved easily for your videos by using natural light. Film in a room with windows and white walls preferably. This will allow the light to bounce around and fill the room.

If you don’t want to be limited to daylight hours for filming, here are some LED lights by GVM I use. I bought 2 and couldn’t be happier!

If you want to make your videos even more pro, you I highly recommend using a tripod always! One other thing you can purchase to keep the iPhone or camera steady at all times is a gimbal.

Do you use your iPhone for YouTube? what do you think? What camera have you upgraded to?

 

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Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens: https://amzn.to/2wwN5ix

Panasonic GX85 Batteries: https://amzn.to/2Ksac00

GoPro suction cup mount for car: https://amzn.to/2Ajbryb

GoPro gooseneck mount: https://amzn.to/2uUECmg

Shure mv88 microphone: https://amzn.to/2WP78lw

Canon XA11 Pro Camcorder: https://amzn.to/2rNMUK1

iPad Pro 10.5: https://amzn.to/2O1q5gz

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod: https://amzn.to/2IxYQq4

Fovitec Green / Blue backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2IrDcbK

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Blue Yeti USB Microphone: https://amzn.to/2JWT2vt

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones: https://amzn.to/2K3hiLT

Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
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Y-Connector Audio Splitter for Lavalier Microphone
https://amzn.to/2J1UwPU

Headphone Jack Adapter Lightning Connector
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MIME RIOT
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mimeriot
WRAITH
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/steverotter
ON iTunes:
WRAITH
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/139284491
MIME RIOT
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/793322130

http://www.steverotter.com

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how to edit youtube videos like a pro by a pro

how to edit youtube videos like a pro by a pro

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.

For more information check out my youtube channel Steve Rotter.

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Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens: https://amzn.to/2wwN5ix

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Shure mv88 microphone: https://amzn.to/2WP78lw

Canon XA11 Pro Camcorder: https://amzn.to/2rNMUK1

iPad Pro 10.5: https://amzn.to/2O1q5gz

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Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones: https://amzn.to/2K3hiLT

Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
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Y-Connector Audio Splitter for Lavalier Microphone
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Headphone Jack Adapter Lightning Connector
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I’m a GUITAR PLAYER. Check out my music and purchase here:

MIME RIOT
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mimeriot
WRAITH
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/steverotter
ON iTunes:
WRAITH
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/139284491
MIME RIOT
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/793322130

http://www.steverotter.com

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3d animation star wars death star trench run test. 3d animation for star wars fan film in production.

3d animation star wars death star trench run test. 3d animation for star wars fan film in production.

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.

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Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens: https://amzn.to/2wwN5ix

Panasonic GX85 Batteries: https://amzn.to/2Ksac00

GoPro suction cup mount for car: https://amzn.to/2Ajbryb

GoPro gooseneck mount: https://amzn.to/2uUECmg

Shure mv88 microphone: https://amzn.to/2WP78lw

Canon XA11 Pro Camcorder: https://amzn.to/2rNMUK1

iPad Pro 10.5: https://amzn.to/2O1q5gz

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod: https://amzn.to/2IxYQq4

Fovitec Green / Blue backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2IrDcbK

Fovitec Black/ White backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2rTu18T

Blue Yeti USB Microphone: https://amzn.to/2JWT2vt

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones: https://amzn.to/2K3hiLT

Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
https://amzn.to/2lZhGNB

Y-Connector Audio Splitter for Lavalier Microphone
https://amzn.to/2J1UwPU

Headphone Jack Adapter Lightning Connector
https://amzn.to/2udGjtM

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: STEVE ROTTER: youtube.com/c/RotterStudios

I’m a GUITAR PLAYER. Check out my music and purchase here:

MIME RIOT
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mimeriot
WRAITH
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/steverotter
ON iTunes:
WRAITH
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/139284491
MIME RIOT
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/793322130

http://www.steverotter.com

I’m a video editor 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.

 

 

 

ipad pro 10.5 inch or 12.9 inch

ipad pro 10.5 inch or 12.9 inch

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.

I was in the same boat, looking for either an iPad pro 10.5 inch or 12.9 inch just a couple of weeks ago, summer 2018.

For most of my work I use my trusty 15″ i5 Macbook pro from 2010 with solid state hard drive by Samsung. If you’re computer or mac is running slow, I can’t recommend installing a solid state drive (SSD) enough.

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?

ipad pro 10.5 or 12.9After 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.

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Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens: https://amzn.to/2wwN5ix

Panasonic GX85 Batteries: https://amzn.to/2Ksac00

GoPro suction cup mount for car: https://amzn.to/2Ajbryb

GoPro gooseneck mount: https://amzn.to/2uUECmg

Shure mv88 microphone: https://amzn.to/2WP78lw

Canon XA11 Pro Camcorder: https://amzn.to/2rNMUK1

iPad Pro 10.5: https://amzn.to/2O1q5gz

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod: https://amzn.to/2IxYQq4

Fovitec Green / Blue backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2IrDcbK

Fovitec Black/ White backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2rTu18T

Blue Yeti USB Microphone: https://amzn.to/2JWT2vt

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones: https://amzn.to/2K3hiLT

Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
https://amzn.to/2lZhGNB

Y-Connector Audio Splitter for Lavalier Microphone
https://amzn.to/2J1UwPU

Headphone Jack Adapter Lightning Connector
https://amzn.to/2udGjtM

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: STEVE ROTTER: youtube.com/c/RotterStudios

I’m a GUITAR PLAYER. Check out my music and purchase here:

MIME RIOT
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mimeriot
WRAITH
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/steverotter
ON iTunes:
WRAITH
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/139284491
MIME RIOT
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/793322130

http://www.steverotter.com

I’m a video editor 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.

 

 

 

The best memory card carrying case by beeway

The best memory card carrying case by beeway

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.

sandisk sd card
SD memory card for cameras

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.

Beeway Memory Card Carrying Case Holder for SD SDHC SDXC – 12 Slots Sealed Waterproof with Storage Bag & Carabiner

sd memory card carry case

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!

Check it out on Amazon and keep your SD memory cards safe and secure!

That’s my tech / photography tip. Subscribe to my blog for more tech tips, music, art, photography, dog training, basically everything I love.

Thanks!

Steve

 

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German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
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Best cameras for YouTube and vlogging

Best cameras for YouTube and vlogging

In this post you will read about the top 5 cameras for YouTube videos and vlogging. The quality of these cameras is outstanding in both photography and video work for social media sites. What is the best video camera or camcorder for filming HD YouTube videos? If you’re vlogging, making skits or video clips, read on…

The best vlogging cameras are made by Canon, Sony and Panasonic. Although DSLR cameras are great at shooting both photos and video, the more compact cameras have surpassed them in many ways. DSLR cameras, which are the traditional professional cameras, will overheat when shooting 15 minutes or more of video. They are not really meant for video work, although they do an outstanding job of it. DSLR cameras are geared more towards the pro photographer and video creator.

For an excellent pro camera that takes outstanding video and photos, read on.

Most of you reading this already know what a vlog is. For those who don’t, let me explain. A vlog is a video blog. Think of it as a video diary. You sit in front of a camera, talk about a product, your life, etc. and upload it to your YouTube channel or blog. What’s a blog? You’re reading one right now. Bloggers write online about their lives, fashion tips, wedding tips, camera tips, movie reviews, etc. A blog is an online article. It’s more appealing to have photos and videos on blogs and that’s where a good camera comes in.

You can use your iPhone for video content on YouTube, Vimeo or a blog but if you want many more features, you need a better camera.

Canon and Sony have been the two largest names when it comes to vlogging cameras. I have been a Canon user for years and love them. The only other brand of camera I use is Panasonic. I have the Panasonic GX85 and LOVE IT! The quality is phenominal with very little to no video noise.

Here’s my review on my Panasonic GX85

 

Here are a few of my favorite cameras for vlogging, YouTube creation and out in the street video and photography. These cameras are used by some of the largest YouTubers and bloggers and are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A CAMERA FOR VLOGGING OR YOUTUBE

  1. Price. If you can’t afford it, keep looking. Don’t break the bank. Although these cameras are VERY NICE, the camera doesn’t make the art or story, that’s up to you.
  2. Check out YouTube for tutorials and reviews and see how the features work.
  3. Can you afford the accessories required for the type of video work you want to do, such as extra lenses?
  4. Does the camera have a pop out mini tv viewer? This is important to bloggers and YouTube creators. If you’re sitting in front of the camera or holding it in front of you, how will you know if you’re in the shot if the screen is on the back of the camera only?

canon g7 x mark II best vlogging camera with screen

Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera -BEST CHOICEBest vlogging camera 2018

Rated best vlogging camera.Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera

If you are looking for the best Vlogging camera that will help your Youtube or Video Blog for coming years then Canon G7x is hands down the best vlogging camera you can get right now. It is currently being used by top line vloggers and Youtubers such as FunForLouis and Casey Neistat. A high signal-to-noise ratio delivers minimal noise and distortion with breathtaking dynamic range, particularly notable in bright areas. And photography enthusiasts will appreciate the changes in image processing for the PowerShot G7 X, which include target exposure value and contrast characteristics for highlights. Dynamic range in bright areas is expanded with gradation attributes that are similar to EOS. Also, by changing the exposure index standard from SOS to REI, it is possible to shoot at almost the same brightness with the same Av, Tv, and ISO settings as EOS.

 

  • New 1.0-inch, 20.2 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor combined with Canon’s powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • f/1.8(W)-f/2.8(T), 4.2x optical Zoom (24mm-100mm), 9-blade iris diaphragm and IS equipped lens
  • Selfie-ready multi-angle capacitive 3.0″ touch panel LCD
  • Capture stunning 1080p/60p Full HD video with up to 60 fps
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Please refer to the Product Descriptiion section for troubleshooting information. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camerabest vlogging camera canon g7 x mark II

The Canon G7 X Mark II is a pretty big step up from its predecessor. It offers everything you could want in a camera/video camera at a fairly reasonable price. The PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera combines exhilarating speed and performance with a smart, compact design. It features a high-performance 1.0-inch 20.1 Megapixel1 CMOS sensor as well as a bright f/1.8–2.8 lens to help capture impressive images whenever your creativity sparks, even in low-light conditions. The DIGIC 7 Image Processor delivers improved auto focus tracking, enhanced IS and superb image clarity even when shooting with a high ISO. For increased flexibility, the camera offers high-speed continuous shooting up to 8 fps in RAW2, JPEG and RAW+JPEG2 modes, and is equipped with Full HD capability, built-in Wi-Fi3 and NFC4 and in-camera RAW conversion.

  • 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s new DIGIC 7 Image Processor helps deliver exceptional image quality even in low light.
  • Features a bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24-100mm), 9-blade iris diaphragm andBattery IS-equipped lens.
  • Capture impressively high resolution images with high-speed continuous shooting up to 8 fps in both RAW mode / JPEG mode.
  • Multi-angle capacitive 3.0″ touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and tilt option of 180 Degree up and 45 Degree down.
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound.

 

Canon PowerShot S120 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera

best vlogging camera canon s120

The Canon S120 is a great point and shoot vlogging camera which is often recommended as an alternate to the G7x for the low budget folks. It does not have the flip out screen but has image stabilization, wifi and wide angle lens which is perfect for vlogging.

Casey Neistat called it “The Almost Perfect Video Camera”. Coming this from a film maker means a lot especially when he is respected by not only the Youtuber community but big brands like Nike and Mercedes who hired him for making their advertisements.

 

 

  • Built-in Wi-Fi technology allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
  • Upload virtually anywhere on your iOS or Android device with free download of the Canon Camera Window app
  • Capture beautiful 1080p full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button, zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • 12.1 megapixel high-sensitivity 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC 6 image processor for exceptional low-light performance with an ISO range of 80-12800
  • Bright f/1.8 lens with 5x optical zoom and 24mm wide angle view

 

 GoPro

best vlogging camera gopro heroGOPRO HERO5 Black is a balance of performance and convenience thanks to its 4K video, voice control, easy-to-use touch display and waterproof design. Now with QuikStories, HERO5 Black automatically sends your footage to your phone where it transforms into an awesome edited video. Combined with stabilized video, pro-quality photos and auto upload to the cloud with GoPro Plus, HERO5 Black gives you the power to tell your story. HERO5 Black sends your footage to your phone where the app transforms it into an awesome edited video – automatically. Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in single, burst and time lapse modes. HERO5 Black captures stunningly smooth video, whether it’s handheld or mounted to your gear. Share immersive 4K perspectives that make you feel like you’re there. HERO5 Black makes it easy with its one-button simplicity, convenient touch display and ready-to-go waterproof design. Smooth, stabilized video, crystal-clear audio, and pro-quality photo capture combine with voice control and GPS to make HERO5 Black the most impressive GoPro ever. And when it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Black automatically uploads footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account to provide easy access on any device. Then, create amazing videos automatically with Quick, the GoPro mobile editing app. Your life as you’ve never seen it with GOPRO.

 

 

  • Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. Charger not included
  • Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing
  • Additional GoPro HERO5 Black Features + Benefits below on item page. Time Lapse Photo Intervals: 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds
  • Preview and playback your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro.
  • Battery can sustain 60-90 minutes of continuous 4K video recording
  • NOTE: Check User Manual on Technical Specification and Instruction video available before us.

 

Sony Alpha a6000

best vlogging camera sony alpha a6000

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digitial Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) w/ 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens. The α6000 is a super compact Mirrorless camera that’s about half the size and weight of a typical DSLR, yet it has the same size APS-C image sensor as most DSLRs. The interchangeable lenses and E-mount system make the α6000 more versatile than almost any other camera on the market. Get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to the newly developed 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor. It’s higher resolution than most DSLRs and adopts the same gapless on-chip lens structure as the α7R for ultimate image quality and light sensitivity. Never miss the moment – the α6000 captures 11fps frames per second in continuous shooting mode with AF (Auto Focus) tracking by making the most of the wide-area 179-point phase-detection AF sensor. Even when dealing with fast action the α6000’s superb moving-subject tracking performance ensures you get a great shot during still or video capture.

 

  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200). Lens compatibility- Sony E-mount lenses
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points
  • Up to 11 FPS continious shooting
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dots
  • OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.4 million dots

 

So which video camera do you like best for vlogging? So many choices and such perfect image quality from them all. How do you choose the best vlogging camera when they all look so great? Obviously you need to be able to afford the camera so I would look at price first.

For video work I use:

GOPRO 4

CANON XA10

Panasonic GX85

iPhone7

 

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star wars trailer with the joker

star wars trailer with the joker

star wars with the joker

What happens when two of my favorite movies (star wars and the dark knight) are combined into one? Well, when you have a video editor (me) who also loves the joker and does a pretty good impression of the joker (me) you get this…

I had a lot of fun making this video. Who knows, maybe you WILL see the Joker in this film if you look hard enough.

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iPad Pro 10.5: https://amzn.to/2O1q5gz

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Taco Tuesday cancelled

Taco Tuesday cancelled

Taco Tuesday cancelled

Taco Tuesday cancelled
Taco Tuesday cancelled

If you need a laugh, here’s a video. We created this for a client in Europe, who is a psychologist. It was filmed, edited and submitted in two days.

This is the director’s cut (my version.) Filmed after work hours so the streets were filled with people for more visual appeal.

The original video has no narration, just music and street sounds. There is no “taco tuesday cancelled” that shows on the screen. You never know what the patient / actor is upset about or what causes him to seek counseling in the original video.

Filmed with panasonic GX85 using Panasonic 25mm F1.7 lens.

All audio from camera mic was removed and replaced with street sounds I recorded with external digital recorder. This includes the keyboard sounds you hear. Every bit of audio was added. The sound of him stirring coffee is the sound of coins hitting pavement. That is called foley sound effects.

Enjoy my silliness

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How to charge for photography services

How to charge for photography services
joker heath
If you’re good at something NEVER do it for free!

This read is for the wedding photographer and brides looking for wedding photographers. I’m a Chicago photographer and I have some info for you all. To quote Heath Ledger’s Joker, “If you’re good at something never do it for free.” I want to reach out and hopefully instill some confidence in those of you trying to make some money in doing what you love. I also want to help brides looking for a wedding photography. For the rest of you, you’ll find this interesting.

Being a wedding photographer is a lot of work especially if you own your own studio. You place ads, maybe attend events, spend money on marketing, build the website, order business cards, do your taxes, buy gear, meet with potential clients and wonder why they don’t book you (after they said they loved your work and pricing), spend 12 hours on your feet, half the time melting outside in the summer, dealing with many people who you never met (some are drunk) and the list goes on and on.

rotter photography chicago
Wedding photograph by your’s truly

I’ve been a photographer for 25 years, starting as a little kid. Let me preface this writing with this: there are photographers and there are PHOTOGRAPHERS. Art is Art but if you’re paying someone to photograph your wedding, don’t you think they should know how to work a camera? Setting a camera to full auto doesn’t qualify. Your client / bride winds up with a shaded face and blown out backgrounds (very bright backgrounds.)

I shot both photos and video for my studio, SAR studios, now Rotter studios, since 1999. It was hard to think I could make money doing something I loved. Weddings weren’t my first choice. I would much rather shoot art or bands performing live. Weddings ARE art though. Photographing what others can’t see is all around you. It’s all art. That’s what an artist does. You see what other people can’t and you document it. For the most part it was a lot of fun and rarely did I have an issue except for that one time a groomsman drank way too much and never followed instructions. There was also that other time a fight almost broke out because some family members, who refused to let the bride marry the groom, showed up at the wedding. The bride cried in the back room while the groom went to deal with the chaos. I stayed with her, along with her bridesmaids, and consoled her until the smoke cleared. I felt bad for them. They were a really nice couple.

cropped-canon-5d-mkii-chicago-videoAs a photographer at weddings, you are the one they come to for answers. You are the director on the set. It’s just the way it is. You don’t take a break. You’re moving constantly all day long for hours. Packing up your gear, driving there and arriving early, setting up, roaming and photographing, packing up, driving home, etc. The day is very long and tiring. You’re also carrying around 20+ pounds of gear on your back and holding a camera that feels like it weighs a ton after a couple hours.

When the day is done, you’re not. You have many photos to edit. I averaged about 2,000 per wedding and didn’t get rid of many. Although they looked great, I edited each one to make them look as best I could.

What do you charge? Wedding photography pricing is all over the map from $500 a day to $4,000 or more. I’m sorry, I can’t see $4,000 for wedding photos. No one is that good and I have seen hundreds of photographers. I’ll be honest with you, if digital photography didn’t exist, neither would most “photographers.” Most people buy cameras and set to full auto and call themselves wedding photographers. If we were back in the days of film, they wouldn’t be doing what they are trying to do. I started with film a long time ago and good photographers knew how to use their gear…they had to. There was no screen to look at on the back of a camera. There was no cheating.

I met a photographer once while shooting video at a wedding. They charged $3,000. I asked about his gear and he wasn’t too sure. He had no flash at all. I asked what lenses he used. He used the cheap stock lens that came in the box. I asked what ISO he usually shoots at….he had no idea what I was talking about. $3,000. That burned me. What burned me more is the bride had no idea. How would she? It’s unfair.

I hope brides find this blog post and take it to heart. Check out my blog on wedding planning tips for the wedding couple. I now write what I have witnessed. Hopefully it will help a lot of you out. I don’t mean to slam other photographers, but seriously, if your mechanic is rebuilding your car’s transmission, do you think he should be reading the manual while he does it?

I thought I would undercut “competition” and charge less to get clients. That got me nothing but tire kickers. I didn’t set my prices too high figuring no one would hire me because I wasn’t a huge name. Let me tell you, those huge name studios are garbage. I say this because I know. I have spoken to brides who were very upset going with huge name photography studios. I also have friends who worked in huge studios as editors and it was terrible working conditions. Big wedding photography studios do what they can to get your non-refundable deposit and then you’re just another number. Wedding couples also don’t get to pick their photographer most of the time. They just show up. This one wedding I was at had the overweight Italian with chest hair sticking out of his half buttoned-down shirt. Yes, he had the fake gold chains as well. Don’t hate because I said Italian. I am Italian, and that’s what he was….exaggerating the role. I was embarrassed for them. He also didn’t know much about photography. The studio was Fred Fox studios in Chicago. Oh no, I said the name. Whatever.

lamborghini at wedding
Lamborghini at wedding in Chicago

When you’re a small studio, some people will want to take advantage of you. I had this young couple once, giving the sob story of how they couldn’t afford much since they spent their parent’s money on the pricey reception hall downtown in Chicago. That’s not my problem. Maybe spend less? I’m working to support my family. Why should I take the hit? Some people think you just should. Well, I felt bad and gave them a huge discount, even though I was already low in price. My cousin was photographing with me at this time too. We went on this job together. Arriving at the church for reception was awesome. A huge cathedral! 500 guests! The reception hall was really expensive with ferraris and lamborghinis parked in the lot. They had no money. I felt bad for them. That was one of the turning points for me.

In the beginning, I never turned down a gig, thinking it would lead to more gigs. That rarely happened. What happened is we worked all day, I spent a week editing photos, and made just enough for that month’s marketing in Chicago magazines ($500 a month.) I always paid my 2 other photographers before I got paid. I worked for free 90% of the time. That was my fault. I just couldn’t up the price. Couples didn’t inquire that much if you were a small no name studio. They went with the big names because that’s what they knew. There are SO MANY little studios that are GREAT. How do you know which ones to pick? You don’t. That’s why the default is a big studio.

I hope someone out there, be it a bride to be, or a photographer has found this helpful in some way. As for me, I stopped advertising my services around 2012. With more and more people buying digital cameras and offering services for cheap, it was too much. All my weekends were spent working on the business, with M-F being my full time job.

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Chicago photography by Steve Rotter. http://www.steverotter.com

I still take photos or video if someone finds me but I no longer advertise. I played that game for 12 years and always broke even. I now put my creative efforts into my YouTube channels and a couple other online avenues to make money to supplement income….and I’m making more doing it than I ever did with weddings. I work from home on my schedule. That is how I went about charging for photography.

All the websites I spent hours building are gone and have been condensed into this one site you are on now. www.steverotter.com

Thanks for reading. If you enjoy what I do here, consider following my blog for more thoughts. Check out my blog on wedding planning in Chicago.

Steve

 

 

 

spider man homecoming review

spider man homecoming review

Spider man homecoming was done well. Out of all the spider man movies, I enjoyed this one the most. I thought the cast in the Tobey Maguire films was wrong. Not a fan of the acting at all, especially the scene where Toby struts down the street wearing black eyeliner….I’M A REBEL! BETTER LOOK OUT. Whatever. I’m glad those are gone.

I did enjoy the reboot spider man films with Andrew Garfield…the Amazing Spider man film series. He was a good actor with a warmer tribute to the web slinger we all know and love.

Tom Holland, the most recent actor to portray spider man of the spider man series, in spider man homecoming and Captain America Civil War, did the best job in my opinion. He is humble, very excited with everything cool he encounters, actually was a teenager, and a good actor. I felt Tom Holland captured the role perfectly.

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Marisa Tomei in Spider man homecoming

The cast is perfect, with Marisa Tomei playing Peter’s aunt, and of course Michael Keaton…one of my favorites. Marisa still looks and acts to perfection in this film. She plays a very down to earth, real and warm family member, which is something Marisa has always done. Some fans felt odd with Marisa playing Peter’s aunt since we’re so used to seeing an elderly woman with grey hair in the role of aunt May. I, for one, was happy with this change. Peter is a high school kid and so it’s only fitting that his aunt is closer to the age of Marisa Tomei.

Marisa, who first portrayed the MCU’s younger version of Aunt May in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before reprising the role for Homecoming, went on to explain how the scene would have given her character and Peter another outlet to connect on, albeit an unspoken one. “Then I come home, and I don’t even tell him that that’s what happened, and, of course, there’s all this stuff that he’s not telling me,” Tomei continued. “So he’s like, ‘How was your day?’ And I’m like, ‘It was fine,’ but really I was shaking inside because of this whole crisis that had happened in the city. I’m kind of fibbing to him, and he’s fibbing to me, and we’re living in this house together, and it was a very interesting setup. I was quite disappointed that wasn’t in there.”

 

The appearance of Iron Man and Stark in spider man homecoming tied the films together well. This is something Marvel studios is really good at doing with all their films. It’s a great way to make the Avengers world bigger and more true to life, as if it could be a real thing. Spider man on his own would have made the film a little cold and sterile I believe. I’m not much of a comic book person so I appreciate the small tie ins they are creatied by merging their worlds. This helps people like me, who don’t follow the comics. I’m not sure if spider man’s costume was constructed by Stark in the comics. As a kid, watching the tv series cartoon from the 1970’s, it seemed that Peter Parker designed and built his costume without the help of anyone else. Spider man certainly didn’t have Karen to talk to or any fancy technology in his suit. For a few seconds, I thought that would ruin it, since it wasn’t true to the original tech Pete he had…just a suit. I like the idea though and it was executed very well in the film.

The film wasn’t too complex and the story was laid out very well. I can’t stand obvious foreshadowing in films and this film doesn’t have any at all. When something happens in the film that was meant to be a surprise, it truly was a surprise. I like that. I had no idea certain scenes were going to play out how they did. Because of this, I was pleasantly surprised and got to feel the scene through the eyes of Peter Parker.

michael keaton as the vulture
Michael Keaton as the vulture in spider man homecoming

SPOILER ALERT – The scene where Peter Parker is greeted at the door by Michael Keaton when arriving for the homecoming dance….I had no idea Michael Keaton would be the one answering the door. Micheal Keaton is the bad guy in the film, the vulture. Michael Keaton is also the father of Pete’s love interest. Because of great writing, I was surprised when spider man’s enemy answered the door…just as much as Peter Parker was.

The acting was good and made me feel how the character would have felt. One scene in particular is when Peter Parker was outside in his spider man suit, contemplating on entering the party at the house of his love interest, Liz. Everyone was expecting spider man to show up and Peter was against the idea. He sat outside saying to himself, “this is a stupid idea.” It made sense, as he was trying to find his way as a super hero, and yet, contemplating entering a party to impress the kids at his high school. I can relate to that situation minus the super hero part.

One thing I didn’t like is when Michael Keaton attacked Stark’s jet as the vulture at the end of the film. With all Stark’s technology, not one alert went off when the hull of the jet was cut. The vulture was free to roam around the jet and go through whatever he wanted. No motion sensors? No laser sensors? Nothing on a Stark jet transporting his prized tech? In other films, Stark appeared anywhere in the world to fight a crisis within minutes…but his jet, flying within 100 miles of him…and just nothing? That was odd.

Check out a video review of spider man homecoming by the Dork Lords of you tube:

I recommend this film and will be buying it.

Glad they got spider man right! Great writing, acting and overall production, as you would expect from a Marvel studios film.

Thanks for reading, and check out my blog for cool tech writing, music, photography and gear reviews.

Steve

panasonic gx 85 camera love

panasonic gx 85 camera love

The panasonic gx85 camera is the most impressive camera I have owned in the 25 years of working in photo and video. steverotter.com is where I discuss my passions and hobbies. The blog section wouldn’t be complete without a write up on my favorite camera, the panasonic gx85. I spent a lot of time researching youtube and reading reviews. I was nervous to move away from canon but I have to tell you, this camera is night and day awesome! If you want pro camera quality in video and film but don’t want the huge DSLR camera price tag, you must check out these smaller, very high quality cameras.

panasonic gx85 camera
panasonic gx85

At the time of this writing, I have been into photography and video production for 25 years. I have used Canon DSLR bodies as well as many Canon and Sony 8mm, mini dv and solid state video cameras. I love my DSLR cameras, but getting into youtube, I needed something smaller, but also really great quality. A lot of people are going with the canon point and shoot route, such as the Canon powershot G7 X Mark II. I do love the Canon G7 X Mark II and will be purchasing it later this year. Canon is rated as one of the best for vlogs, pro video and photography. I wanted to try something a little different, so I went with Panasonic. I’m am still amazed at the photo and video quality of this micro four thirds camera, even with the stock lens. I would choose the Panasonic or Canon camera over my DSLR any day, and I LOVE my CANON DSLR 5D MKII.

Panasonic GX85 Tech

  • New 5-axis in-body sensor stabilizer works with LUMIX 2-axis optically stabilized lenses in video and still capture modes using class-leading Dual Image Stabilization.
  • Eliminates the need for low-pass sensor filters while boosting fine detail resolving power by nearly 10% over existing 16-Megapixel MFT sensors.
  • Shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography performance of a Mirrorless camera and nearly half the bulk of most DSLRs.
  • Thumbwheel controls, integrated viewfinder and touch control enabled tilting LCD maximize control of the photographic experience.
  • Capture spontaneous moments with 4K imaging performance in both 4K video and exclusive 4K PHOTO and Post Focus.

For today’s interchangeable lens camera enthusiasts — or anyone looking for a lighter, newer more intelligent alternative to bulky DSLRs — Panasonic LUMIX Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds system cameras deliver impressive, no-compromise performance. Nearly half the size of most DSLRs, the DMC-GX85 delivers impressive large sensor performance in the most compact camera system ever designed by Panasonic LUMIX. Thanks to the elimination of the low pass filter, its fine detail resolving power is boosted nearly 10% over previous 16-Megapixel sensors. Image stabilization is top of its class with the complementary LUMIX 2-axis lens O.I.S. and a new 5-axis in-body I.S., available in either photo or video recording modes. Camera purists will enjoy the familiar quick-access thumbwheel controls and integrated 2764k-dot eye-level electronic viewfinder, plus a tilting LCD display for greater flexibility in difficult shooting angles. Modern enthusiasts will love the WiFi mobile control and next-generation flexibility that 4K Video, 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus modes bring to the creative experience.

 

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The best stop motion animation software by Dragonframe

The best stop motion animation software by Dragonframe

dragoneframe 4Dragonframe software is the best stop motion animation software. Hollywood studios and directors such as Tim Burton have used Dragonframe for their blockbuster films. Dragonframe has been used to make several full-length motion picture films, including Disney’s Frankenweenie and Laika’s Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and ParaNorman, as well as the stop motion television show Shaun the Sheep. It has also been used to shoot stop motion scenes in live action movies, including the holochess scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and numerous stop motion shorts. I am currently using stop motion studio pro on the iphone and it works perfect for smaller projects. My panasonic gx85 camera has a built in stop motion feature that works well and even includes onion skinning.

The panasonic gx85 with its built in stop motion animation feature and stop motion studio pro on iPhone app are great for smaller projects, although they are still very powerful. For more advanced film – like quality, Dragonframe is highly recommended.

Dragonframe4For those of you not sure what stop motion is, it is the painstaking art of photographing still images in succession, to a computer. When put together, as with a flipbook, the characters will move. Just as with cartoons, each frame or drawing cell is put together to create movement. There are 24 frames or drawings per second, in film, so that means an artist had to draw 24 drawings for each second of a movie. Guess how many drawings were required for the average Disney film? Do the math. Actually, Disney used 30 frames per second so it’s more fluid. Walt Disney insisted on this back in the day.

Check out this stop motion animation I did with lego batman and the joker. Filmed with stop motion studio pro on iPhone7.

 

In the case of stop motion, a photograph is taking and the puppet, or object is moved a small fraction of a millimeter. After that move, another photo is taken, and so on. When all photos are played together, movement is created. The movie is edited, sound effects are added, along with titles, music and dialogue. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of work. Depending on the production it can take about an hour or more for 10 seconds of video.

Check out how Dennis Muren used stop motion animation to make the AT AT walkers walk in the Empire Strikes back.

The original king kong movie was filmed using stop motion, along with the AT AT walkers from the Empire strikes back. The AT AT walkers were only about 3′ tall but appeared to be monsters on the silver screen.

Dragonframe is a more advanced, pro stop motion animation software package. It is designed for high quality stop motion animation. Check out this video from Dragonframe.

 

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