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!

I write about anything techy, music, photography, artsy and whatever I think you may find interesting.

Steve

Follow my blog here. 

GEAR I USE:

Marshall Code 50-50 watt 1×12″ guitar amp: https://amzn.to/2GmCVVI

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas guitar blue frost: https://amzn.to/2Dp9fU0

PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

PANASONIC GH5: https://amzn.to/2XmHxDA

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 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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Why your YouTube channel isn’t growing and how to fix it

Why your YouTube channel isn’t growing and how to fix it

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.

how to get more youtube subscribers and views why your youtube channel isn't growing

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?

  • My homework tips
  • 10 Tips to Blast Through Your Homework With Ease! #SchoolLife

In Conclusion:

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!

Books on Amazon to help your YouTube channel. Most are free!

Here are my YouTube channels to give you an idea of what I’m up to:

Steve Rotter:
guitar playing, photography, video production, vlogs
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyfiRHWgRku1DyzSXFRVGbA

ROTTER TUBE REEF:
saltwater aquarium care:
https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarkid5

GERMAN SHEPHERD WEEKLY:                                                                      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9S-SLuvrknf4_aPxPBEwZg

I write about anything techy, music, photography, artsy and whatever I think you may find interesting.

Thanks for reading!

Steve

Follow my blog here. 

GEAR I USE:

Marshall Code 50-50 watt 1×12″ guitar amp: https://amzn.to/2GmCVVI

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas guitar blue frost: https://amzn.to/2Dp9fU0

PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

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

 

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.

 

 

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?

 

Thanks for reading! Follow my blog here.

GEAR I USE:

Marshall Code 50-50 watt 1×12″ guitar amp: https://amzn.to/2GmCVVI

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas guitar blue frost: https://amzn.to/2Dp9fU0

PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

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.

 

 

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.

Thanks for reading! Follow my blog here.

GEAR I USE:

Marshall Code 50-50 watt 1×12″ guitar amp: https://amzn.to/2GmCVVI

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas guitar blue frost: https://amzn.to/2Dp9fU0

PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

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.

 

 

 

youtube monetization is enabled for my channel 6-21-2018!

youtube monetization is enabled for my channel 6-21-2018!

I HAVE GOOD NEWS! YouTube monetization was disabled for my channel yesterday but is enabled today, 6/21/2018. I was looking at a video on my channel and saw an ad play at the beginning. I quickly checked the channel settings and it’s active!

For those of you relying on YouTube for side money or your entire income, you are aware of the monetization delays. YouTube is not paying their video creators. They have put a hold on the ability to make money on videos created and say it will take until the end of June for them to get caught up. YouTube has been saying this for months.

I currently have close to 5,000 subscribers and over 4,000 hours of viewing and monetization is enabled! This hopefully shows YouTube is not favoring larger channels first. Don’t lose hope. Your YouTube channel could be monetized any day now. Remeber to follow their rules and good luck to you all.

A growing number of video creators / YouTube partners have their mind set to believe YouTube monetization will never happen. YouTube monetization delays have been forecasted until end of june 2018. YouTube has been stringing along their partners since November 2017, taking away monetization and placing the blame on not having enough help to sort through all the videos and channels?!

From Reddit:

They say they “hope” to review them by the end of june. Hope is their keyword for “no way it’s going to happen”. They will postpone it again. They are a multi billion dollar company, they have data about absolutely everything, they have artificial intelligence and fine-grained analytics. Do you really think they can’t estimate if reviews take 2 weeks longer or more than half a year? They are fooling us.

Oh, please. They still have not “reviewed” channels with 100k + subscribers from November 2017. Innocent ad-friendly content. If they were actually reviewing channels, they would have reviewed them by now. This is all deception. It’s shameless and disgusting. Enticing people to “grow their audience” and letting them wait indefinitely for something that may never come. From November 2017 to July 2018. Sure…

youtube monetization issues will last until end of june 2018 or longer
youtube monetization is enabled as of June 21 2018 for me

Monetization means you get paid for creating videos. It works very similar to television. Promoters place ads on the programs you watch, paying the network for the exposure to their product. YouTube works in a similar way, taking money from promoters to place ads on your videos that YOU CREATE. YouTube pays out very little to the video creators…VERY LITTLE. Without creators there would be no YouTube….ironic.

You’ve heard of YouTube creators making thousands of dollars a month. This is true. These channels have mass subscribers of 500,000 or more! The more subscribers you have, the more views your videos will generally have. The more views your videos have, the more money you make because ads are being watched on those videos.

On a side note, you can make good money if you don’t have subscribers. Your content needs to be good and easily found on the internet / YouTube via SEO, Search Engine Optimization.

A lot of people rely on this money each month from YouTube, whether it’s side income or their entire salary. Many people use YouTube as their sole source of income.

It’s hard to say why YouTube is having issue with monetization. After all, the more channels are monetized, the more money YouTube would make. It goes without saying that video creators are very nervous.

Rest assured, I was very happy to see my channel monetized this morning! It wasn’t yesterday but it is today. Good luck to you all.

Subscribe to my blog for more writing on the passions I enjoy such as photography, filmmaking, animal care and anything else I have thoughts on.

Steve

My You Tube channels:

German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
ROTTER studios: photography, film, movies, rants                                                            ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care                                                                         The Joker Box: The Joker Impression – Tribute to Heath Ledger                                            The Joker Box on Twitch: online gameplay with The Joker Box

 

 

best microphone for gaming, podcasting and you tube videos.

best microphone for gaming, podcasting and you tube videos.

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.

You can use the Yeti microphone with iPhone and iPads as well, with the proper lightning to usb adapter.

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 best podcasting and youtube microphone by blueThe 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.

best podcasting and youtube microphone by blueThe 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.

amazon buy button 2Checkout the Blue Yeti mic from Amazon

If you liked this post, subscribe to my blog. thanks for reading!

Steve

Check out Blue microphones here

My You Tube channels:

German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
ROTTER studios: photography, film, movies, rants                                                            ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care                                                                         The Joker Box: The Joker Impression – Tribute to Heath Ledger                                           The Joker Box on Twitch: the_joker_box online gaming

GEAR I USE:
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

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

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: ROTTER STUDIOS: 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.

My You Tube channels:

German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
ROTTER studios: photography, film, movies, rants                                                            ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care                                                                         The Joker Box: The Joker Impression – Tribute to Heath Ledger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Thanks for reading this blog on cameras. It was tons of fun to create and I hope you enjoyed it. This is one of my favorite topics to discuss. For more photography, tech, video and other cool topics, SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG. You’ll be alerted via email when I post.

Steve

My You Tube channels:

German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
ROTTER studios: photography, film, movies, rants                                                            ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care                                                                         The Joker Box: The Joker Impression – Tribute to Heath Ledger

GEAR I USE:
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

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

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: ROTTER STUDIOS: 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.

 

 

YouTube monetization 2018

YouTube monetization 2018

How to make money on YouTube, or, how NOT to make money on YouTube. YouTube monetization rules in 2018 have made it impossible for creators to make money from their channels. The new ruling is that you need 1,000 subscribers to your channel and 4,000 hours of watched time.

Not quite sure how this new ruling is going to prevent idiots out there such as Logan Paul from filming things that shouldn’t be on YouTube. In case you don’t know, Logan Paul is a famous YouTuber with way too many subscribers for the stupid videos he  uploads to his channel. He filmed a corpse in a forest while visiting Japan. The person committed suicide and they filmed it and uploaded it. Granted, they didn’t show a face or identity but it’s wrong, VERY WRONG! So tell us YouTube, how is this new ruling of 1,000 subscribers going to prevent this from happening when he had millions of subscribers? This new YouTube monetization ruling would not affect him at all.

There is a lot I can talk about regarding making money on YouTube, which is called YouTube monetization. Many people don’t know you can make money on YouTube. A lot of people make very good salaries by creating and posting videos to their YouTube channel weekly and even daily, while other smaller channels make no money. The more popular You Tube channels make $11,000 a month or more!

$11,000 a month? How is that possible? Well, long story short, YouTube pays the YouTube creator a very small portion of the money advertisers spend to have their ads pop up during their videos. for every 1,000 views with an ad, you might make around $3.00. Depending on the type of video and what category it’s in, you can make more. For example, videos on banking or mortgage have a higher return rate than say, how to knit blankets. Why? Because banks will make much more money if someone clicks on the ads that show up on the videos. That is key. It’s all about the ads that show up on your YouTube channel and if they are watched.

During your YouTube video, an ad must be watched at least 30 seconds or clicked on, in order for it to count towards the 1,000 views. If all your viewers have ad block on their computer, ads will not show up, so you will never make any money. So again, it’s all about the videos, how many you have, how good they are, do people like them, and 1,000 views with ads on them for you to make roughly $3 per said 1,000 views. I know that isn’t much but if you are a large channel with many subscribers, it will add up over time. Many popular channels reach 50,000 views within the first hour of posting a new video.

To join the YouTube partner program and make money, it used to be all you needed were 10,000 views total on your channel. The rules have changed quite a bit since January 2018. YouTube now states your channel needs 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 HOURS of video watched PER YEAR. A subscriber is someone who likes your video so much they click the subscribe button. Doing so adds your channel to their subscribed channels, or, their favorite channels. They will be alerted via email each time you upload a new video.

A lot of small YouTube channels will be shutting down since YouTube raised the stakes far too much. YouTube creators spend a lot of time writing, filming and editing weekly, in hopes of getting more views, subscribers, and in turn, money. It takes a lot of time for all this to happen, meaning, months or even years. Now with the new rules imposed, small youtube channels are more discouraged than ever before.

Here are some comments from forums:

I’m in this same boat as 1,000 of You Tubers It’s so frustrating that they keep hitting us little guys who are following all the rules. That need to start at the top and work down, it’s much easier to view and review there. Man I can go on and on. Makes me personally wanting to give it up. It takes so much time and effort to produce my channel. I’ve only made 90 bucks in a year, no nothing! I agree with you 100%. Maybe if we all post a hanging like Jake Paul we’ll get 4,000 hours and millions of subscribers. How will this new policy effects channels like Paul’s? Hmmmm Yes more subscribers! Thanks Paul, thanks YouTube! You Tubers let all subscribe to each other! Yes we can! If you’d like to help here is my YouTube channel link!

I’d really like to know how a corporation like Google can retroactively, and unilaterally, change the terms of a business contract? If someone is starting a new channel, sure they can come up with a different arrangement, but if that channel has existed for a decade or more, and was earning ad dollars under an existing arrangement how can they suddenly decide that it doesn’t qualify?
But do more than just complain to Google about this, it’s time to complain to the FTC and the US Justice Department Anti Trust division about Google’s business practices, they are clearly intent on creating and maintaining a cartel.

My channel has lullabies that I created. It Doesn’t have many subscribers but an okay amount of views. My son has apraxia and I’m leaving all the monetization to him. Sucks that this is being taken away due to lack of subscribers. My channel is called Simon’s world. Please help keep it going.

What are small YouTube channels doing to stay in the game? They are visiting other youtube channels asking for subscribers in order to make the 1,000 subscriber list. Some have offered to play the videos of others on rotation in order to get the also-required 4,000 hours of views per year. There is always a way to cheat any system, but in the end, it will not prevent someone from uploading a bad youtube video that will offend many. This is the case of a very popular young youtube creator named Logan Paul.

There is one rather large YouTube creator who is no longer with YouTube because he posted a video of a dead body. He went to Japan, to film a haunted forest. A forest many have gone to commit suicide of the years. They came across a suicide victim and filmed the corpse while in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. They posted the video of the body. As you can imagine, this was a problem. For this reason, YouTube dropped him. No more money for him. This youtube creator, Logan Paul, had over 15 million subscribers. A lot of small youtube creators are questioning why they need more subscribers to qualify, when, clearly, someone with a very large subscriber base messed up in a big way! Weeding out smaller channels (with much better content) by declaring they need 1,000 subscribers is not the way to go.

Comments? Let me know. Here is a video we made on the new YouTube policy regarding money. Check out my youtube channel, Rotter studios for videos on cinematography and music. Subscribe to my blog if you liked this article.

thanks!

Steve

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.

Subscribe to my blog for more writing on the passions I enjoy such as photography, filmmaking, animal care and anything else I have thoughts on.

Steve

My You Tube channels:

German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
ROTTER studios: photography, film, movies, rants                                                            ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care                                                                         The Joker Box: The Joker Impression – Tribute to Heath Ledger

GEAR I USE:
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

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

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: ROTTER STUDIOS: 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.

 

How to get more YouTube subscribers and views

How to get more YouTube subscribers and views

Make your YouTube channel more popular with keywords and tags

Get more YouTube subscribers and views.

YouTube has over 200,000 videos uploaded per day with more than 100 million videos watched daily. Over 300 million You Tube accounts exist.

Understanding YouTube can be complicated when starting out and also when you’ve been at it awhile. It’s important to know how to make your videos discoverable by viewers. YouTube is the third most popular site in the world and the second most popular search engine after Google.

get more youtube views and subscribers
get more youtube views and subscribers

What Determines YouTube Video Ranking:

Have you ever wondered what YouTube actually takes into account to determine which video should rank higher in its search results?

  • Relevant Keywords: Just as a Web page with relevant keyword terms and phrases always ranks better in search results, videos with the relevant keywords will appear at the top of YouTube search results. Keywords are the words viewers search for when looking for videos.
  • Video Tags: Tags are not very important, but they help. Including a few keywords in the tag area helps YouTube to know what your video is about.
  • Title: The video title is a huge factor in determining your video ranking. Try to avoid generic video titles such as “weekend birthday party.” Try to be more specific like “spider man birthday party 2017.” Tip: Put your keyword at the beginning of the title to give a slight boost to your video for searching.
  • Description: Description is very important because that’s what YouTube depends on to determine what your video is all about. Make the first 2 sentences high in keywords. Avoid generic words like “and” “or” “the” Try to include as many keywords in your title while still making it sensible.
  • Thumbnails: The thumbnail creates the first impression of your video. Custom thumbnails, rather than YouTube’s auto-generated snapshots taken from anywhere in the video, are always preferred. When you make a thumbnail image, name the image of what the video is about. Don’t keep the image that’s in your camera! People aren’t going to search 1458.jpg but they will do a search on “how to bake a birthday cake.”
  • Video Transcript: YouTube uses the transcription to rank your video. To help YouTube get a summary of your video you can include the targeted keywords in the transcription. A transcription is the subtitles you see that pop up like closed captioning at the bottom of videos. You can manually create these after you upload your video. This is highly recommended.

YouTube takes into consideration:

  • Views and Video Retention: Views improve your video’s YouTube SEO (search engine optimization.) How many people have watched your video? Even if they have, did they watch it till the end? Watched videos until the end is huge!
  • Comments: More comments on your video also give an authority signal to YouTube for your video. But remember, YouTube is quite smart at finding out which comments are spam or fake. If viewers comment on your video, it means they have enjoyed watching your video.
  • Subscribes: If people have subscribed to your channel after watching your video, this means they enjoyed it or learned from it. This indicates to YouTube, as well as Google, that your video informative or enjoyable.
  • Shares: Are people sharing your video on social media sites? If they are, google takes note of this as well. More points for you.
  • Favorites: Another factor is the number of people who favorite your video or add it to their “Watch Later” list.
  • Thumbs Up/Down: The number of thumbs up and thumbs down counts your video gets also determines your video’s ranking in search results. There is no difference between thumbs up or thumbs down. Thumbs down still ranks your video as someone viewing it. It counts towards your video in a good way.

Tips to Rank Your Video Higher on YouTube Search Results:

  • Optimize Your Video Title and Description With Relevant Keywords: Make sure your video title and description contain the relevant keyword terms and phrases. The title should be at least five words long.
  • Embed your video in your blog posts and mention it on forums you visit. Post links to your videos on your website. Email a link to your video to your customers and newsletter subscribers to reach a greater audience.
  • Write a good video description for your video. About 200 words is good enough but only the first 2 sentences count for search. Include great keywords three to four times. The keywords should be included in the first 25 words of the description.
  • Optimize Video: Creat six to eight tags / keywords for your video. Include the keyword phrase in the video tags and also slight variations of this phrase. The tags need to be relevant to your video. Don’t type the word “sex” thinking you will get more views. Tricking your audience will result in hurting your channel.
  • Ask Viewers to Rate and Comment on Your Video: At the end of your video, include a call-to-action button asking viewers to rate your video and leave a comment. Also ask them while filming your video.
sex sells
Sex sells but don’t use keywords or photos reflecting sex in your video description or title if it has nothing to do with your video. Don’t trick your audience!

Following these steps will definitely help you to rank your videos higher in YouTube. Comment below to share your strategies for YouTube video optimization.

As a side note, I DO NOT recommend Tube Buddy for video SEO optimization. I used it for 6 months. A waste of money and it slowed my browser to a crawl. Read my Tube Buddy review here.

Subscribe to this blog for more tech talk, art talk, and photographs from me, along with random thoughts. Check out the link below, steverotter.com to learn more about me and to check out my You Tube channels.

Steve

www.steverotter.com

My You Tube channels:

German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
ROTTER studios: photography, film, movies, rants                                                            ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care                                                                         The Joker Box: The Joker Impression – Tribute to Heath Ledger

GEAR I USE:
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

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

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: ROTTER STUDIOS: 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.

My You Tube channels:

German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
ROTTER studios: photography, film, movies, rants                                                            ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care                                                                         The Joker Box: The Joker Impression – Tribute to Heath Ledger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tube Buddy – I got rid of it and here’s why

Tube Buddy – I got rid of it and here’s why

Tube Buddy – I got rid of it and here’s why:

is tube buddy worth it
Is tube buddy for you tube worth it? Not for me.

For those of you creating videos on You Tube, you may have heard of a service called TubeBuddy. TubeBuddy is said to be the YouTube creator’s best friend. Tube Buddy is a software plug-in (software that attaches to your computer’s browser: Internet explorer, Safari for mac, Fire Fox) to work with YouTube.

Tube Buddy supposedly makes it easier and faster to do certain things with YouTube, revolving around keywords and keyword phrases and SEO (Search Engine Optimization.) Keywords are words you type into a search engine (Google or Yahoo) to find info on a topic.

Tube Buddy supposedly lets you know, based on other YouTube channels, what keywords to use so your YouTube channel and content can be found by people surfing for topics. Tube Buddy allows you to see what other YouTube creators are using for keywords, so, in essence, you can copy them. All you do is go to other YouTube channels and Tube Buddy lets you see their keywords. This is kind of pointless, since YouTube not only doesn’t rely on this, but no one really (except for YouTube) knows what YouTube uses for their algorithm to get you more views. Apparently Tube Buddy knows.

Tube buddy works with widows and mac.

First off, keywords do not play a large part in what people are surfing for. I rarely ever use keywords except for the title of the video and the first line of the YouTube video description. Tube Buddy also allows you to see the keywords other YouTube channels are using. While this is cool, it doesn’t help you much in ranking your channel.

WHY I GOT RID OF TUBE BUDDY

  1. Tube Buddy is a plug-in, an add-on to your browser. Browser add-ons and plug-ins slow down your web surfing experience. Tube Buddy is the ABSOLUTE WORST add-on I have experienced. I have NEVER, in my 25 years of tech support, seen a worse browser plug-in! When enabled, my browser slowed down to a crawl. When I say crawl, I don’t mean an extra few seconds…I mean literally locked up my browser for 20 seconds or more every time I clicked on anything. Ridiculous!
  2. At the time of this writing, Tube Buddy is not compatible with Safari (on MAC) so I installed Firefox. Firefox was painfully slow with Tube Buddy as well. I couldn’t work or surf the web at all when Tube Buddy was enabled. This is reason number one I happily got rid of it.
  3. I pay for high-speed internet (1,000 MB download and 900 MB upload. Yes you read that right.) I’m not going to have some browser plug-in cripple me to the point I can’t type. It took 5-10 seconds for web pages to load in a jerky manner. This Tube Buddy plugin is ALWAYS RUNNING. They don’t tell you this. Whether your web browser is open or not, Tube Buddy is ALWAYS RUNNING! This chokes your computer’s CPU and slows your pc or mac to a crawl.
  4. When I create a YouTube video or web page, I will try to think of what potential visitors will search for on the web to find me. That’s where Tube Buddy comes in. They take the guess-work out of what words you should use. Their product helps to generate keywords or tag words (known as SEO : search engine optimization.) I can do this on my own and have already grown 5 You Tube channels WITHOUT them.
  5. Music selection with Audio hero within Tube Buddy has copyright protection! So the music I’m paying for has copyrights…I CAN’T USE IT IN MY YouTube videos!

PAYING Tube Buddy TO DO WHAT I CAN DO ON MY OWN

Tube Buddy free version is incredibly limited, so I upgraded. At the time, I was paying $19.95 a month and an additional $4.95 a month for each additional You Tube channel. $30 a month to find keywords? I can do that manually for free. Turns out, I discovered keywords / tag words don’t really help your YouTube videos anyway.

I have 25 years experience in the IT industry (computers) so I kind of know how things work and when I’m being taken for a ride. Most millennial You Tubers praise Tube Buddy. DON’T buy into it! Most of these You Tubers are paid to praise Tube Buddy.

If Tube Buddy approached me and offered their service for free I’d turn it down.

I have done A LOT of research on Tube Buddy. I would never tell you anything that wasn’t true.

Tube Buddy also focuses on the YouTube creator who doesn’t want to create their own icons in Photoshop for their videos. There is a very generic thumbnail photo tool where you can type text on top of an image from your video. Although cool and fast, they only offer 10 fonts? Half are really bad and hard to read, not to mention your thumbnails look lame and incredibly generic. Do yourself a favor and create really cool pro thumbnails at canva.com FOR FREE!

Tube Buddy also offers an option to copy and paste the same text across all your videos in one click. Pretty cool and time saving but I don’t want my You Tube video descriptions or tags the same ON ALL MY YOU TUBE VIDEOS!

As I said, Tube Buddy allows you to see keywords / tags everyone else is using on YouTube, whether they use Tube Buddy or not. This is cool, but, out of the 50 tags / keywords, someone may use, only about two or three were good ones. You can tell if they’re good tags because Tube Buddy puts a number next to each tag (if good) to let you know how it ranks. I saw a lot of junk words in the tags section of videos so this feature wasn’t helpful at all. All this feature did was show me that people don’t put much thought into what they’re doing.

There are MANY options Tube Buddy offers with their paid subscriptions, most of which I WILL NEVER USE. I’m creative and love creating custom thumbnails on my own. A thumbnail is the little image used to show what You Tube videos are about. Here is a free website where you can create killer thumbnails not only for You Tube but other platforms in social media as well. www.canva.com

tube buddy not worth it
It’s no secret big You Tubers get paid to promote products. What do you think You Tube is?

I grew a couple YouTube channels WITHOUT TUBE BUDDY, and all the huge You Tubers did as well, and you can too. I also couldn’t stand paying for high-speed internet when my browser dragged ass from that plug-in.

Here’s one huge thing that pissed me off (pardon my Italian.) Tube Buddy offers free music from a site called Audio Hero. The tracks sound GREAT and very pro. I downloaded music to use in 5 separate You Tube videos.

Those YouTube videos got flagged for copyright infringement from the music so I couldn’t monetize those videos (make money from my videos.)

I sent an email to Audio Hero each time my YouTube videos including their music got flagged, and each time their story was the same. “We can’t be responsible for what music can or cannot be monetized.”

Twice, I was told by two different reps, that “the music Tube Buddy offers via Audio Hero probably sounds too close to another song out there with copyrights on it.” Really? It sounds too close?! What an idiotic response. In other words, not only do you not know anything on how this works, but you allowed music with copyrights by other artists to exist in your library!

I work in the music industry and that’s BS! The algorithm for such things is incredibly complex. Google can catch the difference! These people are clearly clueless! This is not how it works at all! What a lame ass lie.

Audio Hero and Tube Buddy are using music that isn’t royalty free and THAT’S A PROBLEM! Audio Hero is a paid service but you get it “free” with your paid service of Tube Buddy. Shouldn’t you get royalty free music with your Tube Buddy paid service? I got tired of spending hours filming and editing my work just to have it flagged by YouTube because of one stupid song used by a bs company.

By the way, You Tube has a library of music that is awesome, available to their video creators. I never had an issue with it.

You Tube creators, some of them huge names, had their You Tube channels shut down by using Tube Buddy. Apparently using such a tool goes against what YouTube allows. WHY RISK IT.

You may love Tube Buddy and that’s awesome. Tech support was always fast and friendly. Find the tool that works for you and use well. Good luck and thanks for reading.

If you would like to read more on what technology I use in my studio, or other topics that come to mind, consider subscribing to my blog here at www.steverotter.com

My You Tube channels:

German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment
ROTTER studios: photography, film, movies, rants                                                            ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care                                                                         The Joker Box: The Joker Impression – Tribute to Heath Ledger

GEAR I USE:
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

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

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: ROTTER STUDIOS: 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.

 

 

 

 

 

How to start a YouTube channel for beginners

How to start a YouTube channel for beginners

Should you start a You Tube channel?

Why not? Everyone else is. Starting a You Tube channel is the easy and fun part. Keeping your You Tube channel going is the hard part. There are hurdles and diappointments. The lack of subscribers will upset you and cause you to rethink your channel, many times. It takes awhile for a You Tube channel to grow. Content needs to be interesting and informative. Double points for you if your channel has both.

If having a You Tube channel interests you, just do it. Don’t think you’ll never be good enough. I started my first You Tube channel in 2014 and thought those same thoughts. I sorted through YouTube, studying popular channels, and thought of ways to emulate them. This is a mistake. Those channels are very popular because of their personality. People love watching for this reason. People subscribe because they want to see more of what they love. Subscribing means they click the SUBSCRIBE BUTTON. This adds the channel to a list of favorite channels. When the You Tube channel has a new video, the subscriber is alerted via email.

Who would want to watch you? You’re unknown.

What if you’re not interesting? Don’t think that. It’s natural to think you won’t be popular or liked, for most people, especially when you’re putting yourself out there for all to see. Entertainers do this all the time. Until you stand on stage, in their shoes, you won’t understand. I’ve played guitar in front of many people, and although it was a great adrenaline rush, I was alway incredibly shy. It was very difficult for me. Many times I dreaded it. Something about ALL EYES ON ME, I couldn’t stand.

As I type this, my youtube stats show there are currently 120 people watching one of my channels. That would make some people nervous, but not me. I’m not LIVE. I’m not IN FRONT OF THEM, the video is. So I’m out there, but I’m not OUT THERE. See what I mean? When I film, I’m alone, talking to the camera, but I pretend like I’m talking to a friend. This is hard to do at first. It feels a bit silly being alone and pretending not to be. This is part of acting. I’m not an actor, I just got used to it, and you can too.

I have been into cinematography since 1988 and with YouTube being so popular, my art can finally breathe. People all over the world view what I film and create. You can do anything you want. It’s so much fun! My advice is just be yourself. That’s what I did and it worked. My subscribers say they love the channel because it’s me. They like me. Being yourself is the best thing you can do because it’s organic. No one else can be you. If this inspires you to film, remember what I said, just do it. Plow through negative thoughts.

What should your YouTube channel be about?

Do you cook, bake, train dogs, paint, play music? There is something you love doing so do it. People can learn from you. Many popular youtube channels are based on this. If you get lucky enough, you can make extra money to supplement your income by allowing ads to show up on your You Tube channel. If you get really lucky, you can live off your income. Although it’s a lot of hard work and luck, many You Tube creators are making 6 figures. Some make more than that! Most people don’t make any money, while others make enough to pay the water bill. Every little bit helps. Some kids make money by building legos. It sounds silly but kids love watching it.

Here is a video from one of my channels, Rotter Photography, showing a stop motion animation test with legos.

You need to upload a video once or twice a week and reply to all comments left by your subscribers. Visit other You Tube channels and leave comments on videos. This takes time to network, and is a job, but as others see you in the circle of other channels, they will check you out as well.

It will take time, but after a bit, you won’t feel shy or nervous in front of the camera. There were times I thought, eh, this is too silly to post, what will everyone think? I did it anyway. Most, if not all the time, it went over well. Be yourself. People like to be entertained.

Do I need expensive equipment?

You can film on an iPhone and upload to YouTube directly from it. You don’t need fancy equipment. Although I have my studio, I film most content with my iPhone 6 since it’s handy. The other two cameras I use, when in the studio at home, are the Canon XA10 and the Panasonic GX85. Both are great for use anywhere. I have filmed commercials, music videos and YouTube videos with them both.

I will write more on YouTube and channel creation for those of you interested.

Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed this, follow my blog by clicking the follow button at the bottom of this page.

Thanks,

Steve

www.steverotter.com

GEAR USED IN YOUTUBE VIDEO CREATION BY ME:

Panasonic GX85

Canon XA10

Fovitec StudioPRO – 2x 7’6″ Classic Light Stand Kit

GVM LED Video Light 520 CRI97 Plus

Fovitec StudioPRO – 5′ x 6.5′ Black/White Double-Sided Pop-Out Muslin Backdrop

Lexar Professional 633x 64GB SDXC UHS-I/U1 Card

Arkon Tripod Adapter with Phone Holder

Emart 600W Photography Photo Video Portrait Studio Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit

 

 

%d bloggers like this: