How to Make a YouTube Intro Fast and Easy
One important part of building a YouTube Channel or any social media presence for that matter is the concept of branding.
A lot of people tend to kind of switch off when that subject is mentioned because they have the idea that branding only applies to the big names or big companies.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
It doesn’t matter whether you have ten or ten thousand followers, branding is still important.
If your YouTube videos have the same brand introduction every time and your channel also has the same brand introduction then something interesting happens as a result.
Very quickly any audience you attract begins to feel “safe” with you. Strange I know!
That sense of safeness comes from a basic human desire for predictability.
On the surface we all talk about unpredictability being desirable and adding spice to life but that’s only partly true.
Unpredictability is only desirable to humans in very, very small doses!
What we really crave are tiny moments of unpredictability built on a solid foundation of predictability.
Predictability is the steak and potatoes, unpredictability is the few turns of black pepper on top to add spice!
It is very simple to create a brand experience even at a very small level and it doesn’t have to be an entire Hollywood special effects extravaganza to get the job done.
A Beginner’s Guide to Motion Tracking
This is a blog post from the people at Movavi that introduces the basics behind Motion tracking.
Most video editors these days have at least some kind of motion tracking feature and some of the more advanced ones have automated modules to do it for you.
If you have never ventured into the subject and you know your editor can do it then this article is a good introduction to the subject and the basic concepts involved.
How To Make a Reaction Video – CyberLink PowerDirector 19
Most video editors these days have a screen recording module as well as the ability to use a webcam.
If you put those together you can make a reaction video just like the millions you see on YouTube.
The demo in the video below is done using CyberLink PowerDirector but the reality is that most of the screen recorders are almost identical as are the settings for webcam captures done at the same time.
The downside is that there is a bit of setting up to do before you get started so in the video below Maliek steps through that setup to makes sure everything is in order before you start recording.
PowerDirector – Two Methods for Creating a Freeze Frame
Just like is says on the box, two ways to can grab a screenshot image fom your footage to use in a project.
There is no real advantage to using one method over the other and it probably comes down to convenience as to which one you may want to use at any given time.
10 Things to Look for in Tripods
In reality I am the guy looking at the $75 tripod and definitely not the $2500 one!
However in the video below there are some great tips and solid advice on what you should be looking at when purchasing a tripod.
Make Webcam Footage Look Better Easily
This is a pretty good run through of using either video editing software, in this case Movavi, or OBS to improve webcam videos.
So a few things to cover first.
Webcams are still pretty poor these days when it comes to image quality so anything that makes it all look better has to be a good thing right!
The elephant in the room here is that recently a whole bunch of camcorder, still camera and smart phone manufacturers released software that may allow you to use them as a webcam at much better quality.
So before you get too involved in the techniques shown below check that out.
If your are still stuck with the web cam then all is not lost!
You can follow along with this tutorial and still get some great results.
The one thing I would suggest is that if you are using the green screen method, spend a little time getting that green screen nice and smooth with very even lighting.
Doing that will make the actual green screening part much easier and much more effective.
YouTube Tips for Massive Growth
As is usually the case with Derral Eves videos this is a pretty deep dive into the subject of growing a YouTube Channel.
The main reason I add Derral’s videos is because they are so much more than simple little throwaways to maybe gain an advantage on YouTube.
Stuff like that is instantly gratifying and very often gets a short term result but in the end what ever the effect… it wears off.
The message Derral constantly repeats is that the key to success on YouTube is understanding what it is that YouTube is doing and what it wants from you as a creator to fulfill that purpose.
In the end it is only by doing that will you achieve long term success.
Let’s Talk About Video Editing
Another great Livestream from Daniel Batal this week covering the usual wide range of video editing and shooting topics.
Just watching this one the other day I realized the real value in his videos is not just that he shows you haw to do specific actions.
The real value is that he shows you how to think your way through a situation and use the tools you already have to get the job done.
How To Render Multiple Timelines In Resolve 17
We can file this one under the DaVinci Resolve “more than one way to skin a cat” category.
Probably the first thing to clear up on this for running Resolve in the first place is the subject of computer resources.
I used to run it on my computer a few years back and it was “OK.”
By that I mean I could get away with it as long as I didn’t go too crazy with the effects and madly scrubbing through the timeline.
Those days are long gone and now all I can do is install it and start it… beyond that it freezes.
That’s not because the software has a problem, it is because my computer is just too underpowered to do anything with the program.
Bear in mind that Resolve is designed for pro editing and the assumption is that you are running a pretty well endowed system or at least one that is not ten years old like mine!
Anyway the video below covers a few ways to render more than one timeline (project) using Resolve all at the same time or at least consecutively.