A few days ago we showed you that starting to record gameplays and then publish them on YouTube required some special applications. Today we will take a look at what is necessary for another video format that is being watched more and more on that platform: the video blog or simply “vlog”.
Channels like MeloMore’s or Casey Neistat’s have a huge community of followers, and they follow the basic rules of any “vlogger” worth it: they upload a video every day, of about 10 minutes or so, and they simply count what they do with their lives without implying anything special. All you have to do is always carry a camera with you and record, record and record; in addition to be prepared for any situation with some applications and services activated. Let’s look at what it takes to get started.
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Have storage, lots of storage
You are going to record a lot of video, so if you are going to do it with your smartphone camera (the most modern ones record at a quality more than enough for it) and your network connection is fast, you can always speed up the transfer of videos to 1080p having a space without space problems like Google Photos.
Still, you are going to be moving large amounts of data from one device to another constantly. So make sure you have space both on the machine you use to record and on your computer. where you are going to edit those videos and upload them to YouTube. And don’t forget high-capacity external hard drives – you’ll be amazed at how many gigabytes you can fill after two weeks of recording.
Quick and easy video editing is key
You are going to edit a video every day, and therefore that is something that is going to consume a lot of time. Try to have (apart from a computer with enough performance so you don’t have to wait too long and work agilely) an application that is easy to use, that goes to the point to make those edits.
You will not need too many professional features to create a “vlog” based on clippings that you have been recording during the day, so you do not have to go to programs like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro unless you do not need something exclusive of those programs. With programs like Adobe Premiere Elements or iMovie you have more than enough to get started. And be careful with alternative open tools, such as Pitivi or Blender itself, which has video editing tools in addition to being a 3D graphics creator.
Be careful when monetizing: use content with appropriate licenses
If you use one or more background songs for your videos, keep in mind that you cannot take anything from the network. YouTube is very strict on copyrights, so you should search for songs with licenses that allow you to use them for free or for commercial purposes if you plan to monetize your videos.
YouTube itself has a section with songs that you can use safely, although sites like Incompetech or Jamendo also offer a catalog of free and untethered music.
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