Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Video Making Process

Many have asked about how I make my Youtube videos, most of them are vlogs. I don't have a special technique for video making, so I would like to share my point of view on making videos. My method is fairly basic and it composes of 3 simple steps.

For this post, I would like to share with you how to make a vlog using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Not only that, I’m even writing this blog on the tab itself, because it’s just that convenient because of its size.

Step 1: Write

I don't record my vlogs spontaneously. I wish I could, but I guess that I don't have that ability, yet. But for now, I write a script for every video. At the very least, I would have bullet points of all the things I want to say in that video.

I would write the script while imagining in my head how I would "act it out" during the recording. I mentioned "act it out", but none of it is fake. My personality is in the script as much as it is in the video (or perhaps more in the video than in the script).

To write the script in my own voice makes the script becomes alive to me and it becomes easier to manifest the script in video form.

The point is, don't be any other person other than yourself. You might think that you are not interesting, but you'll never know. At first, I didn't think that many people would bother to watch my videos. As it turned out, there is an audience out there who are willing to listen to my voice.

Similarly, you too have your own audience out there who are willing to listen to your voice, whether you realize it or not.

And! Sometimes, you would need to look for certain inspiration or information online. When you have so many different sources online, it’s good that I can use the multi window function on the Tab 4. Having multi-windows enables me to write notes while watching a video at the same time, all in one screen.

Multi window function.


Step 2: Shoot

Recording or shooting the vlog is the next step. The key to shooting a vlog is to put yourself in the shoes of your audience. Just like you would like to watch a good quality video, you should offer the same to your audience. Do unto others what you wish for yourself.

A good quality video basically consists of two important components: picture quality and audio quality.

When I mention "picture quality", some might think of a pricey camera and conclude, "Well, that's it. I can't vlog. I'm broke." That is not necessarily true. Though a good camera is indeed a useful tool, but it only contributes a fraction to an overall good quality video.

The best camera is whatever you have in your hand. Having said that, the Tab 4 can provide that camera that you need, as it shoots high-resolution videos and it’s easy to use. A tool is only as good as the person who is using it. Having an expensive camera doesn't automatically make a good quality video, especially if you don't know how to fulfill the camera's full potential.

Picture quality is more about controlling the camera angle and the lighting.

The camera angle is what you want the audience to see. You want the environment in the video to be interesting enough that people want to watch, but not too interesting that it distracts the audience from the main subject.

The lighting is what you want the audience to focus on. Think of it like a spotlight. Wherever you direct the light, the audience's eyes will follow. If it is a vlog, then the focus should be on the vlogger. If the vlogger is poorly lit, then the focus of the video is poorly set up.

Unless of course, a poorly lit video is the mood that you are going for.

As for audio quality, I would argue that it is more important than picture quality. It is because of the simple fact that the audio contains the message. You have a voice and you want people to hear you.
Having used the Tab 4 previously to record some video, I find the audio quality to be pretty good, so it’s safe to say that the Tab 4 would be a great tool for recording videos, be it Vlogs or even skits.

A video that is noisy, too noisy that you gave difficulty hearing the message, is a bad quality video. Find a quiet place to shoot, speak clearly, and get a good microphone (optional).

Step 3: Edit

"What software do you use?" is probably the most famous question in the subject of video editing. Like shooting a video with an expensive camera, people might think that you should edit with a sophisticated software.

Not really.

Whatever software you have in your disposal is good enough, because any software should be able to accomplish two basic things: cutting and pasting. That is video editing in a nutshell.

Same thing for the Tab 4, there are a few editing apps that you can use, and is simple to navigate. For example, Kine Master Pro, Vid Master Pro, and AndroVid. These are some of the apps that you can use for editing.

For more lengthy and trickier videos, I use Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 - not out of necessity, but out of a desire to learn a more complex software.

Learn to cut and paste your video, to choreograph each video clip or scene into one coherent video.

Conclusion

Whatever you have is good enough to start off with. Somebody somewhere out there will find you interesting to listen to.

Before I go, I’ve recently watched some of these viral videos, and I think they’re really interesting!

  1. Do I Only Use 10% of My Brain? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxIS3XxfFS0
  2. Intro to Psychology - Crash Course Psychology #1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo4pMVb0R6M
  3. Lip Sync Battle with Emma Stone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLBSoC_2IY8
  4. GHOST IN THE STALLS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZO9tMetxno
  5. Chicken or the Egg? (Dear Ryan) http://youtu.be/VxThhSsSjGM

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This blog post was sponsored by Samsung. If you want to know more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, please visit this link: http://samsung.com/my/tab4_7. You too now can make your own videos with the Tab 4 and even start writing with it.


Wrote this post on the tab.

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