How to Create Your YouTube Channel & What You’ll Need 2016
Camera & Lenses:
Many people believe that you need to have the same camera as your favorite YouTuber in order to create the best view of yourself, like the Cannon Rebel T5; However, spending $300-$400 on a camera is not how most YouTubers start out. You will need a DSLR HD Camera, but you can start out with a simple vlogging camera, like this one here, or even a Webcam like the Logitech C920, which you can get here for only $70. As long as it is HD and records in 1080p, you can get a pretty clear picture. Its not only your camera, though. Its more about positioning and your lens. Always position the camera slightly above your face and about 2-4 feet in front of your face. This will create that blurred background effect and make you look more experienced. If you already have a more professional camera, like the Cannon or Nikon (any series that supports a lens) make sure you use the right lens like the 50mm here. This is perfect for vlogging and captures more light to your face.
Lighting for vlogging is as equally important as your camera and lens. The best lighting is actually the free light of your Daylight shining windows. Sit in front of a window (on a sunny day) between the hours of 9am to 3pm to film. Unless you live in Alaska. Like Alaskans, some of us can only vlog during the night or at least not during peak sunlight times, so you need studio lighting. Start off with these tabletop lights that are very inexpensive. If you get the extra money to spend on a full studio lighting set up, we recommend buying a full set, here, which will give you lighting on every side of you and on the ceiling, making it look like its daytime in your video. Whichever lighting you choose, go by the number one rule for lighting. Use soft white lightbulbs! You can get these at any home store for a couple dollars. They also come in the full lighting set we suggested above (which is the best deal we could fined for you).
You will almost always sound like you are echoing in your videos and getting rid of this with the right microphone will certainly make you look and sound more professional. If you are gaming and your voice is the only part of you we get, this is even more important. Please don’t use the mic on your head phones. You will cut out and people will just click away and never subscribe. For the best sound of your voice you can get, use a good condenser microphone for vlogging and gaming. The Blue Snowball is the cheapest to start out with; get it here. The next step up, which is probably all you’ll ever need is the Blue Yeti Mic which you can get here, on sale. The last thing you need is a Pop Filter, we have it here. Pop Filters are for cutting out noise like breathes and spit or ear popping “T’s”. If you have a hanging Condenser Microphone, you’ll need a Stabilizing Shock Mount, which prevents noise when you accidently hit the table your Microphone is on.
You will find out very quickly that holding your camera is not ideal. Not only for your arms, but you don’t want to make people throw up because you are shaking. To get your camera in the right spot, click here to pick out the perfect tripod for your budget. Remember, your tripod is your best bet at getting your camera in the right place to get the professional angle you are looking for.
Background and Props:
Make sure that your background is clean and decorated to fit your personality. Make it appealing and easy on the eye. Its another way to get people to stick around and watch your entire video. Click here to see all of the props that we have picked out for any gender and personality. We have everything from plants to fairy lights and even letter lights.
Ok, so you’re set up, you have your video recorded.. now what? Edit it! Editing is the best way to put your own personality spin on the video. This is where you cut out the bad stuff and the “Ums” or simply cut down the time on the video. I always record videos that end up being 15 minutes long, but no one will stick around that long, usually, so cut your video down to 4-5 minutes. Keep cutting and cutting until you have a short video that keeps people engaged. Editing software is also what you need to put in special effects like the pros. Picture in Picture is used to make a annotation at the end of the video to add a subscribe button or show off other videos that people can watch easily by just clicking on the annotation. Mainly, you want to choose a Editing Software that fits what you are doing on YouTube. If you are gaming or doing tutorials on helping people make a YouTube, you’ll need a Screen Capturing device like this one or the Software like this. If you don’t have a budget yet for the Software, you can use the YouTube editor, but its not that helpful and definitely doesn’t give you the effects that most people are looking for. If you have a Mac, use IMovie. If you have a PC, use your Microsoft Software. These are all ok for starting out, however, to get the effects you want, like the pros, try to get one of the Software we have listed here that are on sale. They are cheaper here than they are buying it off of the actual software website. For pros we have Final Cut Pro X, which is what most people use. The effects are limitless with this software but you can only use it on a Mac.
Content is Key:
No Matter what you choose to use, what you do on YouTube is the most important. This is called Content. Create good content and keep us engaged and you will succeed at YouTube very fast. You can have the best camera, lighting or editing software, but if you don’t use them wisely and create good content, no one will watch. Remember, start your YouTube channel with whatever you can and just do it! Make a channel about whatever you are passionate about and I can assure you, someone else will want to watch it! So don’t be shy, just jump on that camera and show us what you’ve got!