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SkellingtonSkellington4 months ago
Hello everyone

This is actually a question for the portion of MFC that know stuff about being a content creator on Youtube (it is related to collecting as well so I hope the mods let this one slide). I myself am very interested in being one (especially to have interactions with other characters and as fun little hobby besides my job). I mainly want to do anime reactions, hauls, figure reviews and some gaming.

I allready have some ideas but I'm limited by a couple of things and would like your help answering a few questions:
- How do you edit videos. Where can you find helpful tutorials about this subject? preferrably with free software
- How do you make thumbnails/is there a tutorial for it?
- What kind of gear do you need (only have a crappy laptop, that can run stuff like TF2 and a cellphone so yeah..)
- How did you design your logo and banner?
- Any other tips for me as a new youtuber in a few months?

Thank's in advance for the help! :D
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Skellington4 months ago#79253682Yeah I know I'm subscribed to some channels who give advice about this type of thing. But most of them are very business minded and for me it's meant to be a hobby and if I make something of it then that's a welcome bonus. Not hoping to be the next Pewdiepie, Jacksepticye, Markiplier or theanimeman XD While I see your point, the advice is still the same and sound. At any level, your going to be doing a lot of the same things, even if you dont want to be the Next Big Thing. Editing and filming, thumbnails and gear, and logos; they all are the same whether you have a business or a hobby. The only difference really is you may not need the top of the line camera, your schedule can be looser and you dont need to focus on monetizing and such.
4 months ago
bambipie4 months ago#79220141These can all be answered, ironically enough, on youtube. Theres plenty of people that will explain what to do and walk you through it on youtube. They also list what to buy and programs they use.

Yeah I know I'm subscribed to some channels who give advice about this type of thing. But most of them are very business minded and for me it's meant to be a hobby and if I make something of it then that's a welcome bonus. Not hoping to be the next Pewdiepie, Jacksepticye, Markiplier or theanimeman XD
4 months ago
For thumbnails, a lot of YouTubers just take a still from their video and overlay some text. So you could use something as basic as paint.net to do that, or get fancy with GIMP. Or you can do the other suggestion in here and take a photo specifically for the thumbnail.

For a banner, quite a few YouTubers commission these - places like fiverr/Upwork will have a number of artists that specialise in doing banners. Should be able to get one reasonably cheap if you want to go this route.

Phones can have good cameras but the audio probably isn't going to come out well. If you do choose to buy a mic, buy a pop shield. You can tell when someone hasn't got one, and I generally can't stand to listen to a vid where the audio was recorded without one.
4 months ago
- How do you edit videos. Where can you find helpful tutorials about this subject? preferrably with free software

My style of videos (unboxing/first reactions) typically don't require much editing, so I'm not the biggest help here. When I do, it's usually just cutting/splicing clips, overlaying a couple pictures here or there, throwing on some transitions, stuff like that. I use VSDC Free Video Editor. It can do a lot (way more than I really need), isn't giant, and is 100% free (though they do try to nag you a bit into buying a subscription). There's not many tutorials for it, but if you google and search YouTube, you can find a few.

- How do you make thumbnails/is there a tutorial for it?

Again, no real tutorial, and it's not very complicated. After some trial and error, I've found a layout and process I like. I'll take at least at least 18 different pictures from certain angles (Full figure, and a little closer on their face, level, tilted left, tilted right, and with the figure on the left, center and right). Then I'll look through them and find the one I think looks the best and will work with the text I add (usually one of the variations with the figure on the side rather than the center). The text I add is the character's name, the source they originate from (like the title of the anime), the manufacturer, and the scale. I've got a font and text size I like to use, I'll pick the font color from the figure (usually a nice spot on their hair) or use white if I can't find something I like. Add a black outline to it, and a drop shadow, and boom, thumbnail.

- What kind of gear do you need (only have a crappy laptop, that can run stuff like TF2 and a cellphone so yeah..)

I use my cell phone to record (Galaxy S7). I did buy a small tripod with bendable legs, which helps a lot. Depending on how complex you make your videos, really any computer can do editing and render videos, they may just be slow at it. One thing I haven't invested in myself, but would likely help a lot is a good light setup. I primarily rely on sunlight, which can be very good, but weather and darkness happens.

- How did you design your logo and banner?

Pretty sure I don't have a banner. Never saw a use for it. People will only see it if they click on your channel, which most won't. They'll find your video either in their recommended feed, their homepage, or a search. The ones that do will mostly just be looking at your videos and playlists. Of course, there's going to be those that care about the layout and banner, but it's never been much of a priority for me.

- Any other tips for me as a new youtuber in a few months?

Figure out what you want your videos to be before you really get going. Don't expect to get big, and don't expect to make money. Do them because you enjoy doing them. One thing I really dislike and try to avoid is the begging for likes and comments and subscribers. Yes, it does work, but I hate it when people do it, so why would I do it myself. That's up to you though.

But really, my biggest piece of advice, which I tell everyone that's interested in making videos (or taking pictures as well) is to just make the damn video (take the damn picture). You can get so caught up trying to get the best set up or write the best script or find the best format, that you get so burned out or nervous that you don't ever hit the record button. Expect your first few videos to not be that great. You'll improve the more you make, and find your groove. Just hit the record button. If it turns into a royal cluster F, stop the video, reset, and hit the record button again.
4 months ago
These can all be answered, ironically enough, on youtube. Theres plenty of people that will explain what to do and walk you through it on youtube. They also list what to buy and programs they use.
4 months ago
1. I use Sony Vegas to edit videos/ Sony movie studio is the cheaper more affordable version of sony vegas (Both can be free if you know any "cough pirates cough"

2. I use Adobe Flash CS6 for editing thumbnails

- Both programs are great for doing easy and simple projects, but as you advance and get better at editing and creating they have the materials for doing more advanced work. They are very popular programs and have pretty much any tutorial you need on youtube!

3. Creating thumbnails, in the program I use (Adobe Flash CS6) I keep it super simple, I set up my figure in my room and put some lighting on it to brighten up the figure and take the picture. In the editing program I choose a font and color then add the title of the figure. I resize the image to 720 x 1280.

4. Filming - Once you find an editing program your ready to shoot. Just use your phones camera and mic, get some nice close ups of your figure too! you can even write a script if your not good at talking on the quick!

5. Advice - Take your time, you'll make mistakes and get frustrated when things dont quite go your way, but every video you make; you'll get a little bit better. I've been making videos for almost 14 years, and I mess up and make mistakes, but you still gotta try!

Cheers and good luck!!!
4 months ago
I have been on youtube for a while now so I hope I can help you a little:

You have plenty free editing sofwares out there. You can't find the one fitting you the best by reading reviews and scroling around the internet.
The one I use is Hitfilm Express. It's known to be the best free editing sofware out there because you can do so many things with it. It's really complex program, but you can easely do simple editing.

I am making my thumbnails with an app called Pixel lab. This tutorial is pretty old but most of the things stayead the same.
www.youtube.com...

I can't help you about the gear. I don't film video or audio since my channel is not about figures or anime merch. If you have a phone that can film in HD and a laptop where you can edit, I think you are good to go as long as you find a good spot for filming with good natural lightning.

It's not hard to make your banner either, I learned everything from this video. It has clear instructions for every step and ofc, program used is free.
www.youtube.com...


Personally, I really enjoy watching figure reviews on youtube. I wish you good luck with it and don't forget to send me a link to check out your channel XD
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