Hello,

I see every day somebody blogging about his or her great results with a video on YouTube...
I have been through the lessons and I think it is the same as everything: Practice will make you better... So I am ready to practice...

But am I ready to practice?
I mean, in the lessons and the blogs I have been reading I did not see anything about hardware requirements...
Does that mean that I can use my webcam and microphone of my laptop and that is sufficient?

Or do I have to get some better gear then the standard laptop stuff?
(I have a great laptop though ;-) )

It is something that is not clear for me in the whole YouTube story and I know some people will exactly know what to say on this question...

Maybe make also a difference between a starter (low budget) and advanced (higher budget) YouTube blogger?

Thanks in advance!

Grtz,
Bert

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Jamesclarke Premium
Great question and very helpful answers thanks for asking it.
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MKearns Premium
Great post Bert. I am researching this topic more. One person had soft music playing in the background which enhances the demo.
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AngelsBird Premium
Great tip thks!
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MarionBlack Premium
I really can't add much to the great info Leo's given you. I can't afford a Blue Yeti mic (yet) but I've heard nothing but great reviews about them. I use a headset mic which is really good for the money I spent. I use Camtasia Studio to record the screen and for editing. I also use Audacity (free) to clean up the audio and get rid of any background hum.

Pop over to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/MarionBlackEntrepreneur and you'll see how much my videos have improved over the last year or so.
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello Marion, Thanks for the tip...
And I think a headset is a great solution when you are not on the video yourself, but only your computer screen or when you use animated video's...
My first plan was to create a video where I introduce myself and then being on screen with a headset on... I don't know... :-)
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Grendall Premium
There are lots of inexpensive cameras now that produce good quality video; it doesn't have to be movie quality or anything like that. The ultimate question you have to ask is how would you feel watching another poster's video that had the same quality as yours. If your answer is in the negative, find a better camera.

I've seen people use mics of their laptops, and the quality varies. Once again, pretend you are an audience to your own video and be objective. If the sound quality is bad, then buy a better mic.

When all has been said and done, you want more likes than dislikes, but you hope those feedback are based on your content rather than on the quality of your video and sound.
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AngelsBird Premium
Thanks for your wise comment, I get what you mean...
And I hope I will be happy with the quality asap!
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leoemery Premium
I like the idea you're thinking of adding video to your marketing, it's definitely a great source of traffic and source of revenue. I primarily do video marketing, have so for years.

I did a post about how I did just video for a tough niche - I explain the steps as well When it comes to equipment it depends what style video you're planning on doing.

With that said spend your money on a good mic, the best bang for your buck is the Blue Yeti mic, this is the one I use for my Youtube videos.

Trust me on this one, we have mics in our studio that cost $1000's and the blue yeti is right up there with them

If you're doing talking head videos (you on screen) next is your camera, smartphones actually do a pretty good job, but for a great camera at a low price the Gopro silver is really good.

You'll also need a lapel mic for talking head videos Lavalier lapel mics are your best bet. Also invest in a tri pod for those steady shots.

Depending on how your going to do your video, lighting is important - so a softbox light kit is something you can think about getting.

Yes you can do talking head videos using your computer's camera and mic.

If you're doing screencast videos, recording what's on your screen there is a free program called screen-o-matic - however your best option is to invest into a editing program such as Camtasia (I use this)

You'll need editing software such as this to edit your videos anyway. Free versions limit you to as what you can and cannot do.

You can also make text or animated style videos, again a program like camtasia is need for this. Here's an exmaple of an animated one I did for the WA https://youtu.be/GT128jhHqFI

I'm also thinking of putting together a beginners training program for youtube video marketing.

To help me, what would you like to see in something like that? You can reply here or PM me if you like.

Hope this helps
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello Leo,

Thanks for your feedback! I am still absorbing everything...
But unless you are not looking for a new godchild or something like that, I think I will have to buy all that stuff in small steps...
(I do believe this is Price/Quality a very good proposal)

But I will start with less fancy stuff, which makes it maybe more interesting for your beginners training...

I will write down all the issues or things I need more info about and I will send that to you by the end of the weekend/beginning next week.
That can be some input for a training, cause I do believe that there is room for such a program...

It helps, Leo, for sure... ;-)

Grtz,
Bert
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EKautz Premium
Leo knows his stuff Bert! I will back him on the mic too! I know audio and I know thousand dollar mics well and what you get with the Blue Yeti is amazing for the price.

I use Pinnacle editing software for video but I am only semi-pro with video and if I take out the bragging I am only semi-pro with video. lol

I'm an audio guy that likes to play with video. Most video software will have adequate audio features for your purposes, anything more and you can dish out the bucks fast.

I look forward to your video debut .... let me know when you have something up.

ROCK ON!
E
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EKautz Premium
Hey Leo, just a thought ...

with your talking head videos have you tried to use the Blue Yeti mic on a boom overhead and out of frame? I was curious as it may provide a better result than even a great lavaliere mic. Of course you'd need someone to man this if your moving around.

ROCK ON!
E
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leoemery Premium
No that would not work that well, this mic is a directional mic so it's better designed to be in front of your month with a pop filter on a table stand or boomed in front of your mouth.

A better solution would be a shotgun mic - boomed
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EKautz Premium
I wasn't sure if you'd get anything from the yeti but I try everything in and out of the studio and I've found some cool ways to use equipment outside it's intended purpose.

I've got a few condenser mics that work well for overhead use but one in particular that was intended as a reference mic for my spectrum analyzer works awesome.

I also have a couple of RE20's and SM7's that work well for desk work.
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AngelsBird Premium
Reading all info with great interest....
I was looking on Amazon and bounced on this "cheap" mic: http://www.amazon.com/InnoGear®-Recording-Microphone-Broadcasting-Voice-Over/dp/B00YTZ7P50/

Can that be something to use?
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AngelBcn Premium
Investing in a good microphone is important too. There are microphones that are especially made for video editing. I haven' t tried it myself but I did some research (because this might be something I would be interested as well) and I found one from Audio Technica for about 150 $ that I was considering buying because it had very good ratings price/ quality wise.
I don't remember which t was but I can look it up for you if you are interested.
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AngelsBird Premium
Angelique, I am focused on paying the yearly now with the black Friday promotion... ;-) (Actually the banner dropped down while I was typing)
But no, when you buy yours, give a sign and maybe by then I order also something better, but for now I am searching the cheapest solution...
I thought you would have a microphone to yell: "waar zijn die handjes!" :-)
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AngelBcn Premium
Good luck in getting yearly! I am going to do the exact same thing right now :)
You can focus on buying a mic later or ask it as a christmas present ;)
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AngelsBird Premium
Yes, first did the yearly and now back to business... :-)
I answered same on message, it will be Christmas indeed!!
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gooddogpoky2 Premium
Bert (ignorant): I have only created two YouTube videos. I am probably way to impressed with myself (I am sure you are aware of that) but I thought they turned out GREAT. I used a computer camera (but purchased a small tri-pod-my hands shack a little bit from age and way too much fun in life) to hold the camera still. I used a slightly better mic than the one I had on my computer already (a little less background noise) and volla I had a YouTube Vidio. Then because I am not nearly as tech savvy as you I had to reread the YouTube instruction on how to post the video ten times but eventually got it.

I am thinking like you about doing more of this. Hell I am great looking and a little of Ruthie's makeup (Ruthie's my wife) I only look 55 on the camera. However, and I think that this is important, like a couple of people on WA have stated, they have acquired an editing program that allows them to do post recording fixing, set banners and such and to take the hums and hah's out of the video. Let me know how it turns out for you. I am really interested in doing more YouTube stuff. DAN
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AngelsBird Premium
One thing we certainly have in common are the shaky hands... :-)
I think I will try first with my laptop, cause I hope that my dell precision does go that little further... Otherwise, I see what I do, but AngelBCN will know exactly what I have to do..

TO be honest: I might be more techy then you are, but creating a video is a BIG step for me, so I think on this one, you are running faster... And of course, I don't have Ruthie's makeup... ;-)
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Roybretton Premium
Good evening Bert,

If you have a decent laptop I would use this for videos Bert, obviously you can use your phone if you are out and about, but in general I would use your laptop.

If you're thinking of making screenshot videos, then take a look at the TechSmith website, I use camtasia, which is good, but you do have to pay. I also use something called Easy Video Suite, which is an excellent piece of software and really easy to use!
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AngelsBird Premium
Thanks for your comment, it confirms the comments below!
Better for the trembling also... :-)
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BrooklynPhil Premium
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." ~ Arthur Ashe

Bert, I have 16 videos on YouTube and I haven't used any expensive high-end equipment.
https://www.youtube.com/user/philiplabarbera/videos

I'm particularly proud of a video I just completed about some friends of over 50 years.
https://youtu.be/sVviCQuJmuw

WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE & OBSCENE GESTURES
Hey, it’s a bunch of Punks from Brooklyn… what would you expect?

I was a professional photographer for many years, but I don't feel the need anymore to be an equipment freak. For me, simple is better. In fact, I want anybody to be able to do what I do as EZ as I can make it.

Some are just done with free screen capture software (Quicktime), some were shot with a simple point and shoot digital camera, with the camera's built-in microphone. All were edited in iMovie which is another free program.

Could my videos have been made better or more professional? Yes, but that isn't my goal.
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AngelsBird Premium
I took a quick look (and will go back to check further) but there are some great ones...
And again, it shows that video is the future...
It is much more fun to look at...

Thanks!
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Mark1957 Premium
I like this approach Phil.

I made my site simple and straight forward so that new people needn't feel inhibited and thinking they had to replicate something fabulous and I think that's the way to go when it comes to other matters like making videos ie the easier you can make it appear to newbies, the more likely they are to get involved and making their own.

I haven't made any videos yet but if I thought I had to start buying fancy top end equipment I doubt I ever would.....KISS ;-)

Ps......how about a blog or some training about how you go about it or is it all on your site?

Cheers Phil

Mark
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Bert, we have to face the fact that people read less and less. Attention spans are shortening, videos have to be short and to the point with quick cuts.
We all need to get good at video and the sooner we start the better. That's why my first suggestion is to start with what you have... but start.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Mark, we're in total agreement.

My background and schooling (going way back) was still photography, film (motion picture) and video tape. There was a time I swore I would never go digital, (what a fool I was).

If I just had a smart phone I would start shooting video. I would next learn how to do some basic video editing (I use iMovie). I retaught myself with YouTube videos. Anyone with the time and the inclination can do what I did.

My website is about living a healthy lifestyle. I want to do a lot more, but I've only made one video that is niche related, it couldn't be more basic
http://makeitez4me.com/my-lifeline-cables-pushpull-workout/

You can do this, you should start now. Shoot some video, get a video editing program, find the YouTube videos to show you how to use it... and just play.

Best video game ever, and not only is it FREE... it can actually help you make $$$. It don't get any better than that.
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AngelsBird Premium
I will jump on it, Phil...
I am still a little bit scared, but my goal is to have a small video online by the end of the weekend and I keep you posted!

Thank you for the comment and motivation....
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Mark1957 Premium
Sounds like a plan Phil......you might just see me on video one day soon, OMG hahaha
Mark
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Bert, I think that's a noble goal, but don't be nervous. Just have fun... play. Nobody cares how long it takes you to do something only how well you did it.
If you want me to take a look just PM me with a link.

Rest assured, no matter how the first one comes out, if you enjoyed the process you'll do more and they will get better and better.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Mark, I hope it's soon. If I can be of any help PM me.
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AngelsBird Premium
Well, I think I take that offer with pleasure...
And I will remember to enjoy myself and be focused on the here and now and not on the "what if" and "how could"...

Top!
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Mark1957 Premium
Thanks very much Phil....might have to take you up on that offer ;-)
Mark
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SJB Premium
Hello, you can actually use your Iphone, assuming that you have one.
If you want to advance a little bit with equipment, you can use a teleprompter for your Ipad. As far as editing, you can use Camtasia, if you have a PC and Moviemaker if you have an Apple.
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AngelsBird Premium
Really? So I have not an Iphone, but the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 and that is OK to use?
I just have to place it somewhere steady in front of me and that's it?

That is super actually! :-)
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SJB Premium
Yes, you can do that. You can purchase a tripod but to begin, place your phone so that it's steady and its perfect. I use Cyberlink Youcam that is on my pc. It came with my pc when I bought it.
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gooddogpoky2 Premium
Bert: Show Off, I still have the Samsung Galaxy S-4. I have asked Ruthie for a new one and she says I don't bring in enough income. DAN
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AngelsBird Premium
Till 4 weeks ago I had an S2, so I do a very long time with a cell phone DAN... ;-)
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AngelsBird Premium
But I think I can better use my laptop cam also (better then cellphone I think)... Have to test this!
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Mark1957 Premium
There's an incentive if ever I saw one......get to it man ;-)
Mark
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AngelsBird Premium
Goal: first video online by the end of the weekend!!! :-)
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