Sunday, April 19, 2015
How to set up your YouTube video show
Setting up a personal internet video channel can be a fun project for shameless self promotion, or even something you can do with your kids this summer. Ashutosh Desai helps you with a quick primer to...
Create a YouTube channel
Go to http:www.youtube.comcreate_channel. You can either use your existing Gmail login ID and password, or create a new Google account for your channel.
After signing in, a Use YouTube as...pop-up will appear. Here, click "To use a business or other name, click here" to give your channel a name. Select a category whether Arts and Entertainment, Sports, How-Tos, Music, News and Politics, Comedy, etc; agree to the terms and click 'Finished.'
Get acquinted with the YouTube interface
1. The left pane lets to switch between My Channel (your content), My Subscriptions (other channels that you subscribe to), History (log of the videos you watched), Watch Later (where you can create a list of videos for future viewing by hovering and clicking on the clock icon at the bottom right corner of any clip.)
2. The centre panel has a link to the Video Manager (which allows you to edit your clips, add audio, make your videos private or public, etc), your channel profile, uploaded videos, playlists...
3. The top right hand corner of the page is where you will find the Upload button. This gives you multiple options to publish content to your channel. Clicking your profile photo will give you access to Creator Studio, where you can organize and maintain your videos.
If you want people to visit and revisit your video channel, you will need to plan each shoot diligently. Before you start shooting, work on a script with dialogues; try a couple of practise sessions. Get used to talking to the camera (try and maintain eye contact with the lens.)
If there are two or more people in the video, work on the interactions and dialogue delivery so that it seems natural and not scripted (even though it is.)
And importantly , make sure you have a good microphone (preferably out of view) that captures sound clearly; lighting that's focused on your subject, and a backdrop that's clutterand distraction-free.
Lights, camera, action! Wait!
Not so fast! You'll need video shooting software. Download and install the free Debut software from http:www.nchsoftware.comcapture.
To start recording, launch the software and select a capture mode: Device (webcam), Network (network camera) or Screen (to record actions on your PC screen). In this case, choose Device.
In the panel below the video screen, there are options that let you set the file format. Choose either MP4 or AVI. You don't need to change the encoder (video compression technique) setting because Debut uses H.264 by default, which is recommended by YouTube.
Click the Video Options button if you want to change the video resolution of your recording (higher resolution videos will result in larger uploads.)
The panel also includes options to add a title, adjust the brightness contrast levels, apply a colour filter or add a watermark to your footage.
Click on the Record button when you are ready to shoot.
When you click the Stop button, Debut saves the video automatically to its own folder within My Videos.
Click on the Recordings button to view and play all the work you have done, connect to and share the video to your YouTube account.
Manage videos from your smartphone
You can use the YouTube app to upload videos on your handset to your channel. Just make sure you do it over a Wi-Fi connection to avoid data charges. To manage what you have already uploaded, view comments and statistics, install YouTube Creator Studio. This app also lets you edit video description, switch from public to private view, flag comments and more. Both apps are available for Android and iOS devices.
Once you've uploaded your videos, promote your home production on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and any communication or social networking platform you can find. Make it a point to engage with your YouTube audience to maintain their interest.
Upload and edit
Go back to your YouTube page. Click on the Upload button (in the third panel in the YouTube screenshot), select your file to upload, and choose whether you want your file to be Public (accessible to all), Unlisted (won't be visible in your video channel or show up in search results), or Private (viewable only to people you share the link with).
Once uploaded, your clip will get processed by YouTube.
You can edit your video once it appears in your Video Manager (second panel in the YouTube screenshot).
From here you can enhance the footage by using YouTube's autofix feature; you can adjust contrast, brightness, saturation, colour temperature, and even add filters.
At the bottom right of the screen, you will find controls that let you trim your video, flip it, and even slow it down. Here, you will also find the Try the YouTube Video Editor button. Clicking this will let you cut, edit, add transitions to your clip for a more professional production.
YouTube has a whole host of features that even lets you record a video and create a photo slideshow, but this will require you to be online all the time through the process.
With sufficient amount of experimenting with Debut and YouTube — both of which boast of an intuitive user interface - you will soon be recording, uploading and editing videos like a pro video producer.
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