In order to film videos for YouTube you need to have a set of tools. There are so many options available that I want you to save some time and see what equipment got me started to film all of my videos on YouTube.
How I Film Videos for YouTube, my Equipment and Upload Frequency
If you are doing screen capture tutorials, it might be challenging to publish high definition videos, but filming videos in 1080p HD is easy with Camtasia Studio. It is also always good to have more than one way to record your videos and I have a system where I use iPhone with iRig HD mic and screen capture software.
You might have a surge of creativity and want to upload ten videos at once, but I will show you why I upload only 1 or 2 videos at a time when I film videos for YouTube and try to do it each day.
The equipment that got me started to film videos on YouTube
In this section I’m going to show you the complete professional Webcam home filming studio setup that got me started on YouTube. Buy the same equipment I have and you will be able to film videos for YouTube the same way.
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, 1080p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording
Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Silver
Foam Windscreen for Blue Yeti, MXL, Audio Technica, and Other Large Microphones – Black
CowboyStudio Photography/Video Portrait Umbrella Continuous Triple Lighting Kit with Three Day Light CFL Bulbs, Three Stands, Two Umbrellas, and One Carrying Case For Product, Portrait, and Video Shoots
Square Perfect Background Stand with 6 x 9 White & Green Screen Muslin Backdrops
IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD high-definition handheld microphone for iPhone iPad and Mac
Hamilton Nu-Era Tabletop Mic Stand and On Stage Foam Ball-Type Mic Windscreen, Black.
Elgato – Game Capture HD60
Film videos for YouTube using inexpensive lighting equipment
If you do not have the budget to invest in professional lighting, you still can film videos for YouTube using the following:
Spiral Daylight bulb 23 Watt x 2
Clamp Lamp x 2
White polyfoam boards x 2
If your desk is against a wall and you are using the webcam on your computer, you can secure the clamp lamps on your table or nearby cabinets and direct the lights on the wall (if it is white) or on poly-foam boards to reflect back on your face.
Turn on the ceiling lights, they should also be daylight, to fill in the background/backdrop you have.
It is easy to see on your computer screen if you need to adjust a little bit the angle of your lamps so as to have perfect lighting.
It is often not necessary to have very powerful lights if the whole room is not very bright. Do not allow light to come from outside and brighten the room as it will be very difficult to match it with the 2 bulbs you have.
Try to keep the lighting of the whole room down by closing curtains and the two 23 watt bulbs should do the trick to film videos for YouTube.
Film videos for YouTube in 1080p HD with Camtasia Studio
How do I use Camtasia 1080p screen capture recording from start to finish?
This has been challenging for me in producing my videos. I hope by sharing my system for recording and capturing my screen in 1080p that it can help you out.
I have struggled a lot to get my videos down into a good format and find a system so I can quickly record high quality content fast and then share it with my audience.
Let me show you exactly how I film videos for YouTube with Camtasia.
On my desktop I have a Camtasia icon that I click to open Camtasia Studio up. Then, I hit “record the screen” on the top left menu. Now this little screen recording pops up on my monitor and I am ready to record all that I do on the screen.
Once I have finished recording, I hit “stop.” Then, this window comes up to save and edit what I have just filmed.
I hit Save and Edit. Camtasia puts the capture in a location and I hit Save.
This window comes up and you can see that the default editing dimensions are 1920 x 1080, which is 1080p.
The next part of this is to edit the audio because I’m likely to have noise in the background. What I want to do is enable “noise removal” and then I go to manual noise training on selection.
I select this beginning part to manually train on that. Then I play it back to make sure it didn’t make me all Artificial Intelligence sounding.
Once I have got that done, then what I do is go in and produce this. What I want to do is click “produce and share.”
I want the mp4 only in the editing dimensions, which is 1080p. I do that then I hit next, and then I have to put this into a folder.
I uncheck “produce files in the subfolders” because I don’t want a whole bunch of different files coming in and folders created. I give it a name “Camtasia Studio tutorial” and I hit finish.
Now, it will render the video and then when the video is done, it is going to play it. This is so much easier than the nightmare I was doing before. I used to use Snag it to capture the screen and use Audacity to edit the audio, and then put that together in Windows Movie Maker. That took a long time and Camtasia Studio made it now so much easier to film videos for YouTube.
Film videos for YouTube using iPhone with iRig HD mic + screen capture software
When you want to film videos for YouTube, it is important to have a system that works really well to make high quality audio especially and to do screen capture. What I do is what I’m showing you exactly in this section.
One way I do it is to straight up use Camtasia Screen capture with my mic that I have connected to my computer, but that doesn’t always work good. Sometimes the audio doesn’t come out good, so I have got another way I do it where the audio consistently comes out excellent.
The main thing is to have multiple methods to record, so that no matter what’s going on, or where you are at, or what you are doing, you can record successfully.
Now step one, I have a screen capture program called Camtasia and this is what it looks like.
The important thing is that you can substitute nearly any screen capture program into this system. You can use it with almost any free editing software to put your audio and video together. That’s what is really cool about this strategy.
I start Camtasia and you will notice the webcam is off and the audio is off too because I’m actually only recording the screen. I’m not recording the actual audio in Camtasia.
So then you wonder, how are you recording the audio?
What I’m actually doing is using my iRig mic HD plugged into my iPhone because the audio quality comes out really good that way, compared to using my computer microphone, and especially compared to plugging the iRig into the computer.
For some reason the iRig does not work as well with the computer. It gets distorted.
So instead of trying to fight it, I just work around it and the easiest thing to do when you film videos for YouTube is just do what does work. I have got feedback from people and found out that the microphone I was using before echoed a lot. So I am using this new system: I use the iRig mic HD with a foam windscreen to put on it, which helps a lot.
What I do is I plug the iRig HD mic into my iPhone and as soon as I hit Start on Camtasia to start recording my screen, I hit Start on the voice recorder on the iPhone at the same time. So what I’m doing is recording the audio only in the iPhone with the iRig Mic HD and then I’m using screen capture to record the actual picture.
The cool thing is that you can use this with almost any screen capture program and just by having an iPhone with the iRig HD microphone.
Then I use Evernote premium to share the file over on the voice recorder.
When the voice is recorded, I click Done and use the share option to share it straight to Evernote. When it is in Evernote, all I have to do is sync Evernote on my iPhone with my desktop. I pull the file off of Evernote and then I bring the audio up into Camtasia.
I just have then to produce the video with its screen capture and the added audio on Camtasia.
This is my preferred method for doing straight screen capture because I know the audio is going to be good when I record it through my iRig HD mic and through my iPhone. I know that the computer is not going to distort the audio and then when I put the audio together it sounds really good.
I also still record image and sound together as I showed you in the last section with Camtasia Studio, and that works too.
I hope this section has been helpful for you, in giving you some ideas on how you can film videos for YouTube in 1080p HD with excellent quality audio using almost any software setup.
Why I upload 1 or 2 videos at a time and try to do it each day
Are you wanting to know how to get as many videos uploaded on your YouTube channel as possible? Here is a little trick I used that helps me get many more videos uploaded.
It is to not leave videos unpublished on my channel. All of my videos are published.
Anytime I have put a bunch of videos up at once, I tend to have a bunch of unpublished videos. Then, it is a big roadblock to me putting more videos up. You don’t want to upload a bunch of videos at once because it starts to feel unmanageable. Then my YouTube channel gets all backed up, I start feeling guilty that I haven’t finished my videos and it discourages me from uploading more videos.
If you want to film videos for YouTube and have a successful channel, upload one or two videos every single day or every other day and then publish them immediately.
If they are not just perfect for SEO, or the transcription is not just perfect, that’s ok. Just get the videos actually uploaded and published on YouTube.
I wanted a better Easter Egg video and a better video with commentary on my two Zombies videos, and they are not perfect, but I at least got them uploaded. Just getting them uploaded makes a big difference. It is better to put any video at all in your channel, than to put no video on your channel.
You can always delete videos that are crappy, delete or edit certain things from the titles, descriptions or tags. You can change thumbnails if you don’t like it. The bottom line is that it is much better to have something than nothing. It is much better to do a little bit every day than to have a big period of time when you don’t do anything.
One of the big reasons for this is the views you get from subscribers. If I go to traffic sources, and you see the subscriber views, you will notice that my subscriber views tend to be pretty consistent.
These are some of your most valuable views because these are from subscribers that already like your videos and give you free traffic. So you will note that I’m getting from 80 to 100 views a day from my subscribers. The thing is that if you have periods when you don’t get new videos uploaded, your views from subscribers will drop.
You do not want your views from subscribers to drop and if I show you the last 365 days you will note that I’m pretty consistently having views from subscribers every single day.
You will note at some points that when I didn’t upload a lot of videos because I didn’t film videos for YouTube for a while, my subscriber views took a big dive. You’ll note also that the more videos I uploaded, the more views I have from subscribers. When you look at a year ago, at the left of the graph, when I wasn’t uploading that many videos and I didn’t have as many subscribers, I have a lot less views.
The idea is to keep uploading more videos all the time consistently, so that your subscribers always have more. You don’t want to do big bulk uploads on your channel. I have done this several times, I put 10 to 20 videos on at once and when you do that your subscribers get overwhelmed and you get overwhelmed.
Try to just do what I am doing, two videos yesterday, a video a day before that, one day without one and a video that is a little imperfect and not the way I wanted it, but I still got 184 free views on it and likes. So it is a lot better than nothing.
I consistently film videos for YouTube and upload them every few days and my subscribers consistently have new videos to watch. Even uploading three videos at a time gets to be a bit of a chore. So consistently uploading new videos all the time, just one or two a day is ideal.
This is how I film videos for YouTube and my uploading strategy that works for me to get the most new videos uploaded on a daily basis and to not get a backlog of videos I need to publish.
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