I was surprised to learn that a lot of people I spoke with didn’t know how to make videos. Whether it’s doing a vlog, tutorial, funny video, extreme video, etc, making videos isn’t as hard as most people think. If you want, feel free to check out my YouTube Channel here: Marc Freccero’s YouTube. Don’t get me wrong – people spend their entire life to make high quality videos and it takes years to get to an expert level. But for simple videos – like the ones I make – it really isn’t that difficult. Here are the steps and items I use to make my videos:
This goes without saying obviously but having a good camera makes your videos tremendously better. If you have an iPhone or another type of smartphone you should have a decent camera already built in – just make sure to film in landscape rather than portrait (make sure it’s filming when in the horizontal position). The main camera I usually film with though is the Flip Camera because it’s extremely simple to use and can hold up to 2 hours of video (that amount of video wouldn’t fit on my iPhone). Flip Cameras got discontinued but there are still a ton on Amazon to buy – if not then Go Pro is an excellent camera.
A tripod is not completely necessary but it’s a must. Tripods are extremely cheap – the best selling tripod on Amazon is only $20 (check it out here: LightWeight Tripod). All a tripod does is keep your camera steady so you can attach it and then start filming. If you need to have the camera moving around constantly (like a skateboarding or parkour video) then a tripod won’t really help you but it’s crucial to have for a still shot. Every tripod comes with an adapter but it won’t attach your iPhone or Smartphone – only a camera with the right hole like the Flip Camera or Go Pro can attach to it. If you want to attach your iPhone or Smartphone then a good piece to get is the Square Jellyfish Tripod Mount, I did a video on it here if you want to see a visual review:
3. Car Adapter
I film numerous videos in my car because it’s a great way to pass time when driving long distances and it allows me to record a video easily when all I’m doing is talking. The attachment I use is the Performance Package Car Mount and it works extremely well – I did a video review of that too:
4. Editing Software
Don’t go out and spend a ton of money on editing software unless you really need it. Programs like Final Cut are extremely expensive and have features that most people won’t use (unless you’re looking to really make high quality videos). Programs such as Windows Movie Maker (for PC) and iMovie (for Mac) are free programs that can do everything you need: Cutting/Splicing, Removing & Adding Audio, Video Effects, Titles/Captions and more.
A book could be written about each one of the items/sections listed above but I’m going to make this ultra simple. The main process is Film Video -> Upload to Computer -> Edit -> Export out of Video Editing Software -> Upload to YouTube (or whatever your goal is). The more videos you make the better you will get it at so it doesn’t hurt to try. It’s a lot easier than most people think so give it a shot and see what happens!