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How We Make YouTube s: The Gear, Process, Kdenlive, Gimp, OBS & Other Open Source Software

So this is how I make youtube articles. I’ve actually gone through a lot of iterations, but because this is the first one I think I’ve documented top to bottom we’re going to call it version 1.0. When, technically, I have lost track of versioning, but for purposes of YouTube here and when I go back and say: okay, what did I change? I can make version, you know one point whatever or when I do a lot of changes.

Maybe a version to X, we’ll figure out like all projects that are open-source and you try to figure out what you’re going to do for versioning numbers and that can be the complicated part. Occasionally at least for me, because I think gives us a big change. An incremental change, but let’s get started. What we have here is, and I’m going to swap between the cameras and then I’m going to show how I actually put this article together on the editing side, and the reason I have to do both is because my youtube blog is obviously a lot of tutorials And some articles like this, so there’s a mix of things I do and I want to kind of show all of them.

So this part is the filming part is freely called filming. Nothing is film, it’s all digital, but this is the part where we do things in the studio and how we edit it together up. Here I have a GoPro just out of frame. Then we have two lights. I have my Aston microphone in shotgun mode, which is currently the audio source and I’m trying to figure out how to get the audio when I do behind here. I guess I’ll just be oh, so I have my aperture light and my cheap softbox from I well.

I think I got it either for me, I was on or ebay I’ll find an Amazon link for you. This is not an expensive one at all. That’s a little bit more money, but not excuse me that one’s a little bit more money, but I still really like it because it works really. Well, it’s an LED light. It’s portable. It’s got batteries on it, but now that we’re doing more studio stuff, I’m leaving these set up more often anyways.

So when we’re doing a product review, for example, I got a couple of products here. I got my pixel phone, which I’m getting get ready to do a review on. I currently have my GoPro mounted to a boom stand over here, and this boom stand works really good to hold a camera. Now I’ve Marvin’s camera’s, not here right now, I’ve been borrowing his 70d until I can decide whether or not a one of I another, seventy which I think I have a deal on a line on one right now, but that’s primary.

What we’re shooting with over there is the Canon 70d. I’m really happy to the camera everyone’s like. Oh, it doesn’t do 4k or doesn’t do this. I’m like. I don’t think my tutorials would be any better in 4k if they not adding any value, then yeah. Why even add it to there? Also we for the TV hookup, so we can see what we’re doing we have a wire going from that. So this is what I see over here. So kcci do glance over there.

Try never to look, but when we’re setting up this is an easy way for me to see. What’s going on is to look, we just plug it into the TV. I understand everything is going on with the camera and you know gives me a good idea of things on there now with the magic lantern software, it’s nice, because it gives me the audio level. So I can make sure the audio is good on this, and this asked a microphone I’ll leave a link to below I’m really happy with this purchase.

Now everyone’s, like. Oh rode, mic Pro this that I tried the rode mic I had the road might go. I liked it, but I liked the audio quality better on the Aston and it does stereo. So when we did that group setting where we had all of us here doing hot sauce, the acid microphone didn’t phenomenal job. We have it. This is also on a boom. Stand but I will show you that these lights here and the couple poles it’s all – I really need to get a lot of this done.

I am, though, prop maybe today I’ll do this. I didn’t like it I’m kind of getting sick of the orange behind us because I think it detracts from some of the colors, so we’re going to switch to just a gray background. We want to do maybe some color splashes that’ll be like a version 1.1. Changing the background is hardly a major change, but what’s important is the workflow and how this gets done and how the articles get produced.

So this is filming. That’s filming I’m going to splice in a little bit of filming off of this, so I can pull the whole project together and show you what’s going on, but I switch the camera on here right now or maybe I should do the GoPro I’ll do the GoPro. It’s got a better audio because I can put a microphone on the GoPro and I’ll walk around and kind of show you from the other side what this looks like.

So this is the aperture light. I know it’s kind of rigged in here that’s unfortunate, but we’re going to we’re going to put that inner right. That’s like! Shall we to do list? It’s got screw, it’s really solid, isn’t going where this is battery-powered. This is the aperture al5 tu es. So we can dial in if we need to do this, it’s on a tilts, it’s keep it plugged in. But if I unplug it like, I said it’s on battery, so you loses no brightness works really well.

This is the less expensive and hopefully the microphone doesn’t pick up too much noise shrimp. If I don’t get you close, this mic on the GoPro picks up a hum just generic cheap soft box from Amazon with for us and tubes in it, which is why it causes problems with this microphone. This I really like I’ll leave a link to this. This is the boom stand that we use for holding the camera up works really well, and this is one thing that’s really cool about this boom stand.

Let me break it down real quick and it drops down simple as that. Now it’s locked in place and then those legs fold up, so we can make it nice and small same with this. We hang the ear kind of up here when I’m not using it. That way, when we need more chairs and more places, which we keep the chairs all nice and neat kind of on the wall here. This is where all the extra gear ends up. So these are lots of connectors doodads.

There’s all our podcasting equipment, different ball heads. I really like these Joby heads they’re great, for holding things on this little case is where we put things like the GoPro and the other cameras. That’s how we do our time. Louses charging drone stuff the drones actually up there in shelf and when it’s all done, everything goes in here. We lock it that way when we have like get-togethers with random people coming in and out all the gear and all the little doodads.

No, I don’t want to be touching them. It is less I’m worried about people stealing it it’s much more, that people pick things up and touch it and lenses are super expensive, speaking of which that also brings me to this. This is my lenses, the Sigma 10 to 20, so this is for the real wide-angle shots. I really like this lens. I’ve had it for like ten years this, they call the Canon nifty 50. 50 millimeter.

It is a F 1.8. You can pick this lens up for like really cheap. It’s super inexpensive. I definitely like it quite a bit, but some of the other gears just miscellaneous stuff. You know lens cleaner stuff, like that. Maybe I’ll do a separate gear article. I do have a lapel mic in here and that’s what this is. I just don’t use it that often it’s kind of nice when you want to walk around and I get the microphone, but I don’t do that as much when I do.

These are the audio technica Pro 8 8 w RS pick these up for dirt cheap on eBay. I just dislike the fact that they use a 9-volt battery and they create a little bit of a history in the background so anytime I use it. I have to edit that out – and it annoys me, the Canon 70d itself is got the kit lens the 18 to 135, with the Image Stabilizer. We leave it off because it actually uses a little bit of battery when it’s on the tripod, but I use it.

Of course, if I’m trying to your free hand, which is pretty rare, free handing the camera unless you’re a really good camera man – which I am not that needed, so I try to tripod as much as I can. Even this has some shake now. This is just using HDMI out that goes up there. There’s your HDMI in the wall goes through. The ceiling comes back down behind the TV and it’s hard to see, but back there behind the TV is where all the lines come through to get that signal from over here to over there.

That’s simple effective though, and I like it here, is I dislike wires along the floor. If you didn’t notice, even these wires go plug in underneath and over here, so there’s nothing across our path. The only thing that kind of goes across the path is the audio cable. When I plug it into the Canon, but that’s life you’ve got a. I haven’t really found an easy solution, but that’s why we run it on this tall or boom stand from the Aston microphone up over back to the camera.

It’s easy enough for people to walk right under it, and this is that as tuned microphone, that has both the stereo and mono features low-pass filters. Some boosting the auto mode is my favorite because it automatically turns on when the camera turns on and it turns back off. So let’s turn all these things off and get to editing’s. That’s how we see where the open source comes into play and how holla’d all actually happens in case you’re wondering my GoPro setup, pretty simple: it’s a GoPro with one of them metal cages, a little hot shoe mount and the road might go and the stupid $ 50 GoPro adapter that you need to have to make this all work.

I have no idea. This is a cheap tripod that I bought all this off, Craigslist a guy who was just dumping it for really cheap – or at least this metal case. And this thing, so I don’t know what brand is some off-brand x-series, but it gets the job done for well doing what I just did with it. So it’s definitely handy for that. So for those of you see my desk before you know, I have a three desk layout, I’m going to jump to the other camera here and show you I zoom back out against the wall.

These are the three monitors, so everything’s kind of spread across all these screens, and now I’m going to insert that article into the article of me making the article now. This is actually could be showing me how to screw up making a article, because I added at the end of it and did a bunch of editing on how I did the editing and I don’t like the any of the ending of it. So I’m going back and re editing and Reese, placing just the ending of it.

I realized that I was a little bit too zoomed out trying to show three screens it’s how I edit and that didn’t portray well at all on YouTube. You just couldn’t see what I was doing, so I’m going back to dragging everything. So this is the three screen layout with well there’s different layouts here. This is a three screen layout. This is how my layout actually looks when it’s in process and then working.

This is a preview window on one side, but obviously this is really hard for you guys to see. What’s going on, I realized after I recorded me editing, but the article is edited, so I’m just going to cut out the end and redo that part. I tried it like this, and this is also hard to see what I’m doing so, we’re just going to drink everything to the middle screen and get rid of the webcam, so you can see what I’m doing for the editing parks this.

This is the hard part to show because there’s a lot that goes into editing, so I showed some of how I copied files and things like that, and that’s I thought maybe the interesting but maybe not imposed so I do is I’m done. I kind of proof most of my articles I try to prove from, but we’ll just bring over here and show you what I do so here is the editing part that I didn’t like this is going to get deleted.

Here’s all the stuff that came off of all the cameras I use so I had my GoPro. I had my screen capture, which I’m doing again right now, which was called. Finally, I just named it that you know my naming schema. That’s whatever makes it work for you, but what I will talk about is a couple little things, so one of them is – and I’ve talked about before I use sync thing: singing is backing up my article folder continuously, as I drop things in here.

I’ve did a whole article on that and whatever your workflow is making sure you have a solid backup. I like automated backups, specifically using the syncing tool and it backs up to my FreeNAS continuously, so it’s on my hard drive it’s backing up over to there. So that’s getting copied over then we just drag all these files, which I’m not going to direct them again, but you just drag them all in a kdenlive and then we drag them all to the tracks and I’m holding the ctrl key zooming in and out.

I got a tutorial on how to use Kate and live, and you know putting all this together now I started the intro of this article with a little classic 8-bit song. Let me see if I can change the view here so there’s my little preview that I dragged right there, so you can see going through editing the normally I edit on the other, monitor but, like I said, there’s not an easy way to 40-percent a dual monitor Layout it just unless you have a 4k and I export this at 4k.

You wouldn’t be able to read all this, but this is me cutting between all of them. You line up the audio, you get it all say: okay, here’s the audio! This is the GoPro article. This is the main camera article and it’s how I cut between them for the overhead shots and then I’m using OBS at the end, which I’ll drag my OBS screen over here, which it just goes to infinity, because it’s recording, OBS, recording, recording, OBS, recording and makes Kind of a cool effect in the background – and it OBS, is how I do my voiceover, so I got my setups here and this is what it looks like back on a three screen layout.

So let’s do this view. This is actually how it looks. I’ve Shrunk the screens over here, just going to give you guys an idea and a view, and all the voiceovers are recorded on a Yeti microphone in my little office with soundproofing here and very important soundproofing on the other side, because your voice goes this way. It reflects back so the back is to get rid of sound reflection at the back and the front and get rid of the sound reflection in front to kind of keep a dead area for the voice-over work.

But you know these tools are all free and open source and wonderful. Kdenlive is great OBS great cobia, cisco cross-platform, and someone will ask this kdenlive. I know they are working on a Windows version. Sorry, I’ve tried it that doesn’t work very well, it’s once it’s all done we’re going to render in process and then we jump over to GIMP and I have a template saved here in GIMP. That’s got the little black bar at the bottom and then I just go on the web and literally like the Canon 70d I typed in Canon 70d transparent there.

It is there I typed in Kaden, and these are just google image search while she this one didn’t need to be. I went to their website and it’s part of that’s their logo. Author header, I just grabbed it and you can actually just go copy image. Edit paste new layer – and you can get things added on there just like that and GIMP GIMP – is not as easy to use as Photoshop. It’s been a struggle because I’m a Photoshop guy, so I started learning it.

But if you started out, we get there’s some great tutorials you can find on it. I’m not good enough to make a tutorial on it, but I will tell you: I’ve been doing my thumbnails and everything for quite a while and editing the basics like what you’re seeing here in camp, and it’s worked out really well for me. So it definitely definitely can be done and once it’s all done, cuz GIMP saves in its own special format.

We file we export this and I called it how we make youtube articles, the gear and the process and the open source software and, like I said like going in-depth on the software, I have a tutorial on kdenlive already. I don’t really have one on OBS, but it’s maybe I’ll do one at some point. Obs feels almost self-explanatory. You just keep adding the different scenes like the webcam and then that’s what all these are.

Some are just microphones middle screen, webcam just left screen right screen. All my screens with me at the bottom and then you can just go here and if I want to put myself in the middle for this, but this is well technically. This is where I sit, because this is the the layout you’re seeing above is my three screen layout. That’s in here, so hopefully this was helpful kind of give you an idea how we do this.

I will leave links below to the tutorials. I have on how to use kdenlive how to get started with kdenlive in editing article. That’s probably the part break people find the most challenging recording stuff with OBS load it it’s pretty straightforward. Maybe I’ll do a specific tutorial on there, but OBS is a great way to do screen capture. I might do a specific review on a 7, but there’s a lot of mouths to die.

Cameras been around since 2013. So that’s it’s a I’m still happy with it’s a really great camera. I don’t really people like oh go, mirrorless yeah cool. Maybe I have the 70d. I don’t plan to replace it until it breaks. So, for now it’s a great camera and it’s not about the camera. It’s about coming up with teaching someone something the story, and the narrative is much more important. The tutorial the knowledge sharing is important.

1080 seems good enough for knowledge sharing, at least for me. For now, if my thought, my knowledge would look better in 4k great, I don’t have a 4k monitor and statistically most people don’t either. I know it supposed to be future thinking, but especially tech stuff. I have to keep producing because all this is completely irrelevant. Privation. That’s generally how it works. Hopefully, you found some of this helpful.

Give me an idea of behind the scenes how we produce YouTube articles, how this works. You know if you like to count in here like and subscribe. I will do my best to reply to all the comments. I’ve complained before about YouTube comments. Sucking I don’t see all the messages, it’s a YouTube thing. I’ve talked to other youtubers are the same problem. We also have the forums to help alleviate that over on Facebook links are below plus all the gear links and some of the details of all the stuff we use will be in here.

So hopefully this was helpful. I have a great day and enjoy get started on this open source. Editing if you’re interested in this I mean go, get these programs are free, start dabbling and playing and read my other kdenlive tutorials to get you started on this part of. It says the article edit, the press record, is easy. The editing I won’t lie. This is some this little effort that goes into this there’s a learning curve, but I think it’s worth it.

Thanks.


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