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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.

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FreeNAS Mini XL+ 10G and Editing 4K Content.

For so you we can see certain performance things from benchmarks and they do provide some value, but they’re not always definitive, and they may not represent your use case in the same way that you think they would so you can say, hey the benchmarks said it would Do this, but when I actually used it, I ran into this problem.

So let’s talk about real-world use, so the FreeNAS mini xl+ and in article editing, that’s something that came up because I thought it was interesting. I liked Linus’s article on the jellyfish fryer, all SSD server and by the way, if you haven’t been to serve the home great website, excellent enterprise reviews on there, so I thought it was cool that they had to serve the home people on there. Also, they did use FreeNAS spotted on there right away.

Now I would love to build a twenty eight thousand. I think that was what he said. The price was $ 20,000 all-flash FreeNAS system for article editing and, as you get into youtube, you realize there is a definite need to have a way to store all the data you create. But for many of us that aren’t at the level that Linus is at, we can’t – or he has key Bhd near – we can’t afford $ 28,000 devices for that.

You know hoping to get there one day, but that’s not my today situation. So let’s talk about the freenas many xl+ configured with and someone’s going to cringe a little, but these are really reasonably priced. These are 5400 rpm Western Digital Red’s. So this is not a real expensive drive. It’s not a really fast drive. It is a solid, reliable Nash drive a I’ve had a lot of these installed. We’ve got a lot of systems that are storing data for our clients, built with these and they’ve, been really really reliable.

They’re low heat, low energy they’re great mass drives I’ve. The holding up Western Digital red series has proven to be quite reliable, overall they’re, not high performance, though at 5400 p.M. I will throw that out there, but when you configure them in a FreeNAS system and we’ll go ahead and look at how we have this configured go to pool status, we have a raid, z2 config. So, with a raid z2 with 8 drives there’s redundancy and we’re going to get some performance out of it because we’re sharing the load across the drives, so editing articles not going to be tragically bad, that’s important.

So this is going to be an affordable for those of us that can’t afford the $ 28,000 high end servers way to do edit in store in our article there’s a lot of people getting youtube and there’s all the struggles of figuring out. What camera and gear and what you’re going to do on YouTube? But then the storage people kind of put off to the side and even some of the bigger YouTube blogs Linus has gone through some of them and yeah.

They admit to all, have leaning lost data. Cuz saving it just on your computer can be a problem and a risk when you have a single Drive for doing this, this is just hard drives fail. That’s a statistic: having a raid rate is for a reason, even with this, you should be backing it up somewhere else. I do have my own two FreeNAS set up, so I have one free natural replicating to another one, so I’m at least that level, but at the minimum, having at least a raid array to dump all your data to and edit from is ideal and the freedom X, mini XL plus having a 10 gig, and I have a 10 gig switch, does help that now there is a way to do this, and maybe I’ll do it this in a future article where you can put a 10 gig card in your computer and then Directly connect it to the freenas mini, so you don’t have to have a switch, but you’d have to do some IP assignments and make that work without a switch.

They will direct connect, but that’s for a later article. This is at least assuming that you have the freeness mini XL, plus a 10 gig switch, I’m reusing the unify 1 and a 10 gig card in your computer, and my computer has the Asus 10 gig card in it. Specifically this one right here: the Asus XGC, 100 C 10 gig adapter. It’s someone has commented that they get a little warm. I hasn’t really been a problem.

It seems to work perfectly fine and doesn’t have a problem. Transferring at 10 gig hasn’t really been an issue. Alright back to the box here, so width is configured and I got the dashboard pull up here. We can see we’re at 197 and I have this right here. We’ve got net data opened up at 197, and now we can show you here is this: you can see. This is a SMB share. 3.1 97 article editing test and I actually I’m a Linux guy, so I do edit in kdenlive.

So here’s what it looks like when you’re just scrubbing around through data – and this is only shot at 1080. This is not stressing it out in any measure, so this is probably I can edit fine. I can jump ahead, jump and preview. Things play the article: that’s not going to be a problem, that’s not where you’re going to be more interest. So let’s go and look at some 4k article, so I let’s grab something off my GoPro and see how quickly I can open it.

This is a single 4k article, I don’t even know which one it says I mean goofing off on my motorcycle at a car cruise, it’s seeking ahead. It’s it’s really immediate here. Obviously, no pausing, no problem, let’s jump to another article played that one fine randomly grab. Another one here me goofing off at the office alright, and we go back over here, there’s all that stress at a diner, because someone said oh, the atom CPUs yeah they cert they’re not going to have a problem handling moving the data around like that.

You do see the you know a spike here and some of the traffic sent so now, let’s go step further and let’s say, let’s get a bunch of articles, so I think I can open them like this. This is and we’ll open all four at once now. The computer may choke on it because it’s going to open all these 4k articles at once, but they’re all playing. So how many is that that my computer’s choking, but let’s see what the FreeNAS is doing sending me all the data completely not stressing out we’re still sitting in all of a couple percent of CPU and no problems? The disk reads: spread across not a problem and we’re 170.

180. 185. It’s still going up with 4k article playing them all at once and here’s our network traffic, my computer’s hesitating it does. This is just mine’s an older i7 computer here so but yeah. Oh here’s. Our CPU actually getting a little bit of usage. We’ve we’ve hit the 3 % 3.6 % mark. So if you’re wondering if the atom in real-world use can handle it, obviously that’s not the problem. People seem to think it is and, like I said, the 4k I know chokes on my, but it’s obviously not a problem.

So real-world, can I edit all these articles, sure they’re all playing perfectly fine, and I don’t know why I like this is burnouts and things like that. Welcome to you know we have a. We have a big current culture here in Detroit and people like spinning the wheels and that all that black you see is that so it’s just funny, but you see other than my computer pausing a little bit playing knows. That’s not pausing, because it’s waiting on hard drive, the hard drive, isn’t even pinned out to its max potential here on the free NASA.

Neither is the processor so when it comes to doing some of the editing. This is a article I’ll be editing. This article will be uploaded before this is showing how an on surf works inside of there not a problem. Let’s just obviously I’m not going to save it like this, but let’s throw a 4k article file in it’s only reading the sound which takes a second. But it’s available immediately. Here’s that article not a problem, there’s another one, not a problem now granted when you get to something like lioness or KB, HD and you’re shooting in not 4k but 8k.

You’ve now quadrupled the amount of data, so yeah there’s probably going to be some slowdowns if you shoot an 8k, but if you’re using an epic red dragon at 8k, a hundred thousand dollar camera. I think that’s what those cost roughly in that range, with the accessories and lenses and mount kits yeah, you can probably afford something more than a freelance mini XL plus you can go to one of the enterprise trueness all flash arrays.

There are categories that will scale with you, but I just wanted to demonstrate that the freeness mini XL has new problems with 10 gig, and this is our peak with all those articles running that we did for the processor just nothing running. You know for 4k article for 4k, article stream to my computer, even with my older eye 7, which someone’s going to ask so I’ll pull it up. This is an i7 4770k at three-and-a-half gigahertz with 16 a minute.

So I do not have a killer, fast machine that is doing all this. My plan is to build a rise in for those that are asking. What am I going to build it soon? When people pay some bills I have outstanding, I will definitely be building a new rising machine. The performance is really nice. Um, I’m excited about that for article editing station, but for about for now this I 7 does get the job done. It renders things reasonably fast, and it’s really not much stress on these two will pull the reports as well.

It’s not here’s where we speak some data in here, but we are not at the limits of this system. So to speak. When you look at the CPU here, yeah we’re far from the limits of this system in terms of CPU and performance, we’re mostly idling this thing even pulling all that article. So for article editing system, the freeness, many experimental, the Western Digital red 5400 rpm little – is going for right now it looks like they’re about hot still about the 115 each.

So, let’s see you know, and this comes down to planning – you can go all the way up to the 10 tb’s 12 TB opposite 12 kind of depends on where your price point is, but it’s still an affordable way to build a system that will edit in 4K without having to break the bank – because I mean yes, you can go pro if you need something faster and say: let’s go up to the larger cache 7200 rpm class and the 40 B’s at the pro start at 160.

So not too much more. So it kind of depends on where your budget lies for storage planning, and someone will point out that, what’s only a little more for the 71 RPM, I see how but you got ta multiply. What is that little bit? More is times 8 storage planning can be challenging, Sarge planning is challenging because if you say I think I need this much storage, you probably need more, and ideally you should have at least one other machine that doesn’t have to be as fast that you also are Backing the data up to again, because even though you’re have array array which protects to some extent, there’s still more data or back it up in a cloud, you know you’ve done a article on this.

You can take FreeNAS and say: hey, send it overall, send it all the back plays that way. You have one more backup of all of your data, so keeping redundancy is important, especially when you have off-site redundancy in case. Anything tragic happens to the environment that you’re in, but I want to show that I edit not on the mini, Excel plus and pushing. I can send this one back. This was sent to us courtesy of the folks at Iook systems and FreeNAS, but I’ve showed the articles on the systems we have the custom-built freenas boxes, we’re using with 10-gig in them.

That’s what I’m running on right now for my normal article, editing and it works wonderfully. I don’t have any problem using freenas for article editing. I mean see if you’re using Adobe or something like that. You want the fancy plug-ins the jellyfish is kind of cool. I never used a product, but I read little articles on. I think it’s kind of a neat product, but overall I just want to make sure you to let everyone know.

Yes, you can met it edit on a 5400 rpm raid or a real-world usage opening up. All these articles – and I’m this article not well not – these ones – can’t delete this unless anyone wants to read my crews article and if there’s a demand for it, I’ll put it on my other YouTube blog. It’s not really content there, but no problem editing articles. I’ve been playing around with the last couple days. I edited a couple of the this article is going to go on there and a couple others that I made before I have to send.

This back will be edited using the free NASA mini xl+ and, of course, as I shown in the other article, it does have the SSD you can add internally. So if you wanted to add a write, cache or a read cache to it to speed it up a little more, you can, but this article was done without those enabled purposely to show you know. People who are budget conscious, go, and I don’t have all the budget for all that I just want to be able do it and if you’re wondering, if you can edit at one gig, yes, you can.

I did test that it is slower. Of course, it’s one. Tenth the speed, so I highly recommend when you get into article editing, if you’re doing anything in 4k and you’re dealing with putting together a lot of multiple article files. The ten gig one is a nice option and even if you’re, not using a 10 gig the same day, you buy it being able to upgrade later is great versus trying to buy another one later and it has ten gigs going to be a little more expensive.

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My Open Source Editing Workflow Using Linux, OBS, Kdenlive, Gimp & Shutter

I’ve been using it for a while. I want to do some more tutorials on it. The problem is, I don’t do a lot of complicated things with kdenlive, as I’ve been a little bit slow to get more tutorials out there. It’s a wonderful article, editor! It’s really easy to use it’s very, very powerful, and I’m going to show you a little bit of like my editing setup and how I do things now, I’m actually using right now, OBS 3 chords, so OBS is part of my workflow.

I’m going to drag it in here, so you can kind of see it if you’re not familiar with OBS. It’s a pretty amazing program. It’s free, it’s cross-platform! So if you’re a Windows user reading, my articles, you go, how do you do your screencast and recording OBS? You can use it in different platforms. Now I have it set up with different views like middle screen, left screen right screen, and then I have three screens without me in it and three screens with me in it with a webcam here.

So I got the webcam at the bottom and because you’re seeing OBS it’s not behind something you’re seeing some recursion of you know infinitely looking down into it. I record all my OBS streams and the Yeti microphone that I have up here been using it for a while. You can pick up Yeti for pretty reasonably priced. Is that the thx model? I think you can find these under $ 100 on eBay. I bought this one slightly used.

He still came in a box that said refurbished, never had a problem with it. I got it won the bid really cheap on eBay for him, so they’re a really high quality camera great for doing these voice recordings – and you know if you want to do YouTube articles having good camera, are having a good microphone really important. The camera is just a standard, logitech, hmm, the name of it C 720. I think you can they’re not expensive, nothing, real special about it and some lighting setup so back to the actually editing and workflow.

So right now this is being recorded with OBS, but we’re going to first go start with a project that wasn’t recorded and it’s one that was done with a series of articles that I took at a Chamber of Commerce event. So I’m going to leave it with all three screens pulled up now something kind of strange about kdenlive when you are out of focus on it and versus when it’s in focus. It has the third window over here.

So I’ll play the little thing that I did here and I’ll show you what I did to create this. So in my preview, clips are still here in the middle, but I drag it. So I have a big high res screen over there to view the the output, so I want to be able to look at it in high res, so I can kind of understand what it’s doing so you know I this was a little car bash event. They did so then we got Marvin there.

I threw with a little title at the bottom and then I cut while he’s talking. So you have the narration here and all these other clips are muted, so we create the whole effect, and what it’s doing here is all the clips are named right in here smells zoom into the middle screen now and the way they had the way they got All these names was – and I just drag them and drop them in. I download all the clips right out of my camera.

I play each clip and figure out which ones which you know, which one that so I had one that’s called bacon beer beer twos. I took pictures of beer cans, the DGA ones. I don’t need a name. I know DJ as my drone article, so I had two different drone shots that I included in this and then I have. I have one I labeled narration and he’s two. They were kind of useless, so they didn’t even get named. They didn’t get dragged into the project and in all you have to do from there drag over the files.

Let them go on top of there and then they’re here and then you can preview them and figure out. Okay. Where do I want to start so I’m going to drag one way over here and I just drag them in and I’m going to go back to the three screen mode. So you can see – and I drag it figure out – okay, where’s it going to start, and then I put that at the bottom tracks. That’s four they’re going to be for the narration part.

So that’s this bottom track that you see here and with the bottom track. That’s the whole narration, then each one of these I drag the mute over to so like I have have this one. The effect is mute and the way you drag effects on there is really easy. You just go over here, mute and it’ll double up a fact. If you want to apply effect twice because at two different ratios or anything like that, that’s easily supporting kdenlive, so I’ve mute all these other top ones across here.

This is the title clip and in a title, clip is just their logo for the chamber of commerce. That we put on top now this is where, when you’re doing the interaction to make sure it kind of, let me put it the three screens, so you can see the preview or I’ll just put it there we go so I wanted the it to fade over Here so it kind of fades in and out and then fades away now, there’s a little trick to doing that when you’re setting up the fades, when you want some of the things to come over the top on there and the way you’re I’m doing that is The dissolve is what I’m doing so.

I did a dissolve, but you have to choose what it interacts with. So it’s interacting with article because article is over the top of the narration article, but on the last part I have it interacting with article one, because I want it to dissolve into that article because they’re at different layers on there. So you got to make sure that so this one dissolves there, this one’s a solitaire, pretty easy to do and then, with the title clips they are – and I didn’t name this one because there’s only one but there’s multiple title clips, where I want to put an Overlay things on there, you just take and drag a PNG in here.

Woofster not drag it because it doesn’t support drag-and-drop. But you add, image find the PNG which I threw in there. Their logo is actually a PNG and her website just downloaded it and throw it in there, but you can use any other tools to create and manipulate the photos, drag the put the PNG in air and then to give it some contrast. I just drew a rectangle with the rectangle tool up here, so you can just add a rectangle and then you can set the color of the rectangle and the Alpha blend on it.

So I didn’t want a solid rectangle. I wanted a semi-transparent and then I wanted it underneath, so you can go up here to the top where it says, Z, index and hit down, and it puts it at the very bottom. So let me cancels, I don’t really want to make that change to this. So it’s pretty straightforward and then you just drag a few fades in here. So I fade between all the different cuts as it goes through and Marvin.

You know, Nick isn’t doing the narration at the bottom and when he mentioned something. So I listen to the narration and where he mentions things I at that point a shot of it, so he talks about the beer available at this event, so we cut to the beer scene. You know other time, it’s when he’s not seeing anything. That’s visually relevant! He’s talking with his hands a little bit then I’ll reference back to the drone shot and that’s what these are here.

So I can reference the shots. I got there. He mentions word bacon, so I reference to the bacon shot here. So it’s pretty straightforward when I’m doing the editing – and you know it’s not not real complicated, so I haven’t unloaded tutorials, it looks a little bit complicated of all. She was dragging across time lines and doing there. I don’t really do much more than some dissolve fades and things like that’s just to get the point across because you know there’s plain people are really good at editing.

It really talented and they’re do so amazing stuff. I just really haven’t taken the time to do that, because, as long as I get my YouTube articles done I’ve kind of stopping okay, that’s good enough for now. Maybe I learned some advanced stuff later now. I’ll show you a little bit of how we do the OBS ones. So when we do the OBS ones and say no, but I can save any changes on here. You’ll notice that the article is split, then the reason why and if you can see this it says offset 5.

There is a 5 frame delay to get the audio synched up with this, and the way you do that it’s actually pretty easy. Someone start a new project and show you what this and the five frame delay is because I run a 30 frames a second and when I record with OBS, it seems to cut the audio I’ve played with the delay settings inside of OBS didn’t work. It’s not it. I it’s easier to split. It split the audio so when I first get something done in OBS, a my OBS folder here, where it records things well drag see which articles this one yeah, it’s one of you, so I drag it here.

I think you right-click on the article and you’re going to say, split audio and then it’s quicker. If I do, I use the mouse and control the zoom in all the way. However, you want to zoom in it doesn’t matter and I’m going to ungroup the clips. So they’re now two separate entities and then I count frames 5 frames over just drag this and I know it’s a 5 frame upset. Now that’s going to vary based on your system, your setup, your computer, but this is how you split the audio out.

If you need to for OBS, because it’s annoying, if the voice isn’t synced up with what I’m doing, that’s that’s a weird thing like reading someone talk but the audio it’s. It is really annoying. I’ve accidentally done it a couple times tonight publish articles. So I try to be very conscious and do this so once I have this and then you select the clips again hold the control key, just like both scripts and then I go ahead and group the clip back together.

Now the reason you group it is because I’m going to start slicing and dicing in here, so I go to the cut tool and I’m going to slice out the beginning doesn’t say nothing. I just usually let it you know, start scrolling and get myself composed and start playing a article but other times there may be another clip you go. I don’t want this in here, so you take that out. If I didn’t have it grouped, I would be happen to line up and drag this, especially if I did something like this and put another article in between or anything like that, you want to make sure that this stays aligned.

That’s, why did the grouping of the clips? So it’s really straightforward for editing like that and most of the time when I’m doing these tutorial articles, you know on firewalls or anything like that, where I’m using OBS as a screen capture. I just go in here and clip out things that are irrelevant: I’ve, readed the peeks and say. Okay, can I cut this out if I really paused her um, it’s one of those things like okay.

There’s got to take this part out now. Another thing I do maybe notice, maybe you don’t – I leave long pauses when I screw up and then I cut it out and try to remember where I left off and I think I get it pretty accurate, but I part of the quality testing I’m doing is Going through here and making sure that okay, is that good or not like okay, I screw that up. I said this wrong, so I’ll leave a long pause, so I don’t have to start the article over and that’s how I know.

That’s the Edit point. The other option is going through and writing down the minutes and seconds. So when I did something the hardest part about that is, when you start clipping things out of beginning you’ve, now offset the minutes at the end, so kind of my recording tip I do screw up. I don’t just rip these well. Sometimes I do. If I get lucky rip them in one set, without any pauses, without any stopping without any breaks but a lot of times, but there’s pauses, there’s breaks, there’s me pausing to make sure I pull up a screen off to the other side and look at the specs.

I sometimes put a couple notes if I could have to read detailed specs or like a CV, vulnerability or some some really specific detail that I want to make sure I’m accurate on how long she pause, and I got my phone in front of me and I Look at the phone read the number again and I just leave a pause in there. That way. You know we cut out the pause cut out me looking at the phone and keep the article going also a few sneeze, or something like that.

This is helpful. Just leave a long pause makes it easy to find in the article – and I know, there’s at least one long pause towards the end here. I think in this one. No, maybe not, but I just look for those that way. You can just quickly find the spot that you paused and cut it out for editing without having to start the whole project over. So that’s kind of the basics for how I get the article done, how to beat the article recording nothing real, complicated there.

The next thing we do is I’m going to grab a screenshot of things to build. My thumbnails, because in YouTube is important to build good thumbnails, because you want them to be contextually important, not just randomly generated. Cuz YouTube will pick a frame and you know it didn’t let you choose, but that’s not the best way to do it, and I used Photoshop for the longest time today and I’m still not a big fan of GIMP.

But I got good enough at GIMP in order to make this happen, so I bust up my trusty screenshot tool. Let me pull it up, put it over to the right window here and I grab a screenshot of whatever we’re doing so I’ll pull these up. So this is just a screen grab from it. So what I’m adding – and I mean put it back to three screen frame – real quick. So too I say: okay, maybe I want that screen. You’ll see it over here on the right and then I just use the screenshot tool, and I have it set on timer on purpose.

I’ll show you why and now that has grabbed a screenshot. All of that and then I can quickly edit the screenshot. If I need to do something in here, like you know, put an arrow or something things like that, this is now the first piece of it, so I grab screenshot now the other time. The screenshot tool is really handy and, and the reason it’s not a countdown as if I have to show you a menu for something.

So if I wanted to show you the control menu here, we are going to go ahead and grab a screenshot, and I want to grab it of this enter and a delay reaction of the reason I have it set to a two. Second, timer is so then I can grab a screen grab of something like a menu or a context. Menu just have to help some websites where I want to show something in motion so to speak, and you hold it open to give you the idea of that.

It’s there so that’s kind of the reason for the delay. All the other things is so the mouse over when you do drag it over, doesn’t get kicked off, and that can be a pain in about two. Like I mouse over on a YouTube ad, where you get the tile, I only want to screenshot to the YouTube article in stead of the little the play button and things like that. So, by doing it and letting it fade for two seconds, it’ll fade out the tools on there now, the other way I do this is and grab a window and drag it over here is you know, needing logos for things and stuff like that, so Google logo And we just do a quick image search.

So if I’m talking about a company, I can just grab their logo from them this one’s animated. I don’t want an animated one and I can either use a screen grab or we’re going to show you how I do this in GIMP. So let’s open up GIMP real quick. So I pretty much don’t use GIMP for anything about this. So here’s the clip I made for that a citroen research, article and everything’s just a series of layers, so I don’t touch these top layers that I have in here.

There make sure the webcam is out of the way these top layers up here. I don’t really mess with so we’re going to go ahead with this one. I see it says: citron exposés, that’s the text layer. This is my logo. This is a bottom template and then here’s the clipboard one clipboard. So we’re going to purge that clipboard purge that clipboard and if we want to edit the text I just go down here. My article editing workflow will actually do this article.

Why not? Well, I can’t really give you the screen grab for it. Well, I could do some things I’ll do a couple things here, give you an idea. So my using Linux and Cayden live. I got small things right, see Linux. We need some commas in here Linux and comma kdenlive kind of a gimp imma was the screen tool. Shudder so well I’ll finish this, I’m just going to make sure you guys have an idea now, along the way it keeps a crash, doesn’t seem to be pretty stable, but it doesn’t crash often so I saved that now KJ.

I want to put more things in here, so we’re actually going to downsize the text a little bit like this and put the word using here then I’ll go down the bottom using git and shutter. I pretty much the tools I use for almost all my articles and hang up. We got a head OBS in here, OBS put a comma alright. Now a Vinci. Now I got ta go pull the logos for those things I kind of like. I said I like having logos on there.

This is where it gets pretty easy for doing this and GIMP, and normally I do this on my split screen. Tiles. Keep it all in one screen for you, but let’s say we want a few kdenlive logo getting live view image and it’s a PNG file. You can see here so we’re just going to go copy image go over here to get edit paste as new layer. Simple really easy to do now. This is where it gets a little confusing.

Normally I’m used to Photoshop, where I can just grab bars around it and resize it. You have to use the scaling tool and GIMP and then, by default the scaling tool isn’t synched. So I want to synced, so if I do scale it it, I don’t want to screw up the logo like that. So I’m going to do this. Do this and then I can adjust and scale it. So it doesn’t skew the logo into some unusual sides and I click scale and away we go.

Then I go back over to the this tool. Then I can manipulate it move it around wherever I want. So you know I’m just pasting each one as a new layer, so I don’t have to download it off the internet or do you think that which is actually pretty handy, so I can just go here now: we’re going to have the OBS logo like this one. It says open broadcast software copy image, edit paste as new layer. Oh someone knows a shortcut key to paste this new layer.

Let me know, because I see how it there ctrl shift V pastes it, but it doesn’t do it as a new layer doesn’t do what I wanted to do so yeah that so one of those little details, if you know some shortcuts, if I’m doing something you Know, hey Tom there’s a better way like I said, I’m still, learning GIMP and still getting better at it. I want to keep everything in Linux much as I can because Photoshop real easy to do this, and I would probably I could do things so much faster in Photoshop and I’m putting some effort in here to learn kemp.

So then we get the OBS logo shutter logo, but you get the idea that you go through here and then that’s how I create the thumbnails now the other step, that’s going in their face. This new layer move this down here. The other step is exporting it now. It saves it in a format. That’s a GIMP format, so you’re not able to do that, and I don’t save my thumbnails. Like you see, if you see the name at the top here, it’s YouTube.

2017 template GIMP dot. Xcf! That’s the GIMP format file for that it’s 1280 by 720, which was the recommended, as I understand for 2017 size for a thumbnail for YouTube, and so when I’m done, I export it and I title it workflow for editing in Linux, and I just dropped that to My data drive, I have a bunch of different folders and things like that, but I drop it right to the data drive and hit export yep at standard PNG format when it’s done and then when I do my Youtube upload I go through and you know render To article export the article to the article folder and then this I don’t really keep a lot of my.

I don’t keep any of the templates like once I edit this and I edit and save over again. I keep the output results because they’re not that important. I rarely go back to a thumbnail and go oh man. I you know want to redo this thumbnail, so I’m not big on CV to save all of them. Then I realized I just had piles and piles of everything, and I’m like this is useless. The same with the articles right now, I’m only keeping about 6 months of source, so the source material that went into it unless it was a special project that I think is worth saving most of my articles.

I do not keep the source for for lack of knowing what to do it that I you was archiving it at. You know you’re you’re, creating terabytes and terabytes a day. I don’t know it’s like. I could. You know I’m very big on redundancy. So if I’m going to save it, I save it everywhere. I make double copies and then, when you have like 9 terabytes double copied, you’re like I now have a harddrive collection and what I’m going to do with all this source footage.

I save only the output footage of and one of the reasons. Why is, for example, when I do my larger projects with clients that go on, for you know maybe a few months well like a big wiring job we end up with, and it’s funny things we’re producing a huge volume of data with all the time-lapse cameras. But it’s not only useful, we just shoot it all, and then I organize it all and say: what’s worth keeping and the rest of it, you can’t scrap.

Sometimes the camera looked at nothing for a long time or it just was not interesting. It wasn’t worth adding to the article, so I come back to it and I go yeah. This isn’t uh. This isn’t really worth keeping. So that was a lot of what my source footage would be, so yeah hardly became worth duplicating. All of that now a little piece of my workflow, though that is going on actively because of the fact that some of these projects take weeks to complete all of my article folder on my local computer, is synced up with sync thing to our rate array.

Just for all my articles, so even as I save this, it’s resyncing as I render it out any of these articles – it’s resyncing it on there as I download cards. It gives me confidence because a lot of people have done this, where they download a card to the computer and they go alright. Now I’m going to use this cardigan somewhere in between before you get around to editing before you before you get to back up the hard drive got here in computer.

Now, you don’t have either you’re like crap. I lost it all. So in fear of that I win, you know because my computer’s, it could be a single point of failure. It’s just constantly, as my computer’s running syncing everything to the server, so I don’t have to think about it. So I don’t mind dumping a card and reusing it, and I have several cards. I try to hold on to them until they’re edited, but sometimes I got more stuff to shoot and it’s going on for weeks.

So that’s kind of the general editing workflow for this and then when I’m done, I just you know upload it to YouTube, which I don’t think. I need to show you how to do that that part’s, the easiest part of all this, but you can see quickly. You can build these little templates and this is all open source. This is all you know: kdenlive gimp and shutter running I’m running this on academia, but you can run this on a bun too or most any other Linux distribution of your choice and it’ll run pretty smooth on there.

I’ve really been happy with how it works in kdenlive or KDE neon and kdenlive. The themes seem to work really good together and it’s been just smoothest, so the latest iterations of Keaton live have become very, very stable. Like the software, all the editing work, I used to be like a religious, a verse, a verse clicking save all the time, and I don’t have to seem to do that. It is often because it just doesn’t crash like it used to but uh.

That’s it for kind of my workflow and how I get things done. I guess I could show. I got another one of how to clean up audio in audacity, I’m not going to get deep into audacity in this article. I have another article already covered doing some of the audio cleanup, but if you have a good microphone, not much of a need for it. The only time I’ve ever had you already clamp is when I, when something gets messed up and there’s like some background noise that has to be edited out, then I will break out audacity for that and that I did a separate article already and I’m not going To cover the topic again, but the pro tip on audacity is: you can actually support your tracking job, so you can actually take the article you edit it and drag it right on top of audacity and it’ll import, just the audio, then you can process it export.

It and I, in that article, I believe I left the script. You know elevate blow to it, that you can reemerge from the command line and put them back together or you can, if you want split out audio and then import it back as a second track. So I had some audio that was really tricky to edit, so I actually pre process the audio in audacity and then merge it back together in kdenlive and you can drag audio files and kdenlive and they work just fine.

So hopefully that gives you an idea of the editing. I do if you have questions comments or you think you’d like me to expand more on one thing I other than the little tutorial I gave you that’s my basic usage of GIMP. I have not gotten much better than edit. I yeah. I did it’s it’s a lot for me to learn still because after using Photoshop for at least 15 years, maybe longer probably longer, I think I started Photoshop.

Oh yeah, it’s 2017, so I started learning Photoshop. Like 99 98, so after spending that many years in Photoshop, it’s not that it’s GIMP, just it’s a very different environment, so I’ve done everything I can to make it a little bit more photo like find all the equivalencies. That’s usually I do. Is I start with how to do this and GIMP like Photoshop and some of the YouTube searchers there’s a few youtubers out there that have some great compute GIMP tutorials that are really well done and very very well.

So look for those if you’re fighting you can usually find a good tutorial on yep of how to get something done, and but this is the basics of I figured out how to do the layers. I heard I’ve had a right-click and drag in there, so I can quickly create the thumbnails and get processing done. This also allows me to get articles done really fast, because I don’t have to spend a ton of time jumping between virtual machines, like I did before, with okay, how to spin up my virtual machine just so I can run Photoshop, so I can get a thumbnail Made you know anything that adds to my workflow time cuts down time, that’s just not as productive so but happy to get it all in here.

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