I’ve been blogging now for 6 years, but have been wanting so badly to learn how to make a simple YouTube video for my blog. Now that I finally did it, I wanted to share with you how to do it too! I hope these tips are helpful. There are a few key steps in the process from planning the shoot to final editing.
The first step was planning the shoot! I planned my video by choosing a few areas to film. I had my husband as my assistant! If you can’t find cheap help, a tripod as the next best thing.
What To Wear!
- Avoid earth tones colors because they blend with the surroundings especially if your shooting outdoors. Maybe opt for a bright color outfit that shows off your best features. Spice it up with a scarf or bold jewelry.
- Make sure to have your hair, makeup, and favorite outfit done ahead of time.
Lights, Camera, Action!
- Next step is the shoot! Be your own director to get things done creatively the way you want. After all, you know what’s best for your blog.
- Set up the camera in the ideal space. After a few takes go look at the preview to see if it’s a wrap or if you’d reposition the camera. Remember, you can do this on a tripod yourself.
- Prepare a script for the voice over. Write down all the shots you filmed and correlate the script in the order you want your audience to see.
- Call to action shot: After you have all your footage, you will need to film yourself doing the call to action shot. This is the last thing you say to get readers to go to your blog. Try to make it easy enough so you can memorize your lines. This may take many takes until you feel you got it right!
Editing Your Video.
- Save your video clip from your SD card onto a folder on your desktop. This is where you will save voiceover tracks, music, still photos and the video project file.
- Open Windows Movie Maker. Choose to add video and photos.
3. Choose the video clip you want to import. It will appear in the storyboard area.
4. Save your video project file to the intro video folder you created.
5. Next, trim your video clip by clicking the video clip. A blue box will appear and drag the play-head guidelines to where you want to trim it off. Right-click to choose a set point. If at the end of the clip set start point. If it’s at the beginning of the clip set endpoint. Continue this process until all clips are trimmed and in order.
Voice Over & Music
- Now you can add voice over. Take your script and read as naturally as possible to fit into the clips that you’re editing. You may have to change things up so it fits into a 2 or 3-minute video.
- After you have recorded your narration, drag you a play-head guideline to the beginning of the storyboard timeline.
- Time to add music. Click the record narration button. Move the play-head guideline where you want to start recording your script. Take your external mic and plug it into the computer and read the script into the mic. The narration will show up on the storyboard area underneath the video clip as a brown bar.
4. After you have recorded your narration, drag the play-head guidelines to the beginning of the storyboard. Its time to record your music.
- Find the music file in your introductory video folder. I paid $20.00 for mine.
- The song will show up on the green bar in the story board area. Double-click to the audio toolbar to adjust the sound. Choose the start point and end point. You don’t want music to be too loud.
Save Final Video
Now you can save the final video. Go to “save movie button” in the toolbar/ribbon area and save as file as high-quality video 1080p HD. Once you save your video as a high-quality video you can go to YouTube and upload the video to your channel. There you can get the embedded code to put on your blog.
Well, there you have it! I hope these tips help you, and while I am no expert, they are simple enough so you can create your first video. With practice, you can do more videos complex videos! I would like to thank Cristin Goss whose 4-week video course helped tremendously.