Looking to put some content on my YouTube channel… but what?
I’m into so many things and like this blog, would love to share. Not to make money, but to have a little fun, maybe learn a bit about myself. Who knows, maybe someone will watch a video and say; “Wow, I didn’t know that!”. Maybe I’ll get a few laughs. A worthy goal in itself.
The first step was to do a little research to see what people use. One of the first things I learnt, is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. In fact, you probably have many of the things you need already… a smartphone, a video capable camera, a computer and some software.
I have all those things but if you want to take it to the next level, you can get some lighting, an external microphone, specialty software and even a green screen. The list goes on and on. If you are compulsive like me, stick to the cheap method at first. Just in case you lose interest.
Since I have the smartphone, the camera(s) and my trusty Mac, the only thing of any consequence was the software. The other gadgets and gee-whiz stuff can wait.
I’ve been looking around for the right software for many months, checking out reviews, watching YouTube videos, even playing with some of them. The most versatile by far is ScreenFlow by Telestream. Besides being a full-featured video editor, it is also a very powerful screen capturing tool.
You can read reviews until the cows come home but the proof is really in the pudding. One of my favourite YouTube channels is Phlearn Photoshop Tutorials. It wasn’t until after watching many dozen episodes that I realized they were using ScreenFlow.
The ability to add the mouse movements, picture-in-picture, zooming and keystrokes (to name a few) to your screen captures was what sold me. The price is right as well US$99. Another factor is the amount of tutorials available. There are several on YouTube, udemy and private offerings as well. A really good one is ScreenFlow Hero. Do yourself a favour though… try some of the free offerings first to learn your way around the tool.
I’ll post something every now and then about this particular journey. No promises though. This could very well be another of my impulsive decisions. Only time will tell.
Here’s my channel. One unboxing and some iPhone videos that look like crap. It can only get better… I hope.