This is going to be a new series on my blog to track my YouTube story. As cheesy as it sounds, I thought it would be great for both you and me, to read the things I learn, the mistakes I make and the tips I pick up. So welcome to ‘My YouTube Story’.
Why Start a YouTube Channel?
First things first, I’ve been wanting to start a YouTube channel for as long as I can remember. But I never had the confidence to sit in front of the camera, and so I started this blog instead. I feel like it’s given me the confidence and the knowledge to start a YouTube channel and it’s helped me develop my own voice.
This was fairly easy for my because I’ve already got a name from my blog, and so I wanted to continue with the name from here; KatieEmmaBeauty
I guess I’m lucky in this respect because I already have my DSLR Camera from a few years ago, and it’s something I’m now really comfortable with. But I bought some lighting to help make my room lighter, and I went all out and bought these;
Maybe I spent a lot for someone who hasn’t even made one video yet, but I knew it was something I wanted to do, and I thought I may as well start out from the beginning with the equipment I wanted to use.
The First Video Idea?
So, I went through making notes of not only my favourite videos, but peoples most popular videos. And something that would allow you to instantly learn something about me. In that respect I came up with four ideas;
- Morning/Evening Routine
- What’s in my University Bag
- Haul (probably drugstore, as there is a bag full of Superdrug stuff I still need to put away by my bed)
- 50 Facts About Me
I decided to go with the What’s In My Bag video, as this allowed me to talk about things I carry round everyday and so feel comfortable talking about. It also allowed me to really get to grips with video editing (which was actually really fun!
As stupid as this sounds I did a test run. Set up the lighting and the camera, watched it back and made some adjustments. I found this really helpful!
Other than that I wanted this to be quite realistic and so I just grabbed my uni bag as it was.
Record The Video
I think this was the most difficult step. Working out where to have the camera, the angles, the lighting. And the thing we all dread, making sure you’re in focus! I chose to do this video because there wouldn’t be a lot to try and get into focus.
I recorded A LOT more footage than I needed. This was purely because this is my first video, and I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing, but I wanted it to be perfect (or as close to perfect as I could get).
Edit The Video
I used iMovie for this, but I also have experience with Windows Movie Maker which is also pretty decent. It was a simple case of cut and paste… but a lot of it.
I got my music from the YouTube Audio Library, this is an extensive library of free music to go in the background of your videos and you can get a range of music with and without lyrics. This music library is extensive! And you recognise a lot of the tracks from all the most loved YouTubers.
I’d already used Picmonkey to edit some of my photos for this site, and so I was familiar with the program. But, it allows you to add text, and emojis/symbols onto your photos! This website is great! Here’s mine;
It would mean the world to me if you went and checked it out!