Filming Tips to Make Video Editing Easier

WRITE A SCRIPT OR OUTLINE

Writing a script in advance will help you organize your thoughts so that you're prepared once you're on-camera. You don't have to follow the script verbatim. In fact, sometimes I write scripts and never even look at them while filming my on-camera talking scenes. 

Writing your thoughts out is just another way to practice what you're going to say.
 

PRACTICE OUT LOUD

After you've figured out what you want to say -- practice some of it out loud. Sometimes there are sentences that look fine on paper, but are tough to get off your tongue when you're speaking out loud. Practice saying a main points will help you figure out which sentences sound too stiff or un-natural. This is basically the part where you take a proper-sounding script and throw some of your own voice into it. 

Find the parts that make you think "I would never say it like that out loud" and switch it to a conversational tone -- something you feel comfortable saying. 

 

TAKE IT ONE SENTENCE AT A TIME

I hate to break it to you, but you're going to mess up. It's a given. While jump-cuts are incredibly popular and totally normal on YouTube, they tend to be distracting if you have multiple of them mid-sentence. If you pause, fumble or forget what you're saying mid-sentence start over. 

It makes editing seem more seamless when the cuts are between each sentence rather than the middle of a thought. 

 

TALK TO YOUR EDITOR ON-CAMERA

Whether you're the editor or you've hired an editor, leave some on-camera notes! Sometimes when you're filming you have a certain vision for certain parts. Talking and leaving notes on-camera will ensure that the notes will never get lost and you or your editor will never forget what it is you want that piece of footage for. 

Maybe you're talking on-camera and you realize that you've been talking too long about the wrong thing. Stop and say "Okay. I wan't all of that where I'm talking about "x" cut out. Let me start over..."  or "over this next part, put some b-roll of x, y and z here" and resume or start over what you were saying. 

If you're filming b-roll footage that doesn't require audio, feel free to talk during it -- or take the time at the beginning or end of that clip to talk your notes over. You could say something like "I want some of this footage that I'm taking right now to be part of a montage," or "do a timelapse or speed up this footage here."

If you're your own editor it may be weird to be talking to yourself at first, but trust me--it'll come in handy! 

 

What are some tips that you have for making your post-production process easier? Leave a comment below!  

 

 

How To Optimize Your YouTube Channel's Design

 
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UPLOAD A CUSTOM BANNER

The first thing I -- along with many others -- notice when coming across someone's channel is if they have custom banner or not. 

If you have a poorly-made banner or just straight up don't have one at all you're losing a lot of potential-viewers' clicks! Your banner should meet the following criteria: 

  • It should be a well-designed, high-quality image that matches your brand.
  • It should convey the vibe/video-style of content you upload to your channel.
  • Lastly, it should display your channel's name in an easy-to-read font! 

That last one is probably the most important out of all those points! If people don't know what your channel name is, how will they remember what to search for when they come back? 

If you don't have Photoshop and want to DIY your banner, there are still options out there for you! Canva and PicMonkey are two popular and simple web-based design programs that many YouTubers use to create their channel art! 

 

CREATE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES IN THE FORM OF PLAYLISTS

Playlists are one of the few ways that you can customize the look of your channel. Doing this will show your viewers that you take your channel seriously, that they can expect great content from you and that the content will be organized and easy-to-find! It give your channel a more professional look.

Whatever kind of channel you have, you should break down the playlists into whatever different categories your videos fall under. Try to keep only 3-5 categories/playlists on your channel's front end at one time. For example, your playlist categories might be "DIYs," "Reviews," and "Hauls." Another playlist some people like to incorporate on their channel is a "Best of" or "Most Popular Videos" playlist.

When you make use of playlists, new viewers who stumble across your channel get a general idea of all the different types of videos you upload in a matter of seconds. This could potentially push them to subscribe! 

 

OPTIMIZE YOUR THUMBNAILS' DESIGNS

Creating custom thumbnails for your videos is an obvious must for all YouTubers. Take your thumbnail-game to the next level by making sure that they are all cohesive with each other and your channel art! 

Think of it the way some people think of their Instagram aesthetic. You want to have a theme going on. Match the color scheme of all your thumbnails and keep the same fonts and design elements on each video. 

Fun little secret? That's called great branding. *GASP* This way, whenever someone sees one of your thumbnails, over time you train them to be able to immediately associate that image with your channel. If you're consistent with the way you design your thumbnails, eventually people will be able to spot one of your videos from a mile away! 
 

Who's channel has the best design in your opinion? Comment below!