Simple YouTube Videos

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I am drowning in a sea of SE misinformation and non-information. All I want to do are some simple tripod-based videos for uploading to my YouTube account. Here is what I need:

1. Good lighting
2. Pretty professional looking quality
3. Basic editing but only a few bells and whistles.
4. Occasional captioning.
5. A good mike

I don't need stabilizers or zooms or anything to do with motion.

So question: how can I find out how to do this and the way to spend the least amount of money and still get the job done?

Most of the things on the internet are way past what I need. I need simple and cheap.
#simple #videos #youtube
  • Profile picture of the author KGee
    Are you wanting to just film some interviews or do you want to film something more sophisticated?
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by KGee View Post

      Are you wanting to just film some interviews or do you want to film something more sophisticated?
      No. Not interviews yet.

      Again, all of this can be done on a tripod. I know it sounds boring, but I've got a niche here...
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  • Profile picture of the author KGee
    So if you want something cheap that can go on a tripod, I would suggest one of the Kodak Playsport models. I believe the Kodak Playsport Zx5 is the latest one.

    Can you spring for Adobe Premiere Elements 10? It is about $120?

    I am not sure about light and mic. Someone else can probably answer that better than me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Maybe get a flip cam... a cheap tripod... and then just experiment from there. Just make sure the flip-cam does HD wide screen video recording.
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by Michael55555 View Post

      Maybe get a flip cam... a cheap tripod... and then just experiment from there. Just make sure the flip-cam does HD wide screen video recording.
      Thanks. But, again, what about lighting and editing software? How do I know the output from a flipcam will work with editing software for example?

      Btw, the flipcam looks perfect btw. Thx...
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      • Profile picture of the author Why9999
        Thx. Just saw the post about the editing software. And there is a ton of stuff on lighting if you do a search on the flip video. That was a key there. Thx guys...
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  • Profile picture of the author thinkme
    I am happy to read these basics,
    Thanks for letting me know.
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  • Profile picture of the author KGee
    This is an HD camera. You should go to a Best Buy or whatever is near you and try one out so you can see if you like them. Unfortunately, you won't be able to test the import quality. Keep in mind, I don't actually have one of these. So I can't tell you what that quality is like. I just know it is a 1080 HD camera.

    Here is a CNet review of this camera.

    If you are filming indoors, your lighting is crucial. Stationary lighting will work the best. And not just the indoor light either. It probably won't light up the subject sufficiently. You are going to want to get umbrella lighting. I think two of them is probably all you need.

    Sorry, I edited my post while you were replying. Adobe Premiere Elements 10 will do what you want, editing wise. If you have a Mac, you will be better off using iMovie.

    I use the TopTenReviews site to check out what is top rated. It is great if you are a PC user. Here is a link to the Video Editing Software Reviews there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by KGee View Post

      This is an HD camera. You should go to a Best Buy or whatever is near you and try one out so you can see if you like them. Unfortunately, you won't be able to test the import quality. Keep in mind, I don't actually have one of these. So I can't tell you what that quality is like. I just know it is a 1080 HD camera.

      Here is a CNet review of this camera.

      If you are filming indoors, your lighting is crucial. Stationary lighting will work the best. And not just the indoor light either. It probably won't light up the subject sufficiently. You are going to want to get umbrella lighting. I think two of them is probably all you need.

      Sorry, I edited my post while you were replying. Adobe Premiere Elements 10 will do what you want, editing wise. If you have a Mac, you will be better off using iMovie.

      I use the TopTenReviews site to check out what is top rated. It is great if you are a PC user. Here is a link to the Video Editing Software Reviews there.
      Thx! I am a PC user.

      Is the flip HD I assume? I assume if you get a flip, it's just particularly easy to use and high quality?
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      • Profile picture of the author KGee
        Originally Posted by Why9999 View Post

        Thx! I am a PC user.

        Is the flip HD I assume? I assume if you get a flip, it's just particularly easy to use and high quality?
        Yes, this one is HD:

        1080 @ 30fps and 720 @ 60fps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mbullard
    DON'T GET THE FLIP! They don't have mic inputs, you won't be able to hook up a mic to it. Get adobe premiere elements, Kodak Playtouch (or playsport), el cheapo tripod, and some paper lanterns. Done
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    • Profile picture of the author Why9999
      Originally Posted by Mbullard View Post

      DON'T GET THE FLIP! They don't have mic inputs, you won't be able to hook up a mic to it. Get adobe premiere elements, Kodak Playtouch (or playsport), el cheapo tripod, and some paper lanterns. Done
      Thanks for the information. That's weird, though, cuzz I thought I saw some sites that used the Flip in that way. But anyway thx for the heads up...
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      • Profile picture of the author KGee
        Yes, I agree. You definitely don't want a flip cam (i.e. one of these <- don't get one of these).

        I think there may be some confusion going on. Since, I believe, Flip was the first company to make a popular little camera like this I think that anytime we see this cigarette box form factor camera, we tend to call it a flip cam. Just stick with the Playsport I suggested earlier. You will be fine.
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        • Profile picture of the author Batou
          Get the kodak zi8, its full 1080p and has an external mic input. I recently got one used for $80, it's the cheapest external mic input quality 1080p camcorder on the market.
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