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In this video, we’re talking about how to vlog, the complete basics, and the beginners guide to vlogging, and some important information, that you guys should know about, when you’re starting on your vlogging journey (upbeat fast-paced music) (upbeat fast-paced music) I know there’s a lot to unpack in this video, so if there’s anything specific that you’re looking for in the description bellow, I’m gonna time code the different sections that I’m talking about, shooting, editing, posting, all that good stuff Okay, so vlogging is kind of an important part of the YouTube culture, and it’s actually expanded beyond YouTube A lot of people just in general, are vlogging to connect with their audience Vlogs are an important part of businesses nowadays, it’s an important part of your brand So to connect with your audiences, vlogs allows you to step into your world, and give your audience a kind of behind-the-scenes look at you, and your life Now, with that said, not everyone’s gonna be vlogging and doing the whole daily vlogging thing I think that’s a little bit crazy, because it’s so much work to do a vlog every day, unless you are a specific daily vlogger I’ve had a lot of people recently, ask me about how to vlog, and how to create engaging vlogs So that’s why I’m putting this video together, to help my friends out, and to help all of you out, so that you can create better content Okay, let’s get into the gear That is the first section, the tools These are the things that you need, to create your vlog And it’s very core, you just need a camera ‘Cause if you can tell a compelling story, or give someone some insight into you as a person, it doesn’t matter the tools you’re doing it with However, you’ve gonna wanna progress, you’re gonna want to get better tools, you’re gonna wanna get better cameras, microphones, all that, as you get more and more into vlogging So the essentials are a camera And beyond the camera, a stick or a tripod, to hold the camera, and a microphone, to capture better audio At the very basic, that is the vloggers setup, and that is the essentials that you need Now personally, depending on the situation, I’ve had different variations of this Sometimes I just use a camera by itself, but that’s just because of the situation that I’m in One camera that’s really good for vlogging, is the GoPro, it’s just an easy camera to have in your pocket, and take it wherever you need to go It’s also waterproof, shockproof, all that good stuff And it captures a decent image that’s wide So you can hold it out, out away from your face, and you can get at that good shot, and there’s also some extra features on the GoPro, which help out a lot Another camera, which most of you have in your pocket right now, is your phone And your phone is an important tool, because you have it with you, it’s there all the time, and it captures good video, it captures good audio So it’s a great camera to start with, to learn how to vlog, and to do all that But if you want to step it up, and you wanna actually get better at vlogging, you’re gonna wanna use a bigger camera, with a microphone Personally, I use the Panasonic GH5, it’s an awesome camera Before this, I was using the GH4 I’ve also use Sony A6500, A6300 I like to have a smaller camera, something that’s not super heavy, but something that I can also bring a microphone into And the microphone that I use, is the Rode VideoMic Pro This thing is awesome, it’s a great microphone, to get good sound out of doing vlogs, and doing videos on the go And the last piece is the stick A lot of people use like a JOBY Tripod, one of those bendy tripods, I did that for awhile I actually like a smaller footprint, so I found a little mini tripod It works well, it allows me to set the camera down, still have that tripod shot, but then also, I can hold it as a stick, and it’s not as big as the JOBY So links to all of the equipment that I’m talking about, in this video, are down in the description If you wanna check out the exact tools that I use, then you can get a sense of the cameras I’m using to create my vlogs Like I said earlier, at it’s very core, you just need a camera, and then from there, a stick and a microphone, and that is your basic vlogging kit And one more thing, about the camera that you’re using, you just gotta use the camera that makes sense, in the situation that you’re filming So if we were doing something like river rafting, we’re gonna be just using the GoPro, because it’s waterproof, it’s easy to have on me, I attach it to my helmet, attach it to a stick And then I can pull it off, and also flog with it So if you’re in a situation where you don’t want to destroy your camera, because you’re in water, snow, who knows what it is, you’re just in a situation where, you know, holding a bigger camera with a microphone doesn’t make sense, it’s not a big deal, just use a smaller camera, something that works for the situation But, if you do have the bigger setup, you’re gonna wanna use that as much as possible, because you want to get the best footage you can possible, no matter what situation you’re shooting So if you have a GH5, with a microphone and a stick, use that as much as possible, and then change over to things the GoPro or the phone, depending on the situation Okay, let’s get into shooting This is the fun part, this is shooting all the content, going and doing the adventure, exploring and capturing it But there’s a lot more to shooting, than just going out and just going for it, and just shooting every little bit
about your day No one cares about your day I’m just gonna put it out there Nobody really cares, because a vlog at it’s core is not just a follow me along, and see what I do in a day Sometimes those are interesting, if you’re really interested in the person as an individual, but a lot of times, vlogs need to be more than just following someone around When you follow someone around, that’s a really boring vlog, and that’s what a lot of people do, when they first start shooting vlogs, because they think that that’s what vlog is A vlog is just following someone on their day, do-do-do do-do-do, this is so cool, look I’m eating breakfast, I’m shaving my face, I’m gonna go down to the store today Like that kind of vlogging is really boring, unless you have a big following, and a lot of people that are actively engaged with you, as a person It someone likes you, then they’re gonna wanna watch your vlog But if somebody doesn’t know you, and they stumble upon that they’re gonna have no interest, and they’re gonna click off So to shoot an interesting vlog, you’re gonna need to have a story, you’re gonna have to have a journey of some sort, or you’re gonna have to be funny, or be going to an event Like there’s gotta be some sort of story that goes throughout your day And you gotta think of it as a film As Casey Neistat said, when he started vlogging, he’s gonna make a film every day, not a vlog And that’s the whole thing, you gotta treat it as a film When you’re shooting a film, you have a story, you have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and you tell your story through a plot And a plot could be a hero’s journey, it could be a quest, it could be a tragedy, like there’s different ways to think about story, and story structure When I’m shooting my vlogs, a lot of times when we’re traveling, I’m just going on a journey, so I’m taking someone along on the journey And when I’m thinking about it, I’m not gonna vlog unless there is a trajectory from like, I’m starting here, I’m ending here, I wanna take people on this journey, to see what it is that I’m doing So if I’m in Thailand, and I’m gonna go see the elephants, my journey is to meet the elephants, do the experience, and see the bigger picture of elephants, by the end of the entire vlog And that’s what I did with the vlog, when I was in Thailand I wanted to talk about the bigger issues with elephants as a whole, and I wanna show a proper interaction, if you are a tourist that is going to Thailand There is some planning, and there is some thought that goes in, before you even start rolling the cameras You just gotta think about, what it is that you’re gonna wanna vlog about, and try to come up with a bigger overall story, to fit your daily vlog And with that, you’re gonna wanna be able to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and you’re gonna wanna do the basics of story, that you see in films, and you see in every book out there You don’t wanna just start shooting, and just think that you’re gonna have a cool, interesting vlog, just by spraying the camera everywhere you go Okay, a couple more points Besides the whole story aspect of shooting a vlog, is the main aspect of a vlog, is basically, engaging with you as a creator So you’re gonna be filming yourself, you’re gonna be, that’s why you have a stick, and that’s why you have a microphone, and a camera just pointing at you As you’re filming yourself, you’re giving your journey, you’re experience, to your viewers So you’ll turn the camera around, and obviously, show everything else that’s going on, but at it’s core, you’re filming yourself So you’re gonna either hold the camera out in front of you, or you’re gonna set the camera down, and walk up to the camera, and talk to the camera You just gotta find creative ways to talk to the camera, and be an engaged creator with your audience You’re having a conversation back and forth Find ways to talk to your audience, and don’t just make them a passenger on the train of your journey through the day, or whatever it is that you’re filming You wanna be actively engaged with them You wanna have conversations, and you wanna talk to them Alright, so we picked up our friends, Autumn and Katie, they are back there They’ll say hello in a bit, because they wanna shower, but I have Katie’s bag She had a little bit of an accident She flipped her motorcycle, like two days ago, yesterday, she’s pretty beat up Okay, another key point about shooting, is don’t be afraid to vlog If you’re out in public, people are gonna look at you, it’s just, it is what it is You’re holding a camera in front of your face, and you’re pointing at yourself People know what vloggers are nowadays Like you’ll be in situations, where people will be like, “Oh, it’s a vlogger” Just don’t be afraid And that’s like a key thing here When you’re being a vlogger, you can’t be afraid to shoot things, you just gotta shoot everything, and if something happens, somethings happens If someone tells you to put down the camera, well, put down the camera, but don’t be afraid to put up the camera, and shoot to begin with I’ve been shutdown plenty of times, where I’ve been shooting in situations where, you know, they just didn’t want cameras there So I was in an airport in Belize or Mexico, and I was shooting myself talking to camera, I’ve definitely have had security tap me on the shoulder and be like, “You gotta put this away, “what are you filming?”, and start questioning me I gotta get outta here, so I’m for sure getting out So I’m headed over to the other airline, a little bit later, at City Airport all day But, you know, it is, what it is, I’m gonna get home tonight I’m not playing around, that was a mess United, get someone else to (garbled words) But it just is, what it is, you just gotta own it,
and you just gotta go for it Stop caring about what other people think, because as a vlogger, you’re putting your content out there for other people to look at you, so you’re gonna have to just not care, at all about other people Is really own it, really believe in what you’re doing, is something that is entertaining, and enjoyable to watch for your viewers Okay, some vloggers don’t do a lot of this, but I personally think this is a key ingredient, and that is, capture a ton of B-roll, and make it cool, cinematic B-roll So I’ve done a ton of videos on my channel, about how to get cinematic footage Watch those, if you’re looking for ideas on ways to get cinematic footage But for me, what I do, is I capture a ton of slow-motion footage, a capture a ton of drone shots a ton of just B-roll, in general And if you wanna know more, about what B-roll is, I’ll put a link in the description below, to another video of mine, about the importance of B-roll But B-Roll is essentially the stuff that ties everything together So you have your story, you have all your talking bits of you, and now you’re gonna want the B-roll, to make your project more exciting, to make your video more engaging, to see the location that you’re at, to just make the vlog a more exciting thing to watch So, lot’s of B-roll, shoot a lot or B-roll Just shoot everything that you’re doing, and shoot B-roll around it, come up with new cinematic, creative ways, to tell the story, and not just talking to camera all the time And going along with this, is just shoot more than you think So this is also your storyline, and also you’re B-roll, everything, just shoot more than you think Because when you get into editing, you’ll realize that you use a lot more footage than you think, to edit a vlog I’ve shot multiple days, and trimmed it down to a five-minute vlog, because the storyline only fit the five minutes that I actually captured, within those days Even though a shot a ton of footage And so, that brings us into editing So now, let’s get into editing, and let’s talk about how you edit a vlog, so it’s more impactful, and so that your viewers want to watch it You shot all this awesome content, you have a idea and a storyline, that you want to put together, create a vlog for your viewers So the key to start any edit process, with a vlog, or a film, or anything that you’re doing in general, is that you just need to know your footage So before you even start cutting, bring all your footage into your software I use Final Cut X And what I do, is I scrub through all my footage, just to see what I’ve shot, to see all the things that I’ve captured throughout my day, or throughout my week, whatever it is that I’m vlogging about, just so I know all the footage I have So if there is major gaps, if there is something I didn’t even remember that I shot, I know about it So when I start editing, it makes it a lot easier, to be like, yes, I have that, I’m gonna put that in the edit, or I gotta figure out a creative way to jump from this to this And now, it goes into the second part, which is editing And editing is fairly easy Most vlogs are beginning to end, and the way you shoot, is in the way you edit So you’re starting at the beginning of your day, and you’re ending at the end of your day So it’s very easy to edit a vlog Me, when I use Final Cut, because of the magnetic timeline, I’ll take all the footage, and literally drop it into the timeline, and just start at the beginning, and work my way through And that’s because, everything is basically time of day, starts at the beginning, and it ends at the end, like I was saying I’m able to just drop it all on the timeline, and just start working through, and cutting it all up It makes it go really fast, and I can cut my vlogs in like an hour, or two hours, depending on what the situation was Obviously, some vlogs take a lot more effort, but some of the more basic ones, I can chop them up super quick, by just dropping all the footage into the timeline, and just going for it An important thing to realize, when you’re editing your footage, is this concept I learned way back in college, one of my professors taught me this He said, “Kill your babies”, which is a really horrible thing to say It’s one of the things that will destroy a project, because people spend all this time and effort to get these awesome shots Well, if they don’t fit the story, if they don’t fit the vlog, then you just need to take them out And it’s one of those things Because you’re shooting, editing, and doing everything, you can’t put weight on shots, just because of how long, or how complex the shot was, when you were on set shooting, or out in your day shooting You have to think about the project from a different standpoint, and when you’re editing, you just need to look at the footage objectively And that’s the key, is if that shot maybe took two hours to do this cool time lapse, and it has all this movement, but it doesn’t fit the video at all, you’re gonna just have to take it out And you’re not gonna have to get emotional about it And that’s one of the things about filmmaking that’s tough, and one of the hardest things when you’re shooting and editing your own content, is that you are removing a ton of stuff, that you put time and effort into, and you know that this shot is so epic, and so cool But if it doesn’t fit the storyline, if it doesn’t fit the overall thing that you’re doing with your vlog, then you just gotta cut it out completely And it’s tough, but it’s something that you just gotta do And then one last tip, when you’re editing, just always be on the lookout for a hook And a hook is, basically, a really interesting 10 to 15 second piece, within your entire vlog,
that will get your viewers attentions, to keep watching And that hook, you’ll put at the beginning of your vlog, whether it’s a sentence that someone said, or an action, where like you’re falling off a cliff into a water, like something where people are like, I wanna know more of that, what’s gonna happen, what’s going on? You’re basically setting up the video, so that people are like, I want to see what happened with that – You’re gonna take that chicken, and you’re gonna blow as hard as possible, and you’re gonna get as close as possible now I want you to get closer Closer Much closer A little closer Now closer – Get in there! – Blow! – Drop that chicken! – So it could be somewhere, anywhere in your vlog, and it’s basically just a moment, or an idea, that captures your viewers attention And that is an important part of a vlog, because it gets the people in, then they watch your vlog, you have your beginning, middle, and end, you tell your story And that’s how you keep people on your channel, and get them to subscribe Alright, let’s go over the final touches, and this is the upload process Now you have a awesome vlog, everything’s done with it, you’re like ready to share this Personally, I just put all my vlogs on YouTube Other people will use other social media outlets, but we’re talking YouTube here What you’re gonna want to do, is create a compelling title, and a compelling thumbnail, so that people want to click it Because people, if they don’t even have that compelling element, of a thumbnail and a title, they’re not gonna click on your video So a good way to do this, is look a bunch of vloggers, and just look at the different styles in which they do their thumbnail, and they do their titles And think of ways that you could do your title and your thumbnail, so that someone will click on your video But on the other side of it, you don’t want to be click bait, where you have some obnoxious thumbnail, or obnoxious title, that someone clicks on, and the video has nothing to do with what that is You gotta be engaging, but you can’t be click baby So another good tool, that I use is Tube Buddy, it’s a Chrome extension, and it allows you to give a lot of analytics, and a lot of different things, when you’re uploading your video So it’s a great tool to use, for sure, and I’ve put a link in the description below, so you can check that out But I use it all the time, to figure out key words, titles, to just get a general sense of how my past titles, and my past icons, and things like that, are working, so that as I move forward, and shoot more vlogs, I can create more engaging thumbnails, and titles, and keywords, and tags, and descriptions, so that people click on my videos, and stay actively engaged, and become a subscriber, and someone who actually follows my content on the regular One more thing, is that once you post, you don’t wanna just let your video die You wanna share it, if you have other social networks, that could get more eyeballs on the video So if you just post it on YouTube, you don’t wanna just let it die there You want to reach out to your Instagram followers, or your Facebook followers, and say, “Hey, check out my video!” Just getting more eyeballs on your video, as a whole, is gonna help get it more attention, and hopefully, make the algorithm put your video in other places And that’s what’s happened with some of my videos in the past, you know, I’ve posted ’em in different places, I’ve posted things on Reddit, or Facebook Groups, for stuff that makes sense, and people will actively engage with that, and I’ve driven a lot of followers from say, a Reddit post, where it fits with whatever Reddit that I’m posting it in So think of different ways that you can get more eyeballs on your video, that are outside of where you posted it Okay, and let’s go over my final thoughts So I’ve done almost 200 vlogs, up until now I started out doing daily vlogs, because I thought I wanted to do the whole daily vlogging thing, and the daily vlogging thing is tough, and it’s hard And like I said, unless you can come up with a unique film everyday, daily vlogging does not make sense at all, and it’s really hard to do, and it puts a strain on everything in your life You look at some of these big daily vloggers, and they only do it for so long, before they crack, before something major happens, before they do something that’s just really ridiculous and dumb, and they just completely are oblivious to it, because they’re so wrapped in this world of daily vlogging However, I think that all of us, as filmmakers, can benefit from doing a period of daily vlogging Because putting that pressure on yourself, to create a film everyday, gets you to be more creative, and gets you ways to create new stories, out of basically nothing As a filmmaker, as a YouTuber, I think everyone should try daily vlogging, for a couple of weeks, maybe a month, and just go for it, and see how you can create compelling stories, when you’re pressured to do it day in, and day out And that practice, is what gives you the knowledge, so that when you’re creating vlogs in the future, you create interesting vlogs, and not ones that are just boring, and dumb Now, I’ve definitely created my fair share of boring vlogs in the past I’ve shot 200, which, in the grand scheme of things, there’s other vloggers out there, that have done thousands For me, it started out doing the daily thing I started doing then just travel, and now I’m realizing more and more, that it’s events, it’s specific things
that I’m gonna capture, and that’s when I’m gonna vlog I’m not gonna vlog all the time There’s just no reason to vlog all the time, it just doesn’t make sense for me But, if I’m doing something really cool, like for example, I was just in New Zealand, and me and Rachel did some really awesome hikes Well, I’m gonna vlog the experience of that hike, so someone can come on that journey with me, as I take on a mountain And that’s a really interesting vlog, and there obviously is a lot more story that goes into it The main story is, obviously, the journey from the bottom of the hill, to the top, but there’s more that goes into it So you have your micro-stories, that go within each vlog And that’s one last thing, I wanna talk about, and touch on, is that you’re gonna have your big overall story, what it is that your vlogging about If you’re a comedy vlogger, it might just be that you’re, you know, you’re just showing a bunch of different little skits, or things like that, different things within the vlog itself If you’re like me, and you’re a travel vlogger, you’re gonna be doing an experience, and that is your overall story But within every vlog, you’re gonna have little mini stories So for example, when I was in Belize with my buddy, bigger overall picture of the vlog was about scuba diving, and learning how to scuba dive But there were these micro-stores that I told within it, and one of them was about the taco stands we found behind our hotel, and it was like an awesome local taco stand, and I made a little mini story out of it In all of your stories, no matter if they’re the big, overarching story, or they’re the micro-story within, they need to have a beginning, a middle, and an end And to do that, you just need to be more vocal, and explain things on camera And so, a lot of times, what I’ll do, is before I go into a situation, I’ll explain everything that’s going on, like– Okay, so one of the guys in our hotel, told us that there’s some fabulous tacos right down the street We’re on a taco run And C.S. wore his special shirt (dog yapping) What I’m doing, where I’m going, what I expect to happen, just talk a lot about it I’ll do the experience, that’s you’re middle, and then at the end, I wrap it up, and kinda sum it up, and talk about my experience, or find some way to wrap it up what it is, that I just did So these tacos are amazing! C.S., what’s your verdict? – Delicious! Definitely, when you travel, it’s all about eating locally, eating from the local taco stand, is much better than, you know, eating tacos from the overpriced restaurant Now you’re not always gonna use this footage, but always having something before, and something after the event that it is, that you’re doing, gives you the ability in your post-production, to be able to cut a beginning, middle, and end, if there’s not another way to cut it I always setup stories, and I always end ’em, even if I’m not gonna use that footage in the edit Something to think about, when you’re going into situations, just set things up, do your vlog, do whatever, and then wrap it up, at the end of the day I always do this, I always try to sit down, and have a conversation with you guys, as the viewers, about what just happened, wrap up the day, say goodbye, do all that stuff And you do that with each situation that happens within your vlog, that could be a story, and a key element to something that’s going on And we are back in L.A What is up? So I’m sure you’re wondering what happened with the drone, because that’s where I last left you off, in Nicaragua But, we got the drone back, and it ended up being a bigger hassle than expected You might use the footage, you might not, but it’s always good, to have more footage, than to have less Alright, guys, that was a lot of information This is everything that I’ve learned, over the past couple of years, of shooting vlogs And I hope that this information will help you become a better vlogger, in your future vlogging journey Guys, if you haven’t already, make sure you hit that subscribe button There is a ton of awesome tutorials on this channel I’ve got a lot of cinematic footage, a lot of photography, and I’ve also got my vlogs So go through, check some of those out, get some inspiration for our own vlogs Also, check out my Instagram @JevenDovey, and I’ll see you on the next one!