How to Make a YouTube Video
How to make a video on YouTube
How to create a YouTube video: Equipment and shooting
How to make a YouTube video: Editing
Movavi Video Editor
*The free version of Movavi Video Editor may have the following restrictions depending on the build: watermark on exported clips, 60-second video or 1/2 audio length limit, and/or some advanced features unavailable when exporting videos.
The first thing you’d want to do with the raw video is to divide it into segments and cut out mistakes and bloopers. Remove the pieces you don’t need and put the rest of the elements in the appropriate order according to your script.
Once you’ve got rid of unnecessary segments and have everything in the correct order, you’d want to add titles and transitions. No need to use all sorts of transitions; just pick one or two and stick to them. After that, add video-effects. The rule “the fewer, the better” can be applied here, too. When you make a YouTube video, it’s vital to keep it consistent.
If you want to make a video on YouTube that anyone will be able to watch, we suggest you add subtitles. For some people, they are just indispensable. Moreover, many viewers watch videos with the sound off for various reasons. Sure, YouTube provides built-in closed captions, but they can contain mistakes and lack punctuation marks.
For an instructional video, don’t forget to add annotations. These elements make an instructional video easier to understand. If you need to add other explanatory details to your video (for example, introduce a speaker or a guest of your video), place text in the lower third part of the screen. Otherwise, the inscriptions will get in the way of the main content.
It is also a good idea to add an intro to your video. An intro that you use in every video you make is your signature. It’s better not to be long: viewers get impatient when waiting for the main content. It’s OK if you don’t know how to create a YouTube video intro.
Movavi Video Editor offers ready-made intros that you can customize and use for free. Just browse through the editor’s collection and pick the opening that suits your topic best. If you want to create an intro of your own, watch this tutorial on how to make a YouTube video intro.
To make your YouTube video complete, add music, sounds, and voice-over. Make sure the music you’re using is royalty-free; otherwise, your video may be blocked, which means it will be no longer available on YouTube. To avoid risk, you can use audio tracks from the video editor’s library. Remember that viewers tend to skip videos with low sound quality, so pay attention to the quality of the music you choose. High-quality sound makes a video more appealing. Make the necessary adjustments to the raw audio: adjust the volume level and eliminate unnecessary noise to provide viewers with smooth, clear sound. Don’t let the music overcover your own voice.
When you make a YouTube video, ensure that you use all the advantages provided by the platform. By creating a functional outro, you can gain more subscribers and help viewers share your clip with friends and family. An outro with call-to-action elements is key to promoting your channel. The ending of a YouTube video can include one of the following call-to-action features:
Subscribe (contains a link to your channel and enables viewers to subscribe to it)
Website link (contains a link to a page outside the platform)
Channel link (contains a link to another YouTube channel)
Playlist/video (contains a link to another one of your clips or a playlist)
Pick the option that suits your purpose. Apparently, you can’t use the “playlist/video” option in your first video, so we suggest you insert the “subscribe” feature instead. You can also provide a link to another channel if you have a mutual promotion agreement.
Obvious as it may seem, saving your video project now and then is highly recommended. Nothing is more discouraging than losing all the progress you’ve achieved while editing your clip and having to start over.
Finally, it is essential to save your video in the right format, ratio, and with an SEO-based name. Many programs support straight export to YouTube. The only thing you need to do is log into your account to be able to upload a video to YouTube directly.
Creating a YouTube video: Uploading and promoting
Frequently asked questions
How do I make my own video on YouTube?
Creating a video for YouTube implies several steps, including preparatory ones.
First of all, decide on the topic of your future video. Anything that interests you, anything that can be useful to other people, that solves a specific problem will do.
Think of the format of the video. What’s it going to be – a tutorial, a review, a story? Each genre has its peculiarities.
Next, make sure that you have all the necessary equipment: a camera, a mic, and a video-editing program will be enough at the beginning.
Write a script. It’s best to have a short plan of what should be happening on the screen. Thus, you will have a clear understanding of the entire video’s structure.
Pick a shooting location. It has to have the right lighting. This way, you won’t have to get additional gear like a lighting kit. Moreover, it will be easier for you to edit the video afterward.
Start shooting. Put the most promising and intriguing content in the first 10-15 seconds of the video to keep the audience interested.
Choose a video-editing program to compile the video. Try Movavi Video Editor Plus if you want a fully-featured program even a beginner can handle.
Edit your video. Cut out the unwanted segments, add transitions, effects, music, voice-over, subtitles, an intro, and an outro.
Save the video and upload it to YouTube or export the final clip to the platform directly from the video-editing program.
This is it! Don’t forget to interact with your audience and promote your channel.
What should I make a YouTube video about?
Think of all the things you’re good at and things that interest you the most. Making a tutorial video is a pretty good option. Write down all your ideas and do some brainstorming. Then try to narrow down your topic. Videos on hobbies and personal experiences fixing a specific problem or creating a particular item are the most valuable in viewers’ eyes. Tell your viewers how to fix a broken bike or present five types of makeup to make your eyes look bigger.
Which type of YouTube video gets the most views?
One of the most popular video genres on YouTube is instructional videos, so you can try creating one. People look for answers to a massive number of questions in explainer videos. So if you know a solution to a problem or are really good at something, use it to create a video that people will look for.
It is also essential to know that most of the popular videos that are ranked highly by the search engines are approximately 15 minutes long. And, of course, you can make your video more present by using various SEO tricks. As a beginner, you can start optimizing your video’s visibility by using the YouTube search box.
What do YouTubers use to edit their videos?
Advanced YouTubers use all kinds of video-editing programs. Some of them may look too sophisticated for a beginner video-maker. We suggest you start with a program with an intuitive interface and features you can use straight away.
For a fully-featured video-editing program, we suggest you try Movavi Video Editor. It has all the features you might need, and its simplicity of use makes it the ideal option for beginners. Chroma key, stabilization, voice-over, picture in picture, and other features are available in the program. There is also a collection of royalty-free music tracks you can use in your video.
How do I make a YouTube video without a camera?
Professional cameras can cost a fortune, but you can really do without one. If you don’t own a camera, there are at least two options you can choose from.
You can use your smartphone. Modern smartphones provide high (up to 1080p) video quality.
Or you can record video and audio with your webcam and a screen-recording program in duet. Many screen-recording programs have built-in video-editing tools, too.
What equipment do I need to make a YouTube video?
You don’t need much to start making YouTube videos, really. The most important thing is your ideas and creativity. You can start with this pack:
Screen-recording program if you use a webcam
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