Discussing My YouTube Content and Creations
I am really surprised by the number of people who don’t understand YouTube. Just this weekend, I went to an event and a lady who is only a few years older than I asked if I ever heard of or watched YouTube. Of course, I do. I have a lot of very artsy friends on YouTube, and as a matter of fact, I have my own YouTube channel with over 65 painting, drawing, and collage tutorials. She was surprised and asked if she could see one. Sure, I know right where they all are, so I called my list up on her phone. I told her if she pressed SUBSCRIBE that she would get an email update every time I posted a new one.
Up to this point, I am chalking all this surprise up the fact that I’ve only been on YouTube with my own channel for 2 years. I’m still relatively unknown. From here, people began to listen to us talk and ask questions. How much do they charge you to have a channel? Nothing. How much do I have to pay to subscribe to your channel? Nothing. Do they pay you to be on YouTube? Nothing. Well, to that I have to say when my channel gets more subscribers and views, I may be eligible to be paid in advertising revenue, but right now, I’m not that popular. What gets me is that this is all news to my friends, even though YouTube has been around over a decade; since February 14, 2005, to be exact.
Do you get confused by all that is on the Internet?
Scammers and Cheaters
Sure, we older folks are jaundiced about “hidden charges,” and we almost expect to be scammed or cheated at every turn. I’m 65 now, and I could be very easily taken in. I grew up in an era where people stuck by their word, promises were kept, and respect and help were given to the elderly—not these days. Many people don’t mind darting out in front of the elderly entering a building, they don’t think a thing of bait and switch tactics toward the elderly, and I’ve experienced an elderly lady who wouldn’t let me help with her bags because she had them stolen from her before. It is a cold dark world we live in.
As for YouTube, free content, free uploading, and free viewing is still the norm. That may change someday, but not yet. You can state your opinion, share your expertise, inform and uplift your audience, or rant if you want to. There are, of course, certain standards that you must agree to keep. No foul language, no porn, and these days sharing videos with children, even your own children, must conform to certain decency standards. These all seem like perfectly elementary rules and should not have to be stated and agreed to, but it is another sign of the times.
What I do is set up my camera on a tripod arm, so it points down on my hands. I film the tutorials with the camera in front of me so, technically, it is all upside down for the viewer. That’s an easy fix. When I put it all together in iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro, I just have the film sequence flip to right-side up. This way, I don’t have to have a camera over my shoulder and worry about getting my head in the way.
Because I work on one painting or collage over several days, I end up with more than two or three clips to put together for one video. Because I take hours to complete each image, I didn’t want to bore my audience, so I sped up the film so that it tracks at 2000% of the original speed. That way, I can speed through an image creation that took many hours in just a few minutes.
Intro and Out
After I had the YouTube channel a few months and viewed other artist’s work, I decided I needed an introduction and a salutation clip as well. The first intro I created was pretty static. It was just a photo of me drawing with the title of my channel over it. After a few months, I got really tired of that and stumbled on a premade Adobe AfterEffects plugin from EnvatoMarket created by vidhive called Cube Parallax. This meant I had to open AfterEffects, a program that I had but had never used before. The plugin had all the wonderful whirling images in a blank, and all I had to do was drop in the images of my work that I wanted to be seen. I was very impressed by how easy it was to use, and if I had run into any problems, the site where I got the plugin had helpers standing by.
Now with my new cool intro, I needed an equally cool out. I started by creating a “Thank You for Watching” page and had it zoom way out, but this never seemed enough. Next, I created a plain white page in Photoshop with a couple of my images in the corners and a “Please Subscribe” message with my website mentioned as well. These are by no means terribly professional, and I may change them before long, but I feel good about showing my work on YouTube now.
What do you think of the wealth of information available on YouTube? Do you think you will ever have your own channel? Or do you have one already? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
© 2019 Denise McGill