The truth about vlogging

So you may or may not know that I’ve recently started a youtube channel. Now it seems to be a pretty easy way to blog, you just sit infront of a camera and talk for a few minutes, right?

Wrong. There is so much more to vlogging than just a bubbly personality and a camera, and here is where I start rambling on about my first vlog.

When I turned on my camera and started filming, I’m sure it took me 3 or 4 takes just to get hello because talking into a camera alone in my room felt so alien and uncomfortable that I just kept laughing and turning it off. It didn’t take long for me to realise that I needed to leave the camera running and just get on with it.

Once I had two successful takes I uploaded my videos onto my computer and it dawned on me. How do I edit this mess? I started having all kinds of flash backs from film and media lessons passed, all done on a mac with iMovie. Great, I’ve got a pc, only made worse with windows 8. Finding editing software that matches your ability when you have 0 ability is not easy. I mean, that was some tough loving. For my first video I used windows movie maker, which you may have gathered is not up to scratch. It took way more work than necessary, Every time you made a cut you had to delete and nothing moved smoothly. Needless to say I was frustrated but I managed it.

The weirdest part was watching it back, especially as I was editing. Natural human behavior is not suitable for film. I move my hands all over the place when I talk and I don’t stop talking to get things I just ramble on as I disappear. Also I tend to look up when I’m talking instead of into the camera which is strange, I’m not really sure why that is.

The worst thing that I did in two videos, is film and finish the whole video and have not filmed anything at all, or had the mic turned off. When you film a video a second time you’ll find that you’ve lost momentum instead of what you’d expect to happen and be really with it because you’ve practiced. No, sir.

In conclusion, I have a lot of work to do, and hopefully I can keep at it. Check out my youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafj7r_OIiuqWKo7cTLmwKw and follow my vlogging progress too. Who knows, you might even learn to like me. XD

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