How to record your first YouTube video

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Sharing videos on YouTube is a valuable way to spread your message about your business, your hobby, your favorite game – even your cat!

There’s a couple of steps – record, maybe edit, upload to your channel and set your metadata.

But first, you have to have a channel. Here is my blog post on how to create a YouTube channel.

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Interview with Film Trooper – How to monetize feature films


Scott McMahon of joins Subscriber Nation to talk about monetizing feature films, making videos with basic gear and creating video content for your audience.

Film Trooper is designed to help filmmakers become entrepreneurs.

How do you monetize a feature film? How do you make and sell a product online and where does your film fit into that?

Your film is an advertisement that you’re using to sell something more valuable. You don’t need to sell to everybody – you only need to sell to a small group of people that will buy it.

How did Scott get into filmmaking?

He went to film school, made a lot of bad short films, but created one that was decent enough to get hired at Sony PlayStation. He was there for 12 years and ran their cinematic department.

But there’s always been that need to make a feature film himself and he really wanted to figure out how to make something with just the gear that we own in our backpack. And so he made his film, The Cube, for $500 with no crew.

What inspired Scott to start Film Trooper?

He started wondering about what he can do with his film. This gave birth to Film Trooper, which became a platform where he can share his experience in monetizing films – what works, what doesn’t work.

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How to create a YouTube Channel

YouTube 101- create channel

If you want to post YouTube videos or comments, you need a channel.

Anyone can view YouTube videos, but if you want to do more than view you need a free upgrade.

To upvote or downvote videos, or to subscribe to channels, you need an account. I have a video to show you how to create your YouTube account.

To post comments or videos, you need a channel. This article shows you how to create a channel – it’s easy!

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How to create a YouTube account.


Want to get more out of YouTube?

You can watch YouTube without creating an account.

But if you want to comment on videos, give them a thumbs up or down or subscribe to channels, you’re going to NEED an account.

Here’s the good news: it’s super easy.

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Avoid harsh shadows with this easy lighting tip

Easy Video Lighting Tip

Shadows on the wall behind you can make your videos look less professional.  The good news is that softening that shadow is easy with a simple tool: a photography umbrella.

Harsh Shadow Lighting

Example of single point lighting, before adding an umbrella shows harsh shadows.

Lighting Example - After

The same lighting, but with a photography umbrella attached to the light.

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