• February 12, 2020 at 6:31 am#44893
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    In a stroke of absolute brilliant timing… after the “are sailing channels boring” video, I’m about to add my own to the mix of potentially boring channels. Not that I have any sort of content in mind, mind you, but according to she-who-must-be-obeyed, it would be a shame not to make videos since I have such a nice soothing voice. According to her. I’m not so sure…

    So the question begs asking, what’s the do-and-don’t list like for a fresh (0 videos, go me) sailing channel?

    On a side note; I have absolutely 0 camera gear, so it’ll be phone-in-hand style for a while until I can convince SWMBO that a gimbal would probably be nice. I do, however, have a decent mixing panel, and a lovely Rode microphone that I used in the past for livestreaming videogames. Also planning on dusting off my old DaVinci Resolve to edit with since it’s the only software I found back in the day that will run on Linux.

    Any insights into that do/don’t part, and maybe the vagaries of the Youtube algorithm (such a mess) are welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€

    P.S. Blame Liz, she said I should come ask here ๐Ÿ˜€

    February 13, 2020 at 8:05 am#44919
    Jamie
    Skipper
    @jamie-ftb

    Hi Ben,

    I can offer two key bits of advice:

    1. Be yourself

    2. Tell a story

    Don’t try and copy other channels. Instead look to see what subjects and content are received well, then make your own interpretation of it.

    Always tell a story with a beginning, middle and end. If content is not relevant, cut it out. Keep the story forefront of mind.

    What you shoot on is almost irrelevant but sound is key. Make use of that Rode!

    For inspiration, don’t always look at the sailing channels. Go further afield and subscribe to the big channels that discuss/display camera techniques, editing tips and story-telling. I’ll be honest, I rarely watch other sailing channels. My time on YouTube is spent watching content creators like Potato Jet, Make. Art.Now and others.

    Re YouTube and the algorithm, a stand-out thumbnail is by far the most important asset, far more important than keywords. And when you get engagement through comments, always reply and don’t forget to ‘heart’ their comment, which notifies them that you have acknowledged their input. And be consistent. Always upload at the same time every day/week/month so people know when to expect your new episode.

    As for kickstarting your channel, just tell all your friends to subscribe and set up a Facebook page and/or Instagram account to help promote it.

    Hope that helps. Feel free to ask any other questions!

    Peace and fair winds!

    February 16, 2020 at 12:11 am#45051
    Paul Little
    Member
    @moonshadow

    Hi Ben and Jamie,

    Ben, thanks for asking that question, similar thoughts have been floating around my mind so great to get Jamies input on that. I did ask on the livestream about camera equipment (Jamie – by pure fluke as I tuned in you were reading my question!). I have a Canon handycam, a couple of GoPro copies and my Android ‘phone.

    Jamie, one question I still have is what editing software to use? I’ll be running on windows.

     

    Cheers

    Paul

    February 16, 2020 at 12:44 pm#45066
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    Jamie, one question I still have is what editing software to use? Iโ€™ll be running on windows.

    I can answer that one, woohoo! We use Premiere Pro. It’s not cheap, but we get the whole Adobe suite with it and as we use their apps all the time think it is worth it. Good luck!

    Peace and fair winds!

    February 17, 2020 at 11:24 pm#45113
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    I can also recommend DaVinci Resolve – it’s free, and is a rather full-featured bit of software. It has a bit of a learning curve but I edited up about 200 videos with it during my “record games” period on YT and it works great.

    February 17, 2020 at 11:33 pm#45114
    Ron Morrison
    Spectator
    @rondo

    Not sure if Shot Cut is available for Windows but it’s good and it’s open source (free). For a substitute for Photoshop I use GIMP, also open source and very good.

    February 17, 2020 at 11:45 pm#45116
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    GIMP beats Photoshop really. Same features, except it’s free. Bit of a learning curve as well, though.

    February 17, 2020 at 11:50 pm#45118
    Ron Morrison
    Spectator
    @rondo

    Yeah, I’ve been using GIMP for a long, long time and it is now waaaaaaaay better than the old days. I guess Photoshop is too but I don’t know because I haven’t used it since???ย  Anyway, now that GIMP is in the 21rst century, I love it.

    February 18, 2020 at 9:48 am#45128
    Jamie
    Skipper
    @jamie-ftb

    I’d certainly agree with your recommendation of Davinci Resolve. More and more people are using it and it is exceptional at colour correcting and grading. It still doesn’t have all the editing features that Premiere has and it works on nodes, not layers, but being free (and full version is only a few hundred dollars for a one-off payment) it’s hard to beat.

    As for GIMP, I haven’t used that for many years but I see it has a version of content aware fill that claims to be better than Photoshop’s! As Liz said, however, we subscribe to the entire Adobe suite and having that fluidity between the apps really helps, especially Premiere and After Effects, or Illustrator and Photoshop.

    Peace and fair winds!

    February 19, 2020 at 10:29 pm#45220
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    I’m a stingy bastard (I am Dutch after all), so I tend to stick with “free as in beer” stuff. Resolve doesn’t really qualify since it’s free-for-your-personal-details, but I’ll take it. That and the Adobe suite doesn’t run on Linux, which is on my laptop. At least, you could with WINE but it’s still a steaming pile of kaka just waiting to crash and eat a project.

    Not sure what you mean by layers though; Resolve’s editing panel is pretty much the same as any others; if you want to superimpose stuff or do any form of cut, you can put stuff in separate tracks and swap/superimpose/blend as required. For the color correction, that (as far as I know) is indeed node based. But as I’m also a lazy bastard, I tend to not color correct or grade anything. Yet.

    Maybe later! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Still trying to get my first ever sailing related video sorted, except it’s not really coming together. Haven’t got the time right now to really record anything half decent. I figure a head occasionally popping out of a hatch in combination with some choice swearwords doesn’t make for any sort of content the YT gods will look kindly on.

     

    February 23, 2020 at 8:34 pm#45418
    Peter Haliburton
    Deckhand
    @jphaliburton

    I need to get into video editing. We have lots of VHS tapes that should be digitized, some with sailing footage from the 90s I’d like to post.


    @benvanstaveren
    , which flavour of Linux are you using? I’ve got Mint on my older computers, but Windows 10 on my primary desktop.

     

    Living and sailing in Newfoundland, Canada

    February 24, 2020 at 3:37 am#45425
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    @jphaliburton Ubuntu – came with my Dell XPS 13 laptop and I figured I’d just leave it like that, used to run Mint on everything before that. However, if you want to use DaVinci Resolve, you need a computer/laptop with an nVidia or AMD graphics card, anything else and it’ll just bomb out (as I found out the other day when attempting to re-install it).

    There’s always KDEnlive though ๐Ÿ˜€

    February 24, 2020 at 9:15 am#45432
    Peter Haliburton
    Deckhand
    @jphaliburton

    @jphaliburton Ubuntu โ€“ came with my Dell XPS 13 laptop and I figured Iโ€™d just leave it like that, used to run Mint on everything before that. However, if you want to use DaVinci Resolve, you need a computer/laptop with an nVidia or AMD graphics card, anything else and itโ€™ll just bomb out.

    I probably started messing about with Linux in the 90s with Debian, then to Ubuntu, and finally Mint – with a short dalliances using Arch and others.

    My main PC is one I built a couple years ago as a budget gaming machine. It has Windows 10, i5-6600, Radeon RX 570, 2 x 24″ FreeSync monitors, SSD and several HDDs, plus 16 GB RAM. Installed Resolve today, now to learn how to use it.

    I’m interested to see what you put together.

    Living and sailing in Newfoundland, Canada

    February 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm#45471
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    I won’t be using Resolve after all, it really won’t run on that Dell XPS laptop I use. Only one it may run on is my old laptop that runs Windows 10 (old being relative), but it’s now my girlfriend’s laptop, and she needs it for work. I’m now looking at using KDEnlive – not as full-featured as Resolve, but I guess if I keep things simple(tm) it’ll more than suffice ๐Ÿ™‚

    Probably not going to do anything for the next 2 weeks though, our splash date is next week, so I’m up to my eyeballs in preparation and last minute repairs/improvements – I think I’ll start off with recording the getting-back-in-the-water and subsequent hilarity of trying to remember how to get off a dock and not hit anything >.>

     

    March 12, 2020 at 11:53 pm#46153
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    Well, after a week or two, it finally happened. Boat’s in the water, the air is in, the water stays out, and life is… ah… hectic for the time being. Still moving stuff out of the house to the boat, haven’t quite managed to convince the cat it’s a good idea to live on a boat, but I did find the time to piece together a few bits and bobs I recorded during splash day(tm).

    I’ll fess up right away that it’s an absolute botch job because I couldn’t get my audio levels adjusted (KDEnlive is not always as user-friendly on the audio front as I’d like), and it’s a lot of talking head and a little bit of boat, but here’s my first video:

    Yes, shameless self promotion!

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