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Master Bluespike74
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« on: September 09, 2012, 11:53:03 PM »

First:  Mods, if this is better in the vids section, please move but since it was not directly dealing with US, I chose to put it in Off Topic.  Thanks.

Second:  After my disappearing act and the repercussions from it, I have finally caught up with my computer back log.  My last thing on the list was to see what was posted on YouTube.  Two friends of mine have been banned from YouTube for Copyright violations that they filed against each other.  So this got me to thinking about doing a quick tips sheet about some things to keep in mind when you do YouTube Videos.  

Third:  The funny thing was that YYC was doing a parody of a video made by MVL (the names are withheld to protect the really not bright).  MVL filed a copyright violation against YYC saying that MVL had no right to reproduce his work.  What MVL forgot to do was take down the 200+ Japanese Anime videos he had and did not have permission to re-distribute.  Kind of like a cocaine distributor calling the cops on a the street corner coke dealer.

1.  What every you do on YouTube, make sure that if you are using other people's music, videos, or products that you have their permission to make the video.

2.  If you are gonna do some speaking, don't have the music in the background louder than you are talking.

3.  Keep it as clean as possible.  Although you might be making your video for people 18+ to see, there are no safeguards that will keep a 10 year old from hearing a profanity and then telling it to their parents.  You don't want angry parents after you on YouTube.

4.  If you create a video that could be controversial, then be prepared to deal with consequences.  I know personnel workers that surf YouTube and Facebook all the time trying to catch employees or candidates doing something that could hurt the business image.  

5.  If you are sensitive to receiving comments about your videos, then either disable the comments/video response features or make the videos unlisted/private.

6.  Don't place racial references in your videos.  Even though you are joking about your own race or ethnicity, it comes across as very crude and unprofessional.  It also makes people from other cultures/ethnicities very uncomfortable if they are watching your video in mixed company.

7.  If you begin to talk about sex, religion, or politics, keep your face off the screen.  Some people are crazy enough to stalk you if they are offended by your views concerning those three things.

8.  If you are under the age of 18 (or age of consent for your country), then please get your parent's permission before doing anything online.  There are cyber predators that are really weird and freaky that do weird stuff with your videos.  

9.  Please don't place so many comments on the video that you cannot see the video.  If you made a mistake and want to place a small annotation noting the mistake as not to get flamed in the comments, then please limit it to one for about 5 seconds.  I have seen a video review about a MTG card that had so many annotations that screen appeared to be bleeding.  Just redo the video if you have that many mistakes.

10. If you want to make a video response to someone, then feel free to make one.  Don't let it become a drama fest though.  Attacking people via video will cost you more subscribers than you can imagine.  If you feel that strongly, email the person and work it out like civilized people.  

11. If you have to make a set change, please don't keep the camera rolling.  Nothing is more annoying than hearing a bunch of racket on a black screen.  Just turn the video off for that moment or edit that moment.

12. If you are drunk, don't post to YouTube.

13. If you are committing a crime, don't post to YouTube.

14. Although it might get you more subscribers, don't wear overly revealing clothing.  I want to be able to hear what you are saying and understand what you are doing.  It is very hard if I feel like passers might casually think I am watching porn.

15. Most Important Thing:  Please have fun.  Videos are meant to be an expression of you.  Imitation is a form of flattery but if 100 people are doing the same thing, then it gets turned off quite quickly.

16. If someone subscribes to you, have the decency to subscribe back to them.  Even if you have 1 million subs, they may only be starting out and you subbing might make their entire day.

17. EDIT:  If you are using someone else's ideas, please give them credit.  You might be the star of the show, but their ideas are what put you there.

If anyone can think of anything else to add to this list.  Please free to do so.  Have a great day and happy sabering.

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 05:41:17 AM »

well said blue, a lot of it is common sense, not that it truly is that common these days

point for you, and in case i didnt say it before, welcome back
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 07:24:23 AM »

Thanks Vel.  I feel that we are an intelligent bunch here and from time to time I look outside the box and see people in other clicks doing some really goofy stuff that hurts interest in their passions. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2012, 07:36:34 AM »

If you don't mind, I think I'll move this to Videos and sticky it, just so everybody can take advantage of the great tips you offer.  Thanks Blue!
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2012, 07:45:50 AM »

I'll add in a couple of things.  I've said them elsewhere, but they're good enough points that I'll say them again.

If you have access to a tripod - USE the tripod.  Even if you think your hands are steady enough, use the tripod.  Practice your camera moves on the tripod.  A tripod will make your images cleaner and your moves smoother.

If you plan to do dissolves, edits, etc., leave your shots running longer than you expect to use (with a static shot), so that your transitions are clean.  Jump cuts can work, but your shots need to be static.  Transitioning from one shot in motion to another in motion is jarring.

If you have access to an editing program, and you don't plan to be on camera, think about recording your voiceover and your video separately.  Use a script if you can.

YouTube has royalty-free music available for download and use, as do other sites around the Internet, if you dig a bit.  Those can be used ANYWHERE, although it's good form to give the artist credit for their work.  

Blue's point about music/voice is a good one.  If you have an editing program, with a decibel meter, voiceover hovers at around 0 db.  Music, ideally, should be at -18 db or lower when paired with voiceover... you can go higher when only having the music on, but you want a smooth transition to lower levels.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 06:23:04 AM »

As someone who has been posting railfan and homebrewing videos for quite some time now, all of these suggestions are spot on - especially the use of a tripod! A steady shot goes a long way!

Another suggestion that I learned from shooting trains: Make sure that any bright light is behind you when you film. It's tricky when filming these sabers because the bright light is often the main subject in the video, but if you ensure that any light source is behind you, you'll get the best results possible.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2012, 05:03:37 AM »

Update to YouTube Tips for 11/2/2012:

1.  If you are shooting a video, turning the camera to the side to get more of an object into view is fine but don't let it become a 5 minute video where viewers have to crane their necks to watch your video.  I recently watched a wonderful exercise video by a sweet & kind YouTuber that then decided to turn the camera 90 degrees to get more of her body in the shots. 
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2012, 06:16:46 PM »

Seeing as how I am a YouTuber myself (around 1,400 subs now). Ill throw in some things too.

1. Using other copyright material is more lenient than it used to be. Nowadays if you are using a song, depending on the record label, they won't take down or mute your video. Instead, a link will be put below your video to show people where they can buy the song. And for certain purposes, you can disobey copyright laws under the fair use policy. For me, this loosely includes the song covers that are my channels main feature.
I am not in good standing as far as using copyright material, but I have not been banned, my videos are still up, and I am in good standing with YouTube and it's rules. There for they leave me be.

2. Create a logo or an introduction image, as well as an outro. It familiarizes your subscription base with an image or segment that is uniquely associated to you.

3. Share your video, everywhere. Facebook, twitter, even these forums. If your video is good enough, people will share it themselves without help.

4. Do a collaboration with someone with many more subscribers than you. Basically, get involved in a video that will be released on their channel. It won't bring their entire fanbase, but a few stragglers might find themselves interested in your channel.

5. Video response on popular videos that relate to your content.

6. Tags are now invisible and hidden. Nobody can see them and they are strictly related to search terms. If you're desperate for views. Pull out the Merriam-Webster dictionary and get to tagging haha.

7. YouTube unsubscribes inactive users. Yes, this means that when you looked at your sub count and it disappointingly went down, it doesn't necessarily mean someone didn't like your content enough to stay subbed. It could mean that someone didn't log into YouTube for a very long time.

8. At around 500 subscribers, through certain third party companies, you can become a YouTube partner.

9. You are free to monopolize any of your videos that do not contain copyright material. But your content has to be worth sitting through an ad for anyone to actually watch.

10. Unfortunately/fortunately, the more subscribers you have, the more YouTube likes you and will be lenient or turn the other cheek to certain violations, especially copyright.
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2012, 06:16:14 AM »

New YouTube Tip provided by DarthSabre: 

1.   Please consider that in some countries (like i.e. in Germany) the potential viewers are blocked from seeing your results due to copyright issues of the music you used. 

YouTube Tip by Blue:

1.  YouTube is global.  Some of the things listed in this thread may have you thinking "why is that such a big deal?"  Best advice I can say was given to me by a distant relative in New Jersey, USA:  "One man's hello is another man's f**k off."  Knowing your audience is a huge key to being successful in YouTubing.

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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 04:08:25 PM »

New YouTube Tip for 1/9/13:

1.  A little humility goes a long way in building and keeping an audience.  I have been a long time subscriber of a guy who just today released a video announcing his retirement from a trading card game.  He went on for ten minutes about how the fame has affected his life and how his fans are demanding so much of his attention lately that he must retire to preserve the integrity of the game.  Unless you are making millions of dollars per year doing your YouTube Videos (or anything for that matter), I don't see you as needing to make a video or call a press conference of other YouTubers to announce something like that.  Lightsabers and trading games for most are hobbies.  I ask that if anyone ever sees me making a video announcing my retirement from doing lightsaber videos, just slap me for good measure.  Thanks.
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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2013, 07:03:33 AM »

New Tips for 3/10/13:

Just watched a video of a saber accident and wanted to add some additional tips for people wanting to do reviews or demos:

1.  If you are going to do a choreographed duel, please put some practice into it.  Sitting for five minutes watching two people miss each others blades and then point and argue does not encourage viewers to watch more.

2.  If you are using show blades rather than battle blades, don't go at it like you are trying to kill each other.  Most sites that sell polycarbonate lightsaber blades specifically state that the thinner wall blades are for LIGHT dueling.  This does not mean that only those that practice the light side of the Force should be using them, it means don't swing it like a baseball bat.

3.  Please wear safety gear if you go full force.  Also for safety, don't use pointed tips for full force dueling.  If a pointed tip flies off, it can become a projectile capable of causing some damage to by-standers as the video I watched demonstrated.  Not doing a video duel safely will result in one of two outcomes.  Either the viewer will be turned off from buying a product or the viewer will think you are a disaster waiting to happen.

4.  If you are doing a negative review of a product, then at least have the decency to allow the viewer to see the product.  I watched a video of such a negative review where the product (about 3 feet in length) was 30 feet away from the camera.  What the reviewer stated had happened did not appear to be the case but I could not tell due to the distance.  Prior to the product failing though, I did happen to notice that how the product was behaving was not typical of the product in question.  This leads me to personally believe that the video was a scam and therefore the video's presenter did not accomplish his said goal.

5.  Your video should always serve a purpose.  Whether the purpose is to entertain, inform, warn, or educate, present your video with that purpose in mind.  If your purpose was to show me how sharp your knives are, then I should not be sitting through 15 minutes of seeing you sharpen your knives and then never get to see you cut something.  

6.  There is nothing wrong with a bragging video.  If you are happy about your accomplishments, then feel free to create a video and put it on YouTube for your own sake.  Be prepared to have some people not share in your enthusiasm and try to flame you.  It does happen.  Also there is nothing wrong with not commenting on a video.  I am by no means a musical person but if I did happen to learn how to play one note on the piano, I would certainly feel proud.  Everyone has to start somewhere so go easy on comments and ask yourself, "Does my comments help this person in any way?"  If the answer is no, then just pass over the video.  
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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2013, 01:02:42 PM »

Two friends of mine have been banned from YouTube for Copyright violations that they filed against each other. The funny thing was that YYC was doing a parody of a video made by MVL. MVL filed a copyright violation against YYC saying that MVL had no right to reproduce his work.  What MVL forgot to do was take down the 200+ Japanese Anime videos he had and did not have permission to re-distribute.  Kind of like a cocaine distributor calling the cops on a the street corner coke dealer.

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