Mistakes to Avoid When Making Your First YouTube Video

YouTube Video tutorialWhat’s the most common mistake people make when shooting their first video? Christopher Ming Ryan points out that most video-makers don’t get in close enough to the person talking. This lessens the impact of the message. Zoom in. Frame the face. Here’s some tips from Ivan.

#1 Mistake When Making Your First YouTube Video

I took this video in Beijing. Twice. In the second take, I’m closer to you and the impact is better. The first take was scrapped. Pointless.
But I still made mistakes:

  • The sun is in my eyes, which is why I’m squinting
  • The noise was louder that you’d think, making it harder to concentrate
  • The camera was not stabilized, i.e. free-hand. Try to use a tripod if possible.

How to Make a Near Perfect YouTube Video

Ok, it’s not on YT, but you get the point. Seth Godin is the guy talking.
Try and beat this!

‘curiosity’ from Nic Askew on Vimeo.

What Other Mistakes Did You See?

This video is far from perfect. I know that. What else did I do wrong?
Fire away below!

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Let’s start with why use a Google account?
1. Access to Google Reader
2. Create a link blog using Google Reader
3. Use Feedburner to distribute your blog through RSS

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Shutter is free, open-source, and licensed under GPL v3.

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