Most of the regulars here at Appliantology know about my YouTube channel where I make videos of problems I encounter on service calls and show how to fix them. It's good to see other Brethren starting to make similar videos, notably Brothers Strathy and Durham.
Videos are a great way to not only convey information but to let your Brethren in The Craft watch you in action and put a voice, maybe even a face with your Appliantology username and posts in the forums.
It's really pretty easy to make videos and upload them to YouTube. It just takes a little time. What I want to do here is share how I make videos to de-mystify for folks who have no idea how to do it.
If you're currently making videos, like Brothers Durham and Strathy, I hope you'll chime in on this topic with some of the tools and tips you use.
How the Samurai Makes Videos
I use an iPhone so I'm totally in the Apple orchard. There are pros and cons to that but, for me, it's almost all pro because I'm not a computer geek-- I use the computer as a tool to do real world stuff. As such, I don't want to spend a lot of time learning to use a tool or getting it to do what it's supposed to. And Apple excels at making stuff dummy-proof, that's why I like and use their stuff.
I shoot the videos using the built-in Camera app. There are lots of fancy-schmancy video camera apps out there. I've tried a few and found that, for my uses, they're too complicated, in some cases buggy, and just a waste of money. The built-in Camera app is rock solid stable and has the distinct advantage of one-touch deployment as soon as you wake up your phone.
Right now, I'm not using a tripod. Although I've purchased a couple of small portable tripods, I've just found them inconvenient or awkward to use. I know my videos suffer from a lot of shakiness and distracting movement. Still refining my technique there.
I do all the editing and production on my iPhone using the iMovie app. It's a snap to use and has amazing features with a very short learning curve. After playing with iMovie for about 10 minutes, I had fully mastered it. It lets me do soundtracks, voice-overs, bring in photos, Ken Burns effects, and captions.
After the video is all done and the way I like it, I upload it directly to YouTube from within the iMovie app.
I'd love to hear some of the devices and software that others use.