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How I Record & Edit My YouTube Videos

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

As you may already know, I have a YouTube channel that specialises in music production, E&R Sounds. In this post, I thought that I would briefly discuss how I go about capturing and editing my videos.

One of the most important aspects of the video making process involves a high-quality screen capture software. I use a piece of hardware called an Elgato HD60, a small black box that allows me to capture a 1080p, 60FPS real time video from my Mac Mini using its HDMI output. Given that the Elgato HD60 uses a HDMI, audio is captured perfectly in sync with the video stream.

Once the signal has been processed by the hardware, it is converted and stored in a desktop application called Screen Capture HD. On doing this, the raw video is then exported to an external hard drive and transferred to my old mac book pro for editing.

When it comes to editing my videos, I use iMovie. I have been tempted to move over to Final Cut Pro, however, given the nature of my videos, I don’t need an advanced editing software, simply requiring a program that will allow me to cut and splice video clips together.

When editing my videos, I like to add a bit of comedy, throwing in the occasional meme when appropriate. This was very much inspired by the YouTuber Todd Barriage, a fellow music production content creator. However, given that my most recent video series is to be submitted as part of my thesis in audio engineering, I decided to refrain from the comedic elements on this occasion.

During the live screen capture process, I record my voice-over on a separate computer using my trusty RODE NT1-A condenser microphone. I have noticed that most YouTubers in the field of music production do not do this, choosing to imprint their voice directly onto the video via an active channel in the DAW session that they are capturing. This is a bit risky, as any extraneous noise captured by the voice-over microphone can not be removed in the editing process, hence the reason I separate my voice-over audio from the screen capture video.

There are lots of great music production channels on YouTube, covering a range of different musical styles and genres. However, there are a few outstanding content creators that you should definitely go and check out after you finishing reading this blog!

· Produce Like A Pro

· Mix Better Now

· Joe Gilder – Home Studio Corner

· Todd Barriage

· Music Tech Help Guy

· Spectre Sound Studios

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