I have recently started investing some time perusing the YouTube scene. There are some incredible channels and users out there that I have stumbled upon and have spent a great deal of time watching. From gaming videos, random vlogging and artistic film. I do declare that this has me inspired! I have since created an account with which I plan to make extensive use of for various film projects including a section dedicated to the travel experiences ahead. Now I just need to familiarize myself with video editing software!
Adobe Premiere Pro
This is the video editing software suite of choice for many. Adobe products are always of incredible quality and extremely powerful. I just wish I could say the same for my computer :S which is now a couple years behind. Regardless, this has not prevented me from experimented with some of its features and I am most excited to explore more of its power.
I have downloaded and watched a lot of the Adobe training videos and they have been fantastic in helping me acclimatize to the software. I used to think you needed a $20,000 camera to produce Hollywood quality film but with some tweaking and editing with Premiere Pro you can achieve the same result. If any of you have come across some cool and interesting tutorials for achieving certain effects used in film, please do share in the comments below.
There are some incredible and inspiring YouTubers out there who really push the benchmark when it comes to amateur film. I have a rather small but growing list of some of the (what I deem to be) fantastic artists which I have recently discovered on YouTube. Every day I stumble upon more but for now, I’m working on getting through the multitude of videos uploaded by these guys and gals. If you have not yet experienced any of the following artists, I highly recommend taking a couple minutes to check out some of their work as you read this.
Yogscast and BlueXephos
The first user I came across was BlueXephos and his channel Yogscast. I randomly clicked on a video about ‘Minecraft’ which appeared in my ‘recommended’ list. I had never heard about it and being a gamer myself, I though I would have a look. I was greeted by Simon (Lewis’s friend and fellow Yogscast member) with his great voices and humour. I haven’t looked back since having watched almost all the videos they have to offer.
Most of their videos feature Simon and Lewis (Hannah, Lewis’s girlfriend also a segment where she plays through games with or without Simon) playing through video games and providing their own unique commentary. They have become famous in the Minecraft universe and now represent Mojang at various gaming conventions as well as having a convention of their own. They do a lot of work for charity too so its well worth checking them out and supporting them if possible. You can find them using the following links and who knows, perhaps you will find yourself as a fellow Yogsnaught! XD
I came across these guys through Al Jazeera (the news channel) funnily enough. The network aired one of their videos entitled ‘The Facebook Song’ as its ‘humour piece’ of the day. All their videos are extremely clever, funny and well done. Its obvious a lot of work goes into the editing and compilation of their videos and I would very much recommend subscribing to them. They sing funny songs, play with Youtube’s ‘auto-caption’ feature (with hilarious results) and do a multitude of other various videos.
Nanalew and Meekakitty
Although both these artists have their own channels, they do a lot of work together therefore why not mention them together. I discovered them through a Rhett & Link video about breaking up where Rhett ‘breaks up’ with Nanalew. Thinking Nanalew was rather cute, I followed the link to her channel to see what else she’s been up to. To put it simply, she (and meekakitty) are totally mental (in a good and highly amusing way). One of my favourite videos of theirs is their music video to Sail by AWOLNATION. It’s actually worth linking in here! Watch that and you will see what I mean. With Meekakitty’s distinctive look and terrifying facial expressions, there is definitely some fun to be had. For general amusement and if you enjoy appreciating the effort and work that is put into these amateur videos, you will love these two. They are my inspiration.
Charlie is a new discovery of mine. I am yet to fully understand what exactly his YouTube mission is but he comes highly recommended by other YouTubers and has a massive following. He is very well spoken and a natural in front of the camera. I wish I could say more. You’re just going to have to follow the link below and find out for yourself.
On recommendation from Nanalew, I looked Crabstickz up. Comedy is his game and most of his work is hilarious. Besides his travel videos, all is work is done in his room and he enacts various scenarios which are most entertaining. I am still new to Crabstickz having discovered him just a few days ago but so far so good.
If you do not yet know of the artists above, I hope you appreciate them as much as I do. There is obviously many many more wonderful people and channels out there which I am yet to discover. Please do share in the comments below any users or channels you would like to recommend and I will take a look.
Hopefully soon, once I have gotten my head around YouTube and Premiere Pro, I will start contributing to the YouTube community (fingers crossed). Join me on Facebook if you’d like to be kept informed.