New channel advice


#1

I’m passionate about starting a new channel to deliver useful content. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m looking for advice on how to proceed. Such as, should I start on YouTube or pick a different platform? What camera and mic do you think is awesome? Editing software?..


#2

I would start on YouTube for now, it’s really the only game in town at the moment (there are others, but all the viewers are on YouTube). If you are starting a firearms-related channel, I highly recommend checking out (and joining) Gun Channels, which is a web site for both firearm content creators, and those interested in firearms. It’s free to join, and there are a lot of people like you, starting out creating firearm-related content. As far as camera and mic, if you are just starting out, and you have a fairly modern smart phone, that will work just fine. I do all of my video recording on an Apple iPhone 8. The editing software I use is Apple iMovie. Obviously, if you are not an Apple fan, you will have a different phone. Also, if you have a Microsoft Windows PC, you will need third-party software such as CyberLink PowerDirector for video editing. Good luck, and I hope to see your videos one of these days!


#3

What’s your budget for equipment? I just got a Panasonic Lumix G7 with a bunch of extras for $500 but that was a good sale. You can periodically find it for $500 without extras. It came with a Rode VideoMic Go and it’s a pretty decent combo.

I agree with GizzardGary. You’ll probably want to start on YouTube for now. Easier to get seen that way.

I use Adobe Premiere Pro but that’s too expensive for some people. You can find some free or inexpensive video editors out there. I’m not sure of the favorites though.


#4

YouTube has the most people using it and it’s easy to set up. If I can do it anyone can.
I am on a pretty strict budget so I use a Galaxy S6 cell phone as my primary camera and my current Galaxy S8 as a second/slow mo camera. I’m sure there are better cameras out there but now days there are some descent cameras on cell phones.
I’m kind of ashamed to admit it but I use Windows Movie Maker for editing. It’s pretty basic but it gets the job done especially for someone who knows nothing about video editing like me.

Good luck.
Gordo