3.4.2020

How Long Does It Take to Make a Youtube Video

This video was supposed to be a quick process - done in a day. And it was done in one day but it wasn't as quick as I hoped it to be.

Here's an overview how long the process took me:

  • planning 33 minutes
  • filming 33min (raw material 14min 20sec)
  • editing 4h 15min (end result 7min 57sec)
  • publishing 32min (doesn't contain social media posts, only uploading process to Youtube, but not the wait time)

That's in total about 6 hours which isn't quick in my opinion. I spend the rest of my day editing because I had in my head that I want to get the video out on the 1st of April.

What I Learned


I need to quit before it's too late. I need to stop the process and do the things I need to do to get a good night sleep. 

I need to prioritize feeling refreshed and full of energy the next morning over publishing the same day. That way I will have energy also the next day to make the things I want and love. As you see, I had energy to publish this post first two days after I published the video. Hence my point exactly.

The End Result


Ladies and gentlemen, here's the video about my March spending. The month wasn't a no spend so the video turned out to be more like a washi haul :D






28.3.2020

How to Remove Hobonichi Weeks Bookmarks

This video was a quick and easy project. I wanted to test how quickly I am able to make a video from start to finish.

I wasn't trying to make everything as fast as possible but I wanted to try if I can make it in one day - and I did.

This five minute video took me about 2,5 hours. I planned, filmed, edited and published it in a few hours which is a new record for me.

So ladies and gentlemen, here's the video I just wanted to make to share something I discovered by accident:





27.3.2020

Gillio Appunto Slim Unboxing II

Yes! I have bought a new computer. Well, not new, but new for me so a used one.

As I have told you before, my own computer couldn't handle video editing at all so I had to borrow one, to even be able to edit on a computer.

The borrowed laptop was as old as my own laptop so although I could edit it was still a very slow process. Exporting a video took usually from three to five hours!

But last week I was at the right place at the right time and got a great deal of the used computer I have been dreaming about.

I am still dealing with some starting issues with the new computer but I'm slowly getting there that I get my video making process running as smoothly as possible.

This video is now the first one I have done with my new computer and the exporting took only about 15 minutes. That was amazing! Quite an improvement there I would say.

So ladies and gentlemen, let me proudly present the unboxing of my one and only birthday present this year:





20.3.2020

Color-Coding with Mildliners and Washi Tape

Hello

It took me two weeks to edit this video and it feels like the whole world has turned upside down during that time...

Okay, it didn't take me two weeks - I was just avoiding the task. I got stage fright and then I had to go through questioning myself and everything I'm doing.

But yesterday I just went through with it and finished the video.

Life must go on no matter what until it stops. But my life hasn't ended yet and now I have time to do things while I'm stuck at home.

And doing the things you love and bring you joy is a good distraction from all that is going on right now in the world.

So ladies and gentlemen, here is your next sneak peek into my thought process and how I'm doing things:





6.3.2020

Spending Tracker in Hobonichi Weeks

Plan More - Edit Less


That was my mantra for this video - or actually after filming it the first time around and realizing that it would be awful to edit and it would take me way too long to make it something worth publishing.

So I took a deep breath, let go of the editing and called it a day.

I hate making things over but after a good night sleep and fresh energy I was ready to film again. 

So I took time for planning and made a manuscript for the video, so everything I want to say will get said and everything else left out.

I filmed and after watching the video I swore that for now on I will plan my videos well before filming. It will save me so much time from editing. Way more than the planning ever will take, so it is a win-win situation. It will take me less time in total and I will get better videos as a result.

New Setup


In this video I had my new filming setup, which I'm very happy about. Now it is so much easier to start filming because I have a permanent setup. Just insert phone and the things to film and action.

So ladies and gentlemen, let's see if you notice any difference in the quality of this video compared to the previous ones.







P.S. The cost of the new setup is in my March Spending Tracker so more about that in a month ;)



3.3.2020

Moterm Traveler's Notebook Order Notes

This is my longest video yet. Actually it was so long that my phone stopped filming and let me know it was full 🙈 So I had to film in two parts and it took me two days to edit the material and cut out about 30%.

I tried my best with the color correction but my phone apparently did constant focusing or something so the lighting changes... My skill level isn't high enough yet so I could know how to fix that and I would rather fix the issue while filming and not in the editing phase.

Maybe you can hear that I tried my best to articulate better than in the previous videos and I succeeded in that. And I slowly learn editing tricks to make the video a smoother experience to the viewer.

So ladies and gentlemen, here is my newest video introducing my Moterm TN collection (and my spouse was not so happy to find out that I had eight of them in total 😅 )







28.2.2020

Gillio and Moterm Cover for Hobonichi Weeks Comparison

Just when you think that now you know something and this will get easier, you have so many problems on the way that you wonder will this ever get easier or only harder.

I made my fourth video right after the third because the third one took me so long.

I'm slowly getting a handle of how to do things easier. Learning tricks what to do when filming so that editing gets easier, but the more I learn the more I realize what I still need to learn.

Now my big issue is the sound. How to have a good sound in a video? What is the right sound level? How to fix background noice? And of course - how to get myself speak a bit better english and not that mumbling I do now... Argh.

Picture turns black in iMovie and an easy solution


This hint is now for you struggling with this issue, if you don't want to make the other things they suggest to help in this problem like turning your photo into a movie etc.

I had turned the photo into 16:9 ratio on my phone - just as I had done for the pictures in the previous videos, but now the picture just turned black when moving into iMovie.

I had done everything as I had done before when everything worked. So what changed?

The Easy Solution


Luckily my spouse noticed that the size of the photo was off. Although I had altered it to the 16:9 ratio on my phone just as I did before, this picture was for some reason two pixels wider than the previous ones.

So I just opened the picture in the Preview and cut the two extra pixels away and voilà - the photo worked fine in iMovie.

I was like WTF - you do everything as you used to do and suddenly things just stop working! This time my phone just didn't make a perfect 16:9 ratio photo - I don't understand that but luckily we found the problem and there was an easy solution to it. Didn't loose my nerves too much in this episode... :D

Bleep censor


For this video I also needed the bleep censor sound and was so surprised that there wasn't one ready in the iMovie library.

But my spouse came yet again for a rescue and made the sound I wanted and I'm pleased with the end result.

All in all I had so much fun making this video that I'm anxiously waiting to loose myself again in my new favorite hobby of video editing for hours on end...

So ladies and gentlemen, this is my baby, please enjoy right to the end so you get to hear the bleep censor sound my spouse made for me. But please don't watch if you don't like profanity ;)







25.2.2020

Gillio Appunto Slim Unboxing

Hello, long time no see.

I have been busy with making videos - ok - mainly with editing them and making all the rookie mistakes.

I feel like this blog is going to be more like behind the scenes of things. What I learn and how I fix problems.

In my third video I changed from editing on my phone to editing on a computer, because my neck and back didn't handle the phone editing well.

But, there was a big but. My own computer crashes when trying video editing with it. It is just too old and has too little RAM so I had to borrow a computer to edit this video. So if I keep up with this new hobby I have to buy myself a new computer - or a used one but with more power than what my current almost eight year old little laptop has.

And of course, when switching from phone to computer I had to learn to use a new video editing program.

The first version I uploaded to YouTube had voice issues, so I had to fix that in the original video and then upload it again.

And I filmed on three different days so editing three videos into one was also a big job.

Despite all the problems on the way and a lot of things to learn I enjoy editing very much. It gives me joy, so when I have done all of days important work, I give myself a treat and do some video editing.

It's interesting to see where this new passion takes me in the long run.

But ladies and gentlemen, let me present you my third video with some pride already :)







16.2.2020

Moterm for Hobonichi Weeks Comparison

Hello again :)

This is my second post this week but there is a good reason for it. I already made my second Youtube video ever!

I wanted to keep myself going and not giving myself time to come up with different kind of excuses why I can't make it. And you learn so much faster while you are doing and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

Of course all the mistakes are frustrating - but I try to remind myself that I'm not aiming for perfection because that doesn't exist.

It is good enough. That is my mantra I keep repeating - but of course in Finnish which is my mother tongue. So the mantra goes se on riittävän hyvä but now I think I should change it to riittävän hyvä riittää which means good enough is enough.

Anyway, my second video is out there online so ladies and gentlemen, Kati plans on Youtube presents (aiming for proudly, but not quite there yet):







12.2.2020

Moterm for Hobonichi Weeks Unboxing

Hello

Long time no see but finally I'm back and I have my own channel on Youtube now!

My new life motto is Oh, screw it, let's just do it! and so I did my first Youtube video ever.

My other important life motto nowadays is it is good enough so that I get things done and don't try to make everything perfect before proceeding.

I have made and I will always make mistakes but that is life. So enjoy my first video - or don't - but here it is :)

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Kati plans on Youtube: