YouTube ministering has grown substantially over the last 6 years or so. It’s never been easier than now to reach a broad audience via YouTube channels. For those who are led to start a YouTube ministry it may be somewhat overwhelming creating your first video.
There are two basic components necessary to create your YouTube videos and they are your filming gear and editing tools.
You may ask yourself:
How do I create a custom thumbnail?
What editing software are people using?
What camera is most popular for filming?
What if I’m on a tight budget?
What if I don’t have a computer?
In this blog post I will address these valid concerns and share with you some basic, budget friendly tools that will help you create awesome videos for your YouTube ministry channel.
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In a perfect world where money wasn’t a concern you could spend $1200 to $2000 on a fancy smancy video recording camera and lens. But if you’re reading this blog post it’s pretty obvious you don’t have that kind of money.
So, I suggest using your smartphone be it an iPhone or Android to record your videos. Don’t underestimate your phone’s capabilities. The vast majority of smartphones will record high definition videos and some 4k.
If you have an iPhone you own a piece of filming equipment worth between $600-$800 brand new. Use It! There’s no need to purchase a separate camera, your phone is multifunctional. Likewise, you can use your iPad to film as well.
I personally use my iPhone 6, yes I still have a 6, to record all my YouTube videos. I’m able to prop my camera phone using a selfie stick and inexpensive tripod. You can find these tools on Amazon or at Walmart, Bestbuy, and Target. For less than $40 you have half your studio equipment.
Backgrounds / Backdrops
Okay, this is just my personal opinion and observation, but backgrounds and or backdrops are important while filming. It doesn’t cost a fortune to film your video with a presentable background.
I often cringe when I watch a YouTube video where the person speaking is filming in front of a messy background. I’m OCD when it comes to aesthetics and unkept rooms behind the filmer is distracting.
Here are five options to avoid this:
If having a messy area is beyond your control try clearing out and or organizing a small space dedicated to filming. No one will know that the rest of your space is a disaster zone.
Film your videos out in nature like in your backyard, at a park, at a waterfront, etc. This shouldn’t cost anything and can be quite relaxing for your viewers to watch.
Go to Amazon to purchase inexpensive filming backdrop cloths for less than $30. Even better, shop your home for unused curtains or tapestries and hang them up on a blank wall using command hooks and a cheap curtain rod. Try stringing fairy lights on a bare wall. You can make your own backdrop from scratch using supplies from your local fabric and arts and craft store.
Hang framed quotes or wall art and use them as your decorative background.
I often like to film in front of neatly placed furniture like a desk, a bookshelf, or a neatly made bed and it costs me nothing.
Filming in good lighting makes all the difference when creating a well made YouTube video. The least expensive and best lighting to use is natural light be it from outside or by using special light bulbs.
If possible find out which part of the day has the best natural light for filming and film during that time. If bright, natural light is difficult to come by shop Amazon for low cost studio lighting equipment. The price can be as low as $20 per kit.
Thumbnails / Logos
One of my most favorite parts of putting together a YouTube video is creating thumbnail images. You can get as creative as you like with your thumbnails.
Whether your thumbnails are snap shots of your video footage or images you’ve downloaded from the internet it’s important that you have one that reflects the topic of your video. Please do not create click bate thumbnails. They are dishonest and you wont gain a loyal following that way.
You can design video thumbnails for free using two popular internet sources:
* PicMonkey is the first graphic editing program I used years ago and it’s free for basic editing features. If you want more advanced features you can choose one of two paid plans that are still affordable compared to Adobe Illustrator, which is what I currently use.
I will warn you that Adobe Illustrator has a steep learning curve and I wouldn’t advise going that route first unless you’re truly ready.
* Canva is another easy to use graphic editing program boasting a Free Forever plan. If you want to step your game up then try their Canva For Work plan for a reasonable monthly fee to unlock more editing features.
I personally only experimented with Canva, but there are tons of YouTubers that use it regularly.
Keep in mind that these graphic editing tools aren’t just for creating thumbnails. Use them to create your channel banners, profile pics, watermarks, and logos for a cohesive ministry branding image.
Video Editing Software
You will be surprised how free video editing software can help you create professional looking videos. Of course there are the high end software programs costing $300 and up that allow you to create literally, movie quality videos, but the majority of us don’t need all that. And besides, this blog post is about sharing budget friendly resources, not ones that will break the bank.
Neither software programs are cheap and both are made for medium to advanced level film editors, but don’t let that intimidate you if you’re truly ready. YouTube has tons of free tutorials to help you along the way.
Here are a few free and inexpensive options you can use:
If you have a PC and are using Microsoft applications then Moviemaker should be available to you for free. It doesn’t have a ton of frills, but it is easy to use and I’m subscribed to a YouTuber that has a big following that used it for years.
For those with a Mac then you should know that iMovie is Apple’s free video editing program. That is what I currently use along with Filmora Wondershare, but I paid around $60 for that program. Filmora does have a free version with two less options compared to the paid plans.
YouTube also has built-in video editing capabilities so don’t forget to experiment with that. YouTube’s Creator Studio includes royalty free music which is important to help prevent copyright strikes and claims.
If you have a little bit of money to spend then I highly recommend Pinnacle Studio. That’s the editing software I used five years ago when I first dabbled into the YouTube content creator arena. Unfortunately, it’s for PCs only and when I got my iMac I had to switch programs. Pinnacle studio is a happy median between iMovie and the more advanced Adobe Premier and Final Cut Pro. Prices for Pinnacle Studio currently run between $60-$130. Well worth the price in my opinion if you can afford it AND have a PC.
No Computer, No Worries
Finally, if you don’t have a computer don’t let that stop you from starting your YouTube ministry. Believe it or not but some content creators film and edit their videos to include creating thumbnail pics solely using their smartphone.
It’s as simple as downloading the right apps and using the YouTube Creator Studio in conjunction. So no more excuses ladies! Go create those fabulous, encouraging, spirit filled YouTube Videos for God’s ministry. There’s kingdom work to be done!
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