Create User Account
If you do not already have one, create a YouTube user account that you can use for this class. Your name must be included in the YouTube user account information. (If for some reason you do not want to use your real name, let me know and I will give you a pseudonym.)
Shoot your Vlog Episode
Follow these tips to ensure that you record high-quality footage:
- Vertical video looks amateur. If you use a phone or tablet, turn it sideways so the video is wider than it is tall.
- Find a quiet place. Bad dialog recording is the most common problem with amateur video.
- Find a good background. It should be neither too busy nor too boring.
- If possible, lock down the camera on a tripod or stand. “Shaky cam” footage does not compress well for the web. If someone else is holding the camera for you, stress that she/he needs to keep it still.
- You’ll need LOTS of light, but if you shoot outside, try to avoid direct sunlight.
- Look directly and consistently at the camera or to a point just to the side of it.
- Orient your body either on the left or right of the frame. (Sitting directly in the center of frame tends to look odd, and it’s hard to cut together with other shots.)
For more help, take a look at the many good tutorials available on YouTube, including How to Shoot Good iPhone Video. Other good tutorials include one by Crutchfield and the iPhone Video Tips page. (Some of these are keyed to specific devices like Apple’s iPhone, but all include useful information no matter what device you are using.)
Upload your Episode
YouTube maintains a very useful How to Upload Videos page, with links to directions for computers, iOS, and Android devices. Each set of directions includes a link to a separate page about privacy settings.
To finish the assignment, please complete the following.
- Upload the video to your YouTube user account by 10:00 p.m. on the date listed in our Schedule.
- After the upload, post the video’s URL to the “Your Vlog Episode URL” discussion topic. (You will find this below the “Class Discussions” forum.
Evaluating your Episode
I will use a five-point rubric to evaluate the success of your video.
- Clarity of content
- Fluency of delivery
- Physical and Vocal Expression
- Video quality
- Audio quality