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How to Film Youtube Videos 🎥 (Tips to be FAST and EFFICIENT!)

How to Film Youtube Videos 🎥 (Tips to be FAST and EFFICIENT!)

What’s up everyone. Welcome back to my channel, the number one
place for new coaches, content creators and entrepreneurs. In today’s video, I really want to share with
you guys some tips and strategies on how exactly I film my youtube videos, specifically how
I went from spending over five hours of just filming one video alone to finally cutting
that time in more than half. Now, after a whole year of being on youtube
and posting about more than 75 videos to date on the platform, I’ve definitely picked up
a couple of strategies that are really going to help you. Now, obviously at the end of the day, this
all takes practice and consistency. You cannot expect your first few videos to
just be filmed in less than 10 minutes. Even for me, I’m not even at that point yet. However, I do hope that this video is at least
going to save you a lot of the initial headaches that I went through so that you can really
get a head start on your youtube journey. So if you’re interested in learning about
how I feel, my videos, some of the key tools that I use in order to be efficient, then
keep on watching. The first tip that’s really helped me in becoming
a little bit more efficient, especially after some practice, is having a bullet point script
structure. Now in the beginning, what I was doing, my
videos, I used to have a whole transcription of what I would actually say in the video
and I was glued to the idea that if I strayed away from this script, then I made a mistake
and therefore I would force myself to start all over again. I was literally in the mindset that if I didn’t
follow this script and the video was not going to be good. However, there were a lot of issues with this
specifically what we’re doing here, if you do something like this is called over scripting. If you are literally trying to control every
aspect of your video, you’re going to have a really hard time because you have to realize
that how you type something out may not be necessarily how you’re saying something in
real life. And it took me a really long time to understand
that this isn’t really efficient because that’s not how I actually talk in real life and therefore
it made my process of filming a lot longer than it had to be. Not only this, what I found is that by memorizing
off of this crazy script, I didn’t really sound natural. In fact, I kind of sounded robotic. So what I found is having a looser script
does give you more flexibility to be yourself and that actually makes your videos a little
bit more engaging. Now, on the flip side, I’ve also not scripted
my videos before and that was equally a disaster. That’s why at the end of the day, I still
believe having a script is important or at least having some sort of structure to your
videos are important because if you under script Aka you don’t script at all or you
don’t have anything at all and you’re expecting to just wing it, that also creates some problems. And for me, when I did this, I ended up going
off track, off tangent, I ended up messing up even more than when I was scripting my
videos. And not only this, I was really stressed because
I would literally try to think about what I wanted to say while the camera was rolling
and by the end of that video I would realize, oh shoot, I missed something that was really
important that probably would’ve made the video. So that’s why even though I’m saying that
over scripting is not good under scripting can also equally hurt the efficiency of your
filming process as well. So at this point you might be wondering, okay,
Vanessa, so what do you do when you film? Well, I’m going to share my screen and kind
of show you and walk you through what exactly I do. Hey guys. So right now we’re looking at a script of
a recent video that I did. Now as you can see, I still have a script
but it’s very simple. It’s not like a crazy transcription of word
for word what I want to say and instead I’ve got some main key points that I want to hit. I’ve got some bullet points that I want to
share and that’s pretty much it. It’s not rocket science and I find that this
way to be a lot more efficient and a lot easier for me to still sound natural while also having
some sort of structure. Now obviously everyone is different in their
approach, but after a whole year of being on Youtube for me, this is what is currently
working really well so far and it’s truly cut my scripting time and my recording time
in pretty much half. Anyways, with that being said, let’s just
go straight back into the video. Now at this point in the video, you might
be thinking to yourself, great, so now I understand the bullet point method and how Vanessa does
it, but does she still memorize it? Does she use a teleprompter? Are there sticky notes behind a camera that
she references off of? How exactly does she know what to say when
the camera is rolling? And I’m going to tell you right now that my
secret weapon is using a sauna mobile. Now, if you are familiar with my channel,
you’ll know that from these videos right here, I use a sauna, the project management tool
for my entire youtube workflow. And by the way, Asana is a free app that you
can use. You don’t have to pay for it to do the things
that I do, but basically my whole entire system around youtube is in a sauna. That’s why to make things easier for me. I’ve also downloaded Asana onto my phone as
well and what’s really happening behind the scenes is that I have my mobile phone on my
lap at all times and prior to hitting record I’m looking at my phone, looking at my script
and seeing what I have to say. Then I put my phone down, I hit record, and
then I film maybe five lines Max. So what I’m doing is my camera isn’t rolling
for the entire hour and a half and I’m not trying to film the entire video in just one
take. What I’m actually doing is I’m filming in
chunks. When you start filming in smaller chunks,
meaning you have multiple clips that are maybe less than a minute long, it really does take
off the edge of trying to set the expectation for yourself that you need to memorize the
entire thing. Not only this, it’s a lot more efficient because
if you do end up making a big mistake in your video, you don’t necessarily have to start
all over again and all you have to do is just restart that one section within your video. Now, if you still don’t understand what I
mean by filming in Chunks, let me just give you a quick example. When I start out my videos, I always say,
what is up everyone? Welcome back to my channel, the number one
place for new coaches, content creators and entrepreneurs. That’s one line. In today’s video, I’m going to answer a question
that I get a lot and that is Vanessa, how do you film more efficiently for your channel? That’s two lines. Well, in today’s video I’m going to teach
you step by step how you can film a lot more efficiently when it comes to your videos. For Youtube, that’s three lines and then up
until that point I’ll probably stop recording. Now it obviously depends on your experience
level. You could just do one line and then hit stop
or you can do two lines, three lines, four lines. Depends on how much you want to fit in one
clip, but what I found is that maybe two lines is already enough for me and then I’ll stop
the recording and then I’ll move onto the next clip. And what ends up happening is that the end
of everything, I’ll have about 20 to 30 clips that are less than a minute long for Elena
to edit and string together. Not only this by filming in chunks. What I like to do is I know that if I really
epically screwed up a clip, then I can just simply delete it and that ensures that all
the clips that I’m sending to Elena, my video editor, it’s all going to make it into the
final video. And I’m also not wasting her time for her
to comb through hours of footage in one clip to delete all of my bloopers and delete all
of my mistakes. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t make mistakes. However, for the really big massive mistakes
that I know for sure aren’t really going to make it into video, I’ll make sure to delete
them right away from my SD card in order to ensure that all the clips that I’m sending
to Elena are the ones that are truly necessary. And speaking of mess ups, just as a bonus
tip, unless it’s a really big mess up that you know for sure it’s unsalvageable and you
can’t move on, you have to delete the clip right away and refilm that clip. That’s totally fine. However, really do train yourself to just
pick yourself back up over minor mistakes. Now, if you don’t believe me, let me just
show you a footage from this video of me messing up and how I recovered from it versus just
refilming that entire clip all over again that I went through that to Costco, that I
went through the ice tea that I went through so that you can really save some time that
I went through so that you can really get a headstart on your youtube journey. As you can see with this method, you really
got to trust the editing process. Just know that if you have a very small minor
screw up, maybe you missed a word or you stuttered, try to catch yourself or at least stop and
pause and control your mindset and your breathing and then keep going. Just know that a lot of these smaller things
can be edited out. Now if you do have a really big mess up to
the point of no return is simple, just stop the recording, walk up to your camera, delete
it, and then film it all over again. Now again, if you are using this method where
you’re filming in chunks, it’s not going to take too much of your time versus if you’re
trying to take this whole one clip and film everything in one, then you’re going to have
a problem in your hands. In a sense, you’re going to have to Redo the
whole thing and trust me, it is one of the most inefficient things as ever. Now at this point in the video, everything
sounds fine and dandy. However, there is one major drawback when
it comes to filming your videos in chunks and that is the fact that you’re getting to
get out of your seat every single time you want to hit the record button or stop the
record button. That’s why my next major tip for you is to
actually invest in a remote. For me when I film, unless I really want to
double check a clip, I’m basically sitting on my chair the entire time. I don’t have to get up or sit down every two
seconds or every minute that I’m filming because of this guy and I have a remote for both my
canon and also my new Sony camera and these things are really inexpensive. You can find them on Amazon for less than
$20 just make sure that it is compatible with your camera, but I guarantee you this is going
to be a huge game changer in terms of saving time when you’re filming videos for your Youtube
Channel. Now the topic of this remote isn’t necessarily
something that is new on my channel. I did mention it in this video right here
where I talk more in depth about some equipment that I use specifically equipment that’s made
the filming process a lot faster, so make sure you check out this video for more of
that. However, if I were to choose one game changer,
it would definitely be the remote. Now speaking of equipment, I want you to hit
the notification bell because in the next video I’m actually going to be filming a part
two in a sense where I’m truly going to show you all the equipment that I use in order
to fill my videos. Now, if you aren’t new to my channel, you’ve
probably noticed that the quality has upgraded quite a bit and the fact is is that I did
invest in more equipment for my channel, so that’s why I really want you to hit the notification
bell because I’m truly going to give you a walkthrough of my new youtube set up and show
you all the bells and whistles of the things that I invested in. In the meantime, while you wait for that video,
make sure you also check out these two videos that I have right here. I love talking about social media, entrepreneurship
and marketing, so make sure you also check out these two videos as well. As always, guys, I appreciate you. I hope you guys have a great day, a great
week, and a great life, and I’ll see you in the next one. Bye guys.

100 thoughts on “How to Film Youtube Videos 🎥 (Tips to be FAST and EFFICIENT!)

  1. How long does it take you to film a video? 🎥 It used to take me 5-6 hours PER VIDEO so don't feel stressed if you feel it's taking too long. Practice DEFINITELY makes perfect! Also, BGA waitlist is open! vanessalau.mykajabi.com

  2. I got the idea of writing a script from one of your videos and it changed by my life!! Before, it will usually take 2 hrs to make a 10 min video. After I tried making a script, I can finish in less than an hour! Game changer indeed!

  3. Sooo happy to see this! I needed this. So excited to learn about filming in short chunks. Doing that for sure. I do have things that I want to touch on in my iPad notes. I do the same thing you mentioned you do in Asana. I can’t even do 5 lines. Bad memory, 🥴. I agree with what you said about minor mistakes. I’m starting to leave very minor ones in. I have bloopers at the end of my vids now. I want people that may feel like they can’t do youtube, to realize mistakes are part of almost everyone’s videos. We’re humans, not robots. Thank you, Vanessa! ❤️ I learn so much from you. 🙏🏼

  4. Hey Vanessa…I just started off with my channel and you hit the exact problem areas I am facing…thank u so much for the awesome tips!!

  5. Being a new youtuber…I put out one video a week…i wanna be able to do more…and grow more…your videos always have great tips !!!😍

  6. Honestly such a helpful video. Love ur channel I always come away with so much great tips😊💖

    Love from a London/ Ugandan YouTuber

  7. This was sooo helpful lol will definitely start filming in chunks this would definitely save a lot of time. Thank you Vanessa! 😊

  8. I’ve never done videos of myself. So haven’t scripted.
    But I do art videos. So have to set out colours and an idea of what I need to paint.. so it’s not necessarily scripted… but will use these tips if I ever do talking videos.

  9. I feel like this will work better if you're doing more of a talking video… but I'll take some of these points for my channel

  10. I use the filming in chunks strategy, but I feel that I still overscript my videos. It's OK for the moment. Much smarter people than me have taught me that success is making many mistakes and be OK with that. Its part of the journey. Just need to keep practicing and learn from every single mistake. They should be celebrated. They are the best posts to guide me through my YouTube endeavor. I really like your channel, Vanessa. Keep it up

  11. I love how you included a clip of your 'mess ups', gives me a ton of confidence that my videos will get better!

    Who else feels this way?

  12. Ohhh I’ve never thought about filming in chunks! That would save me so much time with editing too. If anyone knows where I can get a remote compatible with a Canon Powershot G7X Mark II please let me know! I’ve had a look on amazon but can’t find one for my camera – I’m sure there’s one somewhere! Thank you for the tips Vanessa!

  13. Vanessa another great video! I always learn so much from your tips. I hope my channel grows as yours has. Great job! 👍

  14. I agree bullet points are really good. I did a lot of public speaking in my former career, and bullet points help a lot. Thanks for sharing this!👍

  15. Ahhh this doesn't apply to my cooking videos hahah but I still found myself watching the whole thing because you're so engaging Vanessa!!!! And that remote tip is pure brilliance

  16. love your videos, super informative and to the point, definitely the best channel on this topic out there, keep it up👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  17. Thank you so much for the valuable tips, Vanessa! I started watching your videos back in January and finally launched my own channel a month ago. I already have been implementing many of your tips. You are an inspiration to us newcomers and help make the journey much more approachable! ❤️❤️

  18. Scripting can be very helpful because I use A LOT of filler/cushion words: like, umm , you know, if that make sense. I also drag out certain words especially the word “and”.

  19. Hi Vanessa, another very informative video from you! You're definitely keeping them coming and you never disappoint. WhenI first started making videos, I used to try so hard to speak perfectly, which didn't work. Since then, I've relaxed and let it happen. Making mistakes is normal and as you rightly pointed out, they can be edited out. What I've started doing lately is keeping some of my bloopers as outtakes at the end of my videos, leaving my viewers with a giggle 😃

  20. Have been pondering using bullet points instead of a script. Gotta just try it. Taking me 1 hr 20 min to film at the moment and with 30 min to set up it's a big time investment. Thanks for the tips!! The remote tip is gold!!🔥🔥❤❤

  21. Thanks alot Vanessa. U are are amazing. Really! U are number one honest person i have watched so far on Utube. U are down to earth. U explained so well that there's no room for mistakes even at one's first try. Thank you thank you. God bless you

  22. Its amazing how someone with perfect content has dat ooops moment ,can you show which edit app do u use to combine your videos that it does not really show that they are combined.

  23. It usually takes me 3/4 hours to film 1 video. I should really start and film videos in chunks though!! As what I do now is just film one long clip and you’re right, it takes ages to edit!! 😰 thanks for your tips and I’m also going to buy a remote, that’s a must!!

  24. Wow seriously pro-level information here Vanessa amazing job. I really enjoy your content and will definitely incorporate these gold nuggets into my YouTube workflow.

  25. Thank you for this video. Especially about doing the video in chunks because I need to do this. I do mess up just like you shared. Appreciate you sharing that

  26. video was very helpful. I cant wait to try this technique for my next video. thank you. I'm an aspiring youtuber so I'd appreciate any type of support from other small youtubers & open to support other small youtubers

  27. Awesome tips Vanessa! I remember my first couple videos took me like 12 hours to film, edit and finish, now I can do it in WAY less time haha! I also spent a lot of time fully doing a script, and now I save tons of time by simply following an outline I create and I speak a lot more free-flow now. I found I was feeling robotic early on too! Love your tips Vanessa, really important points you made! PS – would have watched and commented yesterday but we lost power for 2 days due to the hurricane passing through! Everyone is ok here though 🙂

    Hope you're having an awesome start to your week!

  28. This is the best way to film!! i used this method to film my last two videos, & I will continues to use it. Very time efficient & also makes editing videos 100% more easier!!!

  29. Thanks for the tips! I definitely over script, so I want to try bullet points instead. I do a similar process of recording, but I keep the camera rolling the whole time and act as though I stop and start it again if I make mistakes (and edit them out), but don't actually stop recording because of my sound set up.

    I import sound, so I feel like that would be too much to have all those small sound clips to match up with small video clips… I am guessing your mic hooks up to your camera to pull sound in directly to your clips. Looking forward to your next video with gear tips! Oh- gonna go watch your other one I think I missed with the YouTube Set Up Hacks too 🙂

  30. Excellent video pretty lady Vanessa! I was shooting in large chunks and when I made a major mistake I would delete such a large portion and start again, and this would take forever. I really want to batch record like you mentioned in another video and I'm soooo gonna try this method! Thanks again!

  31. also your so on point when you say this makes the editing process shorter and more efficient as well when you have smaller clips that you you don't have to comb through! LOL I'm so excited to film my next videos I'm gonna try to do 3 in one sitting!

  32. Awesome¡ love this video, I was worrying abt this. You can read my mind 😂😂 looking forward to 200k subscribers & your next video

  33. Some great tips there as usual Vanessa. I would just say that I find it much quicker to film in one go. If I make a mistake I just start that bit again and edit it in post production. When I used to film in lots of clips it took forever to organise them in my editing suite, at least with one long clip its in order.

  34. Hi Vanessa, did you add a sound effect to this video? Your voice sounds a bit different, like that sound effect they do in songs… Or is this just me? 😊 Much love 😘

  35. Great points Vanessa. I love batching content! * REQUEST: Would love to see how you plan this out in Asana since it seems like you'd reuse that for each video, and helps productivity too. A future video perhaps???

  36. Vanessa is awesome !! Learnt so much from her, genius !! Inspired me to make my own content 😊 keep up the good work !!

  37. bullet points are definitely great. It's like you are trusting yourself to be yourself because well… it's okay to be yourself haha

  38. These are some really great tips! It's interesting to hear your method of filming in chunks. I've got to give this a try. I normally film in one big bulk shot but I don't stop or start over if I mess up (and I mess up a lot…lol). I've just got really good at editing and I've learning not to do crazy things with my face when I screw up. I just pick a good point and continue that thought. I've really excited to try the "chunk" method. I have a remote I just don't use it for video so it's time to give it a try. Looking forward to part two!

  39. Ahh I definitely need to script/outline more! I started using Asana as per your recommendation and now I'll try out the app! I feel like it's so easy for me to screw up on multi-liners but I think I'll make another attempt at it since my videos can get pretty choppy with my super short lines 😅

  40. Hello, I find your content very helpful and informative! I film nature….its a little bit tough work…but very enjoyable! Thank you for sharing this video. God bless!❤💜❤💜

  41. DEFINITELY guilty of filming in one go instead of chunks, and usually pause to look at my bullet points which makes my camera heat up. Haha. Will try chunks next time!

  42. The equipment you have linked in your description differ from those in the video you linked at the end, ex: you have 3 cameras linked in total (sony flipup, mirrorless sony, and canon SLR). You also linked different remotes,etc. Have you upgraded again or is this for marketing purposes? The reason Im writing this is because I started out on Youtube about a month ago, but with a videographer, but now Im thinking of investing in my own equipment but I need honest reviews since this is not a cheap investment. Besides that, love your videos!

  43. Love these tips. Just a note: you can speed up workflow on your clips by not starting and stopping the actual recording. You can just leave a big pause gap. They're easy to find in the editing process. This saves a lot of hassle hitting the record button over and over again and getting re-situated.

  44. I agree with your tips (in fact I'm using those already myself, recording in bulks etc), however, for a non-native speaker it's a bit harder to go according to a bullet type script – I don't want to mess up with the grammar. 😅 So I'm trying hard to go from full scripts to bullet points one. It's a challenge, as English is only my third language.

  45. Your videos truly never disappoint. Thanks for all the tips, you truly share what most people want to keep only to themselves

  46. THIS WAS SO HELPFUL!!!Ive been putting off doing videos for over 3 years because it seems so intimidating. Im going to try and upload one this week

  47. Really enjoyed this video! Not only did I get a lot out of it, I really appreciate your candor about the process! Great work!

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