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How to Shoot a Video for YouTube (Best Camera Settings for Video Tutorial)

How to Shoot a Video for YouTube (Best Camera Settings for Video Tutorial)


– In this video I’m gonna be
going through my seven steps that I do for every YouTube
shoot to get ready and get the best results, plus my best
camera settings, coming up. (upbeat electronic music) Hey, what’s up? Sean here with Think Media,
bring you the best tips and tools for building your influence
with online video, and on this channel we do a lot of
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hey, at any point during the video, check out show
notes and links in the description below. We’ll list out all of the gear
that we’re talking about in this video, as well as bonus accessories and other resources. Let’s jump into the video. So we recently posted a video
here on Think Media about our best budget setup for YouTube,
including the lighting, the tripod and everything, and this
video is actually how to use all of that gear. Now, all of the tips I talk
about in this video are definitely gonna be relevant
for you no matter what gear you have, but in particular, we’re
gonna be shooting with the Canon SL2 as our main body,
so any DSLR or mirrorless camera, you’re gonna want
a setup with pretty similar settings to what we do here,
but let’s jump into this first with our seven steps of getting ready to shoot YouTube content. And so step number one is, of course, pick your location first. Now, in this case we’re shooting
kind of in a home setting. This is actually kind of the
loft or a home office type of a vibe, and I think your setting matters. Now, this video isn’t about
creating a background or creating a set, but I
think it is important to be intentional and I’ve designed
this to be used for YouTube videos, and it’s also
important to note that this is gonna be indoor. When you’re picking a setting,
if it’s indoor, the sun has already gone down, so it’s
definitely important to have some lighting, and so we’ll talk
about that, but of course, if it’s gonna be outdoor, that’s
gonna affect your gear and things like that, so step
number one is pick your set. Step number two is set up the lighting. Now, this is a budget
StudioPro lighting kit. It’s about $75 or you
could check current prices. We’ll post links in the
description below, but I love this lighting kit and you just
plug it in, set up the light stand, assemble the top. Pretty self explanatory, but
two different kind of lighting options that I have here is
that number one, sometimes I use it with the diffusion plate
off in case I want a little bit more brightness, although it
also makes the light a little bit harsher, but of course
they also come with these diffusion diffusers on here like that. I’m gonna leave those on for
now for this particular setup because that’s gonna give us
a softer light, and especially if maybe you have, you know, a
beauty channel or a lifestyle channel and you want a little
bit softer light on your skin, you wanna make sure that
the lighting looks really flattering, then this is a
great lighting kit for that, and once we get it all positioned,
if I’m gonna be sitting on the couch, I’m gonna make it
usually a little bit lower because there’s no need for the
lights to be super high, but if I’m gonna be standing, then
in this case, I’m 6’1, the lights are gonna be pretty
high up in the air, and so for lighting the couch here,
we’re pretty close here. I’ll just get it dialed
in and then we’ll go to the next step. Alright, once you’ve got your
set picked and you’ve got your lighting set up, the next
thing you wanna do is set up you tripod. Now, whatever you tripod you use is fine. This is a Ravelli tripod,
but one of the things that is important is I like to use
this ball leveling feature and the at least initial setup of
the tripod completely level. It’s just gonna help with
our camerawork later on. Alright, now that we have our
tripod set up, now we just need to mount our camera on
the tripod, and so this is the quick release plate that
comes with the tripod. We have that screwed onto the
camera and we can just drop it right on here, super easy,
and now it’s locked in and good to go. Alright, step number five is
connect your microphone, and so when we did this video,
we actually covered two different microphones. They’re both budget and affordable. We have a Takstar shotgun
microphone, I believe this comes in around 20, $25, and a $20 lapel mic. We’re actually gonna start
off with the shotgun mic, so super simple. You just attach that to the
hot shoe here on the camera and then we plug in the cable to the mic jack. Alright, so once we’ve set up
our camera, our tripod, our lighting, and our mic’s
plugged in, we’re pretty much good to go, right? And you could start shooting
right now, and if you wanted to just put your camera settings
on auto then you could get some decent results, but
maybe you’ve noticed and even compared, say, your video
quality to other people’s and you’ve wondered, why I am
shooting with the exact same camera but yet my footage
doesn’t look the same? And the reason why is probably
because of the settings, and so that’s what we’re
gonna dive into now. So I mentioned you can shoot
with audio, but personally, I really recommend shooting on
manual and dialing in all the settings specifically. So because we’re shooting
with the Canon SL2, the first setting we wanna actually
do is put it on video mode, it’s got a video camera right
there, and then we put it on the M for manual. Then what we wanna figure out
first is actually our frame rate, and so if I press the
Q on the screen here, I can actually see that the frame
rate right now is set to 29.97. The other frame rate on
here is 59.94 frames, or 60 frames a second. The only reason I would use
that is if I was vlogging with this camera because I would
wanna use some slow motion. Now, some people actually
put their final videos in 60 frames. It gives it kind of a reality TV look. I personally don’t like that,
but the reason I shoot in 60 is because, again, for slow
motion, but for sitting on the couch here and just talking
to the camera and doing some videos, we don’t need slow-mo,
plus we’ll benefit from it being a little bit better in
low light and you’ll see why, and so we’re actually going to
select 29.9 frames a second. So our frame rate is what we
wanna set first and that’s what we have set up. Alright the second setting
that we want to adjust here is our shutter speed. Now, the rule when shooting
video is that you want your shutter speed to be double
your frame rate or as close as possible, so if you’re shooting
30 frames a second, then you’d want your frame rate
to be 60 frames a second. If you’re shooting 60 frames
a second, then you’d want your frame rate to be 120 on the shutter speed. So we can do that right here,
and we are actually just going to take it down to 60, so
now our shutter speed is set correctly for shooting a
30 frames a second video. Alright, the third setting
that we wanna decide now is the aperture, and we’re doing this
is a particular order because the shutter speed is based off
the frame rate and we need to decide the frame rate upfront,
so now we wanna do aperture. Now, typically for the aperture,
I usually like to do as fast as possible, meaning as
low as number as possible, especially if we’re in a room like this. Again, it’s pitch black
outside, we’ve got these lights, a few other lights helping
us, but we can see here that because this is the kit lens,
the lens that comes with this camera, it starts at F4. That means it starts a little
bit dark for settings like this, and we’ll be able
to adjust that later. So in this case I’m gonna pick
out the shot kind of first and if I sit over here kinda
by the pillow, sorta with the plant in the edge of the shot
and I’m as wide as I can go. It’s at 4.0, I’m just
gonna leave it at that. Now keep in mind, if I actually
zoom in it goes down to 5.6, which is lower light for us,
but for now we’re just gonna leave it kind of composed on this shot. We’ve got our shutter speed
set, we’ve got our aperture at 4.0, that’s as wide open as
possible to let as much light in as possible, and then finally
we’re gonna adjust the ISO. Now, this is how we can get
the brightness back, because this shot is a little too
dark for shooting video. So again, we set our shutter
speed first, we got our aperture at 4.0, as wide open
as it can go, and now we’re gonna adjust the ISO to
bring up the brightness. So we’re about a stop underexposed,
and the way you measure this is on your camera there’s
that exposure meter that says minus three and plus three. Perfectly exposed is right in
the middle, and so if we press our ISO button here, we’re
gonna go up to ISO 200, tap the shutter speed or tap the shutter
again, and boom, perfect, right there, it is perfectly
exposed now, and I wanna just emphasize that when shooting
video, you wanna go in that order, you wanna start by
thinking, okay, what frame rate am I in first? That’s your first question. Based on my frame rate, what
shutter speed should I be in? That’s the rule of multiple. Then based on the effects I
want or how fast my lens is, what is my aperture at? And once you’ve set all those
things, then ISO is that final step to make sure that
everything is exposed properly. Now that we have all of
that set up, we’re going to look at white balance. Alright, so now let’s
look at white balance. Now, this is actually how you
can make all the colors in your videos, as well as skin
tones, look the way they actually should and really
look beautiful and pop. Now, if you do this wrong, maybe
you’ve been in a case where your videos have been too
orange or your videos have been too blue, or maybe they just
haven’t been color accurate. So typically when shooting
white balance, you can just hit your Q button here on Canon or
just find your white balance setting, and a lot of people just shoot on auto white balance. It could be good, it could be bad. It also could change throughout
the shot because the camera is adjusting on the fly. Then there’s also other white
balance settings in there including daylight, shade,
just different options, and you can see they turn the shots
more blue and more orange, but for us, we’re actually gonna
use custom white balance using a gray card, and this is one
of my favorite pieces of kit if you have a camera that can
do custom white balance, and usually these cost around
$10 or something like that. We’ll put a link to it in
the description below if you wanna check it out, but what I
love about a gray card is you can get your white balance
perfect based on the lighting of the actual scene you’re in,
and again, if you have a lifestyle channel, a beauty
channel, and the color pallettes and the actually colors of
things really matters, I definitely recommend setting
custom white balance. So to do so, all you need to
do is simply put that gray card and fill the frame of your
image up, and then you actually wanna take a picture. Now, the important thing here
is make sure there’s not any shadows on there. You want the light that’s
hitting your face to be the light that is hitting that gray card. Then what you do is
just snap a photograph. Then once you have that
photo, go into your menu and head to custom white balance. What it’s actually gonna do is
it’s gonna say set according to the image with that gray card in it. Now, by the way, you might be
wondering, if this is white balance, why are we setting it to gray? Well, there’s actually a white
side there as well, but turns out that gray is actually
even better for setting white balance. You can look that up on
Wikipedia or something as to why. But now that we’ve got that
image selected, what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna say set
and it’s saying, use the data from this image to set
custom white balance? We’re gonna say okay. Now, we’re not done yet, ’cause
if we go back to the actual image, it’s still on auto white balance and it’s doing alright. We can see that the blue and
red on that pillow are looking pretty accurate, although the
overall shot looks a tinge blue to my eye, but if move it, right? And now we select custom based
off of our gray card setting, it is a lot more warm, and
it’s just color accurate across the board. It looks better on my skin
tones, it looks better with the blue and the red on the pillow,
the white of the pillow, and so again, really recommend
setting custom white balance when you can and using a gray
card, provided that whatever camera you’re using can
do custom white balance. You’ll be so pleased with the color. And the last thing here is
if for some reason it doesn’t look right, do it again. There are some times where we
might do two or three photos and we just kind of keep
tweaking the lighting. Sometimes it might all of a sudden be green and really extreme. Just keep going and eventually
get it dialed in, because if you get your colors right when
you shoot your videos, the whole workflow is gonna be a lot better. You won’t need to worry about
color correcting later or anything like that and
everything will look crispy and beautiful. Alright, now we still have
one more step to set up before we shoot. Of course, all the color, all
the settings look good, but the last step is actually making
sure that our microphone is set and ready to record. Now, just like you could use
auto video settings and get decent results, you could just
use auto settings for sound recording as well, so typically
it’s on auto, it’s figuring out the levels itself. However, it’s not gonna sound
the best, so if you want it to sound the best, I recommend
switching it to manual and then what you’re gonna do is actually increase or reduce the gain. Now, one hack I like is just
unscrewing the mic and kind of, that way I don’t have to go
sit in front of it while I’m getting it set up, kind of
get it close to where it’d be, and then see if it’s good. Now, I’m gonna be a little bit
further away when I’m sitting on the couch, but this is
looking pretty good right now. You don’t want it peaking,
and you also don’t want it too quiet, so we’re hitting right
around that minus 12 decibel, right as we’re touching yellow. That’s about perfect, and again,
if you’re hitting red, you wanna bring it back, ’cause as
soon as soon as you hit red, you’re destroying your audio
and you can’t really fix it very well, but this is about
perfect, so remember, just use the manual audio settings, get
it dialed in first, and then you’re ready to shoot. Okay, so so far this is all
been step number six of getting our camera settings dialed
in, but now you’re seeing the final results, but technically
I actually wouldn’t start shooting right now. What I would do is take this
footage to a computer and preview it first, that’s a huge power tip. I don’t know if you’ve ever
done a shoot where maybe you forgot to turn the microphone
on or where you finally got to a computer and you’re like,
geez, my skin tone looks wrong or something looks wrong. What I like to do is get a
clip just like this and see how the audio sounds and how the
video looks on a computer full screen first before
I shoot a batch of videos. Alright, so let’s recap. We set everything up, we set
our lighting up, our tripod, our camera, we got our mic
mounted, and we have all of our custom camera settings, and
by the way, if you’re using a different microphone, all
you gotta do is go into your manual audio setting and just
make sure that the gain and the settings is right based on
the amplification of whatever mic you’re using, so if we
unplug this one, we plug this one in, we’d reset up the audio
and then it should sound great from there, which brings
us to the final tip. Number seven, the final step, and that is create the content. You know, at the end of the
day, you wanna get this tech stuff out of the way,
but then you wanna focus on the content. You know, the camera matters,
but the content is always what’s most important. Adding value, delivering whatever
it is you’re promising in your title, your thumbnail,
whatever it is you want to actually communicate with your
target audience, deliver that content in step number seven,
and to be honest, when we look at some of this footage, it
looks pretty good, right? This camera can produce
some great results. You know, this is 1080p. We’re actually shooting in 4K
here on this other camera, but this is a great camera and if
you’re gonna take it out, you could use just this same
tutorial we taught in this video, but if you were gonna go
vlogging or something, you would just change the settings
based on outdoor lighting or anything else like that. So I hope that this was
helpful, and then there’s also a video that we did actually
with my shoot day checklist, so if you’re curious about what
I put on these notes here, these are the notes that we
just used for this video, but I usually have a little checklist
like this, as well as the steps I do to get ready for
videos when batch producing videos, shooting four to
eight videos all at once. We have all of that in a
video, so you can watch that. Just click the YouTube card
and we’ll also link to that YouTube checklist video in
the description as well. Question of the day: what
camera are you using to create YouTube videos? Lemme know in the comments
section below, and also, if you have any questions or ideas
for future tutorials, let me know about those as well
in the comments section. So thanks for checking out this video. Subscribe for more videos just
like this, and if you wanna check out that video with my
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100 thoughts on “How to Shoot a Video for YouTube (Best Camera Settings for Video Tutorial)

  1. ⚡️ QOTD: What camera are you using to create YouTube videos? Also, what future tutorials would you like to see on this channel? LMK! 👇👇👇 Check out my 10-Step YouTube video checklist video here: https://youtu.be/djLH81z4k5I

  2. Kept on using the reflector card to ensure that the color was right on my video. Was able to apply this on my video and couldnt be any more happier with the results! Super Thanks! My Youtube Vlogs is now up, Check my Channel Out and Subscribe Now! Thank You Netizen Peepz!

  3. What’s the best budget camera to produce Hollywood quality videos? I do get the settings now but I guess the camera matters as well..

  4. I have a Canon EOS 650d the instructions say… by using the video/live filming you run the risk of burning the camera out and damaging sensors for taking photo's… seems strange to option then… doesn't it?

  5. Awesome video, I live in Jamaica 🇯🇲 and I just got my Canon eos M50. I did one video shoot and wasn't satisfied with the results so I'm going to try the settings you recommend. I don't have that gray thing you used for setting the white balance so will likely leave that part out till I can get one. Thx again

  6. I have a Canon Rebel T3i, hoping this video will help me a lot since my videos are a little blurry and im not sure if my camera is too outdated or not. Thanks for the video!!

  7. 7:40 – I don't know what model SL2 you're demo-ing on but mine doesn't show the exposure meter. You go so fast I can't tell how you got to that part of the menu.

  8. Can you tell me what kind of light does it take to create a cooking video? What kind of microphone does it take?

  9. Fantastic video and the information that you covered was extensive, informative and to the point. Thank you!

  10. Excellent video! Thanks! Just one question. What are you using to light yourself in this video? I think more than the well-lit dual softbox setup you have on the couch, I'd like to go more in the direction of whatever using here. It looks like maybe one light on coming down from the upper left and then tweak the camera settings as you mentioned in this video. Also, which lens is being used in this video? Thank you. 🙏🏼

  11. Hey i have done my first youtube video and would like to get some insight and commentry from it it was on a reel tight buget please comment and advise me on bettering my videos as im from South Africa here is the link to my channel https://youtu.be/I0s66sPh2eg

  12. Would you recommend the same video settings for general purpose (not necessarily YouTube) videography ? (I've a 7D Mark II).

  13. Can you play me a song on that Marshall refrigerator behind you?

    Seriously, great channel. I've learned so much from you! Thanks!!!

  14. Thanks a lot! I was doing all wrong. Somes I lose the focus when my subject moves. What can I do?

  15. Since I just started I am using my phone to make videos. I'm hoping to get the cannon m50 bundle kit soon!!

  16. Dude, you talk way too fast and on top of that, you expect folks to have mirror less cameras. sorry, I'm out

  17. thanks I appreciate your video but you are not explaining how to get each and one of those settings, specially when someone is beginning, like I have no idea how to keep up with you because I don`t know how to get there, thanks anyway

  18. Excellent video. I use a Panasonic Lumix G9, which I usually shoot at 6k so i can extract photo-quality stills. Will be buying a microphone next. Thanks again for the video!

  19. I have no idea about photography let alone video cameras, but this presentation was nothing short of BRILLIANT!

  20. Are these technical settings about frame rate, shutterspeed, etc. necessary when getting, say, a Canon M50, as compared to its standard settings? Will the difference be big enough for one to spend time on adjusting these settings or just minor? 🙂

  21. my grey area is once my video is done in imovie and the compression. i know some programs have features for compressing video for faster you tube upload speeds. i have been shooting 60fps with my Canon 80D just because i am new at it all and recently i did a 38 minute video that way and it took a good 15 hours to upload and my friend did a similar length video and his upload time was about 2.5 hrs. video isnt something i do a lot of and am trying to fine tune it. i just got a SL2 and am going to try your settings and see how that effects my upload time.

  22. I am using a newly bought Canon M50. I am buying all the stuff to make a youtube video but have yet to make one. I cant hear myself when I review the video though🤔

  23. Hey Sean, this is an excellent video. Thanks. Although as beginner the only thing I can't achieve is the smooth skin texture you have. I have a good dslr, ring light soft box etc, tried manual & auto mode, but it just doesn't give me the smooth skin effect. Any idea why ?

  24. I love your Video.but I want start a YouTube channel but I don't have money to buy a camera so I wanted to request from you.and I would happy if you could one for me. I'm in Ghana,wa upper west region, sombo. But you could make a video tell me how it can reach me or call me +233500437399. Please I really need it.thanks

  25. thank you for your good tutorial . can someone tell me please — on which canon camera possible to do the TRIMMING AND EDITING RIGHT ON THE CAMERA , REAL TIME ON THE SPOT ? no one SHOW it on youtube !!!

  26. Your Rode mic used in this video is much less tinny than the Takstar mic in the preview clip, I prefer the Rode. Great video as usual.

  27. Thank you for an amazing video and an amazing channel! I always get back to your channel and use it as a reference manual. Please consider making videos on photography and videography.

  28. Thank you so much for your tutorials and different videos they have helped me beyond words. They have given me the confidence to stop talking about creating and do it. One question one thing you didn’t touch on but I noticed was what file setting. I saw you were RAW-L. Is that the best setting for videos for Post? Thanks again brother appreciate ya man.

  29. Thanks for this great video. I have just started creating videos and this channel is extremely helpful for me to progress and make better quality videos.

  30. This helped a ton upon starting my channel. My first videos sucked bad, but I'm getting better each new video!

  31. Great video. I have a Canon Rebel T5i. Had it for a while and will start to shoot video so this video helps so much.

  32. We're a non profit helping people with special needs. This video helped a lot. Just got the Canon SL2, mic and lights. Here we go. Thanks Sean.

  33. I had to stop and drop a comment to thank you for this video!!! I found the perfect settings on my camera because of your tips. God bless you.

  34. Hello, when I edit my videos I notice that the colour or shading changes constantly but only slightly. Is this because it is on auto white balance?

  35. I will using a Canon M50, what video editing software do you use?
    About showing us on the computer ways to transfer the film, and some steps on how to edit. Thank you very much!!!

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