I've been producing podcasts and videos for The Irish Makers Podcast, we are in our 2nd season plus weekly news updates.
So now I have switched to trying out making Youtube Shorts for my Irish Makers News Roundup, and as I mentioned it's published weekly. I'm not sure how to keep that up, but one problem at a time.
I found that:-
- 60 seconds is hard to squish all the info into!
- it's hard to make a short look good.
- I can't make a vlog for the life of me...
Yeah, that last one, I thought I just read it in front of my smartphone and that's it!
It was oh-kaaay...
Let's try again the following week with help from Mick's feedback.
Leave myself out of it, and just have my voiceover. So this time I tried that with screenshots of the various events via my phone. Using Canva and their Youtube Shorts layout, I cobbled it all together.
A bit better, but not quite what I hoped...
This time I had some extra news which I couldn't fit into the previous short with all the events, so I decided to try something else on canva.
I still recorded the audio (if you are curious, I used Logic Pro), screenshot the articles on my phone so I have the right ratio, and also video captured a youtube clip of one of our podcast eps.
Then on Canva, I clipped out the photos and used "Photo Zoom" animation for the photos, this was as close I can get to a Ken Burns Effect (thanks again to Mick for that suggestion for photo stills to make them pop).
Here's the final result (which is a lot better):
And most important of all, make the workflow process better.
- Gather events and news per episode (I use Bear App) - dates, times, titles and links
- Write script on the same episode entry on Bear.
- Practice the heck out of it, highlighting bits to emphasise on.
- Record the audio on Logic Pro, and export audio as wav.
- Get screenshots via my smartphone (it saves to my Photos), if there's any videos, I can record on my phone or video capture on my desktop.
- Create a new Youtube Short design on Canva
- Open up Photos app and find the pics/videos and pull them to Yoink (can transcode if nec), and I pull them from Yoink and drop them into Canva.
- Order the images and videos after some editing (add animation, transitions, etc).
- Drop wav file into Canva, edit it if necessary.
- Edit each "page" of videos/pics in sync with the audio voice over.
- Create thumbnail at the start, and ending image at the end if there's a Call to Action.
- Playback and edit until happy.
- Export video (MP4)
- Upload to Youtube Shorts and edit dets, etc. And add 1920x1080 thumbnail.
- Tweet out.
The one thing I'm still bad at is creating titles that is catchy and to the point. I'm not a wordsmithie person. 😅
- Logic Pro: https://www.apple.com/logic-pro/
- Audio-Technica AT 2035: https://www.thomann.de/ie/audio_technica_at2035.htm
- My phone: iPhone 13 Pro Max: https://www.apple.com/ie/iphone-13-pro/
- Desktop: iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020 / Intel)
- Canva (Pro): https://www.canva.com
- Bear App: https://bear.app
- Yoink App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/yoink-improved-drag-and-drop/id457622435?mt=12
Any tips would be helpful if you produce short weekly content as well, especially if it's info laden like events listings, etc.