How To Make A YouTube Video Easily

Step-by-step learning guide to create a YouTube video from scratch

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Girl showing how to make simple youtube video on laptop

Video blogging is the future, this is what many probloggers have predicted. So, here is a complete tutorial on how to make a YouTube video!

Today’s post is from a special guest who has been a fellow blog community member for a long time.

It’s Angela McCall – a professional designer and a video blogging expert. She is even taking part in a video blogging challenge and I’m glad that she agreed to create a video for all of us.

In this guest post, she has covered all the basic aspects of creating a YouTube video, right from creating an account, preparing to shoot a video, adding special touches, and then uploading it.

This tutorial post will give you a head start in your video blogging efforts so you adjust and equip yourself well for the future of blogging.

So, here’s over to +Angela McCall from sharing her expert tips on how to make a YouTube video.


How to make a simple YouTube video ~ Angela McCall ~ YouTube video

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I heard that YouTube is now 25% of the Internet Traffic. Google loves YouTube.

And so if you post something on YouTube, you can easily get up there on SERPs and on Google’s number one page.

How to Start Your YouTube Channel

Five or ten years ago, creating a YouTube channel was simpler than it is today. Now, you have to have a Google+ before you can even create your YouTube channel.

That’s because YouTube is owned by Google. In order to have a Google+ you have to create your email on

Once you create your email on, you automatically have Google+. Once you have the Google+, you automatically have a YouTube channel.

Add account shown on Google plus account page


But say, you don’t have it and you want to create another account or another YouTube account, here’s  is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a YouTube channel from your Google+ account:

• Go to your main Google+ account
• Click your photo on the right
• On the bottom click “Add account” (if you haven’t sign in, go ahead and sign in)
• Click on “Create an account”
• Fill up all the necessary information in there such as your Name, current email address, password, birthday, gender, mobile phone, etc. then check on “I agree” on bottom then click “Next please”
• Then it will give you a new page. You can add your photo icon for the page either from your computer or the gallery they have set for you already.
• After you entered your photo profile, you can change your cover photo on your new page account.
• On the menu of your Google+, click on YouTube. From there click your YouTube channel.
• Whatever photo icon you have in your Google+ page, the same photo will appear in your YouTube channel. You can change the cover art on your YouTube channel. Upload photo from either your computer or the gallery. Make sure the photo is as big as 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution.
• So, now your YouTube channel is ready to go!

Software You Can Use to Make a Simple YouTube Video

Nowadays, when you buy a desktop computer or a laptop computer, you automatically have a built-in video camera.

Macintosh users use iMovie and PC users use MovieMaker to make their videos.

Or if you prefer to create your video from your mobile phone, you can do that too. Just upload the movie from your mobile phone to your computer and it will do the job.

I have never done a video of myself from a mobile phone but if you don’t have any choice, you can do it from there. Mobile phone can create a simple video.

Mobile screen shot showing capture icon

The other day while I was fooling around with my iPhone, I found out this new application called Capture. I tested it.

I could create my own videos and also upload several videos from my previous creations and add music as well.

This application is only available for mac users. I’m not sure if this is available on android mobile device. But I did check and I’ve seen several that are similar to it.

You can also use a regular camcorder to create a simple video. Make sure that it has USB connection for your computer.

Stay away from VHS camcorders since they are obsolete and you cannot transfer your video to your computer.

You can however, transfer your VHS video to computer but it is much more expensive to produce in comparison to a digital video.

If you buy a good camera, you can never go wrong on creating your YouTube video. Nobody complains on a very good video.

If it looks good to you, chances are it looks good to others too. When it comes to filming myself, such as me talking in front of the camera, or me singing a song in front of the crowd, I have to have a good camera.

And I believe wholeheartedly that the video built-in my MacBook Pro is good enough.

Nowadays, iPhone and Smartphone can take great videos. It seems like they make things easier for us to do this. Almost everyone can make a video without a sweat.

Tips on Creating a YouTube Video

To create a simple video, you don’t need expensive camera or lighting.

You can use the lights and lamps you already have at home. If you have a floor lamp, that will help spread the lighting in the room.

Use your desk lamp to aim at your face. You can adjust this with less or more lighting by moving the lamp back and forth, up and down, you get the idea.

You can check the lighting on your computer camera (if that is what you are using to make a video with) and you can either put more or less lights, depending on your taste.

Screenshot showing where to keep 2 inches gap

• Make sure you don’t chop your head on video, put a two inches gap above you in the window frame.

Showing laptop kept over books

• When you speak to your laptop camera, for instance, stack books underneath your computer. Keep the camera on your eye level. This way you are looking straight ahead to the camera, which will give you an illusion that you are looking straight to your audience.

Light on face during making of youtube video

• Direct a lamp to your face if you want to cover some imperfections on your face such as wrinkles, pimples or acne you’re trying to hide. Remember good lighting makes your face look smoother.

• The lights on my face gives me a softer look. When you go to a television production, notice when they are taping their show, they normally aim the lights at the person they are filming with. Now I know the reason why they do that. It makes you look better with the lights on. And you look a lot nicer on the camera.

• Some people actually complained to me that I have too much light on my face. But I like to have that milky and smoother face in front of the camera while I’m singing or talking. I’m not born with a smoother and beautiful face like the models and so when I’m in front of the camera, I like to look my best. At least something that I am not embarrassed to say that is me on the camera.

• If you don’t want too much light on your face, you can put more floor lamps that has 3-ways lamps where you can aim it at the ceiling, to your face, and to the room, this way you have less lights on your face and your natural skin is more conspicuous. Have it your way!

• You can wear make up. But make sure you double your make-up application because the camera will not see it. With the help of make up, this can help make your skin looks smoother and gives you that flawless look. As you can see here, I am not really wearing any make-up here other than eye shadow and liquid foundation. No lipstick. No blush. But my hair just have to look right to compensate for what I didn’t have on my face.

• If you are filming yourself in front of the camera and you have a bad hair day, you can either wear a hat or a bandana around your head. Some people can be sensitive when it comes to hair.

• Wear something comfortable in front of the camera. Do not wear something that itches you or irritates your skin because that can create too much distraction when you are taping.

• When you are speaking in front of the camera, do not move your head back and forth because you can make your audience very dizzy. Try to stabilize your head as much as possible. I’m not saying you should act like a robot but you can practice in front of the camera and judge it for yourself and you will see what I’m saying. (break in 2 parts)

Introduction, Transition, & Cool Effects

Scrolling effect on your YouTube video introduction creates an interesting visual. You can include your Title.

On iMovie, you can create an automatic introduction and ending at the same time.

You can insert Transition and Cool Effects in between your photos to create a dynamic visual effect.

You can put Sound Effects or Background Music if you’d like, whichever is better to present your video.

Recording Tips

Nowadays, all desktop and laptop computers have their own microphone built-in. So, if you are speaking before the camera, I don’t think you need to buy extra microphone just for this.

Unless you are building a recording studio and this is a different story. We are trying to create a simple YouTube video. And you need not to spend extra money just for microphone.

Whether this is my singing videos or tutorial videos, the built-in microphone in your laptop is good enough to record if you’re simply just going to create a simple YouTube video.

When you are recording your video from iMovie or MovieMaker, don’t worry so much about making mistakes.

If you said too many “ahs” and “ohs” and “you know”…you can edit all these and delete them in your video.

In recording your video, it is very important to get your momentum on this instead of stopping, and restarting all over again, which in the end can drive you crazy!

How To customize Your URL on YouTube 

As you can see below the “UC7ZWSD-2dicyAVHihSjY8sQ” is very hard to remember. So you want to customize your channel so that people can remember it a lot better.

Plus, you can also include your URL at the end of your video such as – subscribe at: aamccalltv – instead of a URL with weird characters you can’t remember.

Customize URL to make YouTube video

Here’s how you do it

• go to your main channel
• on your icon that looks like a round wheel select “YouTube settings”
• next to your photo icon click “Advanced”
• on Channel settings, click “Create custom URL”
• on the window that says “Create custom channel URL” then click on “Create custom URL”

…this should create a new name on your designated URL.

Now instead of these crazy and hard channel names, you now have your customized URL you created for yourself.

You can easily put the caption text at the end of your video to encourage subscription. Or you can put your customize URL on social media a lot easier for recognition.

Uploading Your YouTube Video

• Go to your main YouTube channel
• Click “Upload” on the right hand corner
• Click the red arrow, underneath says “Select files to upload”
• Select the file you want to upload from your computer
• Put a Title on your video
• Enter your description
• Enter your tags (your tags are the same as “keywords”)

What to Say on Your YouTube Video

Be yourself. Try to relax and don’t sweat too much on what to say on your video. If you’d like you can practice first to yourself.

Create a video of you talking in front of the camera and do not upload it on YouTube. If you want support from your friends, upload the video just for their eyes only.

Then they can give you a feedback without exposing yourself to the whole world.

When you do something often, you become better. Like they say, practice makes you perfect.

So practice…practice…practice…on creating your YouTube video. This is like public speaking, except you are creating a video, and this video you can edit when you make a mistake.

On public speaking, you cannot correct anything if you make an error. So video making has more mercy when it comes to editing.

There’s a lot of things you can say on your video. You can talk about your product, or you can recycle your blog content and talk about it. Google loves that. That’s not duplicating your content.

What you say on your video is different from your actual blog post. You can use YouTube as another format to spread your business online.

This is also good for expanding your audience. You can attract a different set of audience.

I hope you learned something from this tutorial video. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments below. Please share it with your friends. Thank you for reading my post.

Over to you –

Did you know how to make a YouTube video? If you’ve made one, what were your experiences? What did you learn, and how can you create a better YouTube video? Share in the comments.

Photo Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos, Angela McCall

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  1. Vishnu

    2014-06-22 at 10:08 pm

    I never step into youtube upload section as i feel its not easy to create and edit video but after reading your tutorial i think i need to try that once.

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-24 at 3:34 am

      Hi Vishnu,

      Oh wow…that’s very COOL. I’m so glad that this tutorial video made it EASIER for you to create your future YouTube video. I’m soooo happy to hear that. Thank you very much for stopping by. Have a great day!


  2. Ravi Chahar

    2014-06-21 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Angela,

    It’s good to read this post.
    I totally agree that video blogging is the future. Every blogger must learn how to create their own YouTube channel. I am amazed to know that I can create my YouTube channel with my Google+ account.
    I have read about creating the channel directly with YouTube but you have told us the direct method via our Google+ account. I hope this will every blogger who wishes to do the job.

    The tips you have given are really amazing and helpful. You have pointed out about the border, lightning, placement of laptop and many other stuffs in an appropriate manner.
    I will surely keep these points in my mind when it will come to create the channel.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
    Have a great day. 🙂


    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-24 at 3:32 am

      Hi Ravi,

      Thank you very much. 🙂
      Yes, video blogging is the wave of the future. And the 2014 year is the year of the podcast. So far we have about 400 million bloggers…very saturated market. BUT…we only have 400 thousands pocasters, so the competition on this one is low. Plus, your audience is more targeted. Yup, you can sure make a YouTube channel with your Google+ account.

      Before, you can create a YouTube channel without having to do with Google+ but now you CAN’T. Because YouTube is now owned by Google…and they want to execute the two apps together, hand in hand.

      I’m so happy to hear that these tips given are helpful. That’s what we aim for. 😀

      Thank you so much for adding your valuable comment. Have a wonderful week.


  3. Nathaniel Kidd

    2014-06-20 at 5:00 am

    These step by step instructions are so easy to follow. I have not ventured into making a video but I definitely know this is information that will be vital in making the process very easy. I know I need to practice so I can feel comfortabe in front of the camera. That is probably my weakest point. It is also nice to know that I do not need any very expensive equipment to make videos. Thanks for sharing.

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-24 at 3:27 am

      Hello Nathaniel,

      I’m so glad to hear that you find this step-by-step instructions tutorial video appropriate for making your video blogging. Yeah, it takes practice. The more you do it, the easier it gets. The more you reveal yourself in front of the camera, the braver you get, the easier it feels. And you’re right, you don’t need expensive equipment to make quality videos. Thank you for commenting and for stopping by. Have a great week ahead.


  4. jayraj Patel

    2014-06-18 at 12:53 am

    Hi Angela Mam,

    I have read many post on this topic but this guide is damn easy & informative. The people who search for easy ways to earn money online i think this post will help them a lot.Keep Rocking Mam with your posts. 🙂

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-24 at 3:24 am

      Hi Jayraj,

      Thank you very much. I’m so glad to hear that this tutorial video is an easy guide and informative. Exactly what we are aiming for. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting on Harleena’s blog. I hope you have an awesome week ahead. God bless…


  5. Angela McCall

    2014-06-16 at 12:57 am

    Hi Lorraine,

    Oh, I’m so glad to know that you learn how to customize your URL. Seems like a lot of people didn’t know this, I’m surprise!! But I’m glad that people are learning how to customize their URL, yeah it’s easier to remember if you can just customize it…instead of these crazy characters. And the books always helped me and so anyway, thank you for stopping by and contributing your nice comment. Have a great Sunday!


  6. Lorraine Reguly

    2014-06-15 at 11:28 pm

    I didn’t know how to customize the URL before I read this post. Thanks for that tip!!!

    I’ve made a couple of videos already, mostly from my phone, and will make more again, so it’s good to know what I’m doing wrong and where I can improve. The books under the computer is a great idea.

  7. Suprabhat

    2014-06-15 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Harleena Mam,

    I am back as my exams are finished now, and am totally free so i started reading your blog again without any tension. Here i see there are many quality guest poster came to your blog. Alredy you are quite popular in blogosphere.

    I was searching for this post only on how to create Youtube video so that i can monetize my videos and make some more bucks. Here Angella came up with the post i was searching for, Even it helped me how to sit on any google hangout with using proper placing of Cameras and Light.

    Have a Good day Ahead

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-16 at 12:53 am

      Hi Suprabhat,

      It’s good to know that the tutorial video came just in time to help you in your future videos. Have fun on Hangouts. Thank you for commenting and wishing you a great week ahead. Happy Sunday!


  8. Arleen

    2014-06-13 at 4:23 am

    Angela you are so right on about the importance of making a youtube video for SEO rankings. I will put up a product and then add a youtube video and Google will index the video before the actual product. Also the plus side is that most people are visual and would rather see a picture or video of the item then scrolling down and reading all the text, that maybe very boring because it was written for the spiders to crawl your website.

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-13 at 9:32 am

      Hi Arleen,

      That’s right. Google index the YouTube video faster than your post. So Google loves YouTube. What a better way to increase your ranking than having a YouTube video embed in your post. Anyway, it’s good to see you my friend. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you. Hope you have a nice weekend.


  9. Obasi Miracle

    2014-06-12 at 9:38 am

    Hi Angela McCall,

    You killed it with this easy to grab guide, video marketing is something I have been looking up to recently.

    I think it will help increase readership on my blog, I have thought over it for about 6months now and will look forward to creating my very first video using your instruction.

    Hopefully, it turns out good all along. Thanks for sharing and do have a blessed week already.

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-12 at 8:18 pm

      Hey Obasi,

      Im so glad to see you my friend 🙂 Oh, I am so glad to hear that. Glad this tutorial video came at the right timing!

      Oh absolutely. Google loves YouTube specially if you embed it in your post. It helps boost up your SERP. And if you have a high bounce rate, put a 5-minute video in the beginning of your post, this will help it go down. So yeah GO FOR IT!!!!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my post. Have a blessed weekend.


  10. Freddy

    2014-06-11 at 3:26 pm

    You got some Great tips to create a nice Youtube Video!

    Great tips Angela!!

    This is really the entire package on how to become a good video marketer!

    Video Marketing on Youtube – to brand yourself and your blog online – is a great way to get free targeted traffic as well.

    You hit it out of the park with this one!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial!

    I wish you the best!


    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-12 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Freddy,

      Thank you very much for a wonderful compliment. 🙂

      Yes, that.s what we are aiming for, to have a complete step-by-step for beginners.

      Google loves YouTube specially if you embed it in your post. It’s easier to increase your SERP and page ranking. Quality video and quality content works great.

      Thank you so much my new friend. I only wish to continue to do this. Help others.

      Sure, my pleasure! Thank you so much for watching my tutorial video.

      Have a great weekend.


  11. Carol Amato

    2014-06-10 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Angela!

    If I hadn’t joined Bonnie Gean’s Video Challenge on Google Plus I would not have met you, so thanks Bonnie Gean! 🙂

    What an excellent, thorough tutorial you did here as a guest writer – simply fantastic! I like the pictures to give folks an idea of what you’re referring to with regards to position and lighting, etc. Love when visuals are included because I am such a visual learner, that’s why I love videos!

    You’re warm and quite the natural, Angela. Your voice is warm and friendly also, which is such a plus.

    So proud to have known you when you were hesitant about videos yourself, and now you’re teaching others! Way to go and congratulations on your success!

    Very well done! 🙂 Talk soon,
    – Carol

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-12 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Carol,

      I’m so happy to see you 🙂 I am stoked that Bonnie Gean invited me to Video Blogging Challenge. The feeling is mutual. I am so happy that I have met you, I actually posted something about you in Facebook saying that you are amazing in video blogging who has a voice of an angel.

      Thank you very much my friend. Your comment means a lot to me. Me too, I am a very visual person. I love to include photos. Coz like they say, a picture say a thousand words. I am also passionate of video making, that’s why I always create short movies of either my dog, granddaughter, just about anything I find interesting. Speaking in front of the camera is pretty new to me. That’s the one I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to do out of the ordinary.

      Yes, I couldn’t believe I was doing this too. Thanks to Bonnie Gean and also my other graphic designer friend (Rob Cubbon) who keep encouraging me to practice…practice…practice in YouTube, so someday I can put a course in Udemy. Have you ever thought about teaching in Udemy? You can actually make $1000/a month just by having a course there, and that’s passive income. And that’s what I’m aiming for. That’s why I’m motivated to do this video blogging challenge. Anyway, I want to thank you for coming by and commenting here. I really appreciate it. Have a blessed weekend my friend.


  12. Sid

    2014-06-10 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Angela,

    You can well consider you more than lucky for getting an opportunity for guest post for aha now. A very few (and lucky folks) get this opportunities for that. Cheers!

    With the coming of YouTube many NOBODYs have turned into celebrities. Youtube is indeed the future. A simple video can make you a celebrity over-night. How I wished to learn how to make videos. Though I went through many guides, it didn’t cleared my doubts.

    But, your post was simply awesome. It did help me a lot. Thanks for this informative post.


    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-12 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Sid,

      Thank you very much. I feel fortunate that Harleena asked me, I am indeed flabbergasted and very happy to know that she trust me. <3

      I hear you. YouTube has given a lot of people a big break and opportunities to be heard. Thank God for this technology.

      Ah, this is wonderful and good news. Exactly what I'm aiming for is to help you and I'm so glad to hear that it did. Thank you for stopping by and have a nice weekend.


  13. Dr. Diana

    2014-06-10 at 9:27 am


    I am thinking to make videos on spiritual teachings, nature etc. As I am new to Youtube, this article will definitely help me to create YouTube video easily. I am really thank full to you Angela…

    I have heard that we can make money from YouTube videos. Is it true? If yes then tell me how?


    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-10 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Diana,

      I have a friend who is doing this similar thing with spiritual and nature video. It’s good to shoot your video sometime outdoo, showing nature out there while you talk about spiritual things. When you’re doing a video for your blog, make it short like 3-5 minutes long.

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-10 at 3:48 pm

      Ooops! So sorry I pushed the wrong button, I wasn’t done what I was saying. As I was saying, when you create a video in your blog, keep it short up to 5 minutes only coz many have short span online. When you put a video on your post, this gives you less bounce rate specially when people find you on Google search, they’d click your video first. Put the video in the beginning of your post to have LESS bounce rate.

      Yes, you can make money on YouTube, in your channel setting, make sure click on monetize and YouTube will do the rest. And also, from what I heard, when YouTube starts seeing a lot of traffic and people subscribe to you, YouTube (I think) pays you .05 cents for each subscriber. So if you have a million subscribers that’s like $50,000 a year. I only read this once, let me check again the latest news on this and will get back to you later…


  14. donna merrill

    2014-06-10 at 8:02 am

    Hi Angela,

    Great to see you here on Harleena’s blog!

    I remember the first video you have done. Girl, you came a long way in such a short time! I’m thrilled watching you grow in leaps and bounds. (clapping hands)

    You have given a wonderful way how to produce videos. I thank you, especially for that lighting tip. No matter what I do, I get all crazy with the lighting. I’m going to try this method out.

    I had to laugh when I seen the computer on books because that is exactly what I do! lol

    As for sound quality, I use a “snowball” microphone for my mac. Although the sound it is great already on my computer, adding a snowball mike has many advantages. It blocks out other sounds and picks up what I’m saying in a better way. – That’s my two cents.

    Thanks so much for sharing your tips!


    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-10 at 3:29 pm

      Hey Donna,

      Thank you for a very nice welcome, girlfriend. 🙂

      OMG…yeah, I was nervous the first time. Nervous doing this tutorial video for Harleena too since it’s my first guest post. But I’m so glad she is happy with my video. Thank you for the applause.

      Do you remember when I said I didn’t like my video with channel 30 when they did an interview of me? The videographer brought all his professional lighting equipment in my house, but I didn’t like the way he took it. I looked horrible on some parts of his video which even today I’m still ashame to show it. So I’ve learned that when I take a photograph of myself with the sunlight on my face, it made me look younger and I like the look on my face. My daughter taught me that photography technique, since she loves taking pics of herself on iPhone. Anyway, that lamp directed on your face is the same effect as if you have the natural sunlight, I actually started to like what I see instead of resenting myself in front of the camera.

      Haha…great minds think alike!! Congratulation on the books part. 😀

      I heard about the snowball. And years ago, hubby bought me a microphone similar to snowball but I took it off of my computer because it was creating too much feedback, so the built-in microphone is good enough. What I do on I movie, after I tape myself on there, I adjust the sound from up to 200%…doubling the volume so when I convert it for YouTube the sound is louder and much more clear.

      Thanks for taking the time to watch the video and for commenting on my post at Harleena’s. I appreciate all your great support. Have a great week!! xoxo


  15. Troy S.

    2014-06-10 at 6:14 am

    Good advise. I especially liked the ide of putting the laptop ontop of a sack of books. I am gonna start doing that for sure. Sure beats slouching in my chair. LOL.
    Another good idea may be to film outdoors like Andy form CommentLuv likes to do.

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-10 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Troy,

      Oh good, I’m glad you found that books underneath your laptop valuable. I find that one very helpful as well. Anyway, thank you for stopping by and appreciate your feedback a lot. God bless…


  16. Adrienne

    2014-06-10 at 1:22 am

    Hey Angela,

    Well look who is guest posting at Harleena’s place and being called an expert shooting YouTube videos. I bet you never expected that. See how quickly things can start happening just from taking that first step!

    What a great post you shared and did you know that I learned something new from you today? I didn’t realize you could do a custom URL! Duh! Where have I been? But I’m also not shooting a regular amount of videos either. Still that’s no excuse for me not knowing that so thank you for that lesson young lady.

    You really knocked this tutorial out of the park so hopefully now we’ll see at least one from Harleena. Think we can talk her into that? LOL!!!

    Really great job Angela, need I say more! Thank you ladies for this fabulous share and I hope you both have an awesome week.


    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-10 at 3:01 pm

      Hey Adrienne,

      I was stoked when Harleena asked me, I couldn’t believe my ears. Excited, speechless, and nervous at the same time…all in one feeling. And wow, I am really not an expert shooting videos, I still have a lot to learn. But I appreciate all their wonderful comments.

      Oh, is that right? Hahaha…you are silly!! Seems like that is the number one what everyone told me that they didn’t know you could customize your URL. So I’m pretty happy that everyone appreciated that.

      I’m anxious to see Harleena create a youtube video. You’ll never know, she might surprise us one of these days! 😀 I’ve just learned from Rob Cubbon that there are actually 400 million bloggers. Imagine that, you are competing with these people…a touch of a personal video imbedded in your blog will set you apart from millions of bloggers who are doing the same thing. There are only 400K doing podcasts vs. 400M doing blogs. So take a pick. Pick the low competition. Plus, Google loves YouTube.

      Thank you so much for adding your valuable comment. Thank you also for all your support and encouragement. I am heading soon to your blog. Sorry for running behind. Catch you soon!


  17. Ann07

    2014-06-09 at 10:07 pm

    Hi there, Angela!

    Great video, very helpful!

    Although, I kinda thought that the lamp was way too focused, too bright… maybe you should try opening the main light then place the lamp a little bit far.

    I’m no expert, but I tried it a couple of times and it seemed to work out pretty good.

    Anyway, thumbs up for this helpful tutorial, great job on those books, there’s got to be a way to do it! And there you have it.

    Have an awesome day ahead!

    More power,


    P.s I also found this post shared at kingged!

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-10 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Ann07,

      Thank you.

      I did mention it on my post that you can have it your way, I like my lamp closer to my face to give me that milky skin. If you want to have your skin more conspicuous then you can put it back more.

      So yeah there’s no limit to this…

      If I have all the reflector, more lighting in the room, I will definitely move the lamp from my face, but since I don’t have any other sources, I’m doing the best I can, anyway, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your comment. Have a nice day!


  18. Jodi

    2014-06-09 at 7:44 pm

    What helped me the most with youtube is learning how to do annotations. I learned from other youtube videos. Everything is out there that you ‘d want to know. I have to do some recording this week, so this is a well timed post. Most of this is for beginners though, but it sure is validating!

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-10 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Jodi,

      I have done annotations on YouTube but didn’t really like it. It’s good for people who are in their computers such as a laptop and desktop, but when I tried to view the annotations created direct on YouTube, on my tablet and iPhone, I cannot see ’em. So I would rather do annotations on ScreenFlow instead. Anyway, thank you for stopping by and leaving your feedback. I appreciate it. Have a nice week.


  19. Sylviane Nuccio

    2014-06-09 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Angela and nice to see you at Harleena’s.

    I apologize to both of you, for being late here, but my life brought me off line pretty much all last week, and I haven’t be able to keep up with my blog reading routine.

    This is definitely, a superb tutorial on YouTube and how to make videos that look professional.

    I will definitely go over that post over when I have more time in my hand.

    Hope you both have a terrific day!

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-10 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Sylvianne,

      Please don’t apologize, I know that people can be very busy at times. I’m just happy to see you here. Hope you are caught up with your routine. Me too, I’m behind with my reading my friends blogs and commenting and so I’m doing it now.

      Thank you very much for stopping by and hope this tutorial video helps your business. Have a great week and take it easy my friend.


  20. Kumar Gauraw

    2014-06-09 at 10:26 am

    Hi Angela,

    Wow! What an awesome post!

    Just for fun, I have recorded videos in the past and uploaded them on Youtube (and kept them private). But, I never gave so much thought about recording a video.

    Obviously, your experience has taught you these technical glitches which we could now avoid because of your post. Thank you for sharing.

    I prefer to open all windows, have a table facing a window for natural light to come on your face while speaking into laptop (or iPhone) camera. It is so much better than using lamp for lighting.


    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-09 at 11:37 am

      Hi Kumar,

      Thank you very much. 🙂

      I started video making of my kids. I still have some of the VHS format. Dang, that’s been a long time! Anyway, I have always done a video of my kids, create a story, put background music. Sometimes videos of my furry babies and put a background music…Tutorial videos, however, is very NEW to me. Also, speaking in front of the camera is also very NEW to me…in fact it is OUT of my comfort zone. But my friend Bonnie Gean had to kick my butt and pushed me beyond. Which I’m glad and now I feel getting more and more comfortable about this. So long as my lighting is GOOD I feel confident to speak in front of the camera.

      As far as lighting is concerned, the natural lighting (i.e. sunlight from your window) is actually the BEST. I have recorded a video once using just the sunlight from our window during a Music Video and it came out just fine. Sometimes certain light exposure on certain hours (i.e. 3:00-4:00 PM) is good to have. It makes your face looks softer.

      Glad you found this tutorial video helpful in creating your own video someday. Wishing you a great week ahead and thank you very much for commenting and sharing your valuable feedback.


  21. Ritesh Saini

    2014-06-09 at 10:25 am

    Thank you so much Angela mam for sharing this great tutorial. Indeed it is what I was actually looking for from last few days across the web but I really forgot to check the best expected spot i.e. Harleena mam’s blog 😀
    Keep Writing and Thanks Again.

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-09 at 11:41 am

      Hi Ritesh,

      Oh, it’s my pleasure!! 🙂 I’m glad that you found what you are looking HERE at Harleena’s blog, the BEST blog in the whole world. A little bit of everything. From relationship to video making…you can find it here at Harleena’s. Anyway, dear friend. Have a great week…


  22. Chery Schmidt

    2014-06-09 at 8:29 am

    Hello Harleena,

    What a nice surprise to have Angela here to share her video experiences with us here on your blog. I never really thought about using my floor lamp to use for lighting, what a great idea. I guess I never really gave lighting very much thought..

    I do agree you will get better as you go Yes practice…practice…practice…

    Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

    P.S. I did land here tonight Via Kingged

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-09 at 11:13 am

      Hi Cherry,

      It’s good to see you! 🙂 I know some people don’t really use their floor lamp but I think it’s great to light your surrounding specially if you have a green background the 3-way lamp that can aim at your ceiling, another on the wall, and/on you is a great way to have. You don’t need expensive lighting to really make a quality video. I’ve seen someone did this and it looked great.….I haven’t check that website yet. But it’s good to know you came from there. Anyway, have a great week ahead my friend.


  23. Corina Ramos

    2014-06-08 at 6:43 am

    Hi Angela,

    Welcome to Harleena’s blog! Thanks so much for putting this tutorial together. I have always wanted to learn but never knew where to begin. Now I have it all on this great post!

    Thanks Angela! I hope you ladies are having a great weekend.

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-08 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Corina,

      Thanks for a nice welcome! 🙂 I’m glad to know that now you have an idea how to create a video. No biggy really. Just courage enough to put one. You too, have a nice weekend dear.


  24. maxwell ivey

    2014-06-08 at 1:45 am

    Hi Angela,

    I thought you did a solid job on this post. I think you should have mentioned a bit about audio quality as many people have told me that they may still watch a video that is poorly shot but will not tolerate one with bad audio. I had trouble getting my audio level high enough, so i didn’t start recording videos until I could buy a microphone headset that fixed this problem.

    Also, it may be because I’m blind or not just as tech savvy as I’d like to be, but I find quick time pro easier to use than iMovie. You don’t had as many editing options, but it seems to work better for me. It might be the case for some of your readers. I do need to fix my url. thanks for the instructions on that. and a video doesn’t have to be perfect to upload to youtube.

    Some experts even suggest that too perfect will come off as impersonal. And after I post a video, usually write a blog post to give people another way of accessing the material shared in the video. IN these blog posts I include a link to the whole youtube video as well as links to the key video elements to save people time. I haven’t started posting an audio version of the videos yet, but some people strongly suggest you do this. thanks again for the tutorial. Take care, Max

    • Angela McCall

      2014-06-08 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Maxwell,

      I think the microphone in my computer is good enough. I didn’t have to use an extra money just for the microphone. We try to concentrate on available freebies. When you create a movie on MovieMaker or iMovie, there is a spot there where you can double the volume. Sure, an extra mic would be nice but not necessary for a simple YouTube video specially for newbies.

      Whatever works for you, may it be QuickTime Pro or something else, then let it be. Be my guest. I’m not restricting people to use iMovie. I’m showing it there because that’s the only one I’ve ever used to create my videos. The basic stuff I’ve shown there is similar to many movie editors I’ve heard…such as MovieMaker, Final Cut Pro, Movie Premier, etc., etc.

      That’s true. You made an important point. Some people doesn’t like to see videos that are too perfect, coz like you said, it’s impersonal and we want to connect with our audience on a PERSONAL level. I believe when you create your YouTube video, you can easily convert this to a podcast as well. So you covered both. Thank you so much for commenting. Have a great weekend.


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