How to VLOG: Complete Beginner's Course | Brad Newton | Skillshare

How to VLOG: Complete Beginner's Course

Brad Newton, Bodybuilder, Vlogger | www.bradnewton.tv

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30 Lessons (3h 44m)
    • 1. Welcome To My Course

      2:05
    • 2. What Should You Vlog About?

      5:37
    • 3. My Vlogging Philosophy

      11:08
    • 4. 5 Ways To Feel More Confident on Camera

      12:07
    • 5. Stop Copying Other Vloggers

      4:40
    • 6. Don't Do It For The Money

      6:02
    • 7. Stop Focusing on Subscriber Numbers & View Counts

      6:57
    • 8. Vlogging in Public without Embarrassment (My Top 5 Tips)

      10:45
    • 9. Dealing with Judgement from Family and Friends

      5:08
    • 10. Results Don't Come Instantly (Real Examples)

      7:28
    • 11. The Best Vlogging Equipment Setup for Beginners

      13:18
    • 12. The Best FREE No Copyright Music for YouTube & Amazon Prime Videos

      4:48
    • 13. My Top 2 Favourite No Copyright Music Providers

      6:08
    • 14. The Best Video Editing Software for Beginner Vloggers

      9:19
    • 15. Making Eye Contact with the Lens

      3:18
    • 16. Make Engaging Vlogs (Using B Roll)

      4:14
    • 17. Create Awesome YouTube Thumbnails in Seconds (Final)

      12:31
    • 18. Amazon Prime: Introduction to Vlogging on Amazon Prime

      3:48
    • 19. Amazon Prime: My Amazon Prime Earnings Report (Explained)

      8:33
    • 20. Amazon Prime: Reach 100+ Million Prime Subscribers

      1:53
    • 21. Amazon Prime: How to Upload to Prime (Part 1 of 2)

      15:24
    • 22. Amazon Prime: How to Upload to Prime (Part 2 of 2)

      11:23
    • 23. Amazon Prime: How to Create Captions for Prime Videos

      10:23
    • 24. Amazon Prime: How to Avoid Content Policy Rejections on Prime

      12:31
    • 25. Amazon Prime: How to Meet Key Art Requirements

      6:36
    • 26. Amazon Prime: Video Requirements for Prime (using Premiere Pro)

      5:20
    • 27. Amazon Prime: How to Unpublish Videos from Prime

      3:56
    • 28. Amazon Prime: How to Modify Prime Publications

      9:35
    • 29. Amazon Prime: Prime Subscriber Membership Breakdown

      3:12
    • 30. How I Use Soundstripe to Pick the Perfect Background Music

      6:17
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About This Class

*** UPDATED JULY 2020 ***

The perfect course for every beginner wanting to get started in video blogging.

This course was created to help you get going with creating your own vlog; covering all of the basics from dealing with your fear of vlogging in public, basic equipment and the editing software you'll need.

Although there are hundreds of tutorials on "how to vlog" on YouTube. This course is not only my unique perspective on vlogging, but will show you how to create and upload your videos onto Amazon Prime! 

What makes me qualified to teach you?

I'm a self taught video editor and full time vlogger that started off like you! In June 2016, I had zero editing experience, no laptop, no students, no YouTube channel, and no presence on Amazon Prime. Fast forward to July 2020, I have;

  • 19+ fitness and travel adventure publications on Amazon Prime

  • 700+ videos on YouTube

  • 10,000+ YouTube subscribers with over 6.28 million minutes watched

  • 233,000+ students in my online video courses

Trust me, as I review my stats it sounds crazy to me too! I never expected in a million years to be in my current position with these achievements. I started with nothing... If I can do it, I am confident that you can do it too.

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Reference links for this course

1. My YouTube Channel

2. Background Music for Vlogs (Soundstripe)

3. Background Music for Vlogs (Epidemic Sound)

Transcripts

1. Welcome To My Course: However, the welcome it is Brad hear from Brad newton dot tv Welcome to my blogging course three years ago. I started with nothing, had no background in anything to do with video or online social media. I had no camera and laptop, no social media accounts. Followers are nothing, and I self taught myself everything about blogging that I will teach you in this course three years later of now produced over 1000 videos Now on YouTube and school share Ondas on Prime and Raku and Instagram on tic tac and it goes on and on on YouTube. I've over 3.5 1,000,000 minutes watched and about 20 videos Siris on Amazon prime on the only active vlogger on Amazon prime. And so I'm gonna teach you everything I've learned about video blogging in this course, everything I've learned about it, I'm gonna teach you in this course. I'm going to start with what it is you should talk about in your blocks are mostly going to show you basic blogging equipment to use without spending a lot of money. I'll talk a basic storytelling techniques. So how to tell a basic story? Nothing complicated and Then I'll talk about some golden rules to keep in mind, such as talking to the lens and had it broken public. When there people around and give you some tips and strategies around that, and then I'll talk about, you know, general fears not just blogging in public, but also background music to use in your videos. Where to find really good, high quality background music. I'll talk a bit about distribution, where the upload your videos to talk about Amazon prime lots and lots and lots of stuff. So check out this course enroll. There's so much valuable content here as three years of my experience, and I'm still learning so enrolling this course. If you have any questions, let me know head over to my website and of being more than happy to help you out. Enjoy. 2. What Should You Vlog About?: Hi, everybody. Let's talk about what you should vlog about. What should you talk about? And it's one of the most important things. In fact, that's the reason why it's the first video on the list, because one of the most common questions that I get is Brad. What should I talk about? No one's gonna listen to May, you know, and you might have an idea about what it is you want to talk about. You might be thinking things along the lines off. People are not gonna watch me. I'm not interesting enough. I'm boring like it's been done before. That's a common one, Brad. There's already 1000 channels on slime. Why should anyone pay attention to a 27 year old talking about slime when there are thousands of people already talking about slime? But that's true. There are thousands of channels on slime, but not one by you. If you're copying somebody else, then it's been done before, right? If you're not copying anybody else and you're just doing your thing, then it hasn't been done before because your personality is your uniqueness. Yeah, so that's a little side thing. Just keep that in mind your personality is what makes you unique. Even though it's been done before, it hasn't been done by you. Just keep that in mind. But anyway, this is the biggest trap that people fall into when it comes to video. Blogging is that they jump on the video blogging bandwagon because of potential fame and money and limousines. And like a fancy lifestyle, they think they're going to be famous overnight. And it's certainly not the case, right. It's certainly it's a lot of hard work, and it's probably not gonna happen. What should you talk about? It should always be the thing that you're passionate about, always the thing that you like. Even if you don't know what your passion is, at least start with talking about what it is you like when you don't working like what do you do in your spare time? If you're watching this and you work a corporate job and you hate your corporate job and you just can't wait to go and do Brazilian jiu jitsu at six oclock after your corporate job , then maybe that's a good place to start. If you love doing more tie or if you love stamp collecting or if you love could a currency or if you love economics, then you need to start there. If you're not passionate about something, that's fine. You don't have to be like have this emotional energy to something to talk about it. But if you at least like it and it's better than your corporate job, then that's a that's a good place to start. Start with that. Now you might think nobody's gonna watch me because it's been done before. Other people are talking about Cryptocurrency. There are thousands and thousands off YouTube channels and blog's on Cryptocurrency, right? You know, if you're copying other people and I talk about, do not copy other bloggers in another video, then it's been done before. But if you're doing it and your personality, it's not been done before. Do it like start talking about it and you. Eventually, you the more you talk about it, the more and I'm getting more energy. Now, as I talk about this, I'm getting, like, more fired up. The more passionate you are, the better stop there. Stop there. And even if your passion changes, even if you start by talking about something today, around Cryptocurrency because that's what you love. But in six months from now, you get sick of it. You know what? Actually, you know what? I love flying planes. I'm more interested in learning how to fly a plane. And that's what I want to talk about. Great. That's what you're gonna talk about in six months from there. But today, what is it that you like? And then start producing content around that. The biggest reason why you should always start with what you love or what you like. What you're passionate about is because editing the videos is a lot of work, right? We haven't even got to that. I do a separate course and had it edit blocks. It's such a big thing in itself if you don't at least enjoy what you're talking about. The editing Is this going to be more painful? And editing after hours? Like most of my videos on my channel have been edited between the hours of 8 30 at night to seven in the morning, you know, late at night, early in the morning. But if I didn't enjoy kickboxing more tired, if I didn't enjoy the videos, I put out and talking around about that content. I wouldn't have spent the time editing those videos, even if nobody watches them. So never do it for views. Don't ever, ever, ever talk about anything that you think is gonna go viral. Don't try and make a viral video for the sake off. Getting subscribers and views and ad revenue. Don't do it. It's not a good idea. It's the biggest mistake that people make. Talk about what you love and everything else will follow. And if your passion changes later on in life, so be it. You're a human being. You're allowed to change your mind. I hope that was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. Follow your heart and you'll be there. Thanks for watching. 3. My Vlogging Philosophy: how everybody it is. Brad here again, I will talk about my philosophy to video blogging and why I love it so much. And the bigger picture behind why I continue to make videos almost every day now for about three years produced over 1000 videos. Now many different platforms. E way on Being out of work a corporate job while doing it on the side is really, really tough, right? Some things flying around you really, really tough. It's really been hard, but I'll explain why I've been able to push through those hard times. And by sharing this with you, it might give you perspective in your own reasons why you want to start blogging your own journey or whatever, did you? One of log And it might help you get through the tough times as well, so we'll know that everybody wants to be a video blogger like it's crazy. 14 year olds toe 40 year olds to businesses to you know, all sorts of people. Now you ask any 14 year old what they want to be when they grow up and they say they want to be, you know, a video, right? It's not doctor, nurse or pilot. It's now blogger, and I think you know, everybody seems to be doing it for the views and the subscribers and become famous to become gentle marbles and become J. Paul like people doing for the wrong reasons. And I don't want you to fall into that trap as well. The quickest way to not make money from blogging is to try and chase the money. And I think the quickest way to not be famous is to try and chase it and just let it organically come to you. But in saying that, that shouldn't even be in the back your mind anyway. But just sharing with you. The reasons why I video blogger will probably give you some perspective and maybe have you think about this differently. So for May I see video blogging as just a way of sharing an experience around the things that I loved the most. Which is why talking to a camera about scuba diving or sharing my kickboxing Muay Thai journey in Thailand, or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro very Christmas, everybody or, you know, stepping on stage and doing a bodybuilding competition. It is easy for me to talk about because I enjoy it, you know? But it's more than that. It's more than just sharing an experience to a camera. It's about, you know, what impact is that video gonna have when I press publish, you know, on YouTube or when I uploaded to Amazon prime? Like, what impact is that gonna have? And so when you're watching this video right now is a talk about this. What impact is this video gonna have when you watch it be impacted on this video toe have is to have you see video blogging differently. That is not about views and subscribers. It's about legacy. It's about the message you're trying to communicate. It's about, you know, what is it that you want people to do when they see or what? Your video. What do you want them to feel? What do you want them to learn? Are you trying to teach them something or you're trying to entertain them? Or are you trying to mix the two together? You know, EJ attainment. You know, a combination of education and entertainment. So what? I produced my videos. I only think about, you know, is this video gonna educate the person watching is gonna entertain them. Or is it gonna be somewhere in between those two? So if you're familiar with my videos, my travel vlogs, it's not just about sitting on a beach drinking cocktails. In fact, that's not what I like doing. I like showing people what you know, a roar experience looks like without filters without too much editing. This airport quick, what's here? So you know what to expect when you walk through those doors and you arrive here. There's 80 machines everywhere, and you can change money here at the airport. Probably not the best friend you can when you go into the main town centre, but but also show people, you know, you can stay here for this price and avoid this and don't go there. And don't do this if you decide to travel here. So I give a little bit of entertainment as well as education in those videos. And you know, for example, without the more tie videos. The kickboxing videos in Thailand are a combination of my own personal journey off going through a more Thai experience in all of these training camps in Thailand. But also I'm sharing with people How much does it cost, how much it costs to train? Where to train, where to stay if you come to pick it and train us the first time. A k amazing Jim, actually, one of my favorite ones. First time here, eight or 10 class A levels in the one class hardly recommend coming and checking this place out. It didn't rule why? I'll try the map up. It's like a 10 15 minutes scoot arrived from Tiger with Tying or the main Jim's Down on sort eight. You know where to eat, where the best places where the cheapest places. And then in the next video, you'll see me in front of a camera being filmed doing a private one on one session where people get to watch me go through a journey of learning more tired, but also take it to see what it's like for them if it's something that they want to do as well. So that's why those videos have done well, right? Those and But that's just a recent set of videos have put out. And so when I think about my philosophy of video blogging, it ticks the box off. A. I'm educating be I'm entertaining a little bit, although I don't consider myself a quote unquote entertainer. You know, running around with a camera and bringing someone into a brand new environment is its form of escapism for people, right? You know, people might be bored with their normal 9 to 5 jobs. And just what you walk through a park in Siberia is interesting enough to be some kind of entertainment for them. So enter time, it doesn't mean being funny, you know, being humorous. It just means in escapism. Welcome to Kanye. I think the edge of the world the most important thing. I don't lend with this. That video blogging means for me, and that is my philosophies. And this is the big picture for May is the impact value off those videos the legacy value off those videos when I put them out into the world? You know, one day not only are people like you gonna watch them in May or may not be inspired by them to do something with those videos with that content, but I also see as when I if I decide, have Children one day, they're gonna watch those videos and they're going to be inspired or they may not be inspired. But don't watch those videos. And there may be something that I say or something that I do in one of those videos that actually helps them in their own personal struggles to life, you know? And so when I think about it, like really long term, if I think about actually I think about my granddad. My granddad was a pilot. My granddad was a pilot that inspired me to get my parts license. When I was a little kid, he used to tell me all these different flying stories and used to really inspire me a little kid. And I was so inspired by, you know, my granddad's journey of becoming a pilot now obviously is passed away, but I do have his logbook on his headset. But had he had access to the technology to film videos of him flying in the same planes that I flying now, that would have inspired me even more to become a pilot rather than just hearing the stories that there may send. So I know that when I pass on when my life is finished, future generations that watch these videos that I put out, We'll go shit that is so cool or that's not cool, right? It might go the other way. But I hinge on positivity playing out over cynicism. I really want people when they see the videos, my future generations, that they'll somehow use those videos to get through their own challenges. So I really do believe that. And I think once you think about vlogging on a big, long term big picture basis, who you trying to impact, Why you trying to impact them? You know when you think about it like that, and not about subscribers and views and all the vanity that goes with video blogging. When you remove the vanity, then you get to the real reasons, and I think it makes vlogging more sustainable. You're more likely going to get through the tough times, the hardships, because it's hard. It's really hard editing videos two or 34 o'clock in the morning, especially when nobody's watching them in the beginning, you know, 20 views, 40 views. There's not a lot of use, but as I said, it's not about the views. It's not about the subscribers. It's about one person one of you that needs to see that video is impacted by it. That's what matters the most. And that is my philosophy. So I hope you got some insight from that. If you have any questions, let me know. Think of your own philosophy. Think of your own reasons why you're doing this. Don't offer fame. Don't go from fortune. The absolutely wrong reasons to do this. Do it because you love it. All right, See you in the next video. 4. 5 Ways To Feel More Confident on Camera: Welcome back, everybody. I'm gonna give you five ways to help you feel more confident on camera when creating of logs. And I must admit, this didn't come naturally to me either. When I first started my vlogging journey, I felt really awkward and not very comfortable speaking to that, I started in my bedroom. But even prior to 2016 if you look in my old of lochs 14 4015 When I was doing a couple little vlogs here and there just in my living room, I just I can't even watch those videos. I was really awkward. I wasn't looking into the lens. I was looking around a lot. I was just not comfortable at all. In fact, I might even just cut to some of those videos right now so you can see what I looked like back in. I think 2014 just checking in. Decide that today is the 26th of November 2000 and that saying and the times better eight oclock at night and my a T field performance leading exam this afternoon, one PM and to my dismay, found exams. All right, so I like to think that I've come a long way since those early days of shooting videos in my living room in a dark room and talking about my personal struggles back then. But I must say that I'm not an expert on this. I haven't completely mastered confidence on camera, but I definitely have come a long way over the years. So I do need to reassure you that this does take time, and with practice and consistency, you'll just get better and better with it at over time. It's just like going to the gym. The more you go to the gym and trained, the better you become at lifting. That's just how it is. So I'll give you five tips now. The 1st 1 that helped me a lot was I set myself a daily video challenge. Now. When I started my YouTube channel, I said I wanted to make a video every day until I got 1000 subscribers. Now I realized when I got to 1000 subscribers, which took me 14 months, that it was not the right strategy because I was chasing subscribers. I wasn't focused on the quality of my content, which I do talk about in another video. Why you shouldn't be chasing subscribers directly right? But that's what I did when I first started. I didn't know any better. But the point of this exercise was that through doing daily videos every day for 14 months , I practiced not just how to edit videos, but how to speak to camera, how to conduct myself. I learned about myself. I learned about my strengths, my weaknesses. I learned it was a personal. It was a personal growth challenge for May, And so when you're shooting videos every day, you only get better at shooting videos of yourself. So what I suggest you do as a really good challenge is to make a video a day for a week or a month or two months or six months. But I'd probably suggest going a daily video challenge for 30 days, and by doing that at the end of 30 days, you don't have to post to publicly. You can just shoot the video on camera in your bedroom. Believe it on your hard drive. Don't uploaded. If you don't feel comfortable, just practice every day, making a video like court. The 30 day Video Challenge and I can assure you that you'll just get better. You would have made huge progress in those 30 days. The 2nd 1 that I have is look at the lens now. This was something that I was not good at doing when I first started my blogging journey, when I was creating videos by would often look over the wall after one side of the camera wasn't always focused on speaking to the lens, speaking directly down the barrel of the lens. And it's definitely a skill and a definitely takes time Teoh get better at. But when I first started, you know I looked after one side quite a lot, so it's no more. You know, when you're speaking to camera on, you feel intimidated by it. It's quite natural to not want toe engaged with the camera because you see it as very intimidating. I understand, but just get yourself into the habit of like whenever you start to pull away, you know, in shoot videos and what's your own videos and see how you can improve on your own videos and notice these things about yourself and realize all I could do better in the next video . I just need to focus a little bit more on the camera lens now. I'm not saying you need to stare consistently at the lens and never break eye contact, because when you talk to the camera lens, it's almost like you speaking into the eyes of just a normal human being. And so we all know that when you stare into the eyes of a person without breaking eye contact, you can come across a little bit creepy. So every now and again, just break off and come back to the lens just as you're having a normal conversation with somebody. So and a lot of loggers when they're starting their journey and they have cameras for flip screens and the flip screen comes after one side. Often what bloggers do is they talk. They look at themselves talking and they talk into the LCD screen. And when people watch those videos, you don't feel actively engaged in that blogger because you don't feel like the blogger is talking to you. You feel like they're talking over your shoulder and you know what I'm talking about when you see those videos where the bloggers like looking off to one side of the lens because they're looking at themselves in the LCD screen. So that's a really bad habit. Make sure that you just get either Don't use the flip screen right? Right now I'm not using any flip screens. I just know that I'm in frame and you won't have that problem. So the third tip that I have is pretend that you're speaking to a friend. So this kind of touched on this in the second point. We know speaking to a camera is not a natural thing to do for a lot of people. What I did when I first started my journey was that I pretended when I was making all those fitness videos, I just pretended that I was speaking to one of my mates who needed help getting into shape . And so I would pretend that I'm speaking to one of my mates and giving him personal advice , pretending that, you know, he was standing on the other side of the camera lens and I was like, All right, mate, So this is what you need to do. X Y zed with your fitness, with your nutrition, with your training with you, this with your that. And so the moment I made that switch in my head off speaking to a camera which is just a camera to speaking to a mate who would be standing just behind the lens, it made me feel more confident, more comfortable speaking about fitness principles back when I was shooting a lot of fitness content for my channel. So that's another skill to work on as well. The next tip I have for you is make two or three bullet points. Now make two or three bullet points off whatever it is that you want to talk about now, off course, for the sake of practicality, I've done the exact same thing with shooting this video. Right now I have all those five things. This is bullet points to help guide me through creating this video. So I don't forget those any of those five points. So just a good exercise for you. Think about what you're gonna talk about before you turn the camera on. But don't overthink it. Just think to yourself when I'm out in public shooting videos before I turn the camera on, I quickly think to myself. OK, I want to talk about this, this and that. I don't think about it any more than that. I turned the camera on. I shoot those couple of things and then unfinished. So one of the things that I did this is a funny story. Real quick was that when I first started my journey, I thought that I had to, you know, get all of my content out in, you know, everything concise everything out there in one take. So I actually invested in a TelePrompTer and I had a TelePrompTer set up in my bedroom and I spent so much time wasted time figuring out how to use a teleprompter riding everything out. I'll throw photos up on the screen so you can see this. And I was literally trying to talk with a teleprompter, and I said, It's so ridiculous. It was so unnatural. I did a couple of videos using a teleprompter. If you've ever used a teleprompter or thinking about using a teleprompter, I don't recommend using a teleprompter. I just don't for the kind of videos, especially vlogs. Don't you just come across his robotic and you know, just don't do it. I don't recommend it. I did a couple of videos and then I sold the teleprompter because it just wasn't my style. I rather just leave it, make a couple of bullet points and then just talk. You know, just whatever comes to my mind around those bullet points. So that's a good thing to keep in mind. Make bullet points. The last one on my list is staying in your lane. What I mean by staying in your lane is when you're making a travel video, don't go off on detentions or topics or areas that you're not confident, confident talking about or comfortable in talking about. You know, for example, if I start shooting a video and I start talking about politics or human rights or animal rights or any of those controversial topics that I don't know enough about, you know, then I'm gonna feel really awkward talking about him because I don't I'm not in my lane. They're not my areas of expertise. So you know, when you look at my videos and you got well, this guy, like for May I feel really comfortable talking in front of camera with all my videos because I only talk about the things that I know about will have a lot of experience in Andi even when I do my travel videos and I take my audience to places where I've never been before and I don't know the history of the place that I'm doing my vlogs on because I haven't done my research. I don't pretend that I know I don't talk about things I don't know. I just tell people my roar experience. I'm like, Hi, guys, I'm here in this place. I've never been here before. It's my first time here, you know. It's a beautiful clear sky. It's nice and humid. It's super hot. Robin, Here's my my girlfriend. She's here right now. We're here for three days for having the best time of their lives. I literally just talk about my my experience because that's my truth. My experience off that location is my truth. And as long as I don't veer off out of my lane and talk about things I don't know about, then I know that what I'm saying is true to my word. I feel confident what I'm talking about, and there's no reason to feel awkward or out of place, so it's something to keep in mind to their the five points. But the last one is a personal challenge to you. So rather than just sit passively and watch these videos and go, Oh, that's nice that they're really good tips. Oh, I keep that in mind. Or, you know, that's really great advice. What I challenge you to do is turn your camera on and start making some videos. I would make two or three videos just on your phone just on your phone and just start talking about something about your day, right? You didn't have to post that video anywhere. You can send me a link to that if you like, but you don't have to. There's no pressure, but literally, why not call it one video every day for the next seven days, and what you're going to do is you're gonna talk to camera, which is your phone, and you're just gonna express how you feel in the moment. Whatever that is done posted. Just keep it to yourself. If you want. By the end of seven days, you'll find that you'll be a little bit better than what you were prior to starting the challenge So I challenge you to do that. Makes and videos apply some of these tips and let me know how you go if you want. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy this and I'll see you in the next video. 5. Stop Copying Other Vloggers: so just a short piece of advice for people just starting of logging journey. And there's Do not copy other bloggers and what they're doing with how they edit with how their story tell with the color grading style with how they do their transitions. When I first started blogging several years ago, I wanted to see who was already successful in the space, right? And so of course I did my search, and I found Casey Neistat, who you may have heard is quite successful as of Logar, is considered to be one of the grandfathers off logging and, you know, fund for Louie or Louie Coal. You know, again, the grandfather of logging has been around for many, many years and has surmounted huge success. Huge audiences, massive engagement, both just able to really tell captivating stories to really pull their audience in and make their audience feel like they're going on some kind of adventure. And you feel like you're in the living room off their houses or their apartments. Whenever you have any creative space, the same thing happens whether it be digital creative, I instagram or Pinterest, you know, Tic tac or YouTube. The same kind of thing happens whenever someone just starts the journey off that thing, that process and they look up to someone who's very, very successful. The same kind of thing happens. Some beginners feel like they need to copy or imitate or take certain ideas from the person at the top, the creative at the top to get the same kind of success. And so my biggest piece of advice for you is that there's nothing wrong with being inspired . There's nothing wrong with looking at an Instagram er or YouTube R and go wow like I really love his or her hairstyle or love his or her personality or love how they, you know, edit their videos or how they do their transitions. Or I really love how they use color grades for sunsets. There's nothing wrong with being inspired by someone that you look up to. However, you cross the line when all you do is obsess over that person's content and always look at that person's content as a yardstick for your own success. And this is, in my opinion, the number one reason one of the number one reasons top three reasons why people that are just starting out never really succeed because they spend way too much time over consuming content from the people they admire the most. Therefore, they spend no time creating something for themselves. The more time you spend on looking at other people that you're inspired by it, the less time that you can spend on creating something for yourself by getting really creative by, you know. And it's really important, you know, be inspired for five minutes and then don't look at that person again. Go back into your own little world inside your head and start coming up with your own ideas . And it's so amazing. The less you focus on other people, the more creative you actually become. This is something that I've noticed, you know, I don't spend really any time looking at what other of loggers air doing. In fact, I don't know what Peter McKinnon's doing. I don't know what Casey's doing. I don't know what Logan Paul's doing. I don't know what Alex was obvious doing. I don't know what same cold is doing. I don't know what you on Olson's do it, I don't know, but I almost do it deliberately because although I respect their creative prowess and their ability to tell stories, and I think they're amazing creators at the same time, I don't know, lose my own creative juice budgets over consuming videos from everybody else. And so just something to keep in mind. There's nothing wrong with being inspired. There's nothing wrong with looking at an editing style or a color grade or a transition and going Wow, that was. I love the way he mixed those two clips together. I love the way he did that transition. I love the His hair style was incredible, like there's nothing wrong with just being inspired. But don't let it over consume you. That's all I have for you. So if you have any questions, let me know and get back into blogging. Start now and you win. You 6. Don't Do It For The Money: So they say that you should never, ever work for just the money. You should never, ever just do something for the cash. This really does apply when it comes to you achieving because for me personally, after making over 700 videos, 800 videos, something like that on YouTube, you know, over 1000 on many other different platforms. I've not made any more than that between 101 150 years strolling dollars in a single month in Google AdSense revenue. So, you know, some people watching this guy. I just want to be I shouldn't make all this money. And, you know, I I respect that. Some people are watching this and they're really difficult financial hardship. And you might be working a corporate job or you might be working a fast food restaurant and absolutely hate it. And you're sick of getting paid $8 an hour. You just really paid, you know, you look on YouTube and ago how they making all this money that making thousands of dollars every month. I make $8 an hour. I want toe on what they're earning, and I get it. It's so tempting But the real truth is that you're not gonna make a lot of money unless your extremely talented and you're getting millions of views, millions of views on your videos. That's what it comes down to, getting millions of views or you have some really good brand deals or sponsors or product. You could do product placement on your YouTube channel, which really only comes when you have enough of an audience anyway. So if you're just starting out, you're not gonna really get any product placement deals off brand deals because nobody knows you. Nobody's watching you anyway in the very beginning, so not much of anything is gonna happen, you know, for a long time. So I did a separate video on my earnings report because some people don't believe me when I say I make no more than 150 bucks a month. I just don't get enough. I don't get millions of views on my videos. That's why I make thousands of dollars channel, So I want to just keep it real with you. Don't do it for the money. Please just make the videos and put your heart in your soul into making videos I have been doing this for over two or three years now, and I make the videos for the love off the art. I love sharing historial of sharing my adventures. I don't think about $150 at the end of the month, but in saying that you can make money through Google AdSense, as I said, you need millions of use to make it happen. Or a good brand deal or a branch of brand deals or product placement. Literally. When you create videos on your YouTube channel, your branding yourself as a certain person, whether you're your brain in yourself as an expert in slime or whether you're branding yourself as a fitness person or someone who is a pilot, you know whatever content you're putting out, your branding yourself a certain way, and therefore, when people watch your videos, they're gonna perceive you a certain way. So when I look at YouTube for me personally, as I said, I didn't do it for the money or the 150 bucks a month is amazing. It pays my mobile bill great, but I use YouTube predominantly as a brand awareness tactic, so people get to learn who I am, what I'm about and what I love doing. And they get to see what I'm passionate about. And the few people that watch my videos can be inspired enoughto. Either start a fitness transformation or go on an adventure somewhere around the world, whether it be a country that I visit in my videos or another country that they always wanted to go and see. But they needed to see me climb a mountain in Tanzania to make that click and for them to take action. You guys were at the summit tough. Come enjoy Christmas Day. It is 7 39 AM December 2017. It isn't Monday. I think on, uh, I have no words cause a lot of energy. It's freezing cold. You need to think about for yourself. You know, when you create videos on your channel on your brand new channel that you're gonna be branding yourself a certain way and the products and services that you offer, if any, on your website or somewhere off you choose. That is where you'll be generating your profit or your income from, and that takes time to build. If you don't have a product or service, then that's OK. You can make a product or service later and just start making videos on your YouTube channel and then eventually. If you want to get into online coaching or online fitness coaching, for example, then you can use your YouTube channel to literally talk about things like macronutrients protein requirement, protein intake. Had a train without getting injured. You can literally just quite a body of work on your YouTube channel to build brand awareness around the fact that your online trainer and that if your videos they're good enough, people will click on your videos that will go back to your website. See that you offer online coaching services and will convert that way. And that's where you'll make your money off YouTube. So I hope that was clear, as I said, just to recap, Don't do it for the cash. Although the cash is nice. Do it for the love door for the passion and the money will come, but not necessarily through AdSense. It will come to you off the platform off YouTube, so go and create videos. Don't look at the dollar signs, and I'm sure the dollar signs will come. Thanks for watching. Enjoy 7. Stop Focusing on Subscriber Numbers & View Counts: However, the welcome back, It's Brad here again, just a quick video that I want to shoot. It's going to be a bit of a rant video, but are very passionate about this because I'm seeing this time and time again with new bloggers coming onto the scene just starting the journey. I know you're watching this. You probably just starting a journey as well. And you want to learn how to grow an audience and start building online presence through video content on blogging is an amazing way of doing that. Yeah, yeah, and by the way, have no idea where we're going. We just down this random track, we're gonna try and make it to hold a gun. I think it's Derek, but is it really is but the biggest trap that you can fall in as a beginner of lager on YouTube or Amazon Prime or Facebook or Instagram or wherever the platform is the biggest trap that I'm seeing time and time again as I shoot this video in May 2019 is the obsession over the vanity metrics off subscribers and views and followers. Same same. The obsession off how many numbers you are getting on your channel every day, every week, every month, and I'm seeing time and time again. Now the big YouTube is out there, which are creating these videos on how to get more subscribers in 2019. And it starts with something like how to get your 1st 50 subscribers 100,000, 10,000 whatever the number is. How to get subscribers fast on YouTube, trying him like they're playing the game off, putting out videos right against what people are searching for. Most of you watching this had to get subscribers fast in 2019 1 of the hacks, one of the secrets. One of the tactics. One of the trips, one of the short cuts and the truth is that is not the right approach that is absolutely the the worst approach to you tubing or blogging that you could possibly get your head around. You must not focus on the vanity metrics of subscribers and views. You must always always focus your mind, and this is normally people. I want everybody to get this, but I understand that some people are just in a rush, something. We just want the results. Now they want the fame than what the money they want. They want the vanity off, being able to say to someone in a nightclub or look at my channel. I have 50,000 subscribers or whatever. That's the craziest thing. Focus on the content. That should be your number one Focus. Just focus on putting a really good content and you get better this with time. You know what? I will tell you something really funny when I first out of my YouTube channel there. By the way, I've been doing this for almost three years. A new cheap loan of put at around 700 videos on all platforms combined, probably around 1000 videos Now put out a lot of content 4 to 5 times a week working a corporate job and traveling, getting the content coming back. Corporate job editing the videos late at nights. No work only no more than about 60 to 70 U. S. Dollars a month on my YouTube channel alone. Okay, so I've done a lot of work, and I'm not even big. I'm still small. About 5000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. So not all what, But the truth is, though, that is not my focus. I'm speaking from experience. However, we're a first start of my YouTube journey. I didn't know better. I did think about subscribers. I did want to get all these subscribers fast. So I said to myself in the 1st 12 months, I'm gonna get 1000 subscribers and what I did was I didn't focus on the content too much. I focused on the number trying to get 1000 subscribers in the 1st 12 months. When I look up back on my content for the 1st 12 months, I realized that I shot myself in the foot when it came to putting out quality content because I only focused on the vanity of how many subscribers I was getting. Now, the truth is, I got 1000 subscribers in 14 months. But when I look back on that, that was the craziest, most stupid thing I did. I should have focused on the content quality from the get on would have been in a very different place right now. So my plea to you is, Please don't get wrapped up in what most other bloggers in 2019 to getting wrapped up in, which is how to get subscribers fast. Don't focus on subscribers. Don't focus on views because no one's going to subscribe unless you're putting a good stuff . If you're not putting a good stuff, people want subscribe. If you put a content that I'll tell you something, I just cut myself up because this is important, really important. Nothing gives me a better high, even though I've only got 5000 subscribers, only 5000 subscribers on my channel. Nothing gives me a greater higher than getting an email from somebody saying, Brad, I washed all of your videos on Fitness Street in Pickett, Thailand. I've been training here for two months now, have lost seven kilos. Banks do your videos. You've given me the confidence to book a ticket solo, travel to Paquette and sign up to one of these camps and learn Gondor fitness plan or some kind of training camp where they could lose weight. But after watching my videos, they built the confidence enough to go on book the tickets. I get probably around half a dozen messages every few days, just through Instagram D m alone for people watching my content and going out to picket time. I've even met some of these people in the street that have traveled to pukey from all around the world after watching my videos. Now I've only got 5000 subscribers, but it doesn't matter. It's about impact. It's about impact of value. It's about the content you're putting out. Are you making a difference? Are you helping people? Are you having some kind of impact that you're happy with? If you're doing that, that's all that matters. If you're good enough at it, the subscribers will come. But please don't obsess over subscribers. Vanity metrics. If you're good enough, it will come in time now, guys, that was a bit of a rant, but I don't apologize about it. So if you have any questions about anything, let me know. As I said, I've been doing this for a while. Don't get caught up in the sub for sub thing. Please just focus on the content and you'll be fine. See you in another video. Thanks for watching. I just finished a warm up service. Sweetie, we haven't even started 8. Vlogging in Public without Embarrassment (My Top 5 Tips): Welcome back, everybody of logging in public without embarrassment. I'm gonna give you five tips in this video that will help you feel more comfortable, more confident and less shy when shooting videos of logs off yourself in public with complete strangers around you. Yes, they might be looking at you. Yes, they might be asking questions, but I'm gonna help you get through this real challenge that a lot of loggers struggle with when they first starting their journey. So don't worry, You're not the only one. I went through this a little bit in the beginning. Most of my blogger friends have also been through this as well. It's literally skill that takes time to develop and get good at. But hopefully these five tips will help you feel more confident and more comfortable early on in your blogging journey. Just a quick back story. I started shooting videos in my bedroom 3.5 4 years ago and I wasn't really that confident talking to a camera just in my bedroom just like this, let alone speaking to camera with hundreds of people walking past me and looking at me. It was definitely a journey. I'll give you five tips and the 1st 1 being super important. And you might have noticed this in my blocks always focus on the people that matter the most in the moment. What I mean by that is when you're shooting of log right now, I'm focused just on you, right? I'm delivering a message to you. So you know, if I'm out in public and I'm talking about some travel experiences and I'm in the busy streets off London, for example, on Oxford Street in the middle of Christmas and I'm talking about my experience in London for the first time. I'm only talking to the lens, only talking to the people on the other side, off the lens. I'm not thinking about other people around me that might be looking at me or questioning me or laughing at me. I'm literally just in the moment. And when I should videos with If I do interviews, they are also people that matter the most to. So if I'm interviewing someone on camera for my audience, I'm only thinking about this person that I'm interviewing and my audience. So it's like a triangle. So I asked the questions. I speak back to camera and it goes back, like in a triangular fashion. I don't think about people that are walking past that, a questioning that all laughing, that of smirking, that chuckling on it. See any of that? I don't see anything beyond this, and that's a skill. It takes time to develop. But it if you work on that overtime just when you fire up the camera in public, just literally speak to your audience. Don't think about other people around. That will help you remain present. That will help you remain focused. And that will help you remain, you know, concise with your message. So just something to keep in mind. The second tip that I have record short segments. So usually what I do when I create my travel videos is that I before I go out into the world, I do a bit of a plan off where we're going to travel to unusual with my girlfriend in my travel videos. And so, for example, London. And so the first time in London, I asked her she lived in London. Okay, so where we're going to to write all this down off different places that she was going to take me to, and then when we got to each of those locations, I literally just fired at the camera and I said Everybody the time is such a such wear out Piccadilly Square right now. As you can see, the traffic is insane. That's cars everywhere. It's peak hour traffic into the middle of Christmas. Have you guys been here before? What do you guys think? Do you guys have any other suggestions? I literally keep it like a minute to two minutes max, and then we move on to the next location, and then we turn the camera on everybody where it's, you know, Oxford Street. Check out this place. Look at these buses, these double decker buses. How cool are they with my girlfriend, and then I might chime her in a little bit. She might talk for 30 seconds, and then I talked for 30 seconds and cool finished. It's no more than a minute or two minutes. If you stand there and talk for 10 minutes straight without taking a breath, then that's gonna be much harder. So what I suggest you do is just experiment with just shooting short segments or short highlights off your locations in terms of your travel, blogging, for example, and then move on to the next location. And that is it short and sweet. Third tip that I have for you is used a small camera. Now there's two reasons that I like to use a small camera. When I'm shooting my dialogues on my monologues to my vlog, I literally, as I mentioned in other videos, I literally shoot my monologues to my go pro. The reason why is because if I'm shooting with a big camera, it's very heavy and I can't hold it, you know, for any more than a minute before my arm gets lazy. The second reason is because it's less intrusive when I'm blogging with that in public. When I went into the U. S. A adventure with my girlfriend for a month, I use the big camera and I was literally like this big fat camera, you know, in San Francisco and in New York and was just really, really cumbersome to have. Whereas I went back to this, my GoPro, which is what I started with and what I've gone back to, not only is a lightweight and I can easily fire, turn it on and then shoot a quick short video and then turned back off again. But it's also less intrusive. So when I'm interviewing people on the street or in my vlogs, it's actually more comfortable for them, because when they're talking to a small camera, don't feel as intimidated. When I was interviewing people with my big camera, the people that I was bringing for the interview felt really intimidated because it was a big fat lands with big microphone. It's just not as welcoming to other people as well. So I suggest experimenting with something like a GoPro phone. Ah, G seven x. Just start small and then, if you want down the track, get a big camera and play with the big camera. But that's something that I've done as well of last few years. The next tip I have number form is practice and consistency. Now this seems like a run of the mill piece of advice, but I've literally shot, you know, 600 something videos now. In the last few years, and hundreds of those videos, maybe 500 or so of those videos were shot in public with people around. I've had people calling out to me on the street while I'm shooting my videos. People jump into my videos and you'd escape good at and better at incorporating the audience until videos to a point where it just becomes second nature. And you might not think that now you think I'll never get to that point. I'll never, ever break through that fear, but literally, it's like anything else. You have to trust me on this. If you, you know, you get out there and you just keep doing it. Keep practicing. Being consistent, you know, slowly but surely video after video. After video, you'll feel more and more confident and more comfortable speaking to camera in public to a point where you can fire at the camera and without being disrespectful to other people around you. If it's a quiet place that you're in, then you'll find that you'll be able to do so very comfortably. So just be consistent. Be patient. It does take time. It's easy for me now because I've done hundreds of these. So the next tip is the last one. Number five. This is what helped me a lot of logging in a quiet place or a side street or a park going somewhere in public. That's not necessarily the busiest street in the city, but a side street where you can talk to camera. You're out in the wild. You're still talking about your experience. But you don't have 50,000 people walking past you. So what? I was, you know, back in the day, I think I did a lot of this. When I was in Zanzibar, I would go down side streets. I would then fire the camera and start talking. And then every now and again, one or two or three people would well past and I just get used to it. And then, obviously, you know, went from side streets to parks to then going into crowded places. So that's something to keep in mind as well. So I hope that helps again. And I really do stress this a lot. Practice is key. Practice, practice, practice. Consistency, consistency, consistency. Right. Start stopped. You have to start. You have to do it. Just go out there. Shoots and videos. Keep them short and sweet. You know, we have 1 to 2 minutes each on a side street. Even another bonus tip actually is to start filming. When you're in a side street, you know, it's everybody how you're going. I am at such and such. I'm in this side street here and the main streets just over there. So what I'm gonna do right now, I'm gonna take you to the main street and you get to see how busy this places. And as you're talking, you'll take people out onto the main street. Everybody see among X y Zed Street here in Italy, this place is crazy. We're in peak tourist season right now. As you can see, this restaurant, restaurant, restaurant, there's a little place called X Y said we're going to go there and you literally stopped the vlog in a quiet location. And then as you're filming, you walk into the busy location. It's almost like you warm up your warm up your muscles on a side street, and then you walk into a busy street rather than just going into a busy street, turning on the camera and going How everybody Yeah, I'm here on the street here in Italy. It's pretty, you know, it might come across a little bit more clunky until you get a little bit more experience where you could just boom, turn the camera on on, Off you go. So I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions, let me know. This will help you practice, practice, practice and I'll see you in the next video. 9. Dealing with Judgement from Family and Friends: So one of the biggest challenges that beginner bloggers really struggle with is communicating and sharing their videos with family and friends for the fear of being judged . You know, the fear being laughed at the fear of family members criticizing their videos Or, you know, laughing at the videos or even telling your friends because you don't your friends to judge you. And this was something that I really struggled with two when I first started my video journey because a lot of my old of logs were very personal, and I was sharing a lot of personal stuff in my videos about getting ready for fitness competitions and struggles with dating and that kind of stuff. And you know, when you're talking about dating and you're sharing those videos to the world and you trying to be as honest as possible, the last thing you want is for someone to come along and judge you, especially if it's coming from friends and family. And I didn't think I didn't really care about the judgement off those videos from complete strangers in the comments. It was more or less judgement from the people that need me the most, like family and friends that were the people that I was few fearful off, you know, judging me on my earlier content. Now this is definitely a process, and it definitely takes time to get used to. But one of my strategies waas that I never told them. I never told my closest family or friends off my YouTube channel journey in the 1st 12 months or so. I kept it a secret. I know it was kind of weird, because when you're putting videos on YouTube, it's not necessarily a secret. Anybody can watch them. But as I said, I was more comfortable receiving ridicule and feedback and judgment from people that didn't know me then my closest counterparts. So for the 1st 12 months, I just shot videos. I posted them on YouTube. As I said before, I did a daily video for the 1st 4 day months. In that time, I never told my mates. I never told my family. I just kept it to myself and my a couple of YouTube subscribers didn't have many of those, and then over time it wasn't until probably about two years in that I started sharing with my mates that I was had a YouTube channel. I have been doing it for a few years and now obviously doing having done it now for 3 to 4 years, I tell everybody about my channel as often as I can. I post about it all the time. I share it in all of my social media accounts. Everybody knows my girlfriend, my father, my best friends. They will know about my channel. I trust that they're not gonna go away back to day one day, two in the first few months, right? But it's definitely a process, and it does take time to feel more confident, more comfortable sharing your vlogs with your family and friends. And so anyway, this is just the more or less a personal experience video that will hopefully help you get started by by putting out your content. Regardless, I don't have to tell anyone in terms of your friends and family, just keep it to yourself and then, like may eventually you might get to a point where you feel comfortable sharing that part of your journey with your friends and family. But I just want you to understand that it was not easy for me either. But I got through it. And if I can get through it, then you can get through it as well. Right? And I have met quite a few people that I've talked about you tube journey with and they have this moment off enthusiasm with craving blog's and posting them on to YouTube. But then something happens like fear strikes them. And then they go through and they delete or make all their videos private because they have a moment off paranoia and fear, and they just decided to delete all their videos or make them all private. Don't do that. Just if you need to make a video, not public, just make it private. If you have shot videos and then you look back on them ago, I'm totally ashamed off those videos. Just make them private. Don't delete them because you never know when you know, in three or four or five years from now, you might want to go back and look at those videos. Or maybe you want to share them with your kids. Maybe you want to see your journey and you progression. And if you delete those videos, they're gone forever. Their videos that I've deleted? Not many, but I've deleted a couple that I wish I didn't actually delayed. Would have been interesting content to play back right in this moment. So, anyway, I hope this is helpful. Just a little bit of pep talk. If you enjoyed this, let me know if you have any questions, let me know otherwise I'll see you in the next video. 10. Results Don't Come Instantly (Real Examples): I've already welcome back 23rd off July 2000 and 19. I thought I'd slot this video into show a practical situation that has happened to me recently and why I always stress about not focusing on the view count, as I talked about in another video on DSA. Present passionate about it because I really do believe that you shouldn't focus on how many subscribers and have any views you have. Otherwise you'll just give up very quickly. I'll give you a real life example of something that happened and is happening to me and my channel and some of my videos in the past few weeks, and I'll show you some stats to really show you why it's important to not focus on if you count now. Very recently, I did a Siris in Myanmar and my governor we traveled to Myanmar and I shot 20 videos there and on my YouTube channel, their 20 videos off our adventures in mind. Mom. Now it took a lot of time to edit those videos, as you can imagine and uploading them up onto YouTube and doing the thumbnails and the titles and the tags and things like that And when I put those videos that nobody really watch them, you know, a couple 100 views, maybe 1000 views at Max, you know, it wasn't a lot. And very recently something happened. And it I wanted to show this to you because, you know, had I focused on the number of views that those videos are getting in the first couple of months, you know, a month or two months I would have probably given up. But this is what you shouldn't focus on views because around the 22nd of June 22nd 23rd 24th of June, something happened in the algorithm, which all of a sudden made those videos pop. And I'll give you a classic example of one that's pop just recently, and I'll throw the starts up on the screen. Now you see that literally. The line off how many views that video is getting was quite constant, like it was very stable, didn't really climb, and then all of a sudden it just went straight through the roof. They went from something like a couple of 1000 views up to over 30,000 views in just under two weeks, 2.5 weeks, maybe a month now losing track of time. Ondas still continuing to climb as I shoot this video. Not only that, I also checked the other mind. My videos, too, the other 19 or so videos, and they've also showed a big increase from around the 22nd or so off June. Now, keep in mind that I did not change the thumb. Now's the titles, the tags, the description. Nothing has changed. I just left those videos alone. They're actually the most highest performing videos on the channel right now. In fact, the video that went from a couple 1000 views up to over 30,000 views in just a few weeks is actually the most watched video on my channel out of 730 videos on my channel. So it's crazy to think that the video that, like I just released, you know, probably three months ago I can't remember exactly. State has just popped in the last few weeks, and the reason why I wanted to show this to you is because I wanted to just give you confidence that just because the video doesn't get views in the first few days off first few weeks or months even doesn't mean that it's a bad video doesn't mean that it's a failed video. It just means that it hasn't been discovered yet. And in saying that, as I talked about in another video, it's not about how many views you get. It's not about getting 1000 or 10,000 or a 1,000,000 views. It's about the right type of you anyway. A video that I shot on optimal nutrition way protein. Uh, you know, it was a video that no one really watched. I put that video out in July 2000 and 17 and nobody really watched it. And I'll show the stats for this video. And this was back in the day when I was reviewing supplements training supplements on my channel, and nobody really watched that video. And it wasn't until around October last year, 2000 and eight, literally over 18 months, that video had been up on my channel, for I got an email from often opt in and nutrition from the marketing department, asking if they could use that video in their marketing campaign and they would send me some stuff in the mouth for free, like, you know, get a free jersey or something like that. But they could use the video for free. But the truth is, though, that when they contacted May, they contacted me. You know, end of last year. I had that video up on YouTube for over 12 months, and nobody watched that video like it only had a couple 100 views on the video, and they were often contacted. May that video is still only had so many thousands of views on it. So you know, people that are watching this you're watching this now, and I appreciate it, and I hope you'll learn that it's not about how many views it's about. The right kind of you just takes the right set of eyes to see your video. But back to the point of this actual video, just be patient, like put out the videos that you want to put out around the things you love. I'll finish with this. I have been putting out some flying vlogs on my channel for the past two months, also right, in case you haven't been following that stuff there, and my flying blog's not getting any traction, you know, they're getting no more than 50 views, 70 views, 100 views and I have almost 7000 subscribers and thousands and thousands of views on other videos. Some of my other videos to doing really well now. But my flying videos that I'm just putting out in the last two months nobody's watching them, you know, 50 100 views. This is exactly what happened to my older content when I first put my older content out. 50 60 70 views, 30 views. So the reason why I'm not upset with not getting views on my flying videos is I know that maybe one day the same thing will happen to those videos. Day will pop eventually, so it's about being patient, putting at the videos, loving the process. Andi, it will come to you. But yet don't focus on views that was helpful and enjoy the course goodbye 11. The Best Vlogging Equipment Setup for Beginners: Hi, everybody. Welcome back. I want to talk about the basic vlogging equipment that every beginner of lager should invest in when you're starting your blogging journey. I've been doing this since two days is 16. It is now 2020. As I filmed this video right now, the equipment that I used back in 2016 is not much different to the equipment that I'm using now. Except I have a little bit of a bigger camera, which I'm gonna show you in just a second. But I'll show you a photo on your screen. This is humble beginnings 2016. That's literally the photo on your screen right now is what I started with back in in the middle of 2016. I really just made the most of what I had. I had a guitar case, I didn't have a tripod, so I used a guitar case. I used to bed side lamp as a light source and I used a gorilla, cheap gorilla tripod off eBay for 15 bucks. And then I had my GoPro on top, which was my primary camera, and to this day, 2020. I still use that set up minus the guitar case. I actually have a proper tripod now, lo and behold, but the point I want to make is the biggest mistake before we get into the equipment side of things. The biggest mistake that beginners make is they believe they need to have thousands of dollars worth of equipment to start telling stories to start shooting blocks. Whether that be vlogs on travel adventure, fitness, training, you know, your business, your personal life, whatever that is. You don't need to have thousands of dollars worth of cameras, microphones, lenses, tripods and things like that. You just need to start with the equipment that you have and get good at using your mobile phone, for example. Right? So I still use my phone now to make videos. It's I mean, the cameras. Phenomenal. This is a Samsung as 10 plus, but it doesn't matter ice for shooting vlogs on my S seven, right? It doesn't matter. And I was shooting these videos on my phone, posting them on YouTube And then six months later, people were meeting on the street saying I saw your videos on YouTube in like you mean the shitty ones are shot on my phone. Believe it or not, people love them because it wasn't about the equipment that I was using. It was about the story that I was telling it interested people enough that it inspired them to travel to Thailand. And then I met them in Thailand. So this is fantastic. Use your phone if you have a phone and most people have phones, if you haven't go private, this is perfect as well. And this camera I've shot literally 700 videos on my YouTube channel and about 17 publications on Amazon Prime and most of all of that was shot with this little tiny catch it here The GoPro are not hard to believe, but this is it. This is the star of the show. Not may this thing right here, So if you have a GoPro, that's fantastic. I have two little GoPro's that I use, and I use a selfie stick as well, and the selfie stick. You can buy off eBay or amazon dot com for about 15 bucks, so this is pretty much it. In fact, I'll unscrew this, but this is a collapsible selfie stick, and I'll link everything in a separate article after this video so you can check out the links and and that kind of thing. But literally, you buy a selfie stick like this that comes with screw and it's collapsible. So if I'm about to go scuba diving, I'll take this with me and I'll have toe GoPro. In the end, If I'm about to go into a street and do some public flogging of whatever country that I'm in, then I'll just get my little stick out and I'll get my little skeleton case, which is part of my GoPro. I'll settle up like this and it takes literally five seconds, and then that's it. So this is pretty much what I use for almost every video that you see on YouTube on my channel on Amazon Prime, and I'm talking directly to camera. This is the set up that I use. I don't have a big camera on a giant gorilla pod. I just use this so simple, so easy, and it's cheap, Um, and if you don't have a GoPro, as I said, just use your phone and weak, you'll find you can actually get little adapters that look like this, and I'll link everything up in the separate article, and this is a little adapt. It's really cheap. You pay like $4 off eBay, and it's a little collapsible adapter. I'm not sure you can see that, and you can fit that in your You could put your phone in there like this, See, just like that. And then it comes with, like, a little screwed on the bottom. And then you can just screw that into your tripod like this, And this tripod is fantastic. I take this traveling with me everywhere. It's a little gorilla tripod, and what's amazing about it is you can break the legs in any way you like. You can pretty much attach this to a pole. You can attach this to like any kind of weird surface and just kind of wrap it around like this, really contort it and make all sorts of shapes out of it. And you can have your camera sitting up on a wall or on a bar or on a table or off a TV set or for a lamp post like I've mounted this in the weirdest places you can imagine. So this is $15 off eBay I'll link it up. This is something that are highly recommend that you pie something like this. I have a back up just in case that one breaks. It's really cool. You can do all sorts of really cool things with these. So I do suggest buying one or two of these, and you can use it as not just as a tripod like that. If you're traveling overseas and you can't, you don't have enough room to take a big giant tripod. You can use this as a tripod, or you can use this as a selfie stick like that and you just hold it up like that. You could have your phone with your adapter. You screw that on like that, and you literally have a simple basic flogging set up that you can take with you anywhere in the world and just straighten this up like that. That's pretty much it guys using a mobile phone with a $15 or $5 adapter on a $15 tripod Corolla part, and that's it. You know, that's a very simple set up. What I'll do is I will switch cameras. I'm going to talk into my phone Let's switch right now. I came back so already you would have noticed that the video quality and the quality is not the same because I'm shooting with just my phone. So I have my phone set up now with the little adapted I showed you before and the camera that I was filming into just a moment ago. Was this one here? Yeah. This is the M five, and I'm I can't stress this enough. I didn't buy this camera until are in the middle of 2018. So that two years off, creating blog's on my phone and my go pro that I decided to buy this camera. Now, the the reason why I used this camera right now in 2020 is to create B roll shots I took of b roll in other videos. But essentially, if I want really nice, you know, high production value, B roll or cinematic kind of content. Then I will shoot with this camera. But you don't need to have this. You can still shoot b roll with a phone camera after four years off. You know, after two years of doing this, I decided that it was time to buy a camera like this, which, by the way, is not even that crazy. It's quite a simple muralists camera, which I'll talk about in another video. But this is the Canada U. S. M five that I used to be role so not essential, right? Apologize to the audio quality. But I'm just I want to prove a point that it doesn't matter what camera you use. Right now, you're still paying attention to what I'm saying because it's not or I'm shooting on. It's the message that you communicate. That's what matters the most people. So before I finish and I'll be going for about one or two more minutes, I do suggest buying a little tiny case like this and this little tiny cases for my memory sticks. I think you have, like, $10 for this case. If you're traveling, I highly recommend buying one of these. It's one of my minimum equipment items that I take with me when I traveled overseas and claim my videos has my memory sticks in here. But when you lend your memory 62 people, I often come back to you. So choice of my memory sticks the next thing I'll talk about is if you creating a lot of videos, a lot of logs, you'll find that you'll need, ah, hard drive. So I do suggest buying some backup hard drives in a case like this, because I travel. I can't afford to have this hard drive here to be knocked around in my laptop bag. You can buy hard drives that have a protective case around it. They're perfectly fine as well. But I just referred to just get a standard hard drive with this case because it's I think it's more durable. In my opinion, I paid about $50 for that. I have labels on my hard drive, so I know exactly where I look at the hard drive. I know exactly what countries each of the walks are about, okay, and the last thing I'll show you is the microphone that I used just a moment ago. To record these videos is literally this microphone. It is a brilliant blocker. Find highly recommend investing in it. I think it costs, like 50 bucks or something like that. It's something much money linking up in a separate article, but essentially it's a level and microphone were ridiculously low cable. And when I get to the end of the cable, I'll show you. So you have your little microphone here and you just attach it to use your shirt like this . And that just plugs into your camera on just like a normal 3.5 millimeter connection display castrated. And you have incredibly sounding audio like that for a fraction of the price. And literally, you can't go wrong for, like, 40 bucks or whatever it was that I paid for. And so I'm gonna go back to my camera now and I'll speak very soon. Okay, we're back. So now I'm filming back on my other camera, the M five, the one that I just showed you, and I have a phone in my hand. So, as I said, it doesn't matter. Use whatever equipment that you've got right now and then down the track. If you have enough money that upgrade to something a little bit better and fancier, a nicer But honestly, guys, if you're just starting out, it doesn't matter. Just use your phone and also as well as a basic little set up in a little tip for you. when you're starting out with using a phone GoPro this camera or something else with a light source, make sure that you've got the camera kind of seven away, where you're talking to camera and there's a light source that's coming in behind the camera source somewhere. So in this case, I'm on my couch. I have the windows there. I've pulled the blind up. I've also pulled those blinds up there and over there as well, so there's plenty of light behind me. But there's also plenty of light on my face, so you know, and that's helpful. I mean, I'm from Melbourne, so eyes actually pretty cloudy day, but sometimes it gets really dark. And so, therefore, if you will be shooting videos in environments where it there's a lot of cloud cover and it's quite the light source is not consistent that I suggest by a soft box kit for a lodging kit because, like 50 bucks or $60 off eBay, $100 max and get two big soft box is very easy to set up, takes your five seconds and you can put those two behind your camera. I did that when I was shooting a lot of my older courses on DATs. What I did my shooting videos at two oclock in the morning to have consistent light. But as a said, if you're shooting videos outdoors or in your living room, make sure you have the lights set up behind the camera or to one side. So that's hitting the side of your face in terms of editing laptop. What laptop do I used to edit my videos? Honestly, when it comes to editing blog's, a basic laptop with a good graphics card is my best advice. I'm not going to talk about the best editing laptops in this video. It's a whole other topic. You don't need anything too expensive, but you do need to make sure that you look for a laptop that has a really, really powerful graphics card because that's what matters the most when it comes to making videos again, not gonna talk about the detail of that to something to keep in mind. Okay, so I hope that was helpful. I know it was a long video, but as I said before, if you're just starting your journey, just keep it simple. Don't overcomplicate this. Don't look at big bloggers that have expensive equipment. Just make the most of the equipment that you currently have in your pocket. And I'll have an article after this video which was summarized this video to keep it nice and short, or have links in there as well for a very, very simple set up that I still currently used to this day. Anyway, I'll see you guys in the next video. 12. The Best FREE No Copyright Music for YouTube & Amazon Prime Videos: Okay, so in this video, I'm going to show where to get free. Really awesome background music for your blocks and videos on YouTube and Amazon Prime and Facebook, Instagram and Tic Tac and wherever else you plan on putting your videos. When I first started my blogging journey, this was extremely challenging for me because I didn't have the money to spend on buying background tracks, buying licenses for background music. And so I really struggled to find copyright free background music for my videos. I watched a couple of YouTube videos. I learned that you can go on to soundcloud dot com, and I'll throw this up on your screen right now. You can actually go through soundcloud and spend hours and hours of time wasting your time looking for music that has Creative Commons 3.0 licenses attached to it and then also running the risk that the artist off that music, although it's free and without copyright, when you download it and use it, there's always a risk that that artists down the track, it changed their minds and decide to make their tracks copyright. And that's annoying. I am going to make this really simple and straightforward for you, so I've split the Southern two videos. This video is all about free, and the next video is about the paid services that I personally use right now that you don't have to use when you're first starting out, but maybe something to consider down the track. So let's talk about the free stuff now. I've mentioned it before. Soundcloud and go go through soundcloud for hours and hours on end. Defined the right background music for you of log is an option. I've done it before. Feel free. But there's also another option, which I don't recommend you do. But it's their YouTube actually have their own built in library music library, which you have access to, and I'll throw it up in your screen. It's very easy to get to all of that. Music in the YouTube library is copyright free, and you can use it and monetize your videos without any problems. The problem is that the music is not really that good, and it's being used and over used by so many people that it gets a little bit kind of boring to be honest with you so but when you could also do as an alternative. Is there quite a few really good YouTube channels that are dedicated to offering bloggers free no copyright music? And I'll give you those channels in a separate article after this video on the next video so you can click on the playlist and download all those free tracks that you can use it. Simply go to YouTube and type in keywords such as royalty free music or, if you type in no copyrights, music for Vladas. A whole lot of YouTube search results will come up, but the ones that I suggest that you have a look at and I'll list them up on your screen. Now there's one called No copyright sounds. That's one the name of a channel. No copyright sounds of flog. No copyright music is another one. And there's another one called royalty Free music from Bass Nation. So they've got a playlist that is completely without copyright. You can use those tracks in your blog's There's another player is that Trap Nation have has also based rebels and check vibe sounds, so I'll link all of these up in an article. After these videos, you can go and check out the playlist. You check out the music that are offered there, but just read the description. Usually you have to copy and paste reference or an annotation giving credit to the original artist of the track, which is completely fine on Don't just say, you know, Please copy and paste this into your vlog at the bottom of the description. That's perfectly fine. I've done that before on that gives you permission to use those tracks completely free of charge. So if you're wondering to yourself, Well, how do I download these audio tracks off YouTube? Had I generally these audio videos off YouTube channels to use in my In my blog's use four k video download on, I'll throw it up on your screen or YouTube video downloader. You can actually download these videos using Web APS onto your desktop, and then you can just drag the audio into your blogging project, and that's the easiest five doing it. So I hope that was helpful. I'm going to talk about the paid options in the next video. These are two that I use consistently almost every day in my of logging journey. Stick around. It's coming up in the next video 13. My Top 2 Favourite No Copyright Music Providers: Okay, so we're talking about my top two favorite paid background music providers for my vlogs, and I've been using one of them for a couple of years now. And these are services which you should look at down the track when you have a little bit more money to spend. And you wanna have guarantee that those tracks that you using your blog's will be copyright free for life. Because even though in the previous video we talked about, you know you can go to YouTube certain YouTube channels and you can download tracks that are for free on with that copyright for the moment, that's nothing. Stopping the artist from actually making those tracks copyright in the future, which doesn't mean that you're going to get sued. It just means that the monetization on your video might get removed or your video may not be played back in certain regions where the copyright exists. So it does happen. It has happened to me when I've used free music at the time, and then two years later, YouTube sends me an email saying all we've noticed that you've got some copyright music in your video here, and I look at it and go well at the time that was free. So what happens is the artist. They put their their music into the copyright system, and that's what happened. So it doesn't always happen and nothing bad is gonna happen to you. This is the reason why I use paid licensing services now, such as sound stripe, which I've been using for a few years now. And I also used epidemic sound, which have been using for about six months on. That guarantees that the tracks that I used from those websites I pay a monthly fee, our yearly fee for sound stripe. Every year I pay a certain amount of money for sound stripe, and every month I pay for epidemic sound, which sounds like a lot of money, but it's completely for peace of mind. I know that when I use my tracks that it's completely I'm allowed to use those tracks for monetization for, you know, commercial purposes, and I don't have to worry about any future copyright disputes or anything like that. I'm completely covered legally for the rest of my life, and that's a good thing to have in mind. So it's worth spending a little bit of money to have that peace of mind, in my opinion, especially if you plan on doing this long term. As I said, if you're watching this video, you probably are not sure about blogging long term. You've never done it before. You just dipping your toes in the water. So I don't suggest using these services for the first few months. Go use the free YouTube channels, as I talked about in the previous video. If after a few months you are really enjoying this blogging thing, then I do suggest going and trying epidemic sound and also sounds stripe, and I'll link those up as well in a separate article union. Check those out, but essentially you have a huge database of music that they update on a very regular basis . I believe Sound stripe update their music every Friday, once every Friday. That thousands and thousands of tracks have sound effects that you can use a huge database and the music is arranged by mood and that kind of thing. So if you're looking for a certain type of music for a certain feel, a certain emotion in your vlog, then you can just type in mood. We can just select mood and go. I want, you know, Tropical or I want adventure or I want suspense or I want something like that so it will automatically sort the music based on the mood. And then you can just pick and choose where soundcloud, the other one I talked about. You just have to go through them meticulously and listen to the tracks. Very, very, very tedious. Now there are two other ones that I can think off the top my head. There's actually quite a few. Now there's art list, which came out kind of recently. I've never used that list before. I had a quick look on their website. They seem to have some really good music there as well. That's worth checking out, but I've never used to before, so I can't support it. I don't know, I've never used it, But if you've used it, let me know. There's a few of the ones, but the ones that I absolutely swear by sound strike epidemic sound Last little tip that want to give you in this video, which is not related to the actual topic off this video. What I pick music for my videos. I always and this is really handy tip. I usually take with footage from my camera and I dump it into my timeline for my editing software. And I'd start listening to the music on sound stripe and epidemic sound, and I listen for them. You listen to the music as I'm editing the video, and I think to myself like Is the music that I'm listening to kind of fitting the general emotional feel for this video? So if I've shot a video off like my girlfriend and I on some beautiful tropical islands in the Philippines, then I'm listening to like tropical vibes. I'm thinking it's not a perfect fit as I'm editing this video. What does that route does that back on track really fit? Because sometimes when you use the wrong music in the Vlok, it completely conflict with each other. So you're watching it, but you're hearing something completely different that there's a direct conflict with what you see versus what you here. So it's really important at a time. Just listen to your music editor video as you're listening to it and then try and feel. If that track is actually appropriate for that vlog or not, that's something that I do. So anyway, I hope this video was helpful. If you have any questions, let me know and I'll see you in the next video. Don't forget. Check out the articles which summarize the last two videos. I'll see you very soon. 14. The Best Video Editing Software for Beginner Vloggers: Hi, everybody. Welcome back in this video I want to talk about the best video editing software that you can use as a beginner vlogger. And you're probably wondering what software should you use to edit your videos both on PC Mac and also on your phone free and paid? I'm gonna talk about all of that in this video. I'm gonna keep it as short as possible. So I had my laptop in front of me to help me drive this conversation. But if you're just starting out as a video blogger and or just starting your editing journey and you're not sure about whether you want to continue to do this for a long time, that I definitely recommend sticking to the free software first. If you have a Mac and we're gonna get to the pasty options in a second, I'm actually editing all my videos on a laptop, which is a PC using Windows. So I'm more familiar with the windows side of editing software than I am I movie and final cut pro. But we'll talk about both in this little video so into my laptop, we dio if you're watching this and you're a Mac user and you wanting some good free editing software as a Mac user. Then you can't go wrong with my movie. It already comes with your operating system, and it's free, completely free, no watermarks. And this is a perfect place to start with editing your videos. My girlfriend actually edited her entire Pallotti's course, which is on Amazon Prime, and she did that through using I movie. I know it's on Amazon Prime, and she used I may be completely free. So if you ever Mac I Movie is perfect free software to start with for PC users out there or Windows users, you have movie maker tend right Windows movie maker, and you can get either preinstalled. If not, you can download it for free from the Microsoft website. It's up on your screen now and literally. Again. It's the Windows equivalent off my movie. Completely free. No watermarks. Use it. You know, if you're running a window system, the next three that I'm gonna show you is shot cut, so shot cut is completely free. It's open source, you know? No watermarks. Perfect piece of software to use eso Keep that in mind. Shot cut. You can use that one. You can use DaVinci resolve and on your screen. Right now we're up to version number 16. Really, really fantastic software, And you can do all sorts of powerful editing functions with this software, and it's free, right? DaVinci resolve. Want to check out the next one is hit film Express This thing editing software is actually a little different because there's also visual effects. Component off this editing software again. No watermarks, completely free. Check it out, hit film, and I'm gonna get into the paid options now. So this is only for people watching that. I'm considering taking video editing or flogging more seriously. That's when you would start to spend money on the software. And for May I completely justified because I do this. I do it all day, every day. So it's a business expensive. May I A tax write off for May. And like any business you invest in your business. And so this is no different to investing in your business eyes investing in good software. So there are two options here. There are on your screen. Right now. We have Adobe Premiere Pro, which is the software I use all day, every day, and I've been using this software for I don't know, three or so years now to the 16 was when I started, and I've never looked back. This is amazing software. I really love it. There is a steep learning curve, though I do one you I actually teach actually teach people in another course. I'll link it up if you're interested in how to edit videos in Adobe Premiere Pro Sisi. Really popular course, 50,000 students really enjoying it. If you're interested, check it out. But this is incredible software. If you're wanting to get serious and if you're a Windows user, how much that's this software cost? I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this because you can look this up yourself. I pay every month for this software, and I pay around $29 per month. I'm on an annual plan that I pay every month. If you If you buy the annual plan up front on your screen right now, its $343 including GST every year Now that's a lot of money because you pain that every year until you cancel it, which is really annoying because I wish I just had one fixed amount that you pay and that's it. But with that with that, you get all updates and everything included for the life of the membership. So, as I said before, I just considered as an investment. You get all updates and everything included that I do pay around $29 every month. So that is an option for you. And Premiere Pro is amazing. I am biased to Premier Pro because I use it. If you're a Mac user, then final cut pro is an option for you again. It is expensive. It's an upfront cost, and it's one single payment that you make and that's it. You get to keep the software for life without any further payment, which is amazing on your screen. Right now, you can only dot You can only download this software from the Mac from the from the Mac App store. You can get this software on a 30 day free trial. My girlfriend just downloaded this software. Now she's on the free trial as we speak. After a few years, he's decided to make the jump from my movie to final cut Pro X, but she's on the 30 day free trial and it's unlimited use with four use of the software for the 1st 30 days. And then after that, you have to pay. Now, I think in the US it's like $350 or something like that. Go check out the APP store. I'm not exactly certain, but in Australia it's $499 for this software. Again, you pay one fixed amount, and then you never have to pay anything else in the future for this software. That is amazing. I wish they did that with Premiere Pro, so I'll move onto to software choices that you can use if you're editing videos on your phone. Now, this is exactly what I did when I first started my journey. At the very, very, very beginning, I actually used my phone to film videos, and I actually edited those videos on my phone because I never even owned a laptop. I know it's crazy, but I never in the laptop. I just use my phone to film at it, published everything. The software that I used, I do get this question on your screen right now is kind, master. That's how I pronounce it and kind Master is really amazing. I used to edit my videos with Kite. Most on my phone at airport terminals were waiting to board my flights. Really, really funny. I can't believe I did that, and I uploaded those videos onto YouTube from my from my phone. That's an option. Thea, the one there used a lot, too, was quick. Q I k, its software from GoPro. And as you're already familiar with, I use a GoPro to shoot a lot of, in fact, prior to getting that big camera over there. I only use my GoPro to shoot videos, and so I was traveling a lot, making videos with my go pro, and then I just download the videos from my GoPro onto my phone. And then I used the GoPro supplied software called Quick, which could Dalit from the play store from the APP store. And then I just edit those videos. Using Quick, Quick is an amazing piece of software. Really, really awesome. It makes editing super simple, but really perfect. If you have a go pro and you're shooting videos on the Go pro and you want to make those videos on your phone. Quick is definitely a piece of software to check out. That's it, guys. I hope that was super helpful. As I said before, start with the free software first. And if you decide to get really serious with logging and editing and all that kind of stuff , then definitely considered, um, are the final cut pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. I know it's a lot of money, but think of it like a business. Invest up front and then, you know, learn the software for both of us. For both Premiere, pro and final Cut pro. It's a very steep learning curve, but my mate uses final cup. I use Premiere Pro. We would never go back. Teoh. Anything else way loved the software, so I love Premiere Pro. He loves final cut pro. So that's it. I'll see everybody in the next video 15. Making Eye Contact with the Lens: Okay, so tip that will really help make your videos much more engaging if you're just starting of logging journey. It's also a common mistake that bloggers make, and this really only applies if you're of lager that has a flip screen camera. And what I mean by that is that you get cameras that with screen flips around one side, as you will have the lens of the camera, then you have this screen right next to it. Typically, what bloggers do is not only do you use that flip screen to help frame yourself in the shot , so you know, with the you know, your head's not being like my head probably mean chopped off right now, so that is a perfect way of seeing if you're in the frame of your shop. But what happens is that bloggers used that flip screen as kind of like a feedback mechanism. So they'll that they'll stare at themselves inside the flip screen. And what that means for the viewer is that and I don't have a flip screen cameras of colleges simulating this. But what it means for the viewer is if I'm talking right now, I'm off to one side of the lens, but you don't really feel like I'm talking to you. You just kind of see my eyes off on the one side and it's really weird and awkward and you know that you don't really feel like I'm engaging with you whatsoever, and it's almost like it was like going to a cocktail party or some kind of social event and you meet someone for the first time. And of course, you make eye contact and all that stuff and you look at their face like, you know, you know what you're doing right? But it's almost like I'm not talking to you. I'm not looking at your face. Your eyes are not making eye contact. I'm just kind of staring over your shoulder and making a conversation with you at the same time. It's just sweet. It's really awkward, and that would be an awkward situation. Really awkward situation never done that before, but it would be so. It's no different when you're shooting of lochs. Just make sure that you know you treat the lenses. If it's someone's eyes right like it's the viewers eyes, you're making eye contact every now and again you break off eye contact, and so just pretend you're talking to a best friend. You know you have your lens and the camera. If you need to turn the flip screen away, then turn it away so you don't. Are you distracted with your own self talking? I don't know. The camera that I have doesn't have a flip screen, so it's really easy for me to not get distracted by myself talking when it comes to framing my shot. I just know that I'm approximately in the shot. Don't get too worried about with your perfectly framed I know my head's probably chopped off now, but I'm not too worried about those details are not to micromanage my the way I frame my shots, So a zone is your in the frame. Do a couple of test shots turned the flip of the screen away so you can't see yourself and then just pretend that you're talking to a friend, you know, and the lens of the camera is like your friends face or the eyes of your friend or whatever . And then every now and again, you just look away and just you know you're doing so just think you're you know you're talking to a friend, so keep that in mind. I hope that was helpful. If you have any questions, let me know and enjoy the flogging, Jenny. 16. Make Engaging Vlogs (Using B Roll): Okay, so let's talk about the role and how to use B roll to make your videos much more interesting and engaging for your viewers to watch. Now, if you're just starting your vlogging journey, you really need to know how to use B roll. It's not that hard, but it just makes your videos really engaging. So firstly have a role and you've got beer. Also a role just quickly a role is just the primary subject being filmed. So right now I'm sitting on a chair. I've got him in my living room. It's a cloudy day outside, and I have a camera on a tripod, and I'm talking Teoh about something to do with filming, right? So I'm right now filming the A roll off this video. The primary story. The primary subject is being filmed now when you're doing your blog's. Typically you're the main subject, right. We have your camera on a tripod or you know something some kind of try partners stand and you're filming yourself. Talk. You are the primary subject. You are the a role you're shooting the a role. Now when it comes to uploading that video as it is, if It's a five minute video of you just talking directly to camera about some experience. People are just gonna get bored. That's what happens. People get bored like I don't want. Watch this guy talk for five minutes and just watch his face for five minutes. It doesn't matter how entertaining the person looks on their face. People get bored very quickly. That's why you have B roll. B roll allows you to complement this story you're telling by showing the audience extra footage that does not include the subject. Now I usually break that rule, and my B road does sometime. It sometimes include me in it. You might see me in the B roll, but you won't see me actually talking in the beer. Also, the B roll is just the additional footage that helps complement the story that you're telling. So as I'm talking right now, I'm gonna be throwing up photos are gonna be throwing up videos that's really going to be complimenting what I'm talking about, right? So if for example, and I'll give you once you see this, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. We've all seen this before, so just really, really quickly If I would have talked to you about you know, my training experience in the more Thai kickboxing camps in Thailand and spend the next five minutes telling you all about that you're going to switch off. But if right now I talk about how I usually spend, you know, 2 to 4 weeks in Thailand visiting all these different kickboxing camps whether you pay like , 2030 years trying dollars per session and you have these one on one private sessions and they're an amazing way to get fit and strong. And it's for everybody that wants to lose some weight, get in shape, learn more tired. Even this beautiful, amazing climate learning how to kick box and do more time. You meet people from all around the world. It's just one massive fitness camp. Right now I'm going back to my face. I just used a bunch of B roll to complement the a roll of me talking about my experience training at this kickboxing camps. So just a quick tip when you're shooting your a role. If you're doing travel videos, for example, then B roll is a great way to get really creative about how to collect that extra content that you use when you edit your videos and you overlay that extra content over the top of you talking in terms of how to edit B roll using Premiere Pro, explain that in a separate video somewhere else. That's a separate video tutorial in itself. But make a habit when you're doing videos just to shoot extra content that you feel as you're shooting the B roll. Make sure in your mind you're thinking, is this extra content gonna help tell my story? That's what it really comes down to. There's this extra content. Help me communicate with the audience The story that I'm trying to tell. So that's just that's it. That's be wrong. So if you have any questions, let me know if you're curious That had an edit. B Roll explained that in another video hope that was helpful on and enjoy the vlogging journey 17. Create Awesome YouTube Thumbnails in Seconds (Final): However, we welcome back it is Brad here again? Brad Newton of Locks. I want to share with you a piece of software they have been using now for a few months that I used to create my YouTube thumbnails. So easy. Donate any editing Photoshopped experience. If you've never edited anything in your life, then this piece of software is for you. It's completely free. It's called Adobe Spark over here, and if you go to spark dot adobe dot com, you can actually start using this straight away. It is so simple. It is now my new favorite tool to use to crack my thumbnails, just like the one that you're seeing when you screen Not right now with my girlfriend, and I used to use canvas actually can va dot com and still a great piece of software Web application. I'm gonna use it for a couple of years. Quite religiously. Teoh. Here's some previous some now is that I put together. Aunts love me out. Anyway, these air something now is that I used, uh, previously using can va and still quite nice. But spark is better off, so I'm gonna give you a quick run down of this web application and you could be underway in no time. But as you can see, this is the time now, here. And I'm gonna use this thumb now, and, uh, and I'm gonna give you some tips that I use to make some. Now is like what you see over here on my channel. These things, these thumbnails here that you see have all been created with spark, right? And so they're not like the best thumbnails on the planet. But I don't have a background in photo editing or Photoshopped or anything like that. So this is I'm just an ordinary guy and just, you know, you know, just nothing special, and I can produce these kinds of thumb. Now's within about five minutes, okay? Completely free. So that's got back to spark, and we'll play around with some settings and I'll give you some tips that I've learned over the years as well. Okay, so what you gonna do is you go over here to the right hand side and where it says add, you click on that and you click on photo and then you click on upload photo, and then you just upload the photo that you want, right? Click on it. Click open. Now, of course, I'm really going to use Robin Hurt. I'm gonna use this photo here, and I'm gonna delayed this one up. Loads. But you get the idea. So I'm gonna delete that because I'm looking to use that. OK, so delete cell right back to where we started. So we're gonna do Is I click on layout over here first, and then you can see ago different layout options. Very self explanatory. I've got to I can use to cells or I can use you know, I can have them a line differently like this is I mean, play around with it. There's no right or wrong. It's up to you. But I'm just going to stick with this single cell layout that you can see right here and all I'm gonna do. Oops. All I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on my image. I'm going to go over to looks every here on the right hand side, and I'm gonna click on none. Okay? This is what the image looks like without any filters applied. Just like that. Okay. All I'm gonna do is now have the choice. I can neither. So like one of these filters. Now it depends on what kind of mood or feeling you go for it. If you could multiply, it makes that photo much more saturated. A lot more contrast, E. And it really pops a little more than if I don't like the filter. However, what I like to do is I'd like to click on where it says in. Hence, photo clicked that it drops down a bunch of sliders. I can adjust the contrast, brightness, saturation and so forth manually. If I don't like anything, I just click on reset changes and everything goes back to how it waas. So I like to have a bit of contrast in my photos in my thumbnails. So no contrast, where it's completely flat and a lot of contrast where it's overdone. It's overkill, but I like a little bit, so we'll go with 20 with YouTube thumb now, as I like to have a little bit more brightness in my thumb now because I want them to pop a little bit more in the search results for YouTube, you know, if the image is too dark, then it's not gonna be as appealing. When people are going through the YouTube search results, they're not really going to see the doctor. The broader image is really gonna over index over a darker image for your thumb now, so I like a little bit brighter than usual. Okay, not too much, Just a little bit brighter. So go with, like, eight saturation, our love to play with. Now, if I saturate this image a lot, then that's a little bit more interesting than if I d saturate that. Okay, so if I make this save 30 this is up to you. Play around with it. Highlights I play around. The highlights dropped down a little bit. So the brighter portions of the image you're going to drop down the shadows. I could bring out the shadows, or I can restrict the shadows away. But what I like to do is I want the image to really pop. So I'm gonna drop the shadows here. Says minus 20 minus 30. So, you see, it's the shadows getting dark. Um, and then with warmth, I want to just make it a little bit warmer. Look at that. Okay, bring the shadows up a little bit. Okay? And in terms of the sharpening tool, usually when it comes to thumbnails on YouTube, usually, if there's like a smiling face and people can see the what's oven I or the people that person's eyes, then that's Morva, visually appealing thing for people. Then, if people can't see your eyes in the photo and or your face smiling, so what I'd like to do. I like to sharpen my images for my thumb. Now See, I really want Robin smile to pop, but not overkill. I mean, this is overkill, right? Too much sharpness, so but this is a little bit too blurry. So if I just sharpen this little bit like that, I'm happy with that. That's sharp enough for me. So her smile, her eyes, everything pops out a little bit more. Okay, and then that's it. I'm pretty much happy with that image now. If I reset that back, that's what it looked like before the adjustments. If I undo that, that's what it looks like after the adjustments. Now I'm not a professional photo editor, but you know, that literally took no more than a couple of minutes and then when it comes to the text, it's very easy to do. All you gotta do is if you click, add and you click on text. You just type in something like my and, uh, vlog. That's what we've done here. It creates another little text asset. I can just drag that out. I can make the text so that Smalls aren't falls on two lines or I can make it fall a one line like that. And all I got to do is I click on that text layer and over here have all my text properties . So I got the size. I got the letter spacing a passage e You know, it's very, very basic. I can change the font. You know, all the stuff you can play around with. But what I like the most about this is not only can I change the color if I click on color here, I could make it sort of more graphic. I would like All right, this is like terrible design, but I'm just giving you a very quick example. How about we just got with blue and we can switch that around right, so the blue falls into the text not the outline. If I go to shape, I can then use I can click on various options here, and you can see how that applies. And you could just go with what you feel like right until you until you like it and then you can just move onto the next setting, said This year applies a bit of a layer across the entire bit of a strip across the entire thumbnail. Uh oh, I can turn that off, right? We'll turn it back on a lie like that. If I go to effects, watch this with shadow. I can adjust the shadow here as you can see the shadows changing. I can select outline so I could make the line super thick. So there's a lot of YouTube thumbnails that you'll see that have very thick lines around the images around the text to make the text really stand out against the image. So, for example, if I were to just delete that right and I want to bring this down and I were to make the if I click on this and I go back to shape, so if we got back to effects and where it says ABC outlined line thickness. If I just drop that back 21 then the text doesn't really stand out too much against the image. But if I make the line, if I goto effects line thickness, if I make this super thick and then I make it and then I make it black, for example, suffer, go back to color and I switched that around. I mean, you get the idea so I can essentially just play around with this right? It's just a matter of playing around with it talking so like, cut out if I wish, doesn't really stand up. But that's pretty cool, though, right? So you can just play around with this in your own time, right? Anyway, it's such a cool little tool, or you can do this and they'll finish off with this. Now I can drag this down here and I can run this wheel. I can click on this wheel and spin it around, and it will generate a bunch of different stalls for me, right? And then I could just I could just leave it at the stall that I want. I can just keep spinning. This will around like well, a fortune. Now, you might not like any of that, but if you click on shape so if you click on effects on will turn the text effect off and then we go here too. We don't want any backing shape whatsoever. Actually, we just have a little bit of background. We just have that, for example, all right. And they will go to style and was spin the wheel. Okay, so now we're getting to, like, stalls up. Ma appeal to us if you and this is really handy. If you can't really design, if you don't really, if you don't really creative like I'm a very creative person, I don't think I'm a very creative person, to be honest. So I I love playing around with this wheel. I'm like, Oh, actually, like, I think that could work. And then what I do is that Then just make adjustments over the top off the suggestions That spark is giving me right. I'll just keep turning this around and so just play around with this. And then I got all I like that. Actually, I might just make that bigger, and then I might just play with color And if you have a look that got, like, uh, different colors suggestions him, so comply around with this. Anyway, it's a really amazing tool. I'm now using this for everyone on my thumbnails. Let me know if you're using this as well. I'm curious. And if you have any questions, let me know. Uh, definitely check out other editing tutorials if you're into Adobe Premiere Pro editing If logs in here in this software is my definitely my strength, more so than actually creating thumb now's not so much my strength. But I hope you get the idea anyway, having awesome day and I'll see you in another video. 18. Amazon Prime: Introduction to Vlogging on Amazon Prime: Okay, So in this section, I'm gonna show you how to upload your vlogs onto Amazon video, direct or prime, or Amazon Prime, and how you can simply just take your blog's the upload onto YouTube and give them more of a kick. Start by putting them on to prime video or Amazon Video direct or Amazon prime. So in this section, I'm gonna show you step by step. How to do that? Had a certain account had to go through that process but real quick. I've been on Amazon prime now for about three years of uploaded around 20 to 30 different video Siri's from stand alone titles right through to proper episodic content. But really all of their content you'll find on YouTube anyway. And it's now available on Amazon for Amazon prime subscribers. It's so it's a great opportunity to get extra watch time to build your brands. I get probably around 50 to 60 hours of content watched every day, and I, and probably around 100 to $150 every month, So it doesn't seem like a lot of money, but I have met a couple of people in the street that have seen me on Amazon prime. It's brilliant, surreal experience, but it's a really great way of building your brand and getting more exposure to your videos , and I'll show you how to do that. But I'll break it down and keep it really straightforward. So just real quick. If you are not familiar, Amazon Prime is part of your membership with prime right, and as part of your membership with Prime, you have access to prime video, which is kind of like a Netflix in a way. But it allows people like you and I to upload our videos to the platform. Where is with Netflix? You can't do that. And so first we go to amazon dot com and go into the left hand side. Drop down menu, click on prime video and type in block. When you talk in vlog, my name will come up in the list right, and you'll see all of the titles that I've released onto prime video over the past three years. You see a couple of other titles there. They've come in the most recent sort of year or so. They weren't there before, but I've been with prime now since it pretty much started. And I'm currently the only active vlogger on Amazon prime. Probably not after I shoot this video, but the most recent Siri's that I shot was Fitness Street, which is a bunch of logs that I did off my training experience in Thailand. Training at all the different, more tie campus with my girlfriend and we had just the best time of our lives. And so I shot over 50 logs off that experience, reviewing accommodation, food training and so forth and upload of those logs onto YouTube. But I also uploaded those VOCs onto an episodic Siri's, which I'll show you how to do in this section. Don't worry, don't freak out and you'll get to see how it looks. So this is exactly how it looks when you upload your blog's onto prime so you'll see all the videos played out separately into separate episodes and a little tiny description for each one and a little fun now as well. So it's really, really cool, and I highly recommend you do it, and there are a couple of steps involved, and I won't go through those steps with you. In fact, you won't really see much of my face. You just see my laptop screen and just me voiceover over ring steps. So stick around. I hope you enjoy this section. I hope you get your videos on the Amazon prime. How many questions Let me know and let's get into this section. 19. Amazon Prime: My Amazon Prime Earnings Report (Explained): Hi, everybody. Welcome back. I want to share with you my Amazon prime earnings and or a showing my dashboard on Amazon prime and hopefully inspire you and encourage you to get your content onto Amazon Prime as well. I filmed this video in February 2020. I'm at my laptop right now, So in just a second I'm gonna jump you into my laptop. And even to this day, I'm still very, very much passionate about this platform and helping you get your content onto Amazon Prime and just help you get your message out into the world. So here we are. This is my dashboard for Amazon Prime, and I will change the performance metrics here to represent 12 weeks and all videos right here. OK, so as you can see, total minutes streamed is 187,000 or so minutes in the last 12 weeks. So one thing to keep in mind is that you get paid on what's time? The number of minutes they get watched Not the number of views, the number of minutes to get watch. That's very important on also get paid on how many people buy your episodes or how many people buy your seasons so we can talk about that? I think a touch of that already in another video where you can set your videos toe either be included with prime, or you can set your videos to be purchased individually or as an entire season. So go and check out that video if you haven't seen that one already. But I have explained how you do that in Amazon Video direct, but understand that you get paid based on minutes watched. So if we jump back in here again, you'll see here just real quick. Just a quick recap that I've got the UK in the United States and the accumulated minutes watched across both of these territories and over tall week, period of time. And if I skull down, I've got my earnings part of my dashboard. As you can see, I've got all my months here for my earnings and then in my payments down the bottom there. So, as I mentioned, my first set of payments started coming in from prime around May 2017 and you know, I can see every month that I've been paid. Now I've actually created a spreadsheet just to make it really easy to read my earnings from Amazon video Direct. What you see on your screen right now is all of my earnings from Amazon Prime since I've been on the platform. Now, I'm super proud of this because at first I was very hesitant to get on to Amazon video director Amazon Prime. I thought it would be a bit of a waste of time because it seemed like such an effort to get captions made. And you have to pay for those captions because obviously, when you're uploading videos on YouTube, you don't need to worry about having captions professionally made but Amazon prime care about professional captions. So it really was really a bit of a bit of a headache, to be honest with me when I first started, because I had to pay for captions and who wants to pay for captions? You know, you rather put your money somewhere else, but honestly, it's been worth it, and I have earned back the money that I've spent on captions through people watching my videos. So over $3000 made on the platform, you know, with about 1000 $1500 spent on captions, which I only have to spend once, and then I pretty much every everything I earned now on Amazon Prime is all profit. It's all revenue, so as you can see all quickly, go through it. First. Paycheck came in at May 2017 and this is all the Australian dollars, and the last one came in December 2019. Correct. So I'm expecting another one very soon. And as you can see, it's a couple 100 bucks every month or two months, right? So you hit a certain threshold, and then Amazon prime will pay based on hitting a minimum threshold. So I don't get a paycheck every single month. But some months I have received a paycheck every single month. Just depends if I hit that threshold or not. YouTube is the same thing. You only get paid when needed, $100 threshold, $100 threshold and then grand total over $3000. So, you know, that was 3000 or so dollars that I never had before. But in saying that it's not always about the money. I've had people watch my videos on Amazon Prime, Asai said Before I met. Some of these people in the street that have seen me on prime have gone to my website. They've checked out other products that I have to sell in the book that purchased them. They fall on my YouTube channel after saying me on prime. So it's not always about how much money am I making? It's about how my brand is building. Are you building a brand by putting your content under prime? And the answer is yes. So that's close. This covered in to my dashboard. Now I want to share this with you. It's pretty important. And that is, as of the first of January 2020 Amazon prime making have made a change where your the amount of money that you make on prime is going to be determined by the customer engagement rank or C E r. I'm not gonna go into crazy levels of detail. I might make a separate video on this, actually, But if you read this here, they pretty much saying that, um, you know, as of the first of January, depending on how engaging your content is on prime will determine the how much money earn per hour. Watched So let's quickly show you now have a click on world to rates. It'll open up this little dialogue here, and I get this table now. What this table is pretty much saying is that if people are watching in the US and that's most of my audience on Amazon prime, then the minimum that I get paid based on the new model will be one cent per hour. Watched. That is nothing. That is nothing. The maximum I'll get paid based on an incredibly awesome amazing customer engagement ring score will be 12 cents per hour. So if you're looking revenue rates per hour viewed you Look at your stats and you will calculate 158,000 minutes. You'll turn that into hours, and then you multiply that out. I want to go into the specific calculations In this video. I'll make a separate video to help you calculate that this is only just coming in now, as I filmed this video, but the purpose of this video is just to hopefully inspire you to get your videos onto Amazon Prime. All in with this, I don't do any advertising. I don't run ads or Facebook guys or instagram ads. I don't promote my content. I don't spend money to promote my content on Amazon Prime Amazon prime door that for me, all I do is I make the content I uploaded. I get the captions created, I press publish and I walk away and that's it. And that's all you need to do. I know when you're watching this. You've never done this before. It's scary. It seems like a lot of work, like everything's a lot of work when you first start. But honestly, guys, when you get the content up the captions created he had published, you don't have t You don't have to touch it again. You could just let it sit there in the system and allowed to make you money like I'm gonna get paid in any time in the next week or so, and I haven't done anything like I did all the work years ago. But, you know, I could go on vacation and get paid 152 100 bucks, $250 whatever it's going today for content that I created two or so years ago. So it's just something to keep in mind. Ah highly suggested. If you have any questions, let me know. I hope this video was helpful and inspiring on will help you start your journey and hopefully we'll see you on Amazon Prime. Thanks for watching. 20. Amazon Prime: Reach 100+ Million Prime Subscribers: Okay, So before I jump into this Siri's, it's nice to know you know the potential reach that your videos of your blog's will have when you upload them onto Amazon Prime. Now, as you know, is that mentioned. I have been on Amazon Prime now is a creator since March around March 2017 and these debts as of March 2019 right? So the number of Amazon prime subscribers in the U. S. As of March 2019 and so this why believe even to this day, you know, even after doing this for several years now that I believe that Amazon Prime is still a great place to put your video content, your vlogs if you're struggling to get traction on YouTube or any other platform. So when I started back in March 2017 there are around 80 million Amazon prime subscribers in the U. S. And as you can see, it's grown over the years and were now sitting in a 103 million US Amazon prime subscribers . And that, by the way, that's not including subscribers now from Germany or other countries Japan, Austria and so forth, or the UK, which are also emerging markets for Amazon prime. So these are just stats for the U. S. So, as you can see, it's a very gradual increase in audience for Amazon prime subscribers ship. So that's, you know, that's a good reason to your videos under prime as quickly as possible or your blog's to get in front of, you know, this huge audience that's waiting to consume your videos. So that was informative, and I'll see you in the next video. 21. Amazon Prime: How to Upload to Prime (Part 1 of 2): Hi, everybody. Welcome back. I'm gonna walk you through the process off. Credit your own Amazon prime account or Amazon video direct account so that you can start uploading your vlogs or your videos onto Amazon Prime, and I'll show you how easy it is to do that. So the first thing you'll do, though, is your set up an account and you'll go to video direct dot amazon dot com. And then you'll see this on your screen. The first thing we'll do is we'll create a new account. If you already have an existing account, it would just click on signing down here like I'll do in just a second. So, firstly, click on Create your free Account. And then, if you go down here to create your Amazon accounts, click on that. You're then fill all of this out, right, so let you do that in your own time. So what I'll do? I'll log in with my own account, and I'll show you exactly what you'll see when you sign in for the very first time. The first thing that will happen when you sign in is that you'll arrive in your dashboard and when you sign him for the first time and you've got no videos. You'll see 000 There'll be no stats. Anywhere will just be 000 Uh, and so this is what you'll see Now. Whenever you want any statistics for your videos of your blog's, you will go to your dashboard always right, and I'll talk more about the statistics later on. But right now, just walk it for the process off, how to upload videos and where to go to do that. So you'll see these three tabs up here. Dashboard your videos in landing page by default, you're on dashboard. When you sign in, you're then go over to your videos. Typically, before I do that, though, what I suggest you do before you go any further with the video is I want you to. Once you set up your new account, I'm going to go up here. If you click up here, your name will be and got into your account. If you click on that, you'll need to then fill out all of your details like your address and you know how you want Amazon prime to pay you and all that kind of stuff. And I do recommend you do that before you start uploading any videos, because there are some countries that Amazon prime won't pay two s. Obviously, I'm in Australia, but, you know, for pretty much all Western countries, you shouldn't have a problem receiving payments from Amazon prime. But if you're from other countries, you know you may have an issue, so just make sure that you fill out the tax declaration stuff all inside your account, so I'll move along. So I'll let you do that in your own time. So typically, toe upload videos. You'll click on your videos. The second tab here, and then you'll see three tabs here. Standalone, episodic and channel. And so, typically and for any stand alone titles like like movies and documentaries and short films and little clips and things like that. So just singular videos you uploaded by clicking on add title. You'll feel at this, and then you'll upload those videos in this section here. What I'm gonna explain, though, in this introductory video is the episodic tap. So this is where you have multiple videos that are all part of the same Siri's. So if you click on this. I'll show you what I mean, so you can see all of the Siri's that I have and what I'll do. I'll show you, for example, and you'll see here at a quick glimpse. I've got a number of different titles. I got Season one for this title. I have two seasons for Indonesia, vlogs I have, you know, and it goes on and on, and you'll see here that I've got four countries, that my content will be published, too. And as you can see, it's not published in Japan nor Germany, because I don't have subtitles in Japanese or German. So only English subtitled videos will be published to the UK in the USA. When prime first come out years ago, you could publish across all four, but now they've changed the rules. You can only publish English subtitled titles to the UK and the USA, so that's why you'll see these green published marks or icons indicates that this titles published in these two countries and not published in Japan and Germany. So I'll show you one title, for example, I'll show you the behind the scenes, which is where we are now, and I'll show you what it looks like when you browse it on the website or through a TV set . So first and foremost, my latest Siri's that I released was this bloke Siris on Fitness Street. If I click on that, go to Season One and Season One is just a collection of all of the logs relating to my adventures on Fitness Street in Paquette. And while that's loading, I'm going to go to the main website where, if I type in. So if you go to amazon dot com, and if you on the left hand side, click on Prime Video from the little category selection here and then type in, I'll do this from the start fitness straight. You'll see that this is my title right For Click on This, it will bring me to a category or catalogue listing, and you'll see the title. You see little blood here, so this is what it looks like as a viewer that scrolling through the website or through their TV will see something along these these lines. You'll see that each vlog represents an episode, so we have 51 episodes here, and each vlog represents an episode of said 1234 and so on, All the way down to 51 and you'll see that each episode has a little synopsis, right, which I've written myself, as you can see. And then on the right hand side, you see the date, the number of minutes in the length of that video and so on. Never got back to the behind the scenes. This is what it looks like I have here for fitness rate adventure of logs. I've got my category Sorry, catalogue listing. So season number one and I've got my synopsis here. So when you're writing out your synopses, you've got 400 characters to play with, and I've written this out myself. And if I jump back here, this is where it is. Shows up. Joined Brad and Robin Bla Blam said. That's the synopsis there. That's how it looks when people are browsing toe, watch your videos. If I jump back off, I skull down. What you'll do is your select the genre that best fits the video that you're uploading. So, for example, this flock, Siri's, is relating to fitness, and it's also relating to travel. So these videos that were shot at a Mai Tai Fitness bunch of more time fitness camps. And so the category or genre that these videos best fit is nonfiction health, diet, weight loss, nonfiction, self help nonfiction travel, Asia. And if you actually typed in, I'll show you how easy this is If you actually start typing and I'll just remove this and I'll show you it will automatically. If you start typing a few letters, it will automatically start presenting in a list like this all these predetermined categories and it's just best to scroll through here and find a category that best suits the video that you're uploading. Okay, so let you do this in your own time. And Amazon Prime used to accept five genres that only accept three now. So 12 and the 3rd 1 so that there s a nonfiction travel. If I scroll down and because Thailand is in Asia, I click on nonfiction Travel Asia and then moving down, you'll see he English. So typically, you just select the language that best reflects the video that was originally shot in the language. So for May, English Australia, the original release year. So I mean, this is just the year that I I feel in the video to 2018. You don't have to put that in and then the rating system. So with this, you actually select title not officially rated unless you actually go through the effort of getting your videos or your flogs rated by an organization. And I'm sure 99.9% of people listening will not go through that path or down that channel. You do this, you click on that. So it's his at writing. Click on that. Edwards is suggested rating title not officially rated who click on that and then play select. And here you're just like the age that best reflects the content that you're putting up. So typically, I just liked 18 plus, Sometimes if I select all ages, they reject it. So I usually just liked 18 plus. And then I move along. So down here I've got here it says graphic assets. So this is where your upload the thumbnails, like on YouTube. You've got thumbnails on Amazon Prime. They call them graphic assets, right? Really fancy. And this is if I go back, I'll show you what this looks like if I go back to the search results here. The graphic asset, all the graphic art or the key art Is this right here? So this is what people see in the search results, and this is what you'll need to create. So I'll show you how to do that in just a second. I'll show you where to go on do that. So it says here that you need to key art. You need 1 16 by nine and 14 by three. So what they require is that in this certain requirements of you run your mouse over this little I hear it says here that needs to be 1920 by 10 80 right? And this one needs to be 1600 by 1200. It's essentially the same image has to contain the same text, right? As you can see, they're exactly the same image, same text, but it has to be cropped to separate sizes, so you can't have one image that's completely different to the other image. They've rejected me several times because I've tried changing the image, but they won't allow it. Just make sure that same image, same text, different size, and you can use can va dot com www dot can va dot com If you need help, I can show you how to easily create thumb now at those dimensions. And then over here you've got, and then you click, browse and upload them and they'll show up in here. Make sure you always had save as well. And when you hit, save the little green tick will appear up here, which then allows you to move to the next section, right, And over here is the background image. Now it does say optional. I do think that this is really important to have if you go back here, for example, and I'll show you what it looks like on my listing. This is the background image here over the years have changed how this back own image appears, and it looks like they've got more of a Grady int sort of a background now that never used to have that. So, as you can see, I mean, people will see the background image and probably make a bit of it determination, whether they should watch your videos or not. Then if you don't have a background image, so I think that background image is pretty important to have a night, therefore work. She should consider making one for your your videos. So that's where this goes, right? And again it's 1920 by 10 80. That's the required dimensions. So make sure you include that even though it says optional, I would definitely included anyway. So then, once you've done that, you click save, and it will then in my case, won't make any difference. But it will give you a little green tick. And then you move to the next section cast and crew. So this is kind of treating you as if, like you're some production company. And I guess you are but yourself, publisher. So you can simply just put in the name your own personal name. Like I've put my my own name brand new two blocks. You can put your own name if you have a business and you put your business name, it's completely up to you. And then down he cast and crew. So you can just In my case, I just put my name and I'm the producer, writer, director, producer, right, and it doesn't really matter. To be honest with you, just put something down and then in cost, right? So obviously I'm in the videos and you're probably going to be in your own videos so you can put your name down on the vlogger and then my girlfriend right here. And so if you go back to the front screen, it says he is starring myself and my girlfriend, right? So it's pretty funny, but that's what they that's what they require. And you can add cost members and crew members. Just a Z Z is clicking there, and then you click save When you finished, move to the next section. This is where you actually upload the videos onto Amazon Prime, and you can see this is what it looks like in a list of you off all of the episodes in this particular Siris on fitness, straight from 1 to 51 you can see what it looks like. The arrows. Here, you can move videos up and down so that you can change the order in which they appear. And if you click on any one of these, for example, I'll show you what what's going on? So obviously you've got the title here, and you've got a little synopsis of the video. And of course, you got 400 characters to play with the original release state. Now, they never used to require this, but now they it's mandatory to include the release date. Now, think of the release date is like the date that you either filmed the video or you produce the video. To be honest with you, it doesn't really matter. You can just pick any debt you want. But the date that I put in is typically the date that I have filmed the video. But again, it doesn't matter. You can just put in any day you want. It doesn't matter. And if you move down here, you've got mezzanine file. So this is a fancy word for video file. They call them measure names. Uh, it's actually the video file. So this is going to be your MP four file your video file that you would have otherwise uploaded to YouTube and other platforms. And so if you run your mouse over here, it says that Amazon Prime do not accept four K and uhd video. I have never supported four K for years. I've been asking them when they're going to support four K, and they never give me a straight answer. But if you click on learn more, it will load up the exact video requirements that they accept. But typically, the videos the upload onto YouTube are gonna be probably acceptable for Amazon Prime. But I might do a separate video on that, explaining that in more detail but again so MP four and you'll select the language that the video was filmed at or in. So in this case, English. And then over here is the caption section. Now this is a bit of a problem for a lot of people because Amazon prime it pretty strict on captions. 22. Amazon Prime: How to Upload to Prime (Part 2 of 2): As you probably know, you can upload videos onto YouTube and YouTube pretty much automatically generates captions for you, but they're not strict on captioning, so you know they don't really care about captions. And with your video has accurate captions or not. Where is Amazon prime? Very strict on the caption quality. So I've noticed that Amazon Prime will reject a lot of my videos because my captions are not accurate and they'll get upset because they're not capitalized or there there's no correct, not pronunciation. There's no correct spelling or grandma, so anyway, I'll do a separate video on captions. But this is where your upload the caption for the video and the easiest way of doing this is actually I mean, there's two ways you can do this. You can either go through red dot com. You can actually pay to get captions done, which is around $1 a minute through red dot com. Alternatively, you can do it for free by uploading a video onto YouTube and then let YouTube automatically generate the caption for you. And as you can see, this is my YouTube channel and you don't see here. It says English automatic and over here, if you click on that verse is published, it'll open up another screen. And this is where you can download the caption fall that YouTube has automatically generated. So, as you can see, if you look closely that those captions air not capitalized, you know, Hi, everybody, and welcome to Fitness Street. Looking at the review off my road. Yeah, and obviously you just never drove yet, so I mean, that doesn't make sense. So what you should do is actually go through and edit. If you click up here, edit if this is the it's a longer way of going about it. But it's free, You know you can do this is gonna take some time just to go through the captions and capitalize. Put full stops in, make it dramatically make it sound like it makes sense, like make it just comprehend herbal and just go through and just do that. You might spend some time doing this just going through, putting in full stops and things like that, making it sound good. Make it accurate. And then once you've done that, you will click publish edits over here, so click on SRT. It'll download down here and then you, quite simply, just upload that through, hear clicking on brows and then go to your downloads and then, you know, and then you will show up here like that, and then you must like the frame, right? So, typically, YouTube videos 30 frames a second, right? So you would select 30 frames. You know, if you've rendered your video at 30 frames, he would select 30 frames for your caption as well. And if this is all confusing, just go along with this on my credit. Separate video on that later. And then, of course, you've got your thumb now for your video. So again, Amazon Prime require four by three or 1600 by 1200 and J. Pick or PNG file only right. So again, you can use canvas dot com. You can easily create a thumb now that best represents the local, the video that you're uploading and again. If you go to the display page amazon dot com, you'll see here the thumbnails were show up. And, of course, like YouTube, your thumb now should be catching. That should be vibrant. That should represent accurately what the videos about and just make them enticing enough for people to want to click on your video on Prime to watch it. So no different to YouTube, really, But you can't put any text on your thumbnails. It's just a clean thumbnail. And once you've done that, you're just moved down and you'll continue. So if you scroll down where it says Click Worse is at episode, this is where you can add more videos to this particular Siri's. So if I want to add another video because I've decided to make another bonus video, then I just go through this process Title synopsis, averaging a release state. Select anything the video file captions and so on and so forth, and then just click save. And then when I click safe, don't take that. When I click save, then it'll upload that video onto Amazon prime, and it might take a while, depending on the speed of your Internet connection. So that's how you upload videos onto Amazon Prime. So it for me right now I'm just gonna delete this, and I want the Episode 52 good enough episodes in this series. You'll see something along this lying these lines when you make changes. And then once you've done that, you move across two availability and this is where you can make your vlog. So your videos available across different countries, so you'll see he USA in the UK And of course, because I got English subtitles and my videos shot in English. I only have these two locations available to me and again. I have tick box options here for prime by episodes by season. So what they're saying here is I can choose which country on what my videos to be available in. So if I only want them to be available in the U. S, I can untech the UK so only be published in the U. S. But of course I want them published everywhere and what that means. He I've got prime selected. What that means is that with anybody that's got a prime membership, they will be able to watch. My videos is part off their prime memberships. So, as you saw before, this title here says prime bicep biceps, That means to publish my title onto prime US Prime UK as soon as possible. And then that means if I go over here, people that have a prime membership can simply click other through their TV set or through their computers and laptops. Watch with Prime and as part of their membership. They can watch my videos. However, if you want, you can select the option of buying episodes or buying a complete season. So if you click on this, I'll show you. When you click on by episodes, you will automatically be given a pricing model, off based pricing model and value pricing model, which basically means you can either set it so that the episodes cost you a dollar. 99 h. We're not, in a sense, for standard definition for both the US and UK. Uh, well, if you click on value, then this is the pricing model over here. So typically you would leave it a base and you were charging a dollar 99 us for each episode in your Siri's. Sometimes people only wanna watch one or two videos out of an entire Siri's, and so they'll have the option to click and buy that particular video. But I don't do that. I like to just keep everything, um, available. It's part of your prime membership. I don't like people just having a you know by for pay for a particular episode, or rather just give it all the way is part of the prime membership. That's a personal choice. You do whatever you like or you can have them by the season, so you know it's up to you. Play around with it. But I would like to just leave those ones UnTech and that's pretty much it. I think that's pretty much it now for uploading videos under Prime. That's just a quick overview of how to do it. Once you've done that, though, and you're ready to submit it for review, you'll then click on Publish over Here and then your weight, probably around 2 to 3 days for Amazon Prime to approve it. And then once they approve it, they don't send emails anymore. They used to send emails saying it was successfully approved or like, not approved. But now the only way to know if they've approved it or not is to log in every couple of days into a dashboard and just see, you know, if it says here published and when it's being published, you'll see like 1/2 circle right where it says publishing. And you know that's going for the process of being approved A Z. You can see if it if it gets rejected or if there's something wrong with your your particular videos. Then you'll see a little exclamation mark show up right, which means there's a problem with your title and you should fix it and then resubmit. So give an example. If I jump in here for going to Aussie adventure of Locks and I click on the season one, I'll show you this quickly and then I'll finish off the video. You'll see here. I haven't had a chance to fix fix this yet, so I'll show you exactly what they complain about, right? So, as you can see, this is what happens when you submit videos that don't have captions that have the good quality captions. So what happened here in this case? I probably had taken the caption from YouTube, and maybe I've for gotten to upload the changes that I made through the YouTube automatic caption or something like that, and I've uploaded it, said they'll say Episode 12 of a click on episodes Good on Episode 12. Re fishing in cans right so that caption there they don't like. So I have to go back and fix it and then re upload it. So click on browse, re upload it and then resubmit the changes and hope for the best. But this is kind of what they you know. This is what they'll say. Things like quality issue. They'll say that captions are wrong or there's something wrong with the captions. It's just a matter of fixing them and just re uploading them right, And then you click on Publish Update, and then it will take another two days for them to look at it again. And hopefully you'll have success. So it's very sometimes a very tedious and long process. I've been doing this now for over three years. I've had a lot of issues with Prime, but it's definitely been worth the journey on. Guy definitely had pretty good exposure from it, you know, 3000 by showing my stats real quick, and I will probably do a separate video on this later. But this is kind of what the dashboard looks like over a four week trailing period. You can see that you know, 3 4000 minutes, 3000 minutes a day get watched, which is not a lot in the scheme of things. But you know, people do discover you through Amazon prime, and they will look you up on Google and they'll see what you're all about. And now, yeah, it may have been sending emails and messages like that you get every now and again. It's really, really nice, and it's an easy way of getting extra exposure for your videos. That may not get that same exposure on YouTube because it's just so much content on YouTube . So So you have any questions? Let me know. I'll do separate videos covering other areas or aspects of this amazing platform. If you have any specific requests, let me know. And I'll be more than happy to make those videos enjoy and have an awesome day. You 23. Amazon Prime: How to Create Captions for Prime Videos: Welcome back, everybody. So I thought I'd just elaborate on the captions requirement for Amazon Prime or Amazon video, direct content or vlogs that you wish to upload onto Prime. This is definitely one of the biggest hang ups for giving content to prime that. I've personally struggled with two over the years. Not so much really, over the years. But when I first started on prime, I really did kind of struggle to get my videos published on Prime because that always reject my captions because they weren't accurate enough. And so that's when I realized that it was best to just invest the money into 1/3 party company to have my videos caption for me and to pay someone to professionally make them. And so that means that you know, I'll have those captions forever, and I can use those captions on, you know, Facebook or YouTube and so on. So I'll show you quickly. So if you go Teoh your dashboard, so right now I'm inside Prime video direct, So video central dot amazon dot com. This is the behind the scenes to Amazon prime, and so I just jumped into one of my titles here my adventure, Vlach. Siri's, I mean, the first episode. And so I've already alluded Teoh, that this area here is where you upload captions You could browse and you select captions for the particular video. And so I already mentioned that S R T is the required format for captions, so they don't accept V, T, T or any other format. They do. But I'll show you what that list is. So if you click on the information icon or you run your mouse over the information icon here, click on, Learn More will open up an information page and you see he on the information page a bit of a spiel on the caption requirement right now. If you're not familiar with captions, then I can understand that this is quite overwhelming. They go through the different formats. They talk about the requirements in more detail. They took that force narratives. They took about time codes like it does get a little technical and complicated. And this is the reason why One of the biggest reasons why people that I've spoken to to try and get them onto prime don't bother with it because they see it is too complicated, but I think because it's so complicated, it adds a barrier of entry that makes it less competitive for you and I that want to get out videos under prime because it's not that difficult once I show you how I do it, so they'll give you all this. Tear off the captions that they support and you see here don't worry about what any of this means, right? I t t a C C. And so on the format that I use, I'll go back. The former that I use is that I submit is SRT, And the reason being is because it's one of the formats that YouTube generates automatically when you upload your videos onto YouTube. So presuming that you'll be uploading your videos not just onto YouTube but also on to prime you can. Once you upload your video onto YouTube, you'll then let YouTube automatically generate the captions for that video, and then you would be able to go in, as I've briefly mentioned in the big in that in that walk through video that I did before you'll go into the caption section of the video and where it's his actions, you have three options that you can download now. As you can see, SRT is one of them. If we got back here, you'll see that SRT is the only option. So that means that once you go through and as I've talked about before, you can go through YouTube and you can edit the caption that YouTube is automatically generated to make it, you know, to make it comply. You know, just make sure it makes sense when you're watching it back and you know, word to capitalize on this. There's no spelling mistakes, and you put punctuation in and all that kind of stuff. That's what Amazon Prime is looking for. They're looking for accurate captioning. Then you can click on their actions, click on this city and download it. So I kind of talked about that already. Now, if you don't want to do that, because it's quite tedious, and I make a lot of videos to If you make a lot of videos, it's a quite a time consuming process. To go through each video, watch every video handsome and edit every caption right. What I do is I use different services. Uh, I use red dot com but I'll show you what Amazon prime recommend. If you're not willing to go through raedle these requirements and do it yourself, then you can use 1/3 party captured provider. So Amazon Prime have listed several here that you can use on. You can pay these individual third party companies or providers to actually make the captions for you. You'll either need to upload a video, a small video file onto one of these third party providers, and a professional caption on will actually watch your video and create captions for you. So I use ref dot com and red dot com. We'll click on them. Grifter calm. They charge $1 per minute, and they're round to the nearest minute. So I'll briefly talk about red dot com. I'm not affiliated, not sponsored. Not being paid. Just talking about the company that I've been using now for a couple of years, and I'll show you just briefly how it works. So if I go to services, you'll see here down here it says Captions. English captions for videos $1 per minute. Now you can get foreign captions made as well. It does cost a little bit more, but this is what it looks like. So $1 per video minute. There's a 24 hour turnaround time. They're very, very quick, and they're very, very accurate off. I've had probably one or two issues with rev over a two year period, you know, on they've been very quick at rectifying any problems, so you could read all this in your own time. And then what happens is they will return. So if I want to, for example, click on Get started, I'll show you very, very quickly, and you can either upload the video file or you can paste the URL on what I usually do. Is I pasty your role from my YouTube channel. I paced the video girl, and I submit that. And so they watch my video on my YouTube channel, and then when they finished, they will send me the end product. So if I go to order history, you can see a whole list of my captions that I've paid for. Not paying a lot of money like 100 and 44 years dollars for 2.5 hours, $142 for two hours 41 minutes of content. If I go into, for example, so of 10 episodes of Myanmar, right click on that, you'll see all of the blocks off my mind. My Siri's and I paid, you know, 144 U. S. Dollars, and it'll totaled 2.5 hours. And as you can see, I can download these captions. And by the way, when red dot com make these captions, they make them in all of these different formats. So SRT being one of them and then text sec, v, t t, and so on and so forth. They want to do it down with sub grip. I don't let the caption like that. And then not only do I upload it onto my Amazon prime dashboard through here by clicking brows, but I also upload that onto my YouTube video to So I might as well put that accurate caption onto many places as possible. So then I'll go through, and I upload that caption that professionally created caption onto my YouTube videos on my YouTube videos will now have accurate captions as well. So if I got back to my order history, uh, if I click on that little three dots there I can click on open and inside red dot com They actually have a caption editing tool. There might even do a separate video on this. I can actually go through here. I can check with. The caption is have done. And as you can see, they've put in atmospherics like rhythmic music, and they've put my name in square brackets. These are all little details that YouTube will not do when it generates captions automatically a washing. Um, you know, crowd murmuring. These little atmospherics are not any detail that you'll find. If you have a look at a quick scroll, YouTube will not put any of that detail in. So in my opinion, it is worth $1 permanent. It means that is less headaches. When I submit my videos onto Amazon prime, then there most likely going to get accepted, in fact, 99.9% of the time. They do get accepted. I usually sometimes go to YouTube and edit them myself sometimes and try and submit him that way. Sometimes Amazon prime do accept them. Other times they reject them. If they reject them that I go through rev dot com, and I get ready to fix them up for me. So that's what I do. So what I encourage you to do, just have a think about it. You can use ref dot com or you can use any other company that's on this list that prime recommend. It does cost money, but in my opinion, you know it's absolutely worth it. If you have the money on, you don't have the time, then definitely go through one of these third party companies I use, rev. But you know, you can use whatever company you want and or otherwise you could do it yourself. And I do that too sometimes not always, depending on how busy I am. So I hope that was helpful. If you have any questions, let me know it's totally worth it, and I'll see you in the next section. 24. Amazon Prime: How to Avoid Content Policy Rejections on Prime: Welcome back, everybody. I'm going to talk about the common rejection points that can stop you from getting your videos onto Amazon prime and how to alleviate a lot of the headaches that go along with getting your videos onto Amazon Prime and so on. Your screen right now is F Excuse page, which you can access through your dashboard, and I'll give you the link as well if you wish. But you can actually access the FAA cues when you look into your dashboard and click on support. And then it says here getting started and then go down to top if accuse. You have access to this information as well, and the reason why I want to talk about this in a specific video is because it can be quite tough to get your videos onto Amazon Prime. And so if you have this in mind, it can really save you a lot of time and a lot of headache, and I'll quickly go through the common points and I've been rejected on pretty much all of these points at some point during the approval process over the years, and I would have definitely saved a lot of time had I read this information in advance and not learned the hard way. So the 1st 2 points that I will quickly go over, and we've talked about captions in another video and how it's really important to get some accurate captions put on your videos and how prime is very strict on the accuracy of the captions. So if I cover captions in another video, but they talk about the captions being out of sync or gradually out of sync. So if you ever get errors like this, even if you've had your captions professionally made, then it could just be a matter of the fact that you've selected the wrong frame rate for those captions. So if you go into I'm just going to one of my titles here, for example, and I just select a random vlog, you'll see here that I've got captions. Frame rate is 30 frames per second. Now I know that when I had, it will render my videos. I'm just inside Premiere pro right now that I do so at here. 30 frames right there, Frame rate 30. So what? I render my videos there, all rendered at 30 frames per second, therefore, my captions I going to be at 30 frames per second. Therefore they're going to be in sync with the video, right? They're gonna be in sync. However, if I were to select 25 frames per second or even 29.9. So if I want to select 25 frames per second and then submit that prime would probably reject it and say that my captions are consistently out of sync because my video was filmed at 30 frames per second. Yet my frame right for my captions, I said a 25 frames per second. If I were to select the frame right at 29.97 then and submit that I would probably get an error message like they probably rejected and say that my captions of gradually out of sync Have you read that? Then what happens is as the video plays then over the duration of the video. The video will not sink properly with the video with the captions because the frame rate is slightly off. So that's just something to keep in mind. Make sure that you've got the creek frame rate selected for your video, right the next ones that I have related to graphics. So graphic assets, right? So that's specifically referring to if I got a catalogue listing that's specifically referring to this section here. So I took a bit about graphic assets in another video, and I talk about how to make these graphics in Can va using canvass dot com. But here, the actual guidelines. And so if you want more information, you can go to their at the graphic Assets guide. Open it up real quick and you can kind of read this in your own time. Kind of opens it up and you'll get to see what it is that they're looking for. So I'm not gonna boy with this. You can read this in your own time. You can access that if you need to go back and I'll show you so patted images. So they're talking about borders or empty spaces that don't accept that, that they're just looking for a clean image, right? No borders, no spaces, no images within an image. And what else is there? No stretching or narrowing of your images? If you use canvas dot com, you won't have a problem, they say. here that the title name is not displayed on the key yachts. In other words, with your key art, you need to have, for example, what says he of Brad and Robbins. USA Road Trip adventure blog's. So that's the title off my videos, right? If I scroll down Brad and Robbins USA Road trip adventure vlogs so the title must match the text on the image. I've had my titles rejected many times because I've left at a couple of words that were different from my title, and they've rejected it because they're I haven't met the requirement of ensuring that my text on my image is exactly the same as my title. Okay, so just get that in mind. That's an important, um, distinction. If I move on, then I've got my metadata says, talking about rating inaccurate. So just quickly, if we go to and I had my totals rejected because they've said that my writing is inaccurate , pretty much the easy way to resolve this problem is to always ensure I've just removed that Just to demonstrate, um, is to always ensure that when you click toe added rating for your videos, just make sure that you select, you know, title not officially rated unless you've gone down the path of getting your videos officially rated and most of you won't be doing that. Um, you would just be selecting this option here. Suggested writing total not officially righted where it says you please select. If you select all ages, then it can get rejected. Because when the guys were reviewing your videos that you know, when you slept all ages, then you pretty much opening up the video to be viewed by, you know, young teenagers right through to adding plus. And so I like to just like adding plus because it always ensures that my video is going to be approved based on the writing. And if I get back here and the last areas that you'll get I relating to the video itself now this is really important. And this is this was a real headache for me. When I first started submitting my videos under prime, they consistently rejected my submissions because I've had watermarks in my videos. So if you have your YouTube videos and you've got your company branding or logos that are consistently throughout the entire length of the video, they will reject it. So if you're doing YouTube videos and you've got your company name or your personal brand, and it says he persist throughout the video file, that's a key word you need to keep in mind. Persist. It's okay to have some branding at the beginning and the end of your video, so if you watch my vlogs, you'll see that I kind of brand myself in the very beginning, and I brand myself at the very end. But I'll never have that branding throughout the entire length of the video. It's just a very short three second branding at the beginning, and it's an end card at the very end, but never threaten the entire video. If you have your branding throughout the entire video, begin to reject it. So this is annoying. If you have her brain ing or love you videos on YouTube, you'll need to remove those logo's that a persisting throughout the entire video. Um, the next point here is unsupportive functionality. So Amazon Prime don't like you using any kind of cold action that's going to take, uh, the view off the platform that trying to keep the prime viewers on the platform that I want you to send them on to your website or for you to go somewhere else and buy a product or a service. They don't want you to try and promote anything. Amazon Prime pretty much want very clean content that don't want advertising that want. Click on this, but since like and subscribe comment below. Click here, go there. Do this by this. They don't want any of those cold actions. If you do that, then they will reject your video. And if you're doing YouTube videos, as you probably know like it's a common practice for people to say, Hey, subscribe or like this video comment. You can't do that. You have to cut that out and upload your videos under prime without any kind of called action. The next couple of points here and I'll finish off is external links, and you are all so if your videos contain any kind of links or euro well, you are Hells or contact information. They will reject your video. So I've had to, you know, cut out my external links and some of my videos because they just simply won't accept it. So if you have a link to your website or your INSTAGRAM account? They weren't accepted. However, they will accept like a little instagram handle. So if you watch my vlogs, you'll see that every now and again I plug my instagram handle. So you see, like Instagram Icon, they've accepted that I've never been rejected because of my instagram handle in my blocks with my handle name. So, interestingly enough, they've accepted that with no problem. But I don't put in my website. You are old. I don't put in my Facebook girl. I don't put any of that detail in because in the past, a have been rejected. What else is that? Almost finished contains advertisements. So I've kind of touched on this already. Make sure that you're not promoting anything by my product. This, you know, don't mention coupon codes or discount vouchers or anything along those lines. Any kind of advertising they won't accept and they will reject you. So product reviews is kind of the same thing. That's pretty much it. So it sounds like a lot, really, it's not. If you're uploading clean videos onto Prime trying to keep the viewer on the platform, you know trying to send them off. Then you know Amazon Prime. We're gonna accept the videos and you know, more often than not, what happens is that people when they're watching videos and they like you as a personality or they like what you're about to what you're talking about. It's just a easy Google search and people confined your website anyway. That's what happens with me when people go onto prime and then watch my videos and they like what I'm talking about. They usually find me in my website, my instagram. It'll they find all that stuff anyway. It's not that hard to find people online these days, so don't be disheartened. Just keep it in mind. And otherwise, if you meet these requirements, you don't break these rules. Then you'll be fine. You'll be able to get you videos on the prime anyway. Toe access this orphanage. With this, you go into support and into so you're in your dashboard. Gotta support, click on getting started and then go to top FAA cues and then your access where it says content policy guidelines. You'll access them here, and graphic Assets Guide is here. You can click on this and you get a full view of what they require for your graphics. Anyway, Thanks so much for watching. And I'll see you in another video. 25. Amazon Prime: How to Meet Key Art Requirements: Welcome back. Everybody in this video wanted to expand on the key art requirements for your Amazon prime or your Amazon video direct videos. It's pretty straightforward. I'll show you how I create my key art. So in in Amazon language, they call it Qi Art. In YouTube language, it's called a thumbnail hum. So if you go again or use one of my titles as an example here, if I go to Episode one, you'll see here got the key art for that particular episode. Now, as mentioned, if you want. If you're not sure, always, you have little information icon here. Just run your mouse over the information icon and I'll give you more detail about the file or the image requirements So you'll see here that for each episode, if you click on each one of these, doesn't matter. This is already published. Uh, you click on that over on your mouse over it. It says the image, despite on the season detail page, requires a 1600 by 1200 or four by three ratio J. Pig or PNG file. Okay, so you need to do is I use canvas dot com, so if you go to www dot Canada dot com, and if you set up an account, it doesn't cost anything. It's free, and what I do is I click on, create a design, and then I go to custom dimensions. And it's just as easy as typing in 1612 100 that way, said 1612 100 PX or pixels. Right? And this. By doing this, I'm guaranteed to get that set of dimensions for my key out. I then on the left hand side here, you see where it says elements click on elements and they weren't, says grid. You'll see there are a number of options. So what I like to do is click on. You know, you'll see here that I can have a double panelled grid at the vertically or horizontally aligned, but I like to just keep it simple and just have a single panel grid. And so what that means is that now I could just get a photo, and it's up to you if you go to up loads. Sorry, click on up loads, and these are photos that I've already uploaded for previous projects, but you can easily just click on upload an image. And that's gonna be the image that you use for your thumbnail or your key art for your Amazon prime title. Again, if I just quickly interrupt myself for go back to your videos Gothic to episodic and click on Season one. If you're creating Chiat for the title itself, you'll follow the same process. So I just pay for it to load here and you'll see here that the dimensions for the key art is again for here. It says 1921 9 s 0 1920 by 10 80 or 16 by nine. Again, it's a J pig or a PNG file. And again, the Chiat requirement here. And by the way, these a mandatory you must have these, um, again is 1612 100. The background image, which I've talked about before, is an optional, but in my opinion, you know you should have one. It's going to really make your title stand out in Amazon Prime Search. And so if we go back to Canada dot com, I've got here 1600 by 1200 my canvas. And as an example, I'm just going to click on an image that I uploaded a few days ago. I'm just gonna size it up and you'll just play around with these settings here. Brightness. Contrast all the dual role of this in your own time, and then you just call it something so test and then little down that option here. If you click on that, it says PNG and J. Peg and various other options. But of course, PNG is the higher quality version. So if you click on that hit download, it'll download onto your laptop or your computer, and then you can just go through prime and your dashboard, and you can just browse it on upload from there and you'll see it pop up here and then you're just open it and upload it. So with this text, I mean depending on your title, that all of that text that I've typed in there is all designed through Can va. So if I look a fresh A previous projects of mine. So I've got here that, uh, my little Siri's that I did on Australia with my girlfriend. Um, this is 1920 by 10 80. This particular key art and you'll see here all this text. I just typed it in through Canada. This image I uploaded and it's not in 2010 80 got my Vogtle signature flag there vlogs, which will see across all of my block Siris on Amazon prime. And then I just download that as a PNG go over to here. And then I uploaded through Prime. And then once I upload, I always hit save, So just quickly show you this is my Australia Siri's, which is already published by the way. But there are some errors that I'm trying to fix, so I'll show you very quickly. And then if I scroll down, that's what it looks like there. So again, I like to have a you need to have a 1600 by 1200 version off the 1920 10 80 version. So it's exactly the same image. You can't have a different image for the different dimensions. Well, otherwise Amazon Prime will reject it. So same image, same text, just a different dimension, right, and that's pretty much it. So if you're not sure, just click on the information here and just run your mouse over it again. Once you've done that, once you've uploaded thes key art, you can hit Save Down here and then publish update. So just remember, whenever you making changes to your title, even after it's published live, you can't actually go back in and make changes and update the changes through Amazon prime . So you click, save and then click on Publish Update, and then that will go through the Amazon prime. It's gonna get approved, and then you're just wait, like two days and it should be approved. So I hope that was helpful. If you have any questions, let me know and I'll see you in the next video. 26. Amazon Prime: Video Requirements for Prime (using Premiere Pro): Welcome back, everybody in this video, I'm going to go through the Amazon prime video requirements that they've set out here, and I'll give you the link to this as well. After this video, you can read this in your own time to ensure that your videos meet their requirements for publication. And so, firstly, they use the word mezzanine to refer to video. So don't be thrown off by this term. Here, it says mezzanine requirements there really just saying video requirements, um, and also quickly show you Premiere Pro. So I use the Diaby premiere Pro dead in my videos. Do a seven course in Premiere Pro, and I'll show you quickly how to use Premiere Pro to ensure that your videos meet their requirements. So when you add a quick glimpse, this looks pretty complicated and in depth. To be honest with you, I don't spend much time looking at the finer details of what they require. I pretty much take the same video that I upload onto YouTube and put it straight onto Amazon Prime, and I've never had a problem, and, uh, I'll show you what I do so I'll quickly just scroll through and I'm not gonna go through every single detail cause it's just unnecessary. Um, I'll show you just quickly. So if you scroll down here and I'll give you the link to this and you can read this where it says he, um Codex and file formats wanted me to be concerned about is ensuring that, you know, your videos be rendered it dot mp four and ah h 0.264 and with a pipe profile, So we go back to Premier Pro. This is you're probably familiar with this abuse Premiere Pro. If you don't use Premiere Pro than just find the similar settings in the software that you're using. And so this is the export window, and I'm just going to pretend that I'm exporting this video and I have my export settings here. The first thing I do is where it says preset. Here I just click on this drop down. I scroll down to YouTube 10 80 p full HD. And of course I'm not. It's not YouTube that were uploading to Amazon prime, but it's the same preset that I use. Um, if you scroll down, it says he did not in 2010 80. That's the aspect ratio that I use for my videos. Frame rate is 30 frames. Field Order's progressive. Don't worry about this. The terms too much for keep scrolling down, it's his profile high. Okay, that's what they're referring to back over here when they say profile high and quickly scroll through audio format a C three or double a seam for go back to Premier Pro click on audio. It says here, audio format W C. So I just leave it at that. If I scroll down a little further audio, Kodak is double A C and 48,000 hertz. So as you can see, I didn't change any of these settings. The settings automatically set for May when I click on YouTube 10 80 p. So that's why it's much easier if you're using Premiere Pro with preset. Just click on YouTube 10 80 p and everything else will change automatically for you. And that automatic change will mean that the video automatically meet the requirements for not only YouTube but also Amazon prime in my experience so quickly skull down the resolution requirements, you know, 1920 but 10 80. That's what we're doing. 6 16 by nine. They say here they don't support four K, which is really unusual. I've asked them over the years when they're going to support four K they don't know. So don't render it for K. It's not worth it. I won't accept it. And as you can see these, that the frame rates that they accept. So we've got here 30 frames per second. That's the one that we're rendering a video at. Um, if you continue down 16 by nine, and that's pretty much it, that's all you need to be concerned with. And, uh, I mean, of course, they accept other formats as well. But if you just keep it a MP form and h 264 profile high, your bit rate is going to be somewhere between a summer around 30 megabits per second. So if I go back to Premier Pro, go back to video, I'll show you real quick. It's 16. I leave it at 16. I have taken it down to 10 and I have submitted and there have approved it. But just leave it at 16. And in terms of bit right encoding. Variable bit, right? Single pass is what they accept. So I just leave it at VB are single past or one pass, and I have a quick look. Have I missed anything known? That's pretty much it. So if you want, you can read through this and get the greater detail in your own time. But don't overcomplicate it pretty much the same video. The upload onto YouTube. You can pretty much upload onto Amazon Prime as well, so I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions, let me know and I'll see you in the next video. 27. Amazon Prime: How to Unpublish Videos from Prime: Welcome back, everybody In this video, I'm gonna show you how you can unpublished a video of logs from the Amazon Prime Platform A Z. You're probably aware that with the YouTube, you can easily delete videos. If, after publishing them, you don't like them where you want to remove them. It's very easy to delete videos off YouTube and Facebook and Instagram. And you might be wondering, you know, if you submit videos to Amazon prime, whether you can easily delete them as well. And the straightforward, simple enter is no. However, there is something that you can do, and I'll show you how to make your video unpublished how to make your video unavailable. So, given example, where I've done this myself so first and foremost will take you into my dashboard and I'll take him to the stand alone section and you'll see here that these air just videos that I have standalone individual videos or flogs. And as you can see, they are mostly that they're published. As you can see in the UK and the USA, where it says published, you run your mouse over it, but there is one that I've I have published But I decided I did a recent version off this video that I wanted to make this video unavailable. So if I run a mouse over here, it says, made unavailable on the 19th of April 2018 and so therefore it's no longer available for streaming on Amazon prime. So if I go to the front end, this is what it looks like. So when I type in this Siri's or this video into Amazon Prime, it still comes up in the search results. I'll go into he have talking meal planning. So this is the little video that I released. And even though it's unavailable and it says that here this video is currently unavailable , you can't stream it. So when I click and go into it, it does say here this title is currently unavailable. Agreement with this content Nevada does not allow purchases of this title at this time, so even though it's unpublished, prime still make it searchable in their search results. And so therefore, you can't fully, and I've had this conversation with Prime before many times, and there's no way that they can completely remove a title from their platform. They can only allow you to unpublished it, so I'll show you how to do that because there might be a time when you release a video on Amazon Prime and you're like, Damn! Like I want to delete it. I wanna make it unavailable. As I've done here with this video, I'll show you what I did, and it's very, very basic. There's something to keep in mind. I'll take you into this particular video, and I'll show you what I did to make it unavailable. So right now I'm in meal planning for beginners, and I've got those tabs at the top. If you click on availability, you'll see here that there's no tick marks next to any off these locations or options of prime by rent. There's no tick marks there, which means that the video is not going to be available anywhere. Normally, if your video is available, it would automatically be ticked next to prime with Asep also ticked for the U. S. A. U K, Japan or Germany. But typically, if you want to make it unavailable, you just click on that click save, then click publish update and then within one or two days, your title will still be visible, but it will no longer be available for purchase or streaming. So I hope that makes sense and I'll see you in the next video. 28. Amazon Prime: How to Modify Prime Publications: Okay, Welcome back, everybody. So if you're wanting to make changes on a Amazon prime listing that you've made because you've made a mistake, then I'll show you how you can make changes and resubmit those changes to prime and have those mistakes fixed. So on your screen right now is an example off a publication that I have on prime for a Siri's that I shot in the Philippines of Log Siri's that is currently live so customers can on their TV sets or their laptop can actually view this life. But sometimes what I've done is I've actually scrolled through after published after, have submitted something to prime for approval and have actually approved the Siri's. But then I've realized that I've actually made, like, spelling a spelling mistake, and I'm like, own Damn, I've made a mistake. Can I fix it? And so I realized that, yes, you can, even after a title has been published successfully on the prime platform, you can go through and make changes, and I'll show you kind of what changes you can make so you can actually make slight changes to the title. You can change the background image, so if I want, I can go back in if I don't like this background image or I feel like there's a better alternative that I'll go through, change this background image and then resubmit it to prime for approval and then nine times that attend, they will approve it. If I read through this the synopsis and realized that I could write it better than I will change that synopsis and then recently the changes and so forth or any off these thumbnails . If I realize that I don't like any one of these thumbnails or feel like I could do a better job, then I can go through and change these as well. I can change a lot of things, so don't feel like you know. Once you submit to prime and it's alive on the platform that there's no way you can make changes, you can't actually make changes. So even if it's not perfect, like even if you think it's perfectly right and you're really happy with before you publish it and then you hit submit and then you're like damn like I've made a mistake, you can still make changes, so I'll give you an example so For example, if I want to change the synopsis of that same title that I showed you, we got here, then all we're gonna do is go through here and rewrite the synopsis here. When I re wrote the synopsis here, I do need to change that. For example, test synopses. Now, I'm not gonna synopses, right if I want to just use that as my news synopses, for example. Right Then I'll just hit leave, Remember? But I want to make changes to my title while I'm recording this, but always hit save. Otherwise it's not going to apply in this case. I'm not gonna hit, say, because I don't want it to apply. So I'm gonna leave without check making changes. I'm gonna go into where that Siri's Waas click now, just pay very close attention to what I'm doing. Whenever you make changes to the synopsis, you need to make changes in two places. You might change his way. We were before. That's the first place. A second place you go here where it says Brad's Philippine adventure of logs where it has the two arrows. This is very hard to find, and I spent a lot of time with the members at prime showing me how to do this. You click on the two arrows you click on Edit Siri's. And then you see, the synopsis also appears in here as well. You'll need to change this as well. Okay, And in this section you changed the title. If you wanna modify the title, you'll have the synopsis here, which is exactly the same is the synopsis that you saw before. And they were says category the categories again is going to reflect the category off. What? The video you're uploading. So you know, typically, if you're doing vlogs Amazon prime typically except short films, uh, educational and clips. So just keep that in mind. Short films, clips and educational other three categories that Prime seemed to accept for May. If you stop, if you have logs and you call the music videos or sporting events or journalism concerts, then Amazon Prime is going to reject. It will usually say to put it down as a clip or a short film or educational, but they'll always accept clips. So even if you say short films, sometimes they will reject it. But if you say clips or educational nine times that attend. They will accept your vlogs and then always click on publish metadata. Always click on publish metadata because if you only make changes to the synopses, click save and you don't click on publish metadata, then it's for some reason it's not going to save properly. Don't ask me why I've had this conversation with Amazon Prime many times, and they always say that you need to click, save and then you need to click on publish metadata and then it. Once again, we'll go back into Season two where we were before. So we're going into the back end off this particular title right, which has two season season, one season two and then you see here, copy and paste. There's a synopsis there, Okay? And again, if you want to make changed the genre, I've done this before. If I realize that, you know, you know it doesn't fit a particular genre. I can go in and I can click on the X, and I can talk in something else, you know, comedy or something. Hit, save and then hit Publish update and then Amazon Prime will. You'll have to get approved through Amazon prime again. I can change the images here. Forget your cast and crew if you need to. You can actually add casting crew after you've published a video. Siri's So, for example, very recently, I when I when I originally published this Siri's Philippines Eventual Volk. Season two. The cast was just may right, obviously, only one listed. And then I added my girlfriend, Robin Wail, and then I hit Save and then publish update, And then it had to go through Amazon Prime to get approved. And then after one or two days, her name showed up here under starring. So before was just May. And now it's both myself and my girlfriend. So yeah, As I said, you can make a lot of changes. So don't be fearful. You can even change these buying options even after you hit Publish and your title of successfully published on the platform. Aziz, you can see this particular title is available with prime only if I want to make it now purchase purchase a ball through episodic or seasonal content. Then again, I can select the options hit, save, publish update, and within two days you'll see another boxy, which says by episode, right? So that's pretty self explanatory. I hope that was helpful. Do you have any questions? Let me know. Actually, one thing that I will say before I forget. Now, if you decide to upload a video and you want to delete that video after you could save and publish, then nine times that attend you would be able to do that. Um, I'll show you. So if you click on add episode and you you know you want to add Now, by the way, an episode just means video, right? So what a video vlog, Whatever. Just Amazon prime. Call it an episode. You totally title putting your title, putting the date synopses, all that sort of stuff. And then, as you can see, you've got this a little option here could delete this episode Now, after you put all the detail in hit, save and then hit publish when that option becomes available after you hit publish, this option disappears. You're no longer get the option to delete the episode. In other words, once you submit the episode, it will now become a non believable. You will not be able to delete the episode from the platform. This is very frustrating to make sure that you know you're happy with the videos that you're putting up and you can. Of course, as you can see, this is a classic example. There was no option here to delete the episode. As you can see, I can delete the episode here. If I decided I want that I could just hit there, click that option click Save and then will disappear. But once you hit submit, it's gone like you won't have that option. So if I decide you know, you know, five months from now that I wanted to leak this episode, I can't I can make changes to the title. I can make changes to the synopsis. I can change the thumbnail. I could even change the video file to appoint an Amazon, actually have strict requirements on that. I can change the caption file, but I can't delete the episode, so just keep that in mind. So I hope that was helpful. If you have any questions, let me know and I'll see you in the next video 29. Amazon Prime: Prime Subscriber Membership Breakdown: Okay, So just quickly show you what it looks like. If you want to become an Amazon prime subscribers yourself. And if you want to see exactly how your videos look on Amazon video director Amazon Prime and so I've done this, I've been through this process before on essentially, if you just gotta amazon dot com and I'll just quickly show you this, and you don't have to sign up to Amazon Prime toe upload videos onto Prime. But it might be helpful, though, just to see how your videos actually playback on an Amazon prime device. So, like on a laptop for Amazon Prime, and I've done this myself, you know, back in 2017 I did this for a short period of time because I want to see how my vlogs played back through Amazon prime and and so, if you're curious, you can do the same thing on DSO, you'll get to see what you know your viewers is saying so all you do is you get amazon dot com and I'll show you anyway real quick and you'll see here. The gives you a percent of a breakdown off different options, so show if you click on Seymour plans. Click on that option. You'll see here that as an Amazon prime subscriber, you can select from any one of these three options you know, as a subscriber. So I remember back in 2017 uh, it was a little bit cheaper. I think the prime monthly rate was about 10 99 U. S. Dollars a month, and I remember the the annual prime right back in 2017 was $99 a year. So it's gone up a little bit over the last couple of years. But irrespective, you can see that as a prime subscriber, you can actually opt into just the prime video component. So if you only one access prime video, then you pay $9 a month. If you want access to everything, then you'll pay $120 or $119 a year. And you'll see here that you'll get access to not only prime video, but you'll also get access to the to day free shipping option and a bunch of other things as well on guy think like if you break it down, you know, 119 divided by 12 is like $9 something a month. So it probably works. Had to be. You know, they do say best value If you divide 1 19 by 12 it works out to be around, you know, $10 a month. So, you know, for an extra $1 a month, you can not only access prime video but have access to all the other things as well. So yeah, that's that's it. Of course, if you're interested, you can do the 30 day free trial thing. You don't have to, though. As I said, You don't need to like as I film this right now, I'm actually not a prime member anymore. I just did it back in 2017 for about three or four months just to see how my videos looked on. You know, three prime, and I kind of encourage it. You don't have to get up to you, So that's how you do it if you're interested. So anyway, let's move along 30. How I Use Soundstripe to Pick the Perfect Background Music: everybody Brad here from bad news and dot TV If you are returning subscriber or what Units on Facebook. Thank you so much for your support. It really doesn't mean the world to may following my adventure and my fitness journey around the world doesn't really mean the world to me. Thank you. Right now my editing works based here in Melbourne in my apartment. So I'm not used to shooting videos. Life is. But some of you ask where I get my background music from in my videos and will talk about that in this video. So sound stripe is the service I've been using now for just over 12 months. 14 months, maybe. I've edited about 700 videos. I think a lot of the past 2.5 years off doing video blogging, and I started with, like, Soundcloud and Audio Jungle and Premium Beach on. And then I got into sound stripe. If you're like me in your planning on doing videos on a very regular basis, like for the 1st 4 day months, I do daily video. That's right. So every day Ben Sound stripe has been a service that I've been using now I'm super super passionate about this company. So much so that I have a direct relationship with some of the artists on that platform. Like Caleb Ethridge. If you're watching this, your freakin awesome Keep up The good work is a great artist. I use his work a lot through sound stripe. And what sounds Strike is pretty much a platform that allows you to pay for a one off membership fee off. I think I just read you by membership four weeks ago cost me 135 U. S. Dollars. And I know you're thinking that's crazy. That's a lot of money 135 U. S. Dollars for one year off. Unlimited use, unlimited use off their music. And they've got so much music in the database. So that's what I've been doing. They're amazing because not only is like people like Caleb, he might be watching this Jesse Villa Ormat, Picton or Fekeiki. You know, you guys freaking amazing. You contribute really high quality music to sound stripe. And you really do make sounds stripe what it is today. So I'm super passionate sounds stripe. I just pay the 1 35 U. S. a year, and I have unlimited access to music. By the way, check him out a Lincoln below and to go and check them out. If I'm looking for a music attract that is very specific to the emotion on trying to recreate. For example, if I wanted to create a drone video when I want a very cinematic feel to my video is like, really like If Uriel and Cinematic and then I click on that, bring it up on the screen now because I curate all the tracks into playlists, it might be ethereal and ambience. So if I click on that, I have a list of all the tracks that made that kind of Jonah. And then you'll see the way form and you see the length and you see on the right hand side the kind of mood that that track will create in the view us. So if I'm looking for atmospheric or building or inspiring or beautiful. If I'm creating intro video, then I look for tracks in this playlist. Give an example of where I've used tracks from this website and some of my VOCs right now, - so I use down stripe. I really do believe in them. It's commercial reused music, high quality and unlimited use. 135 years. You can use music on YouTube in your blog's on Amazon prime or my public. All my videos guide Amazon prime in YouTube and Facebook, and it's been incredible. So I will continue to you sound stripe until they do something drastic with their service where I hate them. But the one thing I don't like about sounds, drive use. They don't have an option for sound effects. So S F X sound effects. If I wanna have, like, this sound effect off, you know, birds chirping, always crashing or, you know, coffee. Baines being poured into a judge or something like that, A sound effect, then they don't have a database to sound effects, so that's kind of annoying. Which is why I didn't go over the epidemic sound, and I had a look at epidemic sound and epidemic sound. Have Santa fix they do. I was on their free trial and epidemic sound, and I didn't go through with them. I'm like, No, I actually prefer the music on sound striped over the sound effects that is offered over an epidemic sound. So as I said before, if you want to check them out, click on the link below, Going to come out. If you have any questions, let me know below be more than happy to answer them for you Otherwise, good luck with your blogging journey. It is amazing. I love doing this and we do this for the rest of my life. Thanks for watching.