Today we’re going to look at how to make a music video for Youtube. I will be looking at some of the options available to you, as well as introducing you to my favourite tool for the job: Animoto.
There are two main ways to make good quality Youtube music videos: By recording footage with a video camera and editing it on your computer, or by using Animoto to make a video based on pictures and / or video clips you own. With both of these methods you can make a good Youtube quality video in a relatively short amount of time. Great if you want to make a low budget music video.
Below I will look more at both of these options, so you can decide which method is best for you.
How To Make A Video For Youtube With Pictures And Music
This is the best option for those of you who don’t have access to a video camera to record your own videos. Animoto is a service which allows you to use your own pictures and music to create a good looking music video. While you won’t be able to send these videos to music channels on TV (These require you to have actual video footage), they are perfect for creating Youtube videos for promoting your music.
The reason I like Animoto is because it’s easy to use. You simply upload the photos you want to use in the music video, add any text captions you want to use, and choose what style you want the video to move in. After that, you can either export your video, send it to friends in a number of different ways, or upload it directly to Youtube. You can see a sample of what kind of videos Animoto can make via the above Animoto link.
While there are other ways to make a music video using pictures and music, I’ve found this to be the best. Other software I’ve used gives you a lower quality final video, often with unclear text and boring movement. They’re also a lot harder to use.
Animoto is perfect for anyone wanting to quickly and easily make high quality music videos for Youtube without and prior music video editing experience.
How To Record A Music Video For Youtube
If you want to take it a step further and actually record a music video for Youtube, here is another option. This option involves owning a camcorder (You can get a cheap HD camcorder if you haven’t already got one) , and editing the footage you record. The music video editing can be done by software already on many modern computers, such as Windows Movie Maker for PC, or iMovie for Apple Macs.
If you’re not sure how to properly edit a music video, I’d advise you look at how it’s done in professional music videos. You’ll notice that footage is often swapped in and out very fast, and different scenes are sometimes blended together. This is to avoid things getting boring, and to keep the viewer interested. Try and copy some of these things in your own videos, as well as anything else you notice.
While it would help if you have a good quality camcorder, even with a cheap camcorder you can create a video for youtube that will wow your viewers. The key is in the editing, so if you want your video to take off, make sure you edit it well.
This option can be harder and a lot more time consuming then the Animoto option, as you have to do more then simply putting pictures in order and publishing the video to Youtube. Having said that, it’s a whole different effect, and one that can give you good results if you get the editing right. If you already have a video camcorder, this method won’t cost anything to make. I’ve seen people make good quality videos with their iPhone and iPad cameras, so making a cheap Youtube music video isn’t unrealistic.
Why Would You Make A Low Budget Music Video For Youtube?
So now you know how to make a music video for youtube, but why would you want to record a video that won’t be going anywhere else? Simple, because Youtube is one of the best ways to promote your music online…
If you make independent music, there’s a good chance you don’t have a big budget to your name. Making full priced music videos can be very expensive, and not something everyone can afford. Recording a low budget Youtube video on the other hand is a lot more affordable then creating a video for TV. On top of that, it can still get you a lot of exposure with the chance of your music video going viral.
One of the great things about Youtube is their videos are easy to share. If someone likes your video, they can add it to their own website, share it on social media websites, comment and rate your video, and much more. All of these things can add to the success of your video, and make it more likely that it’ll reach a wider audience.
Advice For When You Create A Cheap Music Video
I want to give a bit of advice for anyone wanting to know how to make a cheap music video. Even though you may not have a big budget to make your video, that’s no excuse for putting out rubbish. If you can’t make a good music video on a budget, don’t make one. If you make a cheap music video and it doesn’t come out well, don’t release it. Remember, once you put your music video in the public domain, there’s a good chance it’ll be there forever. Putting out a bad music video can do more harm then good, and once people have a certain perception of you it is hard to shake off that image.
If you’re not sure about recording a music video and editing it yourself, it may be a good idea to go with Animoto. This format has less room for error, and should give you good results at a cheap price. Furthermore, if you produce a video you don’t like, you can always go back and edit it till it’s right.
How To Make A Music Video For Youtube Conclusion
Making a music video for Youtube is the path an increasing amount of independent musicians are choosing to go. You can make a low budget music video, and have it up for the world to see within hours. Whether you decide to use Animoto or to record and edit your own footage, good quality videos can be made relativity quickly and cheaply.
If you have a bigger budget and are willing to pay someone to make a video for you, check out guide on how to make a music video.
That’s it for our guide on how to make a music video for youtube, you are now ready to make your first video!